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SEGA Catcher Online Comes to the US on December 3rd 2019

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

SEGA’s UFO catchers are a staple of the Japanese arcade. This crane game allows players to win exclusive licensed merchandise from a huge range of properties. While similar games have existed in Western arcades for quite some time, the quality of merchandise is often lower quality to what SEGA offer in their UFO catchers.

SEGA Japan also run an online service where people can play on UFO catchers from their computers and still win physical prizes that are then delivered to your home. This service is going to be expanded outside Japan for the first time ever when it comes to the US on December 3rd 2019.

SEGA Catcher Online can be accessed via this link, but the US site won’t go live until December 3rd. Probably best to bookmark it and come back on December 3rd if you’re interested in winning some exclusive goodies produced by SEGA Japan’s SEGA Toys division.

[Source: SEGA Official Twitter]

Mega Drive/Genesis Mini Hands-On Demo | Video Spotlight

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Thanks to Damian Mougakos from SEGA America, Erinplays and Geoff Keighley, we now have a look at what the SEGA Genesis Mini looks like in action. We get a look at the hardware itself, menus (complete with Streets of Rage sound effects!), sorting options, in-game performance and save state functionality. Check it out in the video below:

[Source: Gameslice]

Official English-Language Release of Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to North America in Spring 2020 for Xbox One/PC

Monday, June 10th, 2019

I don’t think many of us were expecting any news of a Western release for Phantasy Star Online 2 in 2019, but 7 years after its original Japanese launch, an English language version of the game for North America is finally coming in Spring 2020 for Xbox One and PC.

Announced during the Xbox E3 Conference, the free-to-play MMORPG has been a Japan exclusive since launch with the only signs of an English language version coming with the launch of the South East Asian version. This will be the first officially sanctioned Western release of the game and the reveal trailer promised all content that is currently available in the Japanese version will make its way to this North American port.

This news is unfortunately bittersweet for European fans as SEGA Europe have stated that they have nothing to confirm regarding a release for that region at this time. Porting PSO2 to a European market is likely a more intensive task as it isn’t as simple as supporting the game in English. European games normally support English, French, German and Italian language options as standard so this is likely causing a delay for a European launch.

Fingers crossed European Phantasy Star fans don’t have to wait long for confirmation of the game in their region, but this is still the most promising PSO2 news for quite some time.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is free-to-play MMORPG that supports cooperative gameplay for up to 12 players. There is no level-cap, but the game supports micro-transactions.

New US SEGA Survey Asks Fans to Determine Next Steps for Sonic The Hedgehog, Yakuza, Valkyria Chronicles, Phantasy Star Franchises

Monday, March 18th, 2019

The US branch of SEGA have unveiled a new survey which asks fans to determine the next steps for the Sonic The Hedgehog, Yakuza, Valkyria Chronicles and Phantasy Star franchises.

The survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete and every entry enters you into a prize draw to win up to $500 in gift certificates. You can complete the survey and enter the prize draw by clicking here.

If you’re a SEGA fan based in the US with a passion for any of the franchises listed, this is an important opportunity to share your love for them and get SEGA to act on that passion. SEGA have been making big steps in terms of quality in recent years and that’s been down to a renewed focus on their legacy franchises. If you want to see the company do more with Super Monkey Ball, Gunstar Heroes, Shinobi, Jet Set Radio, Phantasy Star, Sakura Wars, Altered Beast, Virtua Fighter, Streets of Rage, Puyo Puyo, Shenmue, Golden Axe, House of the Dead, Virtua Tennis and Crazy Taxi then this is the way to let them know.

[Source: Gematsu]

Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition Available Now… For North America

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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Those lucky North Americans are getting a limited Collector’s Edition of Sonic Mania which includes a massive box with new classic-style artwork, a 12″ statue, a metallic card with the download key on it and a replica Mega Drive cartridge that’s been cast with a gold ring on it.

If you’re lucky enough to live in North America or want to pay a big postage and packing fee, you can order the Collector’s Edition from the official Sonic Mania hub by clicking here.

BE WARNED: the Collector’s Edition plus shipping to the UK as well as import fees will set you back a whopping $107.35 which currently works out at £81.32 and that’s only if you don’t get a customs charge on top. Also, Xbox One and PS4 download keys are region exclusive so you’ll have to go for a PC version to make sure you can actually play the game.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice to Launch on September 27th

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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It’s been a long time since we heard anything about the delayed follow-up to Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, but Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice finally has a new release date of September 27th.

The game was previously delayed because SEGA America wanted to make a game that “fans will continue to play for years after they pick up the game”. SEGA also promised it would “be a stronger, more enjoyable experience” thanks to the extended development period.

There is no new footage or screens to show at the moment, but you can guarantee we’ll be sharing any the moment they drop.

Sonic 25th Anniversary Event to be Held in San Diego on July 22nd

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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A Sonic the Hedgehog 25th anniversary event has been revealed. The event will take place at the San Diego House of Blues on the 22nd of July. Tickets are available now and can be bought by clicking here.

The event was announced at a recent Sonic the Hedgehog retrospective panel at SXSW. Sonic the Hedgehog social media guru Aaron Webber also hinted at another Sonic game reveal for the event but wouldn’t commit to a definite, “there will be a new Sonic game announcement at this event” so take those comments with a pinch of salt.

SEGA Taking on Fan Feedback to Help “Make Their Games Better”

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

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SEGA are now running a new survey which you can get involved in by clicking here.

The company are specifically looking for fan feedback in order to, “make their games better”. There’s a whole host of questions in this survey that ask what your favourite SEGA franchises are (both old and new) as well as your involvement with things like mobile gaming. They’ve also hilariously listed House of the Dead and The House of the Dead as separate entries. Oh SEGA.

This survey is certainly an interesting development that fans of the publisher will want to get involved in. As we have previously mentioned in the past in our Yakuza 0 and the Disparity Between SEGA America and Europe article, SEGA’s Western divisions don’t seem to communicate with consumers very well and an opportunity to give feedback in this survey may help improve matters in the future.

SEGA Decal Sheet to Come With First Print Copies of SEGA 3D Classics Collection

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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All pre-orders and first print editions of the upcoming SEGA 3D Classics Collection on 3DS will come with a free SEGA consoles decal sheet.

Got some spare faceplates that you no longer use for your New 3DS? Well why not sticker them up and make them well SEGAry mate! Stick em on your notebooks and sketchpads! Or you can do what I do and never use them, safeguarding their resale value!

You can see the decal sheet in the image below:

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SEGA 3D Classics Collection launches in the Americas on the 26th of April. There is still no announcement regarding a European release which SUCKS

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

7th Dragon III Code: VFD Coming to America

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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Now here’s a game I never expected to see on Western shores!

SEGA America have committed to bringing 7th Dragon III Code: VFD to America. SEGA have never brought any 7th Dragon games to the West previously so this is quite a shock.

Developed by imageepoch, the games are produced by Rieko Kodama of Phantasy Star fame. The soundtracks are also produced by legendary SEGA composer Yuzo Koshiro. Take a look at the announcement trailer below:

7th Dragon III Code: VFD will lauch for 3DS in America this summer. There is currently no word on a European release.

[Source: Tiny Cartridge]

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