My theoretical Master System Mini with Game Gear Games!
With all the Mini News lately, I have hyped myself up for the Mega Drive Mini and the PC Engine Mini as it feels like SEGA and Konami are trying to one up Nintendo's own SNES and NES Mini.
We have been told that SEGA would need at least 10 years to make a Saturn Mini because they don't have the Technology to emulate the games correctly yet.
However, what if they tried a Master System Mini instead? (with Game Gear Games included)
Here is what I think SEGA should do with a theoretical Master System Mini should we see it at TGS or next years SEGA Fes.
SEGA should get M2 to do all the emulation again, and get them to do the following features;
Make the Mini have a slightly larger Card Slot port, so that ALL existing SEGA Card games can be played for those who are curious (and perhaps even make these available for a reasonable price)
Include the Master System's Aspect Ratio for ALL Game Gear Games, including providing more of the backgound on each side to make it truly feel like an 8-Bit console Experience.
The Game Gear's 4096 colour palette to be included to all Master System Games, so the games on the Master System look even more colourful!
Save States are included from the 3DS console releases of the Game Gear.
The few available Lightgun games on the Mini are locked in menu unless a lightgun accessory is inserted in the Mini (normal sized slot at the back)
The 3D Mode for the Master System is turned off on the 3D games, with the games adjusted to play in 2D.
The Menu is in the style of the PC Engine/Turbographix-16 in style, only changing from a Master System Interface to a Game Gear one.
The Line Up
SEGA should REALLY go all out on the Master System/Game Gear and outdo the NES Mini with almost every gem/attractive game under the Sun.
The Japanese version would have some exclusive European/American games, but in return, SEGA have M2 and ATLUS create some never before seen translations of Japanese only games. They would also get a few more games than us, but with some games the West would never get anyway.
Here is what I think should be on the Master System Mini.
Master System (Both Regions)
Snail Maze (secret game in the Options Menu)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Platformer, SEGA)
Kenseiden (Platformer SEGA)
Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Platformer, SEGA)
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (Platformer, SEGA)
Master of Darkness (Exploration, SEGA)
Ninja Gaiden (Platformer, Tecmo)
New Zealand Story (Platformer, Taito)
Rainbow Islands (Platformer, Taito)
Zillion (Platformer, SEGA)
Zillion 2 (Various Genres, SEGA)
Power Strike (Shmup, M2)
Power Strike 2 (Shmup, M2)
Blade Eagle 3D (Shmup, SEGA)
Sagaia (Shmup, Taito)
Aerial Assault (Shmup, SEGA)
Zaxxon 3D (Shmup, SEGA)
Phantasy Star (JRPG, SEGA)
Golden Axe Warrior (Action RPG, SEGA)
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (Action RPG, SEGA)
Golvellius: Valley of Doom (RPG, SEGA)
The Ninja/Ninja Princess (Arcade Shooter, SEGA)
Baku Baku Animal (Puzzle, SEGA)
Penguin Land (Puzzle, SEGA)
Buggy Run (Racing, SEGA)
Enduro Racer (Racing, SEGA)
Gauntlet (Hack n Slash, Atari)
Rastan (Hack n Slash, Taito)
Renegade (Beat em Up, Arc System Works)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Platformer, SEGA)
Dynamite Dux (Beat em Up, SEGA)
Battle OutRun (Racing, SEGA)
Time Soldiers (Run n Gun, SNK)
Astro Warrior (Shmup, SEGA)
Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Action RPG, SEGA)
Castle of Illusion (Plaformer, Disney/SEGA)
Wonder Boy (Platformer, SEGA)
Sonic Chaos/Sonic & Tails (Platformer, SEGA)
Alex Kidd BMX Trial (Racing, SEGA)
Special Criminal Investigation (Racing, Taito)
Galactic Protector (Tower Defence, SEGA)
Global Defense/SDI (Shmup, SEGA)
Transbot (Shmup, SEGA)
Marble Madness (Sports, Atari) - previously European Exclusive (I can see Mark Cerny requesting this for Japan)
Maze Hunter 3D (Hack n Slash, SEGA)
Miracle Warriors (RPG, Kogado Software Products)
Game Gear (Both)
Sonic Triple Trouble (Platformer, SEGA)
Land of Illusion (Platformer, Disney/SEGA)
Deep Duck Trouble (Platformer, Disney/SEGA)
Shinobi/ GG (Platformer, SEGA)
Shinobi II: The Silent Fury/ GG 2 (Platformer, SEGA)
Tails Adventure (Exploration, SEGA)
Tempo Jr (Platformer, SEGA)
Fantasy Zone Gear (Shmup, SEGA)
GG Aleste (Shmup, M2)
GG Aleste 2 / Power Strike 2 (Shmup, M2)
Griffin (Shmup, ???)
Halley Wars (Shmup, Act Japan)
Panzer Dragoon Mini (Shmup, SEGA)
Galaga 91/ 2 (EU) (Shmup, Taito)
Shining Force: Sword of Hadja (TRPG, SEGA)
Defenders of Oasis (RPG, SEGA)
Crystal Warriors (TRPG, SEGA)
Pengo (Puzzle, SEGA)
Devilish (Pinball, Sage Creations)
Sonic Drift Racing/ 2 (Racing, SEGA)
Fantastic Dizzy (Adventure, Codemasters)
Legend of Illusion (Platformer, Disney/SEGA)
Lucky Dime Caper (Platformer, SEGA)
Dropzone (Shmup, Codemasters)
Madou Monogatari A: Dokidoki Vacation (RPG, SEGA)
Royal Stone: Hirakareshi Toki no Tobira (TRPG, SEGA)
Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei, Jashin no Kuni e (TRPG, SEGA)
Taisen-gata: Daisenryaku G (TRPG, SystemSoft)
Magic Knight Rayearth (RPG, SEGA)
Magic Knight Rayearth 2: Making of Magic Knight (RPG, SEGA)
Woody Pop (Pinball, SEGA)
House of Tarot (Card Simulation, SEGA) - This just reads Horoscopes
Coca Cola Kid (Platformer, SEGA)
Dragon Crystal (Rougelike, SEGA)
Now, here is the more interesting aspect if SEGA were to allow translations of some of the games. I would think that M2, ATLUS and SEGA themselves would discuss which games would be easy to translate and put these in just to please the fans even more. Here are the games that I think would be amazing to give to the Western Audiences (also available for the Japanese).
This would be a good trade-off for the Japanese getting more Game Gear games.
Sylvan Tale (Action RPG, SEGA) - M2 localisation. M2 decides to translate this game as it seems to copy The Story of Thor's gameplay really well on the Game Gear, and ask the original Fan Translators if they can expand on their work.
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible S (RPG, ATLUS) - ATLUS USA localisation, ATLUS USA asked SEGA if they can get involved with the Mini, and are big fans of the game on the Game Gear. SEGA approves this and gets a small team to tinker with the game to translate it.
Moldorian: Hikari to Yami no Kyoudai (RPG, Rit's) - SEGA localisation, called just Moldorian in the west and uses the Fan Translation and fixes the EXP Glitch.
Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict (RPG, SEGA) - ATLUS USA localisation, SEGA requests ATLUS to translate the final game to gauge interest in the Shining Force series.
Lunar: Samposuru Gakuen (RPG, GameArts) - Gaijinworks/XSEED localisation, SEGA approach either company to see if they wish to have some contracted work on the Lunar series. (we won't talk about Bernie Stolar I promise! *They say to Victor Ireland)
Head Buster (TRPG, Masaya) - M2 localisation, M2 take a shine to this game and ask Extreme, the IP Holder, if they can translate this game as it will compliment the Shining Force games well.
Hoshi wo Sagashite.../The Story of Mio (Visual Novel, SEGA) - SEGA localisation, requested by Reiko Kodama to use the Fan Translation and adapt it. (this is the ONLY translated game for the Master System)
Last but not least, the Master System had a few good Lightgun games, and I feel that this would be a nice extra that would unlock once you purchased the Light Phaser. (a little unfair perhaps to lock people out but it's one of those things to encourage Light Gun sales)
Lightgun Games (requires extra Light Phaser Purchase)
Laser Ghost (SEGA)
Space Gun (SEGA)
Operation Wolf (Taito)
Bank Panic - M2 add a feature to play the game with a Lightgun! (Compatability added to game. It CAN be played without it as well!)
Overall, that would make 70 games for the West and 80 games for the Japanese. I have picked (hopefully) a fair amount of games people wouldn't bitch much over, and it has a nice amount of different games for people to enjoy!
I could see this retail at £99.99 (like the PC Engine Mini and original Master System Launch Price) and $109.99 for the US.
The Extra Lightgun would be £24.99 and $29.99 respectively. Controllers would be £19.99/$24.99.
Does anyone think that this would be a good line up for SEGA to use one day perhaps? It'd beat the NES Mini handily by using the best of the two consoles libraries in addition to getting SEGA's lesser console a chance to shine for old fans and new audiences!