A sad day for preservation and emulation, as SEGA has announced that they will be delisting the classic Sonic games.
Why? Well, they have Sonic Origins coming out on June 23. So they will be delisting Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD on May 20. If that alarms you, then you might want to grab them from the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics collection (you can buy them individually). That whole collection supports Linux too, and comes with roms, which it appears Sonic Origins will not (on both counts).
The full press release:
SEGA announced today that the company will delist the digital versions of the stand-alone titles that will be featured in the upcoming game, Sonic Origins on May 20, 2022.
This will include Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD. There are a couple of exceptions - Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2 will remain available via SEGA AGES on the Nintendo Switch and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will still be playable via Sega Genesis on Nintendo Switch Online +.
Delisting means no new purchases but existing owners will continue to have access.
It doesn't help that Sonic Origins has a stupid confusing DLC policy mess, just look at this. What have they done to Sonic?
Publisher Devolver Digital were quick to make a good joke about it.
Currently waiting on a little more info from SEGA PR, will update if / when they reply.