The Virtual Console is dead, and as a result, many companies have been releasing their classic games through compilations or sporadically on the eShop. It looks like Sega is finally joining the party with the announcement that Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV will be the first games released for their Sega Ages Switch lineup. Sega Ages is the new brand that the company is using to port their classic titles to Switch. Unlike the Sega Genisis Classics Collection that just hit PS4, Xbox One, and PC, these titles will all be released individually with more being released throughout the year.
Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV will release this August in Japan and retail for 999 yen each. No word has been given on a US release date or price, though it is possible they will launch in all regions at the same time.
Other titles have been announced for Sega Ages Switch initiative, including Phantasy Star, Alex Kidd in Miracle World, and Gain Ground. While some may see this as a cash grab since buying these titles individual is bound to add up to much more than purchasing the Sega Genesis Classics Collection, it should be noted that these games will include some extra features.
Sonic the Hedgehog is said to have some of the features of the 3DS version of the game like the spin dash. It will also include the Mega Play arcade version of the original game as well. Thunder Force IV (which was not included in the Sega Genesis Classics Collection) will include online leaderboards as well as the Styx mode from the Saturn port of the game.
What remains to be seen, however, is just how far Sega will extend the Sega Ages umbrella. Will we see Dreamcast titles in the future lineup? As for now, we will just have to wait and see. More than likely if the first batch of titles is successful then Sega might ride the Ages train all the way to the bank and give us some real gems on the Switch.
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