SEGA News Bits: Valkyria Chronicles 4 Memoirs from Battle Premium Edition Revealed

SEGA has set out to top their previous premium edition with the recently revealed Valkyria Chronicles 4 “Memoirs from Battle” Premium Edition. Included is a 100 page art book, a vinyl tank statue, two pieces of DLC which features the original squad from the first game and a collectors box. On this SEGA News Bits we discuss the premium edition’s contents and what else to expect based on the game’s Japanese release.

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Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #8

Fresh from IDW comes an official synopsis for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog #8 as well as a look at a variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine. Following issues #5-7, which will be titled “The Fate of Dr. Eggman parts 1-3”, issue #8 will see the return of Silver the Hedgehog as well as a new character named Whisper. Not much is known of this mystery character outside of a mention that they are a “Guardian Angel”.

As with past IDW issues, expect multiple covers. Cover A is by Gigi Dutreix, cover B by Evan Stanley and another cover will be by Nathalie Fourdraine.

Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a & c)

Hush! You hear that? It sounds like Sonic’s racing off to another adventure and he’s not alone! But who is this “Guardian Angel” and why does everybody talk about her in a Whisper?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

We’ll update this post with new information and images as we get them.

Unboxing: SEGA Games On Atari 2600

On this kind-of unboxing we take a look at some SEGA releases for the Atari 2600 from the early 80s, before the Master System hit the scene. SEGA really went all out when it came to the packaging and presentation of some of these titles, and photos just don’t do them justice. A majority of these games come from Gremlin Industries, which was purchased by SEGA in the late 70s and released games under SEGA/Gremlin and SEGA Electronics until 1984. Such classics to come out of this include Congo Bongo, Monaco GP, Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator and Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom.

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SEGA unveils Valkyria Chronicles 4 “Memoirs from Battle” Premium Edition

SEGA is at it again with the must have premium editions! Valkyria Chronicles 4, set to release this fall in the Americas and Europe for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, will see a “Memoirs from Battle” Premium Edition priced at $99.99. This will include the game for your platform of choice, an exclusive vinyl statue of the “Hafen” Tank, “Claude’s Travel Journal” exclusive 100-Page themed artbook and a pair of DLC adventures featuring Squad 7 characters.

Pre-order the Valkyria Chronicles 4 “Memoirs from Battle” Premium Edition
PlayStation 4 | Xbox One | Nintendo Switch

After the break, check out the full press release and a gallery of images!

SEGA and PUMA Sonic the Hedgehog sneaker collaboration hits stores June 5

SEGA has sent us a bunch of images showing off the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog sneaker collaboration between PUMA and SEGA. Set to hit stores June 5, 2018 and priced at $130, the sneakers come in two designs: one inspired by Sonic and another inspired by Eggman. There are several little details in the shoes, which can be seen in the gallery after the break and in the following descriptions from Puma:

The RS-0 Sonic takes cues from Sonic the Hedgehog and the areas he protects, including the iconic Green Hill Zone. The upper is made from a textured suede reminiscent of Sonic’s trademark blue fur while the striking red outsole stands for his shoes. Take a closer look and you’ll see more familiar color hints from the beloved game – from classic gold rings, to the lush green grass that he speeds on. The upper also features micro ventilation perforations, embroidered PUMA Formstrip, deboss of Sonic’s head and gold rings. Metallic gold rings once again appear on lace ends relating to the classic gold rings collected in the video game. The story continues on the mid and insole with checkered print nostalgic to the retro video game. 16-bit grass print on heel is a nod to the Green Hill Zone. Outsole features translucent red rubber and a Sonic logo under print. Finally, the tongue label features the collaboration logo and RS-0 binary number branding.

The PUMA x SEGA RS-0 Dr. Eggman take cues from Sonic the Hedgehog’s archnemesis, from his flashy outfit to the black and yellow caution stripes from his Eggmobile represented by the sneaker’s all-over red upper and footbed. The upper is decked in a pebbled patent leather with micro ventilation perforations, a debossed PUMA Formstrip, and a debossed Dr. Eggman head that shoots fireballs from his Eggmobile. His conniving face and fireballs are debossed on the medial heel, while gold rings, have been inserted on the lace. The footbed features black and yellow caution stripes – nod to the graphics on Eggman’s Eggmobile. Metallic outsole and caution stripes take design cues from his scientific machinery. Outsole features translucent blue rubber and Sonic logo under print, the exact color referenced from Dr. Eggman’s glasses. Tongue label features the collaboration logo and RS-0 binary number branding. Both sneakers are packaged a special box that inspired by the iconic Green Hill Zone.

Share your thoughts on the designs in the comments below, and let us know if you will be picking up a pair!

Super Monkey Ball: Sakura Edition joins the SEGA Forever lineup

The SEGA Forever lineup has expanded with the inclusion of the previously released Super Monkey Ball: Sakura Edition for iOS and Android. Released back in 2010, Super Monkey Ball: Sakura Edition utilizes the gyro sensor allowing players to tilt their device and roll monkeys through 6 unique worlds and four bonus mini games with local multiplayer.

As with previous SEGA Forever releases, the game is free to download and play with ads. $1.99 removes the ads.

Shenmue III delayed to 2019

What should come as a surprise to nobody, publisher Deep Silver has announced that Shenmue III will be releasing in 2019, moving the release date from an unspecified 2018 date to next year. Deep Silver said in their statement, “The extra time will be used to polish the quality of the game even further, to the high standards it deserves and release the product in the best possible timeframe”. Yu Suzuki added “To all of our backers, we are very sorry for the delay. After much discussion with our partners, Deep Silver, we have concluded that extending the release will allow us to deliver Shenmue III at its best. We promise to use this time to improve the quality of Shenmue III. We cannot thank you enough for your enduring support.”

The extra time, in my opinion, is good news. From what little we saw of the game thus far it is clear that they do not have a game ready for a release in the next 7 months. To be honest, I was surprised the Kickstarter gave a December 2017 release date given the Kickstarter campaign was only announced in the summer of 2015. With development truly underway in 2016, a three year timeframe makes much more sense.

It also helps that SEGA is rereleasing Shenmue I and Shenmue II later this year, giving gamers a year to purchase and play both titles before the release of the third game.

New IP from Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, the Yakuza studio, in development

SEGA has released their 2018 performance summary, which falls under the “Road to 2020” initiative, and among the information contained within is a confirmation that Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, the creators of Yakuza, are working on an “unannounced new title” which falls under the New IP section. For comparison, other New IP in this section include Kotodaman and 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim – the former being a smartphone game and the latter being a console game.

Longtime Ryu ga Gotoku Studio fans might remember their previous attempt at a new original IP, Binary Domain. Binary Domain wasn’t the success Ryu ga Gotoku Studio had hoped it would be (in my opinion, part of the blame falls on SEGA badly marketing it in the west), but it is great to see that the studio is hard at work on another new IP.

Remember, it took Sonic Team a few attempts at original non-Sonic IPs before they found success, so here’s hoping Ryu ga Gotoku Studio’s next attempt is a success!

The Top 10 SEGA Genesis Classics Games

In 2017 we announced the Top 100 SEGA Games, as decided by the SEGAbits staff, readers and social media followers. With the upcoming SEGA Genesis Classics collection for Playstation 4 and Xbox One, releasing May 29, we thought it would be fun to use the data collected for the Top 100 SEGA Games and see what the top 10 most popular games in the SEGA Genesis Classics are. After the break, check out the list and in the comments below let us know your favorite Genesis/Mega Drive games!

Yakuza series producer: “In my personal opinion, Kiryu is a virgin”

Thanks to a series of translated interviews with Yakuza series directors and producers, specifically one with Masayoshi Yokoyama, we learned that in Yokoyama’s personal opinion the series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu is probably a virgin. Yokoyama has long been involved in the Yakuza series, being in charge of script, sound direction and stage direction for all the numbered games as well as Kenzan and Ishin, and has been a producer since Yakuza 5.

The translated interview, which can be read in full here, touches on Yokoyama’s approach to the characters and the inspirations he takes in portraying them. When it comes to Kazuma, Yokoyama mentions that Kazuma is probably a virgin. While this is just his own opinion and is not official in any way, the notion went a long way in the development of the character. Yokoyama also cited that this what if scenario is a fun discussion one could have at a bar between friends who are fans of the Yakuza series. [WARNING: Yakuza 1 spoilers!]

New OverClocked ReMix album VROOM: Sega Racing releases, celebrating SEGA racing game music

VROOM: Sega Racing is the latest OverClocked ReMix album, which celebrates the music of SEGA’s arcade and console games. The free to download album features 11 tracks from 14 artists featuring new remixes and arrangements from games which include Daytona USA, SEGA Rally Championship, Indy 500, OutRun, NASCAR Arcade, Metropolis Street Racer and Virtua Racing Deluxe. As with previous OverClocked ReMix releases, the album is completely unofficial.

Download and listen for yourself here!

Gucci reveals ugly overly expensive SEGA inspired(?) sneakers

Yeah, it’s a slow news day. Set to release in July are a pair of Gucci sneakers that bizarrely use the SEGA logo lettering for the Gucci name. With prices starting at $1430 and up, you’re sure to be the envy of nobody when you walk into a room wearing these ugly things. Covered by the website Geek.com, it is noted that the shoes take some “some not-so-subtle nods to the game Bejeweled“. Which would make sense if SEGA developed or published Bejeweled, which they don’t.

Even stranger, the official Gucci instagram account makes note that the SEGA font is used with permission of SEGA Holdings Co., Ltd. However, as we’ve pointed out before, it is more likely Gucci is using the fan made font NiseSEGA which makes it clear on the download page that these fonts cannot be used for business. Of course, that didn’t stop Mr. Robot from using the fan made font. It’s a shame that when illustrated fan art is misused, people raise hell – but when fan art in the form of fonts is misused nobody bats an eye.

CNBC interviews Sega Sammy Holdings President Haruki Satomi

Recently CNBC’s Christine Tan sat down with Sega Sammy Holdings President Haruki Satomi to discuss video games, including the flagship series Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as the pachinko business and more. The interview was held as part of the CNBC show Managing Asia and is available in full as a transcript and offers a revealing look at Satomi’s thoughts on the company and his family’s legacy. Most amusingly, Satomi reveals that his favorite games are the Yakuza and Valkyria Chronicles series. Guess we know why they make so many of them now!

Give the interview a read and once the full video is posted online we will be sure to share it!

SEGA News Bits: Are chao gardens returning to Sonic games?

The Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account recently held a poll asking fans what their favorite Sonic game feature was. Among the choices was the chao garden, which ended up winning in a landslide. Given Sonic Forces came and went with a mixed response, it’s interesting that SEGA is now asking such a question. On this SEGA News Bits, we share our thoughts on the original chao gardens, what this poll could mean and what SEGA could do to update them.

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Data Discs announces Space Harrier vinyl – Get Ready!

Finally! Data Discs has announced that Space Harrier will be the 16th vinyl in the line of video game music releases. The vinyl will go on sale Saturday and will begin shipping on May 31. The release promises the complete music from the 1985 arcade classic, remastered, as well as a bonus arrangement of the main theme by SEGA’s in-house band S.S.T. Band. Space Harrier is presented as a remastered 180g LP, pressed at 45RPM. Also included are liner notes from composer Hiroshi “Hiro” Kawaguchi and a lithographic print.

A special 3D edition of the vinyl will be sold, which will feature a 3D lenticular cover, and 50 random copies will be signed by Hiro.

Space Harrier is available in the following editions:
2 x 180g Translucent light green with purple/green splatter and 3D lenticular cover. STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION (26.99 GBP)
2 x 180g Translucent dark green (19.99 GBP)
2 x 180g Classic Black (19.99 GBP)

You can listen to audio samples here.