The first entries into Sega's AGES range on Nintendo Switch have finally arrived, with plenty more games still lined up to follow suit, but there's one question still hanging in the air. That question revolves around Dreamcast games and, in particular, whether or not the Switch will receive any games from the long-discontinued machine's library.
Way back in April, we first heard that Dreamcast games would indeed be heading to the Sega AGES lineup, but things have been slightly less clear ever since. A recent poll asked fans for their most desired Sega AGES games, with Dreamcast title Jet Set Radio topping the list, but AGES producer Kagasei Shimomura said that this doesn't necessarily mean that it will actually happen.
Now, though, Japanese gaming outlet Famitsu has shared an interview with M2 president Naoki Horii and Sega AGES supervisor Yosuke Okunari which actually took place just after those very poll results were shared at Tokyo Game Show. Their wording still appears to be rather vague, but all signs are pointing towards the fact that Sega is leaning towards an emulation-based approach, favouring the versatility of straight emulation over using the original source code to port games over.
Horii explains that creating ports from the source code is "completely different" to emulating software, with emulation increasing the number of titles that would be possible on Switch (thanks, NintendoEverything):
M2 president Naoki Horii: "At the time, it seemed likely that we’d be able to emulate Dreamcast software on the Nintendo Switch. Depending on whether you’re emulating software or remaking the source code entirely, porting something is completely different. I think SEGA chose some of the titles based on that – no doubt emulation increased the number of titles they were able to choose from."
It also appears that this could result in different final gaming experiences, with possibilities opening up for titles to be either released in their original states, or expanded with added features.
Supervisor Yosuke Okunari: "I think that this time the results of the survey influenced that as well. I haven’t really come to a conclusion yet, but I wonder if it’d be better to release more titles from the list in a manner similar to the Virtual Console (in their original state) or to hand-pick a select few with added features (like the Grantnoff boss in the 3DS version of Thunder Blade)…"
Essentially, the answers still don't provide us with any concrete information on how Dreamcast games will arrive on Switch, but the idea is clearly being discussed and thought about by the powers that be. It would be a shame if Jet Set Radio doesn't arrive on the console, considering fans were allowed to suggest specific titles, but perhaps it will now appear in some form? We'll have to wait and see.
Would you like to see Dreamcast games arrive on Switch? Does it bother you if the games are emulated, rather than ported using the source code from the originals? Let us know with a comment below.
[source nintendoeverything.com, via famitsu.com, gonintendo.com]
As long as the games come over with all their integrity, I don't care if it's emulation or a port. Just make it play good on the Switch and it's a winner for me.
I'd love to take my Chao Garden on the go without a GBA and Link Cable!
Shining Force 3 first please.
I'd much rather get some Saturn games which aren't available anymore, jet set radio is easy to get hold of and play today
And don't forget Super Monkey Ball.
Just give me all of them. (again)
Shenmue 1 and 2, immediately followed by Skies of Arcadia. Get Capcom in on this as well Sega!
Just give me Sonic Adventure 1 and 2, and Nights please. Oh and Super Monkey Ball as well lol.
Happy for emulation, just need some dreamcast back in my life!
I can understand their dilemma, the point of the Sega Ages line of software is to make older games available with new features. Adding in an older game new features is tougher to do and more time consuming if the only financially viable way to do so is to emulate them, because then you have to crack open the original, some of which their source code is completely lost at this point, to add those new features in, and then make sure that it didn't compromise in any way the rest of the game.
As great as the AGES lineup's new features are, we just want Jet Set Radio, NiGHTS, Skies of Arcadia, Sonic Adventure, and all the other Dreamcast classics on Switch, with or without all the shiny new additions. The sooner the better, I think.
I just want Skies of Arcadia, and Xbox exclusive Jet Set Radio Future and Panzer Dragoon Orto. And what about Saturn games? They are never talked about. Panzer Dragoon Saga would be awesome.
STOP TEASING ME WITH JET SET RADIO
Not interested in JSR again, unless it’s the Xbox sequel. Some Dreamcast games would be good. Like others I’d be far more interested in Saturn games though I appreciate that with that machines quirky architecture that may be difficult.
Jet set Radio Future, an awesome version of nights(skippable cut scenes, 60 frames per second), and panzer dragoon saga at 60 fps are my top wishes. I'm pretty excited about anything they bring over from Dreamcast and Saturn though. Bring some more 2d shooters. There's tons of good ones on those systems. Oh, how about Saturn Bomberman?!
SEGA Ages is a great example of how to release older software - with the option to keep the integrity of the original game or switch (ahem) to new features.
Now if only they released a line of controllers based on the original consoles... I will never forget holding a Dreamcast controller for the first time in 1999, and feeling like I was holding the future!
I'd prefer the GameCube updates from Legends, but I would buy Skies of Arcadia IN A HEARTBEAT. My all-time favorite game ever, absolutely, I will buy it.
I don't think Panzer Dragoon maintains the name recognition to justify this, but I would love to see an HD collection, featuring 1, Zwei, Saga, and Orta.
Just Outrun first please. Hurry Sega AGES!
Bring me House of the Dead 2. 😁
Needs to happen dreamcast games on switch and Saturn games to
Sega rally 2
Hoise of the dead 2
Chu chu rocket
Jet Set Radio ran just fine on the Vita. I don’t think anybody is worried about emulating or porting it to Switch. I’ll definitely buy it again though, haha.
Won't be Emulation period.
The switch uses the X1 Tegra... Same as the Nvidia shield TV. That device can't run dreamcast with emulation full speed even when decently optimized. No way switch will be able to.
They will need to make them actual ports. I doubt they will uprez textures or anything... But it will need to run native via a port. Emulation of dreamcast system or higher (wii u, ps2, etc..) can't really be done on an X1 Tegra.
@Guardianali exactly. even I7 cpu has trouble with certain games. But hey maybe they can bring games that aren't that demanding to emulate... we'll see
I want Space Channel 5 and Ready to Rumble Boxing Round 2, just for the fact Michael Jackson was in both... that they were both great games is just a bonus.
It would be nice to expand Sega's retro offerings. However, I don't think there are that many quality Dreamcast games out there that:
A) Received a Western release
B) Haven't already had a quality port released on other systems
C) Isn't an outdated sports sim
Soulcalibur on Switch plz.
Very excited that they’re seriously talking about this.
@Emperor-Palpsy that's because you were....
We're clearly not getting Gamecube games at this point, so clearly another Gen 6 console as an alternative would be great.
My Dreamcast's disc laser is wearing out, it can play most of my library but I can't buy games in good faith that they'll work. Just add 4:3 support so I can play these games on an old CRT and we are golden.
(bangs pots and pans) SA1 AND 2 REMASTERED! SA1 AND 2 REMASTERED!
@MarioFan02 What's SA?
@GrailUK Sonic Adventure.
Given you're icon, I'm suprised you couldn't tell.
@MarioFan02 Doh! You know when an answer is so obvious you can't see it lol! Thanks for putting me out of my misery
Uhh... you're welcome?
I hope they're able to emulate the NAOMI arcade cabinets too.
Would love to finally play the Super Monkey Ball arcade game.
Maybe port the PC HD version? (I see SEGA maybe doing this themselves rather then M2) I’m not sure the switch is powerful enough for proper Dreamcast emulation imho, if it was the modders are prob already doing it...
Jet set radio futur on Switch will be awesome!!
Just want Skies of Arcadia!!!
To be fair, a lot of my Dreamcast memories came from third party games (Rush 2049 and a few other midway games come to mind, also Worms). As far as first party stuff, not much comes to mind.
Would be cool if they could get the rights to Midways games, but I don’t even know who (or if anyone even) owns the rights to these games, since Midway doesn’t exist anymore.
@Guardianali The Switch has been shown to be more capable than the Shield despite using the same hardware thanks to better APIs, optimisation and not being bogged down by Android.
I would rather see Jet Set Radio Future than the original, we already got some great ports for the first game but JSRF is still exclusively an original Xbox game which is a real shame since that console has aged terribly.
Just bring em sega!! Regardless of how you do it just bring em!! I would love to see as many Dreamcast games as possible but anything from the Sega treasure chest I gladly welcome whether it be from a console or Arcades!! I’m ready!!
@Chomper96 all the classic Midway games like the ones you mentioned along with games like Tapper, Paperboy, Gauntlet, Joust, Defender, Stargate, Marble Madness, Robotron 2084 etc are owned by Warner Bros. They actually published a collection of these games on PS3 and 360! Hoping they will do it again!!
@Emperor-Palpsy proper SEGA controllers would be awesome. I’d love Mark 2 Saturn controller, be great for SEGA stuff and other fighters on switch.
@joey302 good to hear! Hopefully if they do it again they’ll give us a switch version 👍
I would just be happy with some release dates on the already announced games
so what they're saying is "it's too hard to port, so emulated 16 bit games are the best you're gonna get."
@Painkiller_Mike Brother, That's exactly what I would have said. Shenmue 1 & 2, Skies of Arcadia. Wouldn't that be awesome?! Then Power Stone!
@Joe-b Yes! You knew exactly where I was going by bringing up Capcom.
@Painkiller_Mike that would be awesome.
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