You Can Now Play Sega Mega Drive Games On Your Mobile For Free

Titles like Sonic the Hedgehog and Altered Beast are heading to smartphone.

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Sega Mega Drive fans can now play some of their favourite titles from the 16-bit classic from the comfort of their mobile phones and, best of all, it’s completely free.

Back in the 1990s, the Mega Drive or Genesis as it was known in the US represented the peak of gaming technology. It’s therefore quite astonishing to see some of these once-ground-breaking titles turning up on the mobile phone.

In any case, Sega Forever is looking to bring a whole gamut of great titles from the console’s history to your smartphone screen.

Cult hits like Streets of Rage and even Road Rash could soon be heading to the platform, as the new initiative looks to kick off a new era for the 16-bit classic.

For now, though, fans will have to choose from just five classic titles, though they represent a pretty good cross-section of options for fans of the old console and are also 100 per cent free.

The games currently on offer and free to download are Sonic The Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Kid Chameleon, Phantasy Star II, and Comix Zone.

Commenting on the new initiative Sega executive Mike Evans said:

“We’ve never before done something that really crosses all of the different gaming eras, and isn’t prejudice against someone because they grew up in the ’80s versus the ’90s’ and so what we’re trying to do is look at how we can take content that spans two decades and make it all available in the same place.

“We’ve spent a lot of time, and we still haven’t finished, trying to get the experience as good as possible on the device itself. But one of the decisions that we made is that not everyone is going to want to play on a touchscreen, so if you’re that engaged in the content you can cheaply buy a Bluetooth controller. If you’re setting up with your TV back at home you can even have a console-like experience in your living room.”

Fans won’t have long to wait for more games too, with new titles set to be released every two weeks.

It follows on from plans to release a new version of the Mega Drive and just months after the consoles first new game in decades was announced.

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