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THUNDERBOX Reveals New Sonic the Hedgehog Fashion Range

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

After previously teasing a collaboration with the franchise, Japanese streetwear brand THUNDERBOX has now revealed its new range of Sonic the Hedgehog apparel.

You can catch a full gallery of the range below. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the fantastic DropDead x Sonic range we got here in the UK, and we’re definitely down for that Eggman shirt. However as we mentioned in our last article, sadly THUNDERBOX do not offer worldwide shipping from their site. If you’ve got a friend in Japan, now’s the time to call in a favour.

[ Source: THUNDERBOX on Twitter ]

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Yakuza, Virtua Fighter and Sonic costumes Announced for Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Collaboration costumes for the upcoming Persona Dancing games have been announced at SEGA Fes – turns out the recent poll on the matter was a red herring, as all the listed series are getting represented!

Persona 3 Dancing will receive costumes based on Virtua Fighter, whereas Persona 5 Dancing will receive costumes based on Yakuza. The latter is with the exception of Morgana, Persona 5’s adorable kitty mascot; he’ll be getting a Sonic outfit, because of course! These costumes will be DLC – there’s currently no release date.

There’s still no word on a Western release for these titles – let’s hope we hear something soon!

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 for Nintendo Switch Delayed to Fall – But Valkyria Chronicles 1 is Now Coming to Switch Too

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

As of the Valkyria Chronicles 4 panel at SEGA Fes, SEGA has unfortunately announced that the game’s Switch edition has been delayed to the Fall.

However, it’s not all bad! Presumably as some show of apology, SEGA has announced the original Valkyria Chronicles is now coming to Switch. Those who pre-order Valkyria Chronicles 4 on the Nintendo eShop can get the original game for only 540 yen in the Fall, which isn’t a bad deal! Valkyria Chronicles 1 will be Digital only on Switch.

Currently all this information is true of Japan, but we’ll let you know if SEGA’s Western branches comment on it.

[ Source: SEGA Japan ]

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Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Gain Ground Join SEGA AGES for Switch Line-Up

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Two additional games have been announced for the upcoming SEGA AGES releases for Nintendo Switch – Alex Kidd in Miracle World, and Gain Ground.

Alex Kidd in Miracle World is the second Master System title to be announced, while Gain Ground marks the first arcade game announcement for the series.

Currently, all is known is that they’ll be part of the collection, with no details divulged as far as extra features. However, we’d be surprised if Gain Ground didn’t take advantage of the Switch’s potential for Tate Mode!

It’s also been revealed that Sonic 1 will include the Mega Play arcade version, and that Phantasy Star will inherit its features from the PS2 AGES Collection release.

The games will start being released in Summer, with a simultaneous worldwide release planned.

[ Source: GSK ]

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SEGA Fes 2018 Starts Tomorrow in Japan, Announcement Teased

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Tomorrow (April 14th), SEGA’s two day SEGA FES 2018 event starts at the Bellesalle Akihabara in Tokyo – and SEGA of America have actually made note of the event, teasing a huge announcement SEGA fans “won’t want to miss”.

It was already stated that some kind of announcement would be made at the event, but previous announcements of this sort have been targeted more towards a Japanese audience (such as the reveal of SEGA AM2’s Soul Reverse for arcades). SEGA America’s promotion of the announcement is a surprise – and indicates something major could be on the way. (more…)

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Football Manager Touch 2018 Is Suddenly Out Now on Nintendo Switch

Friday, April 13th, 2018

After some not-so-subtle teasing from developers and a Korean Ratings Board listing, Football Manager Touch 2018 has been confirmed for Nintendo Switch – and it’s out today!

The game is now available on the Nintendo eShop, for £29.99. Football Manager Touch is the version of the game for smart devices, but with the Nintendo Switch version you get the option of docking into the Switch to watch the action play out on the big screen.

It’s great to see SEGA supporting the Switch with a variety of genres – and especially with a series as large as Football Manager.

[ Source: Nintendo eShop ]

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Japanese Fashion Brand THUNDERBOX Announce Sonic the Hedgehog Collaboration

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Streetwear-based fashion brand THUNDERBOX has announced some kind of collaboration with the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Currently there’s no information on what the collaboration will entail in terms of merchandise, but it’s a fair guess that there’ll be some apparel involved. The line is set to debut on April 25th, at a Summer Exhibition running until April 30th. The location of this exhibition is referred to as a “Mystery Store” – perhaps there’ll be some kind of pop-up store event held?

For those unaware, THUNDERBOX is a line from designer Tsuyoshi Morita. They’re no stranger to game-based designs – in fact, their brand practically revolves around it, with clothing adorned by the likes of NES Zappers, Kunio-Kun and Akira nods making up much of their collection. Unfortunately, the THUNDERBOX online store doesn’t seem to offer worldwide shipping – so if these items become available on there, getting your hands on them may still be somewhat tricky.

[ Source: THUNDERBOX on Twitter ]

[With thanks to Lone for the translation]

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Sonic Generations and Panzer Dragoon Orta Coming to Xbox One Backwards Compatability

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

As part of their expanding line of backwards compatible titles, Microsoft has announced SEGA’s Sonic Generations and Panzer Dragoon Orta are headed to the Xbox One this month.

Sonic Generations is being made available today, and will include enhancements for Xbox One X users – notably, it now runs at 4K (check that out here). Perhaps more notable though is Orta’s appearance on the console; it’s SEGA’s first contribution to the original Xbox backward compatibility for Xbox One. SEGA supporting the feature relatively early in its life may give some hope to those who’ve been looking out for a possible Jet Set Radio Future re-release – as theoretically, it could be brought to the Xbox One in the same way as Orta.

Panzer Dragoon Orta launches for Xbox One backwards compatibility on April 17th. Also of note, while not technically SEGA related, is that Blinx the Time Sweeper is being added to the service too. Blink was the brainchild of Naoto Ohshima, the creator of Sonic and NiGHTS; it might be worth a look for fans of those series.

[Source: Polygon ]

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SEGA COO Announces Plans to Re-Introduce Mega Drive… by Importing the AtGames Genesis into Japan

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

In an article published by Yahoo! Japan, SEGA Games COO Kenji Matsubara has stated the company are looking into bringing back the Mega Drive for a modern audience. This has lead to speculation that SEGA could be planning a proper rival to Nintendo’s massively successful NES and SNES Mini consoles – but unfortunately, the truth is slightly less glamorous.

In the full version of the article, Matsubara states:

“We are considering importing and selling the ‘Sega Genesis Flashback’,… [it] is built-in game software primarily sold in North America & Europe”

The SEGA Genesis Flashback is the latest effort from AtGames. Priced at an eye-watering $80, you’d expect some bang for your buck – but while there are some improvements to AtGames’ much loathed older units, it’s still not on par with Nintendo’s in-house efforts, or even M2’s attempts at rejuvenating Mega Drive titles. Even worse, many of the 85 games on the collection aren’t even classic Mega Drive titles!

As such, Matsubara’s announcement unfortunately doesn’t mean much in the long run; back to hoping for an M2-led Mega Drive release, we go.

[Source: Yahoo! Japan ]

[ With thanks to Lone for the translation of Matsubara’s comments ]

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SEGA Saturn Code Sampler Unearthed, Including Obscure Sonic Artwork

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

If there’s one SEGA console that gets a rough reception in the West, it’s the SEGA Saturn. But it was certainly a unique specimen – which is why a newly dumped sampler disc demonstrating its numerous graphical features comes as an interesting look into the hardware’s capabilities.

The disc demonstrates rotation effects, how sprites could used in a way similar to clipping masks, and there’s even a short shoot-em up game to play (as well as plenty of Fantasy Zone sprites). Sonic fans may also notice just how many graphical techniques the recent Sonic Mania lifted from the original hardware in the name of authenticity! But that’s not all that’s here for Sonic fans – as there’s several unique pieces of artwork on the disc too, used as part of graphical effect tests.

Since the effects can make the artwork somewhat hard to see, we’ve ripped them from the demo for your viewing pleasure below.

It’s always cool to see development software come to light, and makes for a great way of getting insight into how our favourite games worked. The Saturn, underrated as it is, is no exception.

[Source: SEGAXtreme ]

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