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Astro City Mini and Game Gear Micro Added to Hardware Section

Tuesday, 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.

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

Sunday, 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.

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]

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 PS4 Review

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a bit of an odd one to review, at a glance. The moment the game was announced, there was confusion as to how exactly you could make a worthwhile sequel to a concept as basic as “Puyo Puyo, and also Tetris.” Indeed, besides the brand new storyline in the game’s adventure mode, this game certainly boils down to more of Puyo Puyo Tetris. The additions seen here, many of them subtle, add up to create what is, on paper, a far more definitive package for both Puyo and Tetris fans, but it’s also one that also fails to address the most egregious flaws those fans found with the original game.

Click here to read Tracker’s full review of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 on PS4.

Final Batch of Astro City Mini Games Announced, Including Rad Mobile and Space Harrier

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

The final set of games to be announced for the Astro City Mini have now been revealed, via Famitsu Live. They are as follows:

  1. Arabian Fight
  2. Ninja Princess
  3. Stack Columns
  4. Sonic Boom
  5. Scramble Spirits
  6. Flicky
  7. Puyo Puyo Tsu
  8. Quartet 2
  9. Thunder Force AC
  10. Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
  11. Rad Mobile
  12. My Hero
  13. Space Harrier

An Astro City Arcade Stick was also announced alongside the final batch of games, which will be released for for 12,800 JPY (£90)… which is practically the price of the Astro City Mini itself. This joins the huge amount of other accessories announced for it, such as the Game Centre Style Kit. The other games on the unit are (after the jump): (more…)

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2: The Ultimate Puzzle Match Announced, Coming December 8th to Current and Next-Gen Consoles

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

The latest Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase has announced Puyo Puyo Tetris 2: The Ultimate Puzzle Match. It’ll be coming to a slew of consoles: Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

The game is a direct sequel to the first Puyo Puyo Tetris, and will include a brand new Adventure Mode with a new Story, as well as new characters.

As well as the standard Puyo (and Tetris) fare, there’ll also be new modes, such as “Skill Battle” (which actually originated in Puyo Puyo Chronicle on 3DS). This mode will involve ‘Skill Cards’ – you can get some skill cards as a pre-order bonus for the game, including some based on Sonic the Hedgehog.

The game’s official website can be found here.

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.

Game Gear Micro to Launch in Japan October 2020

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

For SEGA’s 60th anniversary, the company have revealed a new novelty micro console in the form of the Game Gear Micro.

Currently only scheduled for a Japanese launch on October 6th 2020, the console will be available in 4 colour variants, each bundled with its own compilation of 4 Game Gear titles. Each system will launch for ¥4,980. A special edition bundle is also available which includes all 4 console variants, a set of replica game cases for each of the included titles and a working SEGA Big Window (aka the Super Wide Gear) which allows you to magnify the screen. This will set you back ¥29,980.

The Game Gear Micro will measure 80mm wide, 43mm tall and 20mm deep and include a 1.15″ display. It also includes a single mono speaker, a headphone jack and is powered by 2 AAA batteries. Supposedly you can power the system for a longer period of time with a separately sold USB cable.

The full list of included titles on each of the Game Gear Micro variants now follows:

Black Game Gear Micro
Out Run, Puyo Puyo Tsu, Royal Stone and Sonic the Hedgehog

Blue Game Gear Micro
Baku Baku Animal: Sekai Shiikugakari Senshuken, Gunstar Heroes, Sonic & Tails and Sylvan Tale

Yellow Game Gear Micro
Nazo Puyo: Arle no Roux, Shining Force, Shining Force II and Shining Force: Final Conflict

Red Game Gear Micro
Columns, The G.G. Shinobi, Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible and Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special

[Source: Nintendo Life]

Japanese Mega Drive RPG Madō Monogatari I Receives English Language Patch

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

The Madō Monogatari series has long been a Japanese exclusive franchise, but that changes today as the Mega Drive remake of the first 3 games is now available in English for the very first time.

Western gamers will recognise the characters of Madō Monogatari from their later appearances in the Puyo Puyo franchise, but they actually debuted here. The action of Madō Monogatari is largely a traditional JRPG which is why an English language patch is so essential to play it. With this patch the game becomes Sorcery Saga I in English.

If you would like to try Madō Monogatari I in English then the patch can be downloaded now from Romhacking.net. You will need a copy of the original Madō Monogatari ROM file and you can apply the English language patch using Romhacking.net’s online ROM patching utility.

[Source: SEGAbits]

SEGA AGES Virtua Racing & Wonder Boy in Monster Land Come West June 27th

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

SEGA has finally announced when Western players will be able to get their hands on the SEGA AGES series’ Virtua Racing and Wonder Boy ports for Nintendo Switch. The titles will both be out June 27th in the West, for $7.99 each. If the other AGES titles are to go by, they’ll likely be £5.99 each on the European eShop.

This is where things get puzzling though – Western players are now missing a game! SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo, which launched in Japan before either of these titles and was previously confirmed to be on the way to Western shores, is nowhere to be found. It’s a very peculiar turn of events, as the game is fully localised (downloading it from the Japan store to an English system gives you the localised version, as with all of the AGES ports). All we can think of is that perhaps they didn’t want to launch the port so close to the recent Puyo Puyo Champions, but it’s unfortunate given AGES Puyo marks the first time the game’s English translation has ever been officially rereleased.

Either way, it’s good to see more titles from this series making their way westward, and Virtua Racing in particular is a fantastic port. We’ll let you know if anymore details come in on Puyo’s whereabouts.

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