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Sonic Colours Ultimate PS4 and Xbox One Reviews

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is now 30 years old and along with this monumental anniversary comes a brand new port of Sonic Colours to PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC called Sonic Colours Ultimate. Both Tracker and Sonic Yoda have played the PS4 and Xbox One versions and have put together an extensive, bumper review of both versions for you to read. Is Sonic Colours Ultimate really the ultimate version of Sonic Colours? Find out by clicking below!

Click here to read our full, double review of Sonic Colours Ultimate for PS4 and Xbox One.

A Vile Creature from Monster Rancher Added to Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania as Paid For DLC

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Remember Monster Rancher? SEGA certainly do and now we have another surprising guest character for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania. SEGA will make an abhorrent freak (aka Suezo) from Monster Rancher available as a playable character in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania as paid for DLC. The character will cost $4.99 (or equivalent) like Hello Kitty on the same day the game launches (October 5th 2021). Click below to watch the character reveal trailer for disgusting abomination (Suezo):

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania launches on October 5th 2021 for the Switch, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. The game is an enhanced port of Super Monkey Ball Deluxe from 2005.

Huge Japanese SEGA Magazine Update Now Published in Our Merchandise Section | Merchandise

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

We have just published a huge set of additions to our SEGA-Related Magazine Features section in our Merchandise Catalogue. Every addition is a Japan-exclusive SEGA publication. See below for the full list of additions:

– Great Saturn Z July 1997 issue complete with front and back cover scans added
– SEGA Jack issues 3, 4, 5 added. Cover scans added for every issue but inside shots are only available for issues 3 and 4
– 11 issues of SEGA Maga added. Cover scans added for every issue but inside shots are only available for the August/September 1998 issue
– SEGA Saturn Magazine (Japan) 6th of June 1998 issue complete with cover scan and inside shot added

Each magazine also has a brief description about what content is available in each publication, when it was published and who published it if the information is available online.

Hello Kitty Coming to Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania as Paid For DLC

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

SEGA continue their trend of adding the absolute best bonus characters of all time to Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania with today’s reveal that Hello Kitty is coming to the game as a paid for DLC character. Hello Kitty will cost $4.99 “or equivalent” and the in game bananas also become apples when Hello Kitty is in use. You can check out the reveal trailer below:

Hello Kitty will launch as paid for DLC on October 5th 2021. The base Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania game also launches on the same day on Switch, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. The game is an enhanced port of Super Monkey Ball Deluxe from 2005.

English Language Version of Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage Heading to Mobile Devices “Soon”

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

SEGA, Colorful Palette and Crypton Future Media are bringing the mobile title Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage to the West with an English version that is launching on iOS and Android devices “soon”. You can check out the reveal trailer by clicking the embed below:

The game features a touch screen interface where you have to touch the notes as they slide towards you in a similar style to a Guitar Hero or Rock Band game. You can also participate in virtual concerts with other players through online connectivity.

Livetune’s Tell Your World is currently the only song featured in the above trailer, but the official Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage YouTube channel also has a developer team interview which features more songs and more in game action. The video is subtitled in English and you can watch it by clicking here.

Take a Virtual Tour of SEGA’s Retro Game Floor in Akihabara

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

Ever wanted to explore one of Japan’s greatest retro arcades from the comfort of your own home? Now you can thanks to this wonderful virtual recreation of SEGA’s Retro Game Floor that is currently located in Akihabara Building 3 in Tokyo, Japan.

Click here to open the virtual Retro Game Floor arcade and start exploring!

The arcade is host to a fantastic selection of SEGA arcade classics including Scud Race, Daytona USA 2, Thunder Blade, After Burner, Space Harrier, Rad Mobile, AB Cop, Wild Riders, LA Machineguns and many, many more. This virtual version of the Retro Game Floor is a fascinating look at a beautiful arcade that is keeping loads of classic games up and running for fans of arcade gaming.

When the arcade first opened in its current location, the grand unveiling also featured a recreation of a classic SEGA High-Tech Land archway – a lovely nod to SEGA’s original chain of arcades that operated through the 90s.

[Source: hinata_t16 and SEGA_akiba3ac on Twitter]

Unreleased Game Gear Puzzle Game ‘BreakThru!’ Now Dumped

Saturday, August 28th, 2021

The good people over at SMS Power have managed to secure the loose EPROMs of an unreleased Game Gear title called BreakThru! and have now dumped the game and preserved it digitally.

BreakThru! was originally released on other systems such as PC, SNES, Game Boy in 1994 and Saturn and Playstation later in 1995. The game is infamous for being endorsed by Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov. This Game Gear version was completed but never released for unknown reasons.

You can download the ROM file from SMS Power’s page on the title. SMS Power have also released a patched version that is more compatible with different hardware. The ROM file can be played on real hardware using something like an Everdrive cartridge. Alternatively the game can be played under emulation.

[Source: SMS Power]

First Trailer Now Available for New Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness Mobile Game | Video Spotlight

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

The first trailer of Vespa and Hive’s upcoming Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness mobile game is now available to view via the embed below.

This new entry in the series follows the strategic RPG gameplay of the Mega Drive originals very closely, but now features a hand-drawn art style.

Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness is headed to iOS and Android devices at some point in 2022.

[Source: 4Gamer]

House of the Dead 1&2 Soundtracks Coming to Vinyl Courtesy of Cartridge Thunder | Merchandise

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Cartridge Thunder are back with another SEGA vinyl soundtrack release. The record label are now releasing both The House of the Dead 1 and 2 soundtracks as well as a boxset featuring both. The House of the Dead 1 will be available on a single record while The House of the Dead 2 will come on 2 records. The boxset for both releases comes with a hardcover slipcase which will not be sold separately. Click below to access each listing via Black Screen Records who will be distributing the records in Europe:

The House of the Dead
The House of the Dead 2
The House of the Dead 1&2 Boxset

Due to a backlog in vinyl production, these records will not ship until February 2022, so bear that in mind before you pre-order.

Remake of Saturn FPS Exhumed Coming to PCs “Soon” as Powerslave Exhumed

Saturday, August 14th, 2021

A HD remaster of SEGA Saturn FPS Exhumed is coming to PCs “soon” via the talented people at Nightdive Studios. Now called Powerslave Exhumed, the port combines the content of both the Saturn and PS1 versions and presents it in a new widescreen HD resolution that is powered by Nightdive’s proprietary KEX engine. You can check out the reveal trailer below:

SEGA are not publishing Powerslave Exhumed. The game will be published by Nightdive Studios themselves through GoG. You can wishlist the game now by clicking here.

The original game was developed by Lobotomy Software for the Saturn and PS1. Lobotomy Software were also famous for the Saturn ports of Duke Nukem 3D and Quake.

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