ÿThanks to the introduction of In-App Purchasing, SEGA is bringing the Genesis Ultimate Collection to the iPhone in the first week of February. The app is essentially an emulator that you can download games into. Ultimate Collection is free. And if you download it during the first week, SEGA will include Space Harrier II gratis. All other downloads cost between $2.99 and $5.99 psp games.
When the app goes live, there will be four games available for sale within the emulator:
Sonic the Hedgehog – $5.99
Golden Axe – $4.99
Ecco the Dolphin – $2.99
Shining Force – $2.99
Now, SEGA has already released a number of 16-bit classics into the App Store and with mixed results. There were many complaints about framerate and speed, as well as missing multiplayer in games that practically require it, like Golden Axe and Streets of Rage. But this contained app is a good way for SEGA to keep your eyeballs glued only to their wares. Instead of wading into the App Store to see what SEGA’s up to only to be distracted by something shiny, you just check SEGA’s own app.
Ecco the Dolphin is priced at $2.99.
The app itself is a great idea and I cannot imagine why more publishers with classic catalogs wouldn’t jump on board. However, I do take some issue with the pricing. Considering that SEGA has bundled dozens of games into packages like Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for $30, selling the original Sonic solo for $6 seems steep. Now, selling Ecco the Dolphin and Shining Force for $2.99 a pop? I can get behind that. What do you think about the prices?