Sega spins Sonic charity drive

Proceeds from sales of iOS versions of the famous hedgehog's adventures going to the Red Cross this week; Football Manager signed up too.

The earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of Japan last week have already had an impact on games companies, and now, several firms have detailed their plans to help those caught up in the aftermath of the disaster.

Sonic's sales will be donated to charity.

Capcom announced yesterday that all Street Fighter IV iOS sales this week will go "to support earthquake relief activities" and that it would also donate ¥100 million ($1.2 million) to the cause.

Sega is also running a similar deal for a range of iOS titles. All Sonic titles on Apple's platform will see their prices reduced this week, and all their proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross. In the US, Sonic Spinball is being reduced to $0.99, Sonic 1 to $1.99, Sonic 2 to $2.99, and Sonic 4 to $3.99. In the UK, the titles are priced at 59p, £1.19, £1.79 and £2.39, respectively.

The firm also announced that proceeds this week for the iOS version of Football Manager Handheld, from UK studio Sports Interactive, would also go to the Red Cross.

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pizzamuncher
pizzamuncher

Before I knew this I downloaded Sonic 4. Glad I did when this was happening!

pokecharm
pokecharm

this is interesting considering I just saw something on CNN that says that Japan is getting less money, through donations over four days, than after the Haiti and Katrina disasters. It is nice to see that gaming companies are standing up, while others are not.

Flint247
Flint247

I'm glad to see the game companies helping Japan. It feels good to see people helping each other. I hope to donate some money, too. :)

xboxaficionado
xboxaficionado

I wish they expand this to consoles so people who don't own iOS gear can participate too on this especial sale for a good cause ;)

Beardof_Zeus456
Beardof_Zeus456

@LinusBlue there should be a link to donate to the Red cross at the top of the page, if not then just google it bro'

Guzthon
Guzthon

"God bless Sega". :)

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

And just for this, I am going to try and purchase another copy :)

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

That's great. Good to see the Japanese gaming companies donate millions of dollars. Kudos to Capcom and Sega.

super600
super600

Good job Sega! I hope the Japanese people have a quick recovery from your great generoisty.

PHILRYABKIN
PHILRYABKIN

Thank You Sega for supporting your Country.

pszone
pszone

if there something like this on psn in euo towowow i want to do my bit buy sonic game or game whats rated to charity in japan want to pay back giveing us so much of the playstation or the nindendo

6h05tly
6h05tly

Just downloaded the Sonic games a few minutes ago. I didn't have to replace my iPhone after all. Thank you so much for the help, AT&T employee :)

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

Kudos to SEGA and Capcom for showing dignity and thier Japanese pride, Japan is going through a serious spirital awakening, thier economy may be down now, but it is going to bounce back and rise higher then we have ever seen in our lifetime.

Barighm
Barighm

Good idea. Too bad I already have all those games.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Man... can you imagine how much relief EA and Activision could provide?

DbzJohno
DbzJohno

I bow my head to you sega. I hope other video game companies follow your example.

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

They should have done this for Sonic Adventure on Xbox 360 and PS3. I want to help but don't own an Apple product.

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

@Kenshiro_Kenoh Nintendo donated the same amount as Sony.

TwistedAraknid
TwistedAraknid

@Kenshiro_Kenoh: Actually I read that they pledged 300 million as well.

Kenshiro_Kenoh
Kenshiro_Kenoh

@xgalacticax sony donated 300 million yens havent heard anything from nintendo yet

Kenshiro_Kenoh
Kenshiro_Kenoh

amazing what they are doing truly amazing but there is one thing that is kinda bothering me i heard some one say some japanese game companies might be exploiting this to increase their sales i treally hope its not true but anyway i will also contribute to the cause

Superzone
Superzone

They should also expand to Xbox Live, PSN, WiiWare, and PC so everyone can get in on this and help! This is an occasion where all gamers can unite and give to a good cause!

Superzone
Superzone

Score one for Capcom and Sega! I love seeing this kind of support for Japan in their time of need. I'll be downloading SFIV and some Sonic games immediately!

DrAmazinDood
DrAmazinDood

I love seeing this kind of support coming from the gaming industry, times like these truly make me feel proud to be a gamer

lilsukaass
lilsukaass

nice i will def buy some of thse title knowing its 4 a good cause and ive heard there good and have a iphone so why help somebody

CaptainVictory
CaptainVictory

It's good to see companies doing what they can to help...I however do not own any hardware that supports iOS titles.

6h05tly
6h05tly

I can only afford these two for the time being but I plan on buying the other Sonics as soon as I add more iTunes credit, which I will after hearing this news :) @red-ray: Indeed. Thumbs WAY up for Sega ^_^

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

A good start but they should expand it to PSN, VC/WiiWare and Xbox Live Arcade. Sega is going to need all the help they can get.

6h05tly
6h05tly

Once I (hopefully) replace my iPhone today, I will immediately purchase Sonics 1 and 2. I believe all developers should follow suit. It'll really benefit the Japanese government a great deal :)

red-ray
red-ray

Thumbs up for Sega. Guess Activision would do the same if tsunami hits US?

hesoyamdon
hesoyamdon

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mtait01
mtait01

@trancedanne you idiot... your not GIVING them your money, you are BUYING an awesome game cheap for a good cause. Idiot.

trancedanne
trancedanne

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mtait01
mtait01

i just downloaded sonic 4 because of this :)

XeonForce
XeonForce

Awesome move on Sega's part!

swamptick
swamptick

Go Sonic! Go Japan! I hope Sonic speeds the Land of the Rising Sun to SUPER SONIC recovery!

monson21502
monson21502

gooo sonic!!! i will buy it for japan. watches alot of videos of the water crushing houses like they were nothing. i feel really sorry for people of japan...

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I don't own ipad/iphone so if they do something similar on PSN. You would think Sony would have.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

Good move from Sega, I hope others follow their example!

puffadell
puffadell

we need more of this from the world

spawnassasin
spawnassasin

no iphone:( come'on extend this to pcs and consoles i wanna help to