At its Sega Fes 2018 event in Akihabara, Tokyo, Sega of Japan kicked off the event by making a number of announcements for the Japanese market.
First, it was announced that their Sega Ages line of retro games will appear on the Nintendo Switch starting this summer. Similar to Nintendo's own Virtual Console, Sega Ages is a line of downloadable games from Sega's past, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star and Thunder Force IV, all of which will be appearing on the Switch. These games will be developed by M2, a development studio skilled in emulating and remaking classic games, and will contain additional features.
Second, riding on the coattails of the NES Classic Edition and the Super NES Classic Edition, Sega announced that they would be releasing a Mega Drive Mini microconsole later this year. Few details about the system are known, including which games will be released on it, but this is sure to be a welcome change after so many third-party companies have released their own miniature Genesis consoles of varying quality.
Third, the existence of Shenmue I & II was revealed, bringing the classic games to modern consoles for the first time, also in 2018. So far, this is the only announced product that is confirmed to be coming to North America as well, and the Western release will feature both English and Japanese voice acting, as well as a new "modern" control option.
Lastly, Sega announced a brand-new title in their classic Sakura Wars series. This series of tactical role-playing games has not been seen since Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love in 2005, which was also the only title released in English. This new game is still early in development and is slated for release in 2019 or later; details of a possible North American release are not known.
Stay tuned to GeekNifty for any future announcements from Sega Fes 2018.