If you've ever enjoyed a game with cartoony cell-shaded visuals, graffiti, and an incredible attention to licensed music, you've got Sega's Jet Set Radio (Jet Grind Radio in the original Dreamcast US version) to thank. There are more than a few gamers who keep the ol' beige box plugged in just for this little gem. But now they don't have to: Jet Set Radio is available for Android today, and it's just five bones in the Google Play Store.

For those of you who were too young to remember the Dreamcast, Jet Set/Grind Radio loosely fits into the action genre. Your cartoon character rollerblades around a futuristic Tokyo, hitting assigned spots with graffiti, grinding on rails and other environmental areas, and avoiding or defeating the local cops. Of course, that's just half the story: the trippy visuals and eclectic music are what have given the game its staying power. Both have been preserved in the Android version, with 29 of the original 30 tracks available for your grinding pleasure.

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Updates to the game include HD graphics, new touch controls for spraying, and the ability to import tags straight from your device's camera. We'll have a review of Jet Set Radio up soon, but it's a safe bet that the $4.99 price tag won't be an obstacle to fans of the original. Now, Sega, please bring Android gamers some Skies of Arcadia love, and you will make me a happy man.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • defred34

    *"This item cannot be installed in your device's country."*

    Well played, Sega. Now off I go to the nether regions of the Internet in search of a copy of the game. You forced me into this, Sega. On the flip side though, I save $4.99 with justification. Thanks! :)

    • enomele

      Lol so justified.

    • 8Charlie

      I'm in 100% agreement with you. Open it up to all countries or I'm pirating it. When will they learn.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    I miss the old "SEGAAAA" intro that sounded like it was sung by a chorus of people... Ah, those were the good old days.

    Luckily I still have MD.emu to play Sonic on! :D

    • Jeremiah Rice

      I liked the way different games would play with that. Jurassic Park on the Genesis had the T-Rex roaring "SEEEEEEGAAAA"

  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    mmmm i think ill stick with the ZENONIA 5... today is the launch day

    • defred34

      its out

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Why not both?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        Why not Zoidberg?

  • Sean Lumly

    JSR is simply an AWESOME title, and one that I will buy (if it works well on my Nexus 7). Skies of Arcadia would be another instant buy. Oh, and I would love to see Grandia 2 on Android as well (even if it isn't by Sega)!

    • Jeremiah Rice

      I bought it right away. Seems to be doing fine on my N7.

    • Hug

      Dude, those games were my Dreamcasthood! Gonna buy this as soon as I get my N7 up to 4.2

  • onpoint G

    I cop this without any hesitation....now bring powerstone and I'll........I don't know but I need that game again in my life

  • PINJ

    i Have Asked A Sega Representative In 2010 When They Would Bring Out Shenmue And I Was Told That Jet Set Radio Would Make More Sense To Bring Out Due To The Fast Paced Action Nature Of Mobile Games. So You're Welcome Ppl.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mark.andrachek Mark R. Andrachek, Jr.

    Ok... this rocks. Now all I need is Super Magnetic Neo. :)

  • Alex Mocaby

    A thousand times yes on the Skies of Arcadia request

  • 8Charlie

    I absolutely loved this game. It also came bundled with the original XBOX and it was awesome. The game was huge also, you could play for what felt like weeks or months haha.

    The controls were not difficult but quite important on the XBOX though, you had to sometimes be very precise and have good timing. So I wonder how that's going to translate to mobile devices with on-screen controls.

  • Kenrae

    "Now, Sega, please bring Android gamers some Skies of Arcadia love, and you will make me a happy man"

    You'll be happy in the future, then ;)

  • http://www.ebog.me/ ebog

    Skin color and I have not seen much satisfied because of this.