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Sega Forever Just Made Childhood Wishes Everywhere Come True

Sonic The Hedgehog is back.

23/06/2017 3:42 PM AEST | Updated 23/06/2017 4:12 PM AEST

Video game developer Sega has just brought childhood memories straight from the early 1990s right into 2017. Prepare yourselves retro gamers, Sonic the Hedgehog is back.

Sega Forever re-released five of the platform's iconic games to smartphones everywhere on Thursday, including the famed 'Sonic The Hedgehog', 'Altered Beast', 'Phantasy Star II', 'Kid Chameleon' and 'Comix Zone'.

In a jump straight back to console games of yore, the revamped classics are available for free from Apple's iOS App Store and the Android store and include a save-feature, offline-play and the option to connect an external bluetooth controller -- just in case you really want to go full retro.

"Sega Forever is a free and growing classic games collection of nearly every Sega game ever released from every console era -- Master System, Genesis/Mega Drive, Dreamcast, and more," the Sega Forever website said.

While the games do feature in-app advertisements and purchase options and will cost you $2.99 to play without them, the revamps are based on the original 16-bit graphics that every Sega fan will be used to, so that it's basically like playing on your old console while on a smartphone.

The release of the 'Sonic the Hedgehog' app also comes as the classic blue character celebrates its 26th anniversary on Friday and allows you to play as the hedgehog himself or as his counterpart characters Tails and Knuckles while you collect coins on your way to take down the Eggman villain.

The move by Sega comes after gamer nostalgia reached new highs in 2016 with the launches of 'Pokemon GO' in July and 'Super Mario Run' in December.

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In addition to the five Sega games already available, new games are expected to be released every fortnight from the developer's extensive library of classics, with the Sega Forever website already listing what seems to be 'Virtua Tennis' as "coming soon".

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