Here are four new addition for the collection. These four Mega Drive games are nothing too exciting but three of them are somewhat unique.
Darwin 4081 is another top down spaceship shooter. It’s in excellent condition and the game itself looks just ok. So nothing very special here.
Ringside Angel is the only Mega Drive/Genesis game to have a hologram cover and this copy is in excellent condition.
SHIKINJOH looks like it might be a good puzzle game. Music is good, graphics are simple and it could be a solid puzzler. What I like most about it is that it’s one of those few Sunsoft games to come in a very small case. If you look close you’ll also notice that the case spine is on the right. This style case is thoroughly Japanese! I’m curious why all Japanese Mega Drives games don’t open this way.
TEL TEL MAHJONG is another Sunsoft mini case and that’s the only reason I wanted this mahjong game.
Darwin 4081 – $12.00
Ringside Angel – $10.00
SHIKINJOH – $12.00
TEL TEL MAHJONG – $10.00
Plus $23.50 for shipping (approx $17 per game)
Below is a picture of my four Sunsoft mini case games. I did a quick search and I couldn’t find any others. These might be the only mini cases releases for the Mega Drive. I do know that not all Sunsoft games come in these mini cases. Panorama Cotton for example has the over sized cartridge but with a normal size clam shell case.
Edit (Update): Roger posted a great comment below about these Sunsoft mini cases. Turns out there are seven in this style: Super Fantasy Zone, Batman, Shi Kin Joh, Tel Tel Mahjong, Flashback, Lemmings and Tel Tel Stadium. It might be hard to get these last three but I will try 🙂 Thanks Roger!
My Sega Mega Drive Sunsoft mini cases.
Edit (Update): My fellow collector geelw made a good point about Ringside Angel. What I described is not actually a hologram cover but instead a lenticular printing. But at the time of my original post “lenticular” wasn’t in my vocabulary.
geelw‘s comment below made me realize that I didn’t actually know what was on the cover and hidden by the lenticular printing. I was curious enough to pull it out and take a few pictures:
So there is nothing too shocking (or interesting) here but finally we can put this Mega Drive mystery to bed.
Nice additions! By the way, Ringside Angel’s insert card is actually a lenticular image, not an actual hologram. Go on ahead and remove it if you haven’t yet, as there’s a standard cover underneath with a different image of Ms. Suzuki.
You know geelw your wealth of video game knowledge is impressive. How do you know who Ms. Suzuki is? 🙂 When I bought Ringside Angel I knew it featured a famous Japanese wrestler but I didn’t know her name. This is not the first time you’ve made very detailed comments about video games. You know your stuff!
Thanks! Back in the 90’s I had a friend who introduced me to a bunch of Japanese Wrestling stuff, including Cuty Suzuki, so that helped me get into some of the wrestling games I’d have normally avoided.
The closest I ever game to Japanese wrestling was collecting Kinnikuman (those wierd pink westlers called M.U.S.C.L.E. men in North America) as a kid. A few years ago I almost bought a complete set but the ebay price got up to $300. So I was priced out!
Nice! It’s always really interesting to read your posts, and then geelw’s comments, and then your conclusions ^_^ haha
I want that puzzle game!! *running to ebay*
lol! That’s very nice to hear stopxwhispering 🙂 Thank you.
My buddy who follows this blog (because I signed him up) says I blab on about nothing at all!
So I’m glad to hear that someone likes my babbling.
And honestly I really do like watching your collection grow and seeing your reviews and comments on your gaming life!
Same with geelw who is the champ for blogging content!
Well, thanks again. Hey, all you guys (and gals) are important to people because you’re helping preserve gaming history thanks to your love of physical media. I’m just the cranky old guy who’s been around so long that I happen to have run into two more cool folks who share some of my interests.
I’m happy we all share the interest for old games haha ^_^ Most of my friend are not gamers, or only into PS3 or Xbox, I like that too, but I think I prefer the retro stuff, it’s just more interesting! 😀
geelw it looks like we share some of your interests in a big way 🙂 For a long while I always considered this site a publicly facing diary, never expecting anyone to visit other than myself.
You two (geelw and stopxwhispering) have made this much more fun!
I’m sure I’ve said it before somewhere but I really enjoy seeing your collections grow as much as I enjoy sharing my own.
It is mutual buddy ^_^
Just so you are aware there were 7 Sunsoft small boxed Megadrive games…
Shi Kin Joh
Super Fantasy Zone
Tel Tel Mahjong
Tel Tel Stadium
Just missing Flashback in my collection now.
Hey! Thanks Roger 🙂
I have never seen those others games.
I jumped onto ebay and purchased Tel Tel Stadium 🙂
I’m worried about Flashback, looks like it might be expensive to pick up! But I’ll try for sure.
Thanks for putting these on my radar.
Nice one.. Lemmings is not an easy one to track down… I got mine in Japan a few years back.
I did notice that Flashback is quite an expensive one now and one day I will front the cash to get it.
Good luck on your hunt… 🙂
Thanks! And the same to you for your Sunsoft Flashback.
Do you have pictures of your video game collection online? I’d love to see what you have.
No sadly i don’t have pics up anywhere of my games collection, but it is something that i keep meaning to do at some point.
But I have some pics of my current setup…
(although the Neo CD and PS1 are also in there)
And this is my garage arcade… 🙂
omfg that’s so cool! I WANT A GARAGE ARCADE TOO!!!
Thought I would give you an update… finally got hold of a decent priced copy of Flashback.
So here is a pic for you…
You completed your set of Mega Drive mini Sunsoft games! Excellent 🙂 The look great.
I just received my copy of Tel Tel Stadium. I looked for Flashback but the cheapest I saw on ebay was $80. Where did you get yours from? Was it very expensive?
I didn’t find Lemmings at all.
I paid $60 for mine from France… I am in the UK and that included shipping.
Oddly though the Flashback cart number is T-15083 and the rest are numbered T-15013 to T-15063… so there does not appear to be a T-15073… or was there…?
I received my copy of Flashback over the weekend and was very pleasantly surprised at how much it plays like Abe’s Oddysee! It’s a brilliantly made game and very deserving of your time, even if you can’t find the Mini Sunsoft cart.
It’s funny that you left this post. Or timely I should say. Just yesterday I was on ebay looking for an affordable copy of the mini Sunsoft Flashback. It’s still really expensive and I passed on it, again.
I do have the Genesis version so I could play it. I remember playing Flashback on the PC a very long time ago. I was young and I found it to be very hard! But I was in awe of the graphics. So smooth and fluid! It’s great to hear that it’s still a good game. I should give it a go.