1:41 PM on 05.28.2006
Yup, it's true - somebody is actually selling a "new" Genesis game this week. Doesn't that make you feel confused and bewildered inside, like anything is possible and you could shit rainbows? But! It's not really a neeeeeew game (like every other web site that isn't doing their homework is touting) but instead an english translation of an old 1996 rpg that you can't play unless you can read stuff like 新乞丐王子. Our notes and where to buy it after the jump. By the way, can you spot me a $50?
Good ol' wiki says "Beggar Prince (Chinese Xin Qigai Wangzi 新乞丐王子, literally "The New The Prince and the Pauper") is a Taiwanese game for Sega Mega Drive, originally released in 1996. An English translation of the game is currently in the works by American company Super Fighter Team, and began shipping to preorder customers on May 22, 2006. Beggar Prince is the first game for the Sega Genesis to be commercially released in the United States since 1998."
Uh-huh. I have to give a standing ovation to these people. Not only do they release a second generation RPG Sega Genesis game today, but they have the COJONES to price it at the retail value of modern video games. WTF? If I'm gonna drop $50 on a genesis cart it's gonna be to ebay a sequel of Thunderforce I've been missing :) If this was under $26 bucks I might wager to impulse buy. The price is wrong, b1tch! I wanna support you, but whoa take it easy on my hard earned coffers! If you've got the disposable income here's where you can buy it and learn more about it - beggarprince.com
Want to follow in their footsteps? Here's how to make your own physical Genesis games
. It looks like *mission*, no wonder these guys want fifty bucks. But when it's time to sell your work 5 years from now, please don't price it up there with God of War 4.
Bonus Stage: Read an interview with the people behind this game here
. What's notable about the interview is that they talk a lot about their decision to price it this way, so it's not like they aren't aware of THE PROBLEM. I wish they had just done it as a loss and tried to recoup some money by charging less, instead of trying to turn a profit. I'd be interested to know if it turns out to be a commercial success. I personally have a genesis, but I'm sure I'm in the 1% of gamers who lovingly kept theirs (or rebought it in their mid 20's with the sega cd and every game they ever wanted after getting a real job, cough cough)
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