A new layer of depth to your favorite 16-bit games
It only took them 9 months, but Sega has finally confirmed that yes, the once Japan-exclusive “3D Classic” line of games is heading to domestic shores. The series was originally announced for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS eShop in November of last year with “3D Space Harrier”, and has grown to encompass more than half a dozen Genesis and Arcade games. Unfortunately, the seemingly ever slow, ever silent English side of Sega refused to acknowledge these versions even existed.
In fact, it took Nintendo UK’s Satoru Shibata to talk about the games on a Nintendo Direct broadcast before Sega was willing to mention them. Even though these games did not appear on the North American Nintendo Direct broadcast, Sega’s own blog assures us that these are not merely exclusive to Europe and will also be coming to the United States. For those of you wondering about the full lineup of 3D Classics:
- 3D Altered Beast
- 3D Ecco the Dolphin
- 3D Galaxy Force 2
- 3D Shinobi III
- 3D Sonic the Hedgehog
- 3D Space Harrier
- 3D Streets of Rage
- 3D Super Hang-On
These ports were handed by “M2”, the same company Sega more recently hired for the “Sega Vintage Collection” releases on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network, and M2 is also responsible for handling some of Nintendo’s own Virtual Console work, so you know the games are in good hands.
Unfortunately, no specific release dates or prices were announced, outside of the fact the games will be available “soon”. We’ll keep you posted.