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:
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
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