Genesis gaming coming to Steam

Sega has announced that on June 1st they will be releasing the first of several waves of Genesis games onto the Steam platform. The PC is the last format to get a Genesis release as both PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii currently have several titles available. The first wave will consist of the following games:

  • Comic Zone
  • Altered Beast
  • Crack Down
  • Gain Ground
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Shadow Dancer: the Secret of Shinobi
  • Golden Axe
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Vectorman
  • Shinobi III
  • Space Harrier II

There is also rumours of several other popular games coming in the following waves but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. As far as pricing goes, they have decided to pitch each of these "from $2.99" which is much cheaper than the Wii virtual console versions of the games. 

These games will be available from sources other than Steam but details on other services have not yet been released.

Look out for the release on June 1st.

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satukoro said,
The only thing I need now is N64 games for Steam.

Project64 Emu for PC is the cure

honestly though... WHY would anyone buy something on steam when you can get it on a emu that will always work without worrying about having online access to steam etc?

just does not make any sense if you ask me. hell, steam could give it away free and i would still prefer Project64 emu over Steam.

I'm pretty much done with the idea of paying for digital copies of games anchored with DRM restrictions. Honestly, if they would sell me the unaltered ROMs to use on whatever emulator I want, then I'd buy them no questions. If the games industry is eventually going to go completely digital (with DRM) in the future, then me or my wallet won't be along for the ride, period.

solardog said,
zombies ate my neighbors.
This game was also released on Super Nintendo and Arcade, and Sega wasn't the developer. It was developed by LucasArts. So you're barkking up the wrong tree here because this move by Sega and its' own games.

Edited by nullie, May 23 2010, 5:19pm :

-T- said,

Best Sonic ever


Hah one of the two good games on Sega CD (the other being Dark Wizard, which I'm gonna go out on a limb and say barely anyones ever heard of.)

Rudy said,
It's going to be a hard sell on the PC, I mean it's so much easier to just download an emulator...

While you have a point, I think the main reason why people emulate games is due to the inability to find a physical copy of a game in stores. It's almost impossible to find a copy of, say, Boogerman.

Right now, I'm more interested in how they're going to emulate the games. I already know they use DOSbox for some games. So, wouldn't be surprised if it's just Kega Fusion running the games.

Rudy said,
It's going to be a hard sell on the PC, I mean it's so much easier to just download an emulator...

It depends - if they enable Steam Cloud support then it's actually more beneficial to have it on Steam as that way you can play it on multiple computers (and your friends houses) without having to bring your flash drive round. You could even argue that it'd bring back the days of multiplayer gaming on your mega drive

They're probably going to be using the Kega Fusion emulator which works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Wouldn't the first time it was used for legitimate purposes. Sega had gotten the same guy who made Fusion to make a Windows (emulator was DOS only back then) version for their Sega Smash Pack.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kega_Fusion#KGen98_.281998.29

It's a really awesome emulator, and emulates the Genesis hardware better than any one out there.

xiphi said,
They're probably going to be using the Kega Fusion emulator which works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Wouldn't the first time it was used for legitimate purposes. Sega had gotten the same guy who made Fusion to make a Windows (emulator was DOS only back then) version for their Sega Smash Pack.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kega_Fusion#KGen98_.281998.29

It's a really awesome emulator, and emulates the Genesis hardware better than any one out there.

When I last used Kega is lacked a lot of Windows features especially in the graphics filter area and stuff. Back in the day people tended to sway towards Gens - of course Gens hasn't been updated in ages, but there are forks of it like Gens32 which I think are stilll better than Kega ever was. It's just better Windows program design. Even though i haven't used Fusion, I don't think there's much room for improvement over Gens32.

If I recall correctly, I don't think Steve made the Windows version for Sega Smash Pack either, he sold the source of Kgen98 to Sega who did that themselves.

Personally I never liked the emulation Sega used because there were many "enhancements" that could be achieved on newer hardware that really improved the graphics quality but Sega never used, and what they did was really poor looking.

http://gens32.emubase.de/

Yeah, its been awhile since you used Kega because its far surpassed Gens and it variants. 3.64 is the current version

Edited by AR556, May 23 2010, 8:30pm :

VRam said,
Yeah, its been awhile since you used Kega because its far surpassed Gens and it variants. 3.64 is the current version
As a pure Genesis emulator, Gens32 has Kega Fusion met or beat on just about every level. I decided to give Kega Fusion a shot and it IS much improved over what it used to be, only problem is by default it lacks a lot of video settings and filters. And Gens has had basically this whole feature set since 2001, whereas Kega has taken many years to get where it's at. Gens/GS is a newer fork of Gens that looks very promising as well, possibly even better than Gens32...

brent3000 said,

who cares [/macstab]

Maybe you might not care, but everyone else who is running steam for Mac does. Everyone does not run Windows.

Kingv84 said,
Maybe you might not care, but everyone else who is running steam for Mac does. Everyone does not run Windows.
Maybe not. However, Everyone who wants a gaming machine that can play more than a very small handful of GOOD titles does run windows.

Kingv84 said,

Maybe you might not care, but everyone else who is running steam for Mac does. Everyone does not run Windows.


U say that. But alot of Mac users in todays world run windows and so does most of the gaming indusrty.

Ill end my stabbing now

BRING ON THE DOLPHINS!!

For emulators to be legal, you have to own the console and game itself already. For people without the game and console, 3 bucks a game is good.

GSDragoon said,
For emulators to be legal, you have to own the console and game itself already. For people without the game and console, 3 bucks a game is good.

Well I still have my Genesis with Sonic 1,2,3&Knuckles, as well as Vectorman and Golden Axe

I should be covered.

GSDragoon said,
For emulators to be legal, you have to own the console and game itself already. For people without the game and console, 3 bucks a game is good.

wasn't emulation legalized for consoles and games that aren't being produced anymore? you can't go and buy a genesis and sonic 3d anymore, can you? there are the ports to ps2 and wii etc... but roms are copies from the cartridges so are they, from a legal point of view, a copy of something that's not being produced? yadda whatever

GSDragoon said,
For emulators to be legal, you have to own the console and game itself already. For people without the game and console, 3 bucks a game is good.
I think you missed the "from" part of the price mentioned. Which means only the less than great games will be $3. Where as the really good ones will likely be closer to $10.

GSDragoon said,
For emulators to be legal, you have to own the console and game itself already. For people without the game and console, 3 bucks a game is good.
As far as the legality goes, that gets a big fat "who the hell cares". A SWAT team isn't going to come and break down your door and arrest you for running a Genesis emu on your PC.

GSDragoon said,
For emulators to be legal, you have to own the console and game itself already. For people without the game and console, 3 bucks a game is good.

Not true. There are games which have no had their copyright renewed and are therefore public domain.

Pablo Sotomayor said,

wasn't emulation legalized for consoles and games that aren't being produced anymore? you can't go and buy a genesis and sonic 3d anymore, can you? there are the ports to ps2 and wii etc... but roms are copies from the cartridges so are they, from a legal point of view, a copy of something that's not being produced? yadda whatever

Not really. You still need to own the system and cartridge for said game. Since most people don't then um...

Anyways the general idea is that if they are not making any money then they probably won't do anything about it.

LiquidSolstice said,

Not true. There are games which have no had their copyright renewed and are therefore public domain.

That's may be somewhat true. You need to be able to prove that.