Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection

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Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection
Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collection.jpg
Developer(s) Backbone Entertainment
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • NA: February 10, 2009
  • PAL: February 20, 2009
Genre(s) Compilation
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection in PAL regions) is a compilation of video games developed by Backbone Entertainment and published by Sega for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The compilation features 48 Sega games (49 counting two versions of Altered Beast) which were previously released for Sega Genesis (including most of the Sonic the Hedgehog titles released for the system), arcade and Sega Master System. It is the sequel to the Sega Genesis Collection released previously for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable, however it is similar to that compilation because it contains 16 (in NTSC regions) more games (including unlockable extras).

List of games[edit]

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive games (40 total)[edit]

Previously available in Sega Genesis Collection.

Unlockable extra games[edit]

Previously available in Sega Genesis Collection.

The ROM for Phantasy Star is based on the original US version while Space Harrier has audio issues with tracks being pitched out of tune with each other, rendering the audio unpalatable.

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". Also, most of the games from the Sega Genesis Collection were dropped, although only the best ones from the compilation were kept.


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 numbered copies worldwide.


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic (PS3) 80/100[1]
(X360) 79/100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
Giant Bomb 3/5 stars[3]
IGN 9/10[4] 8/10[5]

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection received "generally favorable" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Sonic's Ultimate Collection for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (February 16, 2009). "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection Review". Giant Bomb. Retrieved October 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ Miller, Greg (February 12, 2009). "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection Review". IGN. Retrieved October 4, 2017. 
  5. ^ Orry, Tom (February 19, 2009). "SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection Review". Retrieved February 19, 2009.