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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:

SEGA AGES – Out Run makes its debut on Switch in the west today. Take a look at the official launch trailer below.

A new trailer is live for the latest SEGA Ages entry on Switch, Gain Ground. Check out the video below.

SEGA Ages – Gain Ground is out now on the Japanese eShop and will follow in the west in 2019.

Gain Ground is out now on the Japanese eShop as the latest SEGA Ages game for Switch. Have a look at some footage in the video below.

The fifth Switch game in the SEGA Ages series, Gain Ground, has a Japanese release date. It will release in just a week on December 27. We’re still waiting to hear on a Western date for the eShop title.


During the Puyo Puyo Championship December 2018 Tournament today, two new games were revealed for the SEGA Ages lineup on Switch. Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tsu from the arcades are both in the pipeline.

SEGA has yet to go into detail on features. However, we do know that the two games will feature online support.

It’s not currently clear when SEGA Ages – Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tsu will be available on Switch, but we’ll keep you posted.


SEGA Ages is already available in Japan. Today, it was announced that the North American and European release is slated for January 10.

Here’s a rundown of features: