Back in the 90s who would have ever imagined that a future selling point for a Nintendo console would be its portfolio of Sega games. Oh, how the video games industry has changed. Eight of the Sega Genesis best titles have recently landed on the Nintendo 3DS with their classic presentation intact, and now with the option of stereoscopic 3D graphics. Check out a few of our favorite Sega classics from the crop of new arrivals below.
3D Altered Beast. The original game Altered Beast was a hit in the arcades, and packed-in with the Sega Genesis console when it launched in North America back in 1988. Its great to finally be able to vanquish the underworlds mythological denizens on the go, and now, in 3D.
3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master. Shinobi games were the veritable “AAA” releases of the 16-bit era. Compared to most console games of its day, Shinobi III was a graphical powerhouse when it hit the Genesis back in 1993. Hopefully Sega has plans to deliver updated 3D versions of the original Shinobi and Shadow Dancer games as well.
3D Space Harrier. The Genesis port of this arcade fantasy shooter was an impressive demonstration of 16-bit power when it released back in 1985. In addition to the new 3D presentation, Space Harrier has arrived on the Nintendo 3DS with the added the option of touchscreen controls as well.
3D Streets of Rage. Sure, it borrowed heavily from Tradewests Double Dragon, and Capcoms Final Fight, but back in 1991 Segas Genesis-exclusive, side-scrolling brawler was impressive nonetheless. The game lands on Nintendos portable console with Yuzo Koshiro’s vintage soundtrack intact.
Portable gamers can quell their nostalgia with these and other 3D Genesis classics (including Ecco the Dolphin, Galaxy Force II, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Super Hang-On) which are available now for download via the Nintendo eShop. At $5.99 it’s great to be able to grab all eight games for less than the price of what any one of them originally sold for. Hopefully we’ll see updated versions of other Genesis hits like Zillion, Phantasy Star, and Out Run, but what’s on tap is an excellent start. See more at Nintendo.