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Sega has pulled three of its Android games from circulation

As Sega promised they would do last week, the company has now removed three of its older mobile games made for Android from the Google Play Store. Sega didn't reveal which games would get the boot last week, saying only that "a number of them no longer meet our standards."

Now Polygon reports that After Burner Climax, Jet Set Radio, and Super Monkey Ball 2 have been removed from Google Play. The number of Android games Sega removed is far less than the ones it took away from iPhone and iPad owners; the company removed 16 games from the iOS App Store.

Anyone who has already downloaded these games can still play them until they choose to delete them off their device. Sega said some of the delisted games might return in an updated form at some point in the future.

Source: Polygon

  • Way to go Sega Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Sega said some of the delisted games might return in an updated form at some point in the future." They have to rewrite them to put in app purchases in them!
  • Yup Posted via Android Central App on The Nexus 5
  • Sega Exec (SE): "Alright guys, we're stagnating on mobile. What should we do?"
    Peon 1 (P1): "Well, Android TV is out. Many of our games are Dreamcast classics and already have controller support. We could just flag them as ATV compatible and watch the extra money roll in. This would also put us at the forefront of a potentially lucrative market and make the transition easier if/when Apple makes a gaming capable Apple TV."
    SE: "You're fired. Next idea?"
    Peon 2 (P2): "We could delist some of our better games. That should get our name in the news."
    SE: "Brilliant!" Sega has been dysfunctional for years. You could probably have a successful blog just by detailing their failures. One of my favorites was the use of advertising in Shenmue. At a time when publishers were learning that they could monetize their games by including ads within them (product placement), Sega went the opposite and PAID Coca Cola to feature their product within their game. However, that only worked in Japan, so the USA version had the fictitious Jet Cola.
  • There was nothing like drinking a cool Jet Cola after a hot day of operating a forklift.
  • And looking for sailors :)
  • I liked driving the forklift.
  • Can you tell me how to get to Knowloon? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Was hoping to pick up Jet Set Radio (DC classic!) and Super Monkey Ball 2 Sakura at some point. Hopefully they bring them back to Google Play Store. I do still see SMB2 Sakura on Amazon's Appstore for $.99 may have to pick that up just in case. Here's hoping the fix them up, update UI, or what have you... Maybe they are removing those so they can release Shenmue (logic?) ?
  • just search for them online in .apk form. Can't sue you for pirating when the product is no longer available legally. XD
  • So long as it is copyrighted, it doesn't matter if the product is available legally or not, and yes, they can sue you.
  • Well I'm going to install all of then back them all up and store them on my SD card. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Give us our money back, thieves!! The "updated" will be reintroduced later to milk out more money from us Posted via Android Central App
  • What did you lose? You've still got the games you paid for. Even assuming they release updated versions in a way that would mean you would have to pay again, no one is forcing you do that. The version you have will still work. Posted via Android Central App
  • Wish they fixed Jet Set Radio instead of pulling it. I really like the game and wanted to play it on the go, but despite buying it I could never get it to work on any of my devices. Here's hoping that if they rerelease it in the future they'll update my broken version. I'm not paying again for it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They have a deal with Disney to put them in a vault for a while. Usually until you need to buy them again for a new platform. --- This message brought to you via the sarcasm keyboard available for download at the Google Play Store.
    LG-G2 on Lollipop.
  • It should read "three fewer games," not "three less games." Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just to be clear even if you currently don't have the games installed you can still install them later. You just have to go to My Apps in the store and find it in your list of apps. I just confirmed that I still have access to Super Monkey Ball that way.
  • Jet Set Radio is gone? WHY??