Sega bringing three Sonic games to Ouya

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episodes I and II, as well as Sonic CD coming to Android console June 27 for $7 each.

Sega is supporting the upcoming Android-powered Ouya console with one of its biggest franchises: Sonic. The company has told Games Industry International that three Sonic the Hedgehog titles will come to the mini-system on June 27.

The games are Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, and Sonic CD. Each game will be optimized for the Ouya's Tegra 3 processor and will allow gamers to play the title's first levels through the system's "free to try" business model.

The games can be purchased in full for $7 each, above what they cost on iOS and Android.

"Sega is an example of the types of developers that are coming to Ouya. We've always said that because Ouya is open, we lower the barriers for any type of developer, whether it's AAA or a newcomer," Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman told the site.

Sega of America director of mobile business David Zemke was also enthused about the partnership, calling the Ouya "disruptive technology."

"It's fun to see what these technologies can do and be a part of it from the beginning," Zemke said. "For those two reasons alone, we've looked at it as yet another reason to bring some great Sega content to a whole new audience."

Sega joins a long list of developers supporting the Ouya, including Double Fine, Airtight Games, Robotoki, Polytron, and Square Enix.

The Ouya launches publicly on June 25 at Amazon, Best Buy, GAME, GameStop, and Target, as well as through the Ouya online store. Additional controllers can be purchased for $50.

The company recently secured $15 million in new funding on top of the $8.6 million raised through the console's original Kickstarter.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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DudeoftheRock
DudeoftheRock

7 Dollars? I bought sonic CD on my android for less than 2 euro.

craigbenson
craigbenson

I hope this is just the start of Sega on Ouya.  Would love to see their racing and House of the Dead titles on Ouya as well.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

ouya is looking good devs are giving it the support so it is worth watching. might be worth a pick up at a later date

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

I really hope this console does well its about time new blood came into the market the current console makers are getting too comfortable if you ask me

cinerius
cinerius

No Sonic '06 :(

Well I'm not going to grump about it 

toddx77
toddx77

So if I buy an Ouya can I use any games I have already bought on Google play or do I have  to buy them again?  So for example if someone has already bought Sonic 4 on google play to play on their android phone and tablet do they have to buy it again for to play on Ouya?  I am confused about that part.

toshineon
toshineon

Not too surprising as these games are already available on the Android platform anyways.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Already got all these on PSN so no need to buy another platform to get more of the same stuff.

wexorian
wexorian

Let's see where ouya will take android market, It can be sucsessfull

Cypress131
Cypress131

Great! Another platform to hate Sonic 4 on...

wyan_
wyan_

Interesting. I didn't expect this.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

Nice!  I also like the "free to try" policy.  It's a lot more honest and more respectful than "free to play" imho.  Since games need money to survive, without some kind of really lucrative ad-support, I think it's just more practical to just let people know up front how much the developer wants per copy to support themselves.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I looked into getting an OUYA, the problem is it isn't even released yet. At $100, and all the values I want out of a console, I will have to admit I'm tempted... All they need to do is advertise local multiplayer as a core feature in as many games as possible and it would buy an instant buy.

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

These amazing new exclusives make me want to rush out and buy an Ouya immediately. Said nobody. 

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

nice, that means good news for the ouya

sonyfreak456
sonyfreak456

Sega is really hating on the PS Vita if they don't want sonic games on it. I know sonic and all stars racing was released on the Vita, but that's not a true sonic game. Having more sonic games like sonic CD would improve the PS Vita's sales a ton.

rusty12000
rusty12000

That is Great news. After the Xbone flipped off the indie market maybe they will support the Oyua who is basically devoted to them. I love seeing some big developers putting some games on it. might draw more people to it.

I have to say as well that it seems this is the best time to join the console war since it seems M$ is planning to commit suicide this gen.

hrst1
hrst1

Please stop hating on the OUYA

burgeg
burgeg

Sega releases these games for a collossal failure like Ouya but not real handheld gaming systems like Vita? I mean the Vita might not be setting the world alight in terms of sales but it's sure as hell more successful than Ouya will ever be. I don't understand the logic of Sega here.


Not that I'd want these games on Vita anyway. I jusy don't understand the logic.

barrybarryk
barrybarryk

Yay more ports!

At least they're not exactly expensive

Redblaze27
Redblaze27

So...whats stopping me from just getting the games on another Android device for cheaper?

Trail_Mix
Trail_Mix

Oh look, more shovelware for the shovelware console. Neat.

hrst1
hrst1

@toddx77 No you can't. But you can root your console. Just plug it in and in the cmd type

amd shell

su

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@sonyfreak456 because sony were once their great rival with the release of the PS2 with crushed the dreamcast (metaphoroly speaking the PS2 IMO was pure garbage) 

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@rusty12000 wish people would stop with the xbone already that is a crap way to shorten xbox one if you really want to shorten it X1 there you go a lot less disturbing.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@thequickshooter in the future people who are not blinded buy brands might use ouya depending on if it gets the games to drew them.

Dark_Mits
Dark_Mits

@burgeg They estimated cost and possible income of conversion to Ouya and to Vita. It seems it turned out not too many Vita-owners would be interested to make such an investment. It's about money, not what console they like

padako
padako

@burgeg the games were already on Android and so they just needed to optimize them for Ouya. Sega most likely put very little effort into this since the games were already coded for Android. A Vita release would require more effort. I'm sure that this is the only reason why Sega did this.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

@Redblaze27 that ouya has an actuall gamepad and not touch controls which would be dreadful for sonic games.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@sonyfreak456 no sony fanboys hate ms or anyone who challenges there beloved sony. brand loyalty is so idiotic

rusty12000
rusty12000

no thanks. i like Xbone. the name if fitting since Microsfot is trying to bone us.

padako
padako

@PETERAKO @Redblaze27 but can't you just buy a gamepad that links to your phone/tablet via bluetooth?

bj91x
bj91x

Perhaps you should seek counseling if you get a sense of insecurity from playing portable games out in public.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

@padako yes, of course. pop it out of your pocket and play in public.