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Retro Fighters Currently Seeking Kickstarter Funding for “Next Gen” Dreamcast Controller

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Retro Fighters were previously behind the successful Kickstarter campaign for the Next Gen N64 Controller, and the team are back with a new project to create a new and improved Dreamcast controller.

The Next Gen Dreamcast Controller features a variety of improvements that include a more ergonomic design, an improved analogue stick, a larger d-pad, additional shoulder buttons and a turbo function. The controller will be fully compatible with VMUs and vibration packs and is aiming to be produced and shipped by September 2019.

A single controller will set you back $43 with shipping to anywhere in the world. The Kickstarter campaign is currently running and will end of the 14th of March, so if you’re interested then head on over to the campaign page and have a look at the various pledge tiers.

New Books and Magazines Added to Merchandise Section

Monday, February 11th, 2019

A new selection of books and magazines have been added to our merchandise section. See below for the full list of additions:

Dreamcast Monthly issue 7 added to Magazines
Dreamcast Magazine issue 7 added to Magazines
Sonic 3: Exclusive Story of the Year! added to Books
Golden Axe novelisation by Andy Smith added to Books

New CDs, Posters and Demos Added to the Merchandise Section

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Another selection of items have been added to our merchandise section! These include demo discs, posters and some audio CDs. See below for the full list of additions:

– New scans and artist names added to Sonic Adventure 2 Original Soundtrack 20th Anniversary Edition in Music
SEGA Tunes: Vectorman added to Music
SEGA Tunes: Comix Zone added to Music
Sonic Dash Poster added to Artwork and Posters
Sonic Forces/Sonic Mania Poster added to Artwork and Posters
Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary Poster added to Artwork and Posters
Pinball Graffiti Demo added to Demo Discs
Preview SEGA Saturn Vol. 1 added to Demo Discs

Sonic the Hedgehog Panel Announced for SXSW Gaming

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Fast becoming a tradition, the Sonic the Hedgehog team at SEGA are once again making an appearance at SXSW Gaming to host a Sonic the Hedgehog panel.

The panel hasn’t been confirmed for a specific date/time at the time of writing, but it will take place at some point during the 15th to the 17th of March 2019. The panel will feature Aaron Webber, Jasmin Hernandez, Jun Senoue and Takashi Iizuka and it promises to discuss, “the latest for the blue blur and his next steps for 2019 and beyond.”

Previous SXSW Sonic panels have revealed the existence of Team Sonic Racing, Sonic Mania Plus and Sonic Mania Adventures, so expect some pretty high profile reveals during this year’s panel.

New Sonic Additions to Home Video and Books in Our Merchandise Section

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

It’s our first merchandise update of 2019! See below for the full list of additions to the Books and Home Video sections of our Merchandise catalogue:

Sonic Boom Season 1 Volume 1 added to Home Video
Sonic Boom Season 1 Volume 3 added to Home Video
Sonic Boom Season 1 Volume 4 added to Home Video
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991-2016 added to Books
Sonic the Hedgehog: Adventure Game Book 3 added to Books
Sonic the Hedgehog: Adventure Game Book 4 added to Books

German Techno Artist ‘Remute’ Releasing New Album on a Mega Drive Cartridge | SEGA Tunes

Monday, February 4th, 2019

We’re a big fan of new, independent Mega Drive releases, but normally they come in the form of games. This latest development is a 16 track techno album from German artist Remute.

Releasing on March 22nd 2019, this album has been specifically programmed to play back using the Mega Drive’s Yamaha YM2612 sound chip. While the compositions are by Remute, the programming was done by Kabuto and it features graphics by Exocet. Whether this means the cover art or the cartridge also features a graphical equaliser is not known at this time.

Pre-order the album from Remute’s Bandcamp page by clicking here. The cartridge will set you back €33.33. Click the embed below to listen to A Warm Feeling of Total Immersion, which will feature on the full abum:

[Source: Eurogamer]

Unreleased 32X Port of Pinocchio Discovered | YouTube Channel

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

A recently discovered 1995 prototype of Pinocchio for the 32X has been discovered. Dumped by Radar and released by drx, this 32X version of the game features a wider colour palette and some additional layers of parallax scrolling backgrounds. You can see the game in action via our video below, where we also compare it to the eventual 1996 Mega Drive release:

Click here to download the ROM from Hidden Palace if you’d like to try it for yourself. It’s a fascinating little discovery!

The Next Yakuza Game to Get a PC Port is Yakuza Kiwami, Coming to Steam Feb 19th

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

It would appear that SEGA’s PC port of Yakuza 0 has done well enough to justify porting another Yakuza title to the platform. This time it’s the remake of the original Yakuza game, Yakuza Kiwami.

Yakuza Kiwami was rebuilt from the ground up for PS4 and features an expanded take on the original game that references some of the revelations that took place in Yakuza 0. This PC port features additional support for 4K resolutions and uncapped framerates.

Pre-ordering the game now gives you a 10% discount, bringing the game down from £14.99 to £13.49. Yakuza Kiwami was developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios and this PC port launches on the 19th of February 2019.

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]

Sonic Mania Adventures Rides Again With Special Christmas Episode | Video Spotlight

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

The Sonic Mania Adventures series of short cartoons lead by Sonic Mania cut-scene lead Tyson Hesse has returned for a one-off Christmas special. Amy Rose makes her debut in the series with a rather amusing encounter with Metal Sonic. Check out the rather sweet little short by clicking the embed below:

Missed the first 5 episodes of Sonic Mania Adventures? You can get up to speed with this video which collates them into a single 11 minute epic.

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