Back in December of last year, SPOnG received word from long-standing and trusted sources close to Nintendo who outlined a deal brokered between the Kyoto giant and Sega to deploy a massive amount of MegaDrive games on the Revolution's Virtual Console. You can read, Sega's Genesis/MegaDrive titles for Nintendo Revolution - "everything ready to go" here.
From the December article:
Speaking to SPOnG today, a source close to Nintendo has stated that Sega will soon announce a massive back catalogue line-up for Nintendo Revolution, with the MegaDrive leading the way on the pay-to-play service.
Our long-term, trusted source told us, under terms of strict anonymity, that Sega is "on the brink of being in a position to announce exactly what it has agreed [with Nintendo]" with the 16-bit console's first-party catalogue to lead the way. Our source was unable to shed light on the possibility of Master System, GameGear, Mega CD, 32X and, dare we say it, Saturn games to feature on Revolution, though an announcement regarding the Genesis range will be made at E3 at the latest.
Our source continued, "Sega essentially has everything ready to go, as the Dreamcast was due to host a selection of downloadable back-catalogue, a program that it can pretty much hand over on a plate. There is some legal involvement with NEC, though I think this is in the process of being ironed out"
Of course, all of this news was confirmed by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata during his keynote address at GDC in San Jose. We imagine the 'legal issues with NEC' referred to is the unexpected announcement that PC Engine/Turbo Grafx 16 will also be available over Revolution Virtual Console.
No games were mentioned, or any other details for that matter, leaving us to wonder about prices, storage, delivery, possible online multiplayer et al, though E3 is likely to shed light on all of this and that's only seven weeks away.