1999 was the year of official Resident
Evil game announcements and showings... Code Veronica, Resident
Evil 3, Gun Survivor, and Zero all made their first proper display
during the year. Along with this Resident Evil 2 made a reshowing
for Dreamcast and Nintendo 64 and finally Virgin Interactive announced
that the original Resident Evil was to be ported to the Game Boy
Color by the start of 2000 by UK developer HotGen.
Of course 2000 came and the game was constantly
delayed until Capcom and Virgin both announced that the project
had been scrapped as it was not living up to the standard that they
were wanting out of it.
People were slightly disappointed by the events surrounding the
ports cancellation as it had looked well enough for the platform
and reports of early demos had been positive enough considering
the limits set by the Game Boy, including lack of buttons, limited
color display, and graphical display.
By early 2001 however it seemed Virgin hadn't been so happy to just
quit creating a Resident Evil title for a portable system. Tiger
had proven that it could be done with Resident Evil 2 on their Game.com
but that the translation may have to suffer for the chances. However
by this time people expected the next title to appear on the Game
Boy Advance, and perhaps be a restart of the previously scrapped
port project using the new technology to enhance the game and fix
the problems Capcom and Virgin both had with the Game Boy Color
version. As we were all to find out both of these facts were to
it was revealed that the title would still be on the Game Boy Color
and would be an original title named 'Resident Evil Gaiden' developed
together by Virgin Interactive and another UK developer called M4.
Capcom seemed willing enough to give the go ahead and Virgin said
the game would be out in European stores, at least, by the end of
Over a month before it's UK release, in early
November, the game illegally began to appear online, and it wasn't
long before it spread like a wildfire online. At the same time I
posted my first impressions of the game which you'll also find in
this section (under "Impressions" of course).
When the game was released in December in
the UK reviews by Nintendo magazines were fairly positive citing
the length in gameplay and the fact that M4 had managed to bring
the Resident Evil package to portable format near flawlessly. Sadly
both the Japanese release of Biohazard Gaiden and the US release
of Resident Evil Gaiden trailed those of the Remake's local releases
on Gamecube in 2002 and effected both sales and reviews.
Like most titles Gaiden has both it's fans
and it's haters, especially those trying to understand where it
fits in the storyline. As far as I understand it in the legacy of
games, videogames titled "Something Series Gaiden" seem
to be nothing more than unrelated side stories, and it seems Resident
Evil Gaiden does indeed fit this mold. Perhaps you should check
it out and see what you have to think about portable Evil.