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Sega Genesis Collection up for preorder on Xbox One

A few weeks ago, Sega announced the Sega Genesis Classics collection. The compilation comes with over fifty games ranging from platformers, beat 'em ups, shoot 'em ups, and more. Ahead of its May 29, 2018 launch, the title is currently available for preorder on Xbox One with a ten percent discount.

Note that the physical edition comes with a double-sided Golden Axe and Streets of Rage poster. Every day from now until launch, Sega will be posting a video from one of the collection's games.

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Some of the games available are listed below.

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Soldier
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Bonanza Bros
  • Columns
  • Columns III
  • Comix Zone
  • Crack Down
  • Decap Attack
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Ecco: The Tides of Time
  • Eternal Champions
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Galaxy Force II
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole
  • Light Crusader
  • Ristar
  • Shadow Dancer
  • Shining Force
  • Shining Force II
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Space Harrier II
  • Streets of Rage
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Sword of Vermilion
  • VectorMan
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

Gamers have been asking for many of these classics for years now and they're finally coming to modern consoles. Titles like Galaxy Force II, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, Virtua Fighter 2, and Wonder Boy III are regarded as cult classics which introduced many new gameplay mechanics. Numerous brawlers and platformers, especially indie games, are inspired by many of these experiences even to this day.

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27 Comments
  • Spent a good portion of my youth mastering wonderboy 1,2&3, in a dark arcade in my home town, Bobble Bobble was another favourite of mine, oh happy days!
  • I LOVE Bubble Bobble. I wish I had all the quarters I've fed that game.
  • This mega drive collection should be way better on switch, and Sega know it! That's why they're releasing a smaller collection and a bunch of individual remakes to try and rake in more cash. As an aside, I was trying and failing to renegotiate the name of Decap Attack a couple of days ago... I saw it written down and was like "yes! That was it!" So thanks for that ^_^
  • Wasn't this already a 360 release? I seem to remember grinding a Vectorman achievement and not getting it.
  • I don't think so. So far the complete collection is only on Steam. I think.
  • A lot of these were available in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. It was missing a few that this has, Landstalker most notably for me. Definitely a great game.
  • Would be great if they included all the EA NHL games...
  • No Streets of Rage 3...
  • Streets of Rage 3 is listed in the full description on Amazon.
  • It's coming. I just listed some of the main games people would instantly recognize. There are over fifty but I just couldn't list them all.
  • SEGA needs to do a new Jet Set Radio or add the existing ones to Back Compat. they do not realize they are sitting on gold with that game 😭
  • I feel this will be one of those Xbox enhanced games, maybe at E3 2018.
  • The original Jet Set Radio is already available as Xbox 360 BackCompat (remake from Dreamcast one). Jet Set Radio Future might happen now that they have original Xbox BackCompat.
  • Another recycle from Sega...
  • Genesis was a great console, I had one. But these compilations should showcase Genesis originals over arcade adaptations, they used to be similar enough but inferior experiences. They often changed levels and other content, so it was not the same game. On the other hand, there were great original games that deserve being remembered.
  • Didn't include the price in the article. For those interested: $29.99 at Microsoft.
    $29.88 at Amazon. Remember kids, never preorder software.
  • Check out wonderboy3 from dotemu in the Microsoft Xbox store. It includes both the old game and a brand new hand drawn remake with orchestra music and you can flip between them on the fly.
  • Love the Wonder Boy 3 remake, but these are not the same game at all. The remake from LizardCube/DotEmu is Wonder Boy III The Dragon's Trap, a sequel to Wonder Boy Monster Land on the Master System, while the one listed here is Wonder Boy III Monster Lair, which is an arcade sequel to the original Wonder Boy running action platformer, but numbered III because Monster Land was also available in arcades and therefore assumed to be Wonder Boy II already. There are basically two joined series of Wonder Boy, with Monster World being the more adventure style one.
    If you want them all, you'll need:
    - Wonder Boy I (not available on Xbox AFAIK)
    - Monster World I (Wonder Boy II / Monster Land / Super WB), available in SVC:Monster World
    - Monster World II (Dragon's Trap), enhanced available as WB: The Dragon's Trap
    - Monster World III (WB V MW III / or just "Monster World" outside Japan), available in SVC:Monster World
    - Monster World IV (not a Wonder Boy, but sequel to MW III), available in SVC:Monster World
    - Wonder Boy III Monster Lair, available soon in Sega Genesis Collection Also, the upcoming Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom is basically a 3rd party sequel to the Monster World serie, with transformations like in MWII / Dragon's Trap. It just didn't get the same branding deal that LizardCube managed to.
  • Exactly what I mean, most Genesis games were adaptations, not exact versions.
  • Yes and no...
    While Sega did use their arcade IP to launch the console with conversions (Altered Beast, Golden Axe, ...), they quickly realized that that pure arcade conversions were also available on Amiga, Atari ST and other systems.
    That triggered a very interesting extension of these IPs instead, games like E-Swat, Shadow Dancer, Space Harrier II, Golden Axe II, Monster World III, ... which really were parallel games or sequels instead of ports. Some can be confusing, like E-Swat and Shadow Dancer which do not have any hint in their names that they are not ports but Genesis-specific.
  • Yeah, like Golden Axe II with the panther character. Thing is most of these were inferior games. Btw, Wonder Boy III was the two player sidescrolling shooter with the green & pink characters? That one was pretty fun in arcades.
  • Yeah, Wonder Boy III Monster Lair is the two player sidescrolling platformer/shooter from the arcades, also ported to many other systems (such as a very good PC Engine CD-ROM port). The similarly named Wonder Boy III Dragon's Trap was originally only available on the Master System and GameGear and as Dragon's Curse on the PC Engine, no MegaDrive/Genesis version.
  • Landstalker was great!
  • Shinobi was so good. Still have both 1, and 2. Haven't used my Sega in sometime now, but those were the days. What I miss most are the sports games. They were so good. Can't find a decent baseball or golf game at all. I wish there was Cyberball or 10 Yard fight or 2018. That would be all I would need.
  • how about sega release the arcade versions of these classics
  • That would be even better than this.
  • List is missing Beyond Oasis and Phantasy Star IV. 2 very good RPG's. IV is usually hard to find. Landstalker, Streets of Rage 1-3, and Toe Jam make this collection really stellar. Its to bad they couldn't get licensed games like X-Men. Or some games like Jungle Strike. Still a really good collection.