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New Team Sonic Racing Details Emerge – Number of Tracks, New Character, New Track and More

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Gamescom is currently on, and as such there’s been plenty of new information regarding the upcoming Sumo Digital racer Team Sonic Racing, from a variety of sources.

First of all, a new track has been shown to press, revealing Market Street – based on Sonic Unleashed’s Rooftop Run. It seems more based on the Generations iteration of the stage, with balloons and confetti abound.

Famitsu has also published a preview of the title, revealing the mysterious character seen on the game’s box art. His name is Dodonpa, and he’s apparently a suspicious but charismatic Tanuki who invites Sonic and co. to race. They also offered a brief look at the game’s story mode, which appears to have a similar map system to Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed’s World Tour mode. Cutscenes of some description are also in, though they appear to be basic textboxes with portraits a la Sonic Free Riders.

(We haven’t included the full scans of Famitsu due to it being a bit spotty legally, but they’re out there).

Finally, an IGN Stream has confirmed the number of tracks on offer. There’ll be 21 tracks, spread across 7 locations. This is similar to the original Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing, which had multiple tracks in say, Seaside Hill and Final Fortress from Sonic Heroes. Apparently the earliest game to be represented through tracks will be Sonic the Hedgehog 3 – although ingame signage has mentioned Green Hill Zone. On a more amusing note, you can make a team of the same character – so if you want a Big the Cat army, that’s a thing you can do.

Overall, there’s a hefty amount to digest here. We’ve included a gallery of Market Street screenshots from SEGA Press below (past the jump) – let us know what you think! (more…)

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Puyo Puyo Series Producer Mizuki Hosoyamada teases “new information” at Tokyo Game Show 2018

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Puyo Puyo series producer Mizuki Hosoyamada has recently tweeted in response to a Puyo eSports competition being held at TGS 2018 – but in the tweet, after encouraging support of the players he also teases the possibility of “new information” being revealed there.

It has been a fair while since the last Puyo game, Puyo Puyo Chronicles (which released in 2016) – and in terms of a more mainline Puyo title, technically the last was Puyo Puyo Tetris, which originally released in 2014. However equally possible is that this new information may just be related to the Puyo mobile title Puyo Puyo Quest, which still enjoys a fair amount of success (and at the time of writing is in the middle of an Neon Genesis Evangelion themed event).

Time will tell what comes of this hint, but fingers crossed – and whatever’s next, let’s hope it’s fair and balanced. 

[Source: S2LSOFTENER on Twitter, a member of Puyo Nexus]

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SEGA AGES: Phantasy Star Launches in September for Nintendo Switch, New Features Detailed

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

 

The Nintendo Switch port of the SEGA Master System’s Phantasy Star, part of the SEGA AGES line, will be dropping in September. In addition, the extra features available in the port have now been detailed.

For Japanese users, the game includes a hiragana script option, as was present in the SEGA Saturn’s version of the game. There will also be a low-difficulty mode included for new players – it’s unclear right now if this will factor in the previous collection’s reward toggles, but it’s a safe bet based on previous interviews. Also included is a picture book of the various monsters in the game, which seems to be filled out similarly to a Pokedex, and a list of items and armour is also available for easy reference as to what they actually do.

One of the biggest extra features however, is the addition of a new map function. Previously, dungeons weren’t mapped out meaning you’d have to actually draw a physical map to keep track of where you were. Now the game can keep track for you, should you so desire – another helpful feature to ease in new players.

Finally, the game features both the FM and PSG soundtracks, and a music player so you can listen to the tracks at your discretion.

Overall this is shaping up to be a very nice package, which is to be expected from M2. Unfortunately it’s not yet clear when exactly the first two games in the line, Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV, are set to launch; both games are due some time this month. We’ll keep an eye out for concrete release information.

This information comes from the official SEGA AGES site, which has received a bit of an overhaul. Several screenshots are also available on the site, but we’ve popped them below for convenience.

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Etrian Odyssey Nexus Coming West, Releases February 5th 2019

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Etrian Odyssey Nexus, a Western release of what Japan knows as Etrian Odyssey X, has been announced by Atlus. The title will release in America and Europe on February 5th 2019.

Nexus is essentially a Sonic Generations-type deal of the past Etrian dungeon-crawler titles, featuring classes, characters, and so forth from across the series’ history. The game is also touted as the series’ final installment on the Nintendo 3DS, of which there have been quite a fewAs such, it’s intended to be a grand send-off for the series’ dual screen days – and it certainly sounds like one.

It’s not the only Etrian-style title on the way for 3DS though, as spinoff Persona Q 2 is also on the way – set for a November 29th 2018 release date in Japan. Still no word on a localisation for that title, however.

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Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight and Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight Re-Announced for the West, Now Arrive December 4th

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight and Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight have been re-confirmed for the West, as well as a Limited Edition including Persona 4: Dancing All Night, remastered for PS4.

Both games were previously scheduled for a 2019 release, back at E3 – but they’ve now been bumped up to this year. The titles see you tapping buttons in time to the rhythm and grooving to iconic tunes from the Persona series, with remixes by talents such as Hideki Naganuma of Jet Set Radio fame. An aforementioned limited edition, the “Endless Night Collection” has also been confirmed, which includes both games and the previously Vita-Exclusive Persona 4 Dancing title, now in HD as a digital download.

Trailers for both games are available below:

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SEGA Reveals Gamescom Lineup

Monday, August 6th, 2018

SEGA has announced what it’ll have on show at 2018’s Gamescom event in Germany, starting August 21st and running till August 25th.

The lineup includes:

Team Sonic Racing – Playable, with a new track (Ice Mountain) and two new teams.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

Valkyria Chronicles 4

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise

Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight & Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight

Football Manager 2019 – Not playable, but there’ll be photo opportunities and merchandise up for grabs.

Overall it’s a diverse lineup, and there’s always the chance for some fresh announcements too. Time will tell when the event kicks off later this month.

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Idola: Phantasy Star Saga Announced, RPG for Smartphones

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

After being teased just a few days ago,  SEGA has now announced Idola: Phantasy Star Saga, a new RPG title in the Phantasy Star series. The game is exclusive to iOS and Android devices, and will launch this year in Japan.

The game sees the resurrection of the amusingly-named “Dark Farce”, in a world ravaged by huge monsters named Idola. You’ll be using a “command-based battle system”, which SEGA intend to detail more in the future. Also confirmed are a slew of characters, including the main heroine Stella – fully translated bios for these characters can be found on Gematsu.

The team behind the game includes veterans of the Valkyria series, as well as Sakura Wars and of course Phantasy Star itself. There’s (unsurprisingly) no word on an English release, but we’ll keep an eye out in case one gets announced.

 

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Phantasy Star 30th Anniversary RPG for Smartphones Teased, Countdown Site Opened

Friday, July 20th, 2018

SEGA has launched a countdown site, teasing the reveal of a new entry in the Phantasy Star RPG franchise. However, it’s for smartphones. Take that as you will.

Currently, there’s no real details on what the game itself entails – whether it’ll be taking after the stylings of the original series, or the more modern Online universe for instance. Saying that, the artwork definitely has us expecting something more akin to the former, and it may well be that it combines the two – it’s a 30th Anniversary celebration, after all.

The game will be announced on July 24th at 4am UK time.

[Source: Gematsu ]

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Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV Kick Off SEGA AGES for Nintendo Switch Line in August

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

UPDATE 19/07/18 – Additional information has now been released on the first two titles.

Sonic 1’s added features include a Spin Dash toggle, a Ring Keep Mode for beginners, the Mega Play arcade version, and two Time Attack modes – a full Mega Play run, and a Green Hill Act 1 run, seemingly based on the Mikado Arcade’s speedrunning challenge. By far one of the coolest additions however, is that Sonic Mania’s Drop Dash is being added to the game!

Thunder Force IV meanwhile adds the Styx Mode, previously exclusive to Saturn. However it will also include online leaderboards and a Kids Mode to make the game less punishing. There also seems to be an option to reduce slowdown, which can affect the game’s difficulty.

ORIGINAL POST

The first two titles in the new SEGA AGES line for Nintendo Switch, Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV, have been confirmed for an August release by Famitsu. Previously, SEGA has stated the titles will receive a worldwide release – so unless things have changed, we’ll be getting them in the West next month too.

Coming from porting wizards M2, SEGA AGES is as of now set to include a range of SEGA Mega Drive, SEGA Master System and Arcade titles. Currently confirmed titles are Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV, Phantasy Star, Gain Ground, and Alex Kidd in Miracle World. M2 has also stated they’d like to expand to later SEGA consoles – but that hinges on the sales of these titles, and is likely a very long way off.

These aren’t just standard ports however – for instance, Sonic 1 includes the Sonic 2 spin dash, a Ring Keep mode for beginners, and even the rare Arcade version of the game, from SEGA’s Mega Play unit. Thunder Force IV meanwhile features Styx Mode, which lets you use the ship from Thunder Force III – this feature was previously exclusive to a Japan-only Saturn collection!

Pricing is set to 999 JPY, which works out at about £6. A bit steeper than the previous 3DS ports, but likely justified by the added features over those ports. We’ll keep an eye out for any concrete updates on the Western release of these titles.

 

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Releases in America and Europe on September 25th, Launch Editions Detailed

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

SEGA has announced that Valkyria Chronicles 4 will be coming West on September 25th, elaborating on the previously given ‘Fall’ release date.

Additionally, SEGA Europe has confirmed that the recently announced PC version of the game will also release on the same day. Each region gets different launch editions, however. The American edition, seen above, comes with a controller skin for your console of choice.

Europe still gets the sticker love, just in a slightly less interesting fashion. In the European release, it’s simply a sticker of the loyal medic dog Ragnarok. A bit of a shame, but it’s something we suppose.

The game will launch on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

[Source: SEGA Twitter ]

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