SEGA unboxes the Yakuza 6: The Song of Life After Hours Premium Edition

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life releases in just a few weeks, on April 17th to be exact, for the PlayStation 4. The game will release with three options: a Standard Edition, an Essence of Art Edition, and (in my opinion) the must have After Hours Premium Edition. To promote this very special release, SEGA has created an unboxing hosted by Marketing Associate Lauren and Associate PR Manager Jonathon. Get a sneak peek at the hardcover art book, two bar glasses, 2 ice stones, 2 coasters, and the collectible outer box.

Which edition are you picking up? If you’re getting the After Hours Premium Edition, what are you planning to drink?

IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog #1 releases today!


Just a friendly reminder that Sonic the Hedgehog comics are making their big return today with IDW taking over from Archie with an all new rebooted comic book series. Each week in April will see a new issue, with issue #5 moving back into a regular release schedule (which will no doubt relieve the strain on the artist’s wrists).

Expect a SEGA News Bits covering issue #1 this week, and a preview of issue #2 in the next SEGA News Bits Extra which is our Patreon exclusive video series. You can check out the issue’s synopsis, as well as a cover gallery, after the break.

First Sonic Mania Adventures episode releases online

The first Sonic Mania Adventures episode is ready to watch (just click play above)! The series was announced at the Sonic at SXSW panel and will run for five episodes running a few minutes each. The plan is to release them monthly to promote the upcoming physical release of Sonic Mania Plus.

What are your thoughts on the first episode? Sound off in the comments below!

Bitmap Books planning a Sega Master System Compendium


We haven’t covered Bitmap Books here yet, but they’ve been in the video game history books business for some time. Known best for their visual compendiums, Bitmap has covered classic hardware like the Commodore 64, Amiga and NES. Now, they are finally dipping their toes into the SEGA waters with the upcoming Sega Master System Compendium book. The book will feature in-game graphics, pixel art and provide a history on SEGA’s first western released console.

The Sega Master System Compendium will be funded as a Kickstarter, which goes live on May 7. When we near the Kickstarter’s launch we will be sure to share more information.

Experience the Yakuza 6: The Song of Life “Essence of Art” exhibit opening night in newly released videos

Last weekend, SEGA opened their Yakuza 6: The Song of Life “Essence of Art” Exhibit at Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles. While the event looked like a blast, it was missing our presence as well as the presence of countless Yakuza fans from across the globe. Thankfully, SEGA has bottled up the experience in two videos giving a recap of the event (above) and presenting the full live art and Q&A stream (after the break).

The Yakuza 6: The Song of Life “Essence of Art” Exhibit runs from March 17, 2018 – April 1, 2018 at Gallery Nucleus at 210 East Main St., Alhambra, CA 91801. The gallery is open from 12:00PM – 8:00PM, Tuesday – Sunday and is open to the public with free admission. More details are available at the official event page.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life releases April 17, and comes in a fancy Essence of Art Edition and an After Hours Premium Edition.

Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #6

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The preview for issue six of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog is here! Following up from the previous issue, six features the story “The Fate of Dr. Eggman” Part 2. The issue is to feature Eggman, Shadow, Rouge and the Chaotix. Oh and of course, Sonic. It is becoming pretty clear that each issue, at least in this early run, will introduce new and returning characters to the IDW canon. After the break, check out the full solicits and a preview of a IDW Sonic collector’s box set!

SEGA News Bits: New Sonic Racing Game Announcement Reaction

We called it! Well, George called it in last month’s rumor video. Sonic Racing is indeed real and while we are not sure who is developing it, all signs are pointing to Sumo Digital. On this SEGA News Bits, Barry takes a look at the teaser trailer, looks back on Sonic’s racing history and looks ahead at what we might expect from the upcoming game.

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Mania Physical Release & Animated Series Announced

It’s happening! Sonic Mania is finally receiving a physical release as Sonic Mania Plus. And if that wasn’t enough, the game will have new content and will see the return of two long lost characters: Mighty and Ray! What more, we have a series of animated shorts on the way titled Sonic Mania Adventures!

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Sonic at SXSW: Sonic racing game teased

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SEGA and Sonic Team concluded their panel with a tease of a new Sonic game. The logo was in silhouette and only an R could be seen, but it seemed to say Sonic Racing. Aaron noted that it is not a sequel to anything, so it is not Sonic Drift 3, Sonic R 2 or All-Stars Racing 3. Most likely, it is an all Sonic racing game which was previously leaked in a Sumo Digital internal presentation.

Sonic at SXSW: Sonic and Puma partnering to release Sonic branded shoe

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SEGA and Sonic Team have announced at SXSW that SEGA and Puma are teaming for a new Sonic the Hedgehog shoe. Unfortunately, it is not Sonic’s red shoes with the stripe and buckle. The shoes have not been fully revealed, as the preview image is pixelated, but they should be revealed soon and will be very limited. So good luck getting a pair!

Sonic at SXSW: Sonic animated shorts announced – Sonic Mania Adventures

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SEGA and Sonic Team announced today that a new animated series of shorts featuring Tyson Hesse’s artwork and Tee Lopes music will debut later this year on YouTube. The series will be five episodes long and will be free to view. The tone will appeal to all kinds of Sonic fans, but it sounds like the OVA and the Sonic CD cutscenes are big influence. The series will be an ongoing story and will tie in with Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, with the story resuming after classic Sonic returns to his own time following Forces. The series will be dialogue-free.

The first episode releases within 30 days, new episodes release monthly and the show will bridge the gap until Sonic Mania Plus.

Sonic at SXSW: Sonic Mania receiving physical release with new features, new name

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SEGA and the Sonic Team at SXSW have officially announced that Sonic Mania will be receiving a physical release as ! To sweeten the deal, the game will include new content including two playable characters: Mighty and Ray! Other modes include “Encore Mode” and 4P competition mode. The game will release with an exclusive holographic slipcover, a SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive branded sleeve and a 32 page art book.

Unboxing: Ultimate Classic Sonic the Hedgehog Tomy Action Figure

On this SEGAbits Unboxing, Barry takes a look at the Tomy classic Sonic the Hedgehog action figure. This figure came as a bit of a surprise, as early listings for it made it appear much smaller than it actually turned out to be. Just how cool is this new classic Sonic figure? Watch and find out! You can buy it for yourself at GameStop.

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Amazon listing gives an October 16, 2018 release date


It looks like we finally have a release date for the western release of the hotly anticipated, and highly praised, Valkyria Chronicles 4! According to new Amazon listings, the game will be due out October 16, 2018. A fitting time of year given the game itself takes place in a snowy setting. Pre-orders are not live yet, but when they are you can pre-order the game at the following links. No word yet on the expected launch editions, but I’m pretty sure all pre-order listings will default to a steelbook or art book or sticker sheet or magic decoder ring launch edition.

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