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Prototype HDMI SEGA Nomad by Retro-Bit Being Showcased at CES

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

UPDATE 11/1/19

Retro-Bit have confirmed this prototype does include the additional controller port on the bottom of the unit, but it is just obscured in the photos they uploaded.

ORIGINAL STORY

A surprise announcement from CES! Retro-Bit have revealed a prototype of a new SEGA Nomad with HDMI out.

The original SEGA Nomad was a North American exclusive portable Mega Drive that featured an LCD display, 6 button control setup, an extra controller port and support for composite out video.

There aren’t many details on this new Nomad outside of the news of it including a HDMI out for high definition displays and the 3 images at the top, which also show a PAL/NTSC switch for playing games from multiple regions. We don’t know if the emulation is accurate, the screen is improved or even if another controller port is included at this time.

It is also worth nothing that the new Nomad is a prototype and has likely not been greenlit by SEGA themselves. Retro-Bit are likely showcasing this prototype to gain interest in developing the product at a later date. This is a very interesting development that we hope gets approval from SEGA. It would be fantastic to own a modern portable Mega Drive solution without having to dish out the sort of collector’s prices that an original SEGA Nomad now sells for.

[Source: Retro-Bit Gaming on Twitter]

SEGA AGES Gain Ground and SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo Launching in the West in Feburary

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

In a bit of a twist, SEGA America has not only confirmed that the Nintendo Switch SEGA AGES port of Gain Ground is coming west next month, but that SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo will also be launching in February too!

This is a surprise, as SEGA Japan hadn’t actually confirmed what the next title coming to the series was going to be – this is the first time SEGA America have beaten them to the punch. Given the delay in releasing the other titles, this might suggest Puyo Puyo will be dropping on the Japanese eShop later this month or earlier in February, but we’ll keep an eye out for concrete confirmation.

Gain Ground contains both the 2 player and 3 player versions of the game, and the 2 player version offers additional features such as “All-Member Mode” and other functions to mitigate the game’s brutal difficulty. Puyo Puyo has several new features, which were detailed just the other day.

We’ll update back when any concrete details get revealed. The press release also reconfirms titles such as Sonic 2, Puyo Puyo Tsu and Space Harrier for the first wave of titles, which will continue to launch throughout 2019.

[ Source: GoNintendo ]

Catherine Classic Now Available On Steam

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Atlus’ cult puzzle/platformer/relationship-em-up Catherine has launched on Steam, under the title Catherine Classic.

This is the version of the game that was previously released in 2011 for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, not to be confused with the upcoming remaster Catherine: Full Body. The PC version boasts an unlocked framerate, support for 4K resolutions, customisable keyboard and mouse mapping, and dual audio support.

The game is priced at £14.99/$19.99, and is available here.

 

SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tsu Get New Screenshots, New Features Detailed

Monday, January 7th, 2019


The official website for M2’s SEGA AGES series for Nintendo Switch has updated, and with it we have some more detail on what to expect from the upcoming ports of Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tsu in the series.

This moreso goes for the first game – currently the only additional feature listed for Puyo Puyo Tsu is the previously confirmed online play, with not even the 3DS tournament mode being confirmed.

The original Puyo, however, is getting quite a few touch ups to bring the arcade version in line with several of the home ports and beyond. In particular, the SEGA AGES version allows you to rotate pieces both left and right (the original arcade version of the game locks rotation to one direction) and also adds in the Quick Turn mechanic from Puyo Tsu (which allows you to rotate Puyos even if you’re stuck between two walls).

New screenshots, showing off the snazzy wallpaper borders included in the ports, are also available on the SEGA AGES pages for each game. Check out Puyo Puyo’s here and Puyo Puyo Tsu’s here.

There’s still no word on a release date for these titles, nor confirmation of a Western release, but we’ll keep an eye out if that changes.

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