SEGA to Release Free Update for Steam Mega Drive/Genesis Classics

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.

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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.

Golden Axe™

Altered Beast™

Comix Zone™

Ecco the Dolphin™

Gain Ground™

Shinobi™ III: Return of the Ninja Master

Vectorman™

Crack Down™

Shadow Dancer™

Space Harrier™ II

Ecco™ Jr.

Alex Kidd™ in the Enchanted Castle

Bonanza Bros.™

Super Thunder Blade™

Kid Chameleon™

Ristar™

Galaxy Force II™

Columns™

Eternal Champions™

Fatal Labyrinth™

Bio-Hazard Battle™

Columns™ III

Sword of Vermilion™

Virtua Fighter™ 2

Ecco™: The Tides of Time

Alien Storm

Decap Attack™

Flicky™

ESWAT™: City Under Siege

Golden Axe™ II

Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole

Shining Force

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

Streets of Rage 2

Alien Soldier

Light Crusader

Gunstar Heroes

Streets of Rage

Shining Force II

Shining in the Darkness

Beyond Oasis

Dynamite Headdy

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

Sonic Spinball

Toejam and Earl

Toejam and Earl in Panic on Funkotron

Streets of Rage 3

Revenge of the Shinobi

Vectorman 2

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.

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4 Comments

  1. Iggy

    I love how reidculus and cheesy this

  2. Quinta

    Ecco the Dophin! I loved that game as a kid. I can’t wait to try this new hub out yet. I’m going to spend a fortune on the games though…

  3. Will Meyers

    Wow amazing collection of games. I just wish they were Mac.

  4. Baldur

    lame. i mean the games are okay, but weird hub.

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