Valkyria: Azure Revolution Brunhild character trailer released

Brunhild, the most visually striking character in the Valkyria: Azure Revolution cast now has a Japanese character trailer. When the character designs for the game debuted earlier this year, fans saw a couple of similarities between Brunhild and the original Valkyria Chronicles‘ antagonist Selvaria Bles.

In Valkyria: Azure Revolution, the uniquely proportioned Brunhild is known as the “God of Death” on the battlefield. This immortal Valkyria wields a an equally ridiculously proportioned scythe and her body is largely immune to swords and bullets. Under contract by Emperor Claudius of the invading Rus Empire, she will likely prove to be a formidable foe.

Will she prove to be a hollow, immortal rival under control of the Empire; or will her story be more complicated? Players will be able to find out when Valkyria: Azure Revolution releases on January 19th, 2017 in Japan for the PS4 and PS Vita. Another demo for the game is due out later this month. You can continue to follow SEGAbits for all of your latest Azure Revolution updates and check out the official site for lots of media.

Still no word on a Western localization.

Puyo Puyo Tetris to release in Korea on February 9th, 2017

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The PS4 version of Puyo Puyo Tetris has been announced for a release in Korea on February 9th, 2017.

As previously reported, SEGA of Taiwan announced that they were going to localize select games in Traditional Chinese by establishing SEGA GAMES CS. One of the titles announced was a blurred out image teased to be Puyo Puyo Tetris with a TBA 2017 release. However, the interesting part is that this Korean release is not related to the implied Taiwan release in Traditional Chinese. This suggests that Puyo Puyo Tetris is being released in two different Asian markets outside of Japan, about three years after the game’s initial release in the case of the Korean version.

It’s unknown if there will any modifications, outside of the obvious language change.

[Source: Ruliweb (Korean)]

Shenmue III music developer diary

A new video developer diary has been posted to the Shenmue III Kickstarter page. This one focuses on Shenmue III music and features a subtitled chat with Yu Suzuki on the subject.

The discussion ranges from Yu Suzuki’s taste in music, his history playing in rock bands that performed Deep Purple and Van Halen style music and covers, setting the tone with music in a video game, and how he directs his audio teams on a project. The video comes off like a nice, natural and unscripted chat with the legendary Sega developer.

Towards the end of the short video, Suzuki previews some of the new songs from the upcoming game.

Shenmue III is still targeted for a December 2017 release for PS4 and PC. Imagine that guys, we’re now just a year away from that target date! Are you excited? Do you think Suzuki and the boys will deliver on time?

Data Discs shows off upcoming Panzer Dragoon & Revenge of Shinobi vinyl releases

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Data Discs have announced their next two SEGA vinyl releases, and both are sure to please fans of classic SEGA music. First up is the 1995 SEGA Saturn classic Panzer Dragoon, presented as a double 180g LP cut at 45rpm and housed in a single pocket 425gsm mirror board sleeve with accompanying lithographic insert and silver laminated OBI strip. If all that sounds too technical for you, you can see just how lovely it is in the photo above and in the gallery below. The release features the complete score from the late Yoshitaka Azuma, along with three bonus tracks of alternate synthesizer versions. Three editions are available (all priced at £22.99) including a 180g 2xLP on frosted clear sky blue and grey vinyl limited edition, a 180g 2xLP on sky blue vinyl and a 180g 2xLP on classic black vinyl.

Yakuza 6 demo is out now on Japanese PSN

Yakuza-6Yakuza 6 might be only announced for release in Japan, that doesn’t mean you can’t try it out early. The Yakuza 6 demo is now live on Japanese PSN and if you didn’t know, making a Japanese PSN isn’t that hard. We posted details before on what will be in the Yakuza 6 demo, but you basically get to play the opening chapter in the game and best of all your save file will transfer over if you decide to import the game. Of course the Yakuza 6 demo will also have limited access to play spots.  The Yakuza 6 demo will weigh in at a impressive 33.8 gigabyte. That’s quite the size.

Yakuza 6 hits Japan, exclusively for PlayStation 4 on December 8th. Are you going to give the demo a spin? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!

SEGA 2017 calendar celebrates their retro console releases

tumblr_ohc0435I8N1qzp9weo2_1280SEGA Japan has released a new SEGA 2017 calendar being themed after their multiple consoles they have released in the past. While the SEGA 2017 calendar is exclusive to Japan, they do show that May will feature the SEGA Master System (released in Japan as the Mark III), which was the brand new for western markets. The SEGA 2017 calendar is available to buy via Amazon.jp, for those of you interested in purchasing your own.

What is your opinion on the way SEGA of Japan has been releasing a lot of merchandise relating to their past consoles? Is this something you would like SEGA West to do as well? Let us know in the comments below. tumblr_ohc0435I8N1qzp9weo1_500

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Famitsu releases 3 new Yakuza 6 videos

Famitsu has posted an article and three new Yakuza 6 videos featuring Series Director Masayoshi Yokoyama giving humorous commentary on the events that unfold. The first two videos are compilations of cutscenes with lots of early plot spoilers, while the third video (above) is a 20 minute romp in Kamurocho’s sandbox. You can find the other two spoilerific videos embedded after the jump.

Yakuza 6 releases in Japan for the PS4 on December 8th, 2016. The demo hits the Japanese PSN store, so if you have an account, you should go grab it and check it out!

SEGA Talk: Does Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 have a good soundtrack?

On this video episode of SEGA Talk, we are joined by SEGA Retro’s David the Lurker and Bartman3010 as we discuss the soundtrack for Sonic the Hedgehog 2006. While we all have our own mixed opinion’s about Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 as a game, it seems that most of the internet enjoys the game’s soundtrack. Now its time for us to talk about what the Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 soundtrack did right, what it did wrong and how it fits with the overall game. Join us and let us know in the comments below what you thought of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006’s soundtrack.

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Superdimension Neptune VS SEGA Hard Girls on sale on PSN for $27.99

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If you’ve been putting off picking up Superdimension Neptune VS SEGA Hard Girls, the PS Vita (and PS TV compatible) game is now on sale on PSN for $27.99. That’s 30% off of its regular $39.99 digital price. The sale lasts until 11AM on November 29th, 2016.

The Idea Factory-developed game released on October 18th, 2016 in America and received overall positive reviews from internet critics and fans have awarded it a 9.2 on Metacritic. PlayStation blog Push Square said in their review that “Superdimension Neptune VS SEGA Hard Girls is a highly recommended experience” for fans of RPGs and turn-based Strategy games.

The game was largely ignored by larger gaming publications, most likely due to its niche status and it being a fairly late Vita release in the West. Have you given it a try? Let us know what you think of it in a comment below!

EGG Project announces new Madou Monogatari collection

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Madou Monogatari yu~ Kyoku Taizen-SUN SFC & DS  has been recently announced for windows, a collection of DiscStation titles and the Super Famicom game Madou Monogatari: Hanamaru Dai Youchienji, along with a soundtrack and the original manuals for the different games. This is the third collection of Madou Monogatari and DiscStation collections by EGG Project and D4, after Madou Monogatari yu~ Kyoku Taizen 123 & ARS and Madou Monogatari yu~ Kyoku Taizen-Tsu MD & DS (Previously reported here).

SEGA News Bits: SEGA Survey Results for What Franchise Fans Want Revived

This past week, SEGA of Japan put out a survey asking fans what brand they are most invested in, who their favorite character is, and which franchise they want to see revived. Now that the survey has ended, the results were posted and there were quite a few surprises! In this SEGA News Bits, George and Barry discuss the results and share their thoughts on the fan submitted entries. Did your favorite franchise make the cut? Check out the video above and once your done sound off in the comments below.

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Unboxing: Sonic X Collection 01 Seasons 1&2 DVD

Discotek Media’s release of Sonic X Collection 01 Seasons 1&2 released to DVD today, and upon opening it I was pretty impressed with the packaging so I thought I’d do one of those unboxings kids love so much. The release contains the first 52 episodes, which were divided into two seasons in the West, and contains only the English dub. A second collection containing season 3 is due out December 6th.

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Puyo Puyo Chronicles demo live in Japan [UPDATE]

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Puyo Puyo Chronicles has recently received a demo on November 22nd, 2016 in Japan, which can be downloaded on the Japanese eShop. This demo is a limited 5 use demo that acts as a quick gateway into the game’s RPG mode, providing the player with a few battles along with amusing banter from the characters. However, the demo doesn’t contain any multiplayer whatsoever, so it’s not possible to play any of the 17 returning multiplayer modes or the new Battle Skill mode. If that disappoints you, the full version of Puyo Puyo Chronicles will be released on December 8th, 2016 in Japan, roughly a 2 week gap as of this writing.

Credit to @Amey0619 for the photo of the demo, with a full image from this tweet.

SEGA announces Dark Souls inspired game Soul Reverse for Arcades

SEGA has announced the next upcoming SEGA-AM2 arcade game Soul Reverse, which is looking quite a bit like a Dark Souls type of game. While people will fight and point out that SEGA-AM2 already dabbled into dark fantasy with their arcade game The Quest of D, you’re right. I’m wrong. But it seems this title is trying to cash in on the ‘Souls‘ name with a title like Soul Reverse. It is also true that SEGA previously announced Soul Reverse as a mobile phone title, that should already be out on iOS and Android, but the arcade version is its own build that is 70% complete as of today.

SEGA has revealed one of the characters in the game, Luce, who will be voiced by Japanese actress Nanami Yamashita (you can see her in the screens). You can view the trailer for Soul Reverse above and see screenshots after the jump.

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