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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix + Now Available on Steam

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

After a SteamDB listing showed up for it just the other day, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix + has shown up on Steam… and it’s out now! Coming in at £34.39… for the sake of Japanese puns.

A port of the Nintendo Switch port of Future Tone (wrap your head around that one), this updated version includes the much requested option to turn off Mega Mix’s toon shader, meaning you can enjoy visuals that are accurate to the arcade version.

Also available is a £49.99 VIP Edition, that includes 72 extra songs and unlocks all of the game’s many, many customisation items instantly as a time saver.

It’s an extremely welcome surprise, and it’s great to have the Project DIVA series make its PC debut; let alone with perhaps the most comprehensive game in the series.

You can get the game on Steam here. 

Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles & Sonic CD to be Delisted on Digital Platforms

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

Out with the old, in with the new is very much the latest piece of news from SEGA’s PR team, as the company has announced that the standalone digital releases of the Classic Sonic games included in Sonic Origins will be delisted. That’s Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD.

There’s no mention of specific platforms, but it’s safe to say this probably applies mostly to Steam (the only platform that currently offers all four of the titles standalone). That being said, the press release does note that the versions of Sonic 1 and 2 released for the SEGA AGES line on Nintendo Switch will survive the purge, as will the available titles on the Nintendo Switch Online Mega Drive app.

It’s perhaps to be expected, but still quite a shame. In particular the Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD releases offered legal means to use fan projects such as Sonic 3 A.I.R. and the Sonic CD decompliation project. It’s also somewhat odd as the versions of Sonic 1, 2 and 3&K on digital platforms aren’t even the souped-up Retro Engine versions offered by Origins. That is, unless this purge includes the mobile releases… which would be confusing seeing as Origins isn’t coming to that platform.

On the whole it’s a bit of a rubbish situation for preservation as delistings always are, but from a business standpoint was probably to be expected. We’ll forgive them if they relist After Burner Climax on consoles somehow. Maybe.

SEGA and Medal Dash Announce “Sonic Challenge”, A Virtual Run With New Merchandise Up For Grabs

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

SEGA has announced a collaboration with virtual marathon company Medal Dash; they’ll be putting on a Sonic-themed ‘virtual run’.

The idea is simple: run or walk 5K, 10K or 13.1 miles by the end of 2022, and you’ll get Sonic merch. That said, this is a paid event with limited slots, so it’s not just freebies. Sign-ups start at $34.95, and the swag on offer includes a die-cast medal, a running bib and some shirts.

It’s certainly a fitting way to leverage the Sonic brand, even if our aging brains can’t quite wrap our head around the entire ‘virtual run’ concept. The website does mention participants across the world, so it would seem this is open to UK residents too.

The official website is available here.

Lost Judgment DLC Announced, Including Additional Master System Games and Playable Kaito

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

RGG Studio has revealed the release schedule for the upcoming Lost Judgment’s DLC content, spreading out into Spring 2022.

At launch, the Detective Essentials pack will be released. As well as an extra boss fight, more girls for Yagami to woo, and some content for side-activities such as skateboarding and drone racing, you’ll also get access to additional Master System titles to play ingame. You’ll get Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa Opa, SDI, Alien Syndrome and… Darius II! It’s good to see SEGA’s love-in with Taito’s shooter series continuing.

On October 26th, the School Stories pack will add new outfits, new battles with Yagami’s allies in sparring settings, and the ability to take a new fighting style to the streets.

Finally and most significantly, Spring 2022 will see the launch of a new campaign starring the ever-lovable Kaito, Yagami’s best friend. This mode is estimated to clock in at 10 hours of additional story content.

Digital Deluxe Edition owners will get the first two packs as they release, while Digital Ultimate Edition owners will get all three.

Lost Judgment launches on September 24th for Playstation 4/5 and Xbox One/Series. Digital Deluxe buyers will get access to the game on September 20th.

Sonic Colours: Rise of the Wisps – Part 2 Released | Video Spotlight

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

The second part of the Sonic Colours Ultimate promotional animation, Sonic Colours: Rise of the Wisps, has been released via YouTube.

Via SEGA PR:

In today’s climactic episode, temperatures rise as Sonic and the Jade Wisp clash with Dr. Eggman’s robotic henchman and the Blue Blur’s evil doppelganger, Metal Sonic. The duo must attempt to save the Wisps from  Dr. Eggman’s clutches before he harnesses their power for his own diabolical plans. It’s a race against time as Sonic and Jade fight to thwart Dr. Eggman’s plans to take over the universe.

It’s a fun watch, with some lovely voice work from Roger Craig Smith and Kate Higgins on show too.

Sonic Colours Ultimate will be launching September 9th, for Xbox, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Epic Games.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Adds Persona 5’s Morgana As A DLC Character

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

As part of Gamescom 2021’s Opening Night Live presentation, it’s been announced that Morgana from Persona 5 will be a DLC character in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania. He’ll cost $4.99 USD on release.

Banana Mania is quickly and somewhat unexpectedly becoming a big ol’ SEGA crossover, with Jet Set Radio’s Beat, Yakuza’s Kiryu, and Sonic & Tails previously being announced. This new reveal adds Atlus into the mix, too!

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania launches on October 1st.

Sonic Colours: Rise of the Wisps – Part 1 Now Available | Video Spotlight

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

The first part of the Sonic Colours animated short ‘Rise of the Wisps’ is now available.

Via SEGA PR:

In today’s episode, Sonic and Tails are joined by a lone Jade Wisp, who narrowly escapes the deceptively charming Sweet Mountain ride at Dr. Eggman’s Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park. Together, Sonic, Tails and their new companion, must band together to uncover Dr. Eggman’s evil plot to harness the Wisps’ powers and take over the universe.

The short was directed by Tyson Hesse, though notably it was also co-written by GGDG (Cucumber Quest). We’ll keep our eyes open for the next part, hopefully coming soon.

Sonic Colours Ultimate will be launching September 9th, for Xbox, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Epic Games.

Kazuma Kiryu Joins Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania as Unlockable Character | Video Spotlight

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Kazuma Kiryu of the Yakuza series will be rolling into the upcoming Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania. Yes, really!

Hot on the heels of Jet Set Radio’s Beat being added, the Smilebit/RGG Studio/AmusementVision love continues with RGG Studio’s main man himself joining the game. And when playing as him, the bananas are even replaced by Staminan X pickups! It’s a very amusing crossover, but feels suitable given who’s behind the remakes.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania will launch on October 5th. In addition to Kiryu and Beat, Sonic & Tails were also recently confirmed to be unlockable in the game.

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.

Sonic Colours Ultimate Gets Additional Planet Wisp Footage, New 4K Screenshots

Monday, June 14th, 2021

SEGA has released new footage of Sonic Colours Ultimate, the upcoming remaster of 2010’s beloved Wii entry in the blue hedgehog’s career. The footage is available in 4K, and showcases Planet Wisp Act 4.

In addition, a slew of new screenshots are available of various stages, again showcasing how the game looks at 4K resolution. You can check them out after the jump.

Sonic Colours Ultimate launches for Playstation 4, Xbox consoles, Nintendo Switch and PC (via the Epic Games Store) on September 7th. (more…)

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