SEGA Genesis, Master System Games Coming to Switch

Sonic, Phantasy Star, and more headed to the Switch eShop in Japan.

Classic SEGA games from the Genesis and Master System are making their way to Nintendo Switch.

During its annual SEGA FES event in Japan, the company announced a new initiative to bring classic games—including Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, and Thunder Force 2—to Nintendo’s console under the Sega Ages label.

As reported by Polygon, over 15 games from SEGA’s library of classics will be released on the Nintendo Switch eShop in Japan. There’s currently no word on if/when the initiative will expand to those in the west.

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Studio M2, the team behind several prior rereleases of classic SEGA games, is leading the initiative.

That’s not the only big news from SEGA today, as the company also lifted the veil on its new SEGA Mega Drive Mini console, which will be released in Japan later this year.

While Nintendo has yet to announce plans to bring Virtual Console to Switch, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has made it clear the company is well aware of the demand for legacy content on the console.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer and IGN’s Weekend Web Producer. Find him on Twitter at @alexcosborn.

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