SEGA Talk Podcast #39: Vectorman (1995)

On this SEGA Talk, George and Barry discuss the 1995 SEGA Genesis classic Vectorman! Enjoy this enhanced format where we now watch videos as well as give our usual analysis and development overview.

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Sonic the Hedgehog movie gets an early digital release, physical release dated

Paramount has announced when we will be able to watch the Sonic the Hedgehog movie at home! The digital release has been moved to March 31st (though Apple TV says March 30th) while the home release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD will release May 19th. The shift in the digital release is due to the coronoavirus keeping more and more people at home as countries and states issue various orders. Other movies competing with Sonic in theaters have also had similar digital release dates, with Pixar’s Onward hitting digital today and Disney+ on April 3rd, while Birds of Prey hits digital on May 24th.

Despite the shortened theatrical run, last week Sonic became the biggest video game movie ever in domestic grosses and will undoubtedly beat more recent theatrical releases due to theater chains temporarily closing and shifting to digital and home video releases.

Streets of Rage 4 physical edition pre-orders live, soundtrack composer revealed

Streets of Rage 4 physical editions for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch are now up for pre-order at Limited Run Games. Dotemu, Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games have also revealed the main composer for the game. Olivier Derivière, who worked on soundtracks for A Plague Tale: Innocence, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Dying Light 2 and more. The soundtrack will also feature several guest musicians, with new contributions from Scattle (Hotline Miami 1 & 2), Das Mörtal (Hotline Miami 2), XL Middleton, and Groundislava. These join the already announced guest artist Yuzo Koshiro, however a bit of bad news as Hideki Naganuma has been announced to no longer be able to contribute to the soundtrack due to scheduling issues.

Still, the game looks and sounds great and we can’t wait to get our hands on a physical copy!

SEGA Talk Podcast #38: JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future (2002)

Barry and George return to the streets of Tokyo-to to discuss Smilebit’s JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future! On this long anticipated SEGA Talk, we discuss the differences between the sequel and the original, try to make sense of the game’s crazy plot and do a deep dive into the music including the most comprehensive The Latch Brothers oral history you will ever hear.

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Shenmue 3 “Big Merry Cruise” DLC pack releases today

The third installment of Shenmue III downloadable content releases today, March 17th! This time, players will see the arrival of the Big Merry Cruise. Sure cruise ships are not a popular destination right now in the real world, but in the world of Shenmue they sure look enticing. The DLC features a huge cruise ship that has arrived at Chobu harbor, and inside is an all new gambling area. The ship also features special items that can be acquired by completing mini-quests onboard the ship.

Players must have reached Niaowu or have a cleared save file in order to access the latest DLC. DLC can be purchased on the PlayStation store or on the Epic Games store.

Limited Run Games announces Streets of Rage 4 Standard, Classic and Limited Editions

Limited Run Games have officially announced on their Twitter account that the upcoming Streets of Rage 4 will have multiple physical editions coming our way! Starting this Friday, March 20th, at 10am ET fans will be able to pre-order Standard or Classic Editions of the game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Important to note: this is an EXTENDED PRE-ORDER WINDOW. The window is open from this coming Friday through to a week after the digital release. This means that fans will not be fighting over a limited run of stock, instead the run will be limited to what is being ordered. The Standard Edition will feature reversible cover art that gives the game a SEGA Genesis look. The Classic Edition will include the standard case, with reversible cover art, a SteelBook case (sized to PS4 or Switch, depending on your platform) as well as a custom clam shell Genesis case that fits your SteelBook and standard game case.

Yakuza 0 and Kiwami PC versions get free Deluxe Edition upgrades

Regardless of when you purchased Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami for PC through Steam, SEGA has upgraded all versions to the digital Deluxe Edition. This means if you take a peek in the game’s “Extras” folder you’ll find a digital manga, wallpapers and avatar icons.

All Yakuza PC games are now on sale through tomorrow, so head on over to Steam and browse the Best of Japan sale!

[Source: Siliconera]

SEGA Talk Podcast #37: SEGA Superstars Tennis (2008)

Grab your racket, because on this SEGA Talk Podcast, George and Barry are discussing SEGA Superstars Tennis! Learn about how Sumo Digital decided on tennis for their first Superstars/All-Stars game, and hear our thoughts on the franchise lineup, gameplay and shift to racing.

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SEGAbits guests on SYFY’s The Fandom Files podcast, talking the Sonic the Hedgehog movie

This past week, George and I were asked to guest on SYFY Wire’s The Fandom Files podcast. The main topic of conversation was our reaction to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, and we also talked about the redesign, the overall story of the movie’s development, and our own beginnings in SEGA blogging.

You can listen to the February 24, 2020 episode here or search The Fandom Files on Google Play or Apple Podcasts.

SEGA Talk Podcast #36: Hang-On (1985)

On this SEGA Talk, George and Barry discuss the granddaddy of super scaler games: Hang-On! Learn about the mysterious Studio 128, the REAL reason the bike is red, and the bizarre sequels released that WEREN’T Super Hang-On.

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Hasbro to revive Tiger Electronics with rereleases, including Sonic the Hedgehog 3

I’m reminded of the monkey paw segment of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror when I report the news that we are getting a rerelease of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, but it’s the Tiger Electronics version. That’s right, Hasbro is bringing back the sort of playable LCD games with the return of four games, including SEGA’s own Sonic 3. Other titles include The Little Mermaid, Transformers: Generation 2 and X-Men Project X. The games are coming this fall for $14.99 each, and are up for pre-order right now at GameStop.

What Tiger games would YOU like to see revived? What modern games would you like to see turned into a Tiger game?

SEGA Talk Podcast #35: Gunstar Heroes (1993)

We reopen the Treasure chest and check out another gem from the studio we all love (that being Treasure, if you didn’t get the earlier reference). This time it’s Gunstar Heroes! Learn about how the game’s title came to be, where the franchise went after the initial Mega Drive release, the technical ins and outs of the game, and more!

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SEGAbits Turns 10 Years Old Today

Ten years ago today, this very site posted its first article, appropriately titled “Welcome to SEGAbits”. For context, around this time ten years back we we’re covering Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Yakuza 3, Aliens vs. Predator and Sonic 4. A lot has changed with SEGA and ourselves since then, but throughout all of it we’ve had the support of the community and an awesome readership, listenership and viewership. Thank you for continuing to support us in what we do, and here’s to another ten years!

Sonic Movie Rumor: Mid-Credits Cameo Revealed

I’ll admit, we’ve been pretty quiet on the Sonic movie news front lately, but today we have a juicy rumor regarding a cameo that appears during the movie’s credits sequence. You’ll note we did not spoil this in the headline, image, tags or before the “read more” bit because we want to respect those who don’t want to be spoiled.

Still want to hear the rumor? Read on!

SEGA News Bits: Sonic Movie Theme Song Reaction

Usually the music is the best part of any Sonic thing, but does this hold true for the theme song for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie? On this SEGA News Bits, Barry and George reaction to Let’s Go Fast from Yiffy the Wizard, Dr. Boatz, Lil’ Flim-Flam and Yakkity Gak. I think I got that information correct, right?

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