In a delightful bit of news for gamers, Sega is launching a new hub for Mega Drive / Genesis games on the Steam platform this week. The hub is based on an emulated ‘90s bedroom wherein you select cartridges and launch them like an old-school hero on a CRT TV. It’s a cute idea, reminiscent of the console Hasbro collections from a few years back. It is also a great way for younger gamers to experience some of the greatest video games of all time.
The announcement isn’t a total surprise. Last month, Sega ran a promotion giving away large groupings of classic games for Steam users who signed up for their email newsletter. If you participated, you probably now own a large percentage of the games featured at the debut of the Classics Hub, which launches on April 28th.
Every single Mega-Drive game will now feature Steam Workshop support allowing you to share modified versions of your favorite retro Sega titles, which opens up a world of opportunity for modders and level creators. This is probably the most exciting part of the announcement.
In addition to these new features, the new SEGA Mega Drive Hub also includes local co-op for games that support it, optional graphic enhancement filters, the ability to save at any point in the gameplay and full controller / keyboard support.
Do we get Shadow The Hedgehog? Do we? Let’s find out.
The following games will be accessible through the new hub on release day. If you already own these games, just wait for the update & press start.
Ecco the Dolphin™
Shinobi™ III: Return of the Ninja Master
Space Harrier™ II
Alex Kidd™ in the Enchanted Castle
Super Thunder Blade™
Galaxy Force II™
Sword of Vermilion™
Virtua Fighter 2
Ecco™: The Tides of Time
ESWAT™: City Under Siege
Golden Axe™ II
Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage
Shining Force II
Shining in the Darkness
Golden Axe III
Phantasy Star II
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic 3 and Knuckles
Sonic 3D Blast
Toejam and Earl
Toejam and Earl in Panic on Funkotron
Streets of Rage 3
Revenge of the Shinobi
Wonder Boy in Monster World
Editor’s Note: I am bummed on behalf of our entire staff that Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon did not make the cut, even though it is not a Sega property. We would just like to remind people that it is there, and deserves a reboot.