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SEGA AGES Alex Kidd & Gain Ground - Launch Trailer

A double dose of nostalgia

A throwback to the '80s when we were spending many hours with Alex Kidd on the Master System and Gain Ground at the arcade. Relive those memories with their launch today as part of the SEGA AGES lineup on Nintendo Switch!

Fight the Forces of Evil with Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground for Switch

Two classics return

Thursday, March 28, 2019 — IRVINE, Calif. - March 28, 2019 - Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground are now available for the Nintendo Switch™ for $7.99 each. Put Alex Kidd's rock-crushing fists to the test in this SEGA AGES release containing several quality-of-life improvements including a Rewind option to make the game more accessible. Meanwhile, Gain Ground gets an arcade-faithful version featuring an All-Member Mode that unlocks all 20 characters, along with a three-player local multiplayer option. Build your SEGA AGES collection by picking up both titles today!

SEGA Games History: Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground Facts Since Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Phantasy Star share some of the same development staff, many references from the former appear in the latter. For example, the Psycho Wand in Alex Kidd is wielded by Lutz in Phantasy Star.

The characters Egle and his fiancé (Princess) Lora are also the names of the main characters in Pit Pot, an action game for the Sega Master System.

Gain Ground was known for its impressive level of detail for the time. While most arcade and SEGA Genesis titles ran at 320x224 resolution, Gain Ground was presented at 496x384 resolution thanks to its powerful System 24 board.
In the Japanese version of Gain Ground, Stage 4-8 featured a popular glitch (fixed in the American release) where the level wouldn’t end unless you proceeded with only a few of the rescued characters, forcing you to beat the game this way. Since the plot involved a tyrannical computer AI, many felt this was coincidentally canonical, so the glitch is enabled by default in the game’s settings.

About Alex Kidd in Miracle World As Alex Kidd, you must go on a quest to return peace to the land of Radaction by defeating the evil Janken the Great, who sends his henchmen and monsters to thwart your progress. You must defeat them by participating in a game of “rock, paper, scissors” against his minions. With 16 different levels to conquer as you steadily make your way to Janken the Great, this platforming classic is sure to test your skills and your wits!

About Gain Ground

When a battle simulation goes wrong, all the contestants inside the system have been taken hostage by androids that have been reprogrammed into hi-tech killing machines. As an army of elite soldiers, you will travel through different simulated war zones to reach the corrupt central computer and finally put an end to the hostile system once and for all.

Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground are now individually available on the Nintendo Switch eShop in the Americas and Europe for $7.99 with commensurate European pricing.

SEGA AGES: Alex Kidd in Miracle World and SEGA AGES: Gain Ground hit NA/EU on March 28th, 2019

A double-dose of SEGA

Two more SEGA AGES titles are soon going to be available on the Switch in both North America and Europe. SEGA has confirmed that both SEGA AGES: Alex Kidd in Miracle World and SEGA AGES: Gain Ground are launching on March 28th, 2019. The titles saw release in Japan awhile back, but soon enough it'll be our turn to get in on the action!

SEGA AGES: Gain Ground - Famitsu live-stream recording

It's the 31st century, and science and technology have progressed to the point that the human race is approaching perfection: no war, no poverty and no conflict. With nothing to worry about, the human race seems destined to live forever in harmony. But what if Earth came under attack? By this point in time, people did not know how to cope with problems or conflicts, and had completely lost their survival instincts. In response to this, the United Earth Government created the Gain Ground system, a war simulator that would help humans rediscover their lost instincts. After several terrible malfunctions, the creators became prisoners in their own creation. Now it's up to players and two courageous comrades to go into the Gain Ground system, rescue their fellow humans and destroy the system. Players battle through different periods in history as they revive their survival instincts, while trying to live.

SEGA AGES: Gain Ground - another batch of screens

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It's the 31st century, and science and technology have progressed to the point that the human race is approaching perfection: no war, no poverty and no conflict. With nothing to worry about, the human race seems destined to live forever in harmony. But what if Earth came under attack? By this point in time, people did not know how to cope with problems or conflicts, and had completely lost their survival instincts.

In response to this, the United Earth Government created the Gain Ground system, a war simulator that would help humans rediscover their lost instincts. After several terrible malfunctions, the creators became prisoners in their own creation. Now it's up to players and two courageous comrades to go into the Gain Ground system, rescue their fellow humans and destroy the system. Players battle through different periods in history as they revive their survival instincts, while trying to live.

SEGA AGES: Gain Ground and Puyo Puyo drop in February 2019

Gain Ground and Puyo Puyo join the SEGA AGES line-up next month!

Gain Ground will see the addition of an All-Member Mode that unlocks all 20 characters, along with an Easy Mode if things are a little too difficult or you simply want to enjoy the game casually.

Meanwhile, the SEGA AGES release of Puyo Puyo will allow you to try your hand against other players outside your home with Online Play while testing your skills on the leaderboards with the new Ranking System! Note that Nintendo Switch Online is required for online play.

Also Coming to SEGA AGES in 2019

In 2018, we debuted the SEGA AGES series that revived some of SEGA's most beloved properties for modern audiences. That includes such iconic titles like Sonic The Hedgehog, Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar, and the original Phantasy Star. You can expect another great line-up of SEGA AGES releases in 2019, including:

Alex Kidd
Columns II
Puyo Puyo 2
Space Harrier
Virtua Racing
Sonic 2
Thunder Force AC

SEGA AGES: Gain Ground - Japanese trailer

In Gain Ground, players control one of a set of characters at a time, each with different weapons. To beat a level, players must reach the exit point with at least one character or destroy all enemies on the level before time runs out.

SEGA AGES: Gain Ground - another round of footage

Gain Ground was ranked number four in a 2016-released most wanted ports ranking (based on the results of a Sega 3D Classics Collection survey), and was the number one title if you exclude racing games. While it has been ported to Sega Saturn, PC Engine, PlayStation 2, and other platforms, it has never been faithfully ported since it uses an overwhelmingly high detail screen resolution and vertical monitor. But the arcade version will finally return on Nintendo Switch.

SEGA AGES: Gain Ground hitting Switch in Japan on Dec. 27th, 2018

SEGA has announced that SEGA AGES Gain Ground will release in Japan on Dec. 27th, 2018. The title is priced at 999 Yen. We know the game is coming to NA/EU as well, but don't have word on an official release date just yet.

SEGA AGES: Gain Ground - more screens

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In Gain Ground, players control one of a set of characters at a time, each with different weapons. To beat a level, players must reach the exit point with at least one character or destroy all enemies on the level before time runs out

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