Logo used for the Nintendo Switch series
|Developer(s)||Sega, M2, 3D Ages, Sims|
|Platform(s)||Sega Saturn, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Switch|
Sega Ages[a] is a series of video game ports, remakes, and compilations published by Sega. It consists of Sega arcade games and home console games, typically those for the Sega Genesis and Master System. The series was launched on the Sega Saturn in 1996. Entries were published for the PlayStation 2 as Sega Ages 2500, a reference to its bargain ¥2500 price point. The series later came to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as Sega Ages Online, and finally to the Nintendo Switch as simply Sega Ages. The name Sega Ages is a palindrome, with "Ages" being "Sega" backwards — this was previously used by Sega in European marketing strategies from the late 1980s to early 1990s.
The Sega Saturn and PlayStation 2 releases usually feature a singular game alongside extras such as remakes or developer info, and sold at a low price point. Most of these releases were exclusive to Japan. Three games in the Sega Saturn series - Space Harrier, Out Run' and After Burner II - were selected for Sega Ages Vol. 1, released in Europe in 1996 and in North America in 1997. Several games in the PlayStation 2 series were released in Europe and North America as part of the Sega Classics Collection compilation in 2005. The PlayStation 2 series was initially developed by 3D Ages, a collaborative effort between Sega and D3 Publisher, however Sega would soon develop the games in-house following the departure of D3 Publisher from the project.
Sega Ages (Sega Saturn)
The first Sega Ages series was released in 1996 for the Sega Saturn in Japan and concluded in 1998. Although the majority of the titles in this series remained exclusive to Japan, three games from the line - Out Run, Space Harrier and After Burner II, would be compiled into the video game compilation Sega Ages Vol. 1, released in Europe in 1996 by Sega itself and in North America in 1997 by Working Designs under their Spaz imprint. Despite the title, no additional volumes would be released in these territories.
|Title||Release date||Included games|
|Vol. 1 Syukudai ga Tant-R||
||Puzzle & Action: Tant-R, Quiz Syukudai wo Wasuremashita|
|Vol. 2 Space Harrier†||
|Vol. 3 Out Run†||
|Vol. 4 After Burner II†||
||After Burner II|
|Vol. 5 Rouka ni Ichidant-R||
||Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R, Quiz Rouka ni Tattenasai!|
|Vol. 6 Fantasy Zone||
|Vol. 7 Memorial Selection Vol. 1||
||Head-On, Pengo, Flicky, Up'n Down|
|Vol. 8 Columns Arcade Collection||
||Columns, Columns II: The Voyage Through Time, Stack Columns, Columns '97|
|Vol. 9 Memorial Selection Vol. 2||
||Samurai, Monaco GP, Star Jacker, Sindbad Mystery, Ninja Princess|
|Vol. 10 Power Drift||
|Vol. 11 Phantasy Star Collection||
||Phantasy Star, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III, Phantasy Star IV|
|Vol. 12 Galaxy Force II||
||Galaxy Force II|
|Vol. 13 I Love Mickey Mouse: Fushigi no Oshiro Daibouken/I Love Donald Duck: Guruzia Ou no Hihou||
||Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, QuackShot|
† = Released in North America and Europe as part of Sega Ages Vol. 1
Sega Ages 2500 (PlayStation 2)
The second series was released for the PlayStation in 2003 and concluding in 2008, known as the Sega Ages 2500 series - this title comes from the ¥2500 price point the game had. The series was created from Sega's interest in the success of D3 Publisher's Simple budget-title video game series, which features low-budget games at a low price point. This interest would lead to Sega and D3 Publisher forming a new subsidiary company in 2003, known as 3D Ages (スリーディー・エイジス/3Dエイジス, Surīdī Eijisu), with the sole reason to create games under the Sega Ages 2500 series. Later in 2004, D3 Publisher would leave the project and give Sega complete control of the company.
The main focus of the series was to remake older Sega video games with 3D visuals, alongside improved sound and gameplay. Following the departure of D3 Publisher, the series would soon shift into featuring compilations of other Sega video games alongside remakes of these games. The series officially concluded in 2008 after 33 entries, although several other Sega Ages 2500 games, featuring games such as Streets of Rage, Alex Kidd and Sonic the Hedgehog, were planned for release. 3D Ages was disbanded in late 2005 and absorbed into Sega.
Due to complications with Sony Computer Entertainment America, Sega was disallowed from releasing the games individually outside Japan. Instead, nine of the games in the Sega Ages 2500 series would be compiled into the Sega Classics Collection compilation for the PlayStation 2, released in North America by Sega in 2005 and in Europe by Conspiracy Entertainment in 2006.
|Title||Release date||Included games|
|Vol. 1: Phantasy Star Generation: 1||Remake of Phantasy Star|
|Vol. 2: Monaco GP†||Remake of Monaco GP|
|Vol. 3: Fantasy Zone†||Remake of Fantasy Zone|
|Vol. 4: Space Harrier†||
||Remake of Space Harrier|
|Vol. 5: Golden Axe†||
||Remake of Golden Axe|
|Vol. 6: Ichini no Tant-R to Bonanza Bros.†||Remakes of Bonanza Bros. and Puzzle & Action: Tant-R|
|Vol. 7: Columns†||
||Columns, remake of Columns|
|Vol. 8: Virtual Racing FlatOut†||
||Remake of Virtua Racing|
|Vol. 9: Gain Ground||
||Remake of Gain Ground|
|Vol. 10: After Burner II||
||Remake of After Burner II|
|Vol. 11: Hokuto no Ken||
||Remake of Hokuto no Ken|
|Vol. 12: Puyo Puyo Tsuu Perfect Set||
||Puyo Puyo 2|
|Vol. 13: Out Run†||
||Remake of Out Run|
|Vol. 14: Alien Syndrome†||
||Remake of Alien Syndrome|
|Vol. 15: Decathlete Collection||
||Decathlete, Winter Heat, Virtua Athlete 2K|
|Vol. 16: Virtua Fighter 2||
||Virtua Fighter 2|
|Vol. 17: Phantasy Star Generation: 2||
||Remake of Phantasy Star II|
|Vol. 18: Dragon Force||
||Remake of Dragon Force|
|Vol. 19: Fighting Vipers||
|Vol. 20: Space Harrier Complete Collection||
||Space Harrier, Space Harrier (SMS), Space Harrier (GG), Space Harrier 3D, Space Harrier II , Sega Mark III error screen demo|
|Vol. 21: SDI & Quartet: Sega System 16 Collection||
||SDI, Quartet (video game)|
|Vol. 22: Advanced Daisenryaku: Deustch Dengeki Sakusen||
||Remake of Advanced Daisenryaku|
|Vol. 23: Sega Memorial Selection||
||Head-On, Tranquilizer Gun, Borderline, Congo Bongo, Doki Doki Penguin Land, remakes of said games|
|Vol. 24: Last Bronx - Tokyo Bangaichi||
|Vol. 25: Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box||
||Gunstar Heroes, Gunstar Heroes (GG), Gunstar Heroes (prototype version), Dynamite Headdy, Alien Soldier, Dynamite Headdy (SMS), Dynamite Headdy (GG)|
|Vol. 26: Dynamite Deka||
||Remake of Dynamite Deka|
|Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon||
||Panzer Dragoon, remake of Panzer Dragoon|
|Vol. 28: Tetris Collection||
||Tetris (Sega), Bloxeed, Flashpoint, Tetris New Century, Flashpoint (prototype)|
|Vol. 29: Monster World Complete Collection||
||Wonder Boy (ARC, SMS, SG-1000, GG), Wonder Boy in Monster Land (ARC, SMS), Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (ARC, SG), Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (GG, SMS), Monster World III (SG, SMS), Monster World IV|
|Vol. 30: Galaxy Force II: Special Extended Edition||
||Galaxy Force II, Galaxy Force II (SMS), Galaxy Force II (SG), Galaxy Force Neo Classic|
|Vol. 31: Cyber Troopers Virtual On||
||Remake of Cyber Troopers: Virtual On|
|Vol. 32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection||
||Phantasy Star, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III, Phantasy Star Gaiden, Phantasy Star Adventure, Phantasy Star IV, Phantasy Star Text Adventures|
|Vol. 33: Fantasy Zone Complete Collection||
||Fantasy Zone, Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa, Fantasy Zone: The Maze, Super Fantasy Zone, Fantasy Zone II DX, Fantasy Zone Neo Classic, Galactic Protector, Fantasy Zone Gear|
† = Released in North America and Europe as part of Sega Classics Collection. Alien Syndrome was removed from the European release to lower the game's rating.
Sega Ages Online / Sega Vintage Collection (Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3)
The third series was released for the Xbox 360 that was both introduced and concluded in 2012. This series consisted of releases from the Sega Vintage Collection series, originally released in North America and Europe, as well as re-releases of games from the Sega Ages 2500 series - the latter games were only released on the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3 and had the Sega Ages 2500 name stripped from the title. The games were developed by M2 as opposed to being made in-house by Sega. Ten releases were made in total, making it the shortest of the Sega Ages series.
|Title||Release date||Platform||Included games||Notes|
|Sega Classics Collection||
||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3||Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Revenge of Shinobi, Super Hang-On||Released in North America and Europe as Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.|
|Monster World Collection||
||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3||Wonder Boy in Monster World, Wonder Boy in Monster Land, Monster World IV||Released in North America and Europe as Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World.|
|Golden Axe Collection||
||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3||Golden Axe, Golden Axe II, Golden Axe III||Released in North America and Europe as Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe.|
|Bare Knuckle Collection||
||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3||Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2, Streets of Rage 3||Released in North America and Europe as Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage.|
||PlayStation 3||Remake of Dragon Force|
||PlayStation 3||Remake of Dynamite Deka|
|Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box||
||PlayStation 3||Gunstar Heroes, Gunstar Heroes (GG), Gunstar Heroes (prototype version), Dynamite Headdy, Alien Soldier, Dynamite Headdy (SMS), Dynamite Headdy (GG)|
|Sega Memorial Selection||
||PlayStation 3||Head-On, Tranquilizer Gun, Borderline, Congo Bongo, Doki Doki Penguin Land, remakes of said games|
|ToeJam & Earl Collection||
||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3||ToeJam and Earl, ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron||Released in North America and Europe as Sega Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl.|
|Phantasy Star Complete Collection||
||PlayStation 3||Phantasy Star, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III, Phantasy Star Gaiden, Phantasy Star Adventure, Phantasy Star IV, Phantasy Star Text Adventures|
Sega Ages (Nintendo Switch)
The fourth Sega Ages series is currently being released for the Nintendo Switch, available through the Nintendo eShop storefront. This series is being developed by M2, with lead producer Rieko Kodama from Sega. It was first announced in August 2018, with ten titles announced for the series. Sega has since stated that games from the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast would be made available later on.
The first Sega Ages volume was a best-seller in the United Kingdom. Next Generation rated it three stars out of five, saying it "holds up better than the Namco Museum series, and at a mere $40, these three games should be worth giving the ol' CD a spin." GamePro gave it a negative review, saying that the three games in the collection "were never all that good to begin with. ... They all have their strong points, but lack those special qualities that make certain games forever great." The four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly unanimously contended that the three included games were outstanding and praised their arcade-perfect recreations, though they felt the collection should have included more games and historical info, as other retro compilations of the time did. They gave it a 6.5 out of 10. Sega Saturn Magazine gave it a 91%, likewise praising the three included games and the quality of the conversions. Though they criticized that After Burner and Space Harrier were somewhat wasted since they had already received excellent ports for the Mega Drive and 32X, they felt the compilation was worth getting for Out Run alone.
- Sega Forever - Similar series of releases made for iOS and Android devices.
- 3D Classics - Similar series of releases made for the Nintendo 3DS.
- Japanese: セガエイジス Hepburn: Sega Eijisu
- Some additional features such as Kids mode were ported from the Sega Saturn version.
- The Hiragana/Katakana mixed mode was ported from the Sega Saturn version.
- Some additional features or musics were ported from the Sega Genesis version and Nintendo 3DS version.
- Some additional features were ported from the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 version.
- Some additional features were ported from the Sega Genesis version.
- The port is based on the Nintendo 3DS version which ported "Haya Oh" boss from the Sega Master System version.
- The port of Columns I is based on the PlayStation Vita port which was included in Ryū ga Gotoku 0: Free to Play Application for PlayStation Vita.
- The Sega Genesis port of Ichidant-R includes the Quest, Compe and Free modes, all exclusive to the console at the time.
- Some additional features were ported from the complete version of PS2 and the Nintendo 3DS version.
- In the original release, Knuckles in Sonic 2 could only be played by locking-on the Sonic 2 cartridge to a Sonic & Knuckles cartridge.
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