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GDC 2020 Exhibitor List Includes “Wonder Boy Universe: Asha in Monster World” from Studio Artdink; Possibly a Monster World IV Remake

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

We’re coming up to a fair number of expos and conferences for the world of video games, including PAX and GDC 2020; and one announcement that hardcore SEGA fans might appreciate may have been let slip by GDC’s exhibitor list.

First noticed by Sonic Paradise’s AshTheDragon on Twitter, the list includes an entry for “Wonder Boy Universe: Asha in Monster World”. For those unaware, Asha is the protagonist of Monster World IV for the SEGA Mega Drive, widely considered to be not only the best title in the series but perhaps one of the best games on the entire system. At one point Japan exclusive, it was later translated by M2 for numerous platforms, including the recent Mega Drive Mini.

The plot thickens further though, as the lovely folks at HardcoreGaming101 actually chimed in to say they’d heard rumblings of this project – and suggest it will be a 3D remake of the original Mega Drive title. They do note that they weren’t aware of Artdink’s involvement, so it’s possible we could be looking at a situation in which Artdink are simply supporting another studio’s development. HG101 are generally a reliable bunch, but as with any rumour, take this specifically with a grain of salt.

Whatever the case we’re very excited to see what this is, and with GDC taking place next month, hopefully there won’t be too long to wait.

[ Source: GDC 2020 Exhibitor List ]

SEGA Arcade Pop-Up History | Review

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

SEGA Arcade Pop-Up History is a wonderful idea in concept. What long-standing SEGA fan doesn’t want a book full of pop-up, cardboard models of some of SEGA’s most iconic, deluxe, arcade cabinets? That’s such a goofy and charming little concept that we instantly jumped on board as soon as this was announced on Kickstarter. But after pawing through the finished product, it often feels like the concept was far better than the end result.

Click here to read our full book review of SEGA Arcade Pop-Up History from Read-Only Memory.

New Streets of Rage 4 Trailer Reveals 5th Playable Character and 4 Player Local Co-Op | Video Spotlight

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

A new Streets of Rage 4 trailer is upon us, and with it brings news of a brand new, 5th playable character in the form of Floyd Iraia. Floyd is a big, heavy-hitting character in the style of Max from Streets of Rage 2, but with the wacky, mechanised arms of Dr. Zan from Streets of Rage 3. Check him out in action by watching the latest trailer below:

Alongside the news of Floyd’s addition to the character roster, Streets of Rage 4 will support 2 player online co-op and for the first time in the franchise, 4 player co-op action will be supported in local multiplayer. Streets of Rage 4 is due to release at some point in 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch.

Streets of Rage 4 and Golden Axe Figures Showcased at Toy Fair 2020 | Merchandise

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

Toy Fair 2020 is currently underway in New York and a selection of figures based on Streets of Rage 4 and Golden Axe have shown up. These figures have been produced by Storm Collectibles and while the Axel figure is currently without a release date (likely because the game is still without a release date), the Golden Axe figures are due for release soon. See below for the full list of release dates and prices:

– Ax Battler (releasing March 20th for $130)
– Skeleton 2 Pack (releasing April 20th for $60)
– Axel (release date and pricing to be confirmed)

More images of the figures can be viewed below:

[Source: The Toy Ark]

Sonic the Hedgehog 2020 Movie Review | Feature

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

It’s finally arrived – the first movie based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and released to theaters is now upon us, and both myself (Sonic Yoda) and Tracker have been to see it!

Click here to read our review of the 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog movie and find out whether we thought it did the franchise justice.

Both of us weigh in on the film so you get a double dose of critical analysis on what has to be one of the most interesting pieces of Sonic media to date. Enjoy!

Cult Dreamcast Title L.O.L. Lack of Love Receives English Language Translation

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

Another cult SEGA title receives an English language translation! For this release it’s time to get acquainted with the Dreamcast cult life sim L.O.L.: Lack of Love, which has been Japan exclusive since it’s original 2000 release.

L.O.L.: Lack of Love puts you in control of a primitive creature on an alien world who must evolve to stay alive as the planet is being slowly terraformed. The game infamously features no heads-up-display and is played in a non-linear fashion. You can talk to or eat other life forms to advance your evolution.

If you’d like to try the game you can download the patch from Romhacking.net. You will require a CDI or GDI disc image of the game and you can use the Romhacking.net online patching tool to apply the patch to the disc image.

Japanese Mega Drive RPG Madō Monogatari I Receives English Language Patch

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

The Madō Monogatari series has long been a Japanese exclusive franchise, but that changes today as the Mega Drive remake of the first 3 games is now available in English for the very first time.

Western gamers will recognise the characters of Madō Monogatari from their later appearances in the Puyo Puyo franchise, but they actually debuted here. The action of Madō Monogatari is largely a traditional JRPG which is why an English language patch is so essential to play it. With this patch the game becomes Sorcery Saga I in English.

If you would like to try Madō Monogatari I in English then the patch can be downloaded now from Romhacking.net. You will need a copy of the original Madō Monogatari ROM file and you can apply the English language patch using Romhacking.net’s online ROM patching utility.

[Source: SEGAbits]

Sakura Wars Coming to the West on April 28th 2020 for PS4, Launch Edition Revealed

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

SEGA has officially confirmed that “Shin Sakura Wars” will be launching westwards under the name Sakura Wars, for Playstation 4.

The game offers a unique blend of dating sim and action RPG gameplay, against the backdrop of a fictionalised Japan. As SEGA’s site for the game puts it:

The stage is set in a steampunk version of 1940s Imperial Tokyo. Only a short while ago, a cataclysmic event destroyed the Imperial Combat Revue of Tokyo, the capital’s global defense force stationed at the Imperial Theater. Now home to the Flower Division, an inept rookie squad who also strives to impart hope on the citizenry with their theatrical talents, the theater has fallen on hard times and risks closure. It’s up to Seijuro Kamiyama as the captain of the new Tokyo revue to lead his squad and restore the Imperial Combat Revue and the theater back to their former glory! With the help of the revue’s five colorful performers, he must rise to the challenge of competing in the Combat Revue World Games, protecting the inhabitants of Tokyo and getting the theater back on track.

Also notable is that the game runs on the Hedgehog Engine 2 – the very same engine used to deliver Sonic Forces’ graphics. It looks like it’s been put to good use here, too.

The game is currently slated as a PS4 exclusive, with no word on ports to other consoles or PC. The launch edition will include a reversible cover and sticker set.

[ Sakura Wars | Official Website]

Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! Launches for PS4 on February 25th

Monday, February 10th, 2020

It’s been announced via the Playstation website that Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! will be releasing on February 25th in America, and the 26th in Europe.

The game is a brand new adventure in the Space Channel 5 series, seeing Ulala return to her reporting duties alongside a slew of new characters. On offer are various modes, including Story Mode, an Arcade Mode for beginners, Trial Dance, Viewing Mode, as well as extra content such as unlockable outfits for Ulala and a set of character biographies. Ulala’s also sporting a new voice actress – Cherami Leigh, who SEGA fans may recognise from her role as Makoto Nijima in Persona 5.

There’s no word on a PC release date yet, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for one. Full details are available via Playstation.

Sonic & Eggman Ducks Join Tubbz Line of Cosplaying Ducks from Numskull | Merchandise

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Numskull have been producing a line of model ducks that cosplay as various video game and cult movie characters for a while now, but with the release of their 2nd wave of ducks they have also introduced Sonic and Eggman ducks.

Each Tubbz duck comes in a presentation case shaped like a bath. Even though the models float, they are a bit too top heavy for their own good and don’t float upright on the water’s surface.

You can order the Eggman Tubbz duck by clicking here, or you can order the Sonic Tubbz duck by clicking here. Each duck costs £12.99 each.

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