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Streets of Rage 4 ‘Mr. X Nightmare’ DLC Revealed for Late 2021

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Streets of Rage 4 will be getting a DLC expansion later in 2021 called Mr. X Nightmare. The expansion will be paid-for content and include new moves, new weapons, 3 extra playable characters, a new Survival game mode and new music composed by Tee Lopes of Sonic Mania fame. The first new character revealed in the below trailer is Estel who makes an appearance in the base game as a non-playable boss character:

Alongside the Mr. X Nightmare DLC will be a free update to all owners of the base game that will contain a ‘New Mania+’ difficulty option as well as a new training mode.

Streets of Rage 4 is out now for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. The Mr. X Nightmare DLC will arrive later in 2021.

[Source: Gematsu]

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX Launches on June 24th 2021

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything regarding the Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX remake by Merge Games, so it’s extremely exciting to hear that it’s finally got a release date of June 24th 2021. You can check out the latest trailer for the game below:

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX releases on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch on June 24th 2021. The game features a new art style, new stages, new modes and “alternative” boss fights as well as the option to switch between the new art style and the original look of the Master System game.

Physical copies of the game are being sold via Signature Edition and special edition versions with an art book, pin badges, a CD soundtrack and more goodies are also being sold. Click here to browse the selection at Signature Edition.

Brand New PC Port of ‘Dizzy the Adventurer’ Based on Unreleased Mega Drive Port Now Available

Sunday, April 4th, 2021

A brand new PC port of Dizzy the Adventurer based on an unreleased Mega Drive port has been released thanks to the wonderful efforts of The Dizzy Fansite.

This port of Dizzy the Adventurer was originally scheduled for release in a Mega Drive compilation called The Excellent Dizzy Collection, but it was unfortunately cancelled due to time constraints. The compilation would only release on Game Gear and Master System in November 1993.

This completed PC port of the previously unreleased Mega Drive port of Dizzy the Adventurer is available to purchase now from The Dizzy Fansite’s Itch page. It costs a minimum of £10 to purchase.

[Source: The Dizzy Fansite’s Itch Page]

Astro City Mini Coming to the UK Via Funstock

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

A UK distributor for the Astro City Mini has finally been confirmed and it’s Funstock to the rescue! The Astro City Mini is only available in the UK in two configurations; the base console is available for £129.99 or a version with 2 gamepads is available for £189.99. Shipping within the UK is completely free as Funstock waive the shipping fees for all orders over £100. Click the links below to be taken to each of the listings on Funstock’s website:

SEGA Astro City Mini Console
SEGA Astro City Mini Console + 2 Control Pads

The Astro City Mini will release in the UK on May 28th 2021.

Astro City Mini and Game Gear Micro Added to Hardware Section

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Our hardware section has been updated with 2 new console features and a stack of high quality photographs. The hardware section now has a new section at the bottom of the page that features Aftermarket/Mini Consoles, and with it comes 2 new console features on the Astro City Mini and the Game Gear Micro respectively. Click the links below to be taken to each console feature as well as the accompanying image galleries:

Astro City Mini
Game Gear Micro

A huge “thank you” to Gavin Storey who kindly provided the photographs of each console.

Astro City Mini Coming to the US Via Limited Run Games on March 26th 2021

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

The Astro City Mini is released Stateside thanks to Limited Run Games on March 26th 2021. 3500 units will release in this territory with new localised English packaging. There is currently no word as to whether this will mean the US ROMs for the included games are being used, but seeing how the Japanese Astro City Mini has English language support we’re assuming that the only difference is with the system’s packaging.

The Astro City Mini will launch for $129.99 and an additional controller can be purchased for $27.99 as well as the “Style Kit” which turns the whole unit into a miniature arcade cabinet complete with chair, base and top board for $39.99. The full size joystick that was also available to the Japanese market doesn’t appear to be available from Limited Run.

If you’re interested in a US release of the Astro City Mini then set your alarms for 10am Eastern/2pm UK time and bookmark the following links:

Astro City Mini
Style Kit
Gamepad

Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S Now Available on Nintendo Switch, With 25% Launch Discount

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Hatsune Miku has another Nintendo Switch outing, available now; and while SEGA aren’t involved with this one, Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S is worth highlighting just because it’s a combination of often SEGA-adjacent virtual popstar Hatsune Miku and Picross, which is a match made in heaven. Probably.

Previously available on smart devices, Logic Paint S has surprise-launched on Switch in Europe and other regions, with an introductory 25% discount. That means for as little as £7.50, you can get your hands on 350 logic puzzles, and Miku and friends happen to be there too. For those who’ve never played Picross, you have to make pictures by following the numbers at the top and left side of a grid, with the size of the puzzles expanding dramatically as you progress through the ones on offer. There’s illustrations of Crypton Future Media’s Piapro Characters to unlock, as well as songs from Piapro’s Song Contest.

It’s a nice offering for Miku fans – on the topic of SEGA, there is an official Picross x SEGA game in the works, based on the art of Mega Drive and Master System titles; but sadly it’s been AWOL for quite a while now.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Launches on PS5 Alongside Free PS4-to-PS5 Upgrade

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

The PS5 version of Yakuza: Like a Dragon lands today! This version of the title offers 4K resolution support as well as a locked 60fps framerate. Loads times should also be dramatically reduced across the board.

PS4 owners can now also upgrade to the PS5 version free of charge. Simply navigate to the game’s page on the PS5 dashboard and select “Upgrade” on the right-hand side of the screen. Unfortunately, saves cannot be transferred from PS4 to PS5, so a new game will have to be started from scratch.

Check out the PS5 launch trailer below and its fantastic choice of music:

Juro Watari, Creator of Cyber Troopers Virtual-On, Leaves SEGA

Sunday, February 28th, 2021

After 28 years, Juro Watari has announced he’s departing SEGA as of today (February 28th). The announcement came via a thread on his personal Twitter page.

Watari was involved with a number of games during his time at SEGA, including L.A. Machineguns, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, and 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. But by far his crowning achievement at the company was becoming the defacto creator of the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Series, SEGA’s beloved mech arena fighting game.

In recent years, Virtual-On has seen a surprising crossover title with the Index light novel series, and a fresh collection for PlayStation 4 in Japan, as well as a bizarre collaboration with healthcare company TANITA to make new controllers for modern iterations. Sadly, the series has been dormant in the West for years now; the PS3 release of the original game’s HD port remained Japan-exclusive, as did the Index crossover and PS4 Masterpiece Collection. On a brighter note, Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram is available on current Xbox systems via backwards compatibility.

It’s a shame to see Watari depart, but nearly 30 years at the company is a staggering run. We wish him the best with whatever comes next!

[via Gematsu]

New Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Update Now Available, Adds 4 New Characters, Multiplayer for Challenge Mode, And Accessibility Options

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

A new update is now available for Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, adding yet another batch of characters to the roster. In particular, we get some real fan-favourites in this wave; Yuu & Rei, Possessed Klug, Serilly, and Rafisol. They bring with them 3 new music tracks, and 20 icons for your online profile.

In addition, you can now adjust colour options including saturation, as a means of improving accessibility, and the previously single-player only Challenge Modes can now be played in multiplayer too! While not specifically mentioned on SEGA’s end, we’ve also been informed that some of the game’s lag issues have been cleared up now too, which is much appreciated.

[ Source – Playstation Blog ]

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