Sega Genesis Collection

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Sega Genesis Collection
SEGA Genesis Collection.jpg
Original cover art
Developer(s) Digital Eclipse Software Inc.
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
PlayStation Portable
Release date(s)
  • NA November 16, 2006
  • EU February 2, 2007
  • AUS February 8, 2007
Genre(s) Compilation (various)
Mode(s) Single-player
multiplayer

The Sega Genesis Collection , also known as the Sega Mega Drive Collection in PAL regions, is a video game compilation for the PlayStation 2 and PSP, compiled and emulated by Digital Eclipse and released in the U.S. in 2006 and Europe and Australia in 2007. The collection includes twenty-eight (twenty-seven in the PAL versions) Sega Genesis games from a variety of genres, as well as unlockable classic Sega arcade games, with different sets of arcade games for the PlayStation 2 and PSP versions.

List of Genesis Games[edit]

Titles included in the Sega Genesis Collection
# Title Release Notes
#01 Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle 1989
#02 Altered Beast 1989
#03 Bonanza Bros. 1990
#04 Columns 1990
#05 Comix Zone 1995
#06 Decap Attack 1991
#07 Ecco the Dolphin 1993
#08 Ecco: The Tides of Time 1994
#09 Ecco Jr. 1995
#10 Flicky 1991
#11 Gain Ground 1991
#12 Golden Axe 1989
#13 Golden Axe II 1991
#14 Golden Axe III 1993
#15 Kid Chameleon 1992
#16 Phantasy Star II 1989
#17 Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom 1991
#18 Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium 1994
#19 Ristar 1995
#20 Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi 1990 unavailable in the PAL release
#21 Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master 1993
#22 Sonic The Hedgehog 1991
#23 Sonic The Hedgehog 2 1992
#24 Super Thunder Blade 1988
#25 Sword of Vermilion 1990
#26 Vectorman 1995
#27 Vectorman 2 1996
#28 Virtua Fighter 2 1996 Mega Drive/Genesis version

Extras[edit]

This collection also features more than thirty-five minutes of unlockable interviews from SEGA of Japan, a "museum" with facts about the games, strategy tips and box art[1] for each game, as well as a "Sega Cheat Sheet" that consists of cheat codes for most games, and a set of unlockable arcade games, (some of which are from the early Sega/Gremlin era).

The PS2's unlockable arcade titles are:

Unlockable titles included in the PS2 version
# Title Release Notes
Altered Beast (Arcade version) 1988
Future Spy 1984
Tac/Scan 1982
Zaxxon 1982
Zektor 1982

The PSP's unlockable arcade titles are:

Unlockable titles included in the PSP version
# Title Release Notes
Astro Blaster 1981
Congo Bongo (AKA Tip Top) 1983
Eliminator 1981
Space Fury 1981
Super Zaxxon 1982

Reception[edit]

Sega Genesis Collection
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 81.12%[2]
Metacritic 82 out of 100[3]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 8/10[4]
Game Informer 8.75/10
GameSpot 8.1/10
GameSpy 4/5
GameZone 9/10
IGN 8.6/10
X-Play 4/5

The game won the award and Reader's Choice for Best Compilation Game on GameSpot's "Best and Worst" 2006.

Omitted games[edit]

The European version does not include Shadow Dancer. However, it does fix previous speed problems concerning Sonic the Hedgehog which plagued the game's original PAL Mega Drive incarnation and most home console emulations of the game.

According to ToeJam & Earl Productions, they were going to include ToeJam & Earl and its sequel, ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron as well, but Sega wasn't very fond of the series, so they included Sonic the Hedgehog and its first sequel, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as well as Flicky, Ristar, and Comix Zone instead.

Although mentioned in passing, the collection does not include the first Genesis Shinobi game, The Revenge of Shinobi, possibly due to copyright issues surrounding the inclusion of Spider-Man as a boss character at the end of Stage 6. The Revenge of Shinobi would be released on the Wii's Virtual Console with an altered version of the Spider-Man boss.

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