Some of the brightest spots over the past few years on the 3DS eShop have been Sega’s remastering of its classic games in 3D. Thanks to the developer, M2, many of the games released have had impeccable transitions into 3D with extras thrown in for good measure. On April 26, 2016 Sega will launch Sega 3D Classics Collection, packed with nine classic games on one cartridge for $29.99. So what’s included?
I remember playing a lot of this arcade game in a local bowling alley. It was one of the first racing games I had ever seen with dramatic elevation changes in the tracks. There’s so many hills and valleys that it sometimes felt like I was on rollercoaster. It’s a sprite-based circuit racer that puts you head to head against other AI racers in a twisting, turning, jumping, looping race to the finish. I look forward to revisiting my youth with this one, complete with all new stereoscopic 3D effects.
Puyo Puyo 2
Did you ever play Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine on the Sega Genesis? Well this is basically a sequel, except it doesn’t have the Sonic license. This head-to-head competitive puzzle game is simple to learn, hard to master, and always addictive. You can compete against AI or friends in local multiplayer. This game will retain its Japanese language, but the instructions will be in English.
I had never heard of this game before, but I had heard of the famous SegaScope 3D Glasses for the Sega Master System. Well, this is a port of Maze Hunter, a game that supported those glasses, except now of course the 3DS will take care of the work and you can leave those funky glasses in storage. Apparently you need to try and escape the mysterious, twisting maze filled with unknown dangers. A bit ambiguous, perhaps, but I’m intrigued.
Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa
Ah, Fantasy Zone, one of the older 2D side scrolling space shoot’em ups out there. This one is a port of the Sega Master System game Fantasy Zone II. You play as the space ship Opa-Opa to defend its bases from the evil invaders in this colorful action game.
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What’s this? Another Fantasy Zone II? Indeed, it’s based off the Sega Master System game, except buffed up with power of the System-16 arcade board. So expect better graphics with more on-screen action and 2 separate game modes for more challenge.
Sonic the Hedgehog
This one really doesn’t need an introduction. Play the first Sonic game ever made. This Genesis game has been revamped with 3D visuals to give it the extra pop it needs in the graphics department. All of your favorite levels and catchy music return in what’s possibly the best port of the Genesis game on the market today.
Hop in your helicopter and get ready to shoot down an endless stream of bad guys. You’ll fly between buildings, through cave, and infiltrate enemy bases. The 3D effects add to the immersion.
Galaxy Force II
Another shoot’em up, Galaxy Force II puts you in the gunner seat of the Space Federation. It’s up to you to strap yourself into your TRY-X fighter and turn the tables on the invading forces of Halcyon and the Fourth Empire, except this time in full 3D. Plus it features double the resolution of the original.
RISE FROM YOUR GRAVE! This amazing arcade game sadly doesn’t hold up quite so well after all of these years. Still, if you have a burning nostalgia to play some 2-player co-op with a buddy, this beat’em up set in ancient Greece might just be for you.
All said this isn’t a bad compilation for fans of classic Sega games. Some notable ones are missing, like Streets of Rage, Gunstar Heroes, and Outrun, although they are available for digital download right now in the eShop. Props to Sega for bringing out a physical solution for those who don’t like to have digital games.