SEGA AGES Launches in West with Sonic the Hedgehog and Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar on the Nintendo Switch

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SEGA of America announced today that the first two titles of SEGA AGES, Sonic the Hedgehog and Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar, are now available digitally on Nintendo Switch on the Nintendo eShop for $7.99 each. Watch the trailer for the start of this series on our channel!

As part of SEGA’s broader support for retro games, including upcoming releases like SEGA Genesis Classics for Nintendo Switch, coming this winter, SEGA AGES is a series of classic, high-quality ports of beloved SEGA games developed by M2.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Blue Blur’s debut title! This is where the chase for those Chaos Emeralds started! The definitive version of the classic that also adds new features like Drop Dash, as well as the console premiere of the legendary Mega Play arcade version!

Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar

Frenetic action, vertical and horizontal scrolling, rocking music, and a variety of awesome weapons: Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar is already ranked among the best shooters of its era. This version even mixes in a new STYX mode that lets you pilot the ship from its predecessor, plus a KIDS mode for newcomers and rankings for the shmup elite!

Upcoming SEGA AGES Titles

Joining the existing line-up in the coming months, fans of SEGA games and new lovers of retro titles will enjoy classics like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Out Run, Space Harrier, Columns II, and Thunder Force AC, and of course, Phantasy Star (specific timing coming soon)!

Phantasy Star is a groundbreaking sci-fi RPG that follows Alis in her planet-spanning quest to avenge the death of her brother and topple a tyrannical regime. Besides faithfully recreating the original experience, this version adds something for everyone, including a new map display to help novice adventurers and a compendium where longtime fans can view their favorite monsters.

About SEGA AGES

SEGA AGES is a series of classic SEGA titles being released on the Nintendo Switch™. Developed by M2, the Japanese developer known for high-quality ports of classic games such as the popular SEGA 3D Classics series on the Nintendo 3DS™, SEGA AGES aims to bring prominent titles from SEGA’s legacy catalog to fans around the world. From a selection of home console classics to a multitude of perfectly-emulated arcade games, SEGA AGES gives fans the ability to build their own retro SEGA collection unlike any other.

SEGA AGES originally debuted as SEGA Ages Vol. 1 Shukudai ga Tant-R, a compilation of enhanced arcade ports of Puzzle & Action: Tant-R and Quiz Shukudai wo Wasuremashita, released on the Sega Saturn in 1996 in Japan. Over time, the SEGA Ages series grew to encompass enhanced ports of dozens of games across multiple systems. The series also made an appearance in the West with SEGA Ages: Volume 1, a collection of enhanced ports of Space Harrier, Out Run, and After Burner II, released in 1997 on the Sega Saturn. Now, SEGA AGES is being rebooted on the Nintendo Switch, delivering the most faithful ports of Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and arcade games for the current generation. As you would expect from the retro geniuses at M2, these games will stay true to their original forms while incorporating new features that bring a refreshing twist to these classic titles’ gameplay. For more information, please visit segaages.sega.com.

About Tiffany "CeissaDesiste" Toms
Long time female gamer who has been playing all genres since the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 days. Freelance Graphic Artist, Web Designer, Beta Tester, and studied one year of Game Design. I play games on PC, PS4, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, 3DS, Xbox 360, PSVita, and Android. Freelance Writer, Reviewer, and News Editor/Asst. Director for Anjel Syndicate since the site launched! Part time employee of a major video game retailer.