SEGA Forever will bring all your favorite SEGA games on mobile for free, starting tomorrow


About a week ago, SEGA sent out some weird packages to some journalists, including a casette tape (remember those?) with soundtracks from old SEGA games on them. We know this because some of the 512 game journalists that received the tapes, actually still had a device that could play them, or managed to find one. There were also notes, that were supposed to be cryptic, but not so much that they wouldn't be decoded.


Obviously, this meant that SEGA is planning to bring some of its retro games to mobile, and it has now been officially confirmed. SEGA is bringing some of its classics to Android and iOS, under the collective name SEGA Forever.



The collection is expected to grow quite a lot, as SEGA promises to release new games every two weeks. These will not be reimaginations of the classic hits, but “official emulations and portet games that pan all SEGA console eras, each adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games.” Said adaptations will include added features, such as leaderboards, cloud saves, and other basic functionalities that come with mobile games.

All the games of the SEGA Forever collection will be free-to-play, and they will sport ads. But for users that prefer a pristine ad-free experience, a one-time payment per game will be available.

“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,” expains Mike Evans, CMO of SEGA's Mobile Division in the West. “SEGA Forever democratizes retro gaming, and seks to change how the world plays, rediscovers, and shares in classic game experiences.”

The collection officially kicks off tomorrow with five games, all of which will be available for free on Google Play and the iOS App Store. The iOS versions will also include iMessage sticker packs. The games in question are Sonic The Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, and Altered Beast.

The App Store pages are not live yet, but you can find the Google Play versions on the following links:

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17 Comments

1. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Altered beast for the win!!! I think this came with my genesis when I bought it back in the day. At that time I thought that game had the most amazing graphics I had ever seen, LOL.

7. Diablo2424

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

I never bother to login or read comments/comment myself on PA anymore. But this comment deserves me logging in, "Liking" it, AND this reply. Well done, sir. Altered Beats FTW, also Comix Zone... amazing. Now, if we can get a few more titles, like Virtua Racing and the Road Rash series!

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, Road Rash was an awesome game.

2. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Golden axe and moonwalker. Certainly brings back the old times.

3. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I still have my Genesis. Can't wait for this. Altered Beast, Outrun, Shinobi, Golden Axe.......great memories.

4. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Why the Genesis version and not the arcade version?

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm not too familiar with the Genesis library, but one of my favorite games was to that system, Toejam & Earl. I would love the play that game again.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yay, I miss the 2006 Sega game Outrun Coast 2 Coast... I need it ported onto Android too.

9. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Please don't make us pay again for The Sonic games. They better have an option to restore purchases like Sonic CD

10. Nkukza

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

For me Streets of Rage, Mortal Kombat, Alex Kid, Golden Axe, Sonic the Hedgehog, Fifa,Snow Bros, Cadillac's and dinosaurs, Moonwalker were the best picks just never got enough of these, would brave the cold from 10:00pm to 3:00am just to play these and better still could not wait for the next morning. Pity I could not get Contra, Metal Slug and Super Mario on time for my Sega.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Burned out on Sonic. Never liked the game anyways. But Outrun, Columns, Double Dragon series would be great. Though I have all the Double Dragon games that were avail on iOS.

12. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

What about Streets of Rage 2? Got it on emulator anyways for Tab S2 but like some of these on iOS.

13. micmic9999

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

gunstar heroes!!

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Still have my old genesis and I've got some of the Sega games on steam, I'm ready.

15. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Still have my old genesis and I've got some of the Sega games on steam, I'm ready.

16. Nkukza

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

I don't know How I forgot earthworm Jim and wonderboy yeah those were the times.. I also had Genesis on my PC after retiring from the then sega mega drive gaming console. have to say I enjoyed every bit of it and made lots of friends my home became an official gaming place.

17. superguy

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Revenge of Shinobi was one of my all-time favorites. Between that and Golden Axe, I don't know how many evenings were blown with those games as a young teenager. Altered Beast - I remember there was a cheat that you could change which beast you morphed into on each level. I remember saving every penny I had from my paper route and caddying jobs to save up the $200 for a Genesis. It seemed like I'd never get there, but it was well worth it when I did. Shining in the Darkness, Zaxxon, and Sword of Vermilion were favorites too. I hope Sega gets this straightened out because I think this is a great idea. They had a lot of good games back in the day.

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