Sega melts the internet with news of Shenmue HD and a mini Mega Drive
It’s finally happened. After years and years of constant badgering from fans, Sega has revealed that a HD collection of Shenmue I & II will be heading to PC and home consoles.
The exciting news was just one of many announcements from Sega, which included a veritable treasure trove of retro-themed announcements. The Shenmue announcement was easily the biggest, though, and Sega is calling the collection the ‘definitive version’ which will no doubt please everyone apart from Switch owners, who don’t appear to be receiving a port at this moment in time.
Sega will be making numerous tweaks to the game, including fully scalable screen resolutions, numerous PC graphic options as well as the ability to enjoy Japanese or English voiceovers. More interestingly, there will be two types of control schemes as well, with the ability to choose between modern or classic controls.
Although it never sold enough to make back its gigantic $80 million outlay (the planned American Dreamcast release of Shenmue II fell through) Shenmue remains one of the Sega’s best-loved franchises, so it’s pleasing to see the company resurrect it. It also ensures that fans have something to play while they wait for Shenmue III to arrive later this year.
Shenmue wasn’t the only news that had fans reeling at Sega Fes 2018.
The company also revealed a brandnew Mega Drive Mini to celebrate the console’s 30th anniversary. It’s initially due for release in Japan, but will be released in additional territories, including Europe. It’s also worth noting that Sega’s new machine is being made by Atgames – the company that has handled its previous plugand-play machines – and its track record for past systems hasn’t been fantastic. Its last release was a notable improvement, however, so we’re optimistic that Sega will be paying a lot of attention to this particular version. As always though, wait for the definitive Retro Gamer verdict.
The retro love continued with the news that Nintendo’s Switch would be receiving several games from the Sega Ages range, including Alex Kidd In Miracle World, Gain Ground, Sonic The Hedgehog, Phantasy Star and Thunder Force IV. Emulation duties are once again being handled by M2, so expect a selection of frightfully accurate versions that you’ll be able to tweak to high heaven. Here’s hoping that Thunder Force III, which was originally exclusive to the 3DS in Japan, will make the move, too.
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[PS4] News on a HD version of Shenmue has been circulating since 2010 so it’s great to see it’s finally on the way.