Sega 3D Classics Collection (Nintendo 3DS review)

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The 16-bit era is easily one of my favorite times in gaming. Growing up I owned a Super Nintendo, but I always had a chance to play a few Sega Genesis games over at my friend’s house. This is where I was first introduced to Sonic the Hedgehog and Altered Beasts, two games I still enjoy playing to this day. While that was more than two decades ago, once Sega became a third-party publisher in the mid-2000s, we’ve seen them release various collections on multiple consoles. So the question becomes, is the Sega 3D Classics Collection worth its $29.99 price tag?

Sega 3D Classics Collection is the latest release from Sega and features seven different games including Altered Beast, Fantasy Zone II W, Galaxy Force II, Power Drift, Puyo Puyo 2, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Thunder Blade along with two bonus games for a total of 9 games (or 8 if you count Fantasy Zone II and II W together). Some of these titles like Sonic and Altered Beast have been released in almost every other Sega collections that it’s easy to lose interest the 8th time around. It’s also something to note that many of these titles are available to purchase separately on the Nintendo eShop for $5.99.

These aren’t exactly the games you’ve played in your childhood. A few of the games has been re-created and been given some quite impressive changes. You also have a few options you can change including your emulator, ability to play the Western or Japanese release of the game, ability to use save states, choose your screen size, choice of different borders, and normal or classic screens modes. Some games even have different control options as well as music that lets you select between the PSG revisions found between the first two Mega Drive models, as well as the Japanese Sega Mark III’s FM unit. Most importantly, like the name implies, the games also feature 3D support (Fall-in or Pop-Out 3D effects).

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While Sonic the Hedgehog may always be the one game that is closely associated with the Sega Genesis, it’s one game that should’ve taken a back seat along with Altered Beast so that two other games can take the spotlight. Puyo Puyo was one series that never saw a huge fanbase outside of Japan which is a bit sad, so it’s nice to see Puyo Puyo 2 in this collection; however, you might be familiar with the gameplay style if you have ever played Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine.

Two games I never had a chance to play before were Power Drift and Galaxy Force II. Both looked great in this game and it’s a nice change of pace to play a kart racing game and rail shooter anytime I want on the go. Both games looked impressive, especially Galaxy Force II, a shooter that honestly was too much fun to put down the first time I played it.

Speaking of shooters, Thunder Blade is another classic shooter I remember playing in my local arcade long ago. While the game hasn’t aged very well, you have the option to play the game with regular controls or the Nintendo 3DS Gyro Sensor to move your plane which proved to be rather challenging.

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Fantasy Zone II/Fantasy Zone II W is easily a game anyone can enjoy. It’s a fun and extremely cute shoot-em-up that’s very bright and showed just what Sega Master System could bring early in its lifecycle. It is a remake of the original Fantasy Zone II, so having both seems redundant but gives you a chance to enjoy both versions of the game complete with a story mode and a shop where you can use coins to purchase additional ships and other items. This is one title that easily makes this collection worth playing because the endless mode also gives you endless hours of enjoyment.

The final bonus game in this collection is Maze Walker, also known as Maze Hunter-3D, a game made by Sega in 1987 and featured 3D using the SegaScope 3D. It’s a pretty simple game where you just travel around in a maze and beat up enemies with a pipe. I can’t say too much about this game; it’s enjoyable to play once or twice but loses its novelty after a while.

One of my biggest issues with the Sega 3D Classics Collection is the lack of being able to share the game with your friends. If that was included, it would be even more promising while being able to play a game of Puyo Puyo 2 or Altered Beast with a friend. Instead to play with anyone, they need to own their own cart which is a bit disappointing. You have a nice collection of Sega games which did help define a generation, of course on the go is nice and not bad for its price tag. My only other suggestion is to maybe also look into buying Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for a day of great Sega games.

Grade: 4 out of 5 AtomsNR 4 Atoms - B

Sega 3D Classics Collection

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
System: Nintendo 3DS
April 26, 2016

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