Video game developer Sega announced plans to bring mobile versions of some classic games to iPhone and Android phones. This latest announcement of the transition to mobile devices by Sega follows a string of vintage video games that have become available in smartphone app stores. Games like Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, and Mega Man are available in platforms similar to their classic original release. Other classic games like Super Mario Brothers have gotten modern mobile updates for the iPhone.
According to GameSpot, Sega plans to keep mobile versions of its games as close to the classic versions as possible. The service, called Sega Forever, will have games from all eras of the company’s history, spanning every console from the Master System of the mid-1980s to the Dreamcast of the late-1990s. The first batch of games go live in the app store tomorrow, featuring five games from the Megadrive and Genesis consoles. These selections include the authentic and original Sonic the Hedgehog, along with Altered Beast, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, and Phantasy Star II.
The games will be free to download for smartphone users, but like most free games will be subject to advertisements unless the owner would like to purchase the $2 ad blocker version. Like a modernized version of the classic arcade aesthetic, the games will feature online leaderboards for gamers around the world to compare their high scores. If you don’t want to play online, offline options are available for all games as well.
Sega has attached recognizable games to the forefront of this announcement, as having a classic version of Sonic available for your smartphone is a selling point for some fans. This is just the start of this service, however, as the company plans to release new games for public consumption every two weeks based on interest. Therefore, it would be reasonable to look for mobile versions of Phantasy Star IV, Mortal Kombat, and Rolling Thunder in the future.
This initiative is a fun way to offer a wave of nostalgia in a rapidly changing 21st century gaming environment, and maybe even introduce younger players to some of the titles that their parents played when they were their age. The true fanatic gamers probably still own the original versions of these games and the consoles that they go with, but this works as a option for those who want to take their retro gaming on-the-go.
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