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Upcoming SEGA Titles
EU/US Releases
- Streets of Rage 4 (TBA) TBA
- Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! (PS4) 2019
- Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game (PS4, Switch) TBA
- Mega Drive Mini (Micro Console) 19/09/2019
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Switch) Q4 2019
- Project Sakura Wars (PS4) TBA
Japan-Only Releases
- Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! (PS4) 2019
- Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game (PS4, Switch) 24/07/2019
- Mega Drive Mini (Micro Console) 19/09/2019
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Switch) Q4 2019
- Project Sakura Wars (PS4) TBA
- Hatsune Miku Project DIVA: Mega39s (Switch) 2020


SEGA AGES: Columns 2 Next in Line for Japan, Includes Endless Columns and Columns 1 Modes

July 18th, 2019

SEGA has confirmed that Columns 2: The Voyage Through Time will be the next game to join the SEGA AGES lineup. Notably, this is the first time the game has ever seen a release in the West – it was previously exclusive to Japanese arcades and a JP-only Saturn compilation.

The game’s standard modes, Flash Columns and Vs Columns, will have you clearing puzzle stages and battling it out for Columns supremacy with a friend, respectively. In addition, new rulesets and Netplay have been added, plus a new mode – Endless Columns, which simply challenges you to get the best score. One particularly surprising addition for this release though – Columns 1! The well-known Mega Drive version of the original game will actually be included in this release, though modified a bit – there’s no multiplayer, as it’s based on a version of Columns produced by M2 for a Japan-only Yakuza 0 PSP app. Talk about deep cuts.

One last cool tidbit is that beating Flash Columns stages in this release will actually unlock content for an in-game art gallery. Here, you can unlock the art used for the characters in the SEGA AGES intros to view at your leisure, as well as profiles for the characters.

On the whole, the beefed up content in this port has certainly put it on our radar – going off previous releases, it’ll probably be released next week in Japan. No news for the West, but again based on the other titles of late, it’ll probably be released alongside Space Harrier in the future.

[ With thanks to GSK, who translated the information from the official site ]

Yuzo Koshiro, Motohiro Kawashima, Hideki Naganuma and More Confirmed for Streets of Rage 4 Soundtrack

July 17th, 2019

Original Streets of Rage composers Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima will return to the franchise to work on the soundtrack for Streets of Rage 4.

This time around they’re brought some friends. Contributions to the soundtrack will also be done by Hideki Naganuma of Jet Set Radio fame, Yoko Shimomura of Street Fighter II fame and Keiji Yamagishi of Ninja Gaiden fame.

A fascinating little behind the scenes video has also gone live on Dotemu’s YouTube channel where you can watch the composers themselves discuss their music. Check it out below:

Streets of Rage 4 is currently being developed by Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games. No release dates or systems have been revealed at this time, but the game was demoed on a PC last month at Bitsummit.

Kickstarter Now Live for New Mega Drive Game ‘Phantom Gear’

July 17th, 2019

Coffee Crisis developers Mega Cat Studios are back with a new Mega Drive title called Phantom Gear. This action title has a similar look and feel to something like Pulseman or Mega Man X and it is now seeking Kickstarter funding.

Multiple tiers are available with the option to buy the game’s ROM file for use with flash carts, or the cartridge on its own, or a completely boxed product. Click here to go directly to the Kickstarter and see which tier best suits your needs.

Phantom Gear is currently scheduled to release in August 2020 and you can watch a trailer for the game by clicking the embed below:

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Coming October 2019 to Switch/Xbox One/PS4, First Screenshots & Trailer Revealed

July 16th, 2019

UPDATE AT 17:54
A Western release has been confirmed as Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD. The game will release on PS4, Xbox One and Switch on October 29th 2019 with a PC release scheduled for “Winter” 2019. You can watch the announcement trailer above.

ORIGINAL STORY

It’s official – Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball launches in Japan on October 31st 2019 for PC, Switch and PS4, and now we have our first look at the in-game visuals thanks to 4 high quality screenshots direct from Famitsu (see above).

Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball appears to be a remake of 2006 Wii title Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, which controversially included boss battles and the ability to jump. It was also the last Super Monkey Ball title directed by series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi who has more recently found fame with the Yakuza franchise.

There is currently no word on a Western release, but this at least confirms the existence of an Asian version after it was leaked on a Taiwanese ratings board last week.

The Super Monkey Ball franchise hasn’t seen an entry since 2012’s Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz on Vita and it’s been even longer since it received a release for a home console (2010’s Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll for Wii if you’re keeping track).

[Source: Nibel on Twitter, GSK on Twitter & Famitsu]

Boxed Printing of Unreleased Mega Drive DICE Shooter ‘Ultracore’ Coming to Japan

July 16th, 2019

Columbus Circle are back once again with a new boxed Mega Drive game and this time its the infamously cancelled Ultracore by DICE. Ultracore is also included as a bonus built-in game with Analogue’s recently released Mega SG systems, but this will be the first time the game has received a boxed pressing, alongside the (now sold out) boxed Mega Drive version that Strictly Limited Games are running.

It can be pre-ordered from Amazon Japan now for ¥9,650, about £71.82 at the current exchange rate.

Columbus Circle have previously released newly boxed Mega Drive games in the form of 16-Bit Rhythm Land and Advanced Busterhawk Gleylancer.

Space Harrier & Fantasy Zone Coming to PC Engine Mini, Releasing 19th March 2020

July 12th, 2019

The full games line-up for the PC Engine Core Grafx Mini has been revealed and there’s a surprising inclusion of 2 SEGA titles in the form of the PC Engine versions of Fantasy Zone and Space Harrier. Check out the full line-up reveal trailer below:

The PC Engine Core Grafx Mini features 24 English Turbografx-16 titles and 26 Japanese PC Engine titles. Mega-CD owners will recognise Lords of Thunder, Dungeon Explorer and Snatcher, and while Lords of Thunder and Dungeon Explorer are also available in English, Snatcher is sadly presented in its original Japanese language with no translation options being offered at this time.

The PC Engine Core Grafx Mini will launch on the 19th of March 2020. Pre-orders will go live exclusively through Amazon shortly.

Previously Trademarked “Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball” Title Now Listed on Taiwan’s Rating Board for Switch, PS4 and PC

July 10th, 2019

The Taiwanese Rating Board have listed a new title in the Super Monkey Ball series, following on from what sounded like a new game being trademarked in Japan a couple of months ago.

The rated title’s name on the board roughly translates to “Now Taste Good! Super Monkey Ball”, which suggests this indeed the previously trademarked “Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball” (so a closer title would be along the lines of “Ripe! Super Monkey Ball”).  The listing also seemingly reveals which platforms the title will be coming to – PS4, PC and Switch. We wouldn’t be surprised if SEGA followed their recent trend of adding an Xbox One version to the lineup in Western regions (as was the case with Valkyria Revolution and, bizarrely, Sonic Forces), but that’s purely speculation on our behalf.

With an actual logo and artwork included with the listing, it’s probably not too long until SEGA officially announces this title. It’s a good time to be a fan of classic SEGA IP though – this is the latest in a string of revivals including Panzer Dragoon and Streets of Rage. Here’s hoping it’s up to par. Monkey Golf Par, that is.

[ Source: HeroOfLegend, on their site Marigold News and Reviews ]

Hatsune Miku Project DIVA: MEGA39s Announced for Nintendo Switch, Releasing 2020 in Japan

July 1st, 2019

In news that’s come almost completely out of nowhere, SEGA has announced a new game in its long-running Project DIVA rhythm game series, Project DIVA: Mega39s.

Intended to be a celebration of the series’ 10th Anniversary, it seems the game will be a scaled-down take on the PS4’s excellent Project DIVA: Future Tone, with similar graphics and 91 tracks from the series’ past. In addition, there’ll be 10 new songs, such as NayutalieN’s “Alien Alien”. The game also marks a first for the series – as it’ll be the first entry to not appear on a Playstation platform. Instead, the Nintendo Switch will play host to this entry.

Other confirmed features are over 300 costumes (modules), and the return of “Touch Mode” from Project Mirai DX for the 3DS, which allowed you to play the game with the touch screen. Additionally, Playstation fans aren’t entirely being left out – as all 10 new songs for this game will be coming to Future Tone as paid DLC.

Given how close it is to Future Tone, it’s probably not too surprising to learn that this title is being developed by SEGA’s beloved AM2 branch. Along with Future Tone, AM2 were also responsible for the Mirai series, so it’s exciting to see them working with Miku again given how good those games were.

The game is currently planned for a 2020 release in Japan. Whilst there’s no information on a Western release, it’s a fairly safe bet given even Future Tone, which was likely a licensing nightmare, managed to come over fairly soon after its Japanese release.

[ Source: SEGA feat. Hatsune Miku Project ]

New Crush 40 Compilation Artwork and Track Listing Revealed | Merchandise

July 1st, 2019

We finally have official confirmation as to the complete contents of Crush 40’s new compilation, Driving Through Forever: The Ultimate Crush Forty Compilation 1998-2018. The artwork features a simple yet effective shot of the band playing live and is displayed through the album’s title. The album contains a 17 track CD and a 13 track DVD. The most notable inclusion is a new song called Call Me Crazy. What is still a bit of a mystery at this time is what the DVD is actually showcasing. One track is labelled ‘LIVE! Digest’, but it is unclear whether the other tracks are also live footage or music videos. We will update this information as we learn more.

See below for the full tracklisting for both the CD and DVD:

DISC 1
1 Green Light Ride
2 2 Nights 2 Remember
3 Free
4 Sonic Boom
5 One Of Those Days
6 All Hail Shadow
7 His World
8 Knight Of The Wind
9 Watch Me Fly…
10 I Am… All Of Me
11 Never Turn Back
12 Sonic Heroes
13 What I’m Made Of…
14 Live & Learn
15 Open Your Heart
16 Sonic Youth
17 Call Me Crazy

DISC 2
1 [DVD] CALL ME CRAZY
2 [DVD] 2 NIGHTS 2 REMEMBER
3 [DVD] ONE OF THOSE DAYS
4 [DVD] WATCH ME FLY・・・
5 [DVD] LIVE & LEARN
6 [DVD] SONIC YOUTH
7 [DVD] DOWN & DIRTY
8 [DVD] WHAT I’M MADE OF・・・
9 [DVD] OPEN YOUR HEART / WHAT I’M MADE OF・・・
10 [DVD] HIS WORLD
11 [DVD] LIVE! Digest
12 [DVD] I AM・・・ ALL OF ME / NEVER TURN BACK
13 [DVD] LIVE & LEARN

Crush 40’s Driving Through Forever: The Ultimate Crush Forty Compilation 1998-2018 will be released on the 24th of July 2019 and can be pre-ordered now through CD Japan.

UPDATE: New Information Released for SEGA AGES: Space Harrier, Including Koma-Inu Barrier Mode

June 20th, 2019

UPDATE 24/06/19 – SEGA AGES Space Harrier will launch June 27th 2019, M2 has confirmed. Due to timezones this means it should arrive around 4pm UK time on Wednesday 26th. 

SEGA has released some fresh details on what to expect from SEGA AGES: Space Harrier for Nintendo Switch, suggesting it might be the next title in the line to release.

The port includes the 3DS version’s bonus content, such as Haya-Oh from the Master System port as a secret boss fight. There’s also a new mode, in line with the other difficulty-mitigating features of other AGES releases – Koma-Inu Barrier. This gives Harrier a barrier that allows him to collide with enemies and obstacles, formed by the dogs that usually help the boss of Stage 17.

Yes, this game has puppy helpers. Yes, this is probably the best version of Space Harrier ever.

It’s been noted by some that this is actually somewhat similar to a feature in the PS2 remake of Space Harrier, so much like how 3D After Burner II had a mode styled after Climax, it’s cool to see an idea backported to the original arcade hardware.

There’s still no release date for the port, but we’ll let you know when one shows up.

[ Source ]

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