SEGA Genesis Classics Collection – The MegaDrive to Retro Town

Any gamer growing up in the 80/90's is pretty much guaranteed to be either a SEGA fan or a Nintendo fan, or like me both! On each generation of consoles, we have at least one compilation, usually with a decent amount of good games, sometimes not so great. Regardless of when you were born or if you've ever played a SEGA compilation, this is a must buy for any and every gamer!

On the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4 we had ‘Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection’ (or as we Brits know it as Mega Drive Ultimate Collection). This was a fantastic archive of great games, many of which have made it onto the new collection.

Unfortunately the switch version (which is being reviewed here) is not as good as the steam or console versions. However, it is still a fantastic line up of games. The steam version has a few more games over both the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Switch variants which is worth noting.


A Moonwalk on my Nostalgia

‘Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles’ is missing due to licensing issues (with Michael Jackson’s music) even though they have been part of every collection even after his death. But that doesn’t explain where the other missing games are, such as both ‘Wonder Boy’ games which are present on the other consoles but not the switch.

From the Switch selection, there are still a great number of fun games. The entire collection is based in an interactive bedroom where players can look around the room using the touchscreen, tapping to zoom in. There is a shelf off to the right with the 50 games you can play.

You can see the games being placed into the console before the image is presented on the TV in the virtual bedroom, and they can be played full screen (with a border) or with the TV screen in view for that nostalgia feeling. There is even a working clock in the room, based off of the systems internal clock of course!

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A Mean Bean of Rage!

With such classics as ‘Columns’, ‘Dr. Robotnics Mean Bean Machine’ and ‘Streets of Rage’, there are hours and hours of fun to be had on the move or hooked up to the TV. For a full list of games available, click here

Each game has its own challenges much like the ‘NES remix’ series, where the player could start on a hard difficulty setting and have to score a certain amount of points or finish a stage without taking damage. There are also in-game Achievements for completing certain feats within the games, reflecting the actual achievements and trophies of the other versions.


While playing the chosen game, the player is able to fast forward or rewind with the trigger buttons which is useful if playing a hard section of the game and they just died. Simply rewind and try again, just like in ‘Prince of Persia – Sands of Time’!

Once the player exits or starts a game, they are able to save or load a game which is a great feature for those that like to continue rather than starting from scratch everytime.

‘The SEGA Genesis Classics Collection’ allows players to change various options such as scan lines and CRT effects to give the HD games that retro feel. The sound quality is crystal clear and stays true to the original versions of the game. There is no screen tearing (looking at you PS Classic Console!!) or graphical glitches. It’s a great collection that has been built for die hard SEGA fans in mind.



Gameplay: 7

Graphics: 8

Presentation: 7

Sound: 9

Overall Score: 7.7/ 10

The SEGA Genesis Classics Collection is beautifully presented . Being in a 90’s bedroom and being able to see games being placed into the console is pretty awesome, however it really does suck they chose to remove some games for the switch version. Whether for memory limitations or Copyright reasons, they removed decent games over games like ‘Bonanza Bros’. Come on SEGA!. It just feels incomplete in some respects, the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 versions would be a better choice if not the Steam version. Though it isn’t all bad, the game collection itself is decent and very much playable. Definitely worth the money whatever the chosen platform.

Formats: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Steam and Nintendo Switch (Reviewed)
Price: £29.99
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: SEGA
Release Date: 6/12/18 (Switch)
Age Rating: 12+

Review copy provided by publisher


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