First issued over 30 years ago, SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive classic Gaiares is being re-released by the Video Game History Foundation and Retro-Bit.
Gaiares pushed the console shooter format, and boasted over 10 minutes of anime-style cutscenes. With a dynamic weapon system, immense bosses and smooth graphics in just an 8MB cartridge, the new release pays homage to the original. Meanwhile, some proceeds from the game with go to the Video Game History Foundation in our mutual efforts for game preservation to support its efforts for game preservation.
The Video Game History Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and teaching the history of video games. The organization was founded in 2017 by historian, journalist, and game developer Frank Cifaldi.
One of the most critically-acclaimed shoot ’em ups to come out of the 16-bit generation, the 1991 release was promoted by a series of ads featuring James Bunker offered an exclusive Gaiares t-shirt with a purchase of the game.
30 years later, Bunker Is Back. A former playtester at Renovation Products, James Bunker was featured in various ads for the game, and plays a part in this new issue.
Richard Igros is Marketing Director at game distributors Innex Inc.: “Gaiares was the one 1990s action game that all other shoot ’em ups were compared to. We’re so excited to not only shine a light on one of the best Genesis games of all time, but also to be working with the original spokesman, James Bunker, to once again spread the word about this must-own shooter.”
The Gaiares Re-release Features
- Translucent Tektite Cartridge
- Full colored instruction manual
- Embellished Slipcover
- Reversible Cartridge Sleeve
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Exclusive Interview with Jamie Bunker
- FREE Commemorative T-Shirt
Pre-orders opened on November 16th and through to December 19th, 2021, at $54.99. You can order Gaiares from Strictly Limited Games, DragonBox Shop, and Spel o Sant in Europe, and Castlemania Games, Limited Run Games, and participating independent video game and collectible stores.
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