Sega 3D Classics Collection, though, has the rare opportunity to differentiate itself and gift newfound prestige to each title inside it. With this release, Sega has scaled back raw quantity and instead hand-picked releases from the late 80s to mid 90s that exemplify the creativity of not just the era but the company itself. At the time all the games in this collection were released, Sega was willing to fire out new IPs at the drop of a hat and these took on every form and genre imaginable. Not every experiment went on to become a juggernaut franchise, but playing these games back today, it’s impossible to deny the raw ingenuity on offer.
Related reading: Matt’s review of 3D remaster of Kirby’s Adventure, available from the 3DS eShop.
Sega 3D Classics Collection doesn’t have the finest selection of mainstream hits Sega could have assembled, but that curious nature is precisely what makes it so special. Had only the most beloved fan-favourites been given the 3D makeover, I simply wouldn’t have walked away with the same sense of awe. M2, using retro games of all things, reminded my cynical self that the hardware’s 3DS’ key selling points can enhance a game beyond the superficial. Newcomers will have to research themselves because the game certainly offers no historical perspective, but do so and you’ll walk away gleaming appreciation for now-overlooked classics that left their mark on the industry.