Sega Ages Comes West, Kicks-Off with Sonic the Hedgehog

Sega has finally brought their Sega Ages compilation series west! This long running series of compilations and re-releases of classic Sega games has been going since the days of the Sega Saturn, but it’s only been available in Japan up until now. Today, that changes with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog and Lightning Force: Quest for the Dark Star on the Switch.

What sets Sega Ages apart from other classic game compilations is its staggered release schedule, price points and certain improvements made to the games released under its banner. This version of Sonic the Hedgehog includes Sonic Mania’s Drop Dash move, a new “Ring Keep” mode, and stage select. It also introduces Sonic fans to Mega Play, a mode previously available only in the game’s arcade version. It’s functionally a time trial mode meant to challenge one’s Sonic skills.

The Sega Ages version Lightning Force: Quest for the Dark Star has a unique addition as well. Upon beating the game, players can unlock “STYX” mode and play as Fire Leo-03 “Styx” from Thunder Force III. Styx has its own arsenal and abilities, but it’ll take quite the pilot to complete the game using this older model.

Both of these games are available on the Switch at the price of $7.99. This is just the start though. Several Sega Master System games will be coming to the Switch under the Sega Ages banner sometime this winter, and it seems Sega is planning on eventually bringing titles from the Sega Saturn and Sega Dreamcast libraries to the Switch as well.