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Virtua Racing, Wonder Boy: Monster Land coming to Switch June 27

SEGA has dropped a new video showcasing the upcoming SEGA Ages releases of Virtua Racing and Wonder Boy: Monster Land on the Nintendo Switch. Both games will be released on U.S. eShop on June 27.

According to SEGA’s press release, “Virtua Racing takes the revered classic and delivers a dramatic overhaul with an improved framerate, a far greater draw distance, online matchmaking (and leaderboards), and a new Replay mechanic that didn’t exist in the original release. Not only that, but the game also supports up to 8-player simultaneous local multiplayer.”

Additionally, SEGA AGES Wonder Boy: Monster Land contains several notable improvements such as a “Power Up New Game” (New Game Plus) feature that can be enabled at any time, even if you haven’t beaten the game, allowing you to restart after a Game Over with the same gear. There are also 3 new challenge modes (Sphinx and Monster Castle time attacks plus the Fire Ball score attack), online leaderboards, a Replay function, and a “Money Hungry Mode.” This last item plays off a bug that existed in the arcade original where players would increase the value of any hidden gold by quickly shaking the joystick back and forth. While the unintended bug is enabled by default here, the “Money Hungry Mode” disables it for the truly hardcore.

Previous releases in the SEGA Ages line-up are:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Thunder Force IV
  • Phantasy Star
  • OutRun
  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World
  • Gain Ground

The awesome peeps at Digital Foundry recently took a look at the Switch version of Virtua Racing to see how it stacked up against previous releases.


Chris Powell

Chris is the editor-in-chief of Mega Visions Magazine and the co-creator of SEGA Nerds. Over the years, he's written for publications like Joystiq, PSP Fanboy, RETRO magazine, among others. He's also an avid pro wrestling fan, and it's still real to him, dammit.

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