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SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing Coming to Switch This Spring in Japan, New Screenshots and Details

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

UPDATE 20/03/19: This article previously stated the replay feature was new to Virtua Racing – as CubeDragonX has pointed out, it’s actually from the rare Virtua Formula version of the game. The article has been amended to reflect this. 

SEGA has re-confirmed Virtua Racing for the SEGA AGES line on Nintendo Switch, now with a fresh slew of details as to what exactly will be in the port – and we have to say, it’s sounding pretty snazzy.

Firstly, the game will support up to 8 players locally and 1v1 online. There’ll also be a splitscreen view for local matches, so you can see how other racers are doing. In addition to this, the Normal race and Endurance based Grand Prix modes are both accounted for.

One very impressive new feature is that replay mode in VR’s port is a step up from the other AGES titles, which offered a robust but simple means of watching back your run. Virtua Racing’s replay mode is actually taken from the rare, high-end Virtua Formula version of the game, with live commentary from Mr. Virt McPolygon! No, really. That’s his name.

On the whole, it’s shaping up to be an incredible way to bring Virtua Racing’s arcade version home for the first time. We’ll keep an eye out for a more solid release date, though given the silence on Puyo Puyo’s AGES release it’s likely to be a while. And that’s just for Japan – the SEGA AGES line has been silent in the West for over 2 whole months now, and it’s unclear when the next game in the West’s lineup, Gain Ground, will actually be released.

You can check out all of the screenshots over at the SEGA AGES site.

New Team Sonic Racing Trailer Showcases Customisation Options | Video Spotlight

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

A brand new Team Sonic Racing trailer has debuted at SXSW and it showcases a whole host of new customisation options for the various playable characters in the game.

New paint and decals can be applied to all cars and there are even interchangeable tires and horns. These items are unlocked in-game through use of a virtual currency that is earned through play. You can see what options are available if you click the embed below:

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

SEGA AGES: Alex Kidd in Miracle World Launching in Japan February 21st for Nintendo Switch

Monday, February 18th, 2019

After what feels like a lifetime, the next SEGA AGES game is finally coming to the Japanese Nintendo eShop. Alex Kidd in Miracle World will launch this Thursday, February 21st, at a price point of 925 JPY. The game boasts a slew of new features, that we recently reported on.

There’s no word on a Western release date currently. SEGA America previously released a press release stating Gain Ground and Puyo Puyo would launch in the SEGA AGES line in the West this month, but it would appear those plans have gone down the toilet. We’ll keep you updated on any news on the Western front.

Alex Kidd in Miracle World Now The Next SEGA AGES Release, New Features Detailed

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

UPDATE 14/02/19 – It’s now been confirmed that the Time Trial challenges from the 360 and PS3 port of Alex Kidd in Miracle World are indeed in this port. The article has been adjusted accordingly.

SEGA has revealed through its Japanese Twitter account that Puyo Puyo is no longer set to be the next SEGA AGES title – instead the Master System classic Alex Kidd in Miracle World will be the next game coming to the Nintendo Switch lineup.

The game will come with a hefty slew of new features to boot. Now before each stage starts, a newly drawn piece of art provides a glimpse of the area ahead, not too dissimilar to the likes of Kirby’s Adventure on the NES. If that wasn’t enough, the game will now have an arranged FM soundtrack alongside its original tunes. This also includes a previously unused track finding its way into the game. In addition, there’s changes to the continue system and a rewind function to facilitate new players, a standard and expected feature of M2’s ports. Time trials for certain stages, first seen in the SEGA Vintage Collection port of the game, will also be in this port.

Unfortunately the game doesn’t have a release date yet, nor does the seemingly delayed Puyo Puyo. We’ll update if one is revealed down the road.

SEGA AGES OutRun Music Collection Announced

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

The SEGA AGES version of OutRun for Nintendo Switch is getting its very own soundtrack release via Wavemaster.

The album encompasses all of the music available in the recent Switch release, meaning the original arcade tracks, the tracks made for the 3DS release, and the new tracks for the Switch release. In addition, the original versions of the songs rearranged for the Switch release are also included, as well as a “SHOCK TRANCE” arrangement of Magical Sound Shower by original composer Hiro.

Advance sales start in Japan on February 23rd at the Tokyo Game Music Show, for roughly £17.60. There’s currently no word of it making it to streaming platforms, but fingers crossed.

The full tracklist is as follows: (more…)

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes for Nintendo Switch Adding a Jet Set Radio Shirt

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

The latest from Grasshopper Manufacture, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes has just landed on Nintendo Switch. There’s plenty of updates and downloadable content on the way, and the head honcho of Grasshopper, Suda51, has given us a glimpse at what’s in store – and the result makes us Understand the Concept of Love more than we’d expected.

In Travis Strikes Again, a huge marketing focus was placed on the ingame shirts Travis can wear, depicting an array of indie titles. It appears the next wave of shirts being added in February will now focus on gaming “Legends” – of which Suda evidently considers Jet Set Radio one. Right on!

Time will tell if more of SEGA’s repertoire is added to Travis’ wardrobe (there’s certainly enough to choose from), but as is, this is a very unexpected and extremely cool surprise.

[Source: Suda51 on Twitter]

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.

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.

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]

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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