It appears Sega has begun preparing for the release of the next Japanese Sega Ages game – Wonder Boy In Monster Land – by opening its official webpage and listing it as "coming soon" to the local eShop for 925 Yen. In addition to this, there's also new information about what this particular version of the game will offer...
"Japanese sales need to be better"
Although the west has had to wait much longer for each release in the Sega Ages line on the Nintendo Switch, the demand for this retro-inspired series has been better than anticipated – with games such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Out Run and Alex Kidd in Miracle World selling particularly well in Eu
It’s hip to be square
The Sega Ages series has quickly established itself as the premium name when it comes to retro gaming on the Switch. While each release is generally more expensive than other old-school offerings on the system, it’s worth it for the pristine emulation, the extreme attention to detail and the way developer M2 improves each...
New gameplay video released to celebrate
Virtua Racing has arguably been one of the most anticipated Sega Ages games since it was announced. The title includes 8-player split-screen, online multiplayer and a built-in replay mode not included in the original arcade release. While there's still no word on a launch date here in the west, the game is...
No release date yet for regions outside of Japan
About the only problem with Sega's retro line of games on the Switch eShop is how it seems to take ages to localise each one. At the start of the year, Yosuke Okunari - one of the talents behind the revival of these classic games - said the team was aiming to roll out at least one title per month...
No gains to be made
For some unfathomable reason, Gain Ground has something of a cult following with Sega fans. Originally released in arcades in 1988, it gained notoriety largely down to the fact that it was quite unlike anything that had appeared before; while it looked like Atari's Gauntlet, the gameplay was actually totally different, requiring...
Can’t Kidd a kidder
In an alternate timeline, Alex Kidd could have remained Sega’s mascot, instead of being unceremoniously dumped by Sega in favour of the much cooler Sonic the Hedgehog and forced into early retirement (a retirement that’s now lasted nearly three decades). Just think: if things had been different and Sonic had never been...
Eight players, one screen
Last September, it was revealed that Virtua Racing would be joining the Sega Ages line-up on Switch. We haven't heard a great deal about it since then, but some more details have now been shared which are sure to get fans excited for its release. The news comes from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu (thanks, Gematsu),...
Ready for a game of rock, paper, scissors?
Ah, poor Alex Kidd. He was once the toast of the world of Sega; a worthy rival to Mario who starred in a series of likeable games on the Master System, as well as a cool arcade exclusive. But that was before Sonic turned up, and Alex Kidd was quickly forgotten as Sega's outgoing mascot. Still, we've got a...
Online support included
If you've been craving affordably priced puzzle titles on the Switch, the latest games announced for the Sega AGES line might be exactly what you need. At the Puyo Puyo Championship December 2018 Tournament, Sega revealed Puyo Puyo and its sequel Puyo Puyo Tsū (Puyo Puyo 2) would be added to the retro-inspired series on...
An improved version of Virtua Racing is also expected
SEGA and M2 are doing a great job of bringing classic Mega Drive games to the Switch with the SEGA AGES series of games. As with the 3DS 3D Classics range, these aren't just lazy efforts. M2 really get into the original games source code so you know you are getting a port worthy of your time. In...
Be still my beating heart
We've been posting a few stories here and there from a recent interview with M2’s CEO Naoki Horii, Sega producer Kagasei Shimomura and director Rieko Kodama, the latter of whom is most famous for her association with Phantasy Star, which is coming to the Switch soon. The interview covered Phantasy Star as well as the news...
Did the game composer influence the poll?
If you recall the poll Sega ran prior to this year's Tokyo Game Show asking fans what games they wanted to see adapted to the AGES line, you'll no doubt remember the Jet Set Radio series topped the list. This technically covered the original game released on the Dreamcast in 2000 and also the sequel arriving...
Like greased lightening
While the series has its roots on Japanese computers and there have even been entries on the SNES, PlayStation and PlayStation 2, Thunder Force has always felt like a Sega series – and as of 2016, that's officially the case as the company now owns the rights to all of Tecnosoft's back catalogue. It's perhaps unsurprising...
But how many versions do you really need?
If you're a gamer of a certain age, then you're bound to have played the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Even if you weren't a Mega Drive / Genesis owner back in the day, the Blue Blur's blistering debut has been ported to a wide range of Nintendo systems over the years, including GameCube, Game Boy Advance,...
Prior to the 2018 Tokyo Game Show, Sega ran a poll asking what games fans wanted to see adapted to the AGES line. In case you missed it, the Jet Set Radio series was at the top of the list. This covered the original game released on Dreamcast in 2000 and also Jet Set Radio Future launched on Microsoft’s Xbox in 2002. Right below...
Make it happen, Sega
Before the 2018 Tokyo Game Show began, Sega ran a poll asking fans what games they would like to see adapted to the Sega AGES line. The results are now in. Out of every game in the Sega library, the funky and forever hip Jet Set Radio series took out the top spot. The Dreamcast game about inline skating was originally released...
Sonic! Alex Kidd! Phantasy Star!
The surprise announcement of Sega AGES last month - a range of digital-only re-releases of classic titles coming to Switch - had fans of the company's old favourites practically drooling over the thought of portable, Switch-style Sega goodness. Now it's time to sit back, enjoy, and soak in some screenshots of the...
To be this good...
Sega's confirmation that it is bringing its classic games to Switch as part of the AGES range was pretty incredible, if only for the sheer potential of such a move; Nintendo's erstwhile rival may be a very different company to the one that launched the Mega Drive, Saturn and Dreamcast these days, but it sits on an astonishing...
And if it is, does it really matter?
It's fair to say that the Virtual Console was quite a significant part of Nintendo's plans back when the Wii launched; it was certainly significant in the development of the site you're reading now, which some of you may remember as Virtual Console Reviews prior to the triumphant merger with Nintendo Life in...
Last week, Sega caused quite a stir when it announced it would be bringing a series of classic titles to Switch under the "AGES" banner. The first three confirmed titles are Sonic, Thunder Force IV and Phantasy Star. However, it hasn't taken long for Sega to reveal two more games in the range:
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