On January 20, Sega took to its Facebook page and told "fan(s) of the classics" to stand by.
Excitement and speculation tuned up in a hurry. After all, "classic Sega" encompasses a wide swath of gaming's real estate. There were immediate wishes for news relating to NiGHTS, Ristar, and Vectorman. Some even hoped for Panzer Dragoon news, bless their hearts.
The official Sonic the Hedgehog Facebook page chimed in with "Sonic '06 part 2."As Dr Eggman himself might note, "the rodent has a sick sense of humor."
While the official revelation does contain hedgehogs and dragons, it's not in the manner you're probably hoping for. We're getting Sega 3D Classics Collection for the Nintendo 3DS on April 26.
As its name suggests, the collection features the M2-developed remakes of Sega's titles, most of which are available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Here's what's on tap:
-Puyo Puyo 2
-Fantasy Zone II W
-Galaxy Force II
-Fantasy Zone 2 (Master System)
-Maze Walker (Master System)
As Polygon points out, the collection's launch marks the first instances of the 3D remakes for Power Drift and Puyo Puyo 2 coming to North America. Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa and Maze Walker for the Master System are also bonus inclusions.
The games feature M2's added bells and whistles, including 3D support. In fact, Maze Walker should feel right at home on the 3DS, given it was developed to be played while wearing the Master System's SegaScope 3D 3D glasses. You won't look as retro-cool without the accessory, but we have faith your heart will go on regardless.
While getting the opportunity to own digital releases in a convenient and tangible collection is never a bad thing (especially when the collection features cover art from legendary Pokémon designer Ken Sugimori), this collection feels sparse.
So many great Sega 3D Classics are missing. Where's Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage 2? Where's Sonic the Hedgehog 2? Where's After Burner II? And for the love of all things good about 16-bit shooters, where is Gunstar Heroes?
We all probably know the answer in our hearts already: It's unlikely this will be Sega's sole 3D Classics Collection. And to be fair, the asking price ($29.99 USD) isn't bad at all, considering a single 3D classic averages $5.99 USD on the eShop. Nine games in one, including new(ish) material, for under $30 is a good buy.
At the same time, it's worth wondering how many people are going to wait on a purchase until Sega pulls out 3D Classics Collection 2 from behind its back and says "Here you go -- the games you really want!"
If you're feeling underwhelmed by Sega's announcement though, cheer up. We might be hearing some good news about a Western release for Valkyria Chronicles Remaster on the PlayStation 4.