The Sega Genesis Classics Collection Will Soon Be Available for Your Modern Console

The late 1980s were a time of change for fans of arcade games and video games. Most of us were transitioning from playing vertical and cocktail table arcade games to playing at home on a console.

Many of those consoles are now all but forgotten, but there are some that stand as all-time classics. For many people, the console that stands at the top of that list is the Sega Genesis.

Now, fans of the famous 16-bit console will soon be able to play a large number of their favorite games with the launch of the Sega Genesis Classics collection.

The Sega Genesis Classics Collection

The Sega Genesis Classics collection will be released in May. It will include over 50 classic Sega titles from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The announcement from Sega says the Genesis Classics collection will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Nintendo Switch console owners will have to wait for further news from Sega as it was omitted from the main launch announcement.

A Classic Gaming Console

The Sega Genesis is one of the world's greatest classic games consoles. It was known as the Sega Mega Drive outside the USA and Canada and was first released in 1988 (1989 in the US).

It was a 16-bit games console, with the technology adapted from Sega's 16-bit arcade boards.

Over 30 million units were sold and over 900 games were made by both third-party games developers and Sega itself.

A Stumbling but Welcome Announcement

The announcement of the release of the Sega Genesis Classics collection came out by accident. The eyes of social media are everywhere, however, so the mistake was quickly spotted on Sega's official Twitter feed. Even though the company deleted the Tweet, trying to keep a lid on the news at that point would have been an exercise in futility.

Now Sega has gone public with a new promotional video:

The Games in the Collection

The Sega Genesis Classics collection includes Altered Beast, Alien Storm, Columns, Galaxy Force II, Golden Axe, Golden Axe II, Golden Axe III, Gunstar Heroes, Phantasy Star II, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and more.

You don’t have to wait until May to play your favorite 1980s games, though. Have a look at the titles available on our classic arcade machines now.