Nostalgia strikes (again).
Update: SEGA has released a full list of games for this collection. We’ve included the list in a comparison chart at the bottom of this article.
Continuing on a wave of nostalgia over the past year or two, Sega has announced that a collected edition of classics from its Genesis/Mega Drive era will be coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on May 29.
The SEGA Genesis Classics (or SEGA Mega Drive Collection in the UK) was initially announced via Twitter before the tweet was deleted; a trailer has since been revealed thanks to the beautifully-named “Sonic the Hedgeblog.” SEGA has since officially announced the collection, promising 50 games upgraded with modern features, including online multiplayer, achievements, mirror modes, rewind and save states.
When asked about whether a Nintendo Switch version was being considered and, if not, why there are no plans, a SEGA representative told IGN “SEGA is focused on the launch of SMDC/SGC on Playstation 4 and Xbox One and the update to the PC version.”
Altered Beast, Alien Storm, Shining Force, and Sonic 3D Blast are some of the games mentioned in the SEGA Classics announcement. Those who preorder the physical edition will get a double-sided Golden Axe/Streets of Rage poster. SEGA will also ensure the Steam version has parity with the console version starting May 29.
SEGA previously released a similar collection for PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2009 called Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (as well as an even earlier PSP/PS2 version in 2006), which contained 48 classics including Golden Axe, Ecco the Dolphin and most of the Genesis/Mega Drive era Sonic the Hedgehog games. This isn’t the first attempt to tickle Sega fans’ nostalgia; last September saw the release of the Genesis Flashback, a modern recreation of the Genesis system featuring 85 built-in games and compatibility with most Genesis cartridges. Check out our thoughts on that console here.
Below is a list of the games in the new Genesis collection compared to the previous collections mentioned above. Note that exclusives for each console are noted in bold text.
|Sonic’s Ultimate (2009)||Flashback Console (2017)||Genesis Collection (2018)|
|Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle||Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle||Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle|
|Alien Storm||Alien Storm||Alien Soldier|
|Altered Beast||Altered Beast||Alien Storm|
|Beyond Oasis||Arrow Flash||Altered Beast|
|Bonanza Bros.||Bonanza Bros.||Beyond Oasis|
|Columns||Chakan: The Forever Man||Bio-Hazard Battle|
|Comix Zone||Columns||Bonanza Bros.|
|Decap Attack||Columns III||Columns|
|Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine||Comix Zone||Columns III: Revenge of Columns|
|Dynamite Headdy||Crack Down||Comix Zone|
|Ecco the Dolphin||Decap Attack||Crack Down|
|Ecco: The Tides of Time||Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine||Decap Attack|
|ESWAT: City Under Siege||ESWAT: City Under Siege||Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine|
|Fatal Labyrinth||Eternal Champions||Dynamite Headdy|
|Flicky||Fatal Labyrinth||ESWAT: City Under Siege|
|Gain Ground||Flicky||Fatal Labyrinth|
|Golden Axe||Gain Ground||Flicky|
|Golden Axe II||Golden Axe||Gain Ground|
|Golden Axe III||Golden Axe II||Galaxy Force II|
|Kid Chameleon||Golden Axe III||Golden Axe|
|Phantasy Star II||Jewel Master||Golden Axe II|
|Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom||Kid Chameleon||Golden Axe III|
|Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium||Mortal Kombat||Gunstar Heroes|
|Ristar||Mortal Kombat II||Kid Chameleon|
|Shining Force||Mortal Kombat 3||Landstalker|
|Shining Force II||Phantasy Star II||Light Crusader|
|Shining in the Darkness||Phantasy Star III: Generations Of Doom||Phantasy Star II|
|Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master||Phantasy Star IV||Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom|
|Sonic the Hedgehog||Ristar||Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 2||Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi||Ristar|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 3||Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention||Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi|
|Sonic Spinball||Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal||Shining Force|
|Sonic & Knuckles||Shining in the Darkness||Shining Force II|
|Sonic 3D Blast||Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master||Shining in the Darkness|
|Streets of Rage||Sonic & Knuckles||Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master|
|Streets of Rage 2||Sonic 3D Blast||Sonic 3D Blast|
|Streets of Rage 3||Sonic Spinball||Sonic Spinball|
|Super Thunder Blade||Sonic the Hedgehog||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Vectorman||Sonic the Hedgehog II||Sonic the Hedgehog 2|
|Vectorman 2||Super Thunder Blade||Space Harrier II|
|—||Sword of Vermilion||Streets of Rage|
|—||The Ooze||Streets of Rage 2|
|—||Vectorman||Streets of Rage 3|
|—||Vectorman II||Super Thunder Blade|
|—||Virtua Fighter 2||Sword of Vermilion|
|—||—||The Revenge of Shinobi|
|—||—||ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron|
|—||—||Virtua Fighter 2|
|—||—||Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair|
|—||—||Wonder Boy in Monster World|
As you can see, one surprising game missing from the Genesis Collection is Sonic The Hedgehog 3. You may also wonder why Columns II is missing — that’s because it was never released for Genesis. Note that only Genesis games are listed in the comparison above; the other collections also contained a mix of Master System, Game Gear, and arcade games.
The Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Collection arrives on Steam, PS4 and Xbox One May 29.