Japanese Switch players will be able to get their hands on the Sega AGES version of Phantasy Star next month, it has been revealed.
Costing ¥925 (approx. £6.50 / $8.30), Phantasy Star will join Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV on Nintendo's newest console. While the primary aim here is to let fans relive the nostalgia of playing these classic Sega titles - or to let newcomers experience them for the first time - a number of new features and adjustments have been added to streamline the gameplay experience.
One such example - and one that was probably expected - is the inclusion of a difficulty settings menu. Here, players will be able to make the game slightly easier to complete if they wish, allowing it to be more accessible to all. Other new features, such as a hiragana text option that originally appeared in the 1998 Sega Saturn version, and an FM Sound Unit music player consisting of 19 playable tracks, will also be included.
The game has also received some quality of life adjustments. Dungeons now feature an auto-mapping option; placed on the right side of the screen, this will help you to navigate first-person dungeons with a constantly updated map. Encountered monsters will be added to a codex, allowing you to study them before jumping into the action once again, and an item list allows you to go over the abilities, equipment, and items found within the game.
There's still no news on when the Sega AGES line up will reach western shores, or whether or not we'll face much of a wait after these Japanese launches. We'll make sure to keep our eyes peeled for any announcements on this in the coming weeks.
Are you looking forward to playing this Sega range on Switch?