More than 15 games will eventually make their way to the console, 5 games were already revealed during Sega Fes, an event for Sega fans in Tokio: Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, Thunder Force IV, Gain Ground and Alex Kidd.
"Sega Ages, the original series that brought classic games to modern consoles, is being rebooted for Nintendo Switch". "Translating the Pokemon featured text we get this in English: "After a lifetime associated with portable consoles, the canonical pokemon will take the leap to a table with its eighth generation. game freak and the pokemon company are rethinking the saga to surprise with new mechanics, either in 2018 or later".
M2, the developer behind the classic 3D conversions of Sega games for the 3DS, is behind the games, so you can expect perfection straight from the source code - along with other notable features. For instance, the Sega Ages version of Sonic the Hedgehog will include the super-obscure Mega Play arcade version, and Phantasy Star will add new difficulty settings, an updated save system, and more.
Sega Ages series producer Kagasei Shimomura is quoted as saying that he wants to expand the official lineup past the now confirmed retro games being worked on.
Over the weekend Sega announced that a range of Sega Ages titles would be coming to the Switch, all of them from the Megadrive.
Gain Ground is the first arcade game that has been announced as part of Sega Ages, and Sega has said that it will not be the only one. This is certainly a welcome addition to the Switch's lineup and should help tide fans over while we wait for Nintendo to re-release their own classics on the system.
Still, we're interested in seeing which classic Sega games come to Switch via the Sega Ages brand.