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Upcoming SEGA Titles
EU/US Releases
- Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC) 07/03/2019
- 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
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


SEGA AGES Gain Ground and SEGA AGES Alex Kidd in Miracle World Come West on March 28th

March 22nd, 2019

The Nintendo Switch ports of Gain Ground and Alex Kidd in Miracle World, part of M2’s SEGA AGES line, are finally hitting the West in just under a week’s time, March 28th.

Previously Gain Ground was scheduled alongside Puyo Puyo for a February release, but Puyo was then delayed (including in Japan, where it is still listed as ‘TBA’) and things went quiet. So to make up for it, SEGA’s releasing both Gain Ground and Alex Kidd at the same time for the West.

The ports come with a slew of new features, such as a ‘full team’ mode in Gain Ground that gives you all characters from the start, and a rewind function in Alex Kidd, as well as much more besides that. It’s great to see SEGA’s western releases of these titles catching up in one fell swoop, and we recommending giving them a shot!

New PS4 Yakuza Title Announced, Features Yakuza Online’s Ichiban Kasuga

March 20th, 2019

It has been revealed that Ichiban Kasuga of Ryu Ga Gotoku Online fame is going to be the star of the next PS4 Yakuza title. This new Yakuza game is currently untitled and there’s no word on a release date at this time.

In addition, a new casting call has been put out for actresses to play Kasuga’s love interest. The chosen actress will appear in the game and promotional material, but also receive a 1 million yen prize. Applications can be completed on this website.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ichiban Kasuga, that’ll be because the game he features in is currently Japan-only. Ryu Ga Gotoku Online is a free-to-play Yakuza spin-off that stars both Kiryu Kazama and Ichiban Kasuga. It is currently available in Japan for PC, iOS and Android devices. There is no word on a Western release at this time.

[Source: Gematsu]

A Certain Magical Virtual On for PS4/Vita Being Delisted… Tomorrow

March 20th, 2019

It’s not a good month for SEGA games and delistings – first Judgement was the subject of of a huge drugs scandal that’s taken it off shelves, and now the bizarre Japan-only Index vs Virtual On crossover title A Certain Magical Virtual On is being delisted from both physical and digital sale too.

No reason has been given for the removal, but it’s likely down to the license agreement with Dengeki running out. There’s nothing to suggest this affects Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: Ignition, thankfully, but if you’re itching for some new Virtual On action today’s your last chance to grab it. Currently a PS4 copy of the game will set you back about £40 with shipping from Amazon.JP, and if you’re on Vita it’s only £30 – so it might be worth jumping on it before prices start to rise (as is becoming the case with Judgement).

SEGA has referred to the delisting as “temporary”, but given the difficulty of licenses and the fact the game apparently didn’t do so well sales-wise, it’s looking too likely that it’ll be back in the short term. The upside is Virtual On fans still have ports of 3 of the games most loved entries on the way to PS4 with support for an all-new Twin Stick peripheral to boot, but losing games like this to the void of licensing is always a shame.

SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing Coming to Switch This Spring in Japan, New Screenshots and Details

March 20th, 2019

UPDATE 20/03/19: This article previously stated the replay feature was new to Virtua Racing – as CubeDragonX has pointed out, it’s actually from the rare Virtua Formula version of the game. The article has been amended to reflect this. 

SEGA has re-confirmed Virtua Racing for the SEGA AGES line on Nintendo Switch, now with a fresh slew of details as to what exactly will be in the port – and we have to say, it’s sounding pretty snazzy.

Firstly, the game will support up to 8 players locally and 1v1 online. There’ll also be a splitscreen view for local matches, so you can see how other racers are doing. In addition to this, the Normal race and Endurance based Grand Prix modes are both accounted for.

One very impressive new feature is that replay mode in VR’s port is a step up from the other AGES titles, which offered a robust but simple means of watching back your run. Virtua Racing’s replay mode is actually taken from the rare, high-end Virtua Formula version of the game, with live commentary from Mr. Virt McPolygon! No, really. That’s his name.

On the whole, it’s shaping up to be an incredible way to bring Virtua Racing’s arcade version home for the first time. We’ll keep an eye out for a more solid release date, though given the silence on Puyo Puyo’s AGES release it’s likely to be a while. And that’s just for Japan – the SEGA AGES line has been silent in the West for over 2 whole months now, and it’s unclear when the next game in the West’s lineup, Gain Ground, will actually be released.

You can check out all of the screenshots over at the SEGA AGES site.

Western Release for Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! Confirmed | Video Spotlight

March 19th, 2019

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the HD virtual reality remake of Space Channel 5, but the Playstation channel has revealed an English language version of the previously released trailer for Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash!, confirming its Western release:

This new version of the game has been developed by Grounding Inc and features a new chapter where you play as twin sisters Lou and Kee. There is currently no word on a release date, but the title is PS VR exclusive.

A Look at Daytona USA and Virtua Cop on the Tiger R-Zone | YouTube Channel

March 19th, 2019

Before the release of Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for the Game Boy Advance and GameCube respectively, SEGA did publish their games on some rather bizarre third party hardware. In this video we take a look at Tiger Electronics’ answer to Nintendo’s Virtual Boy – the R-Zone. A slew of SEGA titles were released for the system and we take a closer look at the ports of Daytona USA and Virtua Cop:

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New US SEGA Survey Asks Fans to Determine Next Steps for Sonic The Hedgehog, Yakuza, Valkyria Chronicles, Phantasy Star Franchises

March 18th, 2019

The US branch of SEGA have unveiled a new survey which asks fans to determine the next steps for the Sonic The Hedgehog, Yakuza, Valkyria Chronicles and Phantasy Star franchises.

The survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete and every entry enters you into a prize draw to win up to $500 in gift certificates. You can complete the survey and enter the prize draw by clicking here.

If you’re a SEGA fan based in the US with a passion for any of the franchises listed, this is an important opportunity to share your love for them and get SEGA to act on that passion. SEGA have been making big steps in terms of quality in recent years and that’s been down to a renewed focus on their legacy franchises. If you want to see the company do more with Super Monkey Ball, Gunstar Heroes, Shinobi, Jet Set Radio, Phantasy Star, Sakura Wars, Altered Beast, Virtua Fighter, Streets of Rage, Puyo Puyo, Shenmue, Golden Axe, House of the Dead, Virtua Tennis and Crazy Taxi then this is the way to let them know.

[Source: Gematsu]

US Getting 2 New Sonic Boom DVDs, The First Available Now | Merchandise

March 17th, 2019

The US is finally getting a selection of Sonic Boom episodes on DVD. While the UK and Brazil have received DVD releases since 2016, the US hasn’t had a single DVD release until now.

The first volume is available now and is called Sonic Boom: Here Comes the Boom! It is available to buy on Amazon for $6.69 at the time of writing. This volume contains 8 episodes and runs for around 90 minutes.

A second volume called Sonic Boom: Go Team Sonic! will release on May 21st 2019 and you can pre-order it on Amazon for $6.79. It contains 9 episodes and also runs for approximately 90 minutes.

First Team Sonic Racing Overdrive Animated Short Revealed | Video Spotlight

March 16th, 2019

Tyson Hesse is back in the director’s chair for another animated series based on a Sonic property. This time it’s a two-part series based on Team Sonic Racing called Team Sonic Racing Overdrive. The first episode was unveiled at SXSW and is now available to watch on YouTube. Expect the usual humorous Sonic hi-jinks that comes with a Tyson Hesse animation, but this time it’s displayed with a modern Sonic style:

The next episode of Team Sonic Racing Overdrive will go live next month. The series is based on the upcoming Team Sonic Racing for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch which launches May 21st 2019.

New Knuckles Theme Remix Released as Part of Sonic Mania Adventures Remix Series | SEGA Tunes

March 16th, 2019

Another new Sonic remix was revealed at SXSW and this is a special remix of Knuckles’ theme from Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Arranged by Tee Lopes and Jun Senoue, this remix also contains a little nod to Knuckles’ Unknown from M.E. theme from Sonic Adventure. You can listen to it by clicking the embed below:

This isn’t the first time Tee Lopes and Jun Senoue have collaborated on a Sonic Mania Adventures special remix. The duo also released the song Discovery last month and you can listen to that by clicking here.

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