Sonic leads latest iTunes games wave

Sega ports original Genesis adventure of its emblematic hedgehog to Apple's multimedia service; PopCap's Peggle also available.

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Last fall, Namco's Pac-Man led the first wave of games to be released on iTunes. Today, another iconic game character--Sonic the Hedgehog--headlined the latest batch of games to be released on the service.

Like other games, Sonic the Hedgehog will cost $4.99--the standard price set by Apple--and will be playable on all iPods that support video, including the new Nano. However, unlike other iPod games, this is a port of the Sega Genesis original, and marks the first time a console game has been rejiggered for the iPod.

Sega president Simon Jeffery told GameSpot that Sega had listened to criticism of previous iPod games, and designed a two-tiered control scheme--one for two-handed play, and a one-handed scheme for "players on the go." He also said that the game had been in the works for some time, following extensive talks between Sega and Apple, which is notoriously choosy when it comes to selecting games for iTunes.

"Apple is very keen on the Sonic franchise, as Sonic is one of the most iconic game characters of all time," said Jeffery. "They're looking for games that appeal to as wide an audience as possible."

In addition to Sonic, today also saw the casual game publisher release Peggle for the iPod and Macintosh. Previously released on the PC, both versions of the game feature the two-player duel mode, 55 levels, 10 magical powers, and 75 Grand Master challenges featured in the original title. The iPod edition lets players listen to their own playlists while playing the game.

Discussion

55 comments
zestolime
zestolime

it is the best game for ipod yet

TIDUSFOREVERX2
TIDUSFOREVERX2

The controls only need a little tweaking, the visual aspect is very nice, especially with full screen capability. The gameplay is exactly as it should be just like the good old days on the genesis. I hope to see Sonic 2, 3 and S&K (with a patch to play the full S3&K) eventually.

cs1323
cs1323

I was surprised like most to see Apple release the original Sonic game on the iTMS recently. After that, I immediately had to pick it up along with Bomberman. Yes, the controls are a bit tough to master, but it's still quite fun! This automatically makes me want to believe that one day Super Mario Bros. from the NES will make its way to iTunes as well. It's only a matter of time, but who knows? Playing a MARIO game on an iPod will possibly be the greatest thing of all time!

-SiiLeNCE-
-SiiLeNCE-

it sounds cool in theory but in practice i'm sure it sucks. there's just some games you can't port to certain systems like explain to me how you can play this effectively with a click wheel

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

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lamprey263
lamprey263

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Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

The Genesis version of Sonic the Hedgehog is perhaps the most widely direct-ported and *legally* emulated game of all time. It has official versions on more platforms than any specific title in history. Tetris doesn't count since unlike Sonic the Hedgehog, its versions were in fact remakes due to having clearly different sounds, graphics, mechanics, etc. Sonic: Genesis GBA PS2 (twice, Sonic Mega Collection Plus and Sega Genesis Collection) Xbox GCN Xbox 360 Wii Dreamcast PC (three times. Sega Smash Pack, Sonic Mega Collection Plus, and Gametap) Saturn PSP iPod Arcade coin-op Mobile phone

xboxman360
xboxman360

I love it! although it is a challenge to control at first.

neji122793
neji122793

thats cool weird but cool wonder how the controls are.

happyyoi
happyyoi

to pandabear86: if you don't have an ipod then be quiet about how bad you think games are on it. And gamespot: you should review games for the ipod.

lewser5
lewser5

Interesting, i wonder how well does this work. Apple please let us have more games and not be so strict.

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

briliant my portable gaming is now solved by apple. sony and nintendo should've released some sort of device that allows games to be played on the go....... wait a minute....

vampiredust99
vampiredust99

Playing games on an iPod is possibly the dumbest thing I've heard all year. It's not exactly a Game Boy Advance is it? Even the N-Gage was better than Apple's convoluted efforts.

PandaBear86
PandaBear86

No way would it be comfortable playing games on an iPod or phone. No analog stick, lack of D-Pad, large buttons, etc. Just sick with the DS or PSP if you want a world of gaming in your hands.

MikeySSH
MikeySSH

i still want games for my zune.. come on microsoft, if you believe, anything is possible! :-D

Chincey
Chincey

Bomberman is on Itunes now

seanisgod
seanisgod

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togo2828
togo2828

WHY ARENT THERE GAMES FOR THE FREAKIN I-PHONE, IM WAITING

PrivateJessard
PrivateJessard

Awesome, I'll buy this sometime after I get an iPod Classic for Christmas.

hobotech64
hobotech64

Cell phone gaming sucks and so will iPod gaming. I'd much rather play the old black and white Gameboy.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Hm... that's very strange. The controls must be very hard to handle. Unless it were for the iPod touch, then it would be bit easier. But it isn't, so lets just get on with our lives.

psoesm
psoesm

I wonder if this means Apple could very well try their stake in the console market using the same tactics as nintendo

nate1222
nate1222

It's great that they're getting in on the gaming action. But, I'd rather rock out Sonic on a real handheld with real controls. Get a DS or PSP.

X-RS
X-RS

get a psp or gamepark

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

I think it would be rather awkward to move around Sonic on your iPod; especially that the center button will probably be the "jump" button.

Arkk_Angel
Arkk_Angel

Umm....why not get a DS or a PSP?

codepunk
codepunk

Seriously, where's the love for iTouch?

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

that is really awesome, I am gonna have to e-mail Sega and ask them if they will make it for the new zune!

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

Too bad there aren't any games for the iPhone or iTouch. Instead, I have to use web apps to play stuff. Sonic on the iPod sounds fun.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

lol tis is lame. i'd rather have some xmen

pigman239
pigman239

If i had a nickel for every time i bought the original sonic game on a different console...genesis...ps2 in the collection...360...cell phone...emulators (free)...well i'd have about 15 cents

jack_sparrow_28
jack_sparrow_28

I have a bunch of GBA and DS Sonic games, as well as that Mega Collection Plus thing, so I ain't getting it. I wanna know how the hell do you play Sonic on an iPod!?! Do you spin the wheel to do a Spin Dash?

TissueShoe
TissueShoe

I just saw that on iTunes a minute ago! That's pretty cool, I thought it must be brand new since it didn't have any user reviews! There's also a cool new game called 'Phase' which is a rhythm game that uses the music on your iPod! It looks pretty cool and I'm going to get it sometime soon.

NightRain
NightRain

How the hell do you play games on a freakin iPod?

SKOM34
SKOM34

I have Sonic on my 360 and I don't play it that much. So why would I pay $4.99 for something I would never use?

ptown58
ptown58

Only 800 ms pts cool.

Funkyhamster
Funkyhamster

Woah... that's a new one. The fact that Apple is putting real games on the iPod raises some interesting possibilities...

icarus212001
icarus212001

"Apple is very keen on the Sonic franchise, as Sonic is one of the most iconic game characters of all time," said Jeffery. "They're looking for games that appeal to as wide an audience as possible." ...and Sonic would do that HOW!? lol

nintendog66
nintendog66

My dream come true, the words Sega and Apple in the same sentence XD Unfortunately not exactly like I dreamed of...

Simpsonsfan2
Simpsonsfan2

Cool! I really want to get this! But, I only have an iPod Shuffle.

towelie892
towelie892

I'm not sure if this is the control scheme, but it would probably work well rotating your thumb on the scroll wheel repeatedly to run and pressing either of the four buttons on the wheel to jump. Remember that in the original Sonic, there was no spin/charge move. Also: 'rejiggered'. Is that even a word?

xmg0
xmg0

i want to try this

Pete5506
Pete5506

I dont care much for the ipod, the Zune is where its at

QualityJeverage
QualityJeverage

Peggle would work really well with the iPod's interface, but I don't see how well Sonic could play...

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

forget ipod and their small screens...its all about the Zune baby! Zunes 1st gen and the new 2nd gen rule!

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

I know of peggle cuz i got it free from Steam with my HL2:Ep3 preorder ... its good :P But i also dont use ipods .... just carry my psp around :P

xdude85
xdude85

I'd rather stick to a game controller. Playing Sonic on an iPod just looks difficult.

flawless_blade
flawless_blade

Sonic?... Uhm... cool? But what on earth is a peggle?