Yesterday morning SEGA cheekily mentioned that fans of their classic platformers and beat-em-ups should "definitely want to tune in for their new game announcement".
So people tuned in. They didn't like what they heard.
It was the prospect of a "new game" from SEGA. Of course, the term "new game" means something very different to the internet than it does to a global publisher. But just for clarity, here's a screengrab of what SEGA posted on their Facebook yesterday.
Sounds good, right? Except the "new game" that got announced this morning was actually a compilation of SEGA classics — for the 3DS, no less.
Coming to the Americas this Spring, nine SEGA classics will come together in one essential collection for the 3DS! pic.twitter.com/6uqhH3tWQD
— SEGA (@SEGA) January 21, 2016
The 9 game pack comes with Fantasy Zone 2 W, the original Sonic, Thunder Blade, Galaxy Force 2, Altered Beast, Fantasy Zone 2: The Tears of Opa-Opa, Maze Walker, Puyo Puyo 2 and Power Drift. Out of those, Puyo Puyo 2 and Power Drift have never been released outside of Japan. Maze Walker and The Tears of Opa-Opa, meanwhile, have never been released on the 3DS before.
So there's some nice games in there. I'd actually be really keen to play Power Drift, weirdly. But are they new games? No. It's a re-release of classics that are decades old. Sure, there are some new game modes, visuals and touch ups for the 3DS, but it's not like we're dealing with a completely new package here.
Understandably, gamers were a little disappointed.
— #RetroGaming (@KayesPlays) January 21, 2016
— Pokey (@BioPokey) January 21, 2016
.@SEGA ah yes, because I haven't paid for altered beast and sonic enough times in my life
— TNERB★BRENT (@TNERB_GAMES) January 21, 2016
— JFpaes15 (@PaesJoaof) January 21, 2016
— Jorge Bravo (@Saber_Of_Trutg) January 21, 2016
— Silver Prime (@SilverGreg78) January 21, 2016
Even those who were happy to see more of the classics lamented that SEGA hasn't caught up with the times a touch.
— Ricardo Longo (@ricklongomtg) January 21, 2016
And they're not the only ones. GamesPress is a press release and assets depository for developers, journalists, freelancers and publishers. It's traditionally where you go to if you need to check a release or pull a new screenshot. It's not a site you visit for commentary, although it seems that someone on staff couldn't help themselves when it came to SEGA: