Sega is bringing the Genesis Classics collection to Nintendo Switch. Previously released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the Genesis Classics collection features over 50 classic Genesis titles. Said titles includes true classics like Golden Axe I-III, Phantasy Star II-IV, Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2, Streets of Rage 1-3, Virtua Fighter 2, and many of the other games that Sega owners across the world grew up with. The collection will launch for Switch on December 6th.
On top of that, Sega will expand their Nintendo Switch support through the Sega Ages program.
The Sega Ages program will see Sega bring certain classic titles developed by M2 to the Switch as downloadable games. While the initiative will start with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog and Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar (each of which will be available for $7.99), Sega plans to gradually release more Switch games in the West via this program. Future titles will include Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Out Run, Space Harrier, Columns II, Thunder Force AC, Phantasy Star, and more.
It also features some slightly more obscure titles like Shining in the Darkness, Landstalker, Gain Ground, ESWAT: City Under Siege, Beyond Oasis, and Comix Zone. It’s an interesting collection of games that manages to hit most of the console’s major titles while featuring some of the smaller gamers that are usually limited to the memories of those who played them.
All things considered, this collection really does feel like what Sega would assemble if they were going to develop a Sega Genesis classic edition and needed to fill the retro hardware with some retro games.
Even better, these versions of those retro games come complete with local co-op options, online multiplayer for some titles, achievements, and save state options that let you save a game at any time (and thus skirt the sometimes iffy save/password systems featured in the original versions of these retro titles).
We’re never going to stop being a little weirded out by the thought of Sega games on Nintendo consoles, and we also find it a little strange that Sega owners are giving Switch owners easier access to some of their classic games than Nintendo is giving Switch owners easy access to their own retro library.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.