SEGA AGES Lightening Force: Quest for Darkstar & Sonic The Hedgehog Now Available On Switch

Several SEGA AGES releases to follow in coming months including Phantasy Star, Out Run, Columns II, and more

SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog

SEGA of America today announced that the first two games in the company’s SEGA AGES lineup, Sonic the Hedgehog and Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar, are now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop.

The SEGA AGES version of Sonic the Hedgehog includes a number of new features over the original Sega Genesis release including the Drop Dash and the ability to access the stage select menu through the options screen. Additionally, SEGA Ages Sonic the Hedgehog also includes the Mega Play arcade version of the game, which removes 1-ups while giving players a limited amount of time to reach each stage’s goal.


Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar is a hardcore horizontal shmup featuring huge bosses, fast-paced action, and some of the most impressive presentation found on the Genesis library. The SEGA AGES version introduces a new “Kids Mode”, a less demanding difficulty where players keep their weapons after losing a life and the addition of STYX Mode, which allows you to pilot FIRE LEO-03 Styx from Thunder Force III.

Check out the launch trailer for SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog and Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar below:

SEGA will continue to release a handful more SEGA AGES titles in the coming months including Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Out Run, Phantasy Star, Columns II, Space Harrier, and Thunder Force AC. Each game will be priced at $7.99 on the Nintendo Switch eShop.

So, dear reader, which of these revamped 16-bit ports are you most looking forward to getting your grubby mitts on? Let us know in the comments below.

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