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Original Sakura Wars Game Now Available in English Thanks to Fans

Monday, December 16th, 2019

While hugely popular in Japan, the Sakura Wars franchise has rarely seen light in the West with 2005’s Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love being the only entry to receive a Western port in 2010. The Sakura Wars franchise is often a cross between a tactical mech-based RPG and a dating simulation, making it one of SEGA’s more off-beat and experimental titles.

Thankfully a group of dedicated fans have now completed an English fan translation of the original Sakura Wars game for SEGA Saturn, which you can download by clicking here. The patch and instructions on how to apply it are included in the download. This fan translation can only be played through emulation or a modified SEGA Saturn. Congratulations to CJ_iwakura, NoahSteam, Crouching_Mouse and MatatabiMitsu for their efforts and making Sakura Wars available to Western audiences for the first time.

[Source: SEGAbits]

Updated SEGA Saturn Articles in Hardware Section for 25th Anniversary

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

It’s the 25th anniversary of the SEGA Saturn! To celebrate we’ve done some tidying up in our hardware section and made separate articles for the original HST-3200/HST-3210 SEGA Saturn and the “model 2” HST-3220 revision. The article for the HST-3220 revision is also entirely new.

Click below to directly access each article:

SEGA Saturn (Model Number HST-3200/HST-3210) article
SEGA Saturn (Model Number HST-3220) article

Retro-Bit SEGA Controllers to Launch in November 2018, Dreamcast Controllers Absent from Launch Line-Up

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Retro-Bit’s new line of fully licensed SEGA controllers for consoles and PCs have been given a formal release date of November 2018. The controllers will be featured at Gamescom 2018, specifically at Game Outlet Booth #A041 in Hall 04.2 of the Koelnmesse Convention Center from the 21st to the 25th of August 2018. Below is the full list of controllers that Retro-Bit are planning to showcase for launch in November:

  • Genesis Wired 6-Button Original Port Controller (Black, Clear Blue)
  • Genesis Wired 8-Button USB® Port Controller (Black, Clear Blue)
  • Genesis Bluetooth® Controller (Black)
  • Genesis Bluetooth® Receiver
  • Megadrive Wired 6-Button Original Port Controller (Black, Clear Blue)
  • Megadrive Wired 8-Button USB® Port Controller (Black, Clear Blue)
  • Megadrive Bluetooth® Controller (Black)
  • Megadrive Bluetooth® Receiver
  • Saturn Wired Original Port Controller (Black, Slate Grey)
  • Saturn Wired USB® Port Controller (Black, Slate Grey)
  • Saturn Bluetooth® Controller (Black)
  • Saturn Bluetooth® Receiver

As you can see, the previously announced Dreamcast controllers are no longer listed, even after previously being showcased at CES 2018. Could the Dreamcast controllers be coming later? Retro-Bit’s press release does mention that the controllers listed above are a part of the “first line” of controllers, so it could be the case that the Dreamcast controllers come in the second line.

Review: Digital Pinball on the SEGA Saturn

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

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Pinball is high score gaming in its purest form; smack a chrome ball around a table and watch the numbers go up. There’s obviously a little more to it than that, but pinball offers a great feedback loop as you hit targets, bumpers and ramps and the machine blasts noise and light at you to indicate you’re doing well. It’s a visceral and exciting experience that will cost you an arm and a leg if you ever wanted to buy your own table and maintain it, so thankfully pinball simulation games came to the rescue to allow us all to enjoy the thrill of pinball from our homes.

Click here to read the full review of Digital Pinball for the SEGA Saturn.

Snatcher Devs Working on New Adventure Game

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Now here’s an interesting little development (even if it is only slightly related to SEGA)!

Key developers behind Mega-CD and Saturn game ‘Snatcher’ have joined forces to create a new Japanese adventure game called Blakemore. The game is set in a steampunk, alternate universe version of London.

The game is being directed by Jeremy Blaustein, the man responsible for the English-language version of Snatcher on Mega-CD (this has been the only time the game was ever available in English). Art is being handled by Satoshi Yoshioka who worked as the character designer on the original Snatcher and music is being handled by Motoaki Furukawa who did the soundtrack for the original Snatcher.

Snatcher is famous for being Hideo Kojima’s second ever game and features some small references to Metal Gear. Curiously, David Hayter is being brought on board for Blakemore (famous for voicing Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid) to voice one of the characters.

If you’re interested in helping the development of Blakemore you can back the game on Kickstarter. The game is due for release on PC and MAC in early 2015. Click here to go straight to the Kickstarter page.

[Source: Siliconera]

This Japanese Clothing Store is Selling Shenmue and Fighting Vipers T-Shirts

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Awesome merchandise alert! The Japanese clothing store ‘Hardcore Chocolate’ are selling Shenmue and Fighting Vipers t-shirts.

You can see the Shenmue shirt by clicking here and the Fighting Vipers shirt by clicking here. Check out those back prints!

Both shirts are selling for 3800 yen (around £22.60 in sterling) but without a knowledge of Japanese you might have a hard time navigating the webstore.

[Source: SEGA_Fan on Twitter]

YouTube Channel: SEGA Saturn Collection and Q&A

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The SEGADriven YouTube channel is alive again! Our latest video takes a look at our SEGA Saturn collection and once again we take questions from our Facebook and Twitter followers for a Q&A session at the end. Check it out:

Like the video? Then subscribe to the channel on YouTube for more content!

Enterbrain Now Have a SEGA Saturn Ring Available

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Japanese webstore enterbrain have been making some pretty nifty SEGA merchandise available recently. Their next product? A SEGA Saturn ring. It’s certainly a pretty little thing:

The Japanese exclusive item is 12,600 yen which roughly translates to £88.18. Pricey.

[Source: SEGANews.net]

SEGA of Japan Launch Range of Console-Themed Laptops

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

SEGA of Japan have teamed up with ebten to launch a range of SEGA NOTE PCs. The laptops are themed around 3 SEGA consoles with an additional SEGA-themed laptop. The 3 consoles are Mega Drive, Saturn and Dreamcast which you can see in the above image.

As the laptops are Japan exclusive they will probably be very expensive to import. Regardless, here’s the Japanese retail prices:

SEGA: 99,750 yen or £680.26
Mega Drive: 131,250 yen or £894.96
Saturn: 162,750 yen or £1,109.75
Dreamcast: 194,250 yen or £1,324.47

Full details and specs can be found at the ebten official website.

[Source: SEGANews.net]

Rumour: Sonic the Fighters, Fighting Vipers and Virtua Fighter 2 Coming to XBLA

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

The USK release schedule page appears to have just leaked announcements for Sonic the Fighters, Fighting Vipers and Virtua Fighter 2 on X-Box Live Arcade.

All 3 games have received ratings on the site which could mean that HD remakes of these releases are planned for XBLA. There is currently no official word from SEGA but looking at their recent release habits with the likes of NiGHTS into dreams, Sonic Adventure 2 and Jet Set Radio all getting revived it could well become a reality.

More on this as we get it.

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

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