Release date and pricing for new Puyo Puyo CharaGumin announced


SEGA has announced new information regarding to the third wave of Puyo Puyo CharaGumin figurines, succeeding after the first wave (Arle Nadja, Amitie, Andou Ringo, Carbuncle) and second wave (Draco Centaur, Sig, Satan, Onion Pixy). As previously reported, these figures are based on the recurring characters Witch, Suketoudara (with a bonus blue Puyo), Schezo Wegey, and Raffine. However, final colored models, pricing, and release dates have been revealed for these figures.

Witch will be priced at ¥‎5,200 ($50), Schezo at ¥‎5,500 ($53), Raffine at ¥4,300 ($41), and Suketoudara w/ blue Puyo at ¥2,500 ($24). However extra may be spent on crafting materials due to these figures requiring construction, and doesn’t account for any possible taxes or shipping fees. All four figures will be shown on November 19th 2016 at the Volks HobbyFest, and become available for purchase on the official VOLKS CharaGumin website.

[Source: SEGA Japan]

Yakuza 6 PS4 special editions announced for Japan


A special “Yakuza 6 Starter Limited Pack” and “Playstation 4 Yakuza 6 Edition” have been announced for the PS4. The Starter Limited Pack comes with a 500GB Jet Black PS4, a copy of the game Yakuza 6, and a special menu theme, costing ‎¥35,980 ($345) total. The Playstation 4 Yakuza 6 Edition pack meanwhile comes in either a 500GB or 1TB Jet Black model, and contains a copy of Yakuza 6, a special themed top cover, a special menu theme, and unique designed packaging, either costing ¥33,480 ($321) for a 500GB model or ¥38,480 ($369) for a 1TB model.

Both packages will be released for the launch of Yakuza 6 on December 8th in Japan. It can be pre-ordered on the Japanese Sony store here.

[Source: Gametalk (JPN)/ Gematsu (ENG)]

Click below for images of the console and themed skins.

SEGA Talk: Our Favorite OutRun Spin-offs

The SEGA Talk Podcast hit the open road last week with the first episode featuring SEGA’s iconic OutRun. Now, as promised, we have our first SEGA Talk video highlighting our discussion of our favorite OutRun spin-offs! The OutRun franchise is unique, as while there are really only two main series games, there have been a whole assortment of spinoffs – all existing in the racing/driving genre. Learn our favorites in the video above, and in the comments below sound off on YOUR favorite OutRun spin-off.

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SEGAbits at New York Comic Con 2016 impressions


New York Comic Con is an annual event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, hosting varies booths and panels for comics, movies, television shows, anime, and video games. SEGAbits writers Kori-Maru and FlareHabanero visited the New York Comic Con to hunt down SEGA-related products, cosplays, and artists, but at the same time looking at the event in general. SEGA nor Atlus themselves were present at the event, but that didn’t stop them from hunting down SEGA for all it’s worth. Notably, artists who worked on the Sonic Archie comic series were present at the event, along with miscellaneous merchandising like Figma and CharaGumin.

If you want to hear impressions from both FlareHabanero and Kori-Maru, please click below.

SEGA and Atlus talk Nintendo Switch support

SEGAATLUSNINTENDOSWITCHWhile we only have one SEGA title announced for the upcoming Nintendo Switch console/handheld hybrid entertainment system, it seems SEGA might have more games up their sleeves. Both SEGA and Atlus talk Nintendo Switch support earlier today.

SEGA had this to say:

“SEGA and Nintendo have been great partners over the years, and we continue to with our support of the Nintendo Switch. We look forward to revealing specific game plans soon, but have nothing further to announce at this time.”

While Atlus, who also announced support a few days ago when the console was first revealed said:

“We’re excited to be supporting the Nintendo Switch and believe the games we publish are a perfect fit for the portable nature of the console.”

While its not surprising seeing SEGA and Atlus talk Nintendo Switch support considering both publishers have supported Nintendo hardware over the past 10 years, Atlus really pused some amazing JRPGs on the Nintendo 3DS handheld. Seems that they are obviously excited to continue that relationship.

What SEGA and Atlus franchises would you like to see on the Nintendo Switch? Does the new console have you excited?

[Source: Siliconera]

Sonic X The Complete Season 3 DVD now available to pre-order


Sonic X The Complete Season 3 is now available to pre-order on Amazon. Earlier this year, video distribution company Discotek Media announced that they had acquired the rights to release the complete English dub of Sonic X and the Japanese dub of SEGA Hard Girls to North America. While Sonic X complete seasons 1 and 2 is available to pre-order and due out November 8th, season 3 was announced to release a month later on December 6th. Described as “Collection 2 – The Metarex Saga”, the release contains episodes 53 through 78 and will complete Discotek Media’s releases of the series.

Prior to Discotek Media’s acquisition, the series had been released on a variety of DVDs including single disc releases containing three episodes and saga releases. These releases have since gone out of print and many are quite expensive, making it difficult for fans to complete the series. Discotek Media’s release is by far the most simple that Sonic X has received in America with only two collections.

Opinion: What the Nintendo Switch means for SEGA


Nintendo unveiled their latest home console, the Nintendo Switch. Codenamed the Nintendo NX, the Switch was long rumored to be both a home console and a handheld system, and following the debut video the end product appears to be right on with leaks and predictions. Obviously SEGAbits is not a Nintendo site, so we don’t news the debut of new hardware from other companies. But since SEGA is a third-party software developer and they have been confirmed to be supporting the Switch I thought an op-ed was in order. Based on SEGA’s past with Nintendo hardware, what can we expect from the company? How could SEGA’s recent internal changes affect how they approach the Switch?

SEGA releases videos for all 18 multiplayer modes in Puyo Puyo Chronicles

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Puyo Puyo Chronicles has a lot of multiplayer modes, almost up to 20 modes in fact. The game compiles up to 18 multiplayer modes that features returning modes from past games such as Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary, Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary, and a mode from Puyo Puyo Tetris, along with the new Skill Battle mode loosely based on the game’s Quest mode. The large amount of modes means that regardless of who you are, you’re bound to find a favorite, and generally making the game flexible in terms of options.

To see all 18 videos and descriptions describing each mode, please click below.

SEGA Talk Podcast #01: OutRun (1986)

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Here at SEGAbits, we’ve been thinking about ways to expand our content. If you guys didn’t know, SEGA Talk was a show on our YouTube channel, but we have decided to transform it into a podcast. If you are subscribed to our YouTube channel, don’t fret! We will be uploading small segments of the podcast with some visual dazzles to entertain your eyeballs. So what is the SEGA Talk podcast all about? Each episode of SEGA Talk will focus on a SEGA game, a big SEGA event or a SEGA console. Listen in on our debut episode as we chat about the history of OutRun, OutRun spin-offs and discuss themes behind the game. If you like the episode make sure to give us a review on iTunes, we would appreciate it.

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Atlus reveals Persona 5 English voice cast

Atlus has now revealed the Persona 5 English voice cast, if you haven’t heard the western release will only be playable in English with the Japanese dub sold separately as DLC. That means that the Persona 5 English voice cast should at least be decent, since its the only option we poor westerners have.

Persona 5 English voice cast is: 

  • Xander Mobus as the protagonist
  • Cassandra Morris as Morgana
  • Max Mittelman as Ryuji Sakamoto
  • Erika Harlacher as Ann Takamaki
  • Matt Mercer as Yusuke Kitagawa
  • Cherami Leigh as Makoto Niijima
  • Erica Lindbeck as Futaba Sakura
  • Xanthe Huynh as Haru Okumura
  • Robbie Daymond as Goro Akechi

Most of the voice actors have been doing JRPG dubs for quite awhile, one of the most noticeable games most of the actors/actresses share in common is that most of them did voice work for Xenoblade Chronicles X. Also Max Mittelman is doing the English voice work for Saitama from One Punch Man, which is one of the best recent anime shows. Above is a interview conducted by Atlus USA with Xander Mobus (recently played the announcer in Super Smash Bros Wii U/3DS) , who is obviously playing the protagonist, aka the lead in Persona 5.

 What are your thoughts on Atlus’ Persona 5 English voice cast and how do you feel about Japanese audio being DLC for the game? Let us know in the comments below!

SEGAbits at New York Comic Con 2016: Interview with Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Comic Colorist Matt Herms

While covering New York Comic Con 2016, SEGAbits writer FlareHabanero had a chance to talk to Archie Comics freelance colorist Matt Herms. Matt has worked on a variety of Archie’s video game books, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe, Mega Man and the incredibly popular Sonic Mega Drive. Check out the interview for yourself to learn about how Matt got his start in the industry and what it’s like to work in comics as a colorist!

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After the break, check out a bonus video of Matt drawing Sonic!

SEGAbits at New York Comic Con 2016: Shenmue 3 Interview with Cédric Biscay

SEGAbits attended New York Comic Con 2016 and had the opportunity to speak about Shenmue 3 with Cédric Biscay, president and CEO of Shibuya Productions. Cédric was kind enough to sit down with our own Kori-Maru to tell us how he got his start in the industry, what it’s like to work with Yu Suzuki and more!

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Vixen 357 English fan translation released

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Strategy game enthusiasts should rejoice – a Vixen 357 English fan translation was released earlier this month. You can download the latest patch for the game over at

Vixen 357 was released for the Japanese Sega Mega Drive in 1992. This strategy game features grid-based battlefields where you fight with in or out of giant mechs. You gradually build an army of the giant robots which are key to decimating your opponents. Losing a crew member in battle faces a harsh punishment, as they remain dead for the rest of the game unless you reload your save.

Anime-inspired still cutscenes such as the ones seen in Phantasy Star IV tell the story in between battles.

Vixen 357 was developed by Masaya, the same company behind Sega classics like the original Assault Suit Leynos and Langrisser games, among many others. Now you can patch the original game and try it out in your favorite emulator or load it on your flash carts and see what we missed out on.

The SEGA Five: SEGA published games that deserve more attention

If you discuss Streets of Rage, Super Monkey Ball, or even anything Sonic, chances are you can hear that 90’s jingle of retro goodness (SEGAAAAAAAAAAA!). The company helped create some wonderful games and franchises and are still going strong to this day. That being said, most of the games published by SEGA are sometimes often forgot about and usually sit on store shelves to collect dust and/or be pauper’s pennies.

While I haven’t played every single game SEGA has helped publish, some of those games stick out to me in a very unique and interesting way. And SEGA, being the quirky company they are, brought me wonderful memories and breathes a one-of-a-kind charm to those certain games. So in no particular order (with the first one being my favorite out of the five), here are some games that rightfully deserve more attention than they get!

Famitsu details SEGA 3D Archives 3: Final Stage and Puyo Puyo Chronicles


The latest issue of Famitsu has dropped information on the recently revealed Alien Syndrome and Columns in SEGA 3D Archives 3: Final Stage, and more information on Puyo Puyo Chronicles.

Alien Syndrome will be based on the original arcade version, while Columns is based on the arcade perfect SEGA Genesis port. In addition, it reveals the final boxart of the game with Ken Sugimori’s signature artwork of Alien Syndrome‘s Mary. It also shows miscellaneous screenshots for both games along with the previously revealed Thunder Force III.

Puyo Puyo Chronicles reveals some new information. It confirms the characters Rider, Maguro, and Dongurigaeru will make an appearance, along with official artwork of Sig. It also goes into more detail about a snowland, confirms every multiplayer mode, and shows a glimpse at the RPG and multiplayer menus.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

Click below to see the Famitsu scans.