So the Mega Drive mini is coming to Japan and will probably be real disappointing. Still, Famitsu is shilling it good and the writers and editors put together a list of the 40 games they would like to see for it. It’s got what you mostly expect but also some pretty unwestern picks? Yu Yu Hakusho certainly is more of a thing then I thought!
1.) Shining Force: The Legacy of great Intention
2.) Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole
3.) Gunstar Heroes
5.) Shining in the Darkness
5.) Vampire Killer
7.) Advanced Daisenryaku: Doitsu Dengeki Sakusen
7.) Contra: The Hard Corps
7.) Sonic the Hedgehog
7.) Phantasy Star II
7.) Yu Yu Hakusho: Makyo Toitsusen
12.) Thunder Force IV
12.) Shining Force II
12.) Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
12.) Herzog Zwei
12.) Lunar: The Silver Star (Mega-CD)
18.) Thunder Force III
18.) Silpheed (Mega-CD)
18.) Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
18.) Streets of Rage 2
18.) Rent A Hero
23.) Tetris (Not released in the past)
23.) Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
25.) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
25.) Bahamut Senki
25.) Phantasy Star Fukkokuban
25.) Puyo Puyo
25.) Streets of Rage
25.) Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
32.) Altered Beast
33.) Dyna Brothers 2
35.) Puyo Puyo 2
36.) Monster World IV
37.) Lunar: Eternal Blue (Mega-CD)
39.) Golden Axe
40.) Thunder Force II MD
dyna brothers 2 is a surprise. altered beast will definitely be on there, despite all the negativity of the internet’s received opinion on it, it’s much better thought of in japan (or at least it seems to be)
if m2 were involved in this thing, i’d expect to see thunderforce iii and iv on there, it seems like someone there really likes those games. since it’s atgames though, the realist/pessimist bet would just be that it’ll be the exact same set of games that are in every other quick knocked out mega drive collection there’s ever been.
and still all the families and nostalgia dads who buy wo’t take the opportunity to discover how great gain ground is ;_;
M2 is busy keeping TFIV to themselves for the Switch Sega Ages stuff
This is so much better than most Western lists would be. Interesting that Phantasy Star III placed ahead of IV.
Oh neat now I don’t need to replay the game to prove I was right and the game is actually good. Thank you, Famitsu. Many of those games are also on my list so it turns out you have good tastes after all.
I still don’t now how to play Herzog Zwei and I will never learn.
How could a game that takes place over the span of dozens of years on a generation ship be bad. Those are all the best things.
I did this list a while back, using SNES classic rules: 21 games, fairly bland with certain things guaranteed (ie, every sonic game has to be included, genre breadth) but still with some room to work. genesis rather than mega drive, so western games are included. this is what I came up with:
sonic 1-3 + knuckles
streets of rage 1 + 2
toejam and earl
ecco the dolphin
phantasy star IV
shining force II
contra hard corps
rocket knight adventures
thunder force IV
mortal kombat II
wanted MUSHA, NHL 93, world of illusion, wonder boy in monster world, and shinobi III, but what can you do. don’t at all want columns, altered beast, or golden axe, but we all know they’ll be on there.
I’m not sure what but it sure says something that Daisenryaku is #7.
I kind of don’t want this answer but it blew my mind that Alpha System’s daisenyaku but historical figures are lolis got a western steam release.
Why the hell do i know daisenryaku is made by Alpha Systems.
Sonic 3 will almost definitely not be included due to legal issues with the music or some such thing, which is why it has been removed from the upcoming collection for Steam / PS4.
Same deal with Ecco, the director apparently took Sega to court to get the rights to the IP back so he could kickstart a reboot or something.
The thing with Phantasy Star III is that it feels so barren and empty, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. It is definitely better than PSII IMO
damn I really need to play more of my mega drive backlog
Wanting Yu Yu Hakusho seems like madness to me if the thing only has a three button controller.
Seconding the notion that Gain Ground is pretty cool and under-appreciated
Where is the best platformer on this list
Where is Marvel Land
PS3 on an emulator with heavy abuse of fast forward is real fun because it eliminates this complaint.
Where did the legal issues thing come up?
I immediately read it as unannounced Whitehead project.
wasn’t it the reason they gave for s3k’s absence on various other compilations the past few years
hell yeah for Rocket Knight Adventures.
I played columns a whole lot as a kid and I definitely wasn’t into puzzle games. It was good. Don’t know if it still is, though. It’s been a couple decades