Sega has apparently “had enough” with the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Store releases, as the company today announced Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, a stand-alone retail compilation that will ship in spring 2009 for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection will feature the best first-party games from Sega’s 16-bit Genesis years, as well as bonus content from its 8-bit Master System. As a bonus, it will also include titles from the company’s 1980s arcade-era game library.
All told, Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection will include more than 40 classic Sega games, making it the largest collection of first-party Sega games ever released. Among the games will be Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2 and 3; Columns; Ecco the Dolphin; Shinobi III; Space Harrier; and Streets of Rage.
All 40 games will be displayed in 720p resolution for HDTVs, although the core content, gameplay and graphics will remain unchanged.
A retail price has not yet been announced for this collection.