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Unreleased 32X Port of Spot Goes to Hollywood Dumped in New Hidden Palace Update

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

The kings of prototype game preservation Hidden Palace have returned with another massive update of unreleased and prototype game dumps. Among the extensive update are a few unreleased SEGA titles with the most interesting being a 32X port of Spot Goes to Hollywood – the isometric sequel to Cool Spot. Check out some in-game footage below which also showcases a deleted stage based on the Aliens franchise:

In addition to the 32X Spot Goes to Hollywood discovery, we also have an interesting Time Warner 32X CMD Download Cartridge dump – a piece of software used to download programs onto a flash cart for testing on real 32X hardware.

On the Mega Drive side of things we have a dump of RBI Baseball 95 which was eventually cancelled. We also have a prototype version of Race Drivin’ that would see release on the system in March 1993. This prototype appears to be quite late in the game’s development.

Click here to see the full updated list of dumps that Hidden Palace has recently uploaded onto its website.

New Vertical Screen Astro City Mini V Revealed With a Large Focus on Shoot-Em-Up Games

Friday, December 17th, 2021

A new version of the Astro City Mini has been revealed by SEGA Japan’s SEGA Toys division. Called the Astro City Mini V, this new version of the mini console features a vertically-orientated screen made for games that play in TATE mode. As a result, the system’s games library is specifically focused on TATE games, with a large amount being vertically-scrolling shoot-em-ups. Check out the reveal trailer below:

The Astro City Mini V will launch in Japan in 2022. There is no firm release date available at the time of writing. See below for a full list of included software:

– Zaxxon
– Action Fighter
– Wrestle War
– Desert Breaker
– Raiden
– Batsugun
– Dogyuun
– V-V
– Same!x3
– Out Zone
– Tatsujin
– Tatsujin-ou
– Shippu Mahou Daisakusen
– Armed Police Batrider
– Battle Bakraid
– Sengoku Ace
– Strikers 1945
– Gunbird
– Moon Cresta
– Terra Cresta
– Cosmo Police Galivan
– Sonic Wings

[Source: GSK on Twitter]

Binary Domain is Now Xbox Backwards Compatible Alongside FPS Boosted Sonic Unleashed + Other SEGA Titles

Monday, November 15th, 2021

A handful of SEGA Xbox and 360 games have been added to the Xbox Series X|S backwards compatibility list. The main highlight comes in the form of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s 3rd person shooter Binary Domain which also gets a 60 FPS boost with its arrival. See below for the full list of SEGA/Atlus additions:

– Binary Domain (with FPS boost)
– Gunvalkyrie
– Otogi: Myth of Demons
– Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
– Rock of Ages (with FPS boost)

An additional handful of Sonic games that were already backwards compatible have also received a 60 FPS boost. The most interesting of these is Sonic Unleashed which has only ever been playable in 30 FPS. The full list of FPS boosted titles now follows:

– Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed FPS boost
– Sonic Generations FPS boost
– Sonic Unleashed FPS boost

All of these updates are available to Xbox Series X|S owners now. Series S owners will need to own the games digitally in order to play them.

[Sources: doctoroak and Nibellion on Twitter]

New Japanese Mega Drive Game ‘Repair Chan’s Repair Strategy’ Now Available to Order

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

Habit Soft have produced a new Mega Drive version of their Game Boy Color game Repair Chan’s Repair Strategy and the game is available to order now. Unfortunately, the game is entirely Japan exclusive at the time of writing and will only ship to Japanese addresses.

Repair Chan’s Repair Strategy is a puzzle game where you must fly Repair Chan to various platforms around a stage and charge them up to beat the stage. The game has an interestingly flying mechanic where you need to flap Repair Chan’s 2 pigtails independently in order to control her in the air. You can check out some footage of the game in action via the embed below:

You can order the game from Game Impact’s webstore by clicking here.

Panorama Cotton Being Re-Released on Mega Drive by Strictly Limited Games

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

Strictly Limited Games have secured the rights to the cult classic Mega Drive shooter Panorama Cotton and are producing a limited edition version of the game for PS4, Switch and Mega Drive. The Mega Drive version will be available in PAL or NTSC formats with matching artwork based on the regions priced at €49.99. This will be the first time the game has been officially released outside of Japan and also the first time the game has been made available in English.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering any of these ports then direct links to each version can be found below. Pre-orders have not gone live at the time of writing but are “coming soon”:

Panorama Cotton (PS4)
Panorama Cotton (PS4 Collector’s Edition)
Panorama Cotton (Switch)
Panorama Cotton (Switch Collector’s Edition)
Panorama Cotton (MD PAL)
Panorama Cotton (Genesis NTSC)

Panorama Cotton is infamous for being one of the most visually impressive games on the Mega Drive. Click the embed below to see it in action courtesy of World of Longplays:

Toshihiro Nagoshi Leaves SEGA in Big RGG Studio Restructure

Friday, October 8th, 2021

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio have revealed that long time leads Toshihiro Nagoshi and Daisuke Sato have left the company and the studio has undergone a restructure as a result. Masayoshi Yokoyama will now take over from Nagoshi as the studio’s Director and Executive Producer.

Toshihiro Nagoshi has been a SEGA mainstay since 1989, starting as a designer and director on games like Virtua Racing, Daytona USA and Shenmue before finding fame as the lead director of the Super Monkey Ball and Yakuza franchises.

Daisuke Sato is also a long-tenured SEGA employee starting his career on field map production for 1995’s Magic Knight Rayearth on the Saturn and having designer credits on games like SEGA Super GT, Virtua Fighter 3tb and Shenmue. Sato’s career highlights also include directing duties Yakuza 3 and Binary Domain.

You can read the full story on RGG Studio’s restructure by clicking this link.

[Source: RGG Studio Website]

Gleylancer Getting Digital Re-Release on Modern Platforms, Releasing Next Week

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

A surprise re-release of Advanced Busterhawk Gleylancer is heading to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S next week. This digital re-release of the Mega Drive shoot-em-up classic arrives on October 15th 2021 and is available in English for the first time ever in an official format.

The port is being handled by Ratalaika Games and boasts enhanced accessibility features and fully translated cut scenes. You can watch the game’s launch trailer by clicking the embed below:

Retro-Bit Reveal Officially Licensed Larger 6 Button Mega Drive Controllers in 3 Button Form Factor

Sunday, September 26th, 2021

Retro-Bit Gaming have revealed that they are officially working with SEGA on a new Mega Drive controller shaped like the original 3 button Mega Drive controller but now with 6 button functionality.

While there is currently no word on a release date and only a single production mock-up image, Retro-Bit have promised the controller will be sold in original port, USB wired, and 2.4 GHz wireless (with USB-C) variants and more details are coming soon. This should be a great alternative for those looking for a bluetooth Mega Drive controller for the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack which adds a selection of Mega Drive games to the service. Japan are getting an official bluetooth 6 button Mega Drive controller for the Switch, but unfortunately Western Mega Drive fans have to settle with a 3 button pad if they buy from Nintendo directly.

Retro-Bit Gaming are no stranger to SEGA controllers and have developed and released a line of Mega Drive and SEGA Saturn controllers in the past.

[Source: Retro-Bit Gaming on Twitter]

Mega Drive Games Coming to Nintendo Switch Online “Expansion Pack” Service Alongside Bluetooth Mega Drive Controller

Sunday, September 26th, 2021

During the most recent Nintendo Direct, Nintendo have revealed that a collection of SEGA Mega Drive games will be added to the Nintendo Switch Online service as a part of an upcoming “expansion pack”. This expansion pack will add N64 and Mega Drive games to your existing NSO subscription and will go live in October 2021. No pricing has been set at time of writing.

The full list of Mega Drive games being added are: Castlevania Bloodlines, Contra Hard Corps, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Ecco the Dolphin, Golden Axe, Gunstar Heroes, MUSHA, Phantasy Star IV, Ristar, Shining Force, Shinobi III, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Streets of Rage 2 and Strider.

Alongside this announcement, Nintendo have revealed they will also be developing and selling their own bluetooth 3 button Mega Drive controller. Nintendo Japan have also revealed they will be releasing a 6 button variant as well, but this variant is currently Japan exclusive.

The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack launches in October 2021.

Explore a 3D Recreation of SEGA’s Recently Closed GiGO Arcade in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

On the 20th of September 2021, SEGA Japan sadly shut the doors on the SEGA GiGO arcade in Ikebukuro, Tokyo after 28 years in business. It’s another major loss to SEGA Japan’s arcade business that has seen major casualties thanks to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Thankfully an explorable, 3D, virtual version of the arcade has been created and you can take a trip through this mammoth arcade via the comfort of your own home. This follows on from the previously released virtual version of SEGA’s Retro Game Floor in Akihabara.

Click here to access the virtual recreation of SEGA’s GiGO arcade in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

SEGA streamed the events of the Ikebukuro SEGA GiGO’s final day of operation on YouTube, and the stream is archived and available to view by clicking here.

[Source: GENDA]

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