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GG Portrait: Akira Yuki

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Released: 1996

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: Game Gear

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Sega

Submitted by: Matt

It’s common knowledge, at least between Sega Saturn collectors, that a series of high-res Virtua Fighter Portrait galleries were released during the Saturn’s early days in Japan. It’s less common knowledge though that Sega released two Virtua Fighter Kids galleries for the GameGear.

Sega based these on the two most popular Virtua Fighters characters – Akira Yuki and Pai Chan. Slot the cartridge into your GameGear and you’re presented with some fairy eye-catching images of Akira training in his dojo and such.

Each images stays of the screen for ten seconds or so before another one appears. There is a slight degree of interactively to stop the whole thing being entirely passive. To wit: pressing either of buttons will make some happen, like a bird fly past or make a flower open up.

There are a couple of mini-games too, although they’re so basic that they could be recreated on an LCD game. They’re things like keeping a ball up in the air or smashing a pile of blocks by pushing the button at the right time. There are no penalties if you fail – the next image is displayed regardless.

A pretty pointless package if all told truthfully, but then again so were the Virtua Fighter Portrait disks.