Remastered Sonic The Hedgehog 2 revs up Sega's winter mobile lineup

Sega announced its winter lineup for mobile platforms, revealing that it has a remastered version of its classic 16-bit platformer Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in the works for iOS and Android.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will launch in the iOS App Store and for Google Play in November, boasting an array of improvements over its previously released mobile port. Similar to the upgraded mobile version of the original Sonic the Hedgehog released earlier this year, Sonic 2 will feature widescreen support, multiple playable characters, and a soundtrack featuring higher-quality sound samples than the original game.

Sega additionally announced the upcoming release of Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper, a mobile follow-up to its 2012 3DS rhythm-action game Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure. Other Sega-published mobile games on the horizon include a port of Sumo Digital's kart racer Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, the iOS motion-captured dancing game Go Dance, and Demon Tribe, a MOBA-style, card-collecting RPG from Jet Set Radio director Masayoshi Kikuchi.
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SEGA Reveals Stellar Mobile Line Up Featuring Iconic Franchises and New Cast of Characters

Mobile Gamers to Swipe and Tap Through Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed; Sonic The Hedgehog 2; Demon Tribe; Go Dance and Rhythm Thief & The Paris Caper

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SEGA® of America, Inc. today announce a line-up of five titles coming soon to mobile and tablet devices with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™ and a special, re-mastered release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2™ leading the charge, along with Demon Tribe – a new, unique multiplayer RPG led by renowned producer/director Masayoshi Kikuchi.

"As the audience for mobile gaming continues to grow, we're proud to expand our portfolio of digital titles with a wide array of genres," said SEGA of America Vice President of Digital Business Chris Olson. "With card collecting and MOBA-style battles in Demon Tribe™, mystery solving timed to the beat in Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper™, and chart topping tracks in GO DANCE™, SEGA's latest portable offerings have something for everyone."

SEGA and Sonic are transforming racing on mobile platforms
Platforms: iOS, Android | Release Date: Winter 2013

SEGA is preparing to leave the competition in its dust as the critically acclaimed action racer Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™ makes its way to mobile platforms. Race as Sonic and a host of legendary SEGA All-Stars across land, sea and air in amazing transformable vehicles as they battle for first place at the finish line. This sequel to the hit 2011 mobile game Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing™ will bring all of the competitive, fast paced, transforming action from its wildly successful console counterpart with a host of new features and improvements. With a reimagined World Tour, super competitive 4 player local and online races and comprehensive social integration, this will be the ultimate multiplayer racer on mobile. Start your engines and get ready to transform your racing experience on the go!

The best gets better with Sonic The Hedgehog™ 2 re-mastered for mobile
Platforms: iOS, Android | Release Date: November, 2013

Get ready for the ultimate spin as one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time receives a definitive update for the mobile generation. Sonic fans and newcomers alike will see Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in a brand new light. Revisit the game that first introduced Miles "Tails" Prower and some of the most legendary environments in Sonic history. See special stages and classic levels such as Casino Night Zone and Chemical Plant with re-mastered audio and upgraded visuals running at a silky smooth frame rate of 60fps.

This version of the classic sequel is coming to Android for the first time ever and will be made available as a free update for existing iOS owners.

Enter the vicious world of Demon Tribe™
Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch | Release Date: Winter, 2013

From Masayoshi Kikuchi, who worked on classic titles such as the Panzer Dragoon series, the Yakuza series, and Jet Grind Radio, comes Demon Tribe™. Set in a dark fantasy world facing the threat of a demon infestation, Demon Tribe™ blends MOBA, card collecting, and action-RPG gameplay elements for a thrilling experience. Capture and fuse demons to build the ultimate team and enter battle with both cooperative and competitive MOBA-style engagements supporting up to 6 players in 3v3 synchronous battles.

Mystery and music meet in Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper™
Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch | Release Date: Early 2014

Join Raphael and his faithful canine companion Fondue as they investigate the mystery of his father's strange disappearance. Tap to the beat through the streets of the City of Lights, gather clues, and thwart enemies in this toe-tapping rhythmic adventure.

Move to the music anytime, anywhere with GO DANCE™
Platforms: iPad, iPhone | Release Date: September 12, 2013

Featuring chart topping tracks from LMFAO, Avicii, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida and more, GO DANCE™ gives players the freedom to dance, share and compete with friends around the world, anytime and anywhere. Utilizing Extreme Reality™ motion-capture technology by XTR to turn the FaceTime® Camera into a motion-sensor, GO DANCE™ players can improve their dancing skills on the go as movements are captured and scored in real-time.

SEGA will share more information on each game in the coming weeks.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.