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SEGA says the SEGA AGES line has come to an end, but they still want to bring more classic titles to Switch

A series of ports for the AGES

SEGA is releasing SEGA AGES: Herzog Zwei on Switch in Japan this week, and that title actually marks the end of the SEGA AGES line. SEGA’s Yosuke Okunari confirmed this news in an interview with Game Watch. The thing is, even with the SEGA AGES line ending, SEGA still has interest in bringing more of their classic games to Switch. Check out the full statement from Mr. Okunari below, as translated by Oni Dino.

"Although the SEGA Ages project has come to an end with the release of Herzog Zwei, there are many games in the collection you can still buy and play. So please check them out if you don’t own them yet. However, this doesn’t mean that this is the end of SEGA’s plans to re-release past titles. I, along with SEGA’s own (Rieko) Kodama and (Kagasei) Shimomura, are currently hard at work on our next project. At this point in time, unfortunately, I can’t tell you whether or not M2 will be involved. If this makes you think, ‘Oh, then they’re definitely doing something with M2,’ I hope we can live up to your expectations.

Considering SEGA Ages has ended, some may be wondering if we have plans to continue re-releasing past titles on Nintendo Switch – I want that to happen. I hope to bring something over that will really satisfy Switch players. So until then, we hope you’ll look forward to it.”

The interview also featured a snippet from M2’s Tsuyoshi Matsuoka, who clearly wants to work on more ports of classic SEGA games as well.

“For us at M2, there are still a lot of other titles we want to port over as well. Personally speaking, I want to re-release SEGA’s entire history of interactive games!”

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jake_a
Tue Aug 25 20 06:02pm
Rating: 1

Daytona USA on Switch, pls.

I second this, just for that awesome theme song alone.

I got Sonic 1 and 2 on the PS3 (PS+) and hoped it would lead to 3&K... nothing
I bought Sonic 1 and 2 on the 3DS hoping it would lead to 3&K... nothing
So I learned my lesson and never bought them on Switch

To be fair, 2 is considered the most popular and "best" of the franchise, with 3 & Knuckles close behind, so they're just going with what would make them money. Then again, this is SEGA we're talking about...

Don't get me wrong, I love 2. It's my favourite in the series without a doubt. But I have the Mega Drive cartridge, PS3 download and 3DS download... I think they got enough of my money on that. I actually also have the cartridge for Sonic 1, 3, Knuckles, Spinball and 3D Blast Smile

You were a lot more informed on this subject than I realized, and I completely understand why you'd be frustrated now. Hopefully SEGA will come around on the third game being re-released... right around the time of the third movie. If it's any consolation, 3 & Knuckles is on Steam for $5 USD.

Thanks, mate Smile

I may have another way of playing it, but I'll depend on someone else to lend me their Wii. I checked it on Steam and it's even cheaper for me here. $5 would be about R$30 (Brazil), but in our Steam store it costs R$10,99
I don't play on my computer, but I'll likely play this one (hope my laptop can run it XD)

It's like Nintendo constantly re-releasing NES and SNES games. We get it, we've been downloading these same games since 2006. Let's see something different!

I could've sworn I played N64 games on Wii and Wii U; GB and GBC on 3DS; and DS and GBA games on Wii U...
That must have been a wild dream then...

I'm talking about how they always start with NES and SNES and then make us wait for games from other consoles. Especially the last few years where we've gotten the NES and SNES classics with no sign of other consoles, and Switch having still only NES and SNES. Even the Wii U just had NES and SNES for a long time.

I recommend taking a look at the Wii Virtual Console release dates, as they debunk your theory
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Virtual_Console_games_for_Wii_(North_America)

As for the Mini Consoles, it is possible that they chose to wait other companies "copy" them to then release something. It is possible that they thought a GameBoy in that style would not be cost-effective or that piracy would be a big issue. It is also possible that making the N64 Mini without Rare games would lead to an incomplete and restricted lineup (the PS1 mini did that and it sucked).

On the Wii U I understand because the system market situation turned out very different from what they expected, so they had A LOT of replanning on their plates.

As for the Switch, they need a big reason for people to renew, so adding a system a year makes sense. I they add no new systems this year AND have no big batch of NSO games to compensate, then I'll be complaining as well.

Yeah I'm not referring to the Wii days, just everything since then. The Wii era is how I'd like to see them handle classic games really.

It's also pretty easy to deduce why they do it this way, I'm not looking for their reasons. It's just not ideal as a consumer.

Sources say that MJ's involvement is partially the reason why SEGA couldn't port 3&K. Sucks but I'm with you that 3&K NEEDS to happen!

It really needs to! They could change the music. I'd rather have new music AND the games than no games.

Also: Damn it Mary Jane! Peter Parker won't like it! XD

socar
Thu Aug 27 20 12:34pm
Rating: 1

The strangest thing is that the beta version of the game has songs that are based on the PC port. So its really easy for them to just do it.

I'd love to play some saturn games that i never had the chance to try. Clockwork knight, shinobi, panzer saga.... i remember reading about them in game magazines, but never even knew anyone with a saturn....

You don't want to play Clockwork Knight 🤢

Trust me 🤮

Can't speak on Shinobi since I haven't played it, but the reception to it was pretty poor. Everyone's been waiting for a re-release of Panzer Dragoon Saga, but multiple sources claim they lost the source code on that so.... 😞

Oh no!!! My Dreamcast fantasies are now a nightmare-cast

thedreaminghawk
Tue Aug 25 20 07:39pm
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And that’s what happens when folks only buy the same fucking sonic games for the millionth time instead of trying the good obscurities we’ve gotten such as Thunder Force AC, Phantasy Star and Shinobi...

I get the frustration just like Nintendo fans who only buy Mario, Animal Crossing, Zelda, and Pokemon where as franchises like Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Wario Land, Metroid, F-Zero, Pikmin, etc. Slow down or go to the wayside...

I can't help but notice that the Nintendo franchises that do sell well (the ones you listed) are designed from the ground up to appeal to as many people as possible, while the others are a little more niche or styled towards a specific crowd. As PlatinumGames probably learned at some point, selling only to one or two crowds doesn't make ends meet. Not that I approve of this philosophy - I relatively recently fell in love with the Metroid franchise and its subgenre, which it shares with Castlevania - but I would be really naive/stupid to think that the opposite would appeal to stockholders.

Hey SEGA, if you're so keen on bringing back your old franchises, bring back Shining Force; Fire Emblem needs some competition.

The Shining Franchise is still active, though it is now an action RPG. The talent you are hoping for left after Shining Force 3 and went on to develop the Golden Sun games which is also dormant.

Anything that modern companies try to emulate classics without M2 can end up being a hit or miss..because let's face it, M2 is simply that good. Collection of Mana could have been butchered if it weren't for M2.

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