Tuesday Feb 10, 2009
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection is making its way to retailers now! There’s been a lot of excitement and discussion about this title here in the blog as well as around the web. Look for it soon at a retailer near you.
From the official press release:
SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system has shipped to retailers across North America. This compilation features the entire series of Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage, Phantasy Star and Shining Force, as well as other classic titles from SEGA’s 16-bit Genesis, 8-bit Master System and 1980’s arcade era games library.
Developed by Backbone Entertainment, Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection contains over 40 classic SEGA games in one package; making it the largest collection of SEGA first party games ever released. The game features local multiplayer as well as bonus content which includes nine unlockable games, video interviews from the creators of these classic SEGA titles, and fun facts that you may not have known about the games. Featured games include Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2 and 3, Golden Axe, Columns, Ecco the Dolphin, Shinobi III, and Space Harrier. Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection can output these classic games in 720p with higher resolution graphics for HD televisions, bringing a visually stunning gameplay experience, and breathing new life into these classics.”
Also today, we released the Official Player’s Guide to the game, which is available in PDF format.
Next, I wanted to address a question that’s been coming up in the comments lately with regard to this game, and that’s Knuckles. Here’s the scoop from the Producer of the game, Ethan Einhorn. “We’re excited to bring SEGA fans nearly 50 classic games on Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection. We understand that some people have expressed disappointment that the title does not support the ‘Lock-On’ technology featured in the original “Sonic & Knuckles” cartridge, and wanted to provide an explanation for this. Tight development timelines are a production reality, and in this instance, we had to choose between allotting engineering hours, localization, test resources, and front-end (menu) adjustment to support ‘Lock-On’, or dropping several titles from the collection altogether. Specifically, we would have had to drop all of the bonus games from the disc, as they all required unique emulation solutions. Faced with an either/or scenario, we chose to retain our title lineup in its entirety. We hope that everybody enjoys the abundance of content this value-priced collection provides.” I hope that clears up any confusion, even if it wasn’t the answer you were hoping for.
To celebrate the release of the game, we’ve been taking a look back to some of the games we remember best. If you haven’t read them yet, here are some handy links for you.
Posted by Kellie in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection on 5:58:41PM Feb 10, 2009
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