SEGA 3D Classics Collection Announced for Nintendo 3DS

Something old, something new, something 3D, and something blue.

Over the past few years, SEGA has released a number of M2-developed ports of classic SEGA Genesis and arcade titles to the Nintendo 3DS as — what else? — SEGA 3D Classics. And now that the series of releases has seemingly wrapped up, SEGA is releasing the compilation known as SEGA 3D Classics Collection in the west.

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Available April 26th at retail and (surprisingly) in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS for $44.99 ($29.99 if you’re in the States), the collection features 3D remakes of the following Master System and Genesis titles:

  • Power DriftA high octane sprite-based circuit racer.
  • Puyo Puyo 2A head-to-head competitive puzzle game.
  • Maze WalkerA 3D mystery adventure.
  • Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa A classic psychedelic scrolling shooter.
  • Fantasy Zone II WFantasy Zone II W is basically an updated version of the game above.
  • Sonic The HedgehogControl the iconic character in the classic fast-paced platformer.
  • Thunder BladeHelicopters, guns, missiles and explosions. What more do you need?
  • Galaxy Force IISave the galaxy in this space themed3D shoot ’em up.
  • Altered BeastA beat ’em up set in ancient Greece.

While fans may already have some of these titles, SEGA points out that others — specifically, Power Drift and Puyo Puyo 2 — have never been released outside of Japan before. Then there’s Maze Walker (which originally employed the SegaScope 3D glasses for its 3D effect) and Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa, two games never before released for the Nintendo 3DS.

And yes, I see you raising your eyebrow at that last one — I did review Fantasy Zone II W for Nintendo 3DS a little while back, but that was a remake of the Master System game upgraded to System- 16 arcade board standards with added 3D effects. Both that and the Master System version are being included here.

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Plus, if I’m understanding the official website correctly, this package also comes with a complete set of SEGA system Home menu themes for your Nintendo 3DS, including Hi-Tech, SG-1000, SEGA Mark III, SEGA Master System, SEGA Genesis, Game Gear, SEGA Saturn, and a spot marked “coming soon” — Dreamcast, perhaps?

Topping it all off is a series of illustrations by Ken Sugimori of Game Freak, Inc., which you can see in the box art and sprinkled throughout the gallery below.

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  • InsertTokenz

    Looking forward to getting this one for my collection. Having a physical copy of these games will be nice, plus I really want to try out the 3D classics Power Drift and Maze Walker (I used to have a Sega Scope 3D with my Master System back in the day which I used for Space Harrier 3D, and it would be cool to have the opportunity to play another Sega Scope supported game). 🙂