SEGA Ages Launches In The West; Sonic The Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV Now Available On Nintendo Switch

By Mike Sousa on September 21, 2018, 4:39PM EDT

SEGA announced that the first two titles of SEGA Ages, Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV, are now available digitally on Nintendo Switch.

For those who unaware of what this is, SEGA Ages is a series of classic SEGA titles being released on the Nintendo Switch. Developed by M2, the Japanese developer known for high-quality ports of classic games such as the popular SEGA 3D Classics series on the Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Ages aims to bring prominent titles from SEGA's legacy catalog to fans around the world.

Sonic the Hedgehog is the beloved character's debut title, and where the chase for those Chaos Emeralds started. The definitive version of the classic that also adds new features like Drop Dash, as well as the console premiere of the legendary Mega Play arcade version.

Frenetic action, vertical and horizontal scrolling, rocking music, and a variety of awesome weapons: Thunder Force IV is already ranked among the best shooters of its era. This version even mixes in a new STYX mode that lets you pilot the ship from its predecessor, plus a Kids mode for newcomers and rankings for the shmup elite!

Joining the existing line-up in the coming months, fans of SEGA games and new lovers of retro titles will enjoy classics like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Out Run, Space Harrier, Columns II and Thunder Force AC, and of course, Phantasy Star. SEGA also revealed that Phantasy Star will be coming very soon.

Phantasy Star is a groundbreaking sci-fi RPG that follows Alis in her planet-spanning quest to avenge the death of her brother and topple a tyrannical regime. Besides faithfully recreating the original experience, this version adds something for everyone, including a new map display to help novice adventurers and a compendium where longtime fans can view their favorite monsters.

Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV are available via Nintendo eShop for $7.99/£5.99.

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