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Asian region Game Gear releases
Post Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:29 pm
I've just received this variant of Ecco: The Tides of Time from Japan;



It's the same design with three language (English, Chinese, Malay) box & manual as late 1994/early 1995 Asian 32X and Mega Drive releases.

Box, manual, and cart sticker codes all end in 40, which was Sega's region code for Asia (excluding Japan & South Korea).

Searching for others I came across another Ecco: The Tides of Time in an old Thai forum post. Then in the Bootleg Game Gear Game thread I noticed two copies of Sonic & Tails 2 with the same design. One of those originated on Ruten, a Taiwanese site.





Credit to Black Squirrel on Sonic Retro for spotting this. I can't upload PDFs here, but there's PDF of the manual on Sega Retro.
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:19 am
Ecco 2 seems to be the only attempt at a proper Asian version for the Game Gear (my guess is 1994-1995).

But there are other Asian releases that came later (my guess is 1996-1997). These are on the cheap side since they came in a generic cardboard box with a transparent plastic tray and no manual.

Here's Sonic Drift 2. It's up for sale/trade if anyone's interested.

2562 must be the game code, since the US release has the same code, but 670-13194 is a Japanese style code that seems unique to this version.


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:26 pm
really interesting find !
I've been collecting megadrive and 32x asian games for nearly two decades and never saw a game gear asian version game in my searches (as I did many times with korean games)
this must be pretty rare. wondering if there is a console also ?
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Post Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:30 am
No specific console to my knowledge :(
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Post Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:24 pm
Kenneth wrote
really interesting find !
I've been collecting megadrive and 32x asian games for nearly two decades and never saw a game gear asian version game in my searches (as I did many times with korean games)
this must be pretty rare. wondering if there is a console also ?


I have the Ecco Tides of Time, but mine came from South Africa. A scan can be found on rfgeneration.com , sadly there was some writing on my box, but I think it maybe is the rarest Game Gear release. Only paid £10 for it though
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