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Electric Playground reviews SEGA AGES: Shinobi and Fantasy Zone


Our friends over at Electric Playground have put up two features on SEGA's latest titles in the SEGA AGES lineup. Check out their videos for SEGA AGES Shinobi and Fantasy Zone above!

SEGA AGES Fantasy Zone and Shinobi Deliver Pulse-Pounding Action Starting Today

The next double dose of SEGA classics are here!

Good news: you won't need to lug around a 300-pound arcade cabinet to play your favorite arcade titles on the go because Shinobi and Fantasy Zone are now available as part of the SEGA AGES line-up for the Nintendo Switch! Check out our launch trailer to find out more.

Prepare to dispatch the hordes of evil in Shinobi with style thanks to a wealth of quality-of-life additions, including an AGES mode that gives the master ninja extra health and damage, difficulty level and stage select options, a rewind time feature, and a unique Cabinet display mode that replicates the look and feel of playing in an actual arcade.

Or you can take control of that cute, egg-shaped ship Opa-Opa in the bright pastel world of Fantasy Zone. Don't be fooled by the colorful aesthetics, though - Fantasy Zone is known for its difficulty. Fortunately, this SEGA AGES release includes a very useful Coin Stock option to assist shoot-em-up newcomers, along with a Time Attack mode for a bonus challenge, extra bosses, and the ability to play as Opa-Opa's brother, Upa-Upa!

About Shinobi

Ninjutsu master Joe Musashi returns in this classic side-scrolling platformer. He has been sent on a mission to single-handedly find and rescue all the children of the Oboro clan who have been kidnapped by a criminal syndicate known as ZEED. Utilize your sharp sword, shurikens, throwing knives, and even magic to defeat the enemy and free the hostages.

About Fantasy Zone

A pioneer of the "cute 'em up" genre, Fantasy Zone tells a surprisingly bleak tale about the mighty space warrior Opa-Opa's journey for revenge in a pastel-colored world. Defeat enemies to collect coins and power up Opa-Opa in order to rescue the world of Fantasy Zone in this exciting classic!

Shinobi and Fantasy Zone are now available individually on the Nintendo Switch eShop in the Americas and Europe for $7.99 (with commensurate European pricing). For more information, visit the official website at http://segaages.sega.com/.

SEGA AGES: Fantasy Zone - more footage

Both the initially shipped arcade version and the new arcade version are included in Sega Ages Fantasy Zone. And in addition to unique, trivial elements such as the “Base Marker” that indicates the position of your base off-screen, regular Sega Ages elements such as online leaderboards, replays, and HD rumble are also supported.

SEGA shares new screens and full details on SEGA AGES: Fantasy Zone

Welcome to Fantasy Zone

As we mentioned the other day, SEGA AGES: Fantasy Zone is going to see release soon. We don't have a specific date yet, but we do have a wealth of information and screens. Check out the screens here, and read up on the details below.

Coin Stock System

“Coin Stock” is an assist feature for players who may not be good at shoot ’em up games. In the game, your bank increases in proportion to the amount of coins you collect. As your bank increases, useful options to increase the time limit for shots and amount of coins enemies drop will become available.

Extra Bosses

By meeting certain requirements while playing, original boss characters that appeared in versions such as the Sega Mark III version will barge their way onto the screen. Enjoy arcade-quality extra boss battles.

*Settings can be configured in the options menu.

Upa-Upa Mode

An alternate mode starring Opa-Opa’s younger brother Upa-Upa. There are no shop bubbles, and you can start playing by withdrawing your savings from the Coin Stock. As long as you have the budget for it, all weapons can be used at any time. The ending is also slightly different from the original mode.

Time Attack Mode

Attempt to clear the arcade version from beginning to end in as little time as possible. You have infinite lives, so there are never any “Game Overs.” Anyone can make it to the last boss as long as they fight on.

Other Sega Ages Features

Both the initially shipped arcade version and the new arcade version are included in Sega Ages Fantasy Zone. And in addition to unique, trivial elements such as the “Base Marker” that indicates the position of your base off-screen, regular Sega Ages elements such as online leaderboards, replays, and HD rumble are also supported.

SEGA AGES: Fantasy Zone will likely be the next SEGA AGES release in Japan

Another one for the ages

While we don't have official confirmation just yet, it seems that SEGA AGES: Fantasy Zone is going to be SEGA's next entry in the classic lineup. This version will be based on the 3DS port, which was in turn, based on the arcade version. SEGA AGES: Fantasy Zone includes a mode where you can play as Opa-Opa’s brother, Upa-Upa, a Stage Select mode, a Coin Stock system, multiple endings, difficulty settings, and the two additional bosses from the Master System version.

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