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Sega Ages is a brand name used for a selection of downloadable Sega-developed video games for mobile phones in Japan. While fundementally different to other products to use the Sega Ages moniker, the idea was much the same - to bring older games in Sega's back catalogue to then-modern devices.
Sega Ages was used in the early 2000s, at a time where the market was led by the EZweb service developed by the au by KDDI network (now commonly known simply as "au"). EZweb was notable for being the first mobile phone-based data service to offer an unlimited use flat-rate plan, i.e. users would pay a set fee every month regardless of how often the network was used. Sega capitalised on this service by offering a similar deal - for an extra ¥315 a month, users could download software from a selection of Sega games, most of which were simplified conversions of 1980s arcade games.
EZweb was built for the two competing phone platforms in Japan at the time, Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) and Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW). Sega's applications were built for up to five variants of these two platforms - Java 2.0/2.5, Java 3.0, BREW 2.0, BREW 2.1 and BREW 3.1. Not all games were available to all platforms, and there is likely some backwards compatibility with newer platforms.
Given its Japanese exclusivity and the fact this service has since been discontinued, little is known about Sega's Sega Ages offerings. New games appear to have been released between 2001 and 2007, and while EZweb still exists, the targeted phones and technologies powering them are no longer supported by vendors.
|Mobile content services created by Sega|
|Sakura Taisen Keitai Club | Sega Ages |Sonic Cafe | Ulala no Channel J | PuyoSega|
|Games in the Sega Ages Series|
|Syukudai ga Tant-R (1996) | Space Harrier (1996) | OutRun (1996) | After Burner II (1996) | Rouka ni Ichidant-R (1996) | Fantasy Zone (1997) | Memorial Selection Vol. 1 (1997) | Columns Arcade Collection (1997) | Memorial Selection Vol. 2 (1997) | Power Drift (1998) | Phantasy Star Collection (1998) | Galaxy Force II (1998) | I Love Mickey Mouse/I Love Donald Duck (1998) |
Sega Ages: Volume 1 (1997)
|Vol. 1 (2003) | Vol. 2 (2003) | Vol. 3 (2003) | Vol. 4 (2003) | Vol. 5 (2003) | Vol. 6 (2003) | Vol. 7 (2003) | Vol. 8 (2004) | Vol. 9 (2004) | Vol. 10 (2004) | Vol. 11 (2004) | Vol. 12 (2004) | Vol. 13 (2004) | Vol. 14 (2004) | Vol. 15 (2004) | Vol. 16 (2004) | Vol. 17 (2005) | Vol. 18 (2005) | Vol. 19 (2005) | Vol. 20 (2005) | Vol. 21 (2005) | Vol. 22 (2005) | Vol. 23 (2005) | Vol. 24 (2006) | Vol. 25 (2006) | Vol. 26 (2006) | Vol. 27 (2006) | Vol. 28 (2006) | Vol. 29 (2007) | Vol. 30 (2007) | Vol. 31 (2007) | Vol. 32 (2008) | Vol. 33 (2008) |
Sega Classics Collection (2005)
|Monster World Collection (2012) | Sega Classics Collection (2012) | Golden Axe Collection (2012) | Bare Knuckle Collection (2012) | ToeJam & Earl Collection (2012)|
|Sega Ages related media|
|Sega Ages Sound Track The Best Plus (2004) | Sega Classics Collection (2005) | Space Harrier II: Space Harrier Complete Collection Original Soundtrack (2005) | New Century (2006) | Bare Knuckle Original Soundtrack (2012)|