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Binary Domain is Now Xbox Backwards Compatible Alongside FPS Boosted Sonic Unleashed + Other SEGA Titles

November 15th, 2021

A handful of SEGA Xbox and 360 games have been added to the Xbox Series X|S backwards compatibility list. The main highlight comes in the form of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s 3rd person shooter Binary Domain which also gets a 60 FPS boost with its arrival. See below for the full list of SEGA/Atlus additions:

– Binary Domain (with FPS boost)
– Gunvalkyrie
– Otogi: Myth of Demons
– Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
– Rock of Ages (with FPS boost)

An additional handful of Sonic games that were already backwards compatible have also received a 60 FPS boost. The most interesting of these is Sonic Unleashed which has only ever been playable in 30 FPS. The full list of FPS boosted titles now follows:

– Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed FPS boost
– Sonic Generations FPS boost
– Sonic Unleashed FPS boost

All of these updates are available to Xbox Series X|S owners now. Series S owners will need to own the games digitally in order to play them.

[Sources: doctoroak and Nibellion on Twitter]

Puyo Puyo Chronicle English Translation Patch Released | Fan Scene

November 7th, 2021

The fan translation group Precise Museum have released a full, English-translated patch of Puyo Puyo Chronicle for the 3DS. Puyo Puyo Chronicle is a hybrid puzzle/RPG title that was released in Japan only for the series’s 25th anniversary back in December 2016. You can check out the launch trailer below:

The English language patch for Puyo Puyo Chronicle can be downloaded by clicking here. Instructions on how to patch 3DS games on a jail-broken 3DS can be found by clicking here.

New Japanese Mega Drive Game ‘Repair Chan’s Repair Strategy’ Now Available to Order

October 23rd, 2021

Habit Soft have produced a new Mega Drive version of their Game Boy Color game Repair Chan’s Repair Strategy and the game is available to order now. Unfortunately, the game is entirely Japan exclusive at the time of writing and will only ship to Japanese addresses.

Repair Chan’s Repair Strategy is a puzzle game where you must fly Repair Chan to various platforms around a stage and charge them up to beat the stage. The game has an interestingly flying mechanic where you need to flap Repair Chan’s 2 pigtails independently in order to control her in the air. You can check out some footage of the game in action via the embed below:

You can order the game from Game Impact’s webstore by clicking here.

Panorama Cotton Being Re-Released on Mega Drive by Strictly Limited Games

October 23rd, 2021

Strictly Limited Games have secured the rights to the cult classic Mega Drive shooter Panorama Cotton and are producing a limited edition version of the game for PS4, Switch and Mega Drive. The Mega Drive version will be available in PAL or NTSC formats with matching artwork based on the regions priced at €49.99. This will be the first time the game has been officially released outside of Japan and also the first time the game has been made available in English.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering any of these ports then direct links to each version can be found below. Pre-orders have not gone live at the time of writing but are “coming soon”:

Panorama Cotton (PS4)
Panorama Cotton (PS4 Collector’s Edition)
Panorama Cotton (Switch)
Panorama Cotton (Switch Collector’s Edition)
Panorama Cotton (MD PAL)
Panorama Cotton (Genesis NTSC)

Panorama Cotton is infamous for being one of the most visually impressive games on the Mega Drive. Click the embed below to see it in action courtesy of World of Longplays:

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania | Review

October 16th, 2021

After the disappointment that Sonic Colours Ultimate left in its wake, I was a little uneasy going into Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania. It certainly looked the part, but I still had this nagging feeling that they were going to dramatically mess something up. Thankfully, my fears were for nought. Banana Mania does almost everything I could want from a remake of Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, albeit with a few small issues that impact the experience to varying degrees.

Click here to read our full review of the Xbox Series X version of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania.

Watch the First Trailer for Shenmue the Animation | Video Spotlight

October 8th, 2021

Announced back in September 2020, Shenmue the Animation will be a 13 episode animated series that adapts the events of both Shenmue 1 & 2. The series is being distributed in the West by Adult Swim and Crunchy Roll and now we finally have our first look at the series in action. Check it out via the embed below:

Shenmue the Animation will debut on Adult Swim and Crunchy Roll at some point in 2022. The series will be directed by Sakurai Chikara of Telecom Animation Film Studios and managed by Sola Entertainment.

[Source: Kotaku]

Toshihiro Nagoshi Leaves SEGA in Big RGG Studio Restructure

October 8th, 2021

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio have revealed that long time leads Toshihiro Nagoshi and Daisuke Sato have left the company and the studio has undergone a restructure as a result. Masayoshi Yokoyama will now take over from Nagoshi as the studio’s Director and Executive Producer.

Toshihiro Nagoshi has been a SEGA mainstay since 1989, starting as a designer and director on games like Virtua Racing, Daytona USA and Shenmue before finding fame as the lead director of the Super Monkey Ball and Yakuza franchises.

Daisuke Sato is also a long-tenured SEGA employee starting his career on field map production for 1995’s Magic Knight Rayearth on the Saturn and having designer credits on games like SEGA Super GT, Virtua Fighter 3tb and Shenmue. Sato’s career highlights also include directing duties Yakuza 3 and Binary Domain.

You can read the full story on RGG Studio’s restructure by clicking this link.

[Source: RGG Studio Website]

Learn About the Final Days of the Ikebukuro SEGA GiGO Arcade in This Fascinating Documentary from Tokyo Lens | Video Spotlight

October 6th, 2021

As previously reported, on the 20th of September 2021, SEGA Japan closed the doors on one of its biggest arcades in the form of the SEGA GiGO located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. While the arcade lives on through a virtual recreation that you can explore at home, the Tokyo Lens YouTube channel has created a short documentary about the arcade and why arcades are closing Japan with increasing frequency. It also contains interviews with the venue’s actual staff and managers and it offers some fascinating insight into the Japanese arcade industry in 2021.

Click the embed below to watch Tokyo Lens’s ‘Japan’s Arcades are DISAPPEARING’ documentary:

Gleylancer Getting Digital Re-Release on Modern Platforms, Releasing Next Week

October 6th, 2021

A surprise re-release of Advanced Busterhawk Gleylancer is heading to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S next week. This digital re-release of the Mega Drive shoot-em-up classic arrives on October 15th 2021 and is available in English for the first time ever in an official format.

The port is being handled by Ratalaika Games and boasts enhanced accessibility features and fully translated cut scenes. You can watch the game’s launch trailer by clicking the embed below:

Retro-Bit Reveal Officially Licensed Larger 6 Button Mega Drive Controllers in 3 Button Form Factor

September 26th, 2021

Retro-Bit Gaming have revealed that they are officially working with SEGA on a new Mega Drive controller shaped like the original 3 button Mega Drive controller but now with 6 button functionality.

While there is currently no word on a release date and only a single production mock-up image, Retro-Bit have promised the controller will be sold in original port, USB wired, and 2.4 GHz wireless (with USB-C) variants and more details are coming soon. This should be a great alternative for those looking for a bluetooth Mega Drive controller for the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack which adds a selection of Mega Drive games to the service. Japan are getting an official bluetooth 6 button Mega Drive controller for the Switch, but unfortunately Western Mega Drive fans have to settle with a 3 button pad if they buy from Nintendo directly.

Retro-Bit Gaming are no stranger to SEGA controllers and have developed and released a line of Mega Drive and SEGA Saturn controllers in the past.

[Source: Retro-Bit Gaming on Twitter]

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