Titled Ultimate Genesis, this emulator program is scheduled to be released onto the App Store in early February for the low, low price of free. The software will come bundled with one free game, Space Harrier 2, and will launch with four games available to buy as in-app purchases: Sonic the Hedgehog ($5.99), Golden Axe ($4.99), Ecco the Dolphin ($2.99), and Shining Force ($2.99).
It’s a small, humble beginning of course, but this opens up the door to a truly amazing opportunity for iPhone users. It may only have a few games right now, but it’s only a matter of time until we’re blasting away in Gunstar Heroes and embarking on epic quests in some amazing RPGs. Granted SEGA doesn’t quite stack up to the SNES when it comes to RPGs, but there are some bonafide classics on Genesis as well.
Emulators are a great means of preserving video game history, and we’re glad to see they’re taking off on the iPhone. Not only do they preserve the code, but they keep prices reasonable so that you don’t have to pay $200 for a copy of a rare game just because it wasn’t very popular in its day.
Hopefully Sega’s working on a Saturn emulator next!