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Officially SEGA-Licensed Tianli VCD Players Added to Hardware Section

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

2 new additions have arrived in our SEGA Hardware section in the form of 2 models of Tianli VCD players.

In 1998 SEGA officially licensed Chinese home entertainment company Tianli the rights to make VCD players combined with Mega Drive hardware for sale in the Chinese market. Games were distributed on VCD compilations instead of cartridges and the systems themselves also have 2 controller inputs for use with actual Mega Drive controllers.

Click below to read the 2 articles we now have on the following models of Tianli VCD player:

Tianli TL-K989GE Education VCD Player
Tianli TL-D2000G DVD Game Player

Picross S: Mega Drive & Mark III Edition Releasing August 5th on Switch

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

The long awaited release of Picross S: Mega Drive & Mark III Edition is finally upon us as Jupiter have revealed the game will release worldwide on August 5th 2021 on the Nintendo Switch eShop. The game is a retro SEGA themed take on the Picross formula with characters from 59 Mega Drive and Master System games appearing across the various puzzles. You can check out the latest trailer below:

Picross S: Mega Drive & Mark III Edition will feature 480 puzzles that can be played across 4 modes: standard Picross, Mega Picross, Colour Picross and Clip Picross. There is also 2 player co-operative play and an extensive tutorial mode. A selection of SEGA soundtrack music will also be available to select as your in game BGM. The game will release on Nintendo Switch as a download exclusive via the eShop on August 5th 2021. The game is being developed by Jupiter.

SEGA Mania Fanzine: Issue 1 | Review

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

SEGA Mania is a brand new, full colour print fanzine from Tim Hugall, Simon Pike and Sam Forrester with a huge emphasis on reviving the 1990s. The team make no qualms about wearing their influences on their sleeves, as the magazine is a clear homage to the wild west of UK SEGA magazines like Mean Machines SEGA, MegaTech, SEGA Power and SEGA Force, but now with the modern advantage of hindsight.

Read our full review of the first issue by clicking this link.

SEGA Mania issue 1 can be ordered from the SEGA Mania Online Store.

Video Spotlight | Sonic Colours Gets “HD Upgrades Spotlight”, Showing New Modes and Features

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

A new trailer has been released for Sonic Colours Ultimate, the upcoming remaster of 2010’s Wii entry in the blue hedgehog’s 3D exploits. It focuses on what new features Ultimate will bring to the table over the original game, and there’s actually a hefty amount on show.

First up is the obvious graphical changes; the lighting is redone, the resolution is boosted to up to 4K, and the game now runs at 60 frames per second instead of the original release’s 30. Also shown off for the first time is Rival Rush mode, in which you face Metal Sonic in a race to the finish.

The ‘Park Tokens’ we’ve been seeing in various screenshots are elaborated on here too. They can be used to buy new cosmetics to change up Sonic’s look a tad, with auras, different boost effects, and new glove and shoe accessories. In addition, we’ve gotten our first look at how Team Sonic Racing’s Jade Ghost Wisp has been implemented; it’ll let you pass through walls at certain points of a stage, offering new shortcuts. You can also customise the control layout for the game; helpful as the original Classic Controller layout for Colours might not be to everyone’s taste.

Tails Save is also shown off, though it had been shown in other media prior. Essentially as long as you have a Tails Token handy, the two-tailed fox will scoop you out of a pit with no penalty should you fall down one. 100-Count Rings are the final new tidbit shown, and give Sonic a brief burst of the classic invincibility sparkles when collected.

In terms of hearing, there is one more thing. As previously noted, the soundtrack will be fully remixed. It’s not known yet if an option to use the original music is included.

On the whole, it’s quite a slew of new features; and it seems there may be more to come, given this is only Spotlight #1. Sonic Colours: Ultimate releases September 7th for Xbox, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via the Epic Games Store.

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