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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]

Alex Kidd in Miracle World Now The Next SEGA AGES Release, New Features Detailed

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

UPDATE 14/02/19 – It’s now been confirmed that the Time Trial challenges from the 360 and PS3 port of Alex Kidd in Miracle World are indeed in this port. The article has been adjusted accordingly.

SEGA has revealed through its Japanese Twitter account that Puyo Puyo is no longer set to be the next SEGA AGES title – instead the Master System classic Alex Kidd in Miracle World will be the next game coming to the Nintendo Switch lineup.

The game will come with a hefty slew of new features to boot. Now before each stage starts, a newly drawn piece of art provides a glimpse of the area ahead, not too dissimilar to the likes of Kirby’s Adventure on the NES. If that wasn’t enough, the game will now have an arranged FM soundtrack alongside its original tunes. This also includes a previously unused track finding its way into the game. In addition, there’s changes to the continue system and a rewind function to facilitate new players, a standard and expected feature of M2’s ports. Time trials for certain stages, first seen in the SEGA Vintage Collection port of the game, will also be in this port.

Unfortunately the game doesn’t have a release date yet, nor does the seemingly delayed Puyo Puyo. We’ll update if one is revealed down the road.

Retro Fighters Currently Seeking Kickstarter Funding for “Next Gen” Dreamcast Controller

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Retro Fighters were previously behind the successful Kickstarter campaign for the Next Gen N64 Controller, and the team are back with a new project to create a new and improved Dreamcast controller.

The Next Gen Dreamcast Controller features a variety of improvements that include a more ergonomic design, an improved analogue stick, a larger d-pad, additional shoulder buttons and a turbo function. The controller will be fully compatible with VMUs and vibration packs and is aiming to be produced and shipped by September 2019.

A single controller will set you back $43 with shipping to anywhere in the world. The Kickstarter campaign is currently running and will end of the 14th of March, so if you’re interested then head on over to the campaign page and have a look at the various pledge tiers.

SEGA AGES OutRun Music Collection Announced

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

The SEGA AGES version of OutRun for Nintendo Switch is getting its very own soundtrack release via Wavemaster.

The album encompasses all of the music available in the recent Switch release, meaning the original arcade tracks, the tracks made for the 3DS release, and the new tracks for the Switch release. In addition, the original versions of the songs rearranged for the Switch release are also included, as well as a “SHOCK TRANCE” arrangement of Magical Sound Shower by original composer Hiro.

Advance sales start in Japan on February 23rd at the Tokyo Game Music Show, for roughly £17.60. There’s currently no word of it making it to streaming platforms, but fingers crossed.

The full tracklist is as follows: (more…)

Sonic the Hedgehog Panel Announced for SXSW Gaming

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Fast becoming a tradition, the Sonic the Hedgehog team at SEGA are once again making an appearance at SXSW Gaming to host a Sonic the Hedgehog panel.

The panel hasn’t been confirmed for a specific date/time at the time of writing, but it will take place at some point during the 15th to the 17th of March 2019. The panel will feature Aaron Webber, Jasmin Hernandez, Jun Senoue and Takashi Iizuka and it promises to discuss, “the latest for the blue blur and his next steps for 2019 and beyond.”

Previous SXSW Sonic panels have revealed the existence of Team Sonic Racing, Sonic Mania Plus and Sonic Mania Adventures, so expect some pretty high profile reveals during this year’s panel.

SEGA FES 2019 Announced, Hits Japan March 30th-31st

Friday, January 25th, 2019

SEGA’s very own fan-festival SEGA FES is returning once again, with the 2019 event taking place in Japan on March 30th and 31st. This year it’ll be held at the Bellesalle Akihabara in Tokyo. Entry is free for anyone who wants to attend (though we imagine most of our readers will need to factor “plane ticket to Japan” into that).

Last year’s SEGA FES saw some pretty sizeable announcements, including the SEGA Mega Drive Mini, a new Sakura Wars title, Shemue I&II HD, the SEGA AGES series for Nintendo Switch and more. What’s lined up in terms of panels and such this year is yet to be announced, but it’s something for SEGA fans of all kinds to get excited for, and we’ll keep you updated with scheduling announcements and such when they become available.

The Next Yakuza Game to Get a PC Port is Yakuza Kiwami, Coming to Steam Feb 19th

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

It would appear that SEGA’s PC port of Yakuza 0 has done well enough to justify porting another Yakuza title to the platform. This time it’s the remake of the original Yakuza game, Yakuza Kiwami.

Yakuza Kiwami was rebuilt from the ground up for PS4 and features an expanded take on the original game that references some of the revelations that took place in Yakuza 0. This PC port features additional support for 4K resolutions and uncapped framerates.

Pre-ordering the game now gives you a 10% discount, bringing the game down from £14.99 to £13.49. Yakuza Kiwami was developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios and this PC port launches on the 19th of February 2019.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes for Nintendo Switch Adding a Jet Set Radio Shirt

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

The latest from Grasshopper Manufacture, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes has just landed on Nintendo Switch. There’s plenty of updates and downloadable content on the way, and the head honcho of Grasshopper, Suda51, has given us a glimpse at what’s in store – and the result makes us Understand the Concept of Love more than we’d expected.

In Travis Strikes Again, a huge marketing focus was placed on the ingame shirts Travis can wear, depicting an array of indie titles. It appears the next wave of shirts being added in February will now focus on gaming “Legends” – of which Suda evidently considers Jet Set Radio one. Right on!

Time will tell if more of SEGA’s repertoire is added to Travis’ wardrobe (there’s certainly enough to choose from), but as is, this is a very unexpected and extremely cool surprise.

[Source: Suda51 on Twitter]

Prototype HDMI SEGA Nomad by Retro-Bit Being Showcased at CES

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

UPDATE 11/1/19

Retro-Bit have confirmed this prototype does include the additional controller port on the bottom of the unit, but it is just obscured in the photos they uploaded.

ORIGINAL STORY

A surprise announcement from CES! Retro-Bit have revealed a prototype of a new SEGA Nomad with HDMI out.

The original SEGA Nomad was a North American exclusive portable Mega Drive that featured an LCD display, 6 button control setup, an extra controller port and support for composite out video.

There aren’t many details on this new Nomad outside of the news of it including a HDMI out for high definition displays and the 3 images at the top, which also show a PAL/NTSC switch for playing games from multiple regions. We don’t know if the emulation is accurate, the screen is improved or even if another controller port is included at this time.

It is also worth nothing that the new Nomad is a prototype and has likely not been greenlit by SEGA themselves. Retro-Bit are likely showcasing this prototype to gain interest in developing the product at a later date. This is a very interesting development that we hope gets approval from SEGA. It would be fantastic to own a modern portable Mega Drive solution without having to dish out the sort of collector’s prices that an original SEGA Nomad now sells for.

[Source: Retro-Bit Gaming on Twitter]

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