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Sega melts the in­ter­net with news of Shen­mue HD and a mini Mega Drive

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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.

around as Alex Kidd on Switch soon. [Mas­ter Sys­tem] Ex­pect to be swimming

[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.

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