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SEGA Forever Release The House of the Dead Retrospective | Video Spotlight

Friday, November 13th, 2020

The next retrospective from SEGA Forever has arrived, and this time it’s all about The House of the Dead!

The video focuses mainly on the original arcade series, running from The House of the Dead all the way up to the most recent game in the original canon, Scarlet Dawn. That said, a nod is given to Overkill and even Pinball of the Dead; and they even give some love to The Typing of the Dead II, a great game that flew under the radar compared to its predecessor.

Each title also has the list of platforms it’s available on listed alongside it; very handy for those looking to shoot some mutants at home. We’re really loving this series, and we can’t wait to see what gets the retrospective treatment next!

 

SEGA Request 650 Employees To Retire “Voluntarily”, Cut Salaries of Executives By Up To 30%

Friday, November 6th, 2020

There’s been a lot of celebration around SEGA lately, what with their 60th Anniversary and all; but sadly, it’s not all been cause for partying. SEGA has published extraordinary losses from its amusements division (thanks to COVID-19), leading them to outright sell off the majority of their arcade business to Genda Inc (formerly Midas Entertainment). SEGA will still be producing arcade games, and their arcade centres will still be plastered with the SEGA logo, but those centres are Genda’s now.

That’s not all though, as it’s now emerged that SEGA have asked 650 employees to “voluntarily retire”. Supposedly those who accept the offer to retire by February 2021 will receive a “payment of extraordinary retirement allowances and reemployment support”. SEGA’s executives are also getting hit by the changes, though not nearly as severely as those losing their jobs; instead, the company’s Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President will have 20% and 10% taken out of their monthly salaries respectively… which isn’t exactly much for the salaries they’re probably on. The Representative Director will see a slightly more substantial cut of 30%.

It’s been a rough year for businesses across the world this year, and given their presence in Japan’s arcade scene, it’s not surprising that SEGA got hit hard; but the layoffs are disappointing news all the same. It’s also very likely that SEGA’s mooted ‘Fog Gaming’ concept may not be going ahead anymore, but time will tell if Genda choose to adopt that instead.

Pre-Orders for Arcade1Up’s Golden Axe Arcade Cabinet Now Available in the US & Canada

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Previewed back in January at CES, Arcade1Up’s Golden Axe arcade cabinet is now available to pre-order in the US and Canada. This cabinet features Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder, Wrestle War, Shinobi, Altered Beast and the original Golden Axe and will set you back $399.

It’s a pretty feature-rich package with a 17″ display, 4 player joystick setup, light-up marquee, volume control and a riser. You can check out a trailer for the cabinet below:

The Golden Axe arcade cabinet from Arcade1Up is currently exclusive to the US and Canada. Pre-orders are expected to ship mid-October. Click here to go the cabinet’s listing on the Arcade1Up website.

13 More Games Announced for Astro City Mini, Including Cotton, Bonanza Bros, and Wonder Boy

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

The next 13 games have been announced for the SEGA Astro City Mini, coming to us via the latest Dengeki stream.

The games are as follows:

  1. Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams
  2. Shinobi
  3. Shadow Dancer
  4. Cyber Police ESWAT (ESWAT – City Under Siege)
  5. Crack Down
  6. Gain Ground
  7. Puyo Puyo
  8. Columns
  9. Bonanza Bros
  10. Ichidant-R
  11. Wonder Boy
  12. Wonder Boy in Monster Land
  13. Wonder Boy III – Monster Lair

This puts the announced game total at 23 titles, with 36 confirmed to be on the microconsole. The next set of titles will be announced on September 3rd during a Famitsu stream.

Multi-Game Virtua Fighter Cabinet from Arcade1Up Leaks Online

Sunday, August 16th, 2020

Another officially licensed multi-game arcade cabinet from Arcade1Up appears to be on the way as a leak from a poster on Reddit has revealed an image of a cabinet which is made to play Virtua Fighter, Virtua Fighter Remix, Virtua Fighter 2, Fighting Vipers and Sonic the Fighters. The leak appears to have come from some advance promotional material for the cabinet. There is currently no other information on this release at the time of writing or even if this is a genuine leak or a hoax.

Arcade1Up are also due to release a cabinet featuring Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder, Shinobi, Altered Beast, Wrestle Wars and the original Golden Axe. This cabinet was revealed at CES back in January 2020 and is also without a release date or price. However, Arcade1Up cabinets normally retail for around £300.

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More Astro City Mini Details Emerge, First Look at Extra Controller

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

The official Astro City Mini website has now gone live and with it we have the reveal trailer you can watch below, and our first look at one of the system’s extra peripherals which will be sold separately.

The Astro City Mini control pad will be sold for an additional 2,780 yen (approximately £20) and feature a d-pad instead of an arcade stick, as well as the standard 6 button setup.

We also have a more accurate release date of December 2020, but the console is still Japan exclusive at the time of writing. The same lineup of 10 titles from yesterday’s news leak are also confirmed. There was some confusion about whether it was Puzzle & Action: Tant-R or Ichidant-R that was making it to the system, but as previously reported it is in fact Puzzle & Action: Tant-R.

Pre-orders from Amazon Japan are now available but only the Astro City Mini ships worldwide. The control pad is Japan exclusive:
Astro City Mini
Astro City Mini Control Pad

The control pad can also be ordered from AmiAmi who offer worldwide delivery. Thanks to DerSchwenki on Twitter for the information.

Astro City Mini Featuring Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder Coming Later in 2020

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

SEGA Japan (more specifically their SEGA Toys subsidiary) are back on the micro console hype train with their latest effort – the Astro City Mini. This mini arcade cabinet features 36 SEGA arcade titles and is due to release by the end of the year.

The full list of games has yet to be revealed, but a small selection have been confirmed and they are listed below:

– Alien Syndrome
– Alien Storm
– Golden Axe
– Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder
– Columns II
– Dark Edge
– Tant R
– Virtua Fighter
– Fantasy Zone
– Altered Beast

All games will be presented in their original arcade format. The Astro City Mini can be played using its built-in screen or sent to a television via HDMI. The system itself has its own arcade 8 way micro-switched joystick and 6 button setup. When the console is powered on the marquee also lights up. The system needs to be powered via a micro USB connection and there are also 2 extra USB slots for additional joysticks which are going to be sold separately. There is currently no word on whether the system will release in Western territories. The Astro City Mini will be priced at 12,800 yen which currently converts to £93.70.

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Clockwork Aquario, A Lost SEGA System 18 Arcade Title from Wonder Boy Creators, Set To See an Official Release Later this Year

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Strictly Limited Games, alongside ININ Games, have announced that they’ve acquired the rights to publish Westone Bit Entertainment’s Clockwork Aquario for current gaming platforms. For those not in the know, Clockwork Aquario was a cancelled SEGA System 18 board arcade title from Westone Bit Entertainment, best known for their work on the Wonder Boy/Monster World franchise. The modern ports of the game will land before the end of the year, with both a limited physical run and a general digital release. Currently mooted platforms are Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Gematsu have the full press release, which goes into the details of how Strictly Limited got their hands on the game; and how they signed a deal with LAT and SEGA to get it released, 27 years later. Westone Bit Entertainment’s former staff, including Ryuichi Nishizawa (generally cited as the creator of Wonder Boy) have also been involved with the new release.

It’s very exciting when lost arcade titles pop up, and even moreso when they get official releases. We’re very excited to get our hands on this gorgeous looking title!

New Additions to Hardware and Merchandise Sections

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

A new selection of merchandise and hardware have been added to their respective sections on the website. See below for the full list of additions and direct links to each entry:

SEGA Game Gear Gear-to-Gear Cable added to Hardware
SEGA Dreamcast: Collected Works added to Book Catalogue
SEGA Pro Presents Guide to ’95 added to Book Catalogue
SEGA Arcade Pop-Up History added to Book Catalogue
Dreamcast Tips, Cheats, Solutions Volume 2 added to Book Catalogue
Virtua Fighter: Round One added to Home Video section

Thunder Force AC is the Next SEGA Ages Title for Switch

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

The Japanese SEGA Ages website has been updated to reveal that the next SEGA Ages port for Nintendo Switch will be Thunder Force AC. If you’re unfamiliar with the title then Thunder Force AC is the arcade version of Technosoft’s Thunder Force III. The Thunder Force series is a collection of fantastic shoot-em-ups and Thunder Force AC marks the first time the series switched to a solely horizontal scrolling presentation that was carried through to the series’ end with Thunder Force VI in 2008.

Thunder Force AC will launch in Japan on the Nintendo Switch very soon for 999 yen via the Nintendo eShop. This new port promises a low difficulty ‘Kids Mode’, online rankings and graphical filters that mimic the game’s arcade cabinet. The port also features the new stages that were added to the console’s Mega Drive port. Development duties are once again handled by M2.

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