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SEGA AGES: Puyo Puyo Launches March 28th in Japan

Monday, March 25th, 2019

After a hefty delay, SEGA has confirmed the Nintendo Switch port of Puyo Puyo’s original arcade version, part of M2’s SEGA AGES series, will launch on March 28th in Japan.

As well as including the original Japanese arcade version of the game, for the first time ever the AGES release will include the English localisation of the title, previously speculated to be a bootleg. It’s… an interesting take on the game, to say the least. Above all else, the game also supports online play, so you can have those Mean Bean Machine matches with foes half the world away!

There’s no word on a Western release date yet but fortunately SEGA’s Western divisions are catching up, as both Gain Ground and Alex Kidd in Miracle World, the most recent games in the AGES series, will be released over here on the same day Puyo hits Japan, March 28th.

You can check out the official SEGA AGES Puyo page here.

SEGA AGES Gain Ground and SEGA AGES Alex Kidd in Miracle World Come West on March 28th

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

The Nintendo Switch ports of Gain Ground and Alex Kidd in Miracle World, part of M2’s SEGA AGES line, are finally hitting the West in just under a week’s time, March 28th.

Previously Gain Ground was scheduled alongside Puyo Puyo for a February release, but Puyo was then delayed (including in Japan, where it is still listed as ‘TBA’) and things went quiet. So to make up for it, SEGA’s releasing both Gain Ground and Alex Kidd at the same time for the West.

The ports come with a slew of new features, such as a ‘full team’ mode in Gain Ground that gives you all characters from the start, and a rewind function in Alex Kidd, as well as much more besides that. It’s great to see SEGA’s western releases of these titles catching up in one fell swoop, and we recommending giving them a shot!

A Certain Magical Virtual On for PS4/Vita Being Delisted… Tomorrow

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

It’s not a good month for SEGA games and delistings – first Judgement was the subject of of a huge drugs scandal that’s taken it off shelves, and now the bizarre Japan-only Index vs Virtual On crossover title A Certain Magical Virtual On is being delisted from both physical and digital sale too.

No reason has been given for the removal, but it’s likely down to the license agreement with Dengeki running out. There’s nothing to suggest this affects Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: Ignition, thankfully, but if you’re itching for some new Virtual On action today’s your last chance to grab it. Currently a PS4 copy of the game will set you back about £40 with shipping from Amazon.JP, and if you’re on Vita it’s only £30 – so it might be worth jumping on it before prices start to rise (as is becoming the case with Judgement).

SEGA has referred to the delisting as “temporary”, but given the difficulty of licenses and the fact the game apparently didn’t do so well sales-wise, it’s looking too likely that it’ll be back in the short term. The upside is Virtual On fans still have ports of 3 of the games most loved entries on the way to PS4 with support for an all-new Twin Stick peripheral to boot, but losing games like this to the void of licensing is always a shame.

SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing Coming to Switch This Spring in Japan, New Screenshots and Details

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

UPDATE 20/03/19: This article previously stated the replay feature was new to Virtua Racing – as CubeDragonX has pointed out, it’s actually from the rare Virtua Formula version of the game. The article has been amended to reflect this. 

SEGA has re-confirmed Virtua Racing for the SEGA AGES line on Nintendo Switch, now with a fresh slew of details as to what exactly will be in the port – and we have to say, it’s sounding pretty snazzy.

Firstly, the game will support up to 8 players locally and 1v1 online. There’ll also be a splitscreen view for local matches, so you can see how other racers are doing. In addition to this, the Normal race and Endurance based Grand Prix modes are both accounted for.

One very impressive new feature is that replay mode in VR’s port is a step up from the other AGES titles, which offered a robust but simple means of watching back your run. Virtua Racing’s replay mode is actually taken from the rare, high-end Virtua Formula version of the game, with live commentary from Mr. Virt McPolygon! No, really. That’s his name.

On the whole, it’s shaping up to be an incredible way to bring Virtua Racing’s arcade version home for the first time. We’ll keep an eye out for a more solid release date, though given the silence on Puyo Puyo’s AGES release it’s likely to be a while. And that’s just for Japan – the SEGA AGES line has been silent in the West for over 2 whole months now, and it’s unclear when the next game in the West’s lineup, Gain Ground, will actually be released.

You can check out all of the screenshots over at the SEGA AGES site.

Beta Patch Now Available for Sonic Mania on Steam, Removes Denuvo Anti-Tamper

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Opponents of DRM rejoice – the controversial Denuvo anti-tamper DRM has been removed from Sonic Mania’s Steam release, in a newly launched beta patch.

The official patch notes cite changes to controller and shader support, as well as adjustments for the time attack mode – but one user verified that Denuvo had been removed from the game. It’s actually somewhat obvious just from looking at the game’s .exe file, which has gone from 117MB in size to a mere 3MB. This also allows the game to boot up much faster, and allows greater potential for modding.

The details, including the code to access the beta, are available from the game’s Steam page. This is the latest SEGA release to drop Denuvo, as Yakuza 0, Kiwami, and Catherine Classic have all moved to drop the DRM. It’s a consumer-friendly move from SEGA that we’re happy to see.

Magical Sound Shower DLC for Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session Now Available in the West

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

A while ago, we reported that OutRun’s iconic track “Magical Sound Shower” was due to be made DLC for the Japanese version of the game. The good news is that said DLC has also been released in the West as of today.

The track is available as part of the “Donder Pack Vol. 16”, or on its own from the ingame DLC menu for 79p. The track is the original version of the song from OutRun’s arcade release – also making it quite the endurance run, as it’s a pretty long song!

Namco Bandai UK’s Tweet about the release can be seen here:

Judgement Launches June 25th on PS4 in the West, Early Access for Digital Purchases Starts June 21st

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

The latest from SEGA’s RGG Studio, Judgement (known as Judge Eyes in Japan) finally has a Western release date, along with further details on its digital and physical releases.

First of all, the game will be out June 25th, and includes dual audio. Something particularly impressive is the game has effectively been localised twice, as there’s subtitles for the English audio track and a separate translation for the original Japanese dialogue – and there are also subtitles for multiple European languages as well. In addition, the physical version will include reversible cover art, allowing you to display the original Japanese cover art of the game. Finally, it’ll also come with an RGG Studio sticker, to slap wherever you see fit.

All good then, but slightly more questionable is SEGA hopping on the recent ‘early access’ trend. Some publishers have started offering early access for those who pre-order the game, and Judgement is the latest game to do that – digital pre-orders will get access to the game a whole 4 days ahead of physical buyers. It’s a bit of an odd move, but perhaps inevitable as the latest industry trend.

[ Source: ThisGenGaming ]

Mega Drive Mini Will Have One Game Per Series, Voting For Sonic, Puyo and Shining Game Open

Monday, February 25th, 2019

SEGA has confirmed that the Mega Drive Mini is currently planned to have one game per series – so don’t expect every Sonic game to be on there, as with most Mega Drive collections. The possibility was floated at SEGA Fes 2018 when the console was announced, but this is a more solid confirmation of the plan.

As a result of this, SEGA has decided to open up some of the game choice to the fans – asking them which game from the Sonic the Hedgehog, Puyo Puyo and Shining series should appear on the console. The options are:

Sonic the Hedgehog vs Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Puyo Puyo vs Puyo Puyo Tsu

Shining Force vs Shining Force II

The poll is available as a Twitter thread and on the Mega Drive Mini website. It’s worth mentioning also that something like Puyo’s choice may not matter for us in the West, as the system is planned to have different games per region – so we’ll probably get Puyo Puyo in the guise of Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine regardless.

SEGA AGES: Alex Kidd in Miracle World Launching in Japan February 21st for Nintendo Switch

Monday, February 18th, 2019

After what feels like a lifetime, the next SEGA AGES game is finally coming to the Japanese Nintendo eShop. Alex Kidd in Miracle World will launch this Thursday, February 21st, at a price point of 925 JPY. The game boasts a slew of new features, that we recently reported on.

There’s no word on a Western release date currently. SEGA America previously released a press release stating Gain Ground and Puyo Puyo would launch in the SEGA AGES line in the West this month, but it would appear those plans have gone down the toilet. We’ll keep you updated on any news on the Western front.

Catherine: Full Body Coming West for PS4 on September 3rd, Launch and Collector’s Editions Detailed

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

The updated version of Atlus’ puzzle/dating/giant baby fighting cult classic Catherine, Catherine Full Body, is officially heading West – with some snazzy physical editions coming along with it.

The updates to the original game include improved visuals and gameplay, brand new music, an enhanced multiplayer offering, new story elements, dual audio and more. Of note, the game saw a Playstation Vita release in Japan – this version isn’t being localised, likely due to Sony effectively ending production of various Vita hardware.

Two versions of the game will be available physically at launch – a Launch Edition with a steelbook case, and the Heart’s Desire Premium Edition with a steelbook, art book, soundtrack, Collector’s Box, and an adorable little sheep plush.

Worth noting is that the original, non-enhanced version of Catherine was recently made available on Steam.

[Source: Atlus USA Twitter]

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