After finally giving a release date for the upcoming classic Sonic collection Sonic Origins, SEGA announced today this would soon be the only way to purchase those games digitally. On May 20, more than a month before Sonic Origins releases on June 23, SEGA will delist all standalone versions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD. The only two exceptions are that Sonic 1 and 2 will still be available through the SEGA AGES ports on Nintendo Switch, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will remain available through the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.
This is how game ROMs of old consoles should be handled, a one-and-done digital purchase that makes you the owner of the ROMs to use however you'd like, not through some shady online-only rental service that provides you only with what the company wants with the only means they want, and worse yet, where you don't own shit.
All companies should be forced into such a practice, so that people can shut the fuck about "eMuLaTorZ R pIrAcY!!!11!!!1!".
If anyone is confused about the *.68K extension on most of the Steam Genesis ROMs, you can just change/add a *.bin extension to load them in your favorite emulator. A small number of them are already in *.bin format however.