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SEGA's Retro Remakes Down to Fans for "Next Lineup"

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Europe and North America still awaits retro 3D series on the eShop

While now a software developer and publisher with other major interests in entertainment such as Pachinko machines in Japan, for some SEGA will always be the hardware and arcade company that brought joy to their early gaming years. It's a strong legacy, and the company often shows a willingness to re-package and enhance games from its earlier days.

Of course we have the range of 3D re-releases on the way to Europe and North America, which include Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Harrier and Altered Beast among others, and SEGA's Yosuke Okunari has discussed the thinking and objectives of these remakes and the broader practice of bringing retro classics back. Speaking to Famitsu (translated by Siliconera), here's what Okunari-san said about the 3DS titles and the importance of fans in choosing future projects.

For the Virtual Console, the concept was to recreate the games exactly the way they were originally made. Sega Ages Online presented new rules and functions, which brought a fresh new take on the way they’re played. However, the ‘3D Reproduction Project’ required further measures. That’s where we added a remake version exclusive ‘HAYA OH’ boss to 3D Space Harrier.

We wanted to go after a stereoscopic vision that was unimaginable. For Sonic from the Sega Genesis, not only did we make it into 3D, but we also added the Spin Dash, which I believe made it easier to play. For 3D Galaxy Force II, the 3D added more depth to the screen, making it less common to get lost on the route. The things staff members wanted to express in the past but couldn’t, are now possible with today’s technology. And we’d like to share that joy. For our next lineup, it will depend on all of your voices, so please continue to support us.

We're certainly keen to get release dates for the 3D series in the West, but what SEGA titles would you like to see revived next? Let us know in the comments below.

[via siliconera.com]

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User Comments (60)

phoenixology

#3

phoenixology said:

Alex Kidd in Miracle World next please. First game I ever played back on the Master System. Would love to replay this in 3D.

Karakato

#5

Karakato said:

I second Ristar and Vectorman, would love to see those parallax scrolling come to the 3D screen.

unrandomsam

#7

unrandomsam said:

Gunstar Heroes
Alien Soldier
M.U.S.H.A
MERCS
Rocket Knight Adventures.
Phantasy Star games (Using the Sega Ages updated sprites especially if it is the first one).
Pulseman

I think stuff like Astal would look absolutely awesome in 3D but I don't know whether the 3DS could handle it.

LordJumpMad

#8

LordJumpMad said:

Pac-Man Adventure 2
There, I said it. This is only pac-man game I really enjoy, its a hidden gem.

unrandomsam

#9

unrandomsam said:

If the games are quite good (Or better) and they are completely fixed up. (Slowdown / Graphical glitches etc etc). I will be fine with it.

Angelic_Lapras_King

#10

Angelic_Lapras_King said:

Streets of Rage 2, Sonic 2, 3 and Knuckles, Sonic 3D (For the hell of it. XD), Disney games, and Skies of Arcadia. Yes, the last one is a DC game, but screw it, I WANT IT. :P

Ootfan98

#11

Ootfan98 said:

I played Sonic so much back in the day in PAL 50htz, the music seems faster now, and not the same. Will still buy if it ever arrives in EU.
Streets of Rage 2, and Gunstar Heroes, would be fantastic

idork99

#12

idork99 said:

The original Shinobi for arcade! It wouldn't improve the game but it would look cool in 3D since the main character jumps in and out of the background in certain levels. Plus the bonus stage would look awesome!

WitchSugoi

#13

WitchSugoi said:

Eternal Champions. Will never happen though considering how SEGA hates that franchise with every fiber of their being. :-/

Sonic CD and Spinball 3DS ports would be really nice.

ACK

#14

ACK said:

MUSHA on 3DS is the thing that has been missing from my life.

Araknie

#15

Araknie said:

Well Sonic wasn't fast as everybody remembers, it made me realize how close in gameplay is Sonic Lost World to the original 2D trilogy...short memory internet indeed. xD

deKay

#16

deKay said:

Junction would be amazing in 3D. Not that there's any chance at all, ever, that'd happen.

Mr_Nose

#20

Mr_Nose said:

Shinobi series, Phantasy Star series, Toe Jam and Earl series, Streets of Rage series, Eswat, the Shining series... I guess I'd better stop there, for now.

Do non-Sega games count? 'Cause I'd love Alisia Dragoon, Decap Attack, the Valis series, El Viento... to name a few.

Cripes! I almost forgot Wonder Boy in Monster Land, that would rock!!!

Mr_Nose

#23

Mr_Nose said:

Okay, I feel like an idiot... I really meant Monster WORLD. Heh, heh, heh, eeeh...

But I love 'em both. I'm a huge Wonder Boy fan!

Nomad

#24

Nomad said:

I know the chances of Saturn remakes are slim, but I would love some Panzer Dragoon. Golden Axe and Wonderboy games would be great too.

KARNOVsSTACHE

#26

KARNOVsSTACHE said:

Kid Chameleon and ToeJam & Earl remakes would be interesting... and of course Panzer Dragoon Saga.

ninjalink

#29

ninjalink said:

You can play this in 3d!? I'm so getting it :D hope they add the other sonic genesis games in 3d too

Ootfan98

#30

Ootfan98 said:

Please Sega, can we have AM2/AM3 90's Arcade Games. The original Daytona / Sega Rally would look fantastic in 3D, as would Virtua Fighter

masterLEON

#32

masterLEON said:

An old arcade favorite of mine, Quartet. They'd have to work in 4-player multiplayer, though. Wouldn't mind seeing Rad Mobile, either.

Ukee

#33

Ukee said:

Where is my NiGHTS into Dreams 3D? Forget a remake, just make a new one that doesn't suck this time.

CrazyOtto

#35

CrazyOtto said:

Sonic 2 and 3&K, Streets of Rage 2 and 3, Revenge of Shinobi, Shadow Dancer, Ecco: Tides of Time, all of Treasure's games, Ristar, Pulseman, Comix Zone, and Kid Chameleon.

If third parties are allowed, then add Splatterhouse 2 and 3.

mbarnhart

#36

mbarnhart said:

Sonic 2 and 3 with Knuckles as a playable character (just like when those games were loaded with the Sonic and Knuckles game). Also, Phantasy Star I-IV.

spamineggs

#37

spamineggs said:

here's my little list:
the rest of the Sonic series, Golden Axe, Comix Zone, Street of Rage series, Ecco the Dolphin, Sparkster, DJ Boy (yeah, not sega, but I like it), Splatterhouse (again, not sega but a fave), Shining force, and lots more that escape my memory. get on it SEGA

Windy

#38

Windy said:

Outrun, Panzer Dragoon, Virtua Racing and Shining in the Darkness please :)

ultrakatie64

#39

ultrakatie64 said:

Sonic 2, 3, S&K
Sonic Spinball
Shining Force
Shining In The Darkness
Phantasy Star 1-4
Virtua Fighter

I'd be happy with pretty much anything from the Genesis. I had a good childhood playing SNES and Genesis. Would love to see the former come out on the 3DS VC.

sonicriders

#40

sonicriders said:

GAIN GROUND!

And just about every other SEGA Genesis game ever made...they're all so good!

AcesHigh

#45

AcesHigh said:

I would absolutely give my 3rd nut for Phantasy Star I - IV. Sega Ages style (as others have mentioned). I'd pay a premium in fact!

Also, Golden Axe is a must!

D3athBr1ng3r187

#47

D3athBr1ng3r187 said:

Altered Beast
Golden Axe Series
Streets of Rage Series
Shinobi Series
Sonic Series
Super Hang On
Eternal Champions
Ristar
Rocket Knight Adventures
Dr Robonik's Mean Bean Machine
Beyond Oasis
Phantasy Star Series
Dinosaurs for Hire
Comix Zone
The Lost Vikings
Vectorman Series
Gunstar Heroes
Shining Force Series
X-Men Series
Wrestle War
Alien Solider
Alien Storm
Pulseman
Ecco the Dolphin Series
Splatterhouse Series
ThunderFox
MUSHA
Steel Empire
Double Dragon and Battletoads
Double Dragon Series
There's more but I think my lineup of SEGA titles would be too much.

UnseatingKDawg

#48

UnseatingKDawg said:

Here's one for you guys at SEGA:

The remade versions of Sonic 1, CD, and (soon to be) 2. You know, the ones that are exclusive to iDevices (barring CD). And Sonic 3 & Knuckles. In 3D.

Asaki

#50

Asaki said:

I don't care, just bring them overseas already =|
Though it seems like it would be a no-brainer to bring the 3D SMS games to Virtual Console...I mean they're already in 3D, you wouldn't have to put much effort into it.

barneygumble

#53

barneygumble said:

Daytona USA
Virtua Racing
Shinobi / Shadow Dancer ( Arcade Versions )
Golden Axe 1 & GA Revenge of Death Adder
Streets of Rage Series
Virtua Cop & House of the Death Series

SammyOfMobius

#54

SammyOfMobius said:

Please give us a darn release date, Sega! It's good they're at least talking about them. Here's what they should remake next:
Sonic 2
Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Ristar
Vectorman
I will be purchasing 3D Sonic 1. I cannot wait!

SmaMan

#55

SmaMan said:

Why hasn't anyone mentioned After Burner yet? That would be AWESOME in 3D!

MAB

#59

MAB said:

SEGA will save the 3DS VC yet again... Now lets start getting some Megadrive VC onto the WiiU to save that too ;)

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