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Archive for October, 2015

SEGA Looking Into Re-Releasing Shenmue 1&2

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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Sega’s European marketing director Jon Rooke has confirmed that SEGA are, “exploring ways to re-release the original two Shenmue titles.”

This is by no means a confirmation that the re-releases are going to happen, but this public confirmation that the company are at least making an attempt to bring the games out of retirement is certainly a positive one.

Fingers crossed a new generation of gaming fans get to play the original two Shenmue titles before the third game drops on the projected release date of December 2017.

[Source: Destructoid]

ROM of SEGASonic Popcorn Shop Now Playable in MAME

Monday, October 26th, 2015

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One of the more obscure sights in the arcades of the early nineties was a Sonic-themed popcorn dispenser called SEGASonic Popcorn Shop. While the machine obviously dispenses popcorn, it also featured a short mini-game to entertain the young’uns before the popcorn left the machine. The machine also features dipswitches to allow the ROM to run in different languages. I have definitely seen a machine in the UK when I was very young so I can confirm it was distributed into other markets.

The ROM of the machine is now available to play in the MAME emulator and you can see footage of the attract screen and the mini-game in the video below. Check out that rather dainty Robotnik!

[Source: Retro Collect]

SEGAThon 3 Raising Money for Charity from Tomorrow at 11pm BST

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

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Our very good friends and frequent collaborators RadioSEGA are hosting a 24 hour live stream called SEGAThon 3 from tomorrow night, starting at 11pm BST.

Hosted by Gavvie, the 24 hour livestream aims to raise money for the Marie Curie charity and there’s a whole host of maddening action that will take place on the stream if certain funding goals are met. You can read a full list of them by clicking here but if you want a good idea as to the hell Gavvie is willing to put himself through then just know that the first funding goal means he’ll have to watch all the Twilight films.

We wish Gavvie all the best in what is a very personal endeavor for him and hope as many of you as possible can tune in and donate whatever you can spare.

YouTube Channel: Sonic Hacking Contest 2015 Review Round-Ups

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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The Sonic Hacking Contest 2015 is now live and we’ve been attempting to review as many of the hacks as we can. We probably won’t get a chance to look at them all but you can check out 9 of them in the following 3 round-up videos on our YouTube channel:

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Sonic Amateur Games Expo Returns December 18th

Monday, October 19th, 2015

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The Sonic Amateur Games Expo will return on December 18th 2015!

If you’re a fan game developer you can now submit your entries for this year’s showcase but you must follow these guidelines:

“Game entries must be submitted to sageentry@gmail.com.

Each game entry must have the following:

– A title/logo to display for it’s respective game, PNG format, at least 500 x 500.
– A description of what your game submission is all about, including any links to soundtracks, websites, game credits, or miscellaneous information about your entry.
– A zip file containing your game.
– All game entries must be submitted by December 11th. If your game will not be finished before that time, it will not be featured in the event.
– ROM Hacks are allowed, given they significantly change something about the games they are based on.
– Personal webpages that link outside of SAGE, or “booths,” are not a part of this year’s event. However, each game will have it’s own “booth” on the main SAGE website.
– Your submission must be a complete demonstration or full release of your game project.
– If you have multiple game projects to submit, please follow the submission guidelines for each project.
– If you have an engine to demonstrate, it will be put under a different category differing from regular game submissions. Engines must follow the same guidelines as stated above.”

[Source: Sonic Retro Forums]

YouTube Channel: The History of SEGA (Part 1)

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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Have you ever wondered about the founding of SEGA and their early successes? Join Ronald McFartstrumpet as we delve into the archives and discover The History of SEGA!

Please subscribe to our channel for more great SEGA video content! We are currently in the thick of a let’s play of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker with another episode going live at 4pm BST. Don’t miss out!

YouTube Channel: Opening Packets of 1992 Sonic the Hedgehog Stickers

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

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Today on our YouTube channel we have decided to take a journey into the past and open 10 packets of 1992 Panini Sonic the Hedgehog stickers and stick them in the accompanying album, for your amusement! Check it out below:

Please subscribe to our channel for more great SEGA video content! We are currently in the thick of a let’s play of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker with another episode going live at 4pm BST. Don’t miss out!

Unreleased Port of Putty Squad Now Available to Download

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

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An unreleased Mega Drive version of System 3’s long-delayed Putty sequel Putty Squad has been dumped and is available to download now. Click here to try the game for yourself.

Putty Squad was originally due for release on Amiga in 1994 but went unpublished until 2013 when it was given a new lick of paint and released on PS4, PS Vita, PS3, 3DS, XBLA and PC. This Mega Drive version would have been made around 1995 and like the Amiga version, even made it to review in certain publications.

You can see the game in action via the video below:

[Source: Retro Collect]

Sonic Dash 2 is Out Now on iOS Devices, Coming Soon to Android

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

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Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom is now available to download on iOS devices worldwide.

The free-to-play endless runner is a sequel to Hardlight’s original Sonic Dash but now with some new abilities, branching paths and a visual connection to the Sonic Boom animated series. You can check out the launch trailer below and download the game from iOS by clicking here:

An Android release is also due but there’s no word on a release date outside of “coming soon”.

Yakuza 5 May Well Be Launching on November 5th if These PSN Avatars Are Anything to Go By

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

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You can now pre-order Yakuza 5-themed avatars on the PSN store. The pre-order date? 5th of November. Could this be a clue as to the game’s Western release date? Quite possibly.

The avatars are actually marked as Yakuza 5-themed items and you can pre-order them by clicking here. Why you’d want to pre-order tiny images for 25p is beyond me but that’s a thing you can do if you’re losing your grip on reality. Happy times!

Yakuza 5 should launch exclusively on PS3 via the PSN store on November 5th. Should.

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