The Sega Genesis, also known as the Mega Drive, was originally released in 1988. Many of the games that launched with that system are iconic today, and still have their fans. Sega, capitalizing on that nostalgia, released several collections of their fan-favorite classic games for emulators on Steam in 2010, more than 20 years since the first consoles first arrived in homes. Now Sega has announced a huge update for the Mega Drive/Genesis Classics library of games. The company will update the collection with a new 3D hub that simulates an early 1990’s young Sega fan’s bedroom. The update is set to arrive April 28, and will be free to anyone who owns a Mega Drive/Genesis Classics game.
The whole thing is awash in nostalgia, right down to the details like CRT TV and Genesis console, and of course, Sega paraphernalia on the walls. To play the games, you’ll visit the TV in the bedroom, selecting a game from the library displayed on a virtual shelf, which you can then place into the console depicted on screen. The teaser video gives you an idea of what to expect below.
The following games are available for the hub. Players who already own them can wait for their update, then press start.
Ecco the Dolphin™
Shinobi™ III: Return of the Ninja Master
Space Harrier™ II
Alex Kidd™ in the Enchanted Castle
Super Thunder Blade™
Galaxy Force II™
Sword of Vermilion™
Virtua Fighter™ 2
Ecco™: The Tides of Time
ESWAT™: City Under Siege
Golden Axe™ II
Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage
Shining Force II
Shining in the Darkness
Golden Axe III
Phantasy Star II
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic 3 and Knuckles
Sonic 3D Blast
Toejam and Earl
Toejam and Earl in Panic on Funkotron
Streets of Rage 3
Revenge of the Shinobi
Wonder Boy in Monster World
Sega has promised new features in the hub as well. Spot-on emulation, local co-op (for supporting titles), graphic enhancement filters, saving options, and full controller support are now available. VR support is currently on the top of many fan’s wish list, but we don’t have concrete details about the availability just yet.
If you’ve not seen the full range of Sega Genesis Mega Drive Classics on Steam yet, you can buy the available 4 packs. Games are $2.99 each, or gamers can save over $20 by purchasing them in a set. Packs 1, 2, 3, and 4 are now on Steam. All are for Windows systems only at this time.