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Terraonion Launches Pre-Orders for Mega-CD Clone Flash Cart ‘MegaSD’

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

A brand new Mega-CD solution in the form of an FPGA-powered flash cart has appeared and it is called the MegaSD. Developed by Terraonion, this new flash cart is powerful enough to emulate actual Mega-CD hardware and plugs directly into a Mega Drive. It can even run 32X/Mega-CD titles if you have access to a 32X as well.

The MegaSD doesn’t just support variants of Mega-CD games as well. The flash cart will run Mega-CD ISOs, Mega Drive ROMs, Master System ROMs and 32X ROMs (but only with the 32X add-on). The MegaSD is widely compatible with actual Mega Drives, the Mega SG and the SEGA Nomad and also supports up to 8 save state slots. It can even emulate the FM sound unit for compatible Master System games.

Pre-orders are live on the official Terraonion shop now, and the cartridge is due to ship in August 2019. It retails for €232.00.

Alien Isolation Port Heading to Switch Later in 2019

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

During the wrap-up of Nintendo’s E3 Direct, casual mention of an Alien Isolation port to the Nintendo Switch was revealed.

While no in-game footage was shown, this port is due to release later in 2019 as a digital-only eShop title. Alien Isolation was originally developed by The Creative Assembly for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One and released in 2014 to critical acclaim. It will likely be the last Alien game developed by SEGA after they lost the rights to the franchise, which have now reverted back to 20th Century Fox and its video games division.

Click the below video to see the Alien Isolation reveal trailer:

First Screenshots of Mobile Title ‘Sonic at the Olympic Games’ Revealed

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Our first preview of the latest Sonic the Hedgehog mobile title has arrived in the form of 3 screenshots of Sonic at the Olympic Games. This mobile title is similar in scope to the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series, but minus the Mario. In the latest screens we get a look at the title screen, an in-game event and an over-world screen that showcases the Olympic village. Check it out:

Sonic at the Olympic Games will be coming to iOS and Android devices in Spring 2020.

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Releases November 2019

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

A new Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 trailer has just dropped during the latest Nintendo Direct and it confirms a November 2019 release for the Switch exclusive. Click the embed below to see Sonic, Mario and a whole host of their friends competing in various disciplines that include surfing, skateboarding and sprinting:

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is the latest in the crossover sports series and the first for Nintendo Switch. It is being developed and published in house by SEGA.

Panzer Dragoon Remake Headed to Switch Winter 2019

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

We’ve finally got our first look at the Panzer Dragoon remake by MegaPixel Studio S.A.! This new version of the game is a Nintendo Switch exclusive with publishing duties being done by Forever Entertainment under license from SEGA. Check it out in action below:

Panzer Dragoon is a classic on-rails shooter from SEGA originally released on the SEGA Saturn in 1995.

Shenmue III Collector’s Edition Coming to North America Through Limited Run Games

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Limited Run Games will be producing a collector’s edition version of Shenmue III for the North American market.

The contents include a copy of the game, a replica double-sided dragon/phoenix mirror, a sticker sheet, a selection of embroidered patches and a Shoji door light box desk lamp. Pre-orders will go live for this edition at a later date via Limited Run Games’ website.

Limited Run Games also ship worldwide so there is nothing stopping people outside North America from ordering this collector’s edition. We will update this story when we learn more about when pre-orders will go live to the public.

Official English-Language Release of Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to North America in Spring 2020 for Xbox One/PC

Monday, June 10th, 2019

I don’t think many of us were expecting any news of a Western release for Phantasy Star Online 2 in 2019, but 7 years after its original Japanese launch, an English language version of the game for North America is finally coming in Spring 2020 for Xbox One and PC.

Announced during the Xbox E3 Conference, the free-to-play MMORPG has been a Japan exclusive since launch with the only signs of an English language version coming with the launch of the South East Asian version. This will be the first officially sanctioned Western release of the game and the reveal trailer promised all content that is currently available in the Japanese version will make its way to this North American port.

This news is unfortunately bittersweet for European fans as SEGA Europe have stated that they have nothing to confirm regarding a release for that region at this time. Porting PSO2 to a European market is likely a more intensive task as it isn’t as simple as supporting the game in English. European games normally support English, French, German and Italian language options as standard so this is likely causing a delay for a European launch.

Fingers crossed European Phantasy Star fans don’t have to wait long for confirmation of the game in their region, but this is still the most promising PSO2 news for quite some time.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is free-to-play MMORPG that supports cooperative gameplay for up to 12 players. There is no level-cap, but the game supports micro-transactions.

Sonic CD Soundtrack Coming to Vinyl via Data Discs, Includes Japanese OST and Liner Notes from Naofumi Hataya

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Video game vinyl wizards Data Discs have announced their next release, and it’s one hell of a pick – the beloved soundtrack to Sonic CD is coming to wax in September!

The release includes almost the Japanese soundtrack, with the only exceptions being the Opening and Ending themes, You Can Do Anything and Cosmic Eternity. There’s three editions, offering splattered aesthetics and bespoke etching, as well as art prints and liner notes from composer Naofumi Hataya. The release will also include a download code.

The set costs £34.99, and is available to pre-order now until June 17th. You can pre-order it here.

Citizens of Space Announced, Launching June 18th 2019 on Consoles and PC

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

SEGA has announced a surprise follow up to 2015’s Citizens of Earth, Citizens of Space.

The original game has been described as a ‘giant parody of Earthbound’. As the trailer puts it:

The follow-up to 2015’s constituent-pleasing Citizens of Earth features an all-new combat system, deeper recruitment mechanics, and plenty of unique worlds to explore!

The game launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam on June 18th 2019. The original game was published by Atlus, and as such the game’s official site (which doesn’t appear to be live yet) is under the Atlus banner.

SEGA AGES Virtua Racing & Wonder Boy in Monster Land Come West June 27th

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

SEGA has finally announced when Western players will be able to get their hands on the SEGA AGES series’ Virtua Racing and Wonder Boy ports for Nintendo Switch. The titles will both be out June 27th in the West, for $7.99 each. If the other AGES titles are to go by, they’ll likely be £5.99 each on the European eShop.

This is where things get puzzling though – Western players are now missing a game! SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo, which launched in Japan before either of these titles and was previously confirmed to be on the way to Western shores, is nowhere to be found. It’s a very peculiar turn of events, as the game is fully localised (downloading it from the Japan store to an English system gives you the localised version, as with all of the AGES ports). All we can think of is that perhaps they didn’t want to launch the port so close to the recent Puyo Puyo Champions, but it’s unfortunate given AGES Puyo marks the first time the game’s English translation has ever been officially rereleased.

Either way, it’s good to see more titles from this series making their way westward, and Virtua Racing in particular is a fantastic port. We’ll let you know if anymore details come in on Puyo’s whereabouts.

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