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Upcoming SEGA Titles
EU/US Releases
- Streets of Rage 4 (TBA) TBA
- Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! (PS4) 2019
- Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game (PS4, Switch) TBA
- Mega Drive Mini (Micro Console) 19/09/2019
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Switch) Q4 2019
- Project Sakura Wars (PS4) TBA
- Hatsune Miku Project DIVA: MegaMix (Switch) 2020
Japan-Only Releases
- Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! (PS4) 2019
- Tokyo 2020 Official Video Game (PS4, Switch) 24/07/2019
- Mega Drive Mini (Micro Console) 19/09/2019
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Switch) Q4 2019
- Hatsune Miku Project DIVA: Mega39s (Switch) 2020
- Shin Sakura Wars (PS4) 12/12/2019


Sonic Hacking Contest 2019 Coverage, Day One | YouTube Channel

December 3rd, 2019

The Sonic Hacking Contest 2019 is underway and we have our first day of coverage now live on our YouTube channel. You can watch our first impressions on both Dragon Valley and Sonic Mania Warped by clicking the embeds below:

Dragon Valley

Sonic Mania Warped

More coverage will appear on our YouTube channel this week so subscribe to SEGADriven and never miss a thing. Tracker has also been streaming a variety of mods from the event and you can watch his first stream by clicking here.

SEGA Pico Added to Hardware Section Alongside Numerous Updates

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

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

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.

Sonic Hacking Contest Begins December 2nd 2019, Games Trailer Now Available | Fan Scene

November 25th, 2019

The Sonic Hacking Contest returns on Monday 2nd December 2019 to Sunday 8th December. All games will be available from https://sonichacking.org and the public are able to vote for the Contest entries for Community Trophies. As usual there’ll be streams throughout the week from people such as redhotsonic, MegaGWolf, SomecallmeJohnny, AntDude, Garrulous64, DaveAce and many more. We will also be covering as many hacks and mods featured at the show over on our YouTube channel (click here and subscribe!).

If you would like to review a full list of the contest entries for this year you can click this link to a thread from the official Sonic Hacking Contest Twitter account. This year hacks and mods are based on a wide variety of Sonic games including the original 16 bit titles, Sonic Mania, Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes and even Sonic the Hedgehog 06 and Shadow the Hedgehog.

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

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

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

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

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.

Sonic 3 Prototype from November 1993 Dumped by Hidden Palace, Features Different Music & Sprites

November 18th, 2019

For the final week of Hidden Palace’s Sonic month, the prototype archivists have released something very special. The team have dumped a November 1993 prototype of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 which features different music and sprites which are based on those from Sonic 2.

This prototype comes from a time when Sonic 3 was supposed to contain all the stages from Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, and while Sonic 3’s stages are mostly complete, the Sonic & Knuckles stages are often incomplete, showcasing an early insight into that game’s development. Screenshots from this prototype made their way into the Sonic 3: Exclusive Story of the Year! preview supplement which we also have archived in our merchandise section.

The real discovery comes with the game’s soundtrack. Sonic fans will know that the PC version of Sonic 3 features different tunes for Ice Cap, Launch Base and Carnival Night Zone. Well it appears that these tunes actually pre-date the versions that were eventually included in the final release of Sonic 3, as they make an appearance in this prototype. This is the first time anyone has heard these tunes powered by the Mega Drive’s YM2612 sound chip and it makes for some truly fascinating listening.

Check out a playthrough of the prototype ROM below. You can download the ROM to play yourself via this link to the game’s entry at Hidden Palace.

[Source: Hidden Palace]

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