SEGA Mega Drive Classics on your PSP

And on your PS2, should you so wish.

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SEGA has just sent details on its new (well, kind of new) retro compilation for PS2 and PSP. SEGA Genesis Collection is scheduled for release later this year and is promised to be, we are teasingly told, ?the most comprehensive gathering of classic SEGA products ever assembled; with over 30 titles in one compilation.?

Titles featured include?get ready?Altered Beast, Sonic The Hedgehog, Shinobi III, Phantasy Star and the original SEGA Genesis version of Golden Axe.

OMFG etc. The press release goodness continues: ?SEGA Genesis Collection also features numerous unlockable items that delve into the soul of the Genesis including interviews with the original developers that created the games featured in the collection, a museum area with interesting facts about the games, a hint area to help gamers complete their favorite SEGA Genesis games, and SEGA arcade games from the Genesis era.?

"SEGA has always been, and will continue to be, an innovator of gaming technologies? SEGA Genesis Collection will take gamers back to experience the golden age of gaming during the 1990s." said good ol? Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc.

If all that wasn?t anywhere near enough for the SEGA fanboys out there, then surely the opportunity to wirelessly connect PSP?s for multiplayer classic SEGA arcade action must tickle your 'must-have' bone?
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Svend Joscelyne 11 Aug 2006 12:34
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the original SEGA Genesis version of Golden Axe.
About time. Was getting depressed with the s**te remakes.

It better be called SEGA Megadrive Classics over here or else I'll cry. AND, have Streets of Rage series. AND Ristar. Even though you can get it on Sonic Mega Collection anyway. Should still be on there. Oh, and Gunstar Heroes. Obviously.
Joji 11 Aug 2006 15:14
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Now this is the kind of thing worth spending some pounds on. 30 games at home or on PSP, superb stuff.

I believe Streets of Rage and Ristar are in the collection so you need not worry.

Shinobi 3 is in there too, excellent stuff sinc ethat was the last quality Shinobi game before the poor Saturn effort.

All good stuff.
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NiktheGreek 11 Aug 2006 15:26
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Svend Joscelyne wrote:
the original SEGA Genesis version of Golden Axe.
About time. Was getting depressed with the s**te remakes.

Even better, why don't they port the rather lovely arcade sequel Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder, which has never had a home conversion? Not on this collection obviously as it's Mega Drive games only (unless you count those unlockables), but I imagine that there's enough content lying around for a compilation on the Sega Ages 2500 Collection (which is much improved since ditching the 3D remakes idea).

Svend Joscelyne wrote:
It better be called SEGA Megadrive Classics over here or else I'll cry. AND, have Streets of Rage series. AND Ristar. Even though you can get it on Sonic Mega Collection anyway. Should still be on there. Oh, and Gunstar Heroes. Obviously.

None of the Streets of Rage games are on there, Ristar is on there, and Gunstar Heroes isn't - which is slightly odd, since Sega is the copyright owner for the series, but perhaps less odd when you consider the three-game Treasure compilation that Sega has released for the PS2 in Japan.

As for the Streets of Rage series, it shares something in common with another missing game - Revenge of Shinobi isn't in there, despite the inclusion of two other games in the series. My guess is that they're being too cheap to pay royalties to Yuzo Koshiro, since he's named in each of those four games as the copyright holder for the music. It'd be a big shame if that's really why they're not included.

You can see the full list of games here, and they're a bit of a mixed bag. It's nice to see Ecco and the Phantasy Star series, but why include Gain Ground, Sword of Vermilion and Super Thunderblade? Why exclude Ranger-X, Kid Chameleon and Super Monaco GP? Is it even particularly sensible to remind people of Virtua Fighter 2 on the Mega Drive?

It is nice to see that they're planning to do lots of special features like developer interviews, though.
jordanlund 11 Aug 2006 17:27
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Why include Gain Ground?

Gain Ground was GREAT! Particularly if played 2 player, which the PSP will support wirelessly.
TigerUppercut 12 Aug 2006 06:33
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Last chance to cash-in before Virtual Console, PS3 Online and XBLA kick in.
Moschops 12 Aug 2006 08:41
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TigerUppercut wrote:
Last chance to cash-in before Virtual Console, PS3 Online and XBLA kick in.


You cannot compare home consoles with a handheld for this kind of stuff - different market/demographic. I think that handhelds are more suitable for retro stuff - it's the pick-up-and-play nature I think (tho a decent joystick would be nice)
TigerUppercut 12 Aug 2006 19:37
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Moschops wrote:
You cannot compare home consoles with a handheld for this kind of stuff - different market/demographic. I think that handhelds are more suitable for retro stuff - it's the pick-up-and-play nature I think (tho a decent joystick would be nice)

You don't think all of this will be available on download for PSP inside the next year?
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