‘Puyo Puyo E-Sports’ gets rated in Korea for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4

The Korean Game Rating Board has now given their rating for an unannounced, SEGA Puyo Puyo entry, this one being calledPuyou Puyo e Sports according to the filed name.

Not surprising as we have been seeing the Puyo Puyo Japanese twitter account teasing a new announcement for awhile, so it might seem that this could be an early announcement that has been leaked, not shocking considering that Tokyo Game Show 2018 is a few weeks away. Also in February SEGA joined the Japanese e-Sports Union and Puyo Puyo was one of the titles discussed as launching their new live events. Now we have to see if this title, if it is a new title, will be coming to the West. Please?

Check out the Korean Game Rating Board page for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 versions.

SEGA Ages Thunder Force IV for Nintendo Switch gets over 10 minutes of gameplay shown

SEGA had a live stream recently shown off the the SEGA Ages version of Thunder Force IV for the Nintendo Switch. As you know, SEGA revealed that this release and Sonic the Hedgehog are getting delayed into this month. If you want to know more about whats new in this version of Thunder Force IV, check out my write up.

What do you guys think? They are pricing this release at $8 dollars in Japan. Worth it at that price?

Valkyria Chronicles 4 reveals overpriced DLC schedule

It seemed the last few years SEGA has been pretty smart with pricing, giving us some great content and launch editions for a fraction of the price. Now it seems SEGA is really believing that Valkyria Chronicles 4 will do really well since they announced their DLC schedule and pricing for Americas and Europe.

  • Japanese Voice Pack  | FREE | September 25
  • Tank Decals | Free | September 25
  • Squad E, to the Beach | $6.99 | October 9
  • A Captainless Squad | $4.99 (free with digital pre-orders) | October 23
  • Expert Level Skirmishes | $4.99 | November 4
  • The Two Valkyria | $4.99 | November 20
  • Edy’s Advance Ops | $3.99 (free if you get the limited edition) | December 4
  • A United Front with Squad 7 | $5.99 (free if you get the limited edition) | December 18

That means that it will cost you a total of 31.94 dollars worth of DLC if you want the complete version of Valkyria Chronicles 4. That means if you buy the physical standard edition, since it seems ‘A Captainless Squad‘ is only for digital pre-orders, you’ll end up paying over 90 dollars when its all said and done. Its a bit weird that SEGA is charging more for DLC than they are charging for a Yakuza 0 port on PC. I’m all for DLC as long as its fairly priced and this isn’t. I mean 5 dollars for expert level skirmishes? The game hits North America and Europe on September 25 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. But when is the complete edition coming out?

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered hits Nintendo Switch in the West on October 16

The Nintendo Switch has been given the name of a port console, so unsurprisingly we have a upcoming port of Valkyria Chronicles Remastered coming out for the Nintendo Switch on October 16, 2018 for $19.99. And yes, that means I will replay the game once again! SEGA has confirmed that the game will be digital only. This is a pretty good version, you can check out my Valkyria Chronicles Remastered review on the PlayStation 4.

If you pick up Valkyria Chronicles 4 digitally next month, SEGA will be giving you a 25% discount for Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, bringing the total down to $14.99 before taxes. SEGA has also launched a Valkyria Chronicles Remastered website here with more information.

Personally hope that SEGA works with Limited Run Games and squeeze this remastered into their Nintendo Switch line-up they have going. I want ANOTHER physical copy of Valkyria Chronicles Remastered!

SEGA News Bits: SEGA Survey Asks About Yakuza Kenzan & Ishin Localizations?

With the recent release of Yakuza Kiwami 2, came a brand new survey asking fans what they wanted to see for the future of the franchise. We go over the important questions of the survey on this episode of the SEGA News Bits. What are your thoughts on the possibility of Yakuza Kenzan and Yakuza Ishin making it over to the West? Any other spinoffs that deserve attention?

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Shenmue I & II HD PC fan made HD texture pack now works with Shenmue II

Just the other day we talked about Shenmue I & II getting HD texture packs by modder Dragean, the first released only supported the first Shenmue game. Now they have updated the texture mod to work in Shenmue II. Like last time, this is an ongoing project so there will be updates as time goes on.

Just like the first texture pack we outlined, Shenmue II‘s texture pack is focused more on the environments by remaking the textures from scratch. As of right now the Shenmue II texture pack has new textures for South Carmain Qt, 1 street in Green Market Qt, room textures in the Come Over Guest House and Aberdeen Pier.

As always you can download the mods here.

[Via: DSOGaming]

Yakuza Studios new IP to be announced next month, three years in the making

During the SEGA-Nama stream earlier today, Toshihiro Nagoshi talked about finally revealing more information about Yakuza Online then said that September bring an announcement of a new IP by the Yakuza Studio. He said that this game will be very different and that he had the idea for the game in various stages for over three years. He suggested that he had been hinting at the game for as long and I can see what he means in our past stories.

But it seems that the wait will soon be over since the game will be a big part of SEGA’s Tokyo Game Show 2018 stage show which will start on September 19 through the 23rd. Expect a announcement before the show and more information during it. The last non-Yakuza IP the studio released was Binary Domain back in 2012! Yeah, I think its about time they did another one.

[Source: GameTalk]

SEGA survey asks fans if they want remasters of Yakuza Ishin and Yakuza Kenzan

If you guys missed the official SEGA Survey for Yakuza: Kiwami 2, you should probably give it a spin because it suggests that the company is considering Yakuza remasters of its Samurai spin-off games Yakuza Ishin and Yakuza Kenzan.

As you know SEGA already announced that they are porting or ‘remastering’ Yakuza 3 through 5 on the PlayStation 4. We already know that Yakuza 3 just released and it topped the sales charts in Japan. The latest spin-off on here, Yakuza: Ishin! came out in 2014 while Yakuza Kenzan came out way back in 2008.

Here are the questions from the survey:

SEGA News Bits: Streets of Rage 4 Announced Reaction

It is hard to believe that the last Streets of Rage game came out way back in 1994, but we are finally getting a Streets of Rage 4. That’s right, not Streets of Rage Mania or a remake of the older games. A brand new title built from the ground up and on this episode of the SEGA News Bits we discuss the released trailer, the information we know and give you our thoughts on the announcement.

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Yakuza Online launches in Japan by the end of the year, per-registrations now open

Yakuza Online has finally gotten more details on the official website, including the ability to per-register to play the game early! If you didn’t know Yakuza Online will be a mobile service game that will be free-to-play on iOS, Android and PC. SEGA have also re-confirmed that it will be launching by the end of 2018 in Japan. But would you be interested to play it if it launches in the West?

SEGA wants as many people to per-register and the more people that register the more items users unlock:

  • 10,000 pre-registrations – 100 diamonds
  • 30,000 pre-registrations – One Upgrade Coin (Small), 100 diamonds )for a total of 200)
  • 50,000 pre-registrations – Five Ability Coins, 100 diamonds (for a total of 300)
  • 80,000 pre-registations – Stamina MAX, 100 diamonds (for a total of 400)
  • 100,000 pre-registrations – SSR Haruka Sawamura, 100 diamonds (for a total of 500)

Hit the jump to see more information on what the game will contain

SEGA Ages Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV on Nintendo Switch delayed into September

If you guys didn’t know the SEGA Ages Nintendo Switch versions of Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Blade IV was suppose to come out sometime this month, but SEGA has now confirmed that they have been delayed into September. According to them it was because they wanted to further enhance the quality of the titles. But at the same time, SEGA also plans to release the SEGA Ages version of Phantasy Star in September. So, it seems that SEGA will be releasing three whole SEGA Ages releases in the month of September?

I have also been hearing rumors that SEGA Japan have been saying these will be released ‘world wide’, which is also a bit weird considering SEGA West hasn’t said a peep about them. Could these be the most poorly planned re-releases of all time? I mean, I’m sure they will be quality releases, but whoever is managing this whole thing needs to learn to nail release dates, they are still giving is a vague month without actual dates!

Shenmue I & II Remasters get first HD texture pack for PC

Wait, didn’t Shenmue I & II Remasters just come out? That isn’t stopping hard working fans from improving upon the release, at least on PC. If you didn’t know, the Shenmue I & II Remasters came out with the original textures from the Dreamcast, which I feel are fine but if you wanted updated textures then modder ‘Dragean’ has you covered! He is working on a HD Texture Pack for Shenmue I & II and the first version has been released!

The HD Texture Pack is set to recreate HD textures for environments and not just upscale the existing textures. The mod isn’t even close to being complete, I mean the Resident Evil 4 HD pack mod has been going on for years, so it could take quite awhile before this mod is completed.So far he has tweaked existing Yamanose textures, added street textures in Dobuita, added Yamanose tree leaves/shrubs/bush sprites, reworked road signs/grass textures, and added some patchy dirt/brick wall textures.  The HD Texture Pack requires Kaldien’s Special K mod (download), Ryo’s clothes HD textures from here, and HD texture pack for walls/doors (by hope3090) can be found here. Check out some of the screenshots to see the differences, see live comparisons over here!

[Via: DSOGaming]

SEGA Game Gear’s Sonic Chaos being re-imagined by fans, demo out now

Its incredible how talented and hardworking some of the Sonic the Hedgehog fans out there are. Not only does the franchise seem to get some sort of fan remake, re-imagining and other game type projects announced a few times a year; they are usually pretty well thought out! This time the fan team over at A+Start is aiming at re-imagining the 1993 SEGA Game Gear exclusive Sonic Chaos.

Even better? The team over at A+Start has released a full playable demo for you guys to try. You can download that right here.

Seeing the trailer, its quite obvious that the team is very influence by Sonic Mania and that is not a bad thing! As you know we love Sonic Mania. Are you guys going to give this fan re-imagining of Sonic Chaos a spin?

[Via: DSOGaming]