Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection

49 Sega classics packed into one huge compilation for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and includes a variety of bonus material perfect for the biggest of Sega fans.


Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (known in the UK as Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection) is a compilation of 48 classic titles (49 if you count the two different versions of Altered Beast) that were originally for the Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega Master System, and arcade. While staying true to the original feel and play of the games, developer Backbone Entertainment added a number of features such as allowing three "save states" slots and visual settings to stretch the view to 16:9 wide-screen as well as to apply a "smoothing filter" that gives the game a less pixelated look. Each game also has their own museum which includes the original box art, cartridge art, and general information and trivia about the title. The collection also features video interviews with a few of the original game developers. It was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 10th, 2009 for US$29.99.

Included Genesis/Mega Drive Titles

Unlockable Games

While all of the Genesis/Mega Drive games are unlocked from the start, you must unlock the Sega Master System and arcade games by completing a certain task in a specific Genesis game.

GameSystemHow to Unlock
Altered BeastArcadeEarn 100,000 points in Stage One of the Genesis version of Altered Beast.
Alien SyndromeArcadeComplete Stage One and Stage Two of Alien Storm without dying.
Congo BongoArcadeFinish Stage One of Streets of Rage 3 with all three characters.
Fantasy ZoneArcadeEarn 80,000 points in Flicky.
Golden Axe WarriorSega Master SystemUse magic ten times in Golden Axe III.
Phantasy StarSega Master SystemFinish Emerald Hill Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with two players.
ShinobiArcadeFinish Stage One of Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master without dying.
Space HarrierArcadeEarn 1,500,000 points in Stage One of Super Thunder Blade.
ZaxxonArcadeCollect five coins in Decap Attack starring Chuck D. Head.


  • Knuckles in Sonic 2, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic 3 & Knuckles could've made it into the collection, but due to space limitations and tight development times, they had to be dropped.
  • Giant Bomb's own Drew Scanlon worked on this game being credited with "Visual Arts," including making the icons used for the achievements/trophies.
  • A special vinyl called the Sega Mega Drive Vinyl that features music used in this game's collection was made exclusively in Australia and New Zealand. Only 3500 copies were printed with each being individually numbered.