Shinobi and Fantasy Zone are coming to Nintendo Switch as the next offerings of Sega Ages, a program that reintroduces beloved Sega games to modern consoles with a bunch of quality-of-life updates included. The games will launch on Jan. 23.
Shinobi is a sidescrolling ninja platformer, but the Sega Ages version will grant players “extra health and damage, and an added Melee button that lets you dispatch enemies up close and personal.” Difficulty and stage selection options are added as well, plus an ability to reverse time.
Fantasy Zone is a self-described “cute ’em up” (a shmup, but cute), and this version of the game also includes a “Coin Stock assist feature for those not as well versed in shooters, a Time Attack mode perfect for speedrunners, extra bosses, and even the option to play as Opa-Opa’s brother, Upa-Upa!”
Some video game companies are pretty bad at honoring their long legacy of classic games, but Sega might actually be too good at it. Aside from Ages, they also have Sega Genesis Classics on Nintendo Switch, an outstanding collection of… Sega Genesis classics, including the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Gunstar Heroes, and Phantasy Star II, III, and IV. They also have the Sega Genesis Mini, a standalone mini console with a similar library but a few unique standouts like Mega Man: The Wily Wars and Tetris.
Still, options are good! Let us know if you’re down to play more Shinobi or Fantasy Zone, and tell us what else you’re hoping to see from the Sega Ages program.