Sega to bring classic titles to 3DS, starting with 3D Space Harrier. First screens here

Classic 1985 sprite-scaling shoot-'em-up Space Harrier is heading to Nintendo 3DS' eShop according to a report from Japanese website Gamer. 3D Space Harrier appears to be a straight-up port of the arcade game, only with the inevitable 3D treatment and the necessary translation into widescreen.

The game was the first to use Sega's mega-impressive (for the time) Super Scaler technology, allowing for smooth manipulation of 2D images, making them bigger or smaller to simulate 3D depth. Imagine giving that effect a genuine appearance of 3D depth thanks to the 3DS' trademark visual trick and the game should still look superb, even 27 years after its original release. 

However, the news gets better, as this is reportedly just the first of a series of retro Sega re-releases heading for 3DS. Looking back at retro compilations and re-appearances like the arcade in Shenmue, the GBA Sega Arcade Collection or even Sega Ages Vol. 1 on Sega Saturn, we're confident After Burner II and Super Hang On are likely to follow very soon.

And then, of course, there's the other one. Arcade-perfect, handheld OutRun anyone? With added 3D? Sega may be milking its back catalogue for all it's worth, but if re-releases bring genuine improvements as this hopefully will, we're not complaining.




  • Fruitbat - November 22, 2012 2:35 p.m.

    Is Space Harrier not due for a remake yet? Outrun 2 was absolutely superb, so it would be nice to see an actual new Space Harrier!
  • THE_FORCE - November 21, 2012 10:32 p.m.

    Great games in their time, but now? Fun for five minutes at best for a nostalgia blast, but not enough depth to warrant a purchase - especially at Nintendo's eStore prices. :/
  • ericamitchell4 - November 21, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    Love my job, since I've been bringing in $78h.. I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online..{{{ MEL7.CoM }}}
  • Japanaman - November 21, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    I've been waiting for Space Harrier to hit the 3DS since Day One. Thank you Sega!
  • shawksta - November 21, 2012 5:56 a.m.

    Great to hear, adding classics is never a bad idea, which is why the virtual console even exists, nice job sega.
  • moakie - November 21, 2012 5:33 a.m.

    Please SEGA, Give me Space Harrier, OutRun and Daytona USA and I will be a happy man.
  • JarkayColt - November 21, 2012 4:31 a.m.

    So...more "3D Classics" then, but...not? By which I mean, it's a similar concept to Nintendo's 3D Classics but are Sega releasing these under the same banner? Nintendo said making them was pretty much unviably difficult and they seem to release them incredibly infrequently, so I wonder if Sega has some kind of better method or approach to producing them. If not, expect them to be stupidly expensive and become an incredibly short run. They're a nice idea, but kind of a novelty and slightly unfeasible.
  • GR_JustinTowell - November 21, 2012 4:49 a.m.

    The problem for Nintendo was the conversion process kept encountering problems like how to show surface-to-air missiles from a 2D game in a 3D space. Adding in extra animations and tracking algorithms etc for that sort of thing was turning into pretty much coding a new game each time, which is why they stopped doing it (a shame as they were good). Conversely, Yu Suzuki's programming for the sprites in games like Space Harrier was all done using calculations in 3D space, just displaying 2D sprites at varying degrees of scaling instead of true 3D polygon graphics. That should mean a 3D translation will be much easier and the effect should (fingers crossed) end up being superb.
  • JarkayColt - November 21, 2012 7:30 a.m.

    Ah, thanks for the explanation concerning the difference; I can see how Sega may just be able to pull this off now. Also... ...just admit that what you really wanted to say was "Sega do what Nintendon't", since it would've been a lot easier =p
  • GR_JustinTowell - November 21, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    I don't think we had that slogan in the UK so it never comes to mind, actually! But now you mention it... ;)

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