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Nintendo releases trailer for SEGA Mega Drive & Genesis Classics for the Switch

Image source: Nintendo (YouTube)
Image source: Nintendo (YouTube)
The Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Collection, which bundles over 50 16-bit Sega games, is coming to the Nintendo Switch this winter. Nintendo just posted a trailer for the collection on YouTube. The Collection is further evidence of Sega's good response to retro gaming and stands in stark contrast to Nintendo's less-than-stellar retro track record.

Genesis does what Nintendon’t. Like releasing classic games in a bundle without a subscription.

The SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics bundle was a smash hit when it launched on Steam earlier this year. The bundle is a collection of some of Sega’s best 16-bit games and is a well-executed trip down nostalgia lane. Nintendo just released a launch title for the Switch port of the collection, which will be coming out this winter.

When it comes to managing their older IPs, Sega has knocked it out of the park the past couple of years. While there have been a few missteps (like the terrible AtGames consoles), Sega has a good track record for releasing collections of their retro titles and supporting the retro scene as a whole. Sonic Mania, which started as a fan game based on the older 2D platformers, was a rousing success. Sega has also ported many of their 16-bit titles to smartphones with quite a bit of care.

It has to be said that Nintendo happily sits at the other end of the spectrum. Most of Nintendo’s mobile titles have been rehashes of existing IPs that are more focused on microtransactions than gameplay. Nintendo has also come under fire this year for their controversial subscription-based virtual console for the Switch (dubbed Nintendo Switch Online). Rather than purchasing older games, users have to pay a monthly fee to access a library of games. To their credit, Nintendo Switch Online offers a decent selection of games that will grow, and subscriptions aren’t terribly expensive ($3.99/month or $20/year), but the service has so far left a lot to be desired.

That’s one thing Sega does better than Nintendo: game ownership. When Sega releases a retro game or collection of games, they typically allow users to fully own the titles they purchase. For example, the Steam version of the Mega Drive & Genesis Collection allows users full access to the ROM files for each title.

Pricing and availability of the Mega Drive & Genesis Collection for the Switch have yet to be announced, although the Steam version currently runs $30. If the Switch version of the collection is the same as the Steam version, then gamers can expect to see the following 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 Force
  • Shining Force II
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • 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
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World


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Sam Medley, 2018-09-18 (Update: 2018-09-18)