Sega has announced that its Mega Drive Classics collection (or Genesis Classics collection, if you must) will be launching on Switch on December 6th.
The compilation, which released on PS4 and Xbox One earlier this year, features over 50 titles from the library of Sega’s legendary 16-bit console – including the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Columns, Dynamite Heady, Golden Axe, Space Harrier 2, Streets of Rage, ToeJam & Earl, and more.
Alongside the emulated games themselves, the Mega Drive Classics collection includes a broad range of additional features designed to enhance the core retro goodness. There’s online multiplayer support (as well as same-screen local co-op play), plus achievements, challenges, mirror modes, save states, and an extremely handy instant rewind.
It’s all appealingly presented too, with the main menu taking the form of a virtual, 90s-inspired interactive bedroom, complete with an authentically unwieldy CRT television (on which you can play the games, using a variety of suitably retro-styled filters), for an added nostalgic flourish.
Here, for the sake of completion, is the collection’s games list in full: 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, and Virtua Fighter 2. Phew.
Sega’s Mega Drive Classics collection will be available both digitally via eShop and as a physical release on Switch, and should cost around £30.