Atlus published Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth delisted from Western PSN Stores as license expires

If you haven’t bought the digital versions of Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception or Mask of Truth for either PlayStation 4 or Vita, you’re out luck. Atlus has delisted the games without warning because, according to a representative, the license ran out. The games still seem to be up on Steam, but those versions were published by DMM GAMES

While it does suck, it seems the physical versions are priced pretty fairly (Mask of Truth on Vita costs $25 bucks). To be honest both of these titles released in the West in 2017 and haven’t really heard too many people talking about them to the point of actually asking, do you think its worth it for a company like Atlus to update licenses for games that might not be selling so hot? Also shouldn’t these companies give us an advance noticed that these games will be delisted to see if any consumers want to add it to their library?

[Via Gematsu]

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Pix’n Love Limited Edition Unboxing

Today we unboxed the Pix’n Love Limited Edition of Yakuza: Like a Dragon. While we have been lucky in the West getting special editions of Yakuza 0 and the premium edition of Yakuza 6, Yakuza: Like a Dragon sadly only got a steelbook version. Well, French publisher Pix’n Love got us covered with their exclusive Limited Edition. Check it out above.

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Sonic Movie coming to streaming service Hulu in February

If you have been holding off on watching the Sonic Movie until it came to your favorite streaming service, well it looks like you got your wish. The Sonic Movie will debut on the streaming service on February 18, 2021.OK, so maybe not your favorite streaming service, but its still a streaming service!

Interesting that Hulu bought up the rights to stream this when we’ve seen the Netflix Sonic the Hedgehog TV show leaked last year. You’d think Netflix would have been the perfect home for The Sonic Movie. I guess they can always spread the love to as many services.

[Source: TV Guide]

Streets of Rage 4 artists release Garou: Mark of the Wolves 2 concept art video, now I want this to be real…

Garou: Mark of the Wolves is one of my favorite fighting games along with its cousin Street Fighter 3rd Strike, both games had a very unique style and as you also know Lizardcube’s games’ Streets of Rage 4 and Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap also have a unique art style. So, Lizardcube artist’s Ben Fiquet and Julian Nguyen-You released a 20 plus minute video showing how they create these retro gaming concept art pitches, this time with Garou: Mark of the Wolves 2.

Its interesting because they really got the game to resemble the original game in tone of colors but the art style that has now become signature Lizardcube is still there. I think they did a good job of having a great blend and personally would be stoked if Lizardcube made Garou: Mark of Wolves 2. Hey, SNK, you watching this?

Yeah, but Lizardcube is probably too busy with a new Shinobi, right?

Taxman’s Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2 Definitive Mobile Ports Finally get Decompiled by Fans Allowing Unofficial PSVita and PC ports

I will admit that I’m not really well versed on how this whole reverse engineering works, but thankfully twitter user Rubberduckycooly does and has now decompiled Christian “Taxman” Whitehead’s Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2 mobile ports, which are considered by fans as the definitive versions of these titles.

You can check out Rubberduckycooly’s github page for future updates on this project.

This project would allow us to run Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2 mobile ports on other platforms natively. So far we have seen people posting that its working on Windows, Mac, Linux, and the PlayStation Vita! This could also mean we can get fan ports on other hacked handhelds or consoles as well, but we shall see where the project goes. From what I understand, rubberduckycooly used the Sonic CD SDK base to get these ports on PC, Vita; so we shall see what happens in the future.

Really though, why hasn’t SEGA released these versions on all current consoles? Am I the only one that things its a waste to keep them mobile only?

GENDA SEGA Entertainment dethrones Taito taking their Guinness World Record for “Most Claw Crane Game Machines at a Single Venue”

It looks like SEGA continues to gather up world records in the arcade space, previously they had the impressive Guinness World Record for “Most Prolific Producer of Arcade Game Machines with over 500 different games”. Now SEGA went on to dethrone Taito’s world record for the most claw machines in a single venue. How many machines did it take? Exactly 477!

Now we can get into semantics since this is actually ‘GENDA SEGA’, which as we all know is basically GENDA using the SEGA name for the arcade space. According to the Guinness World Records page:

“The most claw crane game machines at a single venue is 477 and was achieved by GENDA SEGA Entertainment Inc. (Japan) at Sega Shinjuku Kabukicho in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan on 7 January 2021.

The venue is a two-floor arcade that almost solely houses claw crane game machines and the attempt was for PR purposes since the arcade has recently been refurbished and reopened.”

Not a huge fan of claw machines but I do like the idea of having SEGA’s name in the world record book even if its GENDA SEGA.

Storm Collectibles adds Streets of Rage & Golden Axe figures to their line

It looks like Blue Fin Brands’ Storm Collectibles will now add Streets of Rage and Golden Axe to its ever growing line-up of video game figures. The selection of figures is sort of interesting, while it makes sense to have someone like Axel Stone on here, its interesting that they went with the Streets of Rage 4 look. Also for Golden Axe we got none of the main heroes but instead we got Death Adder (makes sense) and a Skeleton? A bit random?

Even so these figures look pretty awesome, I have to admit. Check out the Golden Axe Skeleton and Street of Rage 4’s Axel Stone product pages.It seems that I can’t find the product page for Death Adder, so keep checking the product page here.

Astro City Mini Review: The Perfect Way To End SEGA’s 60th Anniversary?

The years come and go, it is now 2021 and I finally put together a review for SEGA Toy’s Astro City Mini. The unit has a lot of things going for it that makes it a must own device, but at the same time has some glaring flaws that we need to discuss. Check out the video above and if you want to see more, subscribe to my YouTube channel.

What are your thoughts on the Astro City Mini? Let us know in the comments below!

‘Irena Genesis Metal Fury’ Kickstarter launched, a metal shoot ’em up for SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive

A new studio making new shoot’em up Irena Genesis Metal Fury for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive have launched their kickstarter. According to the Kickstarter page the game is influenced by SEGA classics such as Thunder Force III/IV, Aero Blaster, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master, and Contra Hard Corps. Looking at the footage above, its definitely obvious.

As most SEGA fans know, these new studios pop up and promise big Kickstarter retro projects but most turn into nothing. The team seems to understand this and have at least put up a proof of concept demo, which you can download here.

If the game is fully funded (which seems likely right now, its half way to its goal with 29 days left. ), it will get a 7 level game with cut scenes including dialogue, 3 upgradable weapons, multiple speed modes, and a ton of other features.

If you are a big SEGA fan collector, there is some really great priced physical goods given out like the $55 dollar pledge with the physical game cartridge with manual and a bunch of cool digital goodies. Check it out before its gone since some of these rewards are limited (and moving fast).

Japanese only Yakuza: Black Panther on PSP gets English fan patch after 6 years of work


The PSP exclusive Yakuza: Black Panther (also Black Panther: Yakuza New Chapter) or as its known in Japan Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou came out way back in September 2010. The franchise got a sequel and even a TV show based on the new, younger leading character. Sadly due to low software sales in the west we never got a localization of this spin-off franchise. There has always been a really good online guide you can use but now you can play it with a fan made patch.

CD Romance patched English ISO

How complete is the patch? Well, its only translated the main story from start to end, but substories haven’t been translated yet. At least this is the feedback I’ve gotten which has made me personally made me want to wait for the full project to be translated. You can check the translation team’s GBA Temp thread.

For those of you that have been waiting for these games to be translated, you can thank: Aegehn, Fshadow, KHHSubs, and FlyingClimber for putting years of hard work getting this released!

Unboxing SEGA’s Astro City Mini and Game Center Style Kit

SEGA released its SEGA Astro City Mini Arcade unit to close out its historical 60th anniversary. Today we will be unboxing and giving you my early impressions of the unit, while I work on a full review that should be up on here by Monday! I also got the ‘The Game Center Style Kit’ which adds a fully functioning piggy bank bottom, stool and marquee with stickers.

What have been your guys’ impressions of SEGA Toy’s Astro City Mini unit?

Atlus confirms 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim a success, teases Persona 25th Anniversary project coming 2021

Famitsu published their New Year card messages from 44 Japanese company, which many teased about what will be going on in 2021. One of these companies that let out some information on their 2021 plans was Atlus, which stated:

“13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim received high ratings and numerous awards, as well as surpassed 300,000 total sales in the year since its release.

“In addition to Shin Megami Tensei V and Project Re Fantasy (title tentative), which are in active development, in 2021 we’re also planning a ‘Persona 25th Anniversary’ commemoration project. Please look forward to it!”

I’ve been playing 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim and having a great time, good to see it succeed even though I think it deserves a lot more sales than 300,000. I’m also looking forward to finally getting a real title for Project Re Fantasy and maybe even have it release!

As far as what the ‘Persona 25th Anniversary’ project will be, it will most likely be a Japanese only affair but we shall see.

[Source: Gematsu]

SEGA Sammy Creations announces new arcade cabinet called ‘GENESIS CREST’

Even though SEGA has sold a majority of their arcade locations in Japan, the company isn’t going to stop making arcades and they showed that today with the announcement of the ‘GENESIS CREST’. This new arcade unit is being created by SEGA-SAMMY Creations and is a brand new high end arcade cabinet by the company.

“The Genesis Crest cabinet will provide expansive game library and more immersive gaming experience to all kind of players with an ultra high definition 4K monitor on 49 inch and alluring LED lighting effects.”

As far as I can tell, this will have nothing to do with SEGA’s FOG gaming idea. They did say that the machine will have a continuously updating library of games and pointed to this list of games available. Four games. Not a great start especially considering they look like mobile game. Sadly it seems this is one of those machines that is really used to play mobile type games. Something that is popular right now at arcade places. The machine is set to ship out January 2021.