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Huge Selection of Merchandise Additions Now Live

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

We’ve been busy beavering away with a whole host of new additions in the Merchandise sections on the website. See the list below for the full list of additions as well as direct links to each new entry:

Sonic the Hedgehog Puzzle Book 1 added to the Books section
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi vinyl by Data Discs added to Music section
Look and Find Sonic the Hedgehog added to Books section
Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-Speed-Ia: 30 Years of Sonic the Hedgehog added to Books section
– SEGA Powered issue 3 added to Magazines section
Jun Senoue’s The Works added to Music section
Jun Senoue’s The Works II added to Music section
SEGA Mega Drive Secrets added to Books section

Feel free to browse are extensive Merchandise section to learn about a wide array of different SEGA merchandise.

New Website Additions to Merchandise and Hardware

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

A selection of additions to our hardware and merchandise sections are now live on the website. See below for the full list of additions:

Astro City Mini V added to Hardware section
Mega Drive Mini 2 added to Hardware section
Sonic Spinball vinyl release by Data Discs added to Music section
Drag Star/Top Fueler SEGA Card Power toy added to Models & Figurines section
1993 Dr. Robotnik Burger King toy added to Models & Figurines section

Final Games Line-Up for Genesis Mini 2 Revealed, European Release Also Confirmed

Friday, August 19th, 2022

The final line-up of games for the Western Genesis Mini 2 has been confirmed alongside a European release for the new mini console. You can see the full list of games below or via the reveal trailer in the following embed:

The full list of Genesis Mini 2 titles is here:

MEGA DRIVE GAMES
– After Burner II
– Alien Soldier
– Atomic Runner
– Bonanza Bros.
– ClayFighter
– Crusader of Centy
– Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf
– Earthworm Jim 2
– Elemental Master
– Fatal Fury 2
– Gain Ground
– Golden Axe II
– Granada
– Hellfire
– Herzog Zwei
– Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar
– Midnight Resistance
– OutRun
– OutRunners
– Phantasy Star II
– Populous
– Rainbow Islands -Extra-
– Ranger-X
– Ristar
– Rolling Thunder 2
– Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
– Shining Force II
– Shining in the Darkness
– Sonic 3D Blast
– Splatterhouse 2
– Streets of Rage 3
– Super Hang-On
– Super Street Fighter II The New Challengers
– The Ooze
– The Revenge of Shinobi
– ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
– Truxton
– VectorMan 2
– Viewpoint
– Virtua Racing
– Warsong

MEGA-CD
– Ecco the Dolphin (CD Ver.)
– Ecco: The Tides of Time (CD Ver.)
– Final Fight CD
– Mansion of Hidden Souls
– Night Striker
– Night Trap
– Robo Aleste
– Sewer Shark
– Shining Force CD
– Silpheed
– Sonic The Hedgehog CD
– The Ninja Warriors

SPECIAL TITLES
– Devi & Pii (unreleased)
– Fantasy Zone (new port by M2 specifically designed for Genesis)
– Space Harrier II + Space Harrier (enhanced port that uses sprite zoom)
– Spatter (port of arcade title by M2)
– Star Mobile (unreleased for Genesis)
– Super Locomotive (new port of 1982 arcade title by M2)
– VS Puyo Puyo Sun (demake that only has VS mode)

SEGA have also confirmed that pre-orders for the European version of the Genesis Mini 2 will open in September. The mini console will launch the same day worldwide on October 27th 2022.

SEGA Genesis Mini 2 Confirmed for North American Release

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022

The SEGA Genesis Mini 2 is officially confirmed for a North American release on October 27th 2022.

In addition to this announcement we have a few new game reveals in the form of Rainbow Islands Extra, Splatterhouse 2, Rolling Thunder 2, Sonic 3D Blast, The Ooze and Vectorman 2. Sadly, Popful Mail and Magical Taruruto-kun don’t appear to have made the cut for the Genesis Mini 2.

The currently confirmed game list for the Genesis Mini 2 is in its entirety below:

– Sonic CD
– Shining Force CD
– Silpheed
– Mansion of Hidden Souls
– Night Striker
– The Ninja Warriors
– After Burner II
– Out Run
– Out Runners
– Virtua Racing
– Super Hang On
– Sonic 3D Blast
– Shining in the Darkness
– Vectorman 2
– The Ooze
– Bonanza Brothers
– Alien Soldier
– Rainbow Islands Extra
– Splatterhouse 2
– Rolling Thunder 2
– Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar
– Fantasy Zone (Bonus Game)
– Star Mobile (Bonus Game)

The SEGA Genesis Mini 2 will be an Amazon exclusive in North America, costing $103.80 and comes with the console itself, a single 6 button controller, power lead, power adapter and HDMI cable.

There is currently no word on whether the mini console is coming to the UK and Europe at this time.

Grind Stormer Mega Drive Video Review | YouTube Channel

Friday, June 17th, 2022

Grind Stormer by Toaplan is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up that seems very traditional on the surface, but it hides an extra gameplay style that drastically alters the main mechanics. Join us as we take a look at Grind Stormer for the Mega Drive!

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Super Off Road Mega Drive Video Review | YouTube Channel

Thursday, June 16th, 2022

Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Super Off Road is a fixed angle racing game where you can see the entire circuit without scrolling. When it made its way to the Mega Drive in 1992, the game lost the Ivan Stewart endorsement and it’s 3 player multiplayer. But is it still worth playing? Let’s find out together!

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Brad Buxer Confirms He Composed Majority of Sonic 3 Soundtrack With Minimal Input from Michael Jackson

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

In an interview composed with Brad Buxer back in May, Brad Buxer confirms that the majority of the music composed for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was actually done by him and not Michael Jackson.

Buxer confirms that Michael Jackson had signed on to compose music for the soundtrack, but the actual writing duties fell to Buxer as he was Jackson’s main songwriting collaborator at the time. Buxer confirms he wrote 41 audio cues for Sonic 3 and Jackson only had input on one of them. He does not specify which song Jackson had input on and he does not specify which of the 41 audio cues ended up in the final game. We know for a fact that Ice Cap Zone was written by Brad Buxer because the melodies line-up with Buxer’s own song Hard Times that he recorded with the band The Jetzons.

Buxer also confirms that writing for the song Stranger in Moscow also came from the same sessions that produced the 41 audio cues for Sonic 3. Stranger in Moscow is often compared to the Sonic 3 credits theme as the songs share a similar chord progression. As this song was written separately from the Sonic 3 audio cues, it is more likely a coincidence that the songs sound similar.

5 other composers are credited for Sonic 3’s music: Bobby Brooks, Darryl Ross, Geoff Grace, Doug Grigsby III and C. Cirocco Jones. This means it is highly unlikely that all of Buxer’s 41 audio cues were used in the final game. You can watch an isolated segment of Brad Buxer’s May 2022 interview with Abbey Road Institute Paris below:

[Credit: Art/Research YouTube]

We Take a Look at the 1995 Comix Zone PC Port | YouTube Channel

Monday, June 6th, 2022

Despite being a very late-era Mega Drive release, Comix Zone also got a port to the PC in November 1995. In our latest YouTube video, we take a look at the PC version of Comix Zone and see how it compares to the Mega Drive original. Click the embed below to watch:

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Mega Drive 2 Mini Revealed in SEGA Japan Stream, Mega-CD Games Confirmed for Inclusion + Others

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

SEGA Japan have revealed the Mega Drive 2 Mini which expands the focus of the original Mega Drive Mini with the inclusion of “Mega CD games, arcade ports, unreleased games and a mysterious new game” according to GSK. 11 games have been revealed so far. See below for the full list:

– Silpheed (Mega-CD)
– Shining Force CD (Mega-CD)
– Sonic CD (Mega-CD)
– Yumemi Mystery Mansion (Mega-CD)
– Popful Mail (Mega-CD)
– Virtua Racing (Mega Drive)
– Bonanza Bros (Mega Drive)
– Shining in the Darkness (Mega Drive)
– Thunder Force IV (Mega Drive)
– Magical TarurÅ«to-kun (Mega Drive)
– Fantasy Zone (New Mega Drive Port)

The final release is promising 50 games in total and is due to release in Japan on October 27th 2022. The mini console is bundled with a 6 button controller. Also revealed during the stream is an entirely cosmetic Mega-CD 2 for the Mega Drive 2 Mini to lock onto, as well as a miniature Sonic CD CD-ROM and a Virtua Racing cart to pop into the cartridge slot. The Mega Drive Tower Mini 2 even has an expander so you can use it with the original Mega Drive Mini and a spacer for the 32X mini included in the original Mega Drive Tower Mini. Both are entirely non functional.

There is currently no word of a Western release for the new mini console.

[Source: VGC and SEGA Japan YouTube]

New Homebrew Drawing Software ‘Lizardpaint’ Now Available for Mega Drive | YouTube Channel

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Indie developer Lizardrive has released a brand new paint application for the Mega Drive called Lizardpaint. Lizardpaint also has support for the SEGA Mouse and we’ve taken a detailed look at the latest version in the below video. Click the embed to watch and hear our thoughts:

Lizardpaint can be downloaded from the Lizardrive itch page by clicking here.

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