Sega has announced that they are bringing more vintage classics to the Xbox LIVE Arcade, mainly. Gunstar Heroes will hit the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade, however, all other titles will only reach the Xbox LIVE Arcade.
What’s new about these classics are that they’ve been reworked for high-definition, added online leader boards, and Gunstar Heroes, Altered Beast, and Sonic & Knuckles have added online play.
The full list of games to release this summer are Gunstar Heroes, Altered Beast, Shinobi, Comix Zone, Phantasy Star 2, and Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Then in late summer comes Sonic & Knuckles, which will allow gamers to play as Knuckles in the first two Sonic games for the first time ever.
Check out the press release for full details on each game.
SEGA Vintage Collection 2 (Available Summer 2009 on XBLA & PSN)
This Summer, you will be able to individually download 7 classics from SEGA’s archive!
New Features Include:
Re-worked for High-Definition
Network Play (Excludes Phantasy Star II, Shinobi, Comix Zone)
Gunstar Heroes (XBLA & PSN) â€“ The classic side scrolling shooter from the SEGA Genesis returns to captivate fans new and old with its non-stop action and cooperative play.
Altered Beast (XBLA) â€“ “Rise from your Grave” as the original Genesis launch game is reborn and comes to a new generation of gamers. Battle hordes of undead warriors and monsters as you return to battle in order to save Zeus’ daughter Athena.
Shinobi (arcade) (XBLA) â€“ Battle your way through the “Ring of Five” as you save hostages with your ninja abilities.
Comix Zone (XBLA) â€“ The game features an innovative art style that transports players directly into the panels of a comic as they fight their way to save a world from destruction as Sketch Turner. Everything from the speech bubble text, level design, and the revolutionary graphics scream COMIX!
Phantasy Star 2 (XBLA) â€“ SEGA’s classic RPG which expanded on the success of the first with its epic storyline and battle system.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (XBLA) â€“ The game that introduced Knuckles the Echidna comes to a new generation of gamers as Sonic explores Angel Island and discovers the true power of the Master Emerald. Speed through each level at lightning speeds as either Sonic or Tails as you foil Dr. Eggmanâ€™s in his new Death Egg station.
And Coming late Summer 2009!
Sonic and Knuckles (XBLA) â€“ Picking up where Sonic the Hedgehog 3 left off, players can now play as Knuckles for the first time. In addition, if players already have Sonic the Hedgehog 3 or Sonic 2 in their library, they will be able to access the lock-on bonus content for each game for the very first time since the days of the SEGA GENESIS! This allows for gamers to play Sonic 2 & 3 as Knuckles!