Sega Has Plenty Of Genesis Games Ready For XBLA

By Spencer . May 11, 2009 . 3:51pm


The Gunstar Heroes discovery was right on target and it won’t be the only Genesis classic coming to Xbox Live Arcade this summer. Cult classic Comix Zone, sci-fi RPG Phantasy Star II, and Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 are all slated for the Xbox 360. Unfortunately, PlayStation 3 owners only get Gunstar Heroes.


The seven games on the list are: Gunstar Heroes, Altered Beast, Shinobi (the arcade version), Comix Zone, Phantasy Star II, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and Sonic & Knuckles. If you have Sonic 3 or Sonic 2 and Sonic & Knuckles stored on your Xbox 360 hard drive you can unlock Knuckles as a playable character. Sonic fans might remember clicking two cartridges together. Now, the unique feature has been simplified to computer code. Interestingly, Sonic’s Genesis Collection, a compilation of Genesis games, does not have the lock on games even though Sonic & Knuckles and other Sonic games are part of the collection.


Each downloadable game has been “reworked for high definition” (read: filter), has online leaderboards, and Network Play – if a two player mode is available. Hmm… I wonder how those Phantasy Star II leaderboards work. Most experience? Longest play time?


Altered Beast

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Comix Zone (note: this game does not have online play)

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Gunstar Heroes

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Phantasy Star II (note: this game does not have online play)

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Shinobi (note: this game does not have online play)

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Sonic the Hedgehog 3

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Sonic & Knuckles

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  • I want to kick someone for not including GunStar heroes and the Lock-on versions on the Genesis Collection and then releasing them on XBLA. How can you POSSIBLY think that’s a good idea!? It’s spitting in the face of the users who actually BOUGHT their collection :(

    Now I’m mad.

  • TurkeyPotPie

    I thought I read a while back that Microsoft was trying to discourage publishers from dumping what amounts to ROMs on XBLA. So now they’re allowing these Genesis games, and yet ports of arcade shoot-em-ups on XBLA are a no-no? I guess Sega has more clout than Cave/5pb.

    And I agree that it’s ridiculous the lock-on Sonic and Gunstar Heroes were missing from the Genesis Collection.

    • pressstart

      But they’re not straight up ports. They got the HD widescreen treatment, online for multiplayer games, and leaderboards.

  • This is kind of pointless, what with Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection containing all these and WAY more. Just my thoughts, but seriously, that’s way too many re-releases, even for Sega.

    edit: er, well, most of these. I will be adding Gunstar Heroes to my collection =)

  • Kopp

    All I care about is online co-op with GSH.

  • EdgeKun

    Oh gods, the lock-on versions of S&K + S2 / S3 are going to be on XBLA?

    If i can play the full unabridged Sonic 3 & Knuckles, these will be day one purchases for me without a doubt. In any case, it’s about damn time Sega. Gunstar and S3&K were the main reasons i didn’t bother picking up the “ultimate” collection.

  • James

    Gunstar heros + online play = must buy.

  • Akimitsu

    It’s funny that Gunstar Heroes wasn’t included with the Genesis Collection, considering there was another Treasure game on it (Dynamite Headdy). Anyways, this is a slap to the face for those that bought the collection, and also a slap to the PS3 users since they ONLY get Gunstar Heroes (which I will probably buy since it’s quite the awesome game).

  • Happy Gamer

    although i still download some of these classics via wii or xbox etc most of the times i don’t bother. because many of them you can play them on emulator or better yet classically by using actualy mega drive system etc.
    when they release these games i feel they should at least bump the graphics up a bit. my latest fav was R-Types! that blew me away since i was a big fan. it wasn’t a significant 3d makeover but i didn’t want that. it was what i always dreamed of, great 2d game with great HD visuals.

    i wished they release Phantasy Star 4 with HD upgrades id be very happy.

  • jarrodand

    Already have most of these on VC… I hope M2 institutes a similar lock-on plan for S&K there…

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