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GG Aleste
GGアレスタ
29 Dec 1991

 
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Sega's Game Gear never quite did as well as it should have done, for reasons that seem all too unfair in retrospect. Maybe it was because the machine had too short a battery life, maybe the Game Boy just had too much of a foothold on the market, or maybe it was because games like GG Aleste were never released outside of Japan.
And that is simply a crime. GG Aleste is a work of true greatness: a faultless, helter-skelter, unforgettable thrill-ride of a shooting game that blows away anything even vaguely similar on the Game Boy - and on most 8-Bit consoles for that matter.
Super-slick gameplay, eight colourful rounds, two quick 'Bonus Areas' (at the start of rounds 4 and 6), a giant flying fortress in round 5... The Aleste / Compile stamp of quality is here en force, along with a distinctively annoying feeling of disbelief that Sega let this game slip by virtually unnoticed.
Oh well. That will forever be their burden to bear, because as hand-held games go this is quite simply as good as it gets. It easily tops the list of the best the Game Gear has to offer, up there with The GG Shinobi (1991), Psychic World (1991) and Fantasy Zone Gear (1991).
But look out - today the game's undeniable quality and subsequent 'collectible' reputation have seen the game become one of the most sought-after releases on the machine: difficult to find, and when you do the price is never very friendly.
A sequel, GG Aleste II (1993) appeared two years later.
 
 

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TACTICS
To access the SOUND TEST - During the title screen
Hold both buttons (1 + 2) and press START
 

 
GG Aleste
GGアレスタ
GAME GEAR
DETAILS
Format Game Gear
Released 29 Dec 1991
Publisher Compile
Product ID T-66017
Size (cm) 11 x 9.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
A brilliant little handheld shooting game, worthy of the Aleste lineage.
Also one of the most collectible GG titles out there, with an astronomical price to match.

Standard small-size GG packaging, 2Mbit cartridge, colour manual.

 



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