Nintendo's got some news for you portable gaming fans. The 3DS Virtual Console will soon be updated to include Game Gear games, the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast reveals (via Andriasang).
The new section of the online store will launch in Japan on March 14 with three Sega games on offer: Sonic and Tails 2, Shinobi and Dragon Crystal. They'll be priced at ¥300 apiece, or roughly $3.75. There's no word yet on release plans outside of Japan, but we know that Game Gear games are definitely going to be making their way to 3DS handhelds in North America.
Nintendo's Satoru Iwata confirmed that Game Gear games (and TurboGrafx-16 games) were in the plans for the 3DS Virtual Console during his GDC keynote last year, just a few weeks before the Nintendo handheld was released in North America. Sega president Haruki Satomi was there as well to offer some words of support.
"This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Game Gear system, and we believe that releasing these titles on the groundbreaking Nintendo 3DS is a great way to commemorate the occasion," he said. It's not clear what held things up to push the Game Gear VC releases outside that 20th anniversary window, but Sega fans should be pleased to learn today that the update is finally coming.