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Unreleased Dreamcast Zip Drive Prototype for Sale on eBay

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

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

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

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.

Sand Road Theme from Team Sonic Racing is a Treat for the Ears | SEGA Tunes

December 13th, 2018

A new remix from the Team Sonic Racing soundtrack has made its way online. This time Jun Senoue teams up with Tee Lopes and Takeshi Taneda for a remix of Sonic Adventure’s Sand Hill theme. This new remix will accompany the Sand Road circuit in Team Sonic Racing. Listen by clicking the embed below; it’s something very special indeed:

Team Sonic Racing is due to be released on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on May 21st 2019. The game is being developed by Sumo Digital.

SEGA Ages Phantasy Star Now Available for Western Nintendo Switch Owners

December 13th, 2018

A port of the original Phantasy Star is now available to play on Nintendo Switch. Ported by M2, this new port of the Master System classic includes a new map display and an Ages Mode which tasks you with surviving some really challenging dungeons. Check out the launch trailer below:

SEGA Ages Phantasy Star is available to buy on the Nintendo Switch eShop for £5.99. Is is the first title in the legendary RPG franchise and originally launched in 1987.

Get Your First Look at Sonic’s Unobscured Face With Another “Leaked” Sonic Movie Poster

December 13th, 2018

Another Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster has apparently leaked and it gives us a full look at Sonic’s face, unobscured by shadow.

However, this image leak is a little different in that the image comes from 2017, after the movie was greenlit and with a different cast. Case in point: Chris Pratt is featured on this poster instead of James Marsden.

There are some other differences to Sonic’s design as well. His shoes showcase a different design to the recent posters and his legs appear shorter.

It might be best to take this image with a pinch of salt as its difficult to trace a solid source. This could be an elaborate hoax. We will update this story as we clarify the details.

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is due to release on the 26th of December 2019 in the UK. The film will be directed by Jeff Fowler, Ben Schwartz will voice Sonic the Hedgehog and Jim Carrey will play Dr. Robotnik.

[Source: Jonathan Farris on Twitter]

See San Francisco from Sonic’s Crotch in New Sonic Movie Poster

December 12th, 2018

Another new poster for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been leaked online and it showcases a view of San Francisco from on top of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sonic’s eerily athletic legs are also showcased, along with his new footwear and lack of socks. A blue streak showing Sonic’s path to his eventual destination helps portray his speed.

It’s pretty safe to say that Sonic’s design in these two posters hasn’t exactly been met with open arms by the online community. The deviation from Sonic’s classic design hasn’t been popular with fans or even SEGA for that matter, who have been quoted as saying they weren’t happy with the design of Sonic’s eyes (which we have yet to see).

But it’s still early days for this movie. At the time of writing we haven’t seen a single teaser or trailer for the film, so it’s difficult to judge it on two images. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what everything looks like in motion.

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is due to release on the 26th of December 2019 in the UK. The film will be directed by Jeff Fowler and also star Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik.

[Source: Wario64 on Twitter]

New Mega Drive Rhythm Game ‘Rhythm Land’ Due for Release Spring 2019

December 11th, 2018

Japanese publisher Columbus Circle is releasing a new Mega Drive game called Rhythm Land. The title kind of gives it away, but this is a rhythm game in the Rhythm Heaven mould that features varied environments to interact with, all to the rhythm of a song. The soundtrack even features music from Yuzo Koshiro. Check out the trailer below which also features footage of the 8 bit version of Rhythm Land which is available for Famicom:

The game is due to release on the 15th of February 2019 and can be pre-ordered now through Amazon Japan for ¥6458 (roughly £45 at time of writing).

Forever Entertainment Announce Remakes of Panzer Dragoon I and II: Zwei

December 10th, 2018

In what can only be described as a surprise announcement, Forever Entertainment (responsible for titles such as Fear Effect: Sedna) have announced they are to co-create and publish remakes of SEGA classics Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei!

The remakes are planned to include a graphical overhaul and new gameplay features to better suit a modern audience, while maintaining the original story of the games. The first material from the game is planned to be shown in the coming months, with Panzer Dragoon: Remake planned to release in late 2019. The remakes are being produced in tandem with SEGA’s Japanese division.

We’ll keep you up to date when any further news comes out – it’s extremely exciting to see titles from the Saturn era getting some love, and in what sounds like a fairly nice package to boot.

The full press release is available here.

 

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