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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.

Puyo Puyo Tetris Confirmed for PC Release on 27th February 2018

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

After yesterday’s not-so-cryptic teases on the Steam pages of Bayonetta, Vanquish and Valkyria Chronicles, Puyo Puyo Tetris is now fully confirmed for a PC Steam release on the 27th of February 2018.

Pre-ordering the game now is supposed to grant Steam users a 10% discount (£13.49) as well as access to some exclusive wallpapers and avatars. In addition, the Steam version adds an option to use Japanese voiceover.

You can pre-order the game here. Click below to view the announcement trailer:

Dreamcast Reprint of Wind and Water Puzzle Battles Now Available

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

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A fresh reprint of Yuan Works’s Dreamcast indie puzzle game Wind and Water Puzzle Battles is now available from Dragon Box Shop for only €9.99. You can order a copy right now by clicking here and we highly suggest that you do.

Wind and Water Puzzle Battles is a real gem in the world of independent Dreamcast games. This is an extremely charming, funny and challenging title that will give puzzle fans a lot to enjoy. The story mode takes you on a fantastic tour of gaming and is filled with humour and pastiches of many gaming clichés. If you’ve been after something new to play on your Dreamcast and previously missed this title then this comes highly recommended from us.

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