Sunsoft Collection 2: What’s On the Cart?

Written by Pete Davison

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With Sunsoft Collection 2 on the horizon, we thought you’d appreciate a closer look at the games on this great cartridge. So we’re doing just that — this time in an all-new format, with a video accompaniment!

Sunsoft Collection 2 for Evercade brings together 7 games from a legend of Japanese gaming, including big hits, cult classics and former Japanese exclusives. Some of these games have become extremely rare and expensive to collect in their original format, so Sunsoft Collection 2 for Evercade provides an affordable means for all retro gaming enthusiasts to add them to their collection — and for a whole new audience to discover some truly great games.

Let’s take a closer look!

Ufouria: The Saga

Ufouria: The Saga is one of several classic Sunsoft games that is rather hard to come by in its original format today, particularly in its localised incarnation. It initially released in Japan under the name Hebereke, and was subsequently localised for a European release in 1992. The localisation changed the name to Ufouria: The Saga and redesigned the main characters in an attempt to be more appealing to a western audience.

Ufouria: The Saga unfolds as an open-structure exploratory platform game in which the hero Bop-Louie must track down his four friends, who have become lost after the group fell into a mysterious crater. A vast 2D open world awaits, with plenty of items to discover and challenges to overcome, making Ufouria: The Saga a great addition to Evercade’s lineup of platformers.

Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel

First released in 1994, Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel spins off from Sunsoft’s Aero the Acro-Bat series, and stars Aero’s former rival, Zero. In this game, Zero takes time away from acting as villain Edgar Ektor’s henchman in an attempt to save his homeland from an evil lumberjack. Like Aero the Acro-Bat, Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel features levels that reward exploration, with plenty of secrets to uncover along the way.

Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel drew praise on its original release for its vibrantly colourful graphics, varied, huge levels, and the agility of its main protagonist. It’s a great example of the mid-’90s mascot platformer done right, and a popular title from Sunsoft’s back catalogue. With its release on Evercade as part of Sunsoft Collection 2, it’s easier than ever to add this great game to your collection.

Blaster Master: Enemy Below

The original Blaster Master, playable as part of Sunsoft Collection 1 for Evercade, is a great example of the open-structure exploratory platformer in 8-bit home console form. Now, in Sunsoft Collection 2, you can try your hand at the 8-bit handheld take on the series, originally released in 2000.

Blaster Master: Enemy Below features all the classic gameplay elements of the original Blaster Master, including side-scrolling platforming and top-down dungeons to explore. Whether you’re a Blaster Master veteran or a newcomer to the series, Blaster Master: Enemy Below offers a substantial mission to take on, making it an excellent value addition to Sunsoft Collection 2 for Evercade.

Pri Pri: Primitive Princess!

In Pri Pri: Primitive Princess! for Evercade, you’ll take on the role of the heroic Totom and attempt to prove your worthiness for Princess Pri Pri’s hand in marriage. There are 50 floors of the Tower of Nubo between you and blissful matrimony, though, so you’d better get climbing!

Pri Pri Primitive Princess! is a puzzle-platformer in which you must guide Totom through each level, strategically using his hammer to destroy blocks and defeat enemies. Watch out for traps such as illusionary floors, though — the tower is full of them, and they’ll make your quest very tricky indeed!

Daze Before Christmas

Ever wanted to see the dark side of Santa Claus? All you need to do, according to Daze Before Christmas, is give him a nice cup of tea. In this Sunsoft platformer that was previously only released in Europe and Australia, you’ll take on the role of jolly old Saint Nick in an attempt to recover the missing Christmas presents.

Daze Before Christmas features charming artwork and music, and varied platforming gameplay that you can enjoy no matter the season!

Aero the Acro-Bat 2

Aero the Acro-Bat is back on Evercade with another adventure. He’s once again attempting to foil the plans of the evil Doctor Edgar Ektor, who it seems is preparing to unleash his mysterious “Plan B”.

With lovely visuals, delightful animation and colourful, varied stages to explore, Aero the Acro-Bat 2 builds on the solid foundation of its predecessor to create another great mascot platformer for Evercade.

Galaxy Fight: Universal Warriors

Sunsoft’s 32-bit fighting game is the spiritual precursor to the charmingly wacky Waku Waku 7, and features some interesting elements not often seen in fighting games. Perhaps most notable of these is how the stages have no boundaries, meaning there’s no “cornering” an enemy… or being cornered yourself!

With a diverse cast of characters running the gamut from hyper-cute to super-sexy, you’re sure to find a favourite fighter in Galaxy Fight: Universal Warriors, so prepare to battle the challenging computer opponent or compete against a friend on Evercade VS!

Sunsoft Collection 2 will be available for Evercade from April 30, 2024. Preorders are open from today. Find out more on the official cartridge page.


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