One of the earliest 8 meg cartridges for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Gaiares is a horizontal shooter developed by Nippon Telenet. Released on December 26th, 1990 in Japan, it was later brought to U.S. markets by way of publisher Renovation. Other than being fairly difficult, Gaiares is most known for its unique weapon-leeching mechanic. Instead of relying on traditional power-ups as shooters usually do, your option-like ship (called TOZ) can be launched outward toward enemy craft with the C button, bringing back one of many weapons for your ship to use. To expand on this feature, the game also features three power-levels to these weapons; this allows you to leech from the same type of enemy multiple times, to increase it's power.