Tweet embed The MD set was a ROM on an emulator with tons of lag, sound issues, etc. This is 4/5 games completely rebuilt from the ground up in a modern engine with many additions and modifications and most importantly a lot of unlockable items, challenges and score attacks, time attacks, leaderboards, mirror modes, bosses rush, special stage modes only, etc. till then. The power of rebooting sonic games has always been in perfecting your runs, so these kinds of things go in a huge way to make it all so much better for longevity those who really care about this stuff and have played these games hundreds of times, and want to keep doing it in new ways it’s interesting.
$44 seems like a bargain to me, especially compared to say $60 for 3 barely touched ROMs in Mario 3D All Stars. (And by the way, I also happily bought because I love those three games. I’m not a Mario hater.) But of course, your perspective will be on how interested you as an individual are with these specific games. From where I stand, this will be the definitive way to play 5 of my all-time favorite games – which I bought in the ’90s and haven’t stopped replaying since. But for someone who is only vaguely interested, perhaps the Megadrive rom (or NSO expansion pack) will provide better variety to dive in and out of. I understand this perspective too, although it couldn’t be further from my own, I respect it.