Sega Genesis Classics Coming to Nintendo Switch

The collection of 50 retro Sega games has a new Switch-exclusive feature.

SEGA is bringing its SEGA Genesis Classics (SEGA Mega Drive Classics in the UK) collection over to the Nintendo Switch, the publisher announced this morning.

SEGA Genesis Classics will arrive on Switch this winter with both physical and digital versions available. The collection features over 50 classic SEGA games and was first released on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One in May.

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The 50 games include obvious classics like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat as well as a bevy of deeper cuts. They feature upgrades over their original releases like online multiplayer, achievements, mirror modes, rewind and save states. A full list of all 50 games compared to those included in two similar collections SEGA released in 2009 and 2017 appears is below, with the exclusives to each bundle bolded.

The rightmost column in the table below has the full list of games for the Switch version.

Sonic’s Ultimate (2009) Flashback Console (2017) Genesis Classics (2018) 
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alien Storm Alien Storm Alien Soldier
Altered Beast Altered Beast Alien Storm
Beyond Oasis Arrow Flash Altered Beast
Bonanza Bros. Bonanza Bros. Beyond Oasis
Columns Chakan: The Forever Man Bio-Hazard Battle
Comix Zone Columns Bonanza Bros.
Decap Attack Columns III: Revenge of Columns Columns
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine Comix Zone Columns III: Revenge of Columns
Dynamite Headdy Crack Down Comix Zone
Ecco the Dolphin Decap Attack Crack Down
Ecco: The Tides of Time Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine Decap Attack
ESWAT: City Under Siege ESWAT: City Under Siege Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Fatal Labyrinth Eternal Champions Dynamite Headdy
Flicky Fatal Labyrinth ESWAT: City Under Siege
Gain Ground Flicky Fatal Labyrinth
Golden Axe Gain Ground Flicky
Golden Axe II Golden Axe Gain Ground
Golden Axe III Golden Axe II Galaxy Force II
Kid Chameleon Golden Axe III Golden Axe
Phantasy Star II Jewel Master Golden Axe II
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Kid Chameleon Golden Axe III
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium Mortal Kombat Gunstar Heroes
Ristar Mortal Kombat II Kid Chameleon
Shining Force Mortal Kombat 3 Landstalker
Shining Force II Phantasy Star II Light Crusader
Shining in the Darkness Phantasy Star III: Generations Of Doom Phantasy Star II
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Phantasy Star IV Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
Sonic the Hedgehog Ristar Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Ristar
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
Sonic Spinball Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal Shining Force
Sonic & Knuckles Shining in the Darkness Shining Force II
Sonic 3D Blast Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Shining in the Darkness
Streets of Rage Sonic & Knuckles Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Streets of Rage 2 Sonic 3D Blast Sonic 3D Blast
Streets of Rage 3 Sonic Spinball Sonic Spinball
Super Thunder Blade Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog
Vectorman Sonic the Hedgehog II Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Vectorman 2 Super Thunder Blade Space Harrier II
Sword of Vermilion Streets of Rage
The Ooze Streets of Rage 2
Vectorman Streets of Rage 3
Vectorman II Super Thunder Blade
Virtua Fighter 2 Sword of Vermilion
The Revenge of Shinobi
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
ToeJam& Earl
Vectorman
VectorMan 2
Virtua Fighter 2
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
Wonder Boy in Monster World

New to the Switch release is the ability to compete in same-screen local coop using individual Joy-Con controllers.

Back in March, Sega told IGN that it was “focused on the launch” of the collection on those platforms and declined to comment about the possibility of a Switch port.

In our SEGA Genesis Classics Review, IGN awarded it a 7.8, knocking it for not “even have all the first-party hits that it should” despite featuring “a good batch of games and some extra niceties.”

Nick Santangelo is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. He loves video games and sports, but not sports video games. Follow him on Twitter.

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