SEGA Genesis Classics for Nintendo Switch: Everything you need to know

SEGA Genesis Classics is finally coming to Nintendo Switch. All your favorite SEGA Genesis games in one epic package — it doesn't get any better than that. Here's all you need to know.

What is SEGA Genesis Classics?

SEGA Genesis Classics is a collection of the Japanese gaming company's most iconic titles. The collection originally launched on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with dozens of games.

With the launch of the current generation consoles, SEGA saw fit to keep the hits rolling, adding even more games than the original release and launching it for all the new platforms. That includes the Nintendo Switch, which means you're about to get the best SEGA handheld you never thought you needed.

How many games are there?

There are over 50 games included in SEGA Genesis Classics. All the favorites are here, from Sonic and Streets of Rage to Phantasy Star and Golden Axe.

Unfortunately, a couple of games got the axe in this repackage: Sonic 3 and S&K won't be along for the ride. But we over a dozen more games to make up for those losses, big as they are.

Multiplayer, achievements, and more

As you'd expect, these classic titles are getting infused with some modern capabilities. For starters, select titles will support online multiplayer where it makes sense. And if you're not keen on doing that, you can still play local couch co-op and multiplayer by using each Joy-Con as a separate controller.

Other added functionality includes support for achievements, the ability to "rewind" a game, and support for save states to make sure you don't lose your place in a game.

Full list of SEGA Genesis Classics games

As we said, there are over 50 games — 53, to be exact — and they're all available right out of the starting gate. Not all of these games are as good as the mainstay pillar titles in SEGA's history, but there's something here for everyone. Take a look at the full list ahead!

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Soldier
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Bio-Hazard Battle
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Columns
  • Columns III: Revenge of Columns
  • Comix Zone
  • Crack Down
  • Decap Attack
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Galaxy Force II
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Landstalker
  • Light Crusader
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium
  • Ristar
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shining Force
  • Shining Force II
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Space Harrier II
  • Streets of Rage
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Sword of Vermilion
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
  • ToeJam& Earl
  • Vectorman
  • VectorMan 2
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World

When can you play it?

SEGA Genesis Classics will launch on the Nintendo Switch December 7, 2018. It'll cost you a mere $30 to come along for this nostalgic trip to the good ol' days.

SEGA Genesis Classics

Quentyn Kennemer