Along with being a haven for indie games and a vehicle for hit after hit after hit from Nintendo, the Switch has also proven to be a perfect console for older titles. Nintendo’s online services have given players an ever-growing catalog of NES and SNES games, and now SEGA AGES brings switch users a catalog of old arcade games. So far, players have seen classics such as Puyo Puyo, Virtua Racing, Phantasy Star, and of course Sonic the Hedgehog, naturally coming with quality of life improvements. This month, developers M2 bring Shinobi and Fantasy Zone to the console.
Shinobi, originally released in 1987, tells the story of a ninja rescuing his clan from a terrorist organization called ZEED. The player controls protagonist Joe Mushashi as he punches, shurikens, and magics his way through ZEED’s base, rescuing hostages and beating bosses along the way. The AGES port allows different levels of difficulty, a stage select screen, and a rewind button. 1986’s Fantasy Zone, meanwhile, tells the story of a ship called Opa-Opa on his quest to stop an evil fortress from being built in the Fantasy Zone. Opa-Opa flies through scrolling stages, shooting and bombing any enemy that crosses his path. This port includes a time attack mode, extra bosses, and the ability to play as Opa-Opa’s brother, Upa-Upa.
Both Shinobi and Fantasy Zone are coming to the Nintendo eShop on January 23rd, where they’ll be available for $7.99 each. SEGA will certainly add more games to their AGES collection soon, so stay tuned here at Sick Critic for more news.
Max is a student at Rutgers who likes writing fantasy and playing video games such as Zelda, Mario, Undertale, Earthbound, and Stardew Valley.