Sega Genesis Classics gives Switch a huge gift in December

Eric Abent - Oct 31, 2018, 12:59pm CDT
Sega Genesis Classics gives Switch a huge gift in December

Back in March, Sega announced a new mega compilation of Genesis games called – what else? – Sega Genesis Classics. At the time, the release was only confirmed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with a Switch version mysteriously missing from Sega’s announcement. Last month, Sega righted that particular wrong by confirming a Switch version of Sega Genesis Classics, and today we’re finding out when it will arrive.

Sega Genesis Classics will launch on the Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018. That’s a strange day for Sega to pick – while it does mean that Sega Genesis Classics will arrive in time for the holidays, it also means that it’ll definitely be overshadowed by Super Smash Bros Ultimate, which launches on the same day. For better or worse, Sega doesn’t seem to be worried about that, even though it seems like most Switch gamers won’t be playing anything but Super Smash Bros on December 7.

In any case, Sega Genesis Classics seems like a perfect compilation for anyone who had a Genesis or Mega Drive (depending on where you live in the world) growing up. The compilation ships with more than 50 games from the era, including some of the console’s biggest titles. Have a look at the full list below:

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alien Soldier
Alien Storm
Altered Beast
Beyond Oasis
Bio-Hazard Battle
Bonanza Bros.
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
Gain Ground
Galaxy Force II
Golden Axe
Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III
Gunstar Heroes
Kid Chameleon
Light Crusader
Phantasy Star II
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium
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 2
Virtua Fighter 2

The final tally is 51 games, though one thing that immediately sticks out about that list is the fact that it doesn’t have the entire Sonic the Hedgehog series on it. Both Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles are missing from the lineup, which seems a little strange given a collection as comprehensive as this otherwise seems to be.

Still, there’s plenty of nostalgia to experience, and on the Switch specifically, you’ll be able to play co-op and multiplayer modes with individual Joy-Con controllers. There’s also online multiplayer support, rewind and mirror modes, and challenges to complete for each game on the list. All in all, it sounds like a good buy for someone who owned a Genesis back in the ’90s – look for it to land on December 7 for $29.99.

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