Who was the real gaming mascot of the 90s? Mario? Crash? Lara Croft? Sonic? It’s all subjective. But one thing that isn’t subjective is that the Sonic games were the jewel of the Mega Drive, and damn near un-put-downable!

And if you are too young to have owned an original Mega Drive, or your console from back in the dizzay got lost over the years, fear not. Because now Sega has announced that it’s going to start making all its old games, including Sonic the Hedgehog, available to play on mobile for free!

All of the company’s cherished games will eventually be re-launched under the umbrella of the ‘Sega Forever’ catalogue on iOS and Android.

And it’s coming out of the gates strong with the original Sonic from 1991 and a few other classic Sega titles, such as Phantasy Star II and Kid Chameleon. Each game will be available to play offline and will run an advert beforehand. If you’d rather pay up and get rid of the ads, it’ll cost around £1.99 per game.

The company has added a few modern features such as cloud saving, leaderboards and the option to play with a Bluetooth controller to each game.

Eventually, Sega says that it will be adding games from the Sega Saturn and the Dreamcast console eras to compliment the Mega Drive and the Master System titles.

Sega Forever will bring together titles from twenty years of Sega consoles [Workprint]
“Above all else, Sega Forever is a celebration of nostalgia,” said Mike Evans, chief marketing officer for Sega Mobile Division in the West.

“It’s all about allowing fans to reconnect with past experiences and share them with family and friends in an accessible and convenient way.”

Sega says it will add new titles every two weeks and will continue to expand the collection with both official emulations and ported games. It seems as though the company could be following the example set by Nintendo – at one time their bitter rival – which has carefully and cautiously begun to embrace mobile gaming.

“Join us on a journey of rediscovery as we roll out two decades of classic games free on mobile,” Evans said.

“Create your own ‘Sega Forever folder’ and collect your favourite classics. Enjoy moments of nostalgia on the go, or sync a Bluetooth controller to enjoy a console-like experience in your living room.

“Sega Forever democratises retro gaming, and seeks to change how the world plays, rediscovers, and shares in classic game experiences.”