This Just In: Sega brings Time Travel on the go!
No, not literally. But SEGA is launching a fantastic new idea called “SEGA Forever”, which I admittedly wish was also on PC. Let’s take a walk back in time. It’s the late 80s, early 90s. The big battle was “Nintendo or SEGA”? Sure, the answer to me in the 80s was “Nintendo”. It was infinitely better than the Sega Master System [Sorry SEGA! I don’t make the rules]! But in the 90s, it was a much harder question to answer, between the Genesis and the SNES. Now personally, I was more of a Super Nintendo fan, because they had all the epic RPGs that filled hours of empty days with joy. But Sega Genesis had some undeniable classics: Comix Zone, Sonic 2, Altered Beast. Splatterhouse, Phantasy Star, and Eternal Champions. Golden Axe III, Shinobi, and Shining Force! There were incredible games on the Sega Genesis, but I could not have both. I had to have one or the other, and I went Nintendo. As I became an adult, I found some real gems on Sega Genesis when I was able to own one, but this is also for the kids that grew up on Sega, and the new generation that is getting into retro games. Retro is popular because we all love nostalgia. So, what’s this “SEGA Forever” thing?
SEGA Forever is a collection of curated titles from SEGA, and the best part? They’re free! They do have ads, and you can opt to buy them for 1.99, and 1.99 for a mobile Altered Beast or Sonic? I can see that being an absolutely reasonable price. It has controller support, cloud saves, leaderboards, and best of all [even better than free], playable offline. No worrying “Hey, I guess I can’t play Sonic today, because I’m running out of data … ” which would probably be annoying. “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,” explains Mike Evans, CMO of SEGA’s Mobile Division in the West. “Join us on a journey of rediscovery as we roll out two decades of classic games free on mobile. Create your own ‘SEGA Forever folder’ and collect your favorite classics. 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.”
They’re starting off with the following Mega Drive/Genesis classics: Altered Beast, Phantasy Star, Kid Chamelon, Comix Zone, Sonic the Hedgehog. Every two weeks, they’ll add more to the list. You are under no compunction to buy games you don’t want, and if you stay active on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you can take part in polls and such to help determine the next games added to the list! I can’t imagine these being hard to run on any mobile phone, they’ll be on Apple and Google, so suck on that Nintendo! No waiting seven months for Sonic for me! I love this idea, but I do hope it will be something available on the Windows/Apple Store for PC. I’d very much like to play them on my computer, though using my mobile device or tablet would also be swell. If I could stream some of them it’d be fun. But what about you guys? Are you excited? What SEGA games would you like to see on the go?