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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Coming to Steam on December 10th

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

There’s not much longer to wait for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD’s Steam release – because it’s actually out next week!

The game’s Steam page now confirms a launch date of December 10th. And to sweeten the deal, there’ll be a 20% off deal on the game until December 17th, putting the price at £19.99 (down from £24.99). For those unaware, Banana Blitz is a remake of the first Nintendo Wii outing for the series, but with 100% less motion controls. Party games have also been slimmed down to a more curated selection, level design has been tweaked to suit the new controls better, and perhaps most notably there’s a new unlockable character in the form of Sonic the Hedgehog. The Steam version will also seemingly add features, such as a Photo Mode.

[ Source: Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz on Steam ]

Bayonetta & Vanquish Ports Heading to Xbox One X in February 2020

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

After successful 4K 60fps remasters of Bayonetta and Vanquish hit PCs back in 2017, it appears those ports are now heading to consoles with an Xbox One X release confirmed for the 18th of February 2020.

While the games have only been listed on the Microsoft storefront at this time, this does not rule out a PS4 release. Both games are available to buy separately or bundled together as the Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle.

Bayonetta and Vanquish were both developed by Platinum Games and released back in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Bayonetta was directed by Hideki Kamiya of Resident Evil 2 and Viewtiful Joe fame, while Vanquish was directed by Shinji Mikami of Resident Evil 4 and The Evil Within fame.

[Source: Video Games Chronicle]

Persona 5 Royal Launches West on March 31st 2020 for PS4, Atlus USA Rebrand as Atlus West

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Persona 5 Royal, the updated version of Atlus’ hit RPG Persona 5, now has a release date for both America and Europe – it’ll launch on March 31st 2020, exclusively for Playstation 4. There’s also a new trailer to announce it.

Royal adds a slew of new content to the original game, such as an extra ‘semester’ of story content, new areas to visit, alternate endings, and new features including a ‘Thieves Den’ that you can customise to your own tastes. There’s also several brand-new characters, including the new Phantom Thief, Kasumi.

In addition, Atlus USA is technically no more. Instead the division is now known as the much more inclusive Atlus West, to reflect that Europe now gets Atlus games on time. After years of Atlus being the butt of jokes about forgetting Europe exists, it’s been quite the transformation this past year or two, and we’re happy to see it continue.

To recap: Persona 5 Royal launches on PS4 on March 31st 2020 in the West. There won’t be a PS3 version, unlike the original game. There’s also a selection of lucrative (and fairly expensive) limited editions, including a Day One edition with a Steelbook.

SEGA Pico Added to Hardware Section Alongside Numerous Updates

Friday, November 29th, 2019

A brand new selection of updates have just gone live in our hardware section. See below for a full list of updates with direct links to each entry:

SEGA Pico added, complete with article, specifications and photographs kindly provided by Aaron Foster
Multi-Mega article revised with new text, specifications and photographs
– High quality photos added to the Master System entry
SEGA Control Stick added to the 8 Bit Peripherals

Once again a huge thank you to Aaron Foster for proving us with the amazing, high quality images of his SEGA Pico.

SEGA Catcher Online Comes to the US on December 3rd 2019

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

SEGA’s UFO catchers are a staple of the Japanese arcade. This crane game allows players to win exclusive licensed merchandise from a huge range of properties. While similar games have existed in Western arcades for quite some time, the quality of merchandise is often lower quality to what SEGA offer in their UFO catchers.

SEGA Japan also run an online service where people can play on UFO catchers from their computers and still win physical prizes that are then delivered to your home. This service is going to be expanded outside Japan for the first time ever when it comes to the US on December 3rd 2019.

SEGA Catcher Online can be accessed via this link, but the US site won’t go live until December 3rd. Probably best to bookmark it and come back on December 3rd if you’re interested in winning some exclusive goodies produced by SEGA Japan’s SEGA Toys division.

[Source: SEGA Official Twitter]

Sonic the Hedgehog Humble Bundle Returns

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

The Sonic the Hedgehog Humble Bundle returns again for Winter 2019 and features a whole host of Sonic titles for PC with proceeds supporting Whale and Dolphin Conservation and JDRF; a charity that supports Diabetes research. The bundle is only available until December 17th 2019 and it includes the following games and tiers:

Pay 78p or more
– Sonic Adventure 2
– Sonic Adventure 2 Battle DLC
– Sonic 3 & Knuckles
– Sonic CD
– Sonic 4 Episode 1
– Sonic Adventure DX

Pay £4.69 or more
– Sonic Generations + Casino Night DLC
– Sonic Lost World
– Sonic 4 Episode 2
– Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

Pay £7.76 or more
– Sonic Mania
– Sonic Mania Encore DLC
– Sonic Forces

You can head on over to the Humble Bundle website and buy these games from the official Humble Sonic Bundle 2019 listing.

SEGA AGES: Fantasy Zone for Nintendo Switch Launches November 28th in Japan

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Sound the SEGA AGES klaxon – because Fantasy Zone will be joining SEGA’s lineup of Nintendo Switch re-releases this week, in Japan at least.

Previously announced to be the next game in the lineup, we now know the game will launch this Thursday, November 28th (thanks to timezones, that’ll be Wednesday afternoon in the UK). It’ll be the usual price of 999 JPY. The release includes the content of the 3DS port, such as the Upa-Upa mode, as well as new elements like a Time Attack mode and revamped HUD display similar to M2’s own ShotTriggers releases.  More information is available on the Japanese page for SEGA AGES.

There’s currently no word on a Western release date for SEGA AGES Shinobi or Fantasy Zone, but we imagine it can’t be too far off now – we’ll report if one shows up.

Updated SEGA Saturn Articles in Hardware Section for 25th Anniversary

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

It’s the 25th anniversary of the SEGA Saturn! To celebrate we’ve done some tidying up in our hardware section and made separate articles for the original HST-3200/HST-3210 SEGA Saturn and the “model 2” HST-3220 revision. The article for the HST-3220 revision is also entirely new.

Click below to directly access each article:

SEGA Saturn (Model Number HST-3200/HST-3210) article
SEGA Saturn (Model Number HST-3220) article

Switch Port of Alien Isolation Arrives December 5th 2019

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Alien: Isolation lives again with a port to the Nintendo Switch on December 5th 2019. Porting duties are being handled by Feral and a new trailer showcases how close the visuals are to the original version. Check it out via the embed below:

Alien: Isolation was originally developed by The Creative Assembly and released on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One back in 2014. This new port for the Switch is a digital only release via the Nintendo eShop.

[Source: Ryan Brown on Twitter]

Revised Articles for Genesis 3 and Mega Jet Now Available in Hardware Section

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

We have revised 2 console articles in our hardware section. These latest updates reflect the following pages:

Mega Jet (new article, specifications and photographs)
Genesis 3 (new article, specifications and photographs)

A huge thank you to Franck and Danny at SEGA for photographing and providing the Mega Jet featured in this console’s entry in the hardware section.

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