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Mega Drive Mini Will Have One Game Per Series, Voting For Sonic, Puyo and Shining Game Open

Monday, February 25th, 2019

SEGA has confirmed that the Mega Drive Mini is currently planned to have one game per series – so don’t expect every Sonic game to be on there, as with most Mega Drive collections. The possibility was floated at SEGA Fes 2018 when the console was announced, but this is a more solid confirmation of the plan.

As a result of this, SEGA has decided to open up some of the game choice to the fans – asking them which game from the Sonic the Hedgehog, Puyo Puyo and Shining series should appear on the console. The options are:

Sonic the Hedgehog vs Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Puyo Puyo vs Puyo Puyo Tsu

Shining Force vs Shining Force II

The poll is available as a Twitter thread and on the Mega Drive Mini website. It’s worth mentioning also that something like Puyo’s choice may not matter for us in the West, as the system is planned to have different games per region – so we’ll probably get Puyo Puyo in the guise of Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine regardless.

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.

Take a Look Inside SEGA Sammy’s New Tokyo Headquarters

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

SEGA Sammy are in the process of moving to a new headquarters building in Ousaki, Tokyo. On September 11th 2018 they also held a press conference and took press on a guided tour of the new premises. The move will be completed by next month and there’s some fascinating memorabilia on display in the new building. Check out a selection of photos from inside SEGA Sammy’s new headquarters courtesy of Dual Shockers. It’s worth visiting their article on the new building as they have even more photos of the interior.

[Source: Dual Shockers]

SEGA Fes 2018 Starts Tomorrow in Japan, Announcement Teased

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Tomorrow (April 14th), SEGA’s two day SEGA FES 2018 event starts at the Bellesalle Akihabara in Tokyo – and SEGA of America have actually made note of the event, teasing a huge announcement SEGA fans “won’t want to miss”.

It was already stated that some kind of announcement would be made at the event, but previous announcements of this sort have been targeted more towards a Japanese audience (such as the reveal of SEGA AM2’s Soul Reverse for arcades). SEGA America’s promotion of the announcement is a surprise – and indicates something major could be on the way. (more…)

Puyo Puyo Now Officially Recognised by the Japan eSports Union

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Puyo Puyo is now officially recognised by the Japan eSports Union, meaning Puyo players can now get a license required to compete in for-money tournaments in the country (due to gambling laws). This means it joins the ranks of Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Call of Duty WW2, and several other titles in Japan’s eSports scene.

The first tournament will be held at SEGA FES 18, taking place on April 14 in Akihabara, Japan. There’ll be a 1 Million Yen prize for the winner (that’s around £6,750), with an overall prize pot of 1.65 Million yen (Around £11,150).

The full ruleset for the SEGA Fes ‘18 contest can be viewed by clicking here. Puyo Puyo Tetris’ PS4 version will be used.

[ Source: SEGA, but the robust translation comes courtesy of GSK on Twitter. GSK regularly translates interesting video game information, so check them out! ]

 

This Japanese Clothing Store is Selling Shenmue and Fighting Vipers T-Shirts

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Awesome merchandise alert! The Japanese clothing store ‘Hardcore Chocolate’ are selling Shenmue and Fighting Vipers t-shirts.

You can see the Shenmue shirt by clicking here and the Fighting Vipers shirt by clicking here. Check out those back prints!

Both shirts are selling for 3800 yen (around £22.60 in sterling) but without a knowledge of Japanese you might have a hard time navigating the webstore.

[Source: SEGA_Fan on Twitter]

BBC Earth and SEGA Partner for New Attraction UPDATE

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

UPDATE

The attraction is called Orbi and a Japanese trailer has appeared on SEGA of Japan’s YouTube Channel:

Thanks SEGANews.net.

ORIGINAL STORY

BBC Earth (the natural history division of BBC Worldwide) has partnered with SEGA to bring 2 attractions to the United States and Japan.

The attractions will be a “unique visitor experience” that fuses nature with technology. Sonic CD: The Experience? I wish.

The attraction will be a 4000 square meter, multi-level visitor experience. The BBC have said the attraction will allow visitors to “undertake an individual adventure using their eyes, ears, hands and minds to explore the wonders of the natural world”.

The attractions will launch this year and exact locations will be announced in the coming months. Other locations for the attraction are expected to follow but there is no indication of a UK launch at this time.

[Source: Digital Spy]

Tokyo Joypolis to Get New Sonic Athletics Attraction April 25th

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

SEGA’s theme-park Tokyo Joypolis in Odaiba, Japan is getting a new Sonic-themed attraction called Sonic Athletics. The new attraction is an 8 player running game that requires the player to actually run on a treadmill. You compete with other players by simply being the fastest runner. Check out some images of the attraction below:

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

Video Spotlight: Gameplay Trailers for Osharemajo Love and Berry Tsuushin

Friday, January 11th, 2013

How can you not like Japanese game development when they make games like this?

Osharemajo: Love and Berry Tsuushin is a Japanese arcade game that works with a series of trading cards. The game is aimed at girls between the ages of 6 and 12 and your first play gives you a card with a barcode which stores all your characters outfits, accessories and hairstyles. Once the characters are dressed the game then proceeds to a rhythm game where you tap a button in time with the tambourine on the screen.

SEGA of Japan have uploaded 2 gameplay trailers to their channel which show the rhythm segment in action:

Now get ready for some awesome clipping!

Edge Investigate What the Japanese Critics Are Saying About Yakuza 5

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Edge have run an interesting feature discussing the critical reaction to Yakuza 5 which was released in Japan on December 6th 2012:

“A massive game then, full of quirky and unique content, with a compelling tale tying it all together. As the current generation of consoles finally seems to be coming to its close, it’s a shame that even with such glowing praise in its native Japan, there haven’t been any plans announced to release in the west what what could be one of PS3′s last major Japanese exclusives. “In terms of volume and quality of content, this is the high point in the Yakuza series. A definite ‘buy’,” says Impress Watch. Would that we could.”

Click here to be taken to the full feature at Edge Online.

Yakuza 5 is still without a Western release date as is the HD re-release of Yakuza 1 & 2. Get your act together SEGA!

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