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Upcoming SEGA Titles
EU/US Releases
- Team Sonic Racing (Switch, PC, Xbox One & PS4) 21/05/2019
- Judgment (PS4) 25/06/2019
- 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
- Puyo Puyo Champions (Switch, PC, Xbox One & PS4) 07/05/2019
- Project Sakura Wars (PS4) TBA
Japan-Only Releases
- Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! (PS4) 2019
- Team Sonic Racing (Switch, PC, Xbox One & PS4) 21/05/2019
- Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 (PS4) 20/06/2019
- 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


Next Batch of Mega Drive Mini Titles Announced – Includes Mega Man: The Wily Wars and Street Fighter II, RetroBit making 6-Button Pads

May 16th, 2019

UPDATE: The Western titles have now been confirmed.

The next batch of games available on the Mega Drive Mini have been announced, and are as follows:

JAPAN:

  • Ghouls n Ghosts
  • Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
  • Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  • Golden Axe
  • Revenge of Shinobi
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
  • The Story of Thor (Beyond Oasis)
  • Puzzle & Action: Tant-R
  • Party Quiz Mega Q
  • Yu Yu Hakusho Makyō Tōitsusen

AMERICA/EUROPE:

  • Mega Man®: The Wily Wars
  • Street Fighter II’®: Special Champion Edition
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Ghouls ‘N Ghosts®
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Golden Axe
  • Vectorman
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World

Something cool to note: the last 4 games on this list supported 4 players via a Multitap on the original Mega Drive. They actually retain this functionality on the Mini – you can use a USB Hub to connect more controllers!

It’s also been confirmed that RetroBit will be making 6-button pads for the Mini, as unlike the Japanese version which includes them as standard, the Western versions only have 3-button pads included.

 

Sonic Movie Director Pledges to Change Sonic Design After Heavy Criticism

May 3rd, 2019

After heavy criticism of Sonic’s on-screen appearance in the first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, director Jeff Fowler has made it clear that changes to the design are, “going to happen”. Fowler’s full tweet regarding the backlash is below:

“Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast”

This is quite an interesting development and something that likely comes with a heavy development and marketing cost. It also shows a greater commitment to protecting Sonic’s status as one of the most recognisable mascot characters of the nineties, who was previously reported to be more recognisable than Mickey Mouse in the 6 to 11 year old demographic in 1992.

The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer has currently been viewed 21.7 million times with 283 thousand likes and 479 thousand dislikes. The film is due to be released in the US on November 8th 2019. Sonic himself will be voiced by Ben Schwartz.

The First Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer Has Arrived | Video Spotlight

April 30th, 2019

The first trailer for Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie is here! Get your first look at Sonic and Dr. Robotnik in action by clicking the embed below:

All the previous imagery and leaks appear to have come true. The CGI Sonic is voiced by Ben Schwartz and seems to be a “realistic” take on the character with fur covering his whole body apart from his shoes. Sonic’s body shape is also quite human-proportioned. Jim Carrey’s Robotnik does have hair, but as alluded to in the final shot of the trailer, he appears to lose it and gain a lengthier mustache at some point during the film.

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie releases on November 8th 2019 in the US. The film also stars James Marsden and is being directed by Jeff Fowler in his feature film debut.

SEGA AGES Virtua Racing Now Available On Nintendo Switch in Japan

April 24th, 2019

The SEGA AGES re-release of SEGA’s arcade smash-hit Virtua Racing is now available to download from the Japanese Nintendo eShop. The game will run you 999JPY.

Unlike previous ports, this is a straight re-release of the arcade version. The downside to this approach is it means no new tracks or cars, as was the case in Virtua Racing Deluxe. However, the game supports 8-player local multiplayer and 1v1 online play. It also includes a specialised replay feature, based on the live broadcast function of the extremely rare “Virtua Formula” release of the game.

There’s currently no Western release date for this or SEGA AGES: Puyo Puyo, but we’ll let you know if one shows up.

Persona 5 Royal Announced, Releases West on PS4 in 2020

April 24th, 2019

Persona 5 Royal has been formally announced. The title is essentially an expanded remake of Persona 5, with a slew of new content. It is currently a PS4 exclusive.

This includes new outfits, a “third semester” added to the year the game takes place across, updated graphics, new areas and two new characters – Yoshizawa Kasumi and Takuto Maruki. The game launches under the title Persona 5: The Royal in Japan on October 31st, but western gamers will have to wait a little while longer.

This just leaves the question of what “P5S” is – presumably we’ll find out at the second day of Persona’s Super Live event, which is tomorrow.

The Japanese trailer is far more in-depth and can be seen below:

[ Source: Famitsu ]

Puyo Puyo eSports Coming West as Puyo Puyo Champions, Releases May 7th 2019

April 23rd, 2019

The previously Eastern-exclusive Puyo Puyo eSports will launch in the West on May 7th 2019 as Puyo Puyo Champions, for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.

This title is built heavily on the Puyo Puyo Tetris engine and focus heavily on both local and online multiplayer. You can check out the reveal trailer below:

Puyo Puyo Champions will release for £7.99 as a digital-only release.

A Casual Look at the Modern Sonic Series on Steam | Feature

April 23rd, 2019

It is our pleasure to introduce you to a guest feature written by our good friend Pete “TitansCreed” Nethercote!

In this feature, TitansCreed takes a casual look at the Modern Sonic games that are available on Steam, and what it’s like to stream them. If you’re a PC owner and a streamer then this is an interesting little article that might help you prioritise which Sonic games are worthy of you and your audience’s time.

Click here to read the full article.

First Full Trailer for SEGA’s Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game Now Live | Video Spotlight

April 23rd, 2019

The first full in-game trailer for SEGA’s new Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game is now live and available to watch via the embed below. A large selection of the different disciplines are featured, including basketball, tennis, BMX, football, baseball and swimming:

The Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game is due to launch on PS4 and Switch on the 24th of July 2019 in Japan. There is currently no word on a Western release date.

Box of STI Floppy Disks Contain Unreleased Mega Drive Game, Sonic 2 Development Documents and Other Rarities

April 20th, 2019

A collection of floppy disks previously owned by SEGA Technical Institute employee Tom Payne has ended up in the hands of Jason Moorhouse, a California-based retro game shop owner. With the help of Frank Cifaldi of the Video Game History Foundation, Bob Morgan and Jessie Perez, these disks have been dumped and converted into a readable format and some incredible discoveries have been made.

The most interesting of the bunch is an unreleased Mega Drive game called Spinny & Spike vs the Nightmare King. The game is not in a playable state, but various art assets have been ripped and a selection of them are viewable here:

Also included are a huge selection of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 development documents. A lot of these documents are previously released concepts by Yasushi Yamaguchi, but there are some new discoveries in here and we’ve included a selection below.

If you want to read the full story on the origins of the box of floppies and exactly what is contained on each disk then click here to go to the Megabits blog and have a look around. There is some truly fascinating stuff here.

New Additions to Music Section | Merchandise

April 19th, 2019

A fresh selection of music releases have now been added to the Music Index in our Merchandise section. See below for the full list of additions. Click the links to be taken straight to each entry:

History of Sonic Music: 20th Anniversary Edition
Crush 40 – Live!
Lost and Found: Shadow the Hedgehog Vocal Trax
MadWorld: Official Soundtrack
Pier Solar and the Great Architects: The Definitive Original Soundtrack

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