In fact, Shimomura is hopeful that if the new Sega Ages initiative on Nintendo Switch proves successful, more games will be announced from the Dreamcast and Saturn.
Retro gaming fans will be particularly pleased to know that Studio M2, the developers responsible for several previous Sega re-releases, will be leading the charge on this project.
Only Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV and Phantasy Star were confirmed to start, but later in the day Alex Kidd and arcade title Gain Ground were confirmed as well. Hardware company AtGames manufactured the nearly universally disliked Sega Genesis Flashback that arrived past year, and according to a now-deleted Facebook post and tweet, the same firm will be behind the new Mega Drive Mini.
Sega’s decision to release a plug-and-play system that capitalizes on nostalgia follows the success of Nintendo’s aforementioned Classic line. As you would expect from the retro geniuses at M2, these games will stay true to their original forms while incorporating new features that bring a refreshing twist to these classic titles’ gameplay. They have a lot of experience, particularly with SEGA games, as they’ve always been used to port games onto things like Nintendo’s Virtual Console for the 3DS.
Besides the upcoming mini console, Sega made a number of other big announcements at the FES event. All details about the new console come to us via Sega’s Japanese Twitter handle… Not a third party company, not an unlicensed one, it’s all them.
Now there’s no word on when SEGA Ages is slated to release.
Sega Mega Drive Mini Games – What’s in the box?
What classic Sega games would you like to see from the libraries of these two machines?
The bundle of games that are expected to be included in the console might be the same list that will be in the Sega Mega Drive Classics which will find its way in PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.