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Friday, August 11, 2006 

The Sega Genesis Collection: A Retro Gamer's Wet Dream

In this age of super-powered video game systems, it certainly looks like the 16-bit era is still holding it down. Between the success of Xbox Live Arcade, successful Nintendo classic re-releases, and retro collections galore, older gamers are taking a stand and are saying in unison, "No!!! Take back your fancy, schmancy first-person shooters and, plastic 3D characters, and give us some classic gameplay!"

Well, it looks like the folks at Sega have certainly answered the call. Introducing the Sega Genesis Collection, a 30 game (yes, thirty) compilation of many of the greatest Sega games from the 16-bit era. What games, you ask? Well, check 'em out!

Alex Kidd - The Enchanted Castle
Altered Beast
Bonanza Bros.
Comix Zone
Decap Attack
Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco: The Tides of Time
Ecco Jr.
Eternal Champions
Gain Ground
Golden Axe
Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III
Phantasy Star II
Phantasy Star III
Phantasy Star IV
Shadow Dancer: Secret of Shinobi
Shinobi III
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Super Thunderblade
Sword of Vermillion
Vectorman 2
Virtua Fighter 2

Did you see that list? There are some incredible classics in there. The Phantasy Star series? Vectorman? Golden Axe?! Wooooo! Hell, they even threw in Altered Beast, one of our very own "Classic Games of the Week" from about a month ago.

We need the "Sega scream" back in our lives

Now, there are some questionable omissions from this list. What happened to the Streets of Rage games? And the two 16-bit Shining Force titles? Space Harrier? And who could forget Michael Jackson's Moonwalker? (almost a guaranteed entry for "Classic Gaming Wednesday...") Don't get me wrong, this collection wipes the floor with every other compilation that's been released thus far. It's just rather weird that Sega would include titles like, Ecco Jr. and the horrible Genesis version of Virtua Fighter 2 over any of the super classic, Streets of Rage games, for example. But whatever. Personally, I'm completely psyched that the entire 16-bit collection of Phantasy Star is included.

With the number of games that are missing from this list, we all know what that means... Sega Genesis Collection II...

Oh. I almost forgot. The collection is coming out for the PS2 and for the PSP. (16-bit on the go? Yes!) One can only hope that these games are emulated perfectly, or else we'll have one of the most disappointing collections ever created. (ahem, Sega Smash Pack Vol. 1, ahem)

This Sega wunder-collection is due out this fall.