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Upcoming SEGA Titles
EU/US Releases
- Judgment (PS5, Xbox Series X & PC) 23/04/2021
- Astro City Mini (Mini Console) 28/05/2021
- Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX (PS4, Switch, PC, Xbox One, PS4) Q1 2021
- Wonder Boy - Asha in Monster World (PS4 & Switch) Q2 2021
Japan-Only Releases
- Wonder Boy - Asha in Monster World (PS4 & Switch) 22/04/2021
- Picross S: Mega Drive & Mark III Edition (Switch) 2021


Fresh Additions to SEGA Book Catalogue | Merchandise

March 24th, 2021

A small selection of 3 books have now been added to the SEGA Book Catalogue in our Merchandise section. See below for the full list of additions as well as direct links to each feature:

Big Tips
Essential SEGA Tips 2
SEGA Mega Drive Secrets Volume 2

Astro City Mini and Game Gear Micro Added to Hardware Section

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

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

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.

Arle Nadja Nendoroid From Good Smile Company Now Available for Pre-Order, Launches October 2021

March 7th, 2021

Good Smile Company is bringing another SEGA character to its lineup of Nendoroid figures, and it’s Puyo Puyo’s Arle Nadja!

Arle joins the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sakura of Sakura Wars fame (both of them!) in the popular figure series, and will come with a slew of accessories; including every kind of Puyo you could ever need, and of course her partner Carbuncle. She’ll also have a swappable face plate, so if you’d rather have her look mildly concerned, that’s a thing you can do. The figure is currently set to release in October 2021, though of course it may be subject to delays as with any figure.

The figure can be pre-ordered from Good Smile Company’s website, or via Amazon JP.

Blind Spot’s Next Album Releases March 6th, Includes Arrangements of Bonanza Bros, Space Channel 5 and More

March 3rd, 2021

Blind Spot, the band comprised of former SEGA Sound Team Band members and who we’ve covered on Driven in the past, are back with a new album; Blind Spot V. As the name suggests, it’s their 5th main album, and it brings with it a slew of both original tracks and rearrangements of classic, and often underrated SEGA music.

The full tracklist is as follows, via BEEP:

01 Bonanza Bros(ボナンザブラザーズ)
02 Outride a Crisis(スーパーハングオン)
03 Ooimachi Blues
04 Jyuouki(獣王記)
05 Parallel Spokes
06 OPA-OPA(ファンタジーゾーン)
07 Hakone Party
08 NervePaint10
09 Eventide
10 Super MonacoGP(スーパーモナコGP)
11 This Is My Happiness(スペースチャンネル5)

One of the highlights of these albums is seeing the band get to cover SEGA tracks that they didn’t get to during their original tenure as the S.S.T. Band; the previous album included a cover of Dreams Dreams from NiGHTS… into Dreams, and this time around we’re getting a cover of This Is My Happiness, from Space Channel 5. The new tracks such as Parallel Spokes also sound absolutely sublime!

The album will debut at the Tokyo Game Music Show as usual, but it’s also available for mail order via BEEP. All of Blind Spot’s previous albums have also appeared on Spotify eventually, so if import fees have you worried, a digital option shouldn’t be too far off.

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

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

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 4 Disc Hiro Compilation CD Boxset to Release as Part of SEGA 60th Celebrations | Merchandise

February 26th, 2021

A new SEGA 60th soundtrack release is on the way courtesy of SEGA music maestro Hiroshi Kawaguchi. This new ‘Go SEGA 60th Anniversary Album’ will feature 4 discs of classic SEGA music and 108 songs, all chosen by Hiro himself.

The CD boxset will be available from the 24th of March 2021 in Japan only. It will retail for 6,460 yen which currently converts to around £43.45 in British sterling.

The full tracklist is featured below:

Disc 1
01. Amazing SEGA ~ New Corporate Identity ~ (Top Ver.)
02. SEGA Sound Logo (SEGA Call)
03. Company Song (Young Power / 135)
04. Head on (play sound) | AC
05. Monaco GP (play sound) | AC
06. Tranquilizer Gun (play sound) | AC
07. Pengo (Main BGM / Popcorn) | AC
08. Super Locomotive (Main BGM / Rydeen) | AC
09. Congo Bongo (Title-Odd side-Odd side clear-Even side-Even side clear) | SG
10. Flicky (Theme-Clear) | AC
11. Teddy Boy Blues (Teddy Boy Blues) | AC
12. Zoom 909 (main BGM) | SG
13. Hang on (Main Theme) | AC
14. Space Harrier (Main Theme) | AC
15. Fantasy Zone (Opa-Opa!) | AC
16. Quartet (FM Funk) | AC
17. Enduro Racer (Main Theme) | AC
18. OutRun (Magical Sound Shower) | AC
19. Alex Kidd in Miracle World | MKⅢ
20. Space Harrier (HAYA-OH) | MKⅢ
21. UFO CATCHER DX (Greensleeves-arm operation) | AC
22. SDI (System Down) | AC
23. Super Hang-On (Sprinter) | AC
24. After Burner II (After Burner -With Melody-) | AC
25. Thunder Blade (Type II) | AC
26. Phantasy Star (Dungeon 1 -FM Ver.-) | MKⅢ / MS
27. Galaxy Force II (Beyond the Galaxy) | AC
28. Power Drift (Like the Wind) | AC

Disc 2
01. Gain Ground (Primitive-Ki–Theme of Heroes-) | AC
02. Turbo OutRun (Rush a Difficulty) | AC
03. Phantasy Star II At the end of non-return (Rise or Fall) | MD
04. Golden Ax (wilderness) | AC
05. THE SHINOBI | MD
06. Columns (Clotho) | AC
07. R360 [G-LOC] (Earth Frame G) | AC
08. Sonic the Hedgehog (Star Light Zone ~ Mega Drive version ~) | MD
09. Mega CD (startup sound)
10. Virtua Racing (Waiting Your Entry) | AC
11. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sonic –You Can Do Anything) | GG
12. Streets of Rage II Requiem for Death Fight (Go Straight) | MD
13. Soreike !! Cocologie (Soreyuki! Kokorojin -1993- / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi) | AC
14. Virtua Fighter (Beginning -Advertize-) | AC
15. Phantasy Star At the end of the millennium (The end of millennium) | MD
16. Daytona USA (Let’s Go Away) | AC
17. Rail Chase the Ride Hero Revival (Suite) | ATP
18. Virtua Cop (Gang Headquarters) | AC
19. Virtua Fighter 2 (Beginning -Mai-Beginning of a new challenge-) | AC
20. Sega Saturn (startup sound)
21. AM2 (sound logo)
22. Virtua Racing Deluxe (Replay)
23. Panzer Dragoon (Flying ~ Episode 1 -Orchestra Version-) | SS
24. Sonic Drift 2 (Emerald Hill) | GG
25. Fighting Vipers (Armstone Town Day) | AC
26. Sega Rally Championship (Desert Replay) | SS
27. Cyber ​​Troopers Virtual-On (In the Blue Sky) | AC
28. NiGHTS into dreams … (Dreams Dreams) | SS
28. Sakura Wars (Imperial Combat Revue / Chisa Yokoyama (Sakura Shinguji) & Imperial Combat Revue) | SS

Disc 3
01. Scud Race (Flight in the Dark / Hiroko Hamano) | AC
02. Sega Saturn / Segata Sanshiro ~ CM Song ~ (Sega Saturn, Shiro! / Segata Sanshiro [Hiroshi Fujioka,])
03. Burning Rangers (Burning Hearts ~ Flame ANGEL ~ / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi) | SS
04. SpikeOut (Theme of SPIKEOUT) | AC
05. The House of the Dead 2 (AMS Agent -Arranged From THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD 1-) | AC
06. Dreamcast ~ TV / CF Episode 4 Reservation Campaign Song ~ (Dreamcast / Managing Director Yukawa)
07. Sonic Adventure (Open Your Heart / Crush 40) | DC
08. Space Channel 5 (mexican flyer (Original)) | DC
09. Shenmue Chapter 1 Yokosuka (Shenmue ~ Kagi ~) | DC
10. StarHorse (first Starhorse Medley) | AC
11. Phantasy Star Online (The whole new world -Lyric Version- / LOREN) | DC
12. Sakura Wars 3: Is Paris Burning? Yoshino (Kitaoji Fireworks)) | DC
13. Segagaga (Segagaga March -Vocal Version- / Tsuyoshi Kaneko) | DC
14. Super Monkey Ball (Jungle Stage) | GC
15. Beetle King Musiking (1st Musiking Sound) | AC
16. The Key to Avalon (Vive Memor Mortis ~ Live without forgetting death ~) | AC
17. Dragon Treasure (Dungeon -Mountain-) | AC
18. OutRun2 (Shiny World) | AC
19. Sonic Heroes / Crush 40 | PS2 / GC / Xbox
20. Quest of D (vs. Black Knight) | AC
21. Fashionable Witch Love and Berry (Re-Born / Rabbi ☆ min) | AC
22. DARTSLIVE (startup sound)
23. I’ll die for you (I’ll die for you [Complete Edition] / Kenichi Tokoi & Rub Rabbits) | DS
24. Sangokushi Taisen (Marvelous Brave) | AC
25. Ryu ga Gotoku (Receive You / MAKOTCH) | PS2

Disc 4
01. Sega Rally 2006 (Temptation of Speed) | PS2
02. Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ4 (Default BGM) | AC
03. DERBY OWNERS CLUB 2008 feel the rush (Feel the Rush Special) | AC
04. UFO CATCHER 8 (UFO Ondo / Asami) | AC
05. Phantasy Star Portable (Save This World -νMIX-) | PSP
06. WORLD CLUB Champion Football Intercontinental Clubs 2006-2007 (Main Theme) | AC
07. Puyo Puyo 7 (Puyo Puyo no Uta / Ando Apple [CV: Asami Imai]) | DS
08. BORDER BREAK | AC
09. Sonic Colors (Reach For The Stars / Jean Paul Makhlouf of Cash Cash) | Wii
10. Rhythm Phantom Thief R Emperor Napoleon’s Legacy (Invasion of the Louvre Museum) | 3DS
11. Yakuza 5 Dreams, Realizers (Idiot [Taxi Driver Edition] / Kazuma Kiryu [Takaya Kuroda]) | PS3
12. Puyo Puyo !! Quest (It’s been a while since I crossed time and space! -Puyo Que Ver.-) | iOS / Android
13. Holka x ToruCa (The Great Journey -Original Ver.- / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi) | AC
14. Chain Chronicle (Battle For Justice II) Android / iOS
15. Wonderland Wars (Battle In Wonder Forest) | AC
16. maimai ORANGE PLUS (welcome to maimai !! with My Maimer / Hiro feat. Takahito Koshida & Beat Mario) | AC
17. CHUNITHM AIR PLUS (Beyond Chaos, Praise Our Holy Tuner) | AC
18. Sonic Forces (Fist Bump / Douglas Robb [Hoobastank]) | PS4 / Switch
19. Mega Drive Mini (Menu Music -Original Ver.-)
20. New Sakura Wars (Kai! Imperial Huadan / Ayane Sakura (Sakura Amamiya), Marei Uchida (Hatsuho Shinonome), Hibiki Yamamura (Azami Mochizuki), Ayaka Fukuhara (Anastasia Palma), Saori Hayami (Claris)) | PS4
21. Game Gear Micro (Good Gear Next Level -Menu Music A-)
22. Game Gear Micro (Which one do U play today? -Menu Music B-)
23. Astro City Mini (Menu Music)
24. Sega Moba & Sega Store ~ ​​Image Song ~ (I want to see you again … / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi)
25. Sega Shiro (Shin Fujioka) (~ I want you to know now. 60th Anniversary Sega! ~)
26. Amazing SEGA ~ New Corporate Identity ~ (Last Ver.)

Total War Three Kingdoms Fates Divided Gameplay Reveal | Video Spotlight

February 26th, 2021

The Total War YouTube has given us our first look at the Fates Divided chapter pack coming to Total War Three Kingdoms of March 11th 2021. The new chapter pack brings “significant improvements to several existing mechanics” as well as the following features:

– The tumultuous 200 CE start date
– A new cross-generational faction playable in 190 CE, 194 CE, and 200 CE
– Over 20 new units, including formidable Northern Army units
– Unique missions and narrative events
– Additional mechanics added to your favourite factions
– New systems and mechanics to improve overall gameplay

You can watch the gameplay reveal trailer below:

Total War Three Kingdoms Fates Divided from The Creative Assembly launches on PC on the 11th of March 2021.

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