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SEGA AGES Gain Ground and SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo Launching in the West in Feburary

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

In a bit of a twist, SEGA America has not only confirmed that the Nintendo Switch SEGA AGES port of Gain Ground is coming west next month, but that SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo will also be launching in February too!

This is a surprise, as SEGA Japan hadn’t actually confirmed what the next title coming to the series was going to be – this is the first time SEGA America have beaten them to the punch. Given the delay in releasing the other titles, this might suggest Puyo Puyo will be dropping on the Japanese eShop later this month or earlier in February, but we’ll keep an eye out for concrete confirmation.

Gain Ground contains both the 2 player and 3 player versions of the game, and the 2 player version offers additional features such as “All-Member Mode” and other functions to mitigate the game’s brutal difficulty. Puyo Puyo has several new features, which were detailed just the other day.

We’ll update back when any concrete details get revealed. The press release also reconfirms titles such as Sonic 2, Puyo Puyo Tsu and Space Harrier for the first wave of titles, which will continue to launch throughout 2019.

[ Source: GoNintendo ]

Catherine Classic Now Available On Steam

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Atlus’ cult puzzle/platformer/relationship-em-up Catherine has launched on Steam, under the title Catherine Classic.

This is the version of the game that was previously released in 2011 for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, not to be confused with the upcoming remaster Catherine: Full Body. The PC version boasts an unlocked framerate, support for 4K resolutions, customisable keyboard and mouse mapping, and dual audio support.

The game is priced at £14.99/$19.99, and is available here.

 

SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tsu Get New Screenshots, New Features Detailed

Monday, January 7th, 2019


The official website for M2’s SEGA AGES series for Nintendo Switch has updated, and with it we have some more detail on what to expect from the upcoming ports of Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tsu in the series.

This moreso goes for the first game – currently the only additional feature listed for Puyo Puyo Tsu is the previously confirmed online play, with not even the 3DS tournament mode being confirmed.

The original Puyo, however, is getting quite a few touch ups to bring the arcade version in line with several of the home ports and beyond. In particular, the SEGA AGES version allows you to rotate pieces both left and right (the original arcade version of the game locks rotation to one direction) and also adds in the Quick Turn mechanic from Puyo Tsu (which allows you to rotate Puyos even if you’re stuck between two walls).

New screenshots, showing off the snazzy wallpaper borders included in the ports, are also available on the SEGA AGES pages for each game. Check out Puyo Puyo’s here and Puyo Puyo Tsu’s here.

There’s still no word on a release date for these titles, nor confirmation of a Western release, but we’ll keep an eye out if that changes.

Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session Adding Out Run’s “Magical Sound Shower” as DLC in Japan

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

The latest PS4 iteration of Namco’s beloved drum-em-up Taiko No Tatsujin is getting a fresh dose of SEGA rhythm action, as one of the newly announced DLC packs for the game includes music from SEGA’s arcade classic Out Run.

Unsurprisingly, “Magical Sound Shower” is the track being added, considered by many as the Out Run song. It’s not made clear if it’s the original arcade arrangement, a later arrangement from the likes of Out Run 2, or even a new arrangement for the game. There’s not long to find out however, as the DLC pack it’s included in, “Don Na Pack Vol. 16”, will be released in Japan on January 24th 2019, for 500 yen. The pack also includes music from the anime High Score Girl and Darius II.

Also somewhat related to SEGA is the next DLC pack, which was released today in Japan; a collection of Hatsune Miku songs, including the smash hit Senbonzakura. This pack weighs in at a rather fitting 390 yen.

The Japanese DLC page for Taiko No Tatsujin Drum Session is available here. Currently there isn’t anything to suggest this DLC coming to the Western versions, but we’ll keep an eye out in case it does.

The Next SEGA AGES Title for Nintendo Switch is Gain Ground, Features Detailed

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

The next title joining the ranks of M2’s SEGA AGES series for Nintendo Switch will be the original arcade version of Gain Ground.

Gain Ground is described by SEGA as a “tactical action shooting game”, in which you must build your ranks with warriors from across time in order to take down a malicious program. The game has seen many ports over the years, but this looks to be the first entirely faithful one – right down to offering a “Tate Mode” that lets you turn the Switch’s portable screen on its side to recreate the original vertical screen of the Gain Ground arcade cabinet.

In addition to being a faithful port, there’s some added goodies as is standard with M2. The rarer overseas 3-player version of the game is included as well as the original 2-player version. The game will also include a “Helper Mode” that allows you to rewind mistakes, and a “Full Member Mode” that lets you start the game with the full roster of warriors unlocked right away. Handy stuff, as anyone who’s played Gain Ground will probably attest to.

Currently the game has no solid release date. Japanese site GameWatch previously reported that it would be released in 2018, but SEGA’s own PR simply states “Coming Soon”. We’ll likely find out soon enough, as there’s only one Thursday (eShop Update Day) left in 2018 and that’s the 27th next week. This is for Japan of course – there’s no word on a Western release window yet.

The product page for the game is available here.

Humble Sonic Bundle Now Available Until January 1st 2019

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Humble Bundle are offering a Sonic the Hedgehog bundle that includes Sonic the Hegdheog 4 Episode I, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II, Sonic CD, Sonic Adventure DX Director’s Cut, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sonic Lost World, Sonic Generations, Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces.

Money raised from purchases of this bundle also go towards charities like Extra Life, Willow Foundation, Access Sport or a charity of your choice. Here’s the breakdown of what games you can get in each tier:

Pay $1 or more
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I
Sonic Adventure DX Director’s Cut
Sonic CD
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
Sonic Adventure 2
Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Pay over $7.13
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Sonic Lost World
Sonic Generations Collection
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II

Pay $15 or more
Sonic Mania
Sonic Forces

If you’re interested in owning any of these Sonic titles then head over to Humble Bundle now. All these titles are redeemable on Steam for PC.

Unreleased Dreamcast Zip Drive Prototype for Sale on eBay

Monday, December 17th, 2018

UPDATE

Someone has bought the Dreamcast Zip Drive! The auction ended on the 18th of December at 18:07 CET.

ORIGINAL POST

The Dreamcast Zip Drive was an unreleased add-on that was due to release in Autumn 2000. Co-developed by SEGA and Iomega, the device would give users access to 100mb zip disks to allow for greater storage space for browsing the internet and downloading additional game content like maps for Quake III Arena. The add-on connects to the Dreamcast via its expansion port and power input, requiring you to then power your Dreamcast using the zip drive’s power input. The zip drive also features a USB slot on the front which would have given users access to more peripherals that never came to pass.

It’s an interesting little device that never made it to store shelves, but now you can own one of the prototypes. There is currently “one of less than five worldwide” on sale on eBay. The zip drive is located in Berlin and will set you back 4225 euros, around £3798 in British sterling. It’s certainly not a bargain, but it’s definitely one of the more interesting SEGA curios to pop up for quite some time. And let’s not forget, it does come with a zip disk!

Click here to be taken to the auction which is due to end on the 15th of January 2019.

Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tsu announced for SEGA AGES on Nintendo Switch

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

A double-whammy of Puyo Puyo goodness is heading to Switch, as a Puyo Puyo Championship stream has confirmed that both Puyo Puyo and the beloved Puyo Puyo Tsu will be heading to the console as part of M2’s SEGA AGES series of re-releases.

Currently all that is known about the releases is that they’ll be based on the original arcade versions of the titles, and crucially that they’ll have support for online battles. It can also be assumed that Puyo Tsu will retain its new Tournament Mode from the Japan-only 3DS eShop release of the game.

We’ll let you know if any more details come out regarding these titles, particularly in terms of a Western release. With M2 admitting many aspects of AGES are being tailored towards the Western market, could this be our shot at officially translated versions of these titles? Time will tell.

[Thanks to zanverse for the heads up]

Surprise Launch for SEGA Classics on Amazon Fire TV

Friday, December 14th, 2018

SEGA America have just surprise-launched a SEGA Classics collection for Amazon Fire TV. The collection features 25 games and costs $14.99. Here’s a complete list of the included titles:

Sonic The Hedgehog – Remastered
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 – Remastered
Sonic CD – Remastered
Sonic Spinball
The Revenge of Shinobi
Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 3
Altered Beast
Golden Axe
Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III
Comix Zone
Ristar
Beyond Oasis
Decap Attack
ESWAT: City Under Siege
Gunstar Heroes
Dynamite Headdy
Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Columns
Bio-Hazard Battle
Alien Storm
Bonanza Bros.
Gain Ground

That’s a solid selection of games and the inclusion of Christian Whitehead’s ports of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog CD is very welcome.

SEGA Classics for Fire TV can be played with either your Fire TV remote or a HID bluetooth-enabled controller. Click here to buy the collection from the Amazon store.

SEGA AGES: Out Run Launches January 10th 2019 in the West

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Nintendo Switch owners rejoice – the SEGA AGES re-release of Yu Suzuki’s classic driving game Out Run is heading to Western shores, and now we have a solid release date! 

SEGA has confirmed the game will launch on the eShop in Europe and America on January 10th 2019. The game boasts a slew of additions and improvements over the original arcade version, including the car tuning feature and extra music featured in the 3DS release of the game, as well as 4 additional music tracks on top of those (3 of which are actually taken from other Out Run games, remade in the arcade style). It also runs at a smooth 60fps, and even allows toggling between the Deluxe cabinet and Stand-Up cabinet ROMs, with each having slightly different track layouts.

The game has been available on the Japanese eShop for a while, so if you’re savvy you can actually get the game right now if you don’t mind tangling with making a Japanese Nintendo account. For those who can’t be bothered with that, fortunately there’s not too much longer to go until Out Run arrives west.

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