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The First Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer Has Arrived | Video Spotlight

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

The first trailer for Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie is here! Get your first look at Sonic and Dr. Robotnik in action by clicking the embed below:

All the previous imagery and leaks appear to have come true. The CGI Sonic is voiced by Ben Schwartz and seems to be a “realistic” take on the character with fur covering his whole body apart from his shoes. Sonic’s body shape is also quite human-proportioned. Jim Carrey’s Robotnik does have hair, but as alluded to in the final shot of the trailer, he appears to lose it and gain a lengthier mustache at some point during the film.

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie releases on November 8th 2019 in the US. The film also stars James Marsden and is being directed by Jeff Fowler in his feature film debut.

SEGA AGES Virtua Racing Now Available On Nintendo Switch in Japan

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

The SEGA AGES re-release of SEGA’s arcade smash-hit Virtua Racing is now available to download from the Japanese Nintendo eShop. The game will run you 999JPY.

Unlike previous ports, this is a straight re-release of the arcade version. The downside to this approach is it means no new tracks or cars, as was the case in Virtua Racing Deluxe. However, the game supports 8-player local multiplayer and 1v1 online play. It also includes a specialised replay feature, based on the live broadcast function of the extremely rare “Virtua Formula” release of the game.

There’s currently no Western release date for this or SEGA AGES: Puyo Puyo, but we’ll let you know if one shows up.

Persona 5 Royal Announced, Releases West on PS4 in 2020

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Persona 5 Royal has been formally announced. The title is essentially an expanded remake of Persona 5, with a slew of new content. It is currently a PS4 exclusive.

This includes new outfits, a “third semester” added to the year the game takes place across, updated graphics, new areas and two new characters – Yoshizawa Kasumi and Takuto Maruki. The game launches under the title Persona 5: The Royal in Japan on October 31st, but western gamers will have to wait a little while longer.

This just leaves the question of what “P5S” is – presumably we’ll find out at the second day of Persona’s Super Live event, which is tomorrow.

The Japanese trailer is far more in-depth and can be seen below:

[ Source: Famitsu ]

Puyo Puyo eSports Coming West as Puyo Puyo Champions, Releases May 7th 2019

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

The previously Eastern-exclusive Puyo Puyo eSports will launch in the West on May 7th 2019 as Puyo Puyo Champions, for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.

This title is built heavily on the Puyo Puyo Tetris engine and focus heavily on both local and online multiplayer. You can check out the reveal trailer below:

Puyo Puyo Champions will release for £7.99 as a digital-only release.

A Casual Look at the Modern Sonic Series on Steam | Feature

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

It is our pleasure to introduce you to a guest feature written by our good friend Pete “TitansCreed” Nethercote!

In this feature, TitansCreed takes a casual look at the Modern Sonic games that are available on Steam, and what it’s like to stream them. If you’re a PC owner and a streamer then this is an interesting little article that might help you prioritise which Sonic games are worthy of you and your audience’s time.

Click here to read the full article.

First Full Trailer for SEGA’s Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game Now Live | Video Spotlight

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

The first full in-game trailer for SEGA’s new Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game is now live and available to watch via the embed below. A large selection of the different disciplines are featured, including basketball, tennis, BMX, football, baseball and swimming:

The Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game is due to launch on PS4 and Switch on the 24th of July 2019 in Japan. There is currently no word on a Western release date.

Box of STI Floppy Disks Contain Unreleased Mega Drive Game, Sonic 2 Development Documents and Other Rarities

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

A collection of floppy disks previously owned by SEGA Technical Institute employee Tom Payne has ended up in the hands of Jason Moorhouse, a California-based retro game shop owner. With the help of Frank Cifaldi of the Video Game History Foundation, Bob Morgan and Jessie Perez, these disks have been dumped and converted into a readable format and some incredible discoveries have been made.

The most interesting of the bunch is an unreleased Mega Drive game called Spinny & Spike vs the Nightmare King. The game is not in a playable state, but various art assets have been ripped and a selection of them are viewable here:

Also included are a huge selection of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 development documents. A lot of these documents are previously released concepts by Yasushi Yamaguchi, but there are some new discoveries in here and we’ve included a selection below.

If you want to read the full story on the origins of the box of floppies and exactly what is contained on each disk then click here to go to the Megabits blog and have a look around. There is some truly fascinating stuff here.

New Additions to Music Section | Merchandise

Friday, April 19th, 2019

A fresh selection of music releases have now been added to the Music Index in our Merchandise section. See below for the full list of additions. Click the links to be taken straight to each entry:

History of Sonic Music: 20th Anniversary Edition
Crush 40 – Live!
Lost and Found: Shadow the Hedgehog Vocal Trax
MadWorld: Official Soundtrack
Pier Solar and the Great Architects: The Definitive Original Soundtrack

Thunder Force IV Vinyl by Data Discs Now Added to Music Section | Merchandise

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

An extensive article on the Thunder Force IV triple LP by Data Discs has now been added to our Music Catalogue in the Merchandise section. It features information about the release, a complete track listing and high quality images of the sleeve, inserts and the records themselves.

Click here to go directly to the page on the Thunder Force IV triple LP from Data Discs.

More Titles Announced for the Mega Drive Mini, including World of Illusion and Streets of Rage 2

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

A fresh batch of games have been announced for the Mega Drive Mini. As with the first set, the titles vary by region, but there’s some surprising picks for both regions – namely in the form of the Disney Mickey Mouse titles! The announcement also confirms the previously mooted “one game per series” policy only applies to the Japanese version of the mini console, as Sonic 2 has been confirmed for the Western edition now.

The new batch for the Western Mega Drive/Genesis Mini is:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
  • Shinobi III – Return of the Ninja Master
  • Thunder Force III
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Contra Hard Corps/Probotector
  • Landstalker

The new batch for the Japanese version is after the jump:

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