SEGA Talk Podcast #48: Sonic The Hedgehog OVA Anime Movie (1996)

In 1996, SEGA released a two part direct-to-video Sonic The Hedgehog animated movie. Later, in 1999, westerners saw a theatrical length video release of Sonic The Hedgehog The Movie and boy were we confused! On this SEGA Talk, George and Barry discuss how they first reacted to seeing the OVA (original video animation) as it released, the new and returning characters and the legacy it left on the franchise.

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Garou: Mark of the Wolves getting a physical release by Limited Run Games on PS4

Garou: Mark of the Wolves, along with Street Fighter: Third Strike where both really great fighting games and both ended a ‘2D pixel’ style of fighting games. And boy, did the genre leave in a high note. I still consider these two games to be the best available on the Dreamcast. Not only was it a ‘end of a era’ of these type of stylish fighting games, but it was also the end of an era as a SEGA fan.

But we can still relive those fighting games on PlayStation 4 and if you dislike digital distribution you can get yourself a physical version of Garou: Mark of the Wolves later on this month. Plus Garou also got an update with way better netcode, so differently work supporting

Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! gets a Limited Run Games release on July 31


Limited Run Games has announced today that Grounding Inc.’s Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! will be receiving a release on July 31st. The game is a followup to the Dreamcast originals, but utilizing PlayStation VR hardware. No word yet on price, method of release (open pre-order or limited number) or if a special edition box is planned. But my fingers are crossed for a classic release containing a Dreamcast-style case. More news as we hear it!

It has also been confirmed by @LimitedRunJosh that the Hatsune Miku DLC will not be included in the physical release due to licensing reasons.

SEGA News Bits: SEGA Astro City Mini Arcade Revealed

SEGA has just announced that they’re releasing a SEGA Astro City Mini Arcade machine, watch as George and Barry go through all the news we know so far including size, amount of games, confirmed games, accessories, and much more on this extra sized SEGA News Bits episode. Let us know what you guys think of the SEGA Astro City Mini Arcade  in the comments below.

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SEGA announces Astro City Mini Arcade, To Get 36 Classics


Out of the blue SEGA Toys has announced the Astro City Mini Arcade via a interview with Game Watch Impress in Japan. You can read the interview where they talk about a lot of the Astro City Arcade cabinet history which was a cabinet released only in Japan so forget about this coming to the States (Hey, Sega!).

Some of the confirmed titles already include:

  • Alien Syndrome
  • Alien Storm
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder
  • Columns II
  • Dark Edge
  • Puzzle & Action: Tant-R
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Altered Beast

The cool thing about these titles is that this will be the first time Dark Edge and Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder will get home releases! According to the interview this project started at SEGA back in 2018! It has also been confirmed that SEGA-AM 2 legendary composer Hiro will be making the sounds for this Mini console. There will also be support for HDMI out, microswitch joystick, replaceable balltop and even support for external controllers. The device will be pricey coming in at 12,800 yen ($119 USD), but according to the interview its made out of the same material as the actual cabinet. What do you guys think?

[Edit: Looks like Game Watch took down the interview because it was accidentally shared early. Oops.]

Persona 5: The Animation Getting Blu-Ray Set This September With English Dub

During the Aniplex Online Fest which was held during the Fourth of July weekend, we found out that we will soon be getting the Persona 5: The Animation Complete Blu-Ray Set.

If you have been waiting for the physical release of the anime, the Blu-ray will include all 26 episodes and two specials. This version will also have the original Japanese track and include a brand new English dub. The box set will also come with 12 art cards featuring the main characters. But all this will cost you $298.98. Yeah, expensive.

Here are also the voice actors for the English dub:

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

You can pick up Persona 5: The Animation Complete Blu-Ray on September 29, 2020.

Sakura Wars developers are open to a sequel and comment on additional platforms – remasters of classic games in mind

Twinfinite had recently interviewed with Sakura Wars director, Tetsuya Ootsubo, and asked him several questions regarding Sakura Wars (2020). The first question asked was if the team would be interested in developing another sequel, Ootsubo-san responded with:

” The development team would love to continue the series, and we’re pushing to make it happen. We appreciate all your support.”

The next question asked was if the game would be ported to other consoles beyond PS4, such as Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The director said:

“We’d love to expand the audience for the game! We’re actively researching to see where there is high demand and determine what actions will be feasible.”

Lastly, Ootsubo-san was asked if there will be remakes/remasters of the original games in the series in the works soon? Ootsubo-san answered that he and the team are “open” to revisiting the original games as those titles can’t be played on modern equipment and as long as there is sufficient demand for them. He also responded to a question regarding going back to turn-based gameplay. He stated that while the combat in the new game was indeed more action-focused, the developers understand that many still enjoy tactical RPGs, so they’re “continuing to research” what the “next steps should be in order to give fans the best possible experience.”

With recent trademarks made for the Sakura Wars brand and the survey SEGA posted on their social media last month, we may see the series expand further outside of Japan. Would you be interested in a sequel to Sakura Wars (2020) and try out remasters of the original series? Please let us know your thoughts on the comment section below.

 

Picross S: Mega Drive & Mark III Edition coming to Nintendo Switch

The developer of Picross S, Jupiter, has announced Picross S: Mega Drive & Mark III Edition would be coming to Nintendo Switch via teaser at the end of a commercial for Jupiter’s April-released Picross S4 and the newly released Working Zombie.

“Picross” is a picture crossword puzzle game that uses numbers as hints to complete an illustration. Further details on the title have yet to be announced. We will let our readers know when more details are announced.

Source: Gematsu

SEGA Talk Podcast #47: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle (1989)

Barry and George return to the world of Alex Kidd with the franchise’s 16-bit Mega Drive/Genesis debut Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle! On this episode we discuss the game’s crazy story, the return to the platforming roots of Miracle World and investigate whether the game was ACTUALLY a SEGA Genesis launch title or not. You’ll be SHOCKED by what we learned!

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SEGA and G FUEL team up to release Sonic The Hedgehog energy drink

SEGA has announced that they are partnering with G FUEL to release a Sonic the Hedgehog branded energy drink. Energy drinks are not new to the Sonic brand, as shops like Spencers have carried a classic Sonic branded energy drink for years. The G FUEL drink, however, takes things a step further with a Sonic inspired flavor. No, not blueberry, gummy Peach Rings! Personally, I love peach rings, so this flavor would be right up my alley even without the Sonic association. Sonic’s Peach Rings will be available to purchase for U.S. customers in 16 oz G FUEL Cans at gfuel.com on August 12, 2020.

Sakura Wars the Stage rescheduled for Winter 2020

From the recent announcement during the official Sakura Wars live stream broadcast, the stage performance based on the recent game in the series, Sakura Wars the Stage, will continue to be held in Japan during Winter 2020, originally planned for March 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The stage performance will feature different cast members from the video game and will have Kohei Tanaka composing the music during the show. We’ll keep everyone informed on more details on the event. If our readers living in Japan are planning on attending the show, stay safe, and let us know what you all think of the performance.

First Look Trailer at Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record

A new trailer of the upcoming Panzer Dragoon VR title developed by Wildman was showcased during Summer Gaming Fest.

The trailer details the history of the series during the Sega Saturn era with key visual artwork and how the later two games in the trilogy, Zwei and AZEL (Saga) were not ported to latest consoles due to marketing trends. However with full 360 vision, the trilogy of the series that can be said to be “the most compatible game with VR” will be resurrected as a single omnibus title.

The developer also plans to add more episode via crowdfunding to start this year. Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record is planned for PC, Console, and Standalone VR and set for release in 2021. Follow the official Twitter account for Panzer Dragoon VR for more updates on the game.

 

Persona 4 Golden out now to buy and play on Steam


As you know, we posted before that Persona 4 Golden was suppose to be coming out on Steam and announced as part of the PC Gamer Show. Well, the PC Gamer Show just started, as I’m typing this and it seem Atlus got trigger happy because the store listing for Persona 4 Golden is already up to purchase! The game will cost you only $19.99, with a extra $5 dollars getting you the ‘Digital Deluxe’ Edition that comes with a digital art book and soundtrack.

Persona 4 Golden coming out to anything outside of the PlayStation Vita is a huge deal, since it was exclusive for so many years. Not only that, this port is on a platform not owned by Sony, which might come to a shock to long time Persona gamers.

Rumor: Nick Robinson says SEGA is working on Super Monkey Ball 3 via voice actor interview

YouTuber Nick Robinson went out of his way to interview Brian Matt, the voice actor for Super Monkey Ball games (announcer) back in the old days and sorta, maybe hinted at SEGA working on Super Monkey Ball 3? We actually discussed Brian Matt in the past hinting at a future Super Monkey Ball announcement. According to Nick Robinson, the voice actor is under an NDA, so you can view the interview at the top where he tries to dance around questions during the interview (Starts at 7:14) with Nick trying to fill in the blanks with his thoughts.

So this confirms that the original Super Monkey Ball announcer is working with SEGA, where he has recorded one session. According to the voice actor one of the lines he remembers doing was ‘Sad Emoji’ and ‘Happy Emoji’, which makes you wonder if this is joke lines to record or will be used in the next game. A lot of the interview is speculation since the voice actor isn’t allowed to confirm what the actual game is. I will let you watch the video and make your own opinion for yourself.

SEGA Talk Podcast #46: Binary Domain (2012)

You might know them best for the Yakuza series, but in 2012 Toshihiro Nagoshi and his team at Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio released a crazy third person shooter set in the year 2080. Despite being a solid game, Binary Domain never truly found its footing worldwide, and the fallout from the release would change the way SEGA operated in the west for years to come. Learn all about this and more on this episode of SEGA Talk!

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