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.
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 Drift – A high octane sprite-based circuit racer.
- Puyo Puyo 2 – A head-to-head competitive puzzle game.
- Maze Walker – A 3D mystery adventure.
- Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa – A classic psychedelic scrolling shooter.
- Fantasy Zone II W – Fantasy Zone II W is basically an updated version of the game above.
- Sonic The Hedgehog – Control the iconic character in the classic fast-paced platformer.
- Thunder Blade – Helicopters, guns, missiles and explosions. What more do you need?
- Galaxy Force II – Save the galaxy in this space themed3D shoot ’em up.
- Altered Beast – A 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.
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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