Sega Are Working On More 3D Classics For Nintendo 3DS

By Ishaan . November 30, 2013 . 9:30am

This past week, Sega released their first set of 3D Classics for the Nintendo 3DS in the west—3D Super Hang-On and 3D Space Harrier. While the rest of their 3D Classics titles are set for release over the next month, Sega have also revealed that they’re presently developing even more.


Earlier today, James Booth, an assistant producer at Sega’s Hardlight Studio, sent a tweet to Sega CS3 producer, Yosuke Okunari, thanking him for his work on the 3D Classics line. Okunari tweeted back: “Thank you. We develop the 2nd series for Japan. If this overseas release succeeds, it may release these in the world.”


It’s nice to see Sega continuing their 3D Classics line, at a time when Nintendo aren’t continuing their own. The obvious question now is, which other retro games are Sega converting to 3D? Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 obvious choices, but I’m personally hoping for Comix Zone and maybe even a more ambitious undertaking like Panzer Dragoon.


Now’s also a good time to mention that Siliconera has been cooperating with Sega in releasing a series of interviews on their 3D Classics line, originally published in Japan. You can learn more about 3D Super Hang-On and 3D Space Harrier in this interview with Okunari.

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  • dragoon_slayer12

    I want Sonic 3 and Knuckles (one game), Streets of Rage 2, Revenge of Shinobi, Xmen 2, and if possible, Three Dirty Dwarves (saturn).
    Ishaan, Panzer Dragoon would be awesome

    • PersonaSpace

      Seconded on Sonic 3 and Knuckles having to be one release, or at least have the option of lock on play if both games are available.

      • デ オオカミ

        Same here, I would pay for that without hesitation. o.o

    • John Diamond

      street fighter alpha ex. sega come on, deliver

  • Happy Gamer

    Sega “is” lol sorry. I have been doing essay corrections lately for pay.

      • Happy Gamer

        ooooooh I didn’t know this! So Ishaan you are from Britain? Thanks for this info though, learning new things are great!

        • No worries! Yeah ,English is pretty darn complicated once you start getting into the differences between British and American. It makes my life harder while proofreading and editing stuff on the site, since Eugene and I use British English, but everyone else that writes for Siliconera uses American English, and I have to be aware of both.

          I’m from India, actually. India used to be ruled by the Brits until the country gained independence in 1947, so Indians learn British English, not American.

          • neo_firenze

            Hehe, as American with grammar geek tendencies who works with a bunch of Canadians (and a few Brits), I can definitely relate! Interesting conversation :)

          • The language has been mangled so much over time, too. Nowadays, when you use the Queen’s English, complete with the proper punctuation, pauses, and placement of words, you’ll actually have a bunch of people thinking you’re using the language incorrectly…

            Even while writing on Siliconera, there are times I’ve had to consciously hold myself back from using too much of the Queen’s English, for fear that people won’t be able to keep up. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s an actual concern. @[email protected]

      • Happy Gamer

        read the whole thing, makes sense in a more coherent way. This is why American English is much more difficult to learn for foreigners than British English. I have to admit, English is a pretty darn difficult to learn language period compared to other Latin forms imo.

    • In British English, it would be Sega “are” because Sega is made up of more than one person (or rather, Sega “are” made up of more than one person). Either way works, but saying “Sega is” like you or I would, would get funny looks in other parts of the world, just like “Sega are” sounds funny to you.

      • Happy Gamer

        Nice, I didn’t know this, always great to learn new stuff. I always thought the little differences were spelling etc. There are grammatical differences as well!

      • Happy Gamer

        Yeah the way I learned it “here” is Sega is made up of more than one person, however, Sega is in itself considered an entity or even a singular noun form. So we say “Sega is” instead of are. I would have to say “the producers at Sega are…”

        Sorry if I offended British people and/or people who use the same form of grammar. If you are from here, you are just a hater lol.

    • Happy Gamer

      lol Sorry for the 2 people I offended.

  • Musashi234

    Oh man Streets of Rage 2 would be awesome and also Sonic & Knuckles!

  • Weeb

    Come on OutRun.

    • Armane

      They’d have to reacquire the Ferrari license, so I don’t think it’s going to happen, sadly.

      • Weeb

        Let me live in my delusional world.

        • Is the license issue there because of the logo and car names? I would be fine if they made some parody names and somehow covered the logo. Or does the actual Sprite Model for the car fall under the license as well?

  • Kaihedgie

    The Ooze, please

  • malek86

    As cool as Panzer Dragoon would be, I’m pretty sure they’ll only undertake SMS or MD games for this kind of treatment.

    • Yeah, I think Saturn code is, still, all these years later, pretty much inscrutable for anything but outright emulation. Maybe if we’re really really really lucky we’ll see Saturn games on the Wii U Virtual Console, or on whatever system has a VC after the Wii U. I still have not played Panzer Dragoon Saga or Shining Force III. :(

    • Armane

      Panzer Dragoon isn’t possible anyway, they don’t have the source code and the 3DS would never be able to handle a Saturn emulator.

      Pretty sure they’re porting the arcade versions of these games. I know Super Hang-On is, and it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that Sonic or Streets of Rage are the MegaPlay versions.

      • malek86

        Would it not? The Xbox did it, PD was an unlockable in Orta. I think it was a PC version port. That should be a lot easier.

        Similarly, Sega Rally Championship could be taken that way (although I’d rather have the Model2 version).

        • Armane

          I think I was confusing it for Saga.

  • Epic Markell Joshua

    Road rash would be awesome.

    • SilvaStarRippa

      I would love that to happen, but unfortunally that would be up to EA.

    • Demeanor

      Nothing like kicking some snobby biker into an incoming car while cruising the Pacific Coast on your Diablo 1000… :D

  • Epic Markell Joshua

    I would love road rash

  • British_Otaku

    Looking forward to it, if nothing else from SEGA on the 3DS.
    I would get the whole 3D Classics line up for being polished ports of great games with extra control schemes, presentation settings (including language switching) and features on the go.

  • RazeXI

    Would totally love sonic 2 as a 3D classic, its my favorite

  • Clayton

    More arcade games, please! ESPECIALLY Outrun! :) 3D Space Harrier is awesome, and 3D Super Hang On looks to be fantastic, too. Definitely going to grab 3D Galaxy Force II when it comes out, too!

    Don’t know that it’d convert well without a trackball, but it’d be really cool to see them do 3D SegaSonic the Hedgehog as that is a game that not many have been able to play (including me!). That would definitely be a Day 1 download! :)

    • Armane

      It would work without the trackball. It basically plays like Sonic 3D Blast, but 4 player and without the freedom to roam around. Think 3D Land.

    • hickorypan

      You could simulate the trackball with the touch screen, couldn’t you?

      • Clayton

        That’s what I was hoping :)

  • I definitely want them to succeed, but they haven’t released anything I really want in the U.S. yet! Panzer Dragoon would be INCREDIBLE. I’d also love stuff from the Shining series, or Phantasy Star IV, but I suppose RPGs are out of the question. :( Still haven’t been able to play Shining Force III or Panzer Dragoon Saga. :(

    • Zero_Destiny

      Out of the question for being turned into 3D classics or just out of the question for the eShop? lol

      There’s actually an okay showing of RPGs on the eShop right now. It’s still nothing too great though, but it’s grown quite a bit over the last year at least. It has a pretty decent selection of RPGs from the GameGear, even some of the GameGear Shining Force games.

      • Yeah, I probably have them all. :) Well, except Dragon Crystal! I’d like to get that one!

        Yeah, I just meant out of the question as 3D classics, I guess, but I’d buy them immediately. I’d buy them immediately as Genesis VC titles, too, of course (if we ever see Genesis on the 3DS–surely we’ll see them on the Wii U VC at least).

        • Zero_Destiny

          Would be pretty nice to get some Beyond Oasis on the Wii U.

          • Yeah, it would. There are still a ton of Wii Shop VC games I want to get.

  • Seraph

    The Streets of Rage trilogy, Road Rash, Panzer Dragoon, hell even the SMS Sonic 1 and 2 are what I want to see.

  • SiliconNooB

    I want to buy most of the games mentioned, but I know that somewhere down the line I will end up upgrading to an XL, and so I can’t make any eshop purchases until I do so.

    Nintendo really need to fix their abysmal handling of user accounts!

    • Can’t you just buy now and transfer your account to your XL later? 100% sure you can do that.

      • SiliconNooB

        Probably, but whenever I start thinking of all the hoops that Nintendo will require I jump through I begin to lose interest.

        • What hoops? You go to the settings on your 3DS, set it to transfer, bam. Done. Should take less than a minute aside from waiting for the data to be moved.

          You’re sounding as if you never even bothered checking. The complaints about accounts are concerning lost/stolen/broken systems, not transferring.

          • InfectedAI

            Except that you can’t sell or trade in your system to pay for the upgrade since you need both systems at once. Not to mention the many times the transfer goes wrong even when it seems the user did everything necessary.

          • I’ve never really heard of it going wrong. :/ Went off without a hitch for me, too.

          • InfectedAI

            I see it mostly happens with games that have some sort of save file protection like Animal Crossing.

          • Oh, okay–that makes sense. Although I had AC when I did mine, and there were no troubles.

            I found an old class 6, 64GB SD card in my drawer. I wanted to use that on my 3DS, but I heard there were problems with that, too–gotta format it FAT32, which is fine, but I heard the 3DS sometimes has issues with it.

            Guess I’ll count my blessings with the flawless system transfer and stick with my 32GB card since it’s not full anyway.

      • Zero_Destiny

        Yeah, it’s not the greatest process but it is possible. The biggest catch-22 is that you need to have both systems on hand at the time to do it. So trading in the system to pay for the XL can screw you over.

        Sometimes some game stores may let you swap out your data on your trade-in to your new purchase before the transaction is complete but that’s really a crapshot and depends on the workers & such. I heard it can take some time to complete the transfer too, but never tried it myself.

  • Demeanor

    Dat pic of the Labyrinth Zone in Sonic the hedgehog… my very first videgame EVER… T_T damn did that stage give me nightmares, I was a kid at the time and the Laby was my personal wall that I was NEVER able to overcome… that climbing boss section… (shudder) that game was awesome :D

  • Auvers

    Sonic 2 and 3&Knuckles I hope. Also I’d love the PSN port of CD with the switchable soundtracks but that’d probably more of a long shot.

  • Folk Hellfang

    I like where your head is at Ishaan. I would think it would be more JP developed titles. I’m hoping for Ristar, myself. If Panzer Dragoon was possible… I don’t know what to say.

  • souio

    3D Gunstar Heroes! Please!

  • hazelnut1112

    Comix Zone would look beautiful with 3D effects. I just need Streets of Rage 2 and Sonic 2.

  • Arcm

    I would love for the Phantasy Star games to get 3D classics.

    • Taxonomic

      Before I even scrolled down to the comments, the first thing I said to myself was “All I want is a 3D enhanced Phantasy Star” Yup sir, you win my respect.

  • It would be great too see them dip their toes into some of Sega’s polygonal catalog. Panzer Dragoon and Daytona would be amazing for 3D. But if not – After Burner and Outrun are the obvious choices to utilize these great effects.

  • thaKingRocka

    Area Man Saving Money For More 3D Classics For Nintendo 3DS

  • bVork

    I really hate the implied threat that they won’t localize future games if the current ones don’t sell well enough. The vast majority of games in Sega’s back catalogue already have English versions (and indeed many Genesis games are identical across regions to begin with), so localization should be trivial in most cases.

  • No fans of After Burner here? Personally, while there’s a lot of great games that they could come out with here, I’d just really be satisfied if After Burner 1 and 2 make it in (or at least one of them). Both 3D Space Harrier and 3D Super Hang-On are awesome, I can’t wait for more.

  • neo_firenze

    Judging from M2’s enthusiasm/begging for Thunder Blade in the recently posted (and amazing) interview, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that make an appearance in round 2.

    I’d like to see some of Sega’s games that haven’t received too many ports show up too. Power Drift or G-Loc seem like really good choices (and both are originally from the same arcade hardware that powered releases in series 1).

    Streets of Rage 2 is a NECESSITY. Having the original in the first wave would just be taunting people if they didn’t follow through with the all time greatest ;)

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