Is there a black hole in the retro-scene concerning the SEGA Genesis?
This has been on my mind for quite some time now, and i can't help but notice how much the Mega Drive/Genesis has been dwindling. I know that a lot of this has got to do with the fact that SEGA has not released a console in over a decade and their reputation has been in the gutter, but the utterly complete lack of knowledge concerning the system's library is baffling to me.
I think that this is also, in part, due to the now famous 'Sonic's Ultimate Collection'. People often recommend that over actually collecting for the system, and that is a huge problem. The problem with that collection is that it's pretty awful in content. It's missing most of the actually great games on the Mega Drive, and they put a lot of games that were never good to begin with (like Super Thunder Blade, a laughably bad port of an arcade game, Altered Beast, Golden Axe - which just pail in comparison to the arcade version, and so on).
For example, here's a list of truly brilliant games off the top of my head - Rocket Knight Adventures, MUSHA, Mega Turrican, Contra: Hard Corps, Castlevania Bloodlines, Gley Lancer, Gaiares, Alien Soldier, Thunder Force III & IV, Battle Mania Daiginjou, Gunstar Heroes, Alisia Dragoon, Shinning Force II, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master, Elemental Master, Dynamite Headdy.
Out of the 18 brilliant games in my list, 4 of them are on the collection.
That's like coming up with a SNES collection, slaping Mario and Zelda, filling the rest with mediocre games like Knights of the Round, the painfully aged Star Fox, and not putting in any of the JRPGs, or Kirby games, or Mega Man X games, or Donkey Kong.
And then there are people that go on about how the library 'hasn't aged well' and never go into detail regarding that. I'm gonna go on a limb here and assume they tried a few of the popular, but mediocre games like Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Vectorman, Ecco etc. The stuff that's on the Ultimate Collection.