Friday, 8 May 2009
Fantasy Zone II for the Master System has been released on the European Virtual Console today. The game costs 500 Wii Points, and has been available in Japan since January. It has yet to be released in North America.
The game was first rated back in March by the Australian Classification Board, which is extremely reliable when it comes to imminent releases. Secret Command was also rated and released in April; however Shinobi, which was also rated, has yet to make its way onto the Virtual Console.
Fantasy Zone II is generally regarded as better than the original, albeit with worse music. The vivid graphics are some of the best on the Master System, with rainbows and clouds aplenty. It retains the Defender-style gameplay of the original, as well as all the cutesy designs.
Interestingly, the game was "ported" to Sega's legendary System-16 arcade board in 2008 as part of the Sega Ages series of remakes. It was designed to be as authentic as possible, using real System-16 hardware to stay true to the technical limitations of the time.
The original Fantasy Zone is also available on the Virtual Console, and as an unlockable game in Mega Drive Ultimate Collection.
[Source: Nintendo Life]