Nintendo has revealed that its next-generation machine, still codenamed Revolution, will offer gamers a back catalogue of classic titles from Sega Mega Drive and Hudson/NEC TurboGrafx consoles as part of Revolution's Virtual Console download network.
This news, announced today by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata at the Game Developers Conference, means that even more downloadable retro games will be available for Revolution; Nintendo revealed at last year's E3 that NES and Super NES titles would be offered via Virtual Console.
Above: Classic games will be available for download on Revolution's Virtual Console network
Sega will offer Revolution gamers a "best of" selection from Mega Drive's expansive library of over 1000 titles. Commenting on the announcement, the company's American and European CEO, Naoya Tsurumi, said, "Sega's support of the Virtual Console system will introduce more gamers to classic Mega Drive hits and reinvigorate many of our popular brands."
While no details have been revealed regarding which games will be available, how much they will cost and how many titles will be ready for download on day one of Revolution, this announcement will surely be a deal-clincher for players hooked on gaming's golden 16-bit era.