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Prototype HDMI SEGA Nomad by Retro-Bit Being Showcased at CES

January 10th, 2019

A surprise announcement from CES! Retro-Bit have revealed a prototype of a new SEGA Nomad with HDMI out.

The original SEGA Nomad was a North American exclusive portable Mega Drive that featured an LCD display, 6 button control setup, an extra controller port and support for composite out video.

There aren’t many details on this new Nomad outside of the news of it including a HDMI out for high definition displays and the 3 images at the top, which also show a PAL/NTSC switch for playing games from multiple regions. We don’t know if the emulation is accurate, the screen is improved or even if another controller port is included at this time.

It is also worth nothing that the new Nomad is a prototype and has likely not been greenlit by SEGA themselves. Retro-Bit are likely showcasing this prototype to gain interest in developing the product at a later date. This is a very interesting development that we hope gets approval from SEGA. It would be fantastic to own a modern portable Mega Drive solution without having to dish out the sort of collector’s prices that an original SEGA Nomad now sells for.

[Source: Retro-Bit Gaming on Twitter]

SEGA AGES Gain Ground and SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo Launching in the West in Feburary

January 10th, 2019

In a bit of a twist, SEGA America has not only confirmed that the Nintendo Switch SEGA AGES port of Gain Ground is coming west next month, but that SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo will also be launching in February too!

This is a surprise, as SEGA Japan hadn’t actually confirmed what the next title coming to the series was going to be – this is the first time SEGA America have beaten them to the punch. Given the delay in releasing the other titles, this might suggest Puyo Puyo will be dropping on the Japanese eShop later this month or earlier in February, but we’ll keep an eye out for concrete confirmation.

Gain Ground contains both the 2 player and 3 player versions of the game, and the 2 player version offers additional features such as “All-Member Mode” and other functions to mitigate the game’s brutal difficulty. Puyo Puyo has several new features, which were detailed just the other day.

We’ll update back when any concrete details get revealed. The press release also reconfirms titles such as Sonic 2, Puyo Puyo Tsu and Space Harrier for the first wave of titles, which will continue to launch throughout 2019.

[ Source: GoNintendo ]

Catherine Classic Now Available On Steam

January 10th, 2019

Atlus’ cult puzzle/platformer/relationship-em-up Catherine has launched on Steam, under the title Catherine Classic.

This is the version of the game that was previously released in 2011 for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, not to be confused with the upcoming remaster Catherine: Full Body. The PC version boasts an unlocked framerate, support for 4K resolutions, customisable keyboard and mouse mapping, and dual audio support.

The game is priced at £14.99/$19.99, and is available here.

 

SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tsu Get New Screenshots, New Features Detailed

January 7th, 2019


The official website for M2’s SEGA AGES series for Nintendo Switch has updated, and with it we have some more detail on what to expect from the upcoming ports of Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tsu in the series.

This moreso goes for the first game – currently the only additional feature listed for Puyo Puyo Tsu is the previously confirmed online play, with not even the 3DS tournament mode being confirmed.

The original Puyo, however, is getting quite a few touch ups to bring the arcade version in line with several of the home ports and beyond. In particular, the SEGA AGES version allows you to rotate pieces both left and right (the original arcade version of the game locks rotation to one direction) and also adds in the Quick Turn mechanic from Puyo Tsu (which allows you to rotate Puyos even if you’re stuck between two walls).

New screenshots, showing off the snazzy wallpaper borders included in the ports, are also available on the SEGA AGES pages for each game. Check out Puyo Puyo’s here and Puyo Puyo Tsu’s here.

There’s still no word on a release date for these titles, nor confirmation of a Western release, but we’ll keep an eye out if that changes.

Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session Adding Out Run’s “Magical Sound Shower” as DLC in Japan

December 20th, 2018

The latest PS4 iteration of Namco’s beloved drum-em-up Taiko No Tatsujin is getting a fresh dose of SEGA rhythm action, as one of the newly announced DLC packs for the game includes music from SEGA’s arcade classic Out Run.

Unsurprisingly, “Magical Sound Shower” is the track being added, considered by many as the Out Run song. It’s not made clear if it’s the original arcade arrangement, a later arrangement from the likes of Out Run 2, or even a new arrangement for the game. There’s not long to find out however, as the DLC pack it’s included in, “Don Na Pack Vol. 16”, will be released in Japan on January 24th 2019, for 500 yen. The pack also includes music from the anime High Score Girl and Darius II.

Also somewhat related to SEGA is the next DLC pack, which was released today in Japan; a collection of Hatsune Miku songs, including the smash hit Senbonzakura. This pack weighs in at a rather fitting 390 yen.

The Japanese DLC page for Taiko No Tatsujin Drum Session is available here. Currently there isn’t anything to suggest this DLC coming to the Western versions, but we’ll keep an eye out in case it does.

Sonic Mania Adventures Rides Again With Special Christmas Episode | Video Spotlight

December 20th, 2018

The Sonic Mania Adventures series of short cartoons lead by Sonic Mania cut-scene lead Tyson Hesse has returned for a one-off Christmas special. Amy Rose makes her debut in the series with a rather amusing encounter with Metal Sonic. Check out the rather sweet little short by clicking the embed below:

Missed the first 5 episodes of Sonic Mania Adventures? You can get up to speed with this video which collates them into a single 11 minute epic.

The Next SEGA AGES Title for Nintendo Switch is Gain Ground, Features Detailed

December 20th, 2018

The next title joining the ranks of M2’s SEGA AGES series for Nintendo Switch will be the original arcade version of Gain Ground.

Gain Ground is described by SEGA as a “tactical action shooting game”, in which you must build your ranks with warriors from across time in order to take down a malicious program. The game has seen many ports over the years, but this looks to be the first entirely faithful one – right down to offering a “Tate Mode” that lets you turn the Switch’s portable screen on its side to recreate the original vertical screen of the Gain Ground arcade cabinet.

In addition to being a faithful port, there’s some added goodies as is standard with M2. The rarer overseas 3-player version of the game is included as well as the original 2-player version. The game will also include a “Helper Mode” that allows you to rewind mistakes, and a “Full Member Mode” that lets you start the game with the full roster of warriors unlocked right away. Handy stuff, as anyone who’s played Gain Ground will probably attest to.

Currently the game has no solid release date. Japanese site GameWatch previously reported that it would be released in 2018, but SEGA’s own PR simply states “Coming Soon”. We’ll likely find out soon enough, as there’s only one Thursday (eShop Update Day) left in 2018 and that’s the 27th next week. This is for Japan of course – there’s no word on a Western release window yet.

The product page for the game is available here.

10th Anniversary Celebration! Introducing The SEGADriven Expansion Slot | YouTube Channel

December 20th, 2018

10 years ago today, SEGADriven was born! And what way to celebrate our 10th anniversary than with a new video! The below video is the pilot episode of a new show we call The SEGADriven Expansion Slot; a multi-segment, magazine-style show about all things SEGA. So sit back, get yourself a nice beverage and enjoy the very first SEGADriven Expansion Slot:

Humble Sonic Bundle Now Available Until January 1st 2019

December 19th, 2018

Humble Bundle are offering a Sonic the Hedgehog bundle that includes Sonic the Hegdheog 4 Episode I, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II, Sonic CD, Sonic Adventure DX Director’s Cut, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sonic Lost World, Sonic Generations, Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces.

Money raised from purchases of this bundle also go towards charities like Extra Life, Willow Foundation, Access Sport or a charity of your choice. Here’s the breakdown of what games you can get in each tier:

Pay $1 or more
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I
Sonic Adventure DX Director’s Cut
Sonic CD
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
Sonic Adventure 2
Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Pay over $7.13
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Sonic Lost World
Sonic Generations Collection
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II

Pay $15 or more
Sonic Mania
Sonic Forces

If you’re interested in owning any of these Sonic titles then head over to Humble Bundle now. All these titles are redeemable on Steam for PC.

OC Remix Reveal Skies of Arcadia Remix Album ‘Arcadia Legends’ | Fan Scene

December 19th, 2018

The talented musicians at OC Remix have revealed their next album is going to be based on the music of legendary Dreamcast RPG Skies of Arcadia.

The album will be called Arcadia Legends and the project is being directed by Darkflamewolf and Modus. There is currently no word on a release date, but a trailer for the album can be viewed below:

Keep your eyes on the OC Remix website for updates regarding Arcadia Legends.

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