Wouldn't it be great if you could play some classic Sega Genesis
games without actually owning a Sega Genesis
? And wouldn't it be great it you could buy one package for about $50 and walk away with several Sega
classics? And wouldn't it also be great if the games were the exact originals and not some cheesy port? Well, your dreams have come true because Sega
has released the Sega Smash Pack*
, a collection of classic Sega Genesis
games. The Sega Smash Pack
is available for Windows
, Sega Dreamcast
, and Game Boy Advance
. Each Pack has a different selection of games, and while I will list them all here I suggest you check out each game's own node for the complete rundown on your favorite titles.
The Windows version of the Sega Smash Pack includes 8 games:
Shortly after the release of the Pack, Sega released the Sega Smash Pack 2. The second installment for Windows includes:
Interestingly enough, the Windows
versions of the Pack are actually a licensed version of the KGEN emulator
s of the original games. This is one of the few times a major gaming company
has embraced emulation to market classic games to a modern audience.
The Pack was also ported to Sega Dreamcast, albeit with a different selection of games:
A version of the Pack was released in 2002 for the Game Boy Advance. It includes:
So if you never had a Sega Genesis when these games were popular or your old hardware has gone to the big Best Buy in the sky, check out the various Sega Smash Packs and relive those old memories.
* While not an official part of the Sega Smash Pack line, in 2002 Sega used emulation to bring classic Sonic the Hedgehog games to the Nintendo GameCube in Sonic Mega Collection. Furthermore, Sega has released PC ports of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic and Knuckles as The Sonic and Knuckles Collection as well as Sonic R and Sonic CD.