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Re-live your misspent youth with SEGA’s official Mega Drive emulator!

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Golden Axe
Golden Axe

SEGA is releasing its official Mega Drive emulator this week - allowing you to relive the 1990s with classic games such as Golden Axe, Streets of Rage 2 and Shinobi III:Return of the Ninja Master.

Available on PC-based gaming platform Steam, the emulator even recreates a virtual 90s bedroom - complete with 14-inch CRT TV (With built-in VCR obviously) and a virtual shelf of games.

You’ll be able to play with a keyboard or a controller and online cooperative play is supported. You’ll also be able to save games - something 90s gamers were unable to do on the original Mega Drive.

Gaming columnist Damien Lucas says video gaming has rarely hit those heights since.

“If you think about it, in those days it was one great, groundbreaking game after another,” he said.

“A stream of innovative, original, games.

Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 2

“Ok so the tech and spec of the time has been dwarfed by today’s standards but I know so many people who are into retro gaming because the playability and enjoyment factor is still right up there. Throw in the nostalgic element and the fact there just aren’t the level of top games on the latest generation of consoles that everyone had expected and it is easy to see why.

“The Mega Drive was the the bench-setter for the industry and is probably still the coolest and best designed machine and gamepads of all time.

“It was a staple of any gamer’s lives in the 90s and some of the games were so good, developers are still remaking them today in a bid to recapture that original buzz.”

The emulator is released on Steam on 28 April, and if you’ve already downloaded one of the below classic Mega Drive games on the service, all you need to do is wait for the update to automatically install before immersing yourself in a pixelated fantasy world.

Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco the Dolphin

Do you remember these games that you’ll be able to play on the emulator?

Golden Axe™

Altered Beast™

Comix Zone™

Alex Kidd
Alex Kidd

Ecco the Dolphin™

Gain Ground™

Shinobi™ III: Return of the Ninja Master


Crack Down™

Shadow Dancer™

Space Harrier™ II

Ecco™ Jr.

Alex Kidd™ in the Enchanted Castle

Bonanza Bros.™

Super Thunder Blade™

Kid Chameleon™


Galaxy Force II™


Eternal Champions™

Fatal Labyrinth™

Bio-Hazard Battle™

Columns™ III

Sword of Vermilion™

Virtua Fighter™ 2

Ecco™: The Tides of Time

Alien Storm

Decap Attack™


ESWAT™: City Under Siege

Golden Axe™ II

Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole

Shining Force

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

Alien Soldier

Light Crusader

Gunstar Heroes

Streets of Rage

Shining Force II

Shining in the Darkness

Beyond Oasis

Dynamite Headdy

Golden Axe III

Phantasy Star II

Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom

Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium

Streets of Rage 3

Revenge of the Shinobi

Vectorman 2

Wonder Boy in Monster World

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