Sega to Release Emulator, Sales Platform to iPhone

Sega to Release Emulator, Sales Platform to iPhone

by January 20, 2010

Yes, It Means Another Sonic Re-Release

Sega will once again be seeking mobile money for games you may already own.  This time, however, it will be via their own proprietary platform for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch.

It’s being dubbed Ultimate Genesis, according to a Gizmodo report.  Sega plans to release a free app to the App Store in early February.  The app will act like a Genesis emulator, and you’ll be able to play classic Sega titles through the interface.

The app will come with Space Harrier II.  However, Sega will offer a gallery of classic fare for you to purchase.  This will include games that have already been released as standalone to the App Store, including Sonic the Hedgehog, which can be purchased through Sega’s app for $5.99.  It will join a suite of four other titles ready to buy at varying prices out of the gate, and they include Ecco the Dolphin, Golden Axe, and Shining Force.  The library is expected to grow over time.

While neat from a technical standpoint, the bottom line for Sonic fans is that the original game will be released twice on the same platform, within a year’s span.  It’s unclear whether the Ultimate Genesis app will recognize the presence of any existing Sonic on the device.