Sega Genesis Goes Mobile Next Month

Sega Genesis Emulator Bringing Sonic, Battle Axe and Other Classics To iPhone

January 20, 2010 – Apple’s iPhone is an amazing piece of equipment. Sure it’s great for making calls and surfing the web, but it also really shines as a gaming machine. The App Store is filled with fun and inovative titles like Pocket God and Fare City. The problem is that while the platform has such great potential to really turn into the next generation of mobile gaming, major developers never really took an interest in it. With recent releases like Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars that trend seems to be slowly changing, but progress is slow. Next month, however, the iPhone’s image as a gaming machine will take a turn for the better when Sega releases an official Genesis emulator on the device.

The Genesis emulator will be made available in the form of a free download on the App Store early next month. It will come pre-packaged with the title Space Harrier II, and will allow players to download other titles without ever closing the app. So far, Sega has confirmed four titles that will be available for purchase once the emulator is released:

Sonic the Hedgehog – $5.99

Golden Axe – $4.99

Ecco the Dolphin – $2.99

Shining Force – $2.99

Although the lineup is slim right now, it’s only natural that more games will be announced as the emulator picks up momentum. A few of these titles are already available for purchase on the App Store as standalones, but the upside to purchasing them within the Genesis emulator is that they will all be compiled in one, easy to access place, instead of having to scroll through ten pages of apps on the iPhone’s home screen to find what you’re looking for.

From the description and what we’ve seen so far, the Genesis emulator appears to be more of an entire virtual console than just a folder to store a bunch of ROMs in. Officially however, it has been dubbed an emulator. Whatever it is, it’s good to see that a large company has noticed what the iPhone is capable of and is investing resources into it. Hopefully this will be a turning point for Apple’s high tech phone which will allow people to see it as a gaming machine as much as they see it as a phone and web-surfing device. By making this move, Sega is setting an example that all developers should take notice of. Let’s hope the iPhone sees more projects like this in the not-too-distant future.