Exciting news for fans of vintage arcade archives. M2’s CEO Naoki Horii, SEGA producer Kagasei Shimomura and director Rieko Kodama, the fantastic team behind the ever-expanding, critically acclaimed SEGA AGES archive series recently confirmed that they can now confidently emulate two classic SEGA arcade motherboards, both M1 and Naomi, with hopefully more to come down the line.
There are only five Sega Model 1 games, so hopefully, it won’t be too long before all of these classics will be on all of our hybrid consoles Virtua Racing (1992), Star Wars Arcade (1993), Virtua Fighter (1993), Wing War (1994) and Dennou Senki Net Merc temporarily known as TecWar (1995).
Of all the games to be remade, the producers at M2 have gone on record stating that Star Wars Arcade is their absolute number one dream project. This game’s re-release is more than likely being held up due to the licensing hell a twenty-five-year-old Star Wars game is naturally in.
Virtua Racing has already been confirmed to be well into production, due to release in the holiday season and most importantly the first ever arcade perfect port of the racing classic. Virtua Fighter has got to be a lock-in being SEGA’s number one fighting game franchise, So hopefully, the rarer games will follow. It has been reported that Dennou Senki Net Merc only had around seventy arcade cabinets ever produced, this is because of the high cost of providing a first-person VR shooter rig in 1995. One of which I think I may have been was lucky enough to play at SEGA World London way back in the day during a family outing.
All I remember, we paid about £8.00 and it lasted for all of twelve seconds. Although the Switch is not capable of virtual reality, it is indeed capable of handling this former footnote in video-game history.
Check out a sample playthrough of Star Wars Arcade below and stay tuned to n3rdabl3 for all your video game (both classic and modern) rumours, news and reviews!