Sega brings classic games Alex Kidd, Columns, and more to the PC

If you really have a craving to play Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (and let’s face it – who doesn’t?) but don’t have your Sega Genesis anymore, then guess what? Sega is bringing a ton of 16-bit Genesis games to the PC via digital distribution platforms, like Steam.

Sega has added 10 new titles to the list of downloadable Genesis games emulated for the PC. With more than 70 Genesis titles already ported over to the Wii, it’s getting tougher to find good games to add to the Virtual Console.

The highlights from thelaundry list of newly announced titles:

Fatal Labyrinth
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Bonanza Bros
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Eternal Champions
Ecco Jr
Super Thunder Blade
Galaxy Force II

“We’re happy to be bringing back more of these great memories our fans are asking for,” said Sega’s VP of digital distribution Haruki Satomi in a statement. For the most part, these are pretty much Genesis poster children, but we have to wonder who out there actually has “great memories” of playing Columns.

Above: If you had one of these in the early 1990s, you know what it gave you: instant friends!

Above: According to Sega, some of the Genesis’s biggest fans apparently had great memories playing color-matching puzzle games. Go figure 

In addition to having a digital distribution stream, Sega also offers its own casual online gaming service, which includes a very cool Genesis USB controller. Sega has vintage console games available for download across numerous platforms including the iPhone, iPad, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii. Clearly it will not be happy until everyone has access to Sonic no matter what electronic device they own.

The new slate of downloadable games are available on Steam, GamersGate, and other digital distribution sites, at a price of $1.99 each.

July 22, 2010


  • Metroidhunter32 - August 6, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    Old stuff. Always interesting
  • gmknoble - July 24, 2010 12:03 a.m.

    Sweet, can't wait to play some Bonanza Bros. I wonder if I'll be able to play with other people.
  • OneToBoner - July 23, 2010 5:18 a.m.

    @Pantas I thought the same exact thing when I saw the image.
  • Pantas - July 23, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    I only have 1 question. Why does this article have a picture of lucky star?
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 22, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    I think that, at a certain point, old ass games should be public domain and free. Even at 2 bucks it's a difficult choice, especially for me who has no nostalgia for the Genesis. I think it's important to remember your roots, and future generations should have access to these games to see how far we've come and to be inspired by them, but not when each is 2 bucks. is a great example - you can play a shit ton of NES games for absolutely nada, and unless Nintendo is very unobservant, the lack of a cease-and-desist tells me they're just fine with it.
  • WonsAuto - July 22, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    Meh. I've already got the uber-collection for my PS3.
  • SouthTippBass - July 22, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    I still got my MEGADRIVE, so I'm good B)
  • Thuperman - July 22, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    I still have some of these games for my genesis
  • cronoman66 - July 22, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    does anyone really want to play Bonanza Bro's again?
  • Gnome - July 22, 2010 10:56 p.m.

    ooo, I'm excited.

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