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LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (November 6, 2008) – SEGA® of Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc today announced the development of SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. This compilation will feature the best first-party games from SEGA’s respected 16-bit Mega Drive years, as well as bonus content from its 8-bit Master System and 1980’s arcade era games library.

“SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection is a must-have for any SEGA enthusiast,” commented Gary Knight, European Marketing Director for SEGA Europe. “Fans will get a chance to relive fond memories from these classic games in HD format.”

Developed by Backbone Entertainment, SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection contains over 40 celebrated SEGA classics in one package; making it the largest collection of SEGA first party games ever offered. Featured games include; Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2 and 3, Columns, Alien Storm, Ecco the Dolphin, Space Harrier, and cult classic, Streets of Rage 1, 2 and 3. The games in the collection have been reproduced with the utmost detail and accuracy to commend their originals. In addition, SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection can output the games in 720p with higher resolution graphics for HD televisions, bringing a new visual richness to these classic titles.

SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 is scheduled for worldwide release in early 2009.

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Zziggy00 said:
Kind of puts a damper on the team making Sonic in HD... Should be a nice release though... That's a lot of games.

Sonic HD project got rebuilt gfx, I'm not sure it's the case on this ultmate collection. It's in 720p and on the current video+picture I didn't notice a visible upgrade.
Alien Syndrome

Year Released: 1986

Nightmarish alien creatures have taken over a host of space colonies. The colonies are set to explode, but there are still captive humans alive in the newly formed alien nests. Their only hope is a pair of elite commandos, Ricky and Mary. Lead these fearless soldiers into the maze-like colonies and use the map to track down the survivors. Your basic weapon is great for splattering some aliens, but to cause real damage, track down more powerful tools like lasers and flamethrowers. After freeing enough humans, hunt down the disgusting alien boss and teach it a lesson. If the action proves too stressful, grab a friend and go hunt some bugs together.

Altered Beast ARCADE

Year Released: 1988

"Rise from your grave!" When Zeus, the legendary Greek god, brings you back to life with those famous words, you set forth on a mission to rescue his daughter, Athena, from the wicked God of the Underworld, Neff. To survive the gauntlet of mythological foes, you must hunt down the three-headed wolves that inhabit each stage and collect the Spirit Balls that they release. The Spirit Balls increase your strength and allow you to transform into a variety of forms including a Werewolf, Weredragon, Werebear, Weretiger, and the ultimate form, the Golden Werewolf. Each creature possesses powerful attacks that are required to bring an end to Neff's scheme.

Tip Top

Year Released: 1983

You are a fearless hunter, traveling through the deepest, darkest jungles in search of the mischievous and elusive ape, Bongo. To catch the big gorilla, you'll have to scale treacherous Primate Peak, carefully maneuver your way across Snake Lake, dodge the fierce beasts of Rhino Ridge, and find a way to cross the Lazy Lagoon. Unfortunately, Bongo's not the only animal in the jungle. To succeed, you must outwit monkeys, scorpions, serpents, rhinos, hippos, and piranhas. If you're not fast on your feet, you'll find out just how low humans are on the food chain!

Fantasy Zone

Year Released: 1985

Shooters are usually very dark and gritty games with elaborate back-stories about massive alien invasions and the lone fighter that must push back the evil forces and save the day. That is not the case in Fantasy Zone. Here, everything is bright and in colorful pastel shades. You pilot the Opa-Opa, an adorable, sentient spaceship that flies with its feathered wings and walks on the ground with its feet. Freely fly around each level and destroy the enemy bases, and you’ll get to face off against the huge boss characters. Collect the coins that your foes drop and spend them in shops to equip Opa-Opa with more powerful weapons.

Shinobi ARCADE

Year Released: 1987

Here’s a bit of helpful advice to all you criminal organizations out there: if you’re going to hatch an elaborate plot that involves kidnapping children, don’t kidnap children that have ninjas for parents. That was the big mistake that the group called “Zeed” made when it went after the offspring of the Oboro clan. Now, Joe Musashi is on the hunt, rescuing the young hostages and taking out Zeed’s leaders, the “Ring of Five.” As you scour each stage, leave no children behind, as Joe can’t proceed to the next level without freeing them all. With an unlimited supply of shuriken, his sharpened katana, and his deadly fists and feet, Joe will show Zeed why you don’t mess with family.

Space Harrier

Year Released: 1985

“Welcome to the Fantasy Zone. Get ready!” This is the greeting given to you as you start Space Harrier, but you don’t have much time to take its advice. Even as the words are being spoken, your Harrier warrior is already charging into battle. Toting a huge laser gun under his arm, the Space Harrier can either run along the checkerboard ground or freely fly through the sky. Either way, he’s always heading forward into the hostile 3D world. As you progress, hordes of strange creatures and robots fly towards you. Fast reflexes are required to dodge their incoming fire. Environmental hazards can be a problem, too. Take care not to run into any trees or stone structures. If you need a bit of a morale boost, just defeat a boss, and the narrator will remind you that, “you’re doing great!”


Year Released: 1982

In the far off depths of space, evil forces have converted a giant asteroid into a deadly base. Only your one-man fighter can slip past the fortress's defense systems and take out these hostile forces. Slipping past the perilous walls and energized force fields will seem like child's play once you're inside and facing off against gun turrets, missile launchers, and enemy spacecraft. Don't forget to destroy fuel tanks in order to refuel your own ship. If you can make it through the gauntlet, you'll face the ultimate challenge: the giant robot known as Zaxxon. Can you destroy his missile before he gets a chance to launch it?

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If they use that cover design then some people might confuse it for a new Megadrive release.

Any word on what the full list of games on it will be?
And now for a full list of games included;

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

Alien Storm

Altered Beast

Bonanza Bros.


Comix Zone

Decap Attack starring Chuck D.


Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Dynamite Headdy

Ecco the Dolphin / Ecco II: The Tides of Time


Fatal Labyrinth


Gain Ground

Golden Axe I / Golden Axe II / Golden Axe III

Kid Chameleon

Phantasy Star II / Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom / Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium


Shining in the Darkness

Shining Force / Shining Force 2

Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master

Sonic 3D Blast

Sonic and Knuckles

Sonic Spinball

Sonic The Hedgehog / Sonic The Hedgehog 2 / Sonic The Hedgehog 3

Story of Thor

Streets of Rage / Streets of Rage 2 / Streets of Rage 3

Super Thunder Blade

Vectorman / Vectorman2
I'm surprised Eternal Champions never makes it onto one of their compilations. It's one of my favorite fighting games of all time. But they always include some of their weaker games on all these compilations.

I'd love to see a sequel on a new console.