The "Sega Forever" initiative was announced back in June and aimed to re-release classic titles from Sega's entire console and arcade history on mobile. On paper the idea sounded amazing, but with 8 titles released under the Sega Forever label thus far it's been an underwhelming experience to say the least. One big reason for that was the poor emulation quality of the games released early on, but thankfully that problem's on its way to being rectified. With the arrival of Ristar [Free] a couple of weeks ago Sega is using a new emulator that's greatly improved over the previous version, and those improvements should be trickling out to the rest of the Sega Forever titles too.

The other reason Sega Forever has failed to impress much yet is due to the selection of games released so far. They're predominently Sega Genesis games that have already been re-released over the years, and a handful have even been on mobile already. The two non-Genesis games are Sonic The Hedgehog [Free], which actually IS a Genesis game but due to it being the remastered version it doesn't technically qualify, and Virtua Tennis Challenge [Free] which was a mobile-fied version of the legendary tennis series that released WAY back in 2012 and was simply rebranded with the Sega Forever stuff and released as "new." Not terribly exciting stuff.

Well sports fans, despite the rocky start, Sega Forever still holds a ton of promise and based on a Tweet from the official Sega Forever Twitter account there are definitely some good non-Genesis things in store. Along with teasing the release of Golden Axe, which is yet another classic that's been re-released to death already and was even on mobile many years ago, the Sega Forever Twitter answered a fan's question about where all the Dreamcast and Saturn games are at.

The fact that Sega is porting Dreamcast and Saturn games as opposed to releasing emulated versions should mean that those performance issues and sound issues shouldn't be a problem as they were with the earlier Sega Forever Genesis releases. Also this means there's a possibility of additional features that are tailored specifically to mobile and possibly even more native-feeling touchscreen controls. While Sega hasn't yet announced what titles they have in store from the Dreamcast and Saturn just the fact that they're actively working on them, and that they'll be ports rather than emulations, is reason to be excited. Until then though, we can expect Golden Axe to arrive soon, likely this week, and once more news on future Sega Forever releases is announced we'll definitely let you know.

  • MrMojoRisin

    Saturn? Burning Rangers and Panzer Saga please!!!

    • Dailon Huskey

      Panzer saga! Agree

    • Tychaeus

      PAAAAAANZZZZZZZERRR!!!!

  • brendobones

    Oh my god PLEASE port Dark Savior and/or Dragon Force omggggg

  • Milotorou

    Dreamcast !?!

    I would literaly KILL for ports of Shenmue and Phantasy Star Online.

    • BluePaladin

      +100000 for PSO

      • brantov

        PSO will destroy every other game for me on mobile. ever.

      • Milotorou

        If we could get an episode I + II similar to Blue Burst on PC i would literaly have to forget about 95% of the games on my device.

    • Chaorro

      I just want sonic adventure 1 and 2 if I could have a chao garden in my pocket I'd be so happy. Not to mention those games ae just super super good.

    • IainsTheName

      Please PSO!!! I would pay anything for it Sega!!!

  • http://www.deltaattack.com/ Fade to Slack

    Panzer Dragoon Saga and Magic Knight Rayearth would be insta-buys for me. The latter is just because I still love me some Working Designs translations.

  • Iftekhar Ahmed

    A port of Princess Crown would be wonderful!

    • 7lilwhitewolf7

      Yes! it very much would be wonderful.
      Thank you 4 the memories on mentioning that title

  • http://wizodd.tumblr.com Wizard of Odyssey

    All 3 Panzer Dragoon games deserve to come back. The first one was ported to PC and should be a relatively easy conversion. I believe I read that the Panzer Dragoon Saga source code was not preserved, so they'd have to remake that one from scratch.

    I want Fighters Megamix and I want it now.

  • Oats

    Wahooo to Golden Axe ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Luposian

      I want Virtua Fighter Remix, Sega Rally Championship, and Astal (Saturn) and Soul Calibre (Dreamcast)!!!

      • IWC=Jindered_Triggered

        Soul Calibur is already on Google play/is store. Since it's a namco game Sega cannot release it in their forever package.

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        SoulCalibur was pulled from the Apple App Store and Google Play a long time ago. Which is a shame because I still have it installed and it works fine.

  • DanKetch

    Dragon Force & other WD for the love of Cthulhu!!!!!!

  • gsaint73

    Virtua Fighter 3, Shenmue 1&2, Sonic Adventure 1&2, Legend of Oasis,

  • sdefranco1

    Definitely port those improvements over to the ones we dropped coin on already that suck, like Comix Zone and the other smoking pile of emulated titles just re-released.

  • robyto

    Panzer Dragoon Saga and Magic Knight Rayearth would be insta-buys for me. The latter is just because I still love me some Working Designs translations.

  • boydstr

    Whatever the reason was about the start up problems it's great that they take the criticism seriously and they did make the Sega Forever experience better and the conformation that Sega is gonna releasing Dreamcast games is really great. ps.Sword of the Berserk one of my favorites. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/804f13f1929f6e67bbc8c28294b7a03a74b8a2415e1da28461ac5cec058298d7.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/53a1e4d5c7c1c8948b3f9431f86e2f971fe189583ab6f064f69b08f8c3120b63.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/505c80e2f25867e3969667c3644ae83faa0ea69cf2cf97042cfb401b9c43c7bc.jpg

  • wizisi2k

    I would hope with a game like Magic Knight, that they at least use HD remasters for the video. It may be Sega Saturn but it is a port. Speaking of that game, there's rights issues. Discotek owns the rights to the series in NA (I am looking at the box and their website is listed). Odds are good the company that made the game went belly-up. I would expect Sonic and Shenmue (PLEASE SEGA ENGLISH AUDIO FOR SHENMUE II!!!) and other games they developed before possible games that use licensed materials (some may be impossible or may mean higher than $1.99 purchase points)

  • audiotaku

    Lots of calls for Shenzhen and a well-deserved shout out to my favourite Dreamcast game, Phantasy Star Online. But there were others. Metropolis Street Racer, Jet Set/Grind Radio (decent version plz) and for the love of all life on earth, Skies of Arcadia. Even Sonic Adventure... I'll take it!

    • audiotaku

      On app can't edit...Shenmue*

    • IainsTheName

      Jet Set Radio was released but they soon forgot about it - I only assume because it didn't do well (I bought it myself mind....). Doesn't look good for Jet Grin (and TBH Jet Set was better in every way ๐Ÿ™ ).

  • QuarterSwede

    Power Stone please!

  • FuZion

    Ports? Get that damn Shenmue ported to everything. Stat!

  • meponder

    Am I the only one who fears FTP/IAP-laden versions of our faves?

    • IainsTheName

      Honestly if they Port Phantasy Star Online I don't even care if it's FTP, they can nickle and dime me for Mags, 8 star weapons he'll even races or missions I don't care lol.

  • 7lilwhitewolf7

    ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ‘พ๐Ÿš€Shmup๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ‘พ๐Ÿš€

    Marvel vs Capcom 2
    Sword of the Berserk
    JoJo's Bizzare Adventure

  • JosephWelke

    Golden Axe. There, now, sometimes you CAN get what you want. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 7lilwhitewolf7

    3,2,1
    Go!!! Go!!!! Go!!!!!!!!

  • Nightxx

    They should start working on a centric portal app for all of these classic... It makes it easier to choose what you want play and works as place holder for titles to come.

  • Tyler Williams

    A port of Princess Crown would be wonderful!

  • y.a.m.

    Panzer saga! Agree

  • Kwadius

    Powerstone would be awesome!!!

  • Lodmot

    I've been enjoying Sega Forever games since they came out back in June. I never experienced the lagging issues that people were complaining about. The only problem I did see with them is when I tried to use a separate controller with them -- that didn't work very well. o w o It would recognize the face buttons (A, B, C, etc.), but not the directional pad. o:

  • MeTaLiX

    Powerstone would be awesome!!!

  • noah kaiser

    Golden Axe. There, now, sometimes you CAN get what you want. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Herbert Hughey

    Love to see phantasy star 1 and Daytona USA

  • Mike

    It would be nice to see these games on Xbox one, PS4, and the Switch. I really hooe they consider it.

  • macatron

    Skies of Arcadia please!!!

  • Vicente Nuรฑez Lazo

    Nights into Dreams!!

  • dLifeHD

    I've enjoyed the games that they've put out so far. I owned all the Sonic games but there were some I hadn't even played before. I love retro games so this whole SEGA Forever thing is awesome to me.

  • smiffee666

    omg skies of Arcadia (i know, not much hope) we can but dream eh?