All the way back in 2010 the Turbo Grafx Game Box hit the App Store. We reviewed its initial release and thought it was amazing- Particularly as it was constantly updated with new games until it finally vanished from the App Store a good five or more years ago. Around the same time, Sega was busy releasing its games on mobile wrapped in a terrible emulator, which really felt like the Weekend at Bernie's version of all these classic games- They looked and sounded the same, but controlled like, well, moving Bernie's sunglasses-clad corpse around. Meanwhile, we found ourselves constantly saying, "I just wish Sega would do what NEC is doing with their Game Box app, there's so many classic games they could release." Well, seven years later, and that seems like what Sega is doing with the new "Sega Forever" program.

In a nutshell, they're re-releasing a ton of classic Sega titles on mobile for free. The first bundle will be available tomorrow, and that batch of games includes:

  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Comix Zone
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Altered Beast

After that, they plan on releasing new games every two weeks. These games are going to be supported by ads, playable offline, and will both support cloud-saves and bluetooth controllers. If the ads annoy you, each game will have a no ads IAP for $1.99. According to Sega, each game is "adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games." I suppose that means the horrid emulator of classic Sega iOS ports is gone, which is a very, very good thing.

Ahead of tomorrow's official launch, Kid Chameleon has soft launched in the Philippines. If you've got an iTunes account there, you can give the game a look, but so far excitement in our community is pretty high surrounding these re-released classics. Stay tuned for more news as we keep an eye on the App Store for the rest of the games to launch sometime tomorrow.

  • vectorarchitekt

    Kid Chameleon! Loved that game.

    • Tychaeus

      That is an absolute blast from the past. I can remember renting it from the local video rental store lol.

  • Dailon Huskey

    Sega rocks for this move! Love it and I will be snapping them up one after another!

  • Solarclipse

    Remember strider? I loved that game...and for every sega console, sega cd, dreamcast??

    • Extirpator

      Strider belongs to Capcom. You will need to ask Capcom for him.

  • metalcasket

    The entire first batch of games are actually out in the Philippines.

    • Tychaeus

      The....entire first!? That means...even Phantasy Star II?? I never thought Id see that game re released in any fashion, switching app store regions 🤓

      • metalcasket

        I've linked you to it, but the post will have to be approved first. 😉

  • Yearoftherat

    As much as I would like to believe it will be free, nothing is free without a catch.

    • IAmTheNightRider

      The catch is the ads, as pointed out in the article. You can make an IAP to disable them if you wish.

  • metalcasket

    We'll probably get the premium IAP for free, just like in previous cases.

    • LethalX08

      Actually never mind it's just a update for the previous app. Huh odd, i thought it was a app called SEGA Forever & everything was a iAP 🤔.

  • vectorarchitekt

    Please please OutRun!

  • nkx

    I'm hope shining force gets updated and we get 2 &3. Streets of rage returns too. This is great news loved sega classics

  • Adams Immersive

    iCade support? Or just MFi? (I'll guinea-pig it later.)

  • HelperMonkey

    There are some really good emulators on PC, but having these on mobile will be great.
    My ultimate Genesis fantasy would be playing NHL '96 on my iPad without needing an mfi controller. I would absolutely savage my battery.

  • HelperMonkey

    And props to Sega for nailing the old school commercial vibe for that trailer.