Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection

SEGA Announce the SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection

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Believe it or not, back in the 1990's SEGA were a major player in the console market, leading the way with its SEGA Mega Drive and boy did it have some awesome titles; Sonic, Columns, Streets of Rage, Shinobi and many, many more.

Right, enough reminiscing because as of early 2009, reminiscing will be a thing of the past because today SEGA have announced the "SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection".

This package will feature 40 of SEGA's greatest first party titles from its 16-bit Mega Drive years and even better; it'll feature some 8-bit classics from its Master System era to sweeten the deal.

“SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection is a must-have for any SEGA enthusiast,” commented Gary Knight, European Marketing Director for SEGA Europe. “Fans will get a chance to relive fond memories from these classic games in HD format.”
Developers Backbone Entertainment have said to include some classics and according to the SEGA site, the list is as follows:
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alien Storm
Altered Beast
Beyond Oasis
Bonanza Bros.
Comix Zone
Decap Attack starring Chuck D. Head
Dr. Robotnik's MBM
Dynamite Headdy
Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco II: The Tides of Time
Fatal Labyrinth
Gain Ground
Golden Axe I
Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III
Kid Chameleon
Phantasy Star II
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
Shining in the Darkness
Shining Force
Shining Force 2
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sonic 3D Blast
Sonic and Knuckles
Sonic Spinball
Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Sonic The Hedgehog 3
Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 3
Super Thunder Blade
Vectorman 2
Of course, there are a few of these on the arcades already, but bear in mind that these games have been "reproduced with the utmost detail and accuracy to commend their originals" as well as being able to output the titles in 720p with higher resolution graphics.
I'm usually pretty cynical about companies cashing in on the whole nostalgia thing, but old skool Mega Drive? You had me at hello, now where do I send the cash?

The SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection is scheduled for release in early 2009  on both the Xbox 360 and PS3.


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