Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection
|Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection / Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection|
|Release date(s)||NA February 10, 2009
EU February 20, 2009
AUS February 20, 2009 (PS3)
AUS February 26, 2009 (X360)
Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, known as the Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection in PAL regions, is a compilation of video games developed by Backbone Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. The compilation features 48 Sega games (49 counting two versions of Altered Beast) which were previously released for the Mega Drive/Genesis (including most of the Sonic the Hedgehog titles released for the system), arcade and Sega Master System. It is similar to the Sega Genesis Collection released previously for the PlayStation 2 and PSP, however it contains 16 (in NTSC regions) more games (including unlockable extras).
List of games
Mega Drive/Genesis games (40 total)
- Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
- Alien Storm
- Altered Beast
- Beyond Oasis/The Story of Thor
- Bonanza Bros.
- Comix Zone
- Decap Attack
- Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
- Dynamite Headdy
- Ecco the Dolphin
- Ecco: The Tides of Time
- ESWAT: City Under Siege
- Fatal Labyrinth
- Gain Ground
- Golden Axe
- Golden Axe II
- Golden Axe III
- Kid Chameleon
- Phantasy Star II
- Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
- Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
- Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention
- Shining Force II: The Ancient Seal
- Shining in the Darkness
- Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
- Sonic & Knuckles
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3
- Sonic 3D Flickies Island/Blast
- Sonic Spinball
- Streets of Rage
- Streets of Rage 2
- Streets of Rage 3
- Super Thunder Blade
- Vectorman 2
Unlockable extra games
According to Ethan Einhorn, the producer for the collection, the three "lock-on" games (Knuckles in Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Blue Sphere) were not included citing "tight development times", and that including them would have meant "dropping several titles from the collection altogether", specifically the aforementioned nine unlockable games since "they all required unique emulation solutions".
As well as being able to play the games in their original aspect ratio and appearance, players also have the option of switching to a wide-screen view, as well as turn on a smoothing option akin to those featured on Mega Drive/Genesis titles released on XBLA or PSN. Titles can be arranged alphabetically, chronologically, by genre, or by player-assigned rating. Each Mega Drive/Genesis game also has a "museum" similar to the previous Sega Genesis Collection that consists of information, trivia, box art, and cartridge art. However, PAL material has been omitted from the "museum", despite the previous collection offering PAL box art and cartridge art. The collection also features the same interviews with some of the original game developers that were found in the previous one.
The compilation received mostly positive reviews. IGN gave Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection a 9.0/10 score and an Editor's Choice Award, praising the addition of a rating system for each game and the Streets of Rage series, among other things. Greg Miller of IGN said that he "can't recommend this game enough". Retro Gamer rated the game 98%. It also received the award for Best Anthology in GameShark's Game of the Year Awards 2009.
Sega Mega Drive LP Vinyl
Sega Mega Drive Vinyl is a soundtrack featuring music from the games in this compilation and was only made available in Australia and New Zealand. The release was limited to 3500 copies worldwide with each one being numbered. Vinyl #0002 has been auctioned on a New Zealand auction website TradeMe for the Starship Children's Health foundation.
- EU release date
- AUS release dates
- An explanation for why the three "lock-on" titles were excluded
- IGN's review of Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection
- "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection". MobyGames. Retrieved 2013-11-21.
- 21 Nov (2009-02-26). "SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Col. Charity Auction". Trade Me. Retrieved 2013-11-21.