Sega Ages

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Sega Ages refers to a number of compilations or re-releases of classic video games from developer and publisher Sega. A version was released in Japan for the Sega Saturn. A PlayStation 2 (PS2) release in Japan, known as the Sega Ages 2500, included 3D graphics and new gameplay features. In America and Europe, the Sega Classics Collection was released for PS2.

Saturn version[edit]

Sega released several Sega Ages games for the Sega Saturn in Japan:

SEGA AGES Saturn
Title Release Games included
Sega Ages Vol.1 Syukudai ga Tant-R 1996 May 24 Puzzle and Action: Tant-R
Sega Ages Vol.2 Space Harrier 1996 Aug 9
Sega Ages OutRun 1996 Sep 20
Sega Ages After Burner II 1996 Sep 27
Sega Ages Rouka ni Ichidant-R 1996 Dec 27 Puzzle and Action: Ichidant-R
Sega Ages Fantasy Zone 1997 Feb 21
Sega Ages Memorial Selection Vol.1 1997 Feb 28 Flicky, Head On, Pengo, Up'n Down[1]
Sega Ages Columns Arcade Collection 1997 Oct 30 Columns, Columns II: The Voyage Through Time, Stack Columns, Columns 97[2]
Sega Ages Memorial Selection Vol.2 1997 Nov 27 Doki Doki Penguin Land, Samurai, Sindbad Mystery, Star Jacker, Monaco GP, Ninja Princess[3]
Sega Ages Power Drift 1998 Feb 26
Sega Ages Phantasy Star Collection 1998 Apr 2 Phantasy Star, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III, Phantasy Star IV[4]
Sega Ages Galaxy Force II 1998 Jul 2
Sega Ages I Love Mickey Mouse: Fushigi no Oshiro Daibouken/I Love Donald Duck: Guruzia Ou no Hihou 1998 Oct 15

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Sega Ages 2500[edit]

Sega Ages 2500 is a series of budget-priced, retro-themed releases by Sega, released for the PlayStation 2 console in Japan. Initially, these were part of a joint venture with D3 Publisher called 3D AGES (SEGA D3 spelled backwards). These releases were primarily remakes of classic arcade titles with modern 3D graphics and new gameplay features, but also included 2D remakes (the Phantasy Star games) and ports (Virtua Racing, Bonanza Brothers).

Sega assumed control of the project with the release of Decathlete, and the 3D AGES development studio was retired with the release of Phantasy Star Generation 2. At this point, the direction of the series shifted focus from remakes to compilations of emulated titles, and ports (enhanced or otherwise) of classic Sega games. Sega produced these titles themselves, but the actual development work was frequently outsourced to other studios, most notably M2.

The notable exception to this shift away from remakes came with the final release in the series, Fantasy Zone Complete Collection, which included a compilation of classic games as well as a remake of Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa done in a style contemporaneous with the original. The protracted development of this game took over two years, following which Sega decided to retire the series, although they have not indicated if this retirement would be permanent.

The number "2500" refers to the price of the games in yen.

The complete list of titles in the series:

Titles in the SEGA AGES 2500 series
Volume Release Title Games included
Vol. 01 2003-08-28 Phantasy Star Generation 1
Vol. 02 2003-08-28 Monaco GP
Vol. 03 2003-08-28 Fantasy Zone
Vol. 04 2003-09-25 Space Harrier
Vol. 05 2003-09-25 Golden Axe
Vol. 06 2004-01-15 Bonanza Bros.
Vol. 07 2003-12-18 Columns
Vol. 08 2004-02-26 Virtua Racing
Vol. 09 2004-02-26 Gain Ground
Vol. 10 2004-03-18 After Burner II
Vol. 11 2004-03-25 Hokuto no Ken (北斗の拳?) (Fist of the North Star) Remake version that also includes original Hokuto no Ken for Master System
Vol. 12 2004-05-24 Puyo Puyo Tsuu Perfect Set
Vol. 13 2004-05-27 Out Run
Vol. 14 2004-07-29 Alien Syndrome
Vol. 15 2004-07-29 DecAthlete Collection DecAthlete, Winter Heat, Virtua Athlete 2K
Vol. 16 2004-10-14 Virtua Fighter 2
Vol. 17 2005-03-24 Phantasy Star Generation 2
Vol. 18 2005-08-18 Dragon Force
Vol. 19 2005-04-28 Fighting Vipers
Vol. 20 2005-10-27 Space Harrier Complete Collection
Vol. 21 2005-10-27 SEGA System 16 Collection: SDI & Quartet
Vol. 22 2006-02-23 Advanced Daisenryaku: Doitsu Dengeki Sakusen
Vol. 23 2005-12-22 Sega Memorial Selection
Vol. 24 2006-06-29 Last Bronx
Vol. 25 2006-02-23 Gunstar Heroes, Treasure Box also contains Dynamite Headdy and Alien Soldier
Vol. 26 2006-04-27 Dynamite Deka (Die Hard Arcade)
Vol. 27 2006-04-27 Panzer Dragoon
Vol. 28 2006-09-28 Tetris Collection
Vol. 29 [6] 2007-03-08 Monster World Complete Collection (aka Wonder Boy series) Wonder Boy, Wonder Boy: Monster Land, Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair, Wonder Boy V: Monster World III and Monster World IV
Vol. 30 2007-07-26 Galaxy Force II Special Extended Edition
Vol. 31 2007-10-25 Cyber Troopers Virtual-On
Vol. 32 2008-03-27 Phantasy Star Complete Collection[7] Phantasy Star, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom, Phantasy Star IV, Phantasy Star II Text Adventure, Phantasy Star Gaiden, Phantasy Star Adventure
Vol. 33 2008-09-11 Fantasy Zone Complete Collection

These are the other titles that were cancelled due to the discontinuation of 3D AGES:

Sega Classics Collection[edit]

Some of these games have been released in North America and Europe on the Sega Classics Collection for PS2, namely:

  • Monaco GP (Vol. 2)
  • Fantasy Zone (Vol. 3)
  • Space Harrier (Vol. 4)
  • Golden Axe (Vol. 5)
  • Bonanza Bros. (in the form of Tant-R & Bonanza Bros.) (Vol. 6)
  • Columns (Vol. 7)
  • Virtua Racing (Vol. 8)
  • Out Run (Vol. 13)

Alien Syndrome (Vol. 14) was released on the North American version of Sega Classics Collection, but was omitted from the European release to hold the game's PEGI 12+ rating.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Back of Memorial Selection Vol.1 box; picture from GameFAQs". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Back of Columns Arcade Collection box; picture from GameFAQs". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Back of Memorial Selection Vol.2 box; picture from GameFAQs". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Back of Phantasy Star Collection box; picture from GameFAQs". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sega of Japan Hardware Archive: First-Party Saturn Game List". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 29: Monster World Complete Collection on segaretro.org
  7. ^ SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection on mobygames

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