Making next generation consoles compatible with their predecessors is a relatively recent trend that must be highly applauded. The limitation is it tends to be limited to machines made by the same manufacturer such as Sony’s PlayStation 2 and PS3 or Microsoft’s Xbox and Xbox 360. That is until generous Sega got involved.
No longer involved in the hardware world Sega is spreading the love to the PS2 and PSP by porting over 30 classic Mega Drive titles to the consoles on a single disc.
Alex Kidd: The Enchanted Castle, Altered Beast, Bonanza Bros, Columns, Comix Zone, Decap Attack, Ecco the Dolphin, Ecco: The Tides of Time, Ecco Jr., Eternal Champions, Flicky, Gain Ground, Golden Axe, Golden Axe II, Golden Axe III, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III, Phantasy Star IV, Ristar, Shadow Dancer: Secret of Shinobi, Shinobi III, Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Super Thunderblade, Sword of Vermillion, Vectorman, Vectorman 2 and Virtua Fighter 2
There will also be three unlockable games on the PS2 edition: Zaxxon, Tac/Scan, and Zekto while, rather excitingly, the PSP’s wireless functionality will be employed to enable multiplayer action.
Naturally enough Sega is promising pixel perfect versions of these titles which shouldn’t prove too much of a stretch for these newer machines and it promises either a great trip down memory lane for the *cough* older gamers among us or a valuable lesson to younger ones about what made Sega such a force in the 80s and 90s.
Called the ‘Sega Genesis Collection’ (that was the Mega Drive’s name in the US) it will be available this Autumn. I can’t help wishing Streets of Rage, John Madden, Road Rash, Splatterhouse and Space Harrier had made it across though and I always hated that darn dolphin…