Sega Mega Drive Classics is going portable on Nintendo Switch later this year

Do you like old games that were incredible when you were a lighty but are now, in retrospect, a bit crap? Then retro compendiums like the Sega Mega Drive Classics collection will be right up your 16-bit ally. It’s a sizeable collection that has already done the rounds on Xbox One and PS4, and now Sega has announced that it’s coming to Nintendo Switch too.

Retro gaming isn’t for everyone – I sold my SNES Mini after a week – but a lot of people seem to go moggy for it, so this might be of interest to you. The Switch’s portable form factor could be a good fit for this sort of gaming, and this collection includes some of the best Sega Mega Drive ever made, although it’s not all solid gold. Sonic the Hedgehog was genuinely brilliant during the 16-bit era, and platformers like Vectorman and Comix Zone really pushed a lot out of the hardware at the end of its life cycle. Shining Force and its sequel were quite lovely too, for the RPG crowd, and obviously the seminal Streets of Rage franchise deserves its place in the gaming hall of fame.

And then there’s a whole lot of decidedly average stuff to ignore. Such is the way of the retro compilation. Also, there’s no Jungle/Desert Strike, which pisses me off no end. Anyway, here’s the full list of included titles:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Soldier
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Bio-Hazard Battle
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Columns
  • Columns III: Revenge of Columns
  • Comix Zone
  • Crack Down
  • Decap Attack
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Galaxy Force II
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Landstalker
  • Light Crusader
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium
  • Ristar
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Shining Force
  • Shining Force II
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Space Harrier II
  • Streets of Rage
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Sword of Vermilion
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
  • Vectorman
  • VectorMan 2
  • Virtua Fighter 2

Sega hasn’t pinned down an exact release date, but it’s expected sometime later this year.

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