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GoodSmile Company Re-Releasing The Sonic the Hedgehog Nendoroid, Pre-Orders Now Open

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

GoodSmile Company have announced a re-release of the original version of their Sonic the Hedgehog Nendoroid figure, to be released in February 2020.

The original figure released back in April 2012, with a rerelease in October 13. It was also made available in the Nendoroid EZ line, but there it was ultimately stripped down with fewer accessories. This release is the full monty, with additional goodies like a checkpoint gate and item box.

He also only comes to 3900 JPY, or £30 – which is a far cry from the £90 the original release was going for the last time we checked second-hand store Mandarake. Sonic fans who missed the first release will want to pick this up ASAP.

You can pre-order the figure here.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Yakuza 7) Finally Announced, Coming West 2020 – And It’s a Turn-Based RPG

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

The seventh (technically 8th, due to Yakuza 0) mainline entry in SEGA’s hit Yakuza series has finally been announced for PS4, and with Kiryu Kazuma’s story over it’s finally time for new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga to properly take the stage. And with him, comes a dramatic shift in the series; the game is a turn-based RPG!

After willingly spending a stint in jail to protect the Tojo Clan and his father figure in the clan, Masumi Arakawa, Kasuga gets out of prison only to learn the Tojo Clan has fallen, the Kansai Alliance run the show, and that father figure he took the jail time to protect’s idea of a reunion is shooting him and leaving him for dead in Yokohama. He wakes up in the trash, and that’s where our story begins.

The main thing setting apart this game from other titles in the series is something we could’ve actually seen coming – back during April Fools Day, SEGA released footage of what they claimed was Yakuza 7, now being a turn-based RPG rather than the SpikeOut-style beat-em-up the series has become known for.

…turns out that wasn’t actually an April Fools. The game really is a turn-based RPG! You’ll still be able to pummel enemies with bikes and all that, no problems there, but now it’s all done in the vein of something like Dragon Quest (something that Kasuga actually directly mentions during the trailer).

An English trailer was uploaded confirming the 2020 date, but has been removed shortly after by SEGA Europe. It also confirmed the game is taking the Resident Evil 7 approach by working the series’ Japanese title into its English name – as rather than Yakuza 7, the game will be called “Yakuza: Like a Dragon.”

Gematsu have mirrored the English trailer here.

Gematsu have also translated the Japanese website, the results of which can be found here.

The Next SEGA AGES Title for Nintendo Switch is Ichidant-R, New Details Released

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

SEGA has revealed its next offering for the SEGA AGES line on Nintendo Switch, and it’s the arcade party game Ichidant-R. Somewhat similar to Namco’s Point Blank, the game sees you playing a variety of minigames to progress.

There’s a slew of new features for this release, such as a Helper Mode to make casual playthroughs more feasible – but most interesting is the Mega Drive Mode, which brings over the various additional features that port had. The RPG-style Quest Mode and Free Mode for practising the games are included here, as well as a Competition Mode that supports up to 4 Players (something the arcade version previously couldn’t do). To go along with this, there’s also Netplay support for the Arcade version.

Key for Western players though, is that the previously unreleased English localisation of the game is also included, a la Puyo Puyo’s AGES release.

There’s currently no solid release date for Ichidant-R, but we’d expect to see it pop up in Japan over the next two weeks, as was the case when Columns 2 was announced. Meanwhile, tomorrow Western players will be able to get their hands on Puyo Puyo and Space Harrier, which have been available in Japan for some time.

[ Source: Gematsu ]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Gets New Gameplay Showcase, Releases November 8th

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

The latest in the Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games series has received a shiny new gameplay showcase to coincide with Gamescom 2019.

The showcase demonstrates several events – however the most notable thing here is the first full showcase of the teased ‘2D’ gameplay from the reveal trailer. In this mode, the backdrop changes to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, with events specifically from those Games; and both Mario and Sonic characters get retro looks to go along with it. The character roster is limited here though, to just the basics – so for Sonic fans, don’t expect new 16-bit sprites for Shadow or Silver, as only the Classic Sonic cast of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Eggman are represented (poor Amy…). There’s even a nice CRT filter to really seal the deal!

The official page for the game, as well as the showcase have also confirmed a November 8th release date for Europe. It’ll release slightly earlier in America, on November 5th.

SEGA Launch Cryptic “HMKD” Teaser Site

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Somewhat out of the blue, SEGA has launched a mysterious new teaser site, with nothing but what appears to be a heart rate monitor and “HMKD” in its name. There’s no other details on the site on in the tweet, just an option to sign up to a mailing list so you can “be the first to know.”

We don’t know when whatever this is will be revealed, but we can safely assume it might be tied into the announcement SEGA is planning for Gamescom. Time will tell.

[ Source: SEGA on Twitter ]

SEGA Unveil Gamescom 2019 Lineup, Including “Unannounced AAA Title”

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

SEGA has announced via PR their lineup for Gamescom 2019, taking place in Germany on August 20th-24th.

On show at the event will be Catherine: Full Body (PS4), the recently confirmed console ports of Two-Point Hospital (Switch, PS4, Xbox One), and the Mega Drive Mini. In addition however, SEGA will also be showing a new ‘AAA’ title to the public for the first time. It’s completely up in the air as to what this could be, though it may be worth noting an event is planned in Japan for August 29th to divulge new information on the next Yakuza title, starring new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga. But with this being a European expo, it might be better to expect something from SEGA’s PC-centric divisions, such as a new RTS title.

Time will tell, but we’re looking forward to seeing what SEGA’s adding to its already loaded arsenal of upcoming titles.

[ Source: Gematsu ]

SEGA AGES: Columns 2 Launches August 8th in Japan

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Columns 2: The Voyage Through Time is joining the SEGA AGES for Nintendo Switch lineup in Japan this week, bringing with it a slew of bonus features.

As previously reported, extra content includes a Endless Mode, an unlockable gallery featuring the art used in the SEGA AGES series’ cameo-rich intros, netplay, and even a single-player version of the original Columns. This marks the first time Columns 2 has seen an international release, too!

SEGA AGES: Columns 2 will launch on Thursday 8th August, so about 4pm UK time on Wednesday 7th August. It’ll be 999 JPY.

Mega Drive Mini Delayed in Europe and Middle East, Now Launching October 4th

Monday, July 29th, 2019

SEGA fans in Europe and the Middle East will have to wait a bit longer to get their miniature dose of Blast Processing, as SEGA has announced the mini-console will be launching two weeks later in these regions than originally planned – now it’ll release on October 4th.

SEGA has cited “unavoidable logistical challenges” for the date change. Whilst unfortunate, two weeks extra isn’t too long too wait, and they’ve given plenty of advance notice this time around. The American, Japanese and presumably Asian releases of the console are still set for September 19th.

[ Source: SEGA Europe on Twitter ]

SEGA AGES: Columns 2 Next in Line for Japan, Includes Endless Columns and Columns 1 Modes

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

SEGA has confirmed that Columns 2: The Voyage Through Time will be the next game to join the SEGA AGES lineup. Notably, this is the first time the game has ever seen a release in the West – it was previously exclusive to Japanese arcades and a JP-only Saturn compilation.

The game’s standard modes, Flash Columns and Vs Columns, will have you clearing puzzle stages and battling it out for Columns supremacy with a friend, respectively. In addition, new rulesets and Netplay have been added, plus a new mode – Endless Columns, which simply challenges you to get the best score. One particularly surprising addition for this release though – Columns 1! The well-known Mega Drive version of the original game will actually be included in this release, though modified a bit – there’s no multiplayer, as it’s based on a version of Columns produced by M2 for a Japan-only Yakuza 0 PSP app. Talk about deep cuts.

One last cool tidbit is that beating Flash Columns stages in this release will actually unlock content for an in-game art gallery. Here, you can unlock the art used for the characters in the SEGA AGES intros to view at your leisure, as well as profiles for the characters.

On the whole, the beefed up content in this port has certainly put it on our radar – going off previous releases, it’ll probably be released next week in Japan. No news for the West, but again based on the other titles of late, it’ll probably be released alongside Space Harrier in the future.

[ With thanks to GSK, who translated the information from the official site ]

Previously Trademarked “Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball” Title Now Listed on Taiwan’s Rating Board for Switch, PS4 and PC

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

The Taiwanese Rating Board have listed a new title in the Super Monkey Ball series, following on from what sounded like a new game being trademarked in Japan a couple of months ago.

The rated title’s name on the board roughly translates to “Now Taste Good! Super Monkey Ball”, which suggests this indeed the previously trademarked “Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball” (so a closer title would be along the lines of “Ripe! Super Monkey Ball”).  The listing also seemingly reveals which platforms the title will be coming to – PS4, PC and Switch. We wouldn’t be surprised if SEGA followed their recent trend of adding an Xbox One version to the lineup in Western regions (as was the case with Valkyria Revolution and, bizarrely, Sonic Forces), but that’s purely speculation on our behalf.

With an actual logo and artwork included with the listing, it’s probably not too long until SEGA officially announces this title. It’s a good time to be a fan of classic SEGA IP though – this is the latest in a string of revivals including Panzer Dragoon and Streets of Rage. Here’s hoping it’s up to par. Monkey Golf Par, that is.

[ Source: HeroOfLegend, on their site Marigold News and Reviews ]

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