An array of classic Sega titles are coming to the Nintendo Switch.
Sega Ages, a brand of Sega used for the company’s compilation of classic titles, will make their Nintendo Switch debut by releasing Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Thunder Force IV, and Ground Gain on Nintendo’s console. There’s no word on the game’s exact release date, but Sega has stated that Europe, Japan, and North America will receive the first wave of classic Sega titles for Switch sometime this summer.
The very good news is that these games are being developed by M2. That’s the same company responsible for a large number of Sega’s previous re-releases, and they’ve proven to be reliable in terms of ensuring that the ported version of each title retains the spirit of the originals while featuring modest modern updates. As such, there’s no reason to suspect that these Switch version of the game will not be high-quality releases.
That being said, there are aspects of this announcement which strike us as a bit…odd.
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First off, there’s been no word on how much each of these games will cost. At present, you can buy a host of classic Sega games on Steam for $4.99. We’ve seen developers take advantage of the Switch’s popularity by raising the cost of some popular games that get ported to the console, but we imagine that these games will be available for a comparable price.
Still, we’re a bit surprised that there doesn’t seem to be any plans in place to just release a compilation of classic Sega games for the Switch instead of these individual titles. We suppose the logic is that they can make more money off the individual releases, but if that is the case, it’s somewhat strange that so few of the initial titles being offered are what we would consider to be cultural classics.
Still, we’re interested in seeing which classic Sega games come to Switch via the Sega Ages brand.