SEGA's official Mega Drive emulator has been announced for Steam

SEGA has announced that they're going to provide their own, official, solution to emulation of the Sega Mega Drive, which will be available on Steam.

Published Thu, Apr 21 2016 7:27 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:00 PM CST

Emulation is a touchy subject, both legally and socially. We love older games and when we can't play them natively, we emulate them with the plethora of different emulators that exist. SEGA is releasing an official emulator for the classic Mega Drive so as to take matters into their own hands, giving you official access to their library of games.

They already have reinvigorated a few games, via Steam and through various consoles, but here they're introducing their own hub that includes keyboard and mouse support and a number of different graphical enhancement filters that can be applied if they happen to suit you. Like other emulators, you'll be able to save at any point with a savestate system with probably the best emulation engine available, considering the official nature of it all. All games will also come with Steam Workshop support, so you can import mods and make your own.

The hub itself will be free, though games will naturally cost and you'll have to purchase a game to get access to the hub. Thus far it doesn't seem as if you can bring in your own ROMs, likely for very obvious legal reasons. The best part about the new hub? The interface is that of a super SEGA fan from the nineties, with a CRT and a wall full of merchandise from the era. The full list of games that grant access to it is below just after the break.

  • Golden Axe
  • Altered Beast
  • Comix Zone
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Gain Ground
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Vectorman
  • Crack Down
  • Shadow Dancer
  • Space Harrier II
  • Ecco Jr.
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Ristar
  • Galaxy Force II
  • Columns
  • Eternal Champions
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Bio-Hazard Battle
  • Columns III
  • Sword of Vermilion
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Ecco: The Tides of Time
  • Alien Storm
  • Decap Attack
  • Flicky
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Golden Axe II
  • Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole
  • Shining Force
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Alien Soldier
  • Light Crusader
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Streets of Rage
  • Shining Force II
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • Golden Axe III
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Revenge of the Shinob
  • Vectorman 2
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World
SEGA's official Mega Drive emulator has been announced for Steam |

Jeff grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he fell in love with gaming and building his own PC’s. He's a huge fan of any genre of gaming from RTS to FPS, but especially favors space-sims. Now he's stepped into the adult world by becoming a professional student looking to break into the IT Security world. When he’s not deep in his studies, he’s deep in a new game, revisiting an old game, or testing the extreme limits of his own PC. He's now a news contributor for TweakTown, looking to bring a unique view on technology and gaming.

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