January 04, 2006
Sega Genesis Lives! Beggar Prince To Be Released Spring 2006
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!
Posted by Gaming Steve at 10:00 PM
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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
Wasn't a title announced for the Dreamcast a few days ago? Is Sega planning something?
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...
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.
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.
"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.
"It may actually even spike some consumer intrest in buying old consoles just to play new games for them."
Pawnshops would go crazy...
Wow, I don't even KNOW where my genesis is anymore.
..Is sega planing something big..if they plan on making a new system thats going to be awesome!!
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.
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".
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!
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?
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
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.
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.
Chris, he said strong storylines AND originality. Mario Kart has goofy originality, the Metal Gear Solid series has amazing storylines.
Unlike your random shooters.
Anyone know when the rom will be available?
"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.
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...
This is pretty cool. I love the Genesis but not enough to pay $46.
This would be a good title for the Nintendo Revolution's vintage gaming feature.
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.
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....
Hmm... good point threepigs. i was thinking the same thing as i read this.
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
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....
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.
stupid. have you not played PS2 or 360? the graphics, the experience; who would want to go back?
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
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 ;)
Lets get back to the good old 80's and 90's !! ^^
Beggar Prince was a very funny cantonese Stephen Chow movie.
Same guy that did kung fu hustle :D
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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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.
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...)
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.