Sega Releases Two Retro Collections for XBox Live Arcade - Monster World & Alex Kidd

monsterworldTwo collections of Sega's classics was released today on Xbox Live, The Monster World series, and Alex Kidd & Company. But is it worth shelling out the hard earned cheddar to help you enjoy this retro sandwich?

With all the recent collections that have been released, Sega has decided to bring some nostalgic games over to a more high definition experience. Included in these download-only games are sets of different series made popular in the Master System and Mega-Drive/Genesis era.The first collection is a mix of Monster World titles, whereas the second is a bit more random. It includes Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Super Hang-On and Revenge of Shinobi. Revenge of Shinobi looks to be a port of the Genesis classic, minus the original version that came equipped with pop-culture infused characters. Difficult to track down, Revenge of Shinobi's original version had many comic book and geek-related villains who were actually (normally,) good guys. Such heroes as Batman, Spider Man and even Godzilla were fighting one of our favorite ninjas from the late 1980s to early 1990s. The Alex Kidd game is fun yet repetitive, and Super Hang-On seems too random to be included in this collection.

Monster World's collection is more than worth the price of 800 points for the unreleased Japan-only title Monster World IV. It's the first time this title has been brought to Western shores, and with the other titles included, it's quite the bargain.

Final verdict: Grab the Monster World Vintage Collection. Everything else you can easily get on a normal cart for your collection.

Last Updated ( 24 May 2012 )  

Michael "Miketendo" Levy

Raised on an NES, Saturday AM cartoons and sugary cereal, Michael Levy was your average 80's kid growing up. Despite having odd obsessions with bears, peanut butter, zombies and Tifa Lockhart, 'Miketendo' is also the creator of the YouTube review series: D.Y.H.P.T.G?! (Dude, You Haven't Played This Game?!)

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(Link to this comment) Wizbiscuit 2012-05-24 08:00
Really well done these, been playing Monster World and its very nice, but the presentation around the who package is very nice indeed.
(Link to this comment) Lord_Santa 2012-05-24 08:13
been playing Monster World IV emulated ROM (fan-translation) and really loved it to bits, but releasing this collection for the 360 just feels wrong

it should have been released for the Nintendo Wii, and preferably on a disc, at that
playing any Wonderboy game with a 360 controller (or PS3 controller for that matter), just feels wrong
these games were made with a proper D-pad in mind, and Nntendo's Wii Classic Controller (as well as any given Nintendo controller) has the superior D-pad's, compared to the competition, as well as feeling more genuine whilst holding it (I'm not referring to the Classic Controller Pro, here)

also, there is no need, never has been, nor ever will be, to blow these games up in "Full HD", it's a mere gimmick that feels plastered on only for the sake of having it
(Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2012-05-24 11:58
Quoting Lord_Santa:
also, there is no need, never has been, nor ever will be, to blow these games up in "Full HD", it's a mere gimmick that feels plastered on only for the sake of having it

Well being as the Xbox can't actually output the resolution these games ran in, I don't think that's really that much of an unnecessary gimmick.
(Link to this comment) Loch and Quay 2012-05-24 11:01
I'd buy the Monsterworld collection if it was released on disk, but not as a download. A wonderboy collection (complete with a brand new game a la Sparkster) would be wicked on disk.
(Link to this comment) orkney 2012-05-24 14:00
Add me to the "I'd buy Wonder Boy if released on disc" crowd. Would also want a Wii version.
(Link to this comment) Miketendo 2012-05-24 14:08
Agreed. This is something that should've been released on the Wii, not the 360. I downloaded the demo for Monster World and was massively disappointed. You can't even play an intro level to 4! Huge mistake on Sega's part. Game looks gorgeous though in HD.
(Link to this comment) sdekaar 2012-05-24 15:22
the menu is cool.
but there a no V-Sync on wonderboy 2 :/
(Link to this comment) Tepid Snake 2012-05-25 19:40
While the collection itself isn't available on the Wii, all the games are available as separate downloads (WBIML and MWIV got released on there last week in the UK, I think). Same thing happened on PSN, I'm guessing the only reason AK, ROS and SHO are lumped in one is because Microsoft wouldn't let them release them separately (apparently they frowned upon the glut of Mega Drive re-releases early in XBLA's life)

Also, if you want a disc-based Monster World collection... ;)

Also also, these collections allow you to select the region of each game (North America/Japan/Europe, etc.) Gives me hope for playing Bare Knuckle III on the upcoming SOR collection
(Link to this comment) Private Joker 2012-05-30 14:48
Why would it be better to have it on the Wii? The very console producer, Nintendo, that was the competitor of Sega at that time. Now THAT, would be wrong...

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