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Al Nilsen Tried to Promote Streets of Rage 2 by Blowing Up a Building

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Al Nilsen (who you may or may not know as SEGA of America’s Director of Marketing from 1989 to 1993) attempted to promote the release of Streets of Rage 2 by blowing up a building. Check out the comment from the man himself during a recent Reddit Q&A session:

“Streets of Rage 2 almost didn’t happen. SOR1 was a much bigger hit in the US than in Japan, and Japan didn’t want to make a sequel. We desperately wanted it, but didn’t have the development resources in the US to make it, so we had to rely on Japan. After MUCH cajoling they agreed to do it. But since they started late, the game wouldn’t be available until December 5, 1992. Due to the late date many retailers wouldn’t take shipments due to the Christmas rush. So I needed a way to get the word out about SOR2, so it would be another reason (beyond Sonic 2) for people to buy Genesis over SNES.

So I came up with a contest where the grand prize was going to be to let the winner “push the button” to actually implode a big building. Who wouldn’t want to do that. Unfortunately we couldn’t pull it off because of the problems of finding a building where state laws would allow it, plus how could we get insurance to cover it, etc.

But it would have been a contest that nobody would forget”

While the description of the PR stunt sounds incredible, what really intrigues us is the discovery that the original Streets of Rage was not that big a hit in Japan. Who would’ve thought that without SEGA of America’s push for a sequel we would never have 3 of the best beat-em-ups in the history of the genre. Maybe it’s this exact reason why the series never continued past the 16 bit era.

[Source: Reddit]

Read-Only Memory Take to Kickstarter for SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Collected Works Book

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Read-Only Memory (the team behind the Sensible Software 1986–1999 book) have taken to Kickstarter to seek funding for their next book entitled SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works. The hardback, litho printed book features 20 interviews with key SEGA development staff as well as features on many classic games like Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog and Gunstar Heroes.

A copy of the book will cost you £30 with additional postage costs for those outside the UK. The final product is expected to launch in June 2014. The project as already raised a whopping £17,899 of its £30,000 goal with 27 days left to go.

Click here to be taken straight to the Kickstarter page for SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works.

Release Dates for SEGA 3D Classics Announced

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Finally! The release dates for the Western releases of SEGA’s 3D classics range for the 3DS eShop have been revealed! Check below for the full list:

3D Space Harrier & 3D Super Hang-On – 28/11/2013
3D Sonic The Hedgehog & 3D Altered Beast – 5/12/2013
3D Ecco the Dolphin & 3D Galaxy Force II – 12/12/2013
3D Shinobi III & 3D Streets of Rage – 19/12/2013

Each title will cost $5.99/€4.99/£4.49 depending on your region.

[Source: SEGA Blog]

Metal Band ‘Centiment’ Making Album Called ‘Streets of Rage’

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Now this might be a bit of a tenuous SEGA link but I think it’s worth mentioning. British metalcore/electronica band Centiment (who also feature members of InMe) are running a Pledge Music campaign for their debut album. What’s the album called? Why ‘Streets of Rage’ of course!

Other than being named after a famous SEGA beat-em-up, the band are also offering a remix version of the album which will feature “more than a little nod to video game music”. All the donation tiers are also cleverly named after generations of video game consoles with the lower levels being ’16bit’ and the highest level being ’128bit’.

If video game inspired metal is your cup of tea then you might want to consider making a pledge towards Centiment’s album. You can access the Pledge Music page for the album by clicking here and download a free song by clicking here.

Fan Scene: OC Remix Planning 3 Streets of Rage Remix Albums

Monday, August 19th, 2013

OC Remix forum user Dusk has made an announcement regarding 3 new Streets of Rage remix albums. The albums are intended to be released a year apart and will cover each game in the original series.

Dusk is asking for volunteers to create the music for each album now as seen in this forum post: CLICK HERE

12 of the 14 tracks to be featured on the first album have been claimed with our friend DiGi Valentine from NightsintoDreams.com featuring on one track.

[Source: SEGA Fans]

SEGA 3D Classics Finally Headed to Europe

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

The SEGA 3D Classics range for Nintendo 3DS has finally been confirmed for Europe! Altered Beast, Ecco the Dolphin, Galaxy Force II, Shinobi III, Sonic The Hedgehog, Space Harrier, Streets of Rage and Super Hang-On will all release “soon” on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. You can see the announcement in the latest Nintendo Direct at the 5:13 mark:

[Source: SEGAbits]

Backbone Unsuccessfully Pitched New ESWAT and Streets of Rage Games

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Now here’s an interesting development! Backbone Entertainment responsible for the SEGA Vintage Collection, SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection and SEGA Mega Drive Collection for PSP pitched new Streets of Rage and ESWAT games to SEGA.

They were unfortunately unsuccessful in their endevour but concept art for both titles has now been leaked online. Check it out:

[Source: SEGANews.net via Siliconera]

SEGA Tunes: MegaDriver Cover M.U.S.H.A. and Streets of Rage

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Mega Drive heavy metal covers band MegaDriver have been uploading these cool little ‘Game Metal Play’ videos which feature a re-arranged version of a song featured on a specific SEGA game but actually inserted into the game. We featured the Outrun cover a little while ago but since then MegaDriver have released Streets of Rage and M.U.S.H.A. covers which sound brilliant. Check them out:

Want more? MegaDriver have also released a few new songs in the past couple of months including Golden Axe and Sonic songs. Click here to be taken to their song list on their official website.

Fan Scene: Streets of Rage Movie

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Now here’s a cool little YouTube project! TheStreetStupid have made a 2 part Streets of Rage fan movie that combines elements of the entire trilogy into a live action series of confrontations. Check them out below:

Thanks to Titanscreed for making us aware of these videos!

Video Spotlight: Cancelled Streets of Rage “Reimagining” Footage Leaks Online UPDATE

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

UPDATE

A new version of the leaked Streets of Rage reimagining footage has been uploaded which now includes sound. The prototype footage features a playable game and is not pre-rendered.

Ruffian Games business and management chief Gary Liddon (who also uploaded this new video) has also revealed more about the game:

“It was something we built very rapidly and represents pre-pre-pre-pre (lots of pres) pre-Alpha quality. Even so it has a certain charm :) What’s the story behind it all? Like a lot of developers we work on a lot of different prototypes, they’re just not usually shown in public. In this case an older version of the same video was leaked last week which came as a bit of a surprise if I’m honest. As it had no sound I thought there wouldn’t be any harm sharing a version with audio. Beyond that there’s not a lot more I can say unfortunately :)

Sean Noonan has also chimed in to answer a question about why the game was cancelled. His response: “I don’t really have a solid answer to that :(

[Source: Eurogamer]

ORIGINAL STORY

Check out this stunning leaked footage of a proposed Streets of Rage “reimagining” that would have been developed by Ruffian Games. Am I gutted this got cancelled:

Streets Of Rage from Huff Allium on Vimeo.

[Source: Sean Noonan on Twitter]

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