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Archive for September, 2015

Video Spotlight: There’s Now Video Showing Beat Takeshi in Yakuza 6

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

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You can now see Takeshi Kitano’s in-game Yakuza 6 character in this new video. Check it out below:

Details of Takeshi’s character are still scarce with no details on the character’s name or backstory at this time. Yakuza 6 is currently scheduled for an Autumn 2016 release on PS4. A Western release is not planned at this time.

[Source: Eurogamer]

3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Release Date Finally Confirmed for 8th of October

Monday, September 28th, 2015

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3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 finally has a release date! The stereoscopic 3D remaster by M2 hits the 3DS eShop on the 8th of October.

Outside the obvious addition of stereoscopic 3D visuals, the only major change to this version of Sonic 2 comes with the ability to save anywhere and play multiplayer co-op or vs modes with each player on a dedicated device. Also included is a new unlockable Super Sonic mode which allows you to activate Super Sonic at any point in the game.

[Source: Siliconera]

SEGA 3D Reprint Archives 1 & 2 Twin Pack to Release in Japan in December

Friday, September 25th, 2015

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A twin pack of SEGA 3D Reprint Archives 1 and 2 will release on December 23rd in Japan. A complete list of all the games featured in each volume can be found below:

SEGA 3D Reprint Archives 1
3D Space Harrier 3D
3D Fantasy Zone: Opa Opa Brothers 3D
3D Out Run 3D
3D Streets of Rage 3D
3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master 3D
3D Ecco the Dolphin 3D
Space Harrier 3-D (Master System version)
Out Run 3-D (Master System version)

SEGA 3D Reprint Archives 2
3D Sonic The Hedgehog
3D Galaxy Force II
3D Thunderblade
3D Altered Beast
3D Fantasy Zone II W
3D Power Drift
3D Puyo Puyo 2
Maze Walker (Master System version)
Fantasy Zone II (Master System version)

There is still no word on a Western release for these boxed collections of the SEGA 3D classics range. The next scheduled SEGA 3D classic to launch on Western eShops is 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 which was due for release this month but seems to have gone AWOL.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

Merchandise: Data Discs to Release Shinobi III & Super Hang-On Vinyl Soon, Out Run and Streets of Rage 2 in 2016

Friday, September 25th, 2015

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Data Discs have revealed their next two soundtrack releases. From October 2nd you can order Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master on 12″ vinyl in 3 variants. The limited edition is a oxblood and bone split colour variant while the other 2 variants are an oxblood one and the standard black.

Super Hang-On will also be available to order from early November. This record is only available in 2 variants; a tri-colour segmented variant and the standard black. However, this record comes with a die-cut sleeve that allows you to view the artwork through the Super Hang-On logo.

Also revealed for release in 2016 are the Out Run and Streets of Rage 2 soundtracks and also represses for both the Streets of Rage and Shenmue records. No details about record variants is available for Out Run and Streets of Rage 2 at this time, but the Streets of Rage and Shenmue represses will only be available in their solid colour variants.

Video Spotlight: Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car Finally Dumped and Emulated

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

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1991 Japan-exclusive Sonic arcade game Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car has finally been dumped and can now be emulated in MAME. This also means that high quality footage of the game is now available to watch below. Check it out:

Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car is more like those children’s sit-in “rides” you often see in shopping centres and it never made its way out of Japan despite the existence of an English version. It is widely rumoured that the English version was used in markets where tourism was more popular. Sonic is voiced by Takeshi Kusao who would also voice Sonic in another arcade exclusive Sonic game, the infamous SegaSonic the Hedgehog.

Merchandise: Anippon Reveal SEGA Console-Themed Shoe Range

Friday, September 18th, 2015

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Revealed at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Anippon have launched a range of three SEGA-console themed pairs of shoes.

The range includes a Mega Drive design (see above), a Saturn design and a Dreamcast design. They are currently exclusive to Japanese markets and will set you back 8000 yen a pair (£42.94 at the current conversion rate).

SEGA Japan really know how to make good use of their legacy, eh?

[Source: The Verge]

Beat Takeshi Will Voice a Character in Yakuza 6

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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More Yakuza news from TGS! Takeshi Kitano, known to most as Beat Takeshi will voice a new character in Yakuza 6.

Takeshi has a long career as an actor, director, comedian and talk show host and is one of Japan’s biggest names. Most of his Western exposure comes from his appearance in Battle Royale and terrible 1995 sci-fi Johnny Mnemonic alongside Keanu Reeves and Dolph Lundgren.

In Japan, Takeshi has starred and directed in some amazing works of cinema including a fantastic reboot of Zatoichi based on the legendary blind swordsman and he has a reputation for directing gangster films. Exciting news for fans of his work.

[Source: Dengeki Online]

Sonic Boom Fire & Ice Release Delayed Until 2016

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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In what has to be a first for the Sonic franchise, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice will be delayed until 2016 so the game can be improved and fine-polished. There is currently no exact release date in 2016 other than, “it’ll be ready when it’s ready”.

The Sonic franchise is not well known for delays and generally when a release date is set for a game then it gets delivered in whatever state it’s in at the time. This has resulted in some pretty lackluster efforts like Sonic the Hedgehog ’06 and even last year’s Sonic Boom games Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice was due to release on 3DS in quarter four this year and this delay marks one of the few occasions I feel a delay can really benefit a game. The Sonic franchise deserves more great entries and rush-releasing games has never been good practice for the blue blur. Fingers crossed Fire & Ice turns into a worthy entry in the franchise whenever it is that we next see it.

[Source: SEGA Blog]

Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Heading to PS4 UPDATED

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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A port of Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Future Tone is heading to PS4 in Japan in 2016, now called Hatsune Miku Project Diva Future Tone.

There aren’t many details regarding what will be ported across as Future Tone has a ridiculously large playlist. How the game will even play is in question as well as Future Tone uses a custom 4 button and touch slider control scheme. Thankfully I an see how this could be easily transferred to the PS4 controller, especially as it has a touch pad of its own.

More on this as we get it.

UPDATE

Here’s the trailer. The face buttons are mapped to the 4 buttons of the arcade cabinet’s buttons but we don’t see how the touch slider works:

[Source: Project Diva Wiki]

Expanded Yakuza HD Remake and Yakuza 6 Confirmed for PS4 UPDATED

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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An enhanced and expanded HD remake of the original Yakuza game is headed to PS3 and PS4 on the 21st of January 2016. The game is called Ryu Ga Gotoku Kiwami and features enhanced graphics with more scenarios and mini games.

Also announced is the sixth game in the franchise. Not much has been revealed other than that it’s due to release on PS4 exclusively in Japan in autumn 2016.

There is currently no word on whether either game will make it to the West. Yakuza 5 is due to release digitally on PS3 soon.

UPDATE

The Ryu Ga Gotoku Kiwami trailer is available below:

[Source: Siliconera and NeoGAF]

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