Who’ve thought that in 2016, SEGA would be releasing a press release to announce that they’ve sold more than 350,000 copies of SEGA Mega Drive and SEGA Genesis games since April this year? Probably no one, yet that’s certainly the case.
Of course, SEGA isn’t celebrating sales on those old consoles, instead they’re celebrating sales since they launched the SEGA Genesis & Mega Drive Classics Hub on Steam on April 28.
In total the company has sold more than 350,000 copies of classic games, which the company has revealed is the most SEGA has sold of its classic games library since the “early 90s,” and that the official mod support is to thank.
The SEGA Genesis & Mega Drive Classics Hub allows players to not only purchase classic games, but download and share user-generated content based on the old-school titles, these include ROM hacks of classic games which come with modded features, such as Knuckles in Sonic 1, Streets of Rage 2 Except It Makes That Weird Tim Allen Noise When People Die, and other mashed-up versions of classic titles.
“350,000 sales is a phenomenal achievement for content which is over 20 years old,” said James Schall, Sega Europe’s director of digital distribution. “It shows that there’s still a huge following out for the Sega Mega Drive and Genesis, reinvigorated by the fantastic community of modders out there uploading great content.”