A Ton Of Classic Sega Games Are Coming To The Switch

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Sega is bringing a library of its classic games to Switch as individual downloads, including Sonic The Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, and Alex Kidd.

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The collection will be released worldwide beginning in the summer, all under the banner of “Sega Ages.” The games will be developed by M2, the developer of the Sega 3D Classics releases on the 3DS among many other retro remakes. The games will incorporate “new features,” Sega said, but didn’t specify them.

Sega has used the “Sega Ages” name for its classic game re-releases ever since the 1990s, on the Sega Saturn.. The first bundles contained classic arcade games like Space Harrier, Afterburner, and OutRun. Another series known as Sega Ages 2500 released for the Playstation 2 in Japan, including a complete collection of the Phantasy Star series.

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This newest Sega Ages series for the Nintendo Switch, the first since 2012’s Sega Ages Online, will have over 15 games, although not all of them have been announced yet. Other games that have been announced include Thunder Force IV, and the arcade version of Gain Ground.

Sega seems a bit throwback happy at moment, recently announcing the Mega Drive Mini and ports of Shenmue and Shenmue II for consoles and PC. It’s also releasing a 50-game collection of Genesis classics for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (but not Switch). Sega is also porting Valkyria Chronicles to the Switch in Japan. Hopefully, even more classic games will be revived for modern consoles. If I don’t see a port of Skies of Arcadia soon I’m probably going to lose my mind.

Former Senior Writer and Critic at Kotaku.

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DISCUSSION

Y’know, as a long-time Phantasy Star Online fan I’ve never actually played through the original Phantast Star games (though I’ve definitely tried a couple times over the years.)

Maybe if the M2 version of the first works out well (and, I’m assuming, the sequels will make it over as well) then this could be a perfect opportunity.

ALSO: Can we all agree that the idea of a “Virtual Console” on the Switch is dead and buried now? The VC was essentially just a section of the store with fixed prices per console game and it’s pretty clearly been replaced with retro releases simply being treated as any other game in the eShop (which honestly makes things much simpler).

Sure, Nintendo is promising their retro subscription service (of sorts), but for anybody holding out hope for the previous iteration of the Virtual Console, the countless retro releases we’ve already seen should make it clear it’s not happening.