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Unreleased Game Gear Puzzle Game ‘BreakThru!’ Now Dumped

Saturday, August 28th, 2021

The good people over at SMS Power have managed to secure the loose EPROMs of an unreleased Game Gear title called BreakThru! and have now dumped the game and preserved it digitally.

BreakThru! was originally released on other systems such as PC, SNES, Game Boy in 1994 and Saturn and Playstation later in 1995. The game is infamous for being endorsed by Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov. This Game Gear version was completed but never released for unknown reasons.

You can download the ROM file from SMS Power’s page on the title. SMS Power have also released a patched version that is more compatible with different hardware. The ROM file can be played on real hardware using something like an Everdrive cartridge. Alternatively the game can be played under emulation.

[Source: SMS Power]

Picross S: Mega Drive & Mark III Edition Releasing August 5th on Switch

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

The long awaited release of Picross S: Mega Drive & Mark III Edition is finally upon us as Jupiter have revealed the game will release worldwide on August 5th 2021 on the Nintendo Switch eShop. The game is a retro SEGA themed take on the Picross formula with characters from 59 Mega Drive and Master System games appearing across the various puzzles. You can check out the latest trailer below:

Picross S: Mega Drive & Mark III Edition will feature 480 puzzles that can be played across 4 modes: standard Picross, Mega Picross, Colour Picross and Clip Picross. There is also 2 player co-operative play and an extensive tutorial mode. A selection of SEGA soundtrack music will also be available to select as your in game BGM. The game will release on Nintendo Switch as a download exclusive via the eShop on August 5th 2021. The game is being developed by Jupiter.

English Language Patch for Dreamcast Game ‘Sakura Wars Columns 2’ Released

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Thanks to the amazing efforts of Derek Pascarella and his team, Sakura Wars Columns 2 for the Dreamcast has now been fully translated into English and is now available to play on either real hardware or under emulation.

Sakura Wars Columns 2 is a little more than your standard re-skin of Columns featuring different characters and artwork based on a different franchise. The game also features a full story mode that melds the traditional Sakura Wars visual novel and dating simulation aspects into the Columns formula for a truly unique experience. It’s this game mode that benefits the most from the newly translated text.

A full list of download links for the title are available below:

Project Page on GitHub
Download Patched GDI
Download Patched CDI

The full development team on this translation is as follows: Derek Pascarella, Chanh Nguyen (Burntends), Natsume38, Danthrax4, HaydenKow, esperknight, VincentNL, nanashi, SnowyAria, NoahSteam, TurnipTheBeet, YZB, cj_iwakura, Ozaline, Matatabi Mitsu, ItsumoKnight, Samantha Ferreira, LettuceKitteh, JoblessFloppy, GriffithVIII, Patrick Traynor, AnimatedAF, Small Nerd and Einahpets.

[Source: The Dreamcast Junkyard]

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.

Picross S: Mega Drive & Mark III Edition Coming to Switch “Soon”

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

A brand new Mega Drive & Mark III edition of Picross S for the Nintendo Switch has been revealed by the game’s developer Jupiter in a recent BitSummit video. This new version of the game features puzzles based on characters from various retro SEGA properties, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Alex Kidd, Phantasy Star and more.

The game will contain 4 modes: Picross, Mega Picross, Colour Picross and Clip Picross. The game is due to release worldwide this Autumn 2020 as a digital eShop title. You can watch the reveal trailer below:

[Source: Japanese Nintendo]

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:

Puyo Puyo eSports Coming West as Puyo Puyo Champions, Releases May 7th 2019

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

The previously Eastern-exclusive Puyo Puyo eSports will launch in the West on May 7th 2019 as Puyo Puyo Champions, for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.

This title is built heavily on the Puyo Puyo Tetris engine and focus heavily on both local and online multiplayer. You can check out the reveal trailer below:

Puyo Puyo Champions will release for £7.99 as a digital-only release.

SEGASonic Bros Mod for Mega Drive | YouTube Channel

Monday, April 1st, 2019

SEGASonic Bros is a cancelled arcade puzzle game from the creator of Puzzle Bobble that was recently discovered and dumped for preservation. Thanks to some spectacular modding by Dustin O’Dell, the game is now playable on the Mega Drive! We take a look at this version in our latest video:

Want to play the game yourself? Simply download the ROM from Dustin himself by clicking here.

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SEGA Mobile Crossover Puzzler ‘SEGA Heroes’ is Out Today

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

SEGA have released a brand new mobile title today called SEGA Heroes. The game is a Bejeweled-like puzzler with RPG elements and an abundance of characters from various classic SEGA franchises. Put together a team of up to 4 characters and battle it out to level up and gain power ups. You can play as characters from Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, Shinobi and Streets of Rage and all the characters have been drawn in a cartoony, big-head style that keeps things looking consistent. Check out the launch trailer below:

SEGA Heroes is out now on the Google Play store and iOS app store. The game is a free download but it supports in-app purchases.

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