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?
Comix Zone (note: this game does not have online play)
Phantasy Star II (note: this game does not have online play)
Shinobi (note: this game does not have online play)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic & Knuckles