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SEGA Saturn Code Sampler Unearthed, Including Obscure Sonic Artwork

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

If there’s one SEGA console that gets a rough reception in the West, it’s the SEGA Saturn. But it was certainly a unique specimen – which is why a newly dumped sampler disc demonstrating its numerous graphical features comes as an interesting look into the hardware’s capabilities.

The disc demonstrates rotation effects, how sprites could used in a way similar to clipping masks, and there’s even a short shoot-em up game to play (as well as plenty of Fantasy Zone sprites). Sonic fans may also notice just how many graphical techniques the recent Sonic Mania lifted from the original hardware in the name of authenticity! But that’s not all that’s here for Sonic fans – as there’s several unique pieces of artwork on the disc too, used as part of graphical effect tests.

Since the effects can make the artwork somewhat hard to see, we’ve ripped them from the demo for your viewing pleasure below.

It’s always cool to see development software come to light, and makes for a great way of getting insight into how our favourite games worked. The Saturn, underrated as it is, is no exception.

[Source: SEGAXtreme ]

When Tracker isn’t playing SEGA games, he’s talking about SEGA games. Or drawing about SEGA games. Or being a student that does all of the above. You can also catch him over on Twitter.

Panzer Dragoon Saga to Get Vinyl/CD Soundtrack Release Through Brave Wave | Merchandise

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Brave Wave Productions (who previously released the Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 soundtracks on vinyl) are back with a new SEGA soundtrack release in the form of SEGA Saturn rarity, Panzer Dragoon Saga. The soundtrack will get a 20th anniversary release on vinyl, CD and digitally through Bandcamp. The vinyl pressing comes on lilac-coloured wax and includes a free download of the digital soundtrack. Click below on the various links to pre-order the Panzer Dragoon Saga in your specific region and format:

Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Album – Digital Release via Bandcamp
Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Album – Vinyl and CDs for North American Distribution
Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Album – Vinyl and CDs for European Distribution

The Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Album releases worldwide on the 29th of January 2018 through Brave Wave Productions.

Webmaster and lead writer at SEGADriven. Likes old games, heavy music and too much pizza. Follow on Twitter @sonicyoda

Earliest Sonic R Prototype Discovered

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Jon Burton from Traveller’s Tales and his fascinating GameHut YouTube channel is at it again with a fascinating look at the earliest known prototype of Sonic R. The track featured in this prototype wouldn’t make it into the final game and there’s a lot of artwork and assets on show that have never been seen before. You can see the prototype in action by clicking the embed below:

Burton has previously released footage of 2 later prototypes of Sonic R and they can also be watched by clicking the links below:
Sonic R Prototype ver. 0.3
Sonic R Prototype ver. 0.2

[Source: GameHut]

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YouTube Channel: SEGA Items at the Centre for Computing History

Friday, August 11th, 2017

We visited the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge and had a look at all their SEGA stuff! The centre is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am ’til 5pm. Adult entry is £8.

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Review: Tilt! on the SEGA Saturn

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

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Tilt! (or Hyper 3D Pinball depending on where you’re from) is quite an extensive package for a 1996 pinball sim. Developed by NMS Software, this game features a whopping 6 unique tables to choose from, 2 camera angles and additional cut-scenes when you lock a ball in play. There’s a hell of a lot of pinball packed onto this disc, but is it all worth your time?

Click here to read our full review of Tilt! on the SEGA Saturn.

Webmaster and lead writer at SEGADriven. Likes old games, heavy music and too much pizza. Follow on Twitter @sonicyoda

Review: Digital Pinball on the SEGA Saturn

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

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Pinball is high score gaming in its purest form; smack a chrome ball around a table and watch the numbers go up. There’s obviously a little more to it than that, but pinball offers a great feedback loop as you hit targets, bumpers and ramps and the machine blasts noise and light at you to indicate you’re doing well. It’s a visceral and exciting experience that will cost you an arm and a leg if you ever wanted to buy your own table and maintain it, so thankfully pinball simulation games came to the rescue to allow us all to enjoy the thrill of pinball from our homes.

Click here to read the full review of Digital Pinball for the SEGA Saturn.

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New Additions to Hardware, Merchandise and Select Reviews

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

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Various updates have been made to the hardware section, merchandise sections and some select reviews on the website. Look below for all the new additions and changes on the website:

Behind the Scenes at SEGA added to the SEGA Book Catalogue
– The infra red control pad II entry in the Mega Drive hardware section has received updates with all new images and scans of the box and contents
– The Dreamcast Scart Cable has been added to the SEGA hardware section
– Issue 11 of DC-UK, issue 29 of Nintendo: The Official Magazine, issue 100 of Playstation 2: Official Magazine UK, Issue 17 of SEGA Magazine and issue 1 of SEGA Zone have been added to the magazines section
– The Data Discs vinyl release of the Panzer Dragoon soundtrack has been added to the Music section
– The Data Discs vinyl release of The Revenge of Shinobi soundtrack has been added to the Music section
– The Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice review now features cover artwork, instruction sheet and cartridge scans
– The Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X review now features cover artwork, instruction sheet and cartridge scans
– The 8th generation of SEGA releases has been updated to include every SEGA release from this generation
– You can now navigate our old front page news posts easier by using our new Archive section

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Review: Die Hard Trilogy for SEGA Saturn

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

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In today’s review we take a look at Fox Interactive’s Die Hard Trilogy compilation. Can Probe Entertainment port the Playstation classic to the Saturn and retain its intensive particle effects, multitude of character models and overall detail? Read our full review to find out what we thought of their efforts.

Click here to read the full review of Die Hard Trilogy on SEGA Saturn. This review can also be accessed from the SEGA Saturn section of our First Party Reviews section.

Webmaster and lead writer at SEGADriven. Likes old games, heavy music and too much pizza. Follow on Twitter @sonicyoda

Merchandise: New Books and Magazines Added

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

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We’re back once again with more additions to our merchandise section. We now have a couple of new entries in the Books section and 4 new entries in the Magazines section. Here’s the full list of additions:

– The Official SEGA Mega Drive Power Tips Book added to Books
– The Official SEGA Mega Drive Power Tips Book 2 added to Books
– Dreamcast: The Official Dreamcast Magazine issue 19 added to magazines
– Saturn Power issue 10 added to magazines
– SEGA Saturn Magazine issue 22 added to magazines
– SEGA Zone issue 3 added to magazines

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More Updates to the Hardware Section

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

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More updates to the hardware section! Look below for a detailed list of what has been added:

Game Gear added
Dreamcast Keyboard added
Dreamcast Microphone added
Dreamcast Controller added
Vibration Pack added
Mega Drive Game Genie added
Mega Drive Region Converter added
PowerBase Mini added
CD BackUp RAM Cart added
SEGA Saturn 3D Control Pad added
SEGA Saturn MK-80313 Control Pad added
Visual Memory Unit added

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