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Sega Genesis Classics lands on Switch next week

Play your favorite retro Genesis games when Sega Genesis Classics arrives on Switch just in time for the holidays.


The Nintendo Switch is the perfect system to get your retro gaming on with, and there's a new collection headed there that'll really scratch your Genesis itch: Sega Genesis Classics. It's finally gotten a release date for the console/handheld hybrid, and you can expect to see the game land with a digital and physical release on December 7.

Sega announced Sega Genesis Classics back in September ahead of Tokyo Game Show 2018, but now we finally know when we can expect it. Sega Genesis Classics is a 50-plus bundle of games with titles like Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, Phantasy Star, Kid Chameleon, Streets of Rage, and more. This marks the first time several of these games have been available o the Switch, and they'll include local co-op modes as well as enhancements for the Switch such as Joy-Con support. It will also come packing online multiplayer, achievements, rewind and save states, and mirror mode.

The complete list of games is as follows:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Soldier
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Bio-Hazard Battle
  • Bonanza Bros.Columns
  • Columns 3: Revenge of Columns
  • Comix Zone
  • Crack Down
  • Decap Attack
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Galaxy Force 2
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe 2
  • Golden Axe 3
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Landstalker
  • Light Crusader
  • Phantasy Star 2
  • Phantasy Star 3: Generations of Doom
  • Phantasy Star 4: The End of the Millenium
  • Ristar
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Shining Force
  • Shining Force 2
  • Shinobi 3: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Streets of Rage
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Sword of Vermilion
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
  • Vectorman
  • VectorMan 2
  • Virtua Fighter 2

Chances are, you've probably seen quite a bit of games you like there, though it's missing a few notable favorites, like Sonic & Knuckles. There's plenty of other titles to keep you busy, thankfully. 

Looking forward to giving some of these oldies but goodies a spin? Be sure to pick up a copy in early December for you or a friend who desperately needs some retro action in their life.

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    November 26, 2018 12:50 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Sega Genesis Classics lands on Switch next week

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      November 26, 2018 1:13 PM

      Nice. I won’t play most of those, but I’ll have to buy it for the shining force games. A lot of those old RPGs still hold up.

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        November 26, 2018 1:41 PM

        Same. I've never played the Shining Force or Phantasy Star games.

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          November 26, 2018 1:46 PM

          I played through most of shining force in high school and I remember it being really good

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      November 26, 2018 1:55 PM


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        November 26, 2018 2:34 PM

        I can't speak for switch but I plat'd this on PS4 and the latency is there but far from unplayable. Not nearly as bad as a lot of other emulated games I've played on console. Now I wish I had held off though and just bought it on switch because having phantasy star 2/3/4 and shining force 1/2 portable is awesome. Really wish I could get my sega genesis collection on PSP to download on my Vita.

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