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Chu Chu Rocket Universe Coming to Apple Arcade

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

UPDATE
SEGA have uploaded a short gameplay trailer to their official Twitter page. They have also confirmed the rotating 3D nature of the puzzles and that the game will also support multiplayer. No release date has been revealed but the announcement does confirm the game is coming soon.

ORIGINAL STORY
A new Chu Chu Rocket title is coming to Apple’s new Apple Arcade service. Titled Chu Chu Rocket Universe, details are pretty thin at the moment with the above screenshot being the only thing we have to go on at this time. The game appears to play in a similar fashion to the Dreamcast original except the maps are displayed in a more cartoony environment and feature changes in elevation. You may even have free control over the camera in a similar way to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

Chu Chu Rocket Universe will launch exclusively on the Apple Arcade service at some point in the future. Apple Arcade itself launches on September 19th 2019 and costs £4.99 a month after a free one month trial period. Games can be downloaded and played online or offline on any iOS device that supports the service.

[Source: Nibel on Twitter]

Expanded Version of Cook and Becker Sonic Art Book to Feature 32 Extra Pages Including Sonic Mania Art | Merchandise

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Cook and Becker are releasing a revised edition of their Sonic the Hedgehog 1991-2016 art book with 32 extra pages that feature art from Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces. This new edition of the book drops the 1991-2016 suffix and launches in November 2019. It is available to pre-order from the official Cook and Becker website now.

This new and revised edition is priced at £38.15 and is available in hardback only. The original release of the book was quite a special little item and if you would like to learn more we have a page dedicated to it in our merchandise section.

Project Diva Mega39s Coming to the West as Hatsune Miku Project Diva MegaMix

Friday, August 30th, 2019

A Western release of Hatsune Miku Project Diva: Mega39s has been confirmed. The game will release in the West at some point in 2020 as Hatsune Miku Project Diva MegaMix.

MegaMix is the first Project Diva title to be released for the Nintendo Switch and features a new “anime” art style and an additional motion-controlled mode called Mix Mode that requires you to move the joy cons over 2 left and right panels at the bottom of the screen. Check out the Western announcement trailer to see that in action:

Project Diva MegaMix also boasts over 100 songs and 300 outfits for the Vocaloids, with mix-and-match options for outfits and hairstyles. You can also design your own t-shirts in this game. It would also appear that the game is getting a digital-only release via the Nintendo eShop.

Disney to Re-Release Mega Drive Versions of Aladdin and The Lion King in New Budget Collection This October 29th

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

UPDATE
In light of this announcement, Disney have removed the previously available Steam versions of The Lion King and Aladdin from sale. Their storefront pages are still on Steam, but the option to buy them is no longer there. Thanks to Saturn Memories for the tip.

ORIGINAL STORY
Disney and Digital Eclipse will re-release the Mega Drive versions of Aladdin and The Lion King in a new budget-release collection for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on October 29th 2019.

This new compilation also includes the Game Boy versions of the games alongside the SNES version of The Lion King. The SNES version of Aladdin isn’t included, likely due to a licensing issue. The SNES version of Aladdin is a completely different game when compared to its Mega Drive equivalent, and it was developed by Capcom.

The collection also boasts a 15 second rewind button, a previously unreleased “Final Cut” of Aladdin and the 1993 trade show version of Aladdin. Aladdin is famous for being the 3rd best selling Mega Drive game behind Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

[Source: Nibel on Twitter]

New Shenmue III Trailer Showcases In-Game Arcades and Arena Battles | Video Spotlight

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

A new Shenmue III trailer has dropped at Gamescom 2019 and it showcases a “day in the life” scenario, which highlights some of the things you can experience in Guilin. This includes arcades full of electro-mechanical games, and arena battles against a variety of martial artists from the area. You can check it out via the embed below:

Shenmue III launches on November 19th 2019 for PS4 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

Yakuza Remastered Collection is Headed to PS4, Yakuza 3 Out Today Digitally

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

A leak on the American Playstation Store has revealed the existence of a Yakuza Remastered Collection. This collection is the localised Western versions of the previously Japan-only PS4 versions of Yakuza 3, 4 and 5. The games are being released digitally first with a new localisation and all the content that was previously cut for the Western versions.

Yakuza 3 will release today with Yakuza 4 releasing on October 29th 2019 and Yakuza 5 will arrive on the 11th of February 2020. Once all 3 digital releases are available, a boxed collection of all 3 titles will be available as well. Pre-orders will supposedly arrive at some point today but at time of writing I can’t find any listings.

The boxed version comes with some really cool exclusives if you pre-order the day one edition. Yakuza 3 and 4 come on one disc with Yakuza 5 on a seperate disc. This is because it is also bundled with a PS3 style case for Yakuza 5 which infamously only got a digital release in PAL regions. Also included is a 2 disc digipack case which houses the entire collection.

[Source: Nibel and Sam Mullen on Twitter]

SEGA & Amplitude Studios Reveal New God Game ‘Humankind’

Monday, August 19th, 2019

The “HMKD” teaser that SEGA made live on the 16th of August has been revealed as a new God game from Amplitude Studios. Revealed live on the Open Night Live show at Gamescom, the title is called Humankind and the focus is on changing the course of human evolution. It definitely has an air of Sid Meier’s Civilization series about it. Check out the reveal trailer below:

While no platforms have been currently listed, I think it’s safe to say that PC will be on the cards. Humankind is due to release at some point in 2020.

Adam Hunter’s Daughter Cherry Joins Streets of Rage 4 as a Playable Character, Release Platforms Finally Confirmed

Monday, August 19th, 2019

A new playable character has been revealed for Streets of Rage 4. Cherry Hunter is the daughter of Adam Hunter from the original game and is unique among Streets of Rage characters in that she fights with a weapon as default. Cherry uses her trusty guitar as well as her fists. Check her out in action via the trailer below which also features our first glimpse of Motohiro Kawashima’s contributions to the soundtrack:

We’ve also got official confirmation as to what platforms Streets of Rage 4 will release on. The game is coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. There is still no release date listed at this time.

Streets of Rage 4 is being developed by Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games and publishing will be handled by Dotemu under license from SEGA.

New Shenmue Easter Egg Discovered: Nozomi Jumps into Action!

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

A fascinating new discovery has been made in the original Shenmue – a certain set of conditions can trigger a fight scene where Nozomi joins Ryo in the action.

According to the fine folk at PhatomRiverStone.com, this scene can be triggered by visiting Sakuragaoka park before 7pm on a sunny or snowy day after Ryo’s brawl at the Heartbeats Bar. However, you must make your visit after the Heartbeats Bar brawl and before Ryo visits the tattoo parlor, which is the next location in Ryo’s quest.

Click the below embed to see what happens in the fight at Sakuragaoka park once the conditions have been successfully met:

For full details on how to trigger this fight scene in Shenmue, head on over to PhantomRiverStone.com’s post on the easter egg as they go into far more detail about the additional requirements that are needed to trigger this event.

[Source: PhantomRiverStone.com]

Sonic Amateur Games Expo Returns September 27th 2019

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

The Sonic Amateur Games Expo returns on September the 27th 2019. This long running Sonic fan game event has often been the key event in the Sonic fan gaming calendar, so if Sonic fan gaming is your thing then be sure to mark September 27th to October 4th in your calendar.

Submissions for the event aren’t currently open, but the announcement trailer does mention that further details will come directly from the official SAGE Twitter account which you can access by clicking here.

Please also bookmark the SEGADriven YouTube Channel as we cover the event extensively every year and try to review as many of the games on show as possible. We’re looking forward to another round of impressive and bizarre experiences so stay tuned for further SAGE coverage from us.

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