Sega announced a free update to games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat for the Mega Drive console so they are better suited for today’s PCs. Game on!
Sega’s Mega Drive (or Sega Genesis if you lived in the United States at the time) was one of the most successful consoles of all time with sales topping the 30 million mark in the late ‘80s. If you are reading Geektime and grew up in the ‘90s, it’s highly likely that Sega owes you for all the hours lost while playing classics such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe and Mortal Kombat. Now, for the very first time, a console producer is taking its old games and upgrading them free of charge so that the games to be more user friendly and better fitted to run on today’s computers.
From Sonic The Hedgehog to Virtua Fighter
The games can be played using Valve’s Steam gaming platform. Sega has created a launcher called Sega Mega Drive Classics Hub, which visualizes a typical ‘90s kids bedroom with nostalgic items such as Sega’s retro devices, a VHS videotape, a shelf with Mega Drive game cartridges, a CRT TV, and a window projecting the real lighting according to the time you play the Hub. Inside that magical hub, you choose which game you wish to play.
Sega has updated the games (ROMs) with a new emulator system, better graphics, the option to play a shared game and the ability to save your game at every point along the way. Among the 40 games making a comeback, you can find Golden Axe and Alex Kidd, Virtua Fighter 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog. The full list is available here.
This series of games will be available for free to all costumers who have previously purchased Sega’s games through Steam. So any game you have purchased will be updated free of charge to a compatible game with all the aforementioned features.
So if you haven’t purchased a game yet, it’s a great opportunity to grab all the classics at once.
The update will reach Steam’s store on Thursday, and all you have to do to enjoy it is update your previously purchased games.