SEGA Mega Drive Classics Review

Nintendo Switch

You can talk all you want about the war between Sony and Microsoft; the real console war was between Sega and Nintendo the titans of the old-school. Of course, those were the old days, the days where you couldn’t go into a store without sizing up the person serving you, are they on the side of Nintendo, Sega, or maybe they held no allegiance, like a heathen.

Those days are behind us now though, we are in better, more peace-filled times. Nothing proves this quite as clearly as seeing SEGA Mega Drive Classics finally coming to the Switch. While it has been out for a while elsewhere, it is now on Nintendo’s hybrid machine, and ready to be taken wherever you go.

The list of games is pretty impressive:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Soldier
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Bio-Hazard Battle
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Columns
  • Columns III: Revenge of Columns
  • Comix Zone
  • Crack Down
  • Decap Attack
  • Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Galaxy Force II
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Landstalker
  • Light Crusader
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
  • Ristar
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shining Force
  • Shining Force II
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • 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 in Panic on Funkotron
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • Vectorman
  • VectorMan 2
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World

An impressively long list for sure; even better, most of these games hold up pretty well. Of course, your personal favourites will largely depend on what you played back in the day, or what you have stumbled across since. Personally, the lack of Ghouls ‘n Ghosts and Sonic & Knuckles are sorely missed, but it still a lot to dive into here.

Highlights for me are Streets of Rage, ToeJam & Earl, and Comix Zone, but the joy of a collection like this is that it’ll be different for everyone. The emulation of each title is great as is the actual presentation. To load a game, you select from your digital game shelf, load it into the system itself, then zoom in on your CRT TV to actually play the game. Swapping between different cartridges is simple too, you just hold the – button and back you go the room.

Some games have special challenges to take on, these are things like special time trials, or trying to get through a level without dying. These breathe a little more life into these old games and offer a nice reason to play through some of them in ways you might not normally. When you add in multiplayer you have plenty of reasons to get this out.

SEGA Mega Drive Classics is a genuinely enjoyable nostalgia trip that does a good job of keeping older games on the newer consoles. Preservation of these kind of games is really important, being able to take them on the go with you is a lovely bonus. Plus, you don’t even have to blow on the games to get them to work, it truly is the future.

Overall

With beautiful presentation, fantastic emulation, and the potential for co-operation, this is a great collection for those who have fond memories of the old-school.

8

out of 10

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