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Sega brings console classics to iPhone and Android

By Jos ยท 7 replies
Jun 21, 2017
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  1. Sega is bringing some of its old-time console classics to iOS and Android as part of a new “Sega Forever” program. There are five titles you can get at launch — Sonic The Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon and Altered Beast — with more coming every two weeks.

    Sega says the games will include both official emulations and ported games that pan all Sega console eras, each adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games. Modern features like cloud saves, Bluetooth controller support, and online leaderboards will be supported, although Sega notes that you will still be able to play each game offline.

    All of the games will be free to play, with Sega making its money through short adverts that play before you start a game so that you are not interrupted again during gameplay. There’s also an optional $1.99 in-app purchase to remove ads. "We've spent a lot of time looking at the analytics from the soft launch in the Philippines to understand how we can get this model to be the best for the game experience itself whilst balancing the commercial needs we have,” Sega Network's chief marketing officer Mike Evans says.

    The plan is to eventually incorporate titles from every Sega console, including the Saturn and Dreamcast. The games should be landing on Apple and Google’s app stores soon. Users can go to Sega's website to sign up for email alerts that will notify them when new games are announced.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,550   +1,544

    Man... after reading the list of games... I understand why they lost the battle to Nintendo... I only really remember Sonic...
  3. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 572   +247

    Yeah... in the NES and SNES era, Nintendo ruled the console world. I had a Sega Genesis (it was called Mega Drive on my country), it was really cool, but not cool as an SNES with Mario Kart and all the likes... Still brings good memories anyway, Altered Beast was cool, Comix Zone, a lot of memorable litles, not as much as Nintendo sure.
  4. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +313

    The Sega Genesis holds a special place in my heart, but I think that's mainly because we had the Sega Channel when I was a child and it was magical.

    Truth be told everyone at school made fun of me for having a Sega :(
  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,808   +407

    Altered Beast... thought that was an awful game...

    Few genesis favs I can think of... Sonic games, Vector Man, some Mortal Kombat games, Streets of rage, Shinobi III, Golden Axe

    ...not about to forget Gunstar Heroes!
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  6. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Evangelist Posts: 493   +161

    They are a little late to the game really considering there are plenty of emulators available across multiple platforms that have allowed people to play ROMs pretty much seamlessly.

    Sounds like new money for old rope if you ask me. ;)
  7. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +313

    They did a really bad job optimizing their emulation. I'd recommend anyone looking to play these to just download an emulator that you can edit the game speed and audio settings as clearly SEGA didnt try hard with these releases. I tried playing Comic Zone and the audio clipping was TERRIBLE, but Phantasy Star II runs almost perfectly and has cloud saves.
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  8. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +81

    I owned both a Meagdrive and SNES at the time for me a few games that the mega drive had (or did better) than the snes were Street of Rage (3 was my fav), mortal kombat (again 3 :D), and Desert and Jungle strike.

    I also found the audio on the megadrive was far superior to the snes (though games like Killer Instinct and Donkey Kong had some great audio).

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