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Old 15 November 2003, 10:01   #1
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Sega Opens Retro Download Service


Sega today opened the official page for its soon-to-debut "Sega Game Honpo" service, a new subscription-based retro-gaming site where players can download and play an array of 16-bit games on their PCs. Starting November 20, Japanese gamers will be able to subscribe and play a growing selection of Mega Drive/Genesis games via the site, and Sega will gradually expand the library of games offered on a monthly basis.

The service charges a monthly fee of 1,000 yen (about $9) for unlimited downloads. 30 games will be available at launch, with about 10 new games joining them each month -- Sega plans to eventually build a library of more than 100 games, as well as community features where retro-gaming enthusiasts can meet and chat, and it's even considering releasing some Mega CD games. The initial selection of games on offer (reported in Japanese magazine Dorimaga) is as follows:

Alien Storm
Arrow Flash
Bonanza Brothers
Chakan: The Forever Man
Doki Doki Penguin Land
Ecco the Dolphin
Golden Axe II
Gunstar Heroes
Hyper Marble
Jewel Master
Labyrinth of Mystery
Party Quiz Mega Q
Phantasy Star II
Puddle Fighter
Putter Golf
Puyo Puyo
Shadow Dancer
Shining in the Darkness
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic Race
Space Harrier II
Super Thunder Blade
Sword of Vermilion
The Ooze

You can check out the Sega Game Honpo web page at Though the service isn't available to prospective subscribers outside Japan, keep a good thought for news of such in the future.
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