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“I think if you play “Phantasy Star” after reading this interview, you’ll look at the game in a whole new light.”

-Naoki Horii, M2 Dev Team

Japanese website Game Watch recently sat down for an interview with three key figures from SEGA and M2 handling the SEGA AGES collection on Nintendo Switch.

The mega interview contains all kinds of details on new features to the Switch version, the incredible headaches that 80’s game development caused them, and never-before-heard stories from development of the original “Phantasy Star”, firsthand from Rieko Kodama, who was the original designer for the game. It’s a must-read for die-hard fans. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve included some discussion about the SEGA Ages series in general that you may have missed last week (with some extra comments).

We’ve prepared an exclusive translation of the in-depth interview, and hope you enjoy.

We have a bit of additional information about the new SEGA Ages version of Puyo Puyo for Switch. Content from the overseas arcade version will be included, which is an official release of the English translation that changed the character names, story, and a lot of the voice acting.

Of course, there will be a few other features a swell. Puyo Puyo Tsu’s quick turn will be in the SEGA Ages release as well as online play and the ability to rotate pieces left or right.

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Japanese website Game Watch recently sat down for an interview with three key figures from SEGA and M2 handling the SEGA AGES collection on Switch.

During the lengthy discussion, the team apologized for several delays in the line-up and reassured fans they want to get back on track (while also explaining what took so long in some cases). In addition, the team detailed upcoming releases and some new features, and the potential of a second volume of SEGA AGES releases on Switch in the future.

Check out our exclusive translation of the details below.

SEGA has announced that two more games will be joining the SEGA Ages lineup on Switch next month. Gain Ground (already available in Japan) and Puyo Puyo will be available sometime in February.

Here’s an overview of both:

Tokyo School Life announced for Switch

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PQube, Dogenzaka Lab, and M2 today announced Tokyo School Life for Switch. The title, a visual novel, is planned for release on February 14.

We have the following overview and trailer:

With SEGA Ages, while the classic games themselves are exciting to see on Switch, fans have also been very curious about what could lie ahead for the series in the future. We’ve already seen that the team is interested in possibly bringing over Dreamcast games. One thing that hasn’t been brought up, however, is the possibility of releasing titles from the SEGA NAOMI arcade board – until now.

In an interview with Game Watch, M2 president Naoki Horii revealed that the team is researching SEGA NAOMI’s titles for Switch. In fact, there’s one unnamed game in particular that they intend to release due to their own personal interest.

Following the SEGA Ages presentation at the Tokyo Game Show where Virtua Racing and the results of the most wanted fan poll were announced, Famitsu spoke with the team for a developer interview. The discussion was published on the magazine’s website yesterday.

One of the highlights of the interview was, unsurprisingly, more talk about the possibility of SEGA Ages expanding to Dreamcast on Switch. Here’s what the two said about the subject:

At the Tokyo Game Show a couple of weeks ago, SEGA held a stage show for SEGA Ages. It was here that the next game in the series, Virtua Racing, was announced. The results of the fan popularity poll were also revealed in which Jet Set Radio took the top spot. The presentation had some interesting information that we thought was worth sharing.

SEGA Ages producer Kagasei Shimomura came out and said: “Jet Set Radio coming first in the most-wanted games poll for the SEGA Ages doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll get a port,” but he still wants to “meet fans expectations.” Famitsu attributes its popularity in the poll to composer Hideki Naganuma calling for fans worldwide to vote for it.

A new game was revealed for the SEGA Ages lineup on Switch during the Tokyo Game Show today. The news was just delivered during a stage show event.

This announcement is quite significant. Many years ago, SEGA and M2 expressed interest in bringing Virtua Racing to 3DS during the SEGA 3D Classics era, but it never panned out. Now the two sides will finally be able to make a digital release possible on Nintendo’s console.

Switch owners can begin to enjoy some SEGA classics at home or on the go with the SEGA Ages collection on Switch, starting with two titles released this week: “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Thunder Force IV”. Following this will be steady releases including “Phantasy Star”, “Alex Kidd in Miracle World”, “Gain Ground” and many more.

Last week’s issue of Famitsu has a mini-interview with Rieko Kodama, lead producer and director of SEGA AGES, to offer some insight on upcoming titles. Check out below for our translation.