SEGA has released two SEGA AGES titles for Nintendo Switch in the west this week.
The titles are Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground, which are now available for USD7.99 each on the Nintendo eShop.
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Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground are now available for the Nintendo Switch™ for $7.99 each. Put Alex Kidd’s rock-crushing fists to the test in this SEGA AGES release containing several quality-of-life improvements including a Rewind option to make the game more accessible. Meanwhile, Gain Ground gets an arcade-faithful version featuring an All-Member Mode that unlocks all 20 characters, along with a three-player local multiplayer option. Build your SEGA AGES collection by picking up both titles today!SEGA Games History: Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground Trivia
- Since Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Phantasy Star share some of the same development staff, many references from the former appear in the latter. For example, the Psycho Wand in Alex Kidd is wielded by Lutz in Phantasy Star.
- The characters Egle and his fiancé (Princess) Lora share the same names as the main characters in Pit Pot, an action game for the Sega Master System.
- Gain Ground was known for its impressive level of detail for the time. While most arcade and SEGA Genesis titles ran at 320×224 resolution, Gain Ground was presented at 496×384 resolution thanks to its powerful System 24 board.
- In the original Japanese version of Gain Ground, Stage 4-8 featured a popular glitch (fixed in the American release) where the level wouldn’t end unless you proceeded with only a few of the rescued characters, forcing you to beat the game this way. Since the plot involved a tyrannical computer AI, many felt this was coincidentally canonical, so the glitch is enabled by default in the game’s settings.About Alex Kidd in Miracle WorldAs Alex Kidd, you must go on a quest to return peace to the land of Radaction by defeating the evil Janken the Great, who sends his henchmen and monsters to thwart your progress. You must defeat them by participating in a game of “rock, paper, scissors” against his minions. With 16 different levels to conquer as you steadily make your way to Janken the Great, this platforming classic is sure to test your skills and your wits!About Gain GroundWhen a battle simulation goes wrong, all the contestants inside the system have been taken hostage by androids that have been reprogrammed into hi-tech killing machines. As an army of elite soldiers, you will travel through different simulated war zones to reach the corrupt central computer and finally put an end to the hostile system once and for all.Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground are now individually available on the Nintendo Switch eShop in the Americas and Europe for $7.99 with commensurate European pricing.About SEGA AGES
SEGA AGES is a series of classic SEGA titles being released on the Nintendo Switch™. Developed by M2, the Japanese developer known for high-quality ports of classic games such as the popular SEGA 3D Classics series on the Nintendo 3DS™, SEGA AGES aims to bring prominent titles from SEGA’s legacy catalog to fans around the world. From a selection of home console classics to a multitude of perfectly-emulated arcade games, SEGA AGES gives fans the ability to build their own unique retro SEGA collection.
SEGA AGES originally debuted as SEGA Ages Vol. 1 Shukudai ga Tant-R, a compilation of enhanced arcade ports of Puzzle & Action: Tant-R and Quiz Shukudai wo Wasuremashita, released on the Sega Saturn in 1996 in Japan. Over time, the SEGA Ages series grew to encompass enhanced ports of dozens of games across multiple systems. The series also made an appearance in the West with SEGA Ages: Volume 1, a collection of enhanced ports of Space Harrier, Out Run, and After Burner II, released in 1997 on the Sega Saturn. Now, SEGA AGES is being rebooted on the Nintendo Switch™, delivering the most faithful ports of Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and arcade games for the current generation. As you would expect from the retro geniuses at M2, these games will stay true to their original forms while incorporating new features that bring a refreshing twist to these classic titles’ gameplay. For more information, please visit segaages.sega.com.