Preview: Sega Goes Retro Crazy With Five Upcoming Digital Release Packs

From Streets of Rage to Monster World, Sega has every inch of your classic gaming fix covered this summer.

We love it when old-school games get a re-release, for a number of reasons.  The sheer joy that the games themselves bring, the fact that we don’t need to hook up an old-school console (from a dusty closet) and a blown-out cartridge to play them, the fact we don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars for the original game and instead invest just a few bucks to relive them…and the list goes on.  Sega has been well known as a company that loves their classic library, and over the next couple of weeks, they’ll prove it with five upcoming release packs for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

So, being the classic gaming nutcase that I am, I decided to take a look at each of these packages and tell you which ones are worth the money.  Granted, not all the games are winners, but they’re still pretty cool deals, especially considering how high-priced digital fare has gotten as of late (no $20 charges here).  So, without further ado, let’s look at the releases…

PlayStation Network Releases

All of these games will be coming out on May 22 and will sell for $4.99 each, and while the lack of a package deal – like the ones Xbox Live Arcade are getting – is a little discouraging, these are still well worth the money – and come with Trophies!

Heading up the pack is a trio of Wonder Boy games.  Though the original is missing, there’s still Wonder Boy In Monster Land, Wonder Boy In Monster World and Monster World IV.  These are old-school type adventures that are exquisitely fun to play, and some of them are seeing a widespread US release for the first time – outside of the recent Wii shop releases, mind you.  For $5 each, they’re worth rediscovering, especially if you’re a fan of the series.

As for the other three games, you’ve got Super Hang-On, a decent port of the arcade release; Alex Kidd In Miracle World, a Sega Master System classic that stands as the best of the series; and The Revenge of Shinobi, a hardcore Genesis classic.  Alex Kidd and Shinobi are definitely worth the money, and Hang-On provides a formidable challenge if you’re into arcade racers.