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Mega CD RPG Vay Coming to Steam July 2024

Monday, May 27th, 2024

An enhanced PC port of the 1993 Mega CD RPG Vay is coming to Steam in July 2024. Originally developed by SIMS and released exclusively in Japan and North America, this new PC port is based on an existing mobile port of Vay developed by SoMoGa and released on mobile devices in 2008.

You can wishlist the PC port of Vay on Steam right now. This new version is boasting newly updated looping music and bluetooth controller support. Outside of these updates it is largely an upscaled version of the Mega CD original, with new widescreen artwork for battles and a new high definition HUD during the overworld exploration.

This new PC port of Vay also has support for both Japanese and English spoken dialogue. It is currently unclear whether the English dub is from the 1994 Working Designs version or is newly recorded.

Jonathan Miller, Co-Creator of the GEMS Sound Driver, Has Passed Away

Monday, May 13th, 2024

Legendary Mega Drive programmer Jonathan Miller has sadly passed away.

Miller is one of the key figures behind the GEMS sound driver, alongside Burt Sloane, Chris Grigg and Mark Miller. Miller’s career started with 1991’s Spider-Man vs the Kingpin as a programmer. He would later contribute to the development of Chakan, Taz-Mania, Pink Goes to Hollywood, Taz in Escape From Mars, Wacky Worlds and X-Men 2: Clone Wars.

The GEMS sound driver would go on to be utilised in over 200 Mega Drive games and was a key piece of software for Mega Drive developers in the early nineties. Chances are some of your favourite Mega Drive games are powered by the GEMS sound driver. Miller’s legacy in regards to the Mega Drive is one that has touched upon so many game soundtracks and Mega Drive owners as a result. His contributions go beyond simple music production as the GEMS sound driver is so synonymous with the Mega Drive that an experienced ear can instantly recognise music that has been made with it.

SEGADriven send our condolences to Jon’s family and friends. You can learn more about GEMS via this excellent video essay by GST Channel:

[Source: Time Extension, SEGA Retro and SEGAbits]

Dreamcast Shoot-Em-Up Sturmwind Getting New Print Via VGNYsoft

Thursday, May 9th, 2024

Duranik’s impressive 2013 Dreamcast shoot-em-up Sturmwind is getting a new pressing through independent publisher VGNYsoft. This new pressing comes in 2 editions – a standard jewel case version with a 24 page booklet, or a limited edition that includes everything in the standard edition plus a limited edition sleeve and a custom Sturmwind-branded VMU shell. This version is limited to 500 copies.

While pre-orders haven’t opened just yet, the listings are available on the VGNYsoft online store now. See below for direct links and pricing:

Sturmwind Standard Edition ($39.99 + shipping)
Sturmwind Limited Edition ($59.99 + shipping)

VGNYsoft are based in North America so expected a hefty shipping fee if you live outside the US. You can also check out a new trailer of the game in action via the embed below:

32 Player Mutiplayer Sonic Game ‘Sonic Rumble’ Announced for iOS and Android Devices

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

SEGA continue their recent mobile gaming initiative with a new Sonic game called Sonic Rumble. This 32 player online multiplayer game has a similar style and scope to something like Fall Guys where everyone is wrestling their way through the pack to be first across the finish line. There’s a big focus on character customisation that you can achieve by winning rings after successful play. You can check out the reveal trailer below:

Sonic Rumble is due to launch in Winter 2024. You can register for a closed beta test scheduled to take place from May 24th to the 26th by completing a form on the official Sonic Rumble website. You have until May 19th to register if you’re interested.

SEGA Publishing Shadow of the Ninja Reborn in Japan, Releasing August 2024

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024

SEGA Japan have revealed they will publish the upcoming Shadow of the Ninja Reborn in Japan only. Now known as Kage: Shadow of the Ninja, this remake of the original NES game is being lead by Natsume Atari in the same style as Wild Guns Reloaded, The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors and Pocky & Rocky Reshrined. This means we get entirely new artwork and a widescreen resolution. The game’s original composer Iku Mizutani also returns with a remixed soundtrack.

The game is due for release on PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch on the 29th of August 2024. The game will also release in Western territories on Xbox Series X|S consoles, and the PC via Steam. You can check out SEGA Japan’s announcement trailer below:

Fan-Developed Sonic Kart Racer ‘Dr. Robotnik’s Ring Racers’ Now Available for PC and Mac

Thursday, April 25th, 2024

The follow-up to SRB2Kart is here! Developed by Kart Krew, Dr. Robotnik’s Ring Racers is a Sonic kart racing fan game that is free to download right now for Windows and Mac computers.

Dr. Robotnik’s Ring Racers boasts a huge selection of courses and playable characters, a complete single player Grand Prix mode, local split-screen multiplayer for up to 4 players, online multiplayer for up to 16 players, a time attack mode, replay support and a whole bunch of secrets.

You can download the game right now from the official Kart Krew website by clicking here. You can also check out the launch trailer via the embed below:

[Source: Sonic Stadium]

Lost TeraDrive Port of The Manhole by Myst Devs Discovered and Preserved

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

The TeraDrive is a Japan exclusive IBM-compatible PC that also features a built-in Mega Drive. You can click here to read more about it in our website’s hardware section. The computer was released in 1991 and for the longest time the only piece of TeraDrive exclusive gaming software was thought to be a game called Puzzle Construction. This is no longer the case as Archive.org user ZiggyTheHamster has found and dumped a port of Cyan’s The Manhole which was originally released in 1988 for the Mac and developed using HyperCard.

This TeraDrive port of The Manhole is based on the FM Towns version released in 1990. ZiggyTheHamster notes that the in-game action of this TeraDrive port appears to be powered by the PC itself, while the Mega Drive portion of the computer is powering the audio. This is basically a reverse of what Puzzle Construction does which uses the Mega Drive hardware for the in-game action.

You can download the newly discovered TeraDrive port of The Manhole by going to its entry on Archive.org via this link. A huge thank you to ZiggyTheHamster for preserving this piece of previously lost media!

[Source: VGDensetsu on Bluesky]

Puyo Puyo Puzzle Pop Announced for April 2024 Release Through Apple Arcade

Tuesday, March 12th, 2024

SEGA are continuing their run of Apple Arcade exclusive titles with a brand new Puyo Puyo game that will release on April 4th 2024. Puyo Puyo Puzzle Pop will be Apple Arcade exclusive and playable in both single player and multiplayer. You can check out the reveal trailer below:

The game is boasting 24 characters that will also introduce some brand new characters to the franchise. The game will also feature a brand new story and fully voiced characters. The overworld and characters are rendered in true 3D, whereas previous Puyo Puyo games have favoured a 2D art style.

Puyo Puyo Puzzle Pop launches on April 4th 2024 exclusively for Apple Arcade.

New Expanded Version of Shin Megami Tensei V Announced With New Story Line

Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

A newly expanded version of Shin Megami Tensei V has been announced called Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance. This new version of the JRPG will launch on June 21st 2024 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC and Nintendo Switch. The game is being developed in-house at Atlus. You can check out the reveal trailer by clicking the embed below:

The original version of Shin Megami Tensei V launched back in November 2021. The new story line included in Vengeance is boasting new locations, demons and choices to make. The game is being published by both Atlus and SEGA.

Unicorn Overlord Demo Now Available Alongside New Trailer

Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

Vanillaware’s upcoming tactical RPG Unicorn Overlord now has a free downloadable demo for the Nintendo Switch. The full game will release on March 8th 2024, but any progress made in the free demo can be transferred to the main game once it releases. You can check out a brand new trailer for the game below:

Unicorn Overlord is coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch. The game is being published by Atlus and SEGA and developed by Vanillaware.

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