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Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection
Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection
Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collection.jpg
North American cover
Developer(s) Backbone Entertainment
Publisher(s) Sega
Native resolution 720p[1]
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release date(s) NA February 10, 2009
EU February 20, 2009[2]
AUS February 26, 2009
Genre(s) Compilation
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) BBFC: PG
ESRB: E10+
PEGI: 12+
Media DVD, Blu-ray Disc

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection in PAL regions) is a compilation of video games developed by Backbone Entertainment for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. The compilation features 49 Sega games which were previously released for the Genesis/Mega Drive console (including most of the Sonic the Hedgehog titles released for the system), and features arcade and Sega Master System titles as well.


List of games

Genesis Games (40 Total)

Unlockable Extra Games

The collection also features interviews with the original game developers. All items can be unlocked by earning certain Achievements (360) and Trophies (PS3).

According to Ethan Einhorn, the producer for the collection, the three "lock-on" games (Knuckles in Sonic 2, Sonic 3 and Knuckles, and "Blue Sphere") were not included citing "tight development times", and that including them would have meant "dropping several titles from the collection altogether", specifically the aforementioned nine unlockable games since "they all required unique emulation solutions".[4]

Additional Features

As well as being able to play the games in their original aspect ratio and appearance, players also have the option of switching to a wide-screen view, as well as turn on a smoothing option akin to those featured on Genesis titles released on Xbox Live Arcade. Players can arrange the list of games by Alphabetical, Year, Genre, or Rating, in which players can assign ratings to their favorite titles.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 79% (X360) 80% (PS3)
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 8/10
GamePro 9.0/10
GameZone 9/10
IGN 9.0/10

IGN has given Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection a 9.0/10.0 score and an Editor's Choice Award, praising the addition of a rating system for each game and the Streets of Rage series, among other things. Greg Miller of IGN said that he "can't recommend this game enough".[5] Retro Gamer rated the game 98%.

Sega Mega Drive LP Vinyl

Sega Mega Drive Vinyl is a soundtrack featuring music from the games in this compilation and was only made available in Australia and New Zealand. The release was limited to 3500 copies worldwide with each one being numbered. Vinyl #0002 has been auctioned on a New Zealand auction website TradeMe for The Starship Foundation.[6]

"The auction is a great way to help the kids at Starship and also give New Zealanders an opportunity to bid for some unique SEGA memorabilia," – Gary Russell, Brand Manager for Sega New Zealand.[7]



Strategy wiki

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Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection
Box artwork for Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection.
Developer(s) Backbone Entertainment
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Compilation
System(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
ESRB: Everyone 10+
OFLC: Mature

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is a compilation that collects various Sonic and Sega games from the past.


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