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Sega not focusing on virtual console, but doesn’t rule it out

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One of the most often requested publishers for the Wii U virtual console is Sega, especially considering many people loved playing Sega Genesis games on their Wii. Many figured since Sega had no problems bringing its Genesis collection to the Wii that it would be doing the same for the Wii U, but that’s not the case. Last week over Twitter, Yosuke Okunari said to a fan that Sega has no plans to bring its games to the Wii U virtual console.

In a statement to Eurogamer today, Sega clarified that position that they’re not planning on working on virtual console games right now, but they’re not ruling out the possibility of doing so in the near future.

Sega would like to clarify a statement that was issued over Twitter. All options are currently on the table concerning development for the Wii U Virtual Console. Although there are no immediate plans, this does not negate the possibility and exploration of creating for this platform.

Sorry guys, if you were looking forward to running Sonic 2 on your Wii U, you’ll still have to do it in Wii compatibility mode for now.

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  • ActivesiN

    oh piss off sega, now you’re just backtracking because people got mad

  • Ducked

    How hard can I be to port the first three Sonic and Streets of Rage games on the VC? C’mon Sega.

    • TheyCallHimBigAl

      There’s licensing issues as well as software hurdles. It’s not like they can just upload the games from an emulator site or anything.

    • firedragonsage88

      I’d really like the Genesis Sonic trilogy on my 3DS. They made the first one as a 3D classic. I’m hoping they make the others as well, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be doing that in the foreseeable future. I’ve wanted 3&K on-the-go for a long time.

      • Ducked

        They came out with a collection on the DS that has Sonic 1-3 and Knuckles.

        • firedragonsage88

          I forgot about that. I think I skipped it because of how bad Sonic Genesis came out on GBA. Is it decent?

          • Ducked

            Yes I’d recommend it. There’s actually a save option

          • firedragonsage88

            I think I’ll pick it up. It’s super cheap right now.

          • Ducked

            Good choice

  • abe

    They agreed to Wii VC becuase they didn’t think it had much of a market because of emulators but after how well it did they want don’t want the same deal they want to do it themselves

  • Jeremy Baker

    It’s whatever Sega is going under soon anyway loved them in the past but now days they have nothing to offer us gamers. Rip Sega

    • Arthur Jarret

      Sega owns Atlus. Atlus is making Shin Megami Tensei x Fire emblem and multiple Persona games.
      Sonic & Sega All stars racing transformed is a brilliant racer – so much content.
      I’d kill for a new entry in the Valkyria Chronicles series

      Project Diva is very popular in japan

      Sega made the best F-zero ever made. The one gamecube game I am trying to force Zorpix to try.

      For actual future releases many are looking forward to:

      Alien Isolation (Xbox one and PS4)
      Phantasy star Nova (Vita)
      Yakuza Isshin (PS4) – unfortunately not releasing in the west (just like Yakuza 5)

  • Epicstuf

    They should bring Sonic Adventure series.

    • matthew garcia

      Yeah and phantasy star

      • Epicstuf

        Sega should port Phantasy Star and Phantasy Star Online series on Wii U and 3DS.

        • matthew garcia

          Absolutely

        • Shota

          phantasy star online with crossplay between Wii u and 3ds :D

  • Richard Branches

    Who cares? I already sold the Wii U since I doubt they will release the eshop in latinoamerica.

    • CydeFxt

      People who have access to the eShop care no?

      • Richard Branches

        I spoke in behalf of latinomerican people.

        • Epicstuf

          Well, screw you.

          • Richard Branches

            Screw you.

          • Epicstuf

            Is that the best you can do?

          • Richard Branches

            screw you. :-)

          • Epicstuf

            Yeah, you can’t think of anything smarter. Idiot.

          • Richard Branches

            Yeah, you can’t think of anything smarter. Idiot.

          • Epicstuf

            Wow. You really are a idiot.

          • Richard Branches

            Wow. You really are a idiot.

          • Richard Branches

            ha ha ha… I like u.

    • http://Thesplinteredmind.blogspot.com D Cootey

      I may be feeding a troll here, but why would you frequent a site dedicated to the Wii U if you sold your Wii U? Don’t you value your time?

      • Richard Branches

        I frequent the site because I love Nintendo, I’m just mad with them not taking into account the rest of the continent, that’s all.

  • bistricky

    SEGA ……..

    • Ducked

      Altered Beast was the weirdest game lol

      • bistricky

        Yeah Altered Beast is something ….

        For those not familiar with it …. a video:

        • TheyCallHimBigAl

          Can you imagine trying to pitch this game to a major publisher today?
          “Ok Mr. Developer, we got a new system that twice as powerful as anything on the market and we need a pack in game to show it off.”
          “So you’re this muscly guy in a leotard, and Zeus needs you to get his daughter back from Hades.”
          “With you so far.”
          “You run around beating up three headed wolves, and if you punch the blue ones, you get a power up that makes you bigger and stronger.”
          “So like Mario Bros.?
          “Do their power ups turn your leotard into a speedo? And if you get another one, you go from speedo man to WOLF man. And then the screen goes all ‘RAAAWWWRRR’ and you can turn any enemy on the screen into meat paste.”
          “Any plans for multiplayer?”
          “TWO speedo men.”
          “Well, I certainly can’t see anyone not buying that for a premise.”

        • Arthur Jarret

          You can get it cheaper than the Wii VC version on 3DS.
          With stereoscopic 3D
          AND an added remix mode
          and save states.

          I love Sega’s 3D remasters.

  • darkcreap

    Bring us Golden Axe to WiiU!!! I will buy the arcade versions and the Mega Drive ones. I actually I am willing to buy the arcade ones. I never bought it for Wii (I am trying not to buy more VC on Wii due to the horrible paying system) and I am wondering if among the features you have you can have as many credits as you like. Does any one have it for the VC on Wii?

  • Alexander Kleinwechter

    I really hope the old sonic games come to virtual console, i never really gotten into sonic, but i believe with the old ones i would enjoy them much more then the new sonic games

    • Merry_Blind

      Generations is probably the most accessible newer one. I never was into Sonic either, but when I played the 2D demo of Generations, I was pretty much blown away, and got the anniversary bundle right after playing it, which included Sonic 1, 2, 3 and Adventure and I officially became a Sonic fan haha. I played 1 and 2 like crazy that summer, and got Unleashed too, which I loved too.

      Give the Sonic Generations demo a spin (pun intended) and you might just love it. Try the 2D portion though, the 3D portion of the game is really over-the-top and crazy fast. I love it, but to a new comer, it might be a bit too ‘intense’.

      • Alexander Kleinwechter

        ohh ok, thank you, and i really liked unleashed actually, loved the day stages with sonic, and i will check out generations, sonic colors looks interesting aswell..

        • Merry_Blind

          Yeah Unleashed day stages were amazing. I actually liked the hub world too, and the little mundane sidequests, and some dialogues were entertaining. I hated Chip at first, but I’ve grown to find him hilarious. In fact, the only thing I didn’t like about that game were the werehog levels…

          But yeah, if you liked Unleashed, you’ll love Generations and Colors (though I haven’t played much of Colors yet). Both have only Sonic Hedgehog gameplay, no silly werehog or silly friends. Each levels in Generations can be played in both 3D (like Unleashed day stages) and 2D (like the old Genesis ones), and Colors is like Unleashed, but a bit less frantic and hyper, with more funky and colorful levels compared to Unleashed ‘realistic’ levels.

          And by all means, do play Sonic 1 and/or 2 at some point. You owe it to yourself to play those classics !

          • Alexander Kleinwechter

            ok thanks, yes i will try the classics definetly. I agree i didnt really like the werehog stages. Were way to slow. Chip was not a big deal really. I still not finished unleashed, i cant get pass the super sonic stage at the final boss xD But i think i go buy generations then. Once again thank you ^_^

          • Merry_Blind

            You’re welcome! Have fun! If you have a good PC with the a controller you can use, I highly recommend the PC version of Generations to play it at 60fps, it’s much more appropriate than 30fps for a game like Sonic.

      • Capt. Smoker

        Sonic Colors was the best Sonic game :)

        • Merry_Blind

          Yeah looks great. I played the first world on Dolphin emulator, but I kind of got tired of emulators and want the real thing now. I have yet to find a copy of the game. I’ll get one from eBay or something.

  • BIG Franky

    Alex Kidd in Miracle World is one of the best 8-bit games ever…growing up, I also loved Shinobi, After Burner, Rastan, etc etc… there is a bunch of SEGA Master System (& Genesis) stuff I would buy… I loved those systems when I was a kid. can they at least give us Sonic Advance on the GBA VC?

  • BIG Franky

    its weird because SEGA has released many digital only games for PS3 and XB360 that would be a perfect fit on Wii U eShop that never got ported over…like Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse from last year… given what a hit Duck Tales was on Wii U… and the Epic Mickey games being big sellers on Nintendo platforms, it always struck me as odd… that would be a simple port over and would sell really well… why the hell not?

  • HydePark1980

    Remember when the name Sega meant something, it’s hard to believe that this company was once the only true rival to Nintendo in terms of game quality.

    • Iflywright

      Yeah I guess they never fully recovered from the dream cast. My favorite thing made by Sega was their amazing South Park pinball machine back in the 90’s.

      • thedeciderU

        jurassic park arcade – you literally got into a covered jeep and shot the hell out of dinos through your windshield. a brontasaurus even takes a shit on you!

        • Iflywright

          Wow! I will totally pick that up–the game not the dino shit.

          • thedeciderU

            they never ported it to any system, so maybe mame? it was a unique and fun experience.

            it’s jurassic park: the lost world. they made one for the first movie too. can’t figure out how to get an image in here.

            here’s a link to an image:
            http://www.skooldays.com/categories/arcade/ag1195.htm

          • Guest

            here it is

    • Epicstuf

      Now it’s rushed games. *sigh*

      http://gph.is/15CL4vO

      • JCdude

        The first game that came to my mind was Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). I remember being in a store as a kid and looking at the cover of it and thinking it was the coolest thing. Now that I’ve seen reviews and gameplay footage I’m actually a bit disappointed, it looked like a cool game. Live and learn, I guess.

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    I find this decision very strange but i think they had something in mind behind the curtains that we will never know… But until then you can play top rated games in http://OwlGames24.com/

    • Epicstuf

      Shut up, spam. We don’t need crappy browser games.

  • anthony optimo

    Sega needs to dig deep and focus on releasing great games again, not necessarily Sonic games though.

  • Agent721

    That blows…the remake of Mickey Castle was cool on PS3.

  • SickPhantom

    It’s off topic but pre-order for Project CARS in now available on amazon and the price is the same as it is for PC 39.99. We’re getting it for 15 bucks less than the other consoles which is awsomeand also it is great news since we have to wait till 2015 to drop.

    • steveb944

      Thanks for the info! Only UK for the time being tho. But I think this just guaranteed a day 1 purchase for me.

      • SickPhantom

        No problem. Yeah def a day 1 purchase for me too. I was so hyped for this game and then they announced it’ll be pushed to 2015 -.- But it’s okay since we’re getting the best version and it’ll probbably have less bugs.

  • C4

    Not even Nintendo releases N64 stuff. I don’t get it. VC on console + a semi-portable (the GamePad within range of the Wii U) is a good thing.

  • David John Gifford

    Release the 40 games on 1 disk like you did for ps3 and xbox 360 not hard sega come on

    • bistricky

      Actually, you have a very good point. That may be the reason for them holding off on the Sega VC games …. wait for a larger install base and then release them in 1 or 2 retail games. I might actually prefer that.
      Cheers :D

      • thedeciderU

        it’d be a lot cheaper now too. the ultimate genesis collection (name?) is now $15 on amazon.

        but i’m guessing they’d like to make more money off that or sell each game individually to maximize profit. who knows…

  • Joel

    Frankly I don’t care. I want them to start working on dreamcast titles for the virtual console. If they were $10-15 each I’d snap up a bunch of them.

    • Iflywright

      That would be sweeet!

  • Justinr

    Well sega always has had a problem in making the right decisions haven’t they??

  • KamikazeLW

    Imagine playing some of the classic SegaCD games… Now that would rock.

    • Arthur Jarret

      Saturn & Dreamcast – consoles many gamers missed – would be brilliant on virtual console!

      After burner II, Blazing heroes, Clockwork knight, Golden axe: the duel, Guardian heroes, Nights into dreams, Saturn bomberman, Shining force III – all games I’ve never been able to play as I never owned a Saturn.

      • KamikazeLW

        Having played a few of those classics in my day, I’d be willing to lighter the old wall to play them again.

        • Arthur Jarret

          Me too! Although I also really enjoy the stereoscopic Megadrive & Sega arcade games they’re releasing on 3DS. The amount of work put in actually makes them full remakes, albeit ones that are completely equal to their original releases except added modes, graphical options and 3D.

          There isn’t a single one released that I don’t recommend. Expanded 16-bit games for the price of a single NES game,,, Nintendo can learn from this pricing scheme.

      • KamikazeLW

        Also SegaCD classics like Bram Stroker’s Dracula, Sewer Shark, Snatched, Shinig Force CD, Popful Mail, Night Trap, both Lunars, Final Fight CD, Fahreheit, Double Switch, etc…

  • Rinslowe

    Bring everything from the dawn of Sega time. That would help define the virtual console and make a small history of sorts….

  • peeer

    Lets bring some Shenmue our way Sega! ;)

  • Fufusio

    It’s like Sega just hates money

    • thedeciderU

      yeah, sonic 1-3 would be in the charts for months.

  • Iflywright

    Now I’m motivated to check out the wii vc. Seeing that some games have been taken off of the vc I think it’d be wise to get some Sonic, Wonderboy, 1942, the SNES starwars games…I’m not sure what else is good on it, I can wait on the 64 games. What do you guys like on the wii vc?

    • Arthur Jarret

      Sin and Punishment – a N64 game that never was released in the US and Europe. Similar gameplay to Star fox. Got a Wii sequel too that was pretty awesome.

      Also: Super Mario RPG, which wasn’t released in europe either.

      Don’t forget Wiiware – World of goo is still a lot of fun and La Mulana is a great title!

  • Capt. Smoker

    Looking back, I don’t think I can think of a single Sega game I could still play today, even a few Dreamcast games were so n so, Sega not releasing games just does not bother me in the slightest.

  • 16BITDAVE

    I want the Japanese version of Streets of Rage 3

  • Andrew W Garttmeyer

    Son of a B…this hurts. Shining Force I & II are easily in my top 20 games of all time.

  • audi lover

    So sonic shit boom then sega

  • Brandon Burce

    Well playing the Sonic games in the genesis is not going to be a problem because some of them are already remastered on the mobile, however it is not really a problem because they are going to release some vc games in the future. And besides you can already buy some of the collections on your PC right now