July 7, 2022

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SEGA reveals Virtua Racing was most popular SEGA Ages game in Japan and Sonic in the west

Sadly the SEGA Ages Nintendo Switch series has finally come to an end so Famitsu caught up with a number of key employees behind the games including Rieko Kodama (producer/director), Yosuke Okunari (supervisor), and Tsuyoshi Matsuoka (M2 director). The publication quizzed the team to find out which games in the revised retro series were the most popular with Switch owners. It turns out that Virtua Racing was the most popular game in the SEGA Ages series in Japan and Sonic the Hedgehog was the most popular in the west. Here’s what the team had to say:

Looking back, which of these titles have received the greatest response so far?

Kodama: In Japan, it’s definitely Virtua Racing. In addition to the sales numbers, I believe that everyone was able to see the technical capabilities of M2. And I think it showed off how SEGA was already making the most advanced products (polygonal games) at the time.

For overseas, it’s more diverse. However, in terms of sales, Sonic the Hedgehog was by far the biggest seller. The second most popular title was OutRun – especially in Europe.

Okunari: Following the releases of the SEGA 3D Classics games, OutRun was highly acclaimed in Europe. In Japan, the two Puyo Puyo games also received high praise. It seems some very loyal fans bought the SEGA Ages installment of the game even though they had the newest version.

Kodama: But both abroad and in Japan, Virtua Racing received an enormous response on social media.

Matsuoka: But in terms of the number of tweets, Fantasy Zone was actually more popular than Virtua Racing. In addition to having a dedicated fan base, the SEGA Ages version had a new time attack mode. That seemed to get people very excite about the game.