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New Sonic Adventure 2, Spinball & Mean Bean Machine Prototypes Released by Hidden Palace

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Fast becoming one of the most important resources for digital archiving of prototype software, Hidden Palace have released another slew of prototype versions of various Sonic the Hedgehog titles. These new dumps of late development builds of Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Spinball and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine showcase some fascinating insight into their development and feature a slew of differences from their final builds.

Sonic Adventure 2 features many grammatical errors that would be corrected for the final build, Metal Harbor and the final Sonic and Shadow battle are considerably more difficult and the driving stages feature different collision results when driving into other vehicles. The full list of differences can be read on the Hidden Palace entry for this release.

Sonic Spinball features an entirely different menu theme which was infamously changed at the last minute due to STI discovering they didn’t have the license to use the original Sonic the Hedgehog theme. The full list of differences can be read on the Hidden Palace entry for this release.

Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine features the smallest amount of differences between this dump and its final release, with only the staff credits missing from this build. The full list of differences can be read on the Hidden Palace entry for this release.

All of these dumps can be downloaded and played through emulation or on real hardware from the Hidden Palace entries linked above. Hidden Palace will be streaming and revealing their “last present from under the tree” tonight (31/12/2020) at 10pm GMT on Twitch, so if you’re excited to see more prototypes from their team then be sure to tune in.

[Source: Hidden Palace]

SEGA Hard Historia Book to Release in Japan in July 2021 | Merchandise

Monday, December 21st, 2020

A brand new book from the publishers of Japan’s Beep! Mega Drive, SEGA Saturn Magazine and Dreamcast Magazine will release in July 2021. This new book is described as a “tankobon & catalog” of magazine “contributions & retrospectives from many former staff, reprints of the famous reader ratings & more”.

The book will also include 10 Mega Drive games for the PC, a Takara Tomy Mega Drive minifig set and 3 volumes of the Sega no Game wa Sekai Ichi~i~i manga in PDF format. The first 4 Mega Drive titles announced for inclusion with this book are Chelnov, Langrisser, Star Cruiser and Undeadline. The games included have been chosen specifically so they don’t overlap with anything included on the Mega Drive Mini.

The book can be pre-ordered from Amazon Japan right now for ¥16,500, equivalent to £118.31 at the time of writing.

[Source: GSK on Twitter]

Lost ‘The Simpsons: Bug Squad!’ Tech Demo for Dreamcast Discovered

Sunday, December 20th, 2020

A tech demo for a Simpsons game on the Dreamcast has been discovered by ‘sreak’ over at the Dreamcast-Talk forums. This demo of a game called The Simpsons: Bug Squad! was dumped from a Dreamcast dev kit and developed by Red Lemon Studio in 2000 as a pitch to Fox Interactive. It was never greenlit and this demo is the only evidence of it ever existing.

It’s an interesting little title putting you in the shoes of a bug in The Simpsons’ homestead, and you explore the area in a similar way to Toy Commander. You can check out the game in action via the video embed from the Dreamcastic Channel below:

If you would like to play The Simpsons: Bug Squad! tech demo you can download the raw data from the Dreamcast dev kit dump via this forum post over at the Dreamcast-Talk forums.

[Source: Eurogamer]

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 Forever Release Crazy Taxi Retrospective Video, Running Through the Series’ History

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

SEGA have released another retrospective via the SEGA Forever account, following up on the style of the previous NiGHTS into Dreams… video that revealed a previously unseen US boxart. This time, it’s all about the Crazy Taxi series!

This one doesn’t have any ground-breaking discoveries from SEGA’s archives, but it does serve as a pretty great way to familiarise yourself with the mainline entries in SEGA’s beloved cab-em-up series. It also provides a good excuse to listen to “All I Want”, though to be fair we never need an ‘excuse’ to listen to that song.

SEGA Forever’s also promised there’s more Retrospectives on the way as part of a series, so we’ll let you know when more go up.

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

More SEGA Hardware Entries Added to Our Hardware Section

Friday, May 29th, 2020

More SEGA hardware has now been added to our hardware section with detailed articles on every entry, alongside specifications and high quality images. See below for the full list of additions and direct links to each entry:

AtGames SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis added with article and images
AtGames SEGA Mega Drive Flashback added with article, specifications and images
Master System Super Compact added with article, specifications and images
Master System Girl added with article, specifications and images
Treamcast added with article, specifications and images

Cult Dreamcast Title L.O.L. Lack of Love Receives English Language Translation

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

Another cult SEGA title receives an English language translation! For this release it’s time to get acquainted with the Dreamcast cult life sim L.O.L.: Lack of Love, which has been Japan exclusive since it’s original 2000 release.

L.O.L.: Lack of Love puts you in control of a primitive creature on an alien world who must evolve to stay alive as the planet is being slowly terraformed. The game infamously features no heads-up-display and is played in a non-linear fashion. You can talk to or eat other life forms to advance your evolution.

If you’d like to try the game you can download the patch from Romhacking.net. You will require a CDI or GDI disc image of the game and you can use the Romhacking.net online patching tool to apply the patch to the disc image.

Obscure Dreamcast Puzzler ‘The Lost Golem’ Receives Fan Translation

Monday, December 16th, 2019

The Japan-only puzzle game The Lost Golem is a bit of an obscure release, only seeing under 500 sales during its original launch. This has lead to it becoming quite the cult favourite among Dreamcast collectors. It’s not the most difficult thing to play without a knowledge of Japanese, but thanks to community efforts, the game has now received an English fan translation and its a welcome addition for anyone looking to understand the game a little better.

The English fan translation of The Lost Golem is available to download from Romhacking.net now. You will need a CDI file of the original game in order to apply the patch. This can then be run in emulation or on an actual Dreamcast if burned to disc and booted with Utopia.

The Lost Golem is a fairly simple title where you control a golem who is guiding a king throughout a castle. You must pick up and place walls in order to change his direction and guide him to the exit. You can see the game in action via this first look video by our friend pcwzrd13:

Master System II and Dreamcast Articles Added to Hardware Section

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

2 new hardware articles on the Master System II and Dreamcast have been added to our hardware section. These articles feature a detailed history of each system alongside the system’s specifications and a selection of high quality images.

The Master System II article can be viewed by clicking here. Huge thanks to Mark Hughes for providing the photographs.
The Dreamcast article can be viewed by clicking here.

We are continuing to fill out our hardware section with even more features. Stay tuned for more updates!

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