In case you missed it, the first SEGA AGES titles dropped late last week on the Nintendo Switch eShop, premiering with Sonic the Hedgehog and Lightening Force.
SEGA AGES is a series of remasters from SEGA that will release over time. The remasters brings these classic SEGA games up to modern standards by including new features not part of the original games. For example, the SEGA AGES version of Sonic the Hedgehog includes the new Drop Dash ability that first appeared in last year’s Sonic Mania.
See below for SEGA’s statements regarding the latest releases, along with upcoming titles people can expect in the near future:
Sonic the Hedgehog
Blue Blur’s debut title! This is where the chase for those Chaos Emeralds started! The definitive version of the classic that also adds new features like Drop Dash, as well as the console premiere of the legendary Mega Play arcade version!
Frenetic action, vertical and horizontal scrolling, rocking music, and a variety of awesome weapons: Lightening Force is already ranked among the best shooters of its era. This version even mixes in a new STYX mode that lets you pilot the ship from its predecessor, plus a KIDS mode for newcomers and rankings for the shmup elite!
Upcoming SEGA AGES Titles
Joining the existing line-up in the coming months, fans of SEGA games and new lovers of retro titles will enjoy classics like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Out Run, Space Harrier, Columns II and Thunder Force AC, and of course, Phantasy Star (specific timing coming soon)!
Phantasy Star is a groundbreaking sci-fi RPG that follows Alis in her planet-spanning quest to avenge the death of her brother and topple a tyrannical regime. Besides faithfully recreating the original experience, this version adds something for everyone, including a new map display to help novice adventurers and a compendium where longtime fans can view their favorite monsters.
Despite the recent release of Sega Mega Drive Classics, I am glad to see SEGA is providing additional support for their retro titles. The SEGA AGES collection seems to be the best way to experience these older games, especially with the inclusion of modern conveniences. What do you think of the collection? Will you be picking these up for your system? Let us know in the comments below!