I feel like an old video game head actually remembering when SEGA debuted its Genesis and playing Joe Montana Football. For the other throwbacks like myself, SEGA Networks Inc. is launching SEGA Forever for mobile devices. Best of all? It’s free.
The SEGA Forever games are free-to-play with ad support meaning you can pay $1.49 and ditch the ads. Five games have been announced so far, but more will be rolled out in the months to come. And with the heavy hitters for the first wave, we’ll probably be busy revisiting these classics for awhile anyway.
Here’s the first five:
- Sonic The Hedgehog, the 1991 household classic that has remained at the forefront of hearts and minds since inception
- Phantasy Star II, the longtime fan-favourite RPG from 1989
- Comix Zone and Kid Chameleon, two American titles developed by SEGA’s in-house studio STI
- Altered Beast, the original Genesis pack-in title, a beat-em-up set in Ancient Greece that represents a weird and wonderful segment of the SEGA catalogue that is ripe for rediscovery
Of the initial lineup, I’m most excited about Altered Beast — I played that game for months. Sonic should be a lot of fun with the mobile set up too. Other features include offline play, cloud saves, controller support and leaderboards. SEGA Forever’s lineup won’t be limited to any one system so it won’t just be Dreamcast or Genesis games.
‘Above all else SEGA Forever is a celebration of nostalgia. It’s about allowing fans to reconnect with past experiences and share them with family and friends in an accessible and convenient way,’ Mike Evans, CMO of SEGA’s Mobile Division in the West, said in a statement. ‘Enjoy moments of nostalgia on the go, or sync a Bluetooth controller to enjoy a console-like experience in your living room. SEGA Forever democratizes retro gaming, and seeks to change how the world plays, rediscovers, and shares in classic game experiences.’
You won’t have long to wait to play them as SEGA Forever kicks off tomorrow. You can grab them on the Google Play Store for Android devices and on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. For the latter, iMessage sticker packs will also be included.