The Golden Week Sale is here and if you are a PC, PlayStation, Nintendo, or Xbox gamer, there are some nice deals currently available. An occasion to celebrate the games made in Japan during a week that contains four different Japanese holidays, Golden Week is one of the few times during the year that you can score a great deal on games that would typically be more expensive. While publishers such as Bandai Namco, Capcom, SEGA, and Nihon Falcom would normally have individual sales throughout the year, it isn’t often that you see sales from all of these gaming publishers at the same time. So depending on which platform you game on, you might want to check it out.
If you are a Steam user, I give the highest recommendation to the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics collection. At the time of this posting, the price is just $7.72 due to the Golden Week Sale and includes a fantastic list of more than 50 games. The normal price for the entire set is $81.42 so we’re talking about a savings of more than 90 percent. For those of you who are retro gamers and love SEGA, you won’t find a better bargain.
Right off the bat, you’re getting games from series such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Shinobi, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Shining Force, Phantasy Star, and Eternal Champions. If you grew up playing the SEGA Genesis or are familiar with the system, you’ll find plenty to like here in the default collection. I use the term “default” because as I was exploring the collection’s Steam page, I found that it had Steam Workshop support. Steam Workshop is a great tool implemented within the gaming client that allows users to upload custom content that can be downloaded/subscribed to with a click of a button. For example, Fire Pro Wrestling World uses it as a community hub for created wrestlers, moves, and parts. Other games may use the workshop for custom maps, missions, skins, weapons, characters, mods, etc. It really is a neat feature that is exclusive to Steam.
What does this have to do with the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics collection? I discovered that this collection’s workshop consisted of more than 3,000 entries, which were other Mega Drive and Genesis games, as well as hacks. Exploring further, I found that by using the workshop, you can put together a full library of games as every Genesis game I could think of was found within the workshop. So this means that for under $8, you’re potentially getting a full Mega Drive and Genesis library of games, including hacks of games that allow for things such as Sonic and Yoshi in the same game, Street Fighter characters in Streets of Rage, and so much more. I was astounded when I made this discovery because I had never heard or seen any of this before this week.
From my perspective, there is currently no better deal on Steam than SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics. The value that you get is unmatched and you have thousands of games that you can play via the workshop. It would be still worth the purchase at $80, but being listed at under $10 makes this a must-have if you use Steam. What’s even more baffling is that there is no piracy involved and this whole setup is endorsed by Steam. Why this isn’t getting more attention perplexes me.
Eight dollars for a full Genesis library with other game hacks available is the best deal that you will find for this year’s Golden Week sale on any platform. The SEGA Genesis was the company’s greatest and most successful console so you can’t go wrong with these retro games. This was a system that had outstanding first-party games, an incredible sports library, solid arcade game ports, and just a fantastic games lineup. Don’t miss out on this deal if you’re a PC gamer. Steam’s Golden Week Sale lasts until May 6.