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Sega AGES coming to Switch (by M2, eShop, 15+ classic titles starting this summer)

Oct 26, 2017

More than 15 classic Sega titles, developed by M2, will be released via the Nintendo eShop starting this summer. Titles include Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV, Phantasy Star, and more.
There, NOW we have info! :P

I assume this is both an Arcade Archives and a potential successor to the 3D Classics on 3DS.


Current game list:

- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Thunder Force IV
- Phantasy Star
- Alex the Kidd in Miracle World
- Gain Ground


The Nintendo Switch SEGA Ages version of Sonic the Hedgehog will feature the obscure Mega Play arcade version!
The Nintendo Switch SEGA Ages version of Thunder Force IV will include the Styx Mode from the SEGA Saturn port of the game and will feature online leaderboards!
The Nintendo Switch SEGA Ages version of Phantasy Star will feature the features from the PlayStation 2 SEGA Ages version such as options for walk speed, difficulty settings, FM/PSG toggle, a hiragana mode and saving.

First info...

They decided after doing the last 3D Classics wave, it would be a waste to just leave it there.
Alex Kidd was chosen because of how popular he was on the Virtual Console in Europe...it's likely they will continue to use data like that for deciding future releases.
Gain Ground won't be the only arcade release. There will be more.
15 Titles is the start depending how well it goes they will do more.
There will be Saturn and Dreamcast titles in the future as well, if it goes well beyond the first 15 games.
Rieko Kodama is a producer on the new Sega Ages project...
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Oct 25, 2017
The M2 ports are fine, but the taxman Sonic ports are the best versions.
Have sonic 2 on my 3DS from M2 and it’s solid but I need my wide screen
Oct 25, 2017
M2 is good but for the love of christ can't they just make the Taxman version of Sonic 1 the default going forward? Ridiculous that there's no "definitive" version of that game yet.
Oct 25, 2017
When third parties are giving us more virtual console content than Nintendo.

Just give me Sonic 3 this time SEGA for gods sake :(


Nov 22, 2017
I so wanted those games on the 3DS. Will get them on the Switch. I believe Outrun was part of the AGES line? I sure hope I'm right!
Dec 8, 2017

Was just announced for Switch. 15 titles, Sonic 1, Phantasy Star and Thunder Force 4 were the only games announced. This doesn't seem to be a collection, by the wording. No word on a physical release either. Summer release. M2 developing.

Thunder Force 4 will be playable at the SEGA FES this weekend.

No screenshots or footage, sadly.
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Nov 2, 2017
So basically ports of all the M2 Sega 3D Classics on the switch. Kind of baffling that Sega are doing this and releasing the mega drive collection on the other platforms at around the same time, switch owners will likely complain about getting ripped off even though the M2 versions will be the best ones. To be honest Id rather Sega released the Mega Drive collection on switch and had M2 port over some arcade, Saturn or Dreamcast remasters which haven't been done yet rather than releasing yet another version of Sonic the Hedgehog which has been done a hundred times,
Nov 27, 2017
Hopefully it has a platform style setup(free download, stuff is dlc) like pinball arcade than all separate like arcade archives. It’s m2 so totally worth it though. Hopefully gunstar heroes or guardian heroes comes
Oct 25, 2017
Am I really going to buy Sonic 1 and 2 again? Hmmm my brain says no but my heart is saying SCRAP BRAIN ZONE MUSIC!!!!! With my brain going -_-;

But what about Virtual Console?
Don't think it's happening and instead we are getting repackaged retro games with new features rather than basic rom dumps.
Oct 25, 2017
M2's 3DS classics were one of my favorite things on the 3DS. Glad they're on board for this. I'll buy every single one, anything to support M2
Oct 25, 2017
Looking forward to paying $8 for Sonic the Hedgehog 1.

I hope they go outside of the Genesis sphere.

Also Virtual Console dreams crumbling...
Oct 25, 2017
But what about Virtual Console?
With titles like this, the Mega Man Legacy Collections, and that SNK Anniversary compilation coming this fall, I genuinely don't believe Virtual Console is gong to be a thing on Switch. We'll see lots of retro titles brought over by the publishers themselves and Nintendo will likely start releasing some of their classic titles on the platform at some point, but an actual "Virtual Console"-type umbrella service doesn't seem likely at this point.... but who knows
Oct 25, 2017
Looking forward to paying $8 for Sonic the Hedgehog 1.

I hope they go outside of the Genesis sphere.

Also Virtual Console dreams crumbling...
If they mean the original Phantasy Star, that's Master System.

Also, Sega didn't get in on Wii U Virtual Console so them doing their own thing probably doesn't have much to do with whether Nintendo does a Virtual Console.
Oct 25, 2017
M2 is good but for the love of christ can't they just make the Taxman version of Sonic 1 the default going forward? Ridiculous that there's no "definitive" version of that game yet.
This. Can we please petition Sega to get a Taxman release?


Oct 25, 2017
I'd much rather have this than the collection we're getting on PS4. Seems like it has more room to grow, whereas the collection is pretty much a one and done deal.

But I can live with it, as long as these aren't the Taxman Sonics.
Nov 30, 2017
Another Sega Ages line, another opportunity for Revenge of Death Adder to get passed up. Again.

Good to see M2 working on these, but I really, really don't see myself buying any version of Sonic 1 or 2 that aren't the Taxman versions at this point. Thunder Force IV is nice, though. Glad to see them using that Technosoft catalog now.
Oct 27, 2017
Yeah, I think I'll keep my money Sega. I can tell this won't be any of their Saturn or Dreamcast stuff. Just the same 2D games rereleased over and over. Hopefully I'm proven wrong (I'd love to be)
Oct 25, 2017
By the wording I assumed these would be per-series collections like the ones M2 did for PS2, but looks like it'll be the Switch equivalent of Sega 3D classics instead, hmm...

A bit disappointing but I'll probably get them all anyway lol. Here's hoping Fantasy Zone is there again!