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Brad Buxer Confirms He Composed Majority of Sonic 3 Soundtrack With Minimal Input from Michael Jackson

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

In an interview composed with Brad Buxer back in May, Brad Buxer confirms that the majority of the music composed for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was actually done by him and not Michael Jackson.

Buxer confirms that Michael Jackson had signed on to compose music for the soundtrack, but the actual writing duties fell to Buxer as he was Jackson’s main songwriting collaborator at the time. Buxer confirms he wrote 41 audio cues for Sonic 3 and Jackson only had input on one of them. He does not specify which song Jackson had input on and he does not specify which of the 41 audio cues ended up in the final game. We know for a fact that Ice Cap Zone was written by Brad Buxer because the melodies line-up with Buxer’s own song Hard Times that he recorded with the band The Jetzons.

Buxer also confirms that writing for the song Stranger in Moscow also came from the same sessions that produced the 41 audio cues for Sonic 3. Stranger in Moscow is often compared to the Sonic 3 credits theme as the songs share a similar chord progression. As this song was written separately from the Sonic 3 audio cues, it is more likely a coincidence that the songs sound similar.

5 other composers are credited for Sonic 3’s music: Bobby Brooks, Darryl Ross, Geoff Grace, Doug Grigsby III and C. Cirocco Jones. This means it is highly unlikely that all of Buxer’s 41 audio cues were used in the final game. You can watch an isolated segment of Brad Buxer’s May 2022 interview with Abbey Road Institute Paris below:

[Credit: Art/Research YouTube]

Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony Concert Returns As a Touring Show, Starting October 2022

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

Remember the Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony concert that debuted online last year? The concert will be returning as a live event starting in October 2022 at the Brazil Game Show in October.

While the show is promised to be similar in scope to the online version, SEGA have promised some “new surprises” for the live event. This news was revealed in the most recent Sonic Central presentation. Further dates have yet to be announced outside the Brazil Game Show, but they are promised to be “coming soon”.

You can watch the original Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony concert via the embed below:

[Source: Sonic Central]

Shadow the Hedgehog Announced for Sonic Prime TV Appearance

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

In the most recent Sonic Central presentation, SEGA have revealed that Shadow the Hedgehog will make an appearance in the upcoming Netflix show, Sonic Prime. Check it out via the embed below:

Sonic Prime is promised to be “coming soon” to Netflix and will mark the first animated Sonic the Hedgehog show since ended in November 2017.

Mega Drive 2 Mini Revealed in SEGA Japan Stream, Mega-CD Games Confirmed for Inclusion + Others

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

SEGA Japan have revealed the Mega Drive 2 Mini which expands the focus of the original Mega Drive Mini with the inclusion of “Mega CD games, arcade ports, unreleased games and a mysterious new game” according to GSK. 11 games have been revealed so far. See below for the full list:

– Silpheed (Mega-CD)
– Shining Force CD (Mega-CD)
– Sonic CD (Mega-CD)
– Yumemi Mystery Mansion (Mega-CD)
– Popful Mail (Mega-CD)
– Virtua Racing (Mega Drive)
– Bonanza Bros (Mega Drive)
– Shining in the Darkness (Mega Drive)
– Thunder Force IV (Mega Drive)
– Magical Tarurūto-kun (Mega Drive)
– Fantasy Zone (New Mega Drive Port)

The final release is promising 50 games in total and is due to release in Japan on October 27th 2022. The mini console is bundled with a 6 button controller. Also revealed during the stream is an entirely cosmetic Mega-CD 2 for the Mega Drive 2 Mini to lock onto, as well as a miniature Sonic CD CD-ROM and a Virtua Racing cart to pop into the cartridge slot. The Mega Drive Tower Mini 2 even has an expander so you can use it with the original Mega Drive Mini and a spacer for the 32X mini included in the original Mega Drive Tower Mini. Both are entirely non functional.

There is currently no word of a Western release for the new mini console.

[Source: VGC and SEGA Japan YouTube]

Yu Suzuki Returns With Space Harrier Spiritual Successor ‘Air Twister’ for Apple Arcade

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

Some SEGA-adjacent news for you! Famed director Yu Suzuki of SEGA classics like After Burner, Hang-On, Space Harrier, Out Run and Shenmue is back with a new downloadable game called Air Twister. Eagle-eyed viewers will recognise the action of Air Twister as being somewhat reminiscent of Space Harrier. You can check out the bonkers announcement trailer via the embed below. Be prepared for giant swans and a sound-a-like version of Killer Queen:

Air Twister launches exclusively on Apple Arcade on June 24th 2022. The game is not being published by SEGA, but by Suzuki’s own YsNet studio. You will need an Apple device and a subscription to Apple Arcade to play the game once it launches.

[Source: Destructoid]

Tekken 7 Costumes Coming to Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown continues it’s excellent run of crossover costumes with a selection of 19 costumes based on Tekken 7 characters, alongside 20 additional soundtrack songs, 7 different user interfaces and 2 new titles. You can see the costumes in action via the embed below:

The Tekken 7 costumes will be available to purchase as DLC for Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown on June 1st 2022. VF5 Ultimate Showdown is currently still PS4 exclusive.

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. 

Official Yakuza Skins Now Available in Rainbow Six Siege

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

Online multiplayer FPS Rainbow Six Siege has revealed that 2 Yakuza skins are now available to purchase in game. You can now dress Hibana as Kaoru Sayama and Echo as Kazama Kiryu. Check out how the skins look in game via the embed below:

The above trailer also hints at a Goro Majima skin that is promised to be coming soon. The Kaoru Sayama and Kazama Kiryu are available now for Rainbow Six Siege on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Shenmue 2 Prototype Discovered, Ryo Hazuki Becomes Yu Suzuki!

Saturday, May 21st, 2022

The wonderful people at SEGA Dreamcast Info have managed to acquire and archive an early build of Shenmue II from April 11th 2001 that features a multitude of differences when compared to the final game. The most interesting discovery is that art assets of the game’s director Yu Suzuki are included in this build, and SEGA Dreamcast Info have also released a version of the prototype that changes Ryo’s character model so that you can play as Yu Suzuki instead. You can see him in action via the embed below:

A full article about every difference in this prototype can be accessed by clicking here. A download link for this prototype and the Yu Suzuki version are also included at the end of the article. Once again we have to say a huge, “thank you” to the team at SEGA Dreamcast Info for preserving this amazing piece of SEGA development history.

[Source: SEGA Dreamcast Info Preservation Games]

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.

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