While Nintendo has yet to reveal a dedicated Virtual Console system for the Switch, its third party partnerships were certainly up to the task in revitalizing their retro games onto the hybrid platform. Hamster Corporation has consistently pushed ACA NEOGEO releases on the eShop since launch, and publishers such as Capcom, SNK, Atari, and Bandai Namco have all come forward with a bevy of collection titles for arcade classics and fan-favorite franchises.
Now, SEGA has announced that they’re finally getting in the action too, with a “SEGA Ages” initiative coming to the Nintendo Switch this summer. In stark contrast to the SEGA Genesis Classics collection coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next month, the company’s approach to SEGA Ages will be handled as individual releases with a finer touch by developer M2.
In recent times, the studio has been responsible for straightforward Virtual Console emulations of SEGA and Bandai Namco games for the Wii, as well as Game Gear titles for Nintendo 3DS. M2 then moved into putting more elbow grease towards developing native, enhanced ports of Genesis, Master System, and arcade software as SEGA 3D Classics remakes for the 3DS.
Starting this summer, fifteen such enhanced ports with extra features will roll out worldwide to the Nintendo Switch eShop, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV, and Phantasy Star. Thunder Force IV on Switch is also playable for SEGA FES attendees at the Akihabara-held event this weekend.
Are you looking forward to picking up SEGA Ages-enhanced classics on the Switch eShop? Which other classics do you wish to see rebuilt from the ground up for the hybrid platform? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!