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    Default Genesis/Megadrive import scene = lame?

    It seems with most systems out of Japan, specifically the NES, SNES, and Turbografx-16, there are quite a few great games that never made it to the US, many of which are playable if you can't read Japanese. But with the Genesis, it seems like every good game for the system made it to the US, and the few that didn't are too language intensive for me to play. I know the Genesis wasn't very popular over there, but am I missing some hidden gems?

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    Yes... Alien Soldier, Super Fantasy Zone, Panorama Cotton, Snow Bros., Eliminate Down, Gley Lancer, Twinkle Tale, Undeadline, Battle Mania 2, Puzzle & Action, Pulseman, Puyo Puyo Tsuu to name a few.

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    There are awesome import genny games that never made it to US or PAL:
    Vixen 357
    Surging Aura
    Legend of Heroes 1 and 2
    Maten no Soumetsu
    King Colossus
    Blue Almanac
    Rent a Hero
    Sorcerian

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    I'm not sure if I'd be able to enjoy Legend of Heroes or Sorcerean without understanding the language. Maybe with a walkthrough or just by random luck, but I don't think it'd be much fun.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zebbe View Post
    Yes... Alien Soldier, Super Fantasy Zone, Panorama Cotton, Snow Bros., Eliminate Down, Gley Lancer, Twinkle Tale, Undeadline, Battle Mania 2, Puzzle & Action, Pulseman, Puyo Puyo Tsuu to name a few.
    So there are good Japanese Megadrive games that didn't make it here, they're just all very rare and expensive.

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    Yu Yu Hakusho Makyou Toitsusen (4 Player Multi-Tap Fighter by Treasure)

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue lander View Post
    I'm not sure if I'd be able to enjoy Legend of Heroes or Sorcerean without understanding the language. Maybe with a walkthrough or just by random luck, but I don't think it'd be much fun.



    So there are good Japanese Megadrive games that didn't make it here, they're just all very rare and expensive.

    Puyo Puyo 2 is quite cheap
    So is Tanto-R (Puzzle&Action)

    and i have Super Fantasy Zone for sale for 25 as an example.

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    Plus there's some PAL games that never came out in the US that are definitely worth getting, eg:

    Micro Machines Military
    Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament
    Mega Man: The Wily Wars
    Combat Cars
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    Moved to the import forum


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    Quote Originally Posted by blue lander View Post
    So there are good Japanese Megadrive games that didn't make it here, they're just all very rare and expensive.
    Some of them, yes. But most can be found quite cheap if you look around a bit.

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    Some more good ones,

    Snake Rattle n Roll and Megapanel
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    Sailor moon is a decent beat-emup. Dragonballz is a good fighter, as well as YuYuhakusho. and always Rockman Megaworld(aka Megaman Wily Wars)
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    And when you're ready for a multiregion system talk with me. I have a USA/JPN + 60Hz/50Hz modded Genesis 1 for sale right now and will be adding a pair of USA/JPN modded Genesis 2's tonight. Of course, all three have a modification to use standard RCA cables (Ye/Wh/Re) instead of the proprietary Genesis 1 or 2 multi AV cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebbe View Post
    Yes... Alien Soldier, Super Fantasy Zone, Panorama Cotton, Snow Bros., Eliminate Down, Gley Lancer, Twinkle Tale, Undeadline, Battle Mania 2, Puzzle & Action, Pulseman, Puyo Puyo Tsuu to name a few.
    QFT. You covered all the import based, although I'd personally add:
    Yu Yu Hakusho Makyo Toitsusen
    Slap Fight
    Rainbow Islands Extra

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    I've already modded my Genesis and bought a handful of cheap Japanese Megadrive games, none of which were too impressive.

    I actually came across a handful of pirate Megadrive games at a thrift store a few years back, and Yu Yu Hakusho was among them. It's a pretty decent fighter, but I understand that the legitimate cartridge is rare and expensive. It seems that most of the Megadrive imports that interest me (Snow Bros, Pulseman, Alien Soldier) also happen to be quite expensive.

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    Why does someone keep on thinking Snake Rattle n Roll is a Japanese MD game...It most certainly is not!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by segagamer View Post
    Why does someone keep on thinking Snake Rattle n Roll is a Japanese MD game...It most certainly is not!!!
    Genesis Non-U.S. Game Releases Snake Rattle 'n Roll Sega 4 1993 Europe
    Nintendo NES U.S. Game Releases Snake Rattle 'n Roll Nintendo 3

    Yep. its a Euro game. I thought it had only come out on NES. Still considered import though to US ppl. (how's the Megadrive play import euro games? Any mod required?)
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    Depends on if it has lockout or not. Games made before 1992 didn't have that, most after did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tritium View Post
    Sailor moon is a decent beat-emup.
    It's on the SFC as well, though - unless they made more than one of these...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Oscuro View Post
    It's on the SFC as well, though - unless they made more than one of these...
    The Mega Drive version of Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon is a watered down version of Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon for the Super Famicom. The ending is a little different but it's basically the same game, just far easier and less detailed. This is not to be confused with the sequel beat 'em up Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon R for the Super Famicom which is based upon the second series of the anime.

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