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German Techno Artist ‘Remute’ Releasing New Album on a Mega Drive Cartridge | SEGA Tunes

Monday, February 4th, 2019

We’re a big fan of new, independent Mega Drive releases, but normally they come in the form of games. This latest development is a 16 track techno album from German artist Remute.

Releasing on March 22nd 2019, this album has been specifically programmed to play back using the Mega Drive’s Yamaha YM2612 sound chip. While the compositions are by Remute, the programming was done by Kabuto and it features graphics by Exocet. Whether this means the cover art or the cartridge also features a graphical equaliser is not known at this time.

Pre-order the album from Remute’s Bandcamp page by clicking here. The cartridge will set you back €33.33. Click the embed below to listen to A Warm Feeling of Total Immersion, which will feature on the full abum:

[Source: Eurogamer]

Unreleased 32X Port of Pinocchio Discovered | YouTube Channel

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

A recently discovered 1995 prototype of Pinocchio for the 32X has been discovered. Dumped by Radar and released by drx, this 32X version of the game features a wider colour palette and some additional layers of parallax scrolling backgrounds. You can see the game in action via our video below, where we also compare it to the eventual 1996 Mega Drive release:

Click here to download the ROM from Hidden Palace if you’d like to try it for yourself. It’s a fascinating little discovery!

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

Tuesday, 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).

Actual Basketball from the NBA Jam Cover Discovered

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Gaming historian Steve Lin of the Video Game History Foundation has managed to win the actual basketball used for the NBA Jam cover art in an online auction. Lin’s intention is to get the item displayed in a museum.

The basketball itself is actually a resin model and it adorned the cover art for the game and various promotional material. NBA Jam made its way onto several SEGA systems including the Mega Drive, Mega-CD and Game Gear back in 1994.

[Source: Kotaku]

‘Pinball on the Mega Drive’ Series Now Complete! | YouTube Channel

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

If you’re not subscribed to our YouTube channel (and if not then please correct that), then you may have missed our series on pinball games for the Mega Drive. As of 05/11/2018, the series is now complete as we uploaded the final episode on Codemasters’s Psycho Pinball. Check it out below:

The full series can be watched in order by going directly to this playlist. It’s a journey of wildly varying quality!

Omega Blast is Another Homebrew Mega Drive Game Celebrating the Console’s 30th Anniversary

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Developed by Nendo, Omega Blast is a vertical ‘bullet hell’ shoot-em-up for the Mega Drive and a near complete version of the game is now available as part of the 30th anniversary of the Japanese launch of the Mega Drive.

This homebrew title is a free download and can be played in a Mega Drive emulator or directly on a Mega Drive itself with use of a flash cart. It’s a very impressive-looking title that reminds us of the infamous NES bullet hell shmup Summer Carnival ’92: Recca. You can see the game in action below:

Click here to go to the Nendo website to download Omega Blast.

New Indie Mega Drive Title Marks 30 Years Since the Mega Drive Launched in Japan

Monday, October 29th, 2018

It’s the 30th anniversary of the Mega Drive, and what better way to celebrate than by playing a brand new Mega Drive game!

Developed by Dr. Ludos, 30 Years of Nintendon’t sees you trying to convince NES owners to buy a Mega Drive instead of a SNES by tempting them with more attractive, Mega Drive-exclusive games. It’s a silly little concept that makes for a fun distraction. You can play it in browser via the game’s Itch page, or alternatively you can download the ROM for use on an actual Mega Drive if you have a flash cart to load it onto.

There are also future plans to release the game on an actual Mega Drive cartridge through Catskull Games. If you’ve got some time to kill and you’re nostalgic for the days when SEGA were a market leader, then why not give 30 Years of Nintendon’t a try?

[Source: Dr. Ludos on Itch]

SEGA’s UK Online Shop Has Finally Opened | Merchandise

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

SEGA’s long-awaited UK online shop has finally opened and there’s some very interesting items up for sale.

There’s merchandise ranges for Yakuza, Alex the Kidd, Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog and more. Some of our favourite items include a very cool set of Yakuza family crest pin badges in a presentation box, an Alex Kidd framed print, a Streets of Rage drawstring bag and the Sonic x Sanio range of crossover plushies.

There’s also merchandise based on consoles so if a Mega Drive and Dreamcast range of clothing is up your street then the SEGA UK shop has you covered. This is probably the most extensive range of SEGA merchandise available outside of SEGA’s US online store, so if you’re based in the UK and have been jealous of the US SEGA shop, you finally have an alternative.

Head on over to the UK SEGA Shop now and browse their many collections. There’s bound to be something that’ll take your fancy.

Official Retro-Bit SEGA Controllers Now Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

The official Mega Drive and SEGA Saturn controllers from Retro-Bit are now available to pre-order on Amazon. The controllers are due to ship on January 31st 2019. They are available in the following configurations:

Mega Drive Classic Edition (available in blue and black) – £14.99
Mega Drive USB Edition (available in blue and black) – £17.99
Mega Drive Blue Tooth Edition – £39.99
Mega Drive Blue Tooth Receiver – £15.99
SEGA Saturn Classic Edition (available in transparent and black) – £17.99
SEGA Saturn USB Edition (available in transparent and black) – £21.99
SEGA Saturn Blue Tooth Edition – £39.99
SEGA Saturn Blue Tooth Receiver – £14.99

Classic editions are for use with original systems, the USB and blue tooth editions are for use with modern systems. The blue tooth editions also feature analogue sticks. A separate blue tooth receiver has to be purchased if you want to use the blue tooth editions with original hardware.

Click here to purchase the Mega Drive controllers or alternatively click here to purchase the SEGA Saturn controllers.

The 2018 Sonic Christmas Jumper Has Arrived | Merchandise

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Numskull designs have revealed a brand new Sonic the Hedgehog knitted Christmas jumper for 2018. The new design features Sonic, Tails and Knuckles snowboarding/skiing in an environment not too dissimilar to Ice Cap from Sonic 3.

The jumper is available to pre-order now from Geek Store and is priced at £39.99. The jumper will ship nearer the end of November 2018.

[Source: Geek Store]

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