Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground are now available for the Nintendo Switch for $7.99 each. Put Alex Kidd’s rock-crushing fists to the test in this SEGA AGES release containing several quality-of-life improvements including a Rewind option to make the game more accessible. Meanwhile, Gain Ground gets an arcade-faithful version featuring an All-Member Mode that unlocks all 20 characters, along with a three-player local multiplayer option. Build your SEGA AGES collection by picking up both titles today!
SEGA Games History: Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground FactsSince Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Phantasy Star share some of the same development staff, many references from the former appear in the latter. For example, the Psycho Wand in Alex Kidd is wielded by Lutz in Phantasy Star.
The characters Egle and his fiancé (Princess) Lora are also the names of the main characters in Pit Pot, an action game for the Sega Master System.
Gain Ground was known for its impressive level of detail for the time. While most arcade and SEGA Genesis titles ran at 320×224 resolution, Gain Ground was presented at 496×384 resolution thanks to its powerful System 24 board.
In the Japanese version of Gain Ground, Stage 4-8 featured a popular glitch (fixed in the American release) where the level wouldn’t end unless you proceeded with only a few of the rescued characters, forcing you to beat the game this way. Since the plot involved a tyrannical computer AI, many felt this was coincidentally canonical, so the glitch is enabled by default in the game’s settings.