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Panzer Dragoon Remake Available Now on Switch as a Timed Exclusive

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Today’s Nintendo Direct Mini has brought an amazing surprise with it. The Panzer Dragoon remake by Forever Entertainment will be available as a digital download TODAY. The game will be a timed exclusive for the Switch and later launch on PC where you can currently wishlist it on Steam. It is priced £22.49 for the UK and available to purchase from the Nintendo eShop by clicking here.

Limited Run Games have also announced that a physical release of the game will be available to pre-order tomorrow March 27th 2020. Pre-orders will stay open for 4 weeks and every order will be honored instead of it being available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

This Panzer Dragoon remake is not the only title in the series getting the remake treatment. Forever Entertainment have also promised remakes of its sequel Panzer Dragoon II Zwei, as well as remakes of both The House of the Dead 1 & 2.
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The SEGA Pluto Lives Again Thanks to the Efforts of Ben Heck | Video Spotlight

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

The unreleased SEGA Pluto is the stuff of legend. Only 2 exist in the wild and they are essentially prototype SEGA Saturns with built-in Netlink capabilities. This system was never released to the public. If you’d like to learn more about the system then please read our hardware article on the system which features images of both surviving Plutos.

One of the systems has now ended up on the desk of Ben Heck, famous for repairing the prototype Nintendo Playstation. His work on the system is minimal, but this tear-down video does offer some fascinating insight into the machine that Saturn fans should absolutely watch. Check it out below:

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]

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.

SEGA Japan Announce ‘Sonic 2020’ Initiative, Promise New Sonic News on the 20th of Every Month This Year

Monday, January 20th, 2020

SEGA Japan have revealed plans for a new Sonic the Hedgehog initiative that will run every month this year. The ‘Sonic 2020’ initiative promises new Sonic news on the 20th of every month throughout 2020 with today’s news being the reveal of the initiative alongside new key art, wallpapers, a Twitter header and profile icons. You can view and download them from this page on SEGA Japan’s Sonic Channel.

It looks like SEGA has big plans for the Sonic franchise this year, so keep an eye on the official Sonic 2020 page to see what new announcements come our way. If you’re a Sonic fan then this is definitely worth bookmarking!

[Source: Gematsu]

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