Sonic the Hedgehog Movie adds Lee Majdoub to cast as Agent Stone

What can I say about the upcoming Paramount Sonic the Hedgehog movie that isn’t outright negative? I can say that this will be a much more ‘realistic’ take on the franchise considering that they just announced another new character and casting. Lee Majdoub is set to play Agent Stone, who works closely with Doctor Robotnik (Eggman). And no, Agent Stone has nothing to do with Streets of Rage’s Alex Stone.

So it seems that Jim Carrey’s Eggman outing will have him dealing with cops, agents and other government foolery. What are  your thoughts on the direction and casting choices of having actors like Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Ben Schwartz (voice), and now Lee Majdoub?

[Via: Deadline]

Atlus Unveils Etrian Odyssey Nexus Launch Edition

Atlus has taken to Twitter to show off the launch edition for Etrian Odyssey Nexus (known as Etrian Odyssey X in Japan), which is being considered the last entry on Nintendo’s dual screen handheld. If you haven’t kept track, Etrian Odyssey has had ten games debut on Nintendo’s dual screen handheld systems (DS and 3DS) and those include remakes, new entries and spin-offs. Seems that the franchise will make its move to the Nintendo Switch soon, but what better way of saying goodbye to a long running franchise than getting the last entry?

Pre-ordering the game or buying it on the day it launches will get you an exclusive art book featuring character art by Yuji Himukai and monster art by Shin Nagasawa, a pin featuring Vivian and a copy of the game itself in a special big box. If you are strictly a SEGA fan, the franchise (including this entry) features music by Yuzo Koshiro and as you know he is pretty good at making music.

You can pre-order Etrian Odyssey Nexus on Amazon

SEGA News Bits: New Sonic Animated Series in the Works?

A few days ago we ran a popular story where the Sonic Mania Adventures production manager posted that she was invited to SEGA and teased a new upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog animated project. Sonic the Hedgehog Social Media Manager Aaron Webber would then go on to deny the claim, but did he really? On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we look at the proof of a new Sonic animated show, what we think of Webber’s denial statements and of course what we hope for in a new Sonic the Hedgehog animation series. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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SEGA Genesis Classics announced for Nintendo Switch, releasing this winter

SEGA has announced that SEGA Genesis Classics will be releasing this winter to the Nintendo Switch, both physically and digitally. The collection had a release earlier this year on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and had existed on Steam as the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics Hub. The Switch release appears to be the same content, so a little over 50 Genesis games in a kid’s bedroom-style hub with various video settings.

Prior to this announcement, George and I mused on SEGA News Bits that SEGA held off on a Switch release so as not to compete with their SEGA AGES collection. However, it looks like Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 are the only games existing in both this and SEGA AGES. SEGA Genesis Classics offers a nice selection of games, but there are several odd choices including the lack of Ecco the Dolphin games and still no Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles. These games exist on the Steam version of the collection.

Puyo Puyo E Sports Officially Announced – Coming to PS4 and Switch on October 25th

Puyo Puyo E Sports has been previously been rumored multiple times, both by Puyo Puyo producer Mizuki Hosoyamada on social media and a Korean ratings board. Now however we have official confirmation from SEGA themselves.

Puyo Puyo E Sports is effectively a simplified version of Puyo Puyo that heavily focuses on a competitive scene. This includes a new tournament mode where players pit against each other in a classic bracket 1 vs. 1 fashion, up to 8 players being able to participate. Unlike past games where there’s a focus on multiple different modes, Puyo Puyo E Sports simplifies it to the recurring Tsu Rules and Fever Rules only.

Puyo Puyo E Sports is slated for both the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch, with a planned Japan release on October 25th, notably being the the franchise’s 27th anniversary. It’s unknown at the time of this writing if it will be available outside of Japan. Due to the minimal content and recycled assets, the pricing is slated to be only ¥1999 (roughly $18), a lot lower than a typical game.

[Source: Official Website]

Resonance of Fate 4K / HD Edition officially revealed for PlayStation 4 & PC

Just like that early German Rating predicted, tri-Ace has announced Resonance of Fate 4K / HD Edition for Playstation 4 and PC (specifically Steam). Oddly enough tri-Ace seemed to have skipped over the Xbox One, considering that the game originally came out on the Xbox 360.

The official site has details on the game’s story and characters, but if you played the original you would know the basics. The site does list customizing your characters as a feature but doesn’t show any of the gear using the SEGA logos, but the bottom of the site does have the ‘©SEGA’ on the bottom of the page. The PlayStation 4 version will come with a free theme and Avatar while the PC version will support trading cards.

Resonance of Fate rated in Germany for PlayStation 4 and PC


It looks like the SEGA and tri-Ace developed JRPG Resonance of Fate might be coming back to life on PlayStation 4 and PC soon since it looks like tri-Ace has filed for a rating via the German classification board.

Resonance of Fate came out all the way back in 2010 on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. At the time, SEGA made a big deal about Resonance of Fate because it was during a period that the company wanted to expand its JRPG catalogue. According to the rating, tri-Ace is looking to publish this ‘re-release’ themselves, considering SEGA’s name is absent. Going to be weird considering some of the in-game assets (like the shirt in the photo above) has SEGA’s logo all over them.

[Via: PopBastion]

New Sonic the Hedgehog animated series in the works!

A member of The Sonic Stadium community has spotted an Instagram post from the Sonic Mania Adventures production manager in which she is visiting SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog offices. The photos are accompanied by the text: “Gotta go fast, gotta make it last—finally swung around the SEGA office as we’re working on another fun series with the blue hedgehog y’all are gonna love it! #Sonic #SonicTheHedgehog #Animation #Work #SEGA #Knuckles #Tails #Amy”.

Not much else is known, but the Sonic Mania Adventures credit is a good sign and the hashtags do name drop Amy who was absent in the recent 2D YouTube shorts. What sort of animated show would you like to see? Sound off in the comments below!

Nintendo Switch SEGA Ages Out Run, Columns II, Thunder Force AC, and Sonic 2 New Content Detailed

The other day it was announced that SEGA Ages would double its output by putting out four more titles. I guess we can consider the first four released the first wave which included: Sonic the Hedgehog, Thunder Force IV, Phantasy Star, and Alex Kidd in Miracle World. As you know, with past M2 re-releases, they like to add new features to said game. Right now we are looking at all the new details and new content they added for wave 2’s re-releases.

Wave 2 is Out Run, Columns II, Thunder Force AC, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The following was translated by Gematsu.

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise Kazuma Kiryu skin free for early buyers

If you are planning on getting Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise early, SEGA has given you one more reason to do it! If you get the game during its launch window, October 2nd through the 16th, you can download the Kazuma Kiryu DLC skin for free. After that they will most likely charge you for it.

The Dragon of Dojima has made his way to Eden! This skin lets you change appearance to Kiryu at any point by visiting Kenishro’s home in Eden. While using this skin, all of Kenshiro’s battle dialogue, including the series’ iconic Hokuto Shinken callouts, will be voiced by the legendary Fourth Chairman of the Tojo Clan – Kazuma Kiryu.

Fun fact: both Kenshiro and Kiryu share the same Japanese voice actor – Takaya Kuroda!

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise hits PlayStation 4 in America and Europe on October 2nd, with a demo already available to try on the PSN store.

Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash! trailer reveals gameplay and new characters

It’s insane the number of classic SEGA franchises seeing new games in 2018. One of those is the Dreamcast classic Space Channel 5 which will release to PlayStation VR with the new game Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash!. In the new trailer, seen above in english, we get a look at the one and two player gameplay as well as new characters, the twins Lou and Key Chan (if my Google Translate is correct).

Check out renders of the new characters after the break, and in the comments share your thoughts on the game!

New SEGA AGES titles revealed, Sonic and Thunder Force IV releasing next week

We have some SEGA AGES news for all your Nintendo Switch owners out there! It has been revealed that Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV will release September 20 to the Nintendo eShop priced at ¥999. Don’t let the Japanese price throw you, this will be a worldwide release.

Also revealed are more games in the SEGA AGES lineup! In addition to the above titles and Phantasy Star, Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Gain Ground and Space Harrier fans can also expect Columns II Online Battle, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, OutRun and Thunder Force AC. No further details have been revealed, but we will be sure to share release dates once we learn of them.

[Sources: Famitsu, My Nintendo News, Japanese Nintendo]

SEGA reveals Tokyo Game Show 2018 line-up


SEGA seems to be going all in at this year’s Tokyo Game Show 2018, what with the announcement of the new IP Project JUDGE (Judge Eyes in Japan), its starting to seem like SEGA finally has a impressive line-up for Japanese fans. But not only that, SEGA is publishing a bunch of Western titles for Japanese audience and some of the games that will have the SEGA logo over there are titles you least expect. It seems that we won’t be getting Sakura Wars information this year, which is a bummer. Check out SEGA’s full Tokyo Game Show 2018 line-up after the jump:

Project JUDGE gets almost an hour long English-dubbed presentation

If you are excited for the next Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios (Yakuza Studio) next game, right now using the working title Project JUDGE (JUDGE EYES in Japan) then you are in luck since there is a long form presentation which features Takuya Kimura, Shosuke Tanihara, Kenichi Takito, Akira Nakao, Alexandros (Japanese rock band), and SEGA’s Toshihiro Nagoshi!  This presentation is dubbed, with a translator for fans to from America to enjoy.

This is possibly one of the more in-depth reveals to a game in a very long time, especially for SEGA. Not only did we get a world wide announcement, but Japan also got a demo on the same day it was revealed and its coming out by the end of 2019 in Asian countries. Yakuza Studio is on fire!

SEGA News Bits: New Yakuza Studio Game “Project JUDGE” Announced

SEGA and the Yakuza Studios team have announced their new upcoming court dram, detective game ‘Project JUDGE’ or Judge Eyes if you live in Japan! On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we have a look at the newly revealed trailers, discuss the similarities to the Yakuza franchise, and much more. Tune in and let us know what you think of Project JUDGE in the comments below.

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