Gaming Steve

January 04, 2006

Sega Genesis Lives! Beggar Prince To Be Released Spring 2006

Sega Genesis Lives! Beggar Prince!Sure a new game hasn't been released for the Sega Genesis in America since 1998, but that hasn't stopped San Diego developer Super Fighting Team from releasing a brand new game for Sega's beloved system.

Beggar Prince tells the story of Steven, a bored prince who decides to escape his castle dressed as a beggar to experience life among the commoners. Of course with the prince gone the evil Minister usurps control of the throne and now Steven is barred from re-entering his own castle. Thus begins Steven's adventure of who must prove his identity and retake the throne.

Originally released as "Xin Qi Gai Wang Zi" in Taiwan in 1996, the Super Fighter Team has worked with the game's original developers to translate the game into English and release it for USA and Europe this Spring. Beggar Prince looks like your standard Genesis-style RPG with towns to visit, people to talk to, quests to conquer, monsters to battle, and so forth ... your typical RPG of the time. Graphically the game looks stunning and the combat system seems quite interesting. After flipping through the Beggar Prince web site and viewing the bright, crisp graphics makes you almost yearn for the days of 16-bit gaming.

You can pre-order the game for around $46 and is set to ship in Spring 2006. It will play in any Sega Genesis, Megadrive or Nomad system regardless of region (it will work on both NTSC and PAL systems). Can't wait to break out the old Genesis and give this one a whirl!

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Backlash against the Next Generation gaming consoles perhaps? Maybe this will be a new trend. It would be very interesting and cool to see that happen. -leeman

Posted by lemurbouy at January 5, 2006 02:00 AM

Wasn't a title announced for the Dreamcast a few days ago? Is Sega planning something?

Posted by Darkel at January 5, 2006 04:06 AM

It's pretty cool. I hope this thing sells well, though I do not personally own a Sega Genesis. I wonder why they did this...

Posted by FTH at January 5, 2006 06:24 AM

This would be a nice trend for small gaming companies.

Either releaseing Japanese only games, or creating brand new ones for old systems. I would love new SNES or N64 games to be released. Not to mention some new Dreamcast games.

Posted by TheShark at January 5, 2006 06:52 AM

Um, newsflash guys. Dreamcast is still very much alive. It gets a new game in Japan every 2-3 months still. Most are galaga style shooters, but oh well, they're still games. One of them coming soon is cel-shaded though, so that's an original aspect for the genre. Maybe it will be good.

Posted by Mozgus at January 5, 2006 02:54 PM

"Either releaseing Japanese only games"
Actually it was Taiwan.
Anyway, I actually would like to see more of this. It may actually even spike some consumer intrest in buying old consoles just to play new games for them. The last gen consoles really cost very little nowadays. (at least used ones. I can't find any new ones to compare them too.) And a lot of these games look great.

Posted by sgore at January 5, 2006 02:57 PM

"It may actually even spike some consumer intrest in buying old consoles just to play new games for them."

Pawnshops would go crazy...

Posted by Scipion at January 5, 2006 03:26 PM

Wow, I don't even KNOW where my genesis is anymore.

Posted by Richard at January 5, 2006 06:05 PM

..Is sega planing something big..if they plan on making a new system thats going to be awesome!!

Posted by Jynx at January 5, 2006 07:20 PM

I don't know if the game market is big enough for 4 major game consoles. I mean, look at the current market, it's barely big enough to hold 3 consoles, with one of the companies (relatively!) struggling. In my view 4 consoles couldn't survive.

Posted by Wahh at January 5, 2006 08:54 PM

Struggling eh? I'm guessing your referring to Nintendo when you say that. But please, PLEASE research. Nintendo is doing quite well. You could say they're "Sitting Pretty".

Posted by Awezing at January 5, 2006 09:14 PM

Awesome find!
I just might have to pick that up!

Since we're on the subject of gaming on classic consoles, if any of you are Atari 2600 fans, just head over to Atari Age. Us VCS fans STILL make games for it!


Posted by SjN at January 5, 2006 09:49 PM

Isn't it obvious it makes sense to release games for old systems. If it works for Nintendo it can work for Sega. That's the video game industry at it's finest turning point - competition. And I bet most people would like to play some old Sega classics as well. Remember back in the day when it was Nintendo vs. Sega? What did you enjoy playing?

Posted by DaviD at January 5, 2006 09:50 PM

actully microsoft isnt doing to well with the xbox360 in japan i guess gates cant get the japenese to play something that doesnt say made in japan

Posted by the great commenter at January 5, 2006 09:53 PM

japanese people just dont like to play shitty consoles with low framerates and third tier hackneyed games. They like their games to have more susbstance than pretty graphics and cool physics. they like strong storylines and originality, something the xbox fails at. The system itself looks like a white dell computer, while they didnt really change the controller.

Posted by sdlvx at January 5, 2006 10:07 PM

Dang you're right, the japanese really do love their "deep" involving games. Lets see, Mario Kart is one of the highest selling games? Dang thats right, it has an AMAZING story. And how about all those porn games, they sell better than many games in japan, yeah they sure are into those "deep" games.

Posted by Chris at January 5, 2006 10:21 PM

Chris, he said strong storylines AND originality. Mario Kart has goofy originality, the Metal Gear Solid series has amazing storylines.

Unlike your random shooters.

Posted by Iff at January 5, 2006 10:38 PM

Anyone know when the rom will be available?

I'm serious.

Posted by Xav at January 5, 2006 10:45 PM

"I don't know if the game market is big enough for 4 major game consoles. I mean, look at the current market, it's barely big enough to hold 3 consoles, with one of the companies (relatively!) struggling. In my view 4 consoles couldn't survive."

Well, if Sega released a true gaming system and not something like the flashy, bloated $400 systems that play increasingly-realistic sports games, racing sims, and rehashed FPSs then they'll join Nintendo on the other side of the "great divide."

Like Nintendo, they might draw a lot of people (like myself) that haven't bought a console in years back into the market.

Posted by Rabbot at January 5, 2006 10:59 PM

There are still Sega CD games being made.

I haven't the slightest idea if they're any good however.

$46.00 for a new Genesis game is a bit steep, but on the other hand, it'll be a collector's item in no time...

Posted by T-BirD at January 5, 2006 11:14 PM

This is pretty cool. I love the Genesis but not enough to pay $46.

Posted by Stubbyperson77 at January 5, 2006 11:35 PM

This would be a good title for the Nintendo Revolution's vintage gaming feature.

Posted by BRi7X at January 6, 2006 12:18 AM

I wonder why they don't offer it in ROM image form? I no longer have a Genesis but I emulate one quite often. They could sell the image for a lot less than a physical cartridge as it would be pure pofit. I'd pay $20 or $25 for a ROM image of the game. It looks quite good.

Posted by Bjorn Nitmo at January 6, 2006 12:18 AM

It all makes sense now. A few months back, some people found a grey area in the DCMA that supposedly allowed backup/roms of game systems as long as the system was not easy to get and there were no new games being produced for it. Maybe this is Sega's way of trying to keep thier own game library from being bootlegged over the internet? Release a game every once in a while for a system, and its no longer a dead system. Hmmm....

Posted by Threepigs at January 6, 2006 12:18 AM

Hmm... good point threepigs. i was thinking the same thing as i read this.

Posted by dtime at January 6, 2006 04:18 AM

Sega have already pledged support for Nintendos revelation download service which will mainly consist of older generation games.
also not the the deals being done to buy up other gen games for mobile phones

Posted by rednuht at January 6, 2006 06:07 AM

Does it bother anyone else that the game will retail for $46....I mean new games that were more expensive to make and render and program cost that much or less....

Posted by Matt at January 6, 2006 10:49 AM

Sega, as far as I know, had nothing to do with the release of this game. This is an ambitious fan project that happens to have the blessing of the original developer, nothing more.

Posted by Oddigy at January 6, 2006 11:02 AM

stupid. have you not played PS2 or 360? the graphics, the experience; who would want to go back?

Posted by siri at January 6, 2006 06:45 PM

I would ;) seriously though nentendo has some original games with unquie designs the only reson i have a PS2 is for the final fantasy seires / ace combat 5

Posted by Sol at January 7, 2006 12:47 AM

Yeah, I've played plenty of ps2, 360, etc games....but oddly I find myself going back to ps1, old pc, or even NES games on occasion. I guess there's a reason these Activision/Taito/Capcom/Namco/Intellivision/etc compilations keep coming out and selling well ;)

Posted by T-BirD at January 7, 2006 02:24 AM

Lets get back to the good old 80's and 90's !! ^^

Posted by Jack at January 9, 2006 05:06 AM

Beggar Prince was a very funny cantonese Stephen Chow movie.

Same guy that did kung fu hustle :D

Posted by Pir0 at January 9, 2006 11:33 AM

Wow, this gives me a reason to whip out my Nomad. I have been playing Lengend of Heroes on the PSP, and it has a great nostalgic feel of 16bit gaming. I dont mind paying $46 for a new game, but I will have to read some positive reviews first.

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Posted by online hydrocodone at May 21, 2006 07:41 PM

Looks pretty cool, I actually have my genesis hooked up to my TV right now. I love all the good old school consoles... nes, snes and genesis. Sadly I often find them more entertaining then my 360 =/
I will definitely be buying this game.

Posted by Kyoshiro at July 17, 2006 09:14 PM

Man, I can't WAIT for this game! Something'swrong with my genesis though. I can hear the sound but no picture. (I tried to play sonic the hedgehog 2 thatway. I died...)

Posted by Dana at July 24, 2006 01:41 PM

does anybody know what happened with the beggar prince game?

this site only shows comments through about february 2006.

just curious? I have a personal interest in the story "beggar prince". I also have a nostalgic interest in the sega genesis system, since it was the game played most by my family in our "day". I only wonder how the game may have done in the "real world market", & thought this may be a good spot to learn more.

thank you.

Posted by Mrs. Shelly Trachsel at November 1, 2006 04:10 AM