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June 21, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

SEGA Forever on mobile is a great awareness concept, but I want the games on Switch

SEGA Forever
I'm more of a casual mobile gamer, but I can't resist trying the first batch of Sega Forever titles and hoping they come to consoles.
Last year, as Sega released several of it's retro catalog on the 3DS, I scooped them up as they arrived. Titles like OutRun, Thunder Blade, and Streets Of Rage are a blast on the 3DS. I later bought the SEGA 3D Classics Collection containing: Power Drift, Puyo Puyo 2, Fantasy Zone II w, Sonic The Hedgehog, Thunder Blade, Galaxy Force II, Altered Beast, Fantasy Zone II, and Maze Walker.

SEGA Forever - Comix Zone for Androoid Hearing of Sega's next round of retro games coming to modern platforms, again boosted our hopes. Sega Forever has been released as a series of mobile games for Android and iOS. Sega seems intent on releasing a significant number of games to mobile platforms under the Sega Forever moniker.

I understand they will be releasing additional games on a biweekly schedule. I'm not sure of the scope, but it sounds like a lot of games are coming to mobile. The first set of individual downloads are: Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Phantasy Star 2, Kid Chameleon and Comix Zone. I downloaded ComicZone to my tablet since it was a title I'd never played before.

Mixed reviews are coming in across all of these initial titles. Most complaints surround frame-rates and control issues. I'm not a fan of "controller" buttons mapped to the screen for tapping. It doesn't always work out. Not having played te original, I can't properly assess Comix Zone, but I did enjoy it. As a mobile game, it was fun and I'll keep playing it. I would expect better play on PC or console, but it was alright for my style of casual infrequent play.

The games are free to play and contain ads - a one-time purchase will remove the ads. I like that model as it gives great exposure to the games, by ostensibly being free, while allowing the option to remove the ads. But I consider the mobile releases as a tease for what might come. Some have wondered if these games will come to consoles like Nintendo's Switch.

I like to think some of these titles will ultimately come to one or more of the Big Three consoles and give us the large screen experience of a modern TV. For me, these type of releases are primarily about putting amazing games back into rotation. I enjoyed them a a kid. Now today's kids can have that opportunity. Many folks of my generation will gravitate toward favorites from days gone by, but I've already encouraged my son to try Comix Zone. As an SOR fan, I'm sure he'll dig it and want to see what else Sega Forever has to offer.

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