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Listings confirm that two SEGA Ages games are dropping on Switch in the west next week. On March 28, Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground will both be available.

Here’s an overview of both:

The second annual SEGA Fes will be taking place in Japan next weekend. Just like last year, several stage shows are planned. The full lineup was announced today, and a session for SEGA Ages has been confirmed.

During the event, updates on announced titles and the latest information will be provided. SEGA Ages lead producer and director Rieko Kodama, SEGA Ages supervisor Yosuke Okunari, and M2 president Naoki Horii will be attending.

SEGA has opened the official Japanese website for SEGA Ages Virtua Racing. With it, a new batch of details and screenshots have come in.

Just as in the original arcade there are two modes: Normal and Grand Prix. Normal mode takes place over 4-5 laps while the Grand Prix Mode lasts as long as 20 laps. As the race progresses tires will become worn and effect steering, meaning that in Grand Prix mode players must time their pit stops and tire changes strategically.

There are also two further ways to compete. The first is a 2-player online mode. The second is for up to eight players to be able to compete on one Switch console. Gather together your Joy-Con and relive the excitement of playing against your friends at the arcades.

The next Sega Ages game coming to Nintendo Switch will be Virtual Racing. It will be available on the eShop sometime this Spring. So far, it’s only confirmed for release on the Japanese eShop.

Several new features will be added to the arcade classic with this racing. The game will feature one-on-one online multiplayer races. Finally, this release will also feature local multiplayer via split-screen for up to eight players. You’ll definitely need a big TV if you’re going for eight-player split-screen races. You can choose to race either five laps or 20 laps in local multiplayer.

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To celebrate the release of Alex Kidd in Miracle World on the Japanese Switch eShop, SEGA sent out a new trailer. We have it below.

SEGA has dated the new Switch release of SEGA Ages Alex Kidd in Miracle World. The game will launch in Japan on February 21, the company announced today. Pricing is set at 925 yen.

SEGA Ages Alex Kidd in Miracle World is also confirmed for the west, but a release date for North America and Europe hasn’t been announced. We’ll bring you that information as soon as we have it.

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SEGA has announced that Alex Kidd in Miracle World will be the next SEGA Ages game on Switch. It has not been dated, but is due out soon.

Alex Kidd in Miracle World on Switch keeps the fun of the original while utilizing the FM sound unit. Original Mode and AGES Mode will be separate. The Game Over function has also been simplified – there’s a Helper Mode in which you can rewind up to five seconds, making it easier for people who aren’t used to action games. At the start of all the important stages, the team has incorporated newly drawn scenes set to the Sukopako Cycle theme (a track previously unused in-game); they aimed at a more “completed” version of the original.

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In an interview with SEGA Ages supervisor Yosuke Okunari about the approach to localization for the Switch releases. Okunari explained that things are mostly being left as is, but left an interesting tease for the future. He said that the team “may try localizing titles which have never been translated if we can draw a reaction.”

Okunari’s full words:

“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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