Retro-bit Gaming reveals SEGA Nomad styled portable Genesis

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show is underway, and Retro-bit (the ones behind those SEGA controllers) tweeted out photos of a prototype of what they call the Genesis Portable System. The handheld resembles the beloved SEGA Nomad, with several differences. Aside from different button shapes and placement, the portable promises HDMI out and has a widescreen display. Based on the photos, there is an NTSC/PAL switcher and a reset button (which made X-Men unbeatable on the Nomad thanks to the “reset the computer” feature). The bottom hasn’t been seen, so no idea if there is a player 2 controller input. Also no promise of an SD card slot yet.

Despite the Nomad resemblance, it is important to note that this is not a Nomad and there is no promise of quality emulation yet. I know the Nomad gets a lot of grief for the battery life, but I have to say as a longtime Nomad owner that battery technology has improved to the point where one can get 6 hours of playtime on quality rechargables. Heck, I had a 3DS die on me in less time than that. Coupled with near perfect sound and the ability to mod the display to modern technology on a Nomad, this Genesis Portable System is no heir to the Nomad throne just yet. We’ll share more as we hear it!

Update: Retro-bit confirmed a player 2 input in a tweet to us.

The SEGA AGES lineup expands with Out Run for Nintendo Switch

Yu Suzuki’s classic Out Run (or OutRun) is now available on the Nintendo Switch for $7.99. The SEGA AGES release sports motion controls, a ranking system, music tracks from the 3DS release and new arrangements of songs from the Genesis and Master System releases as well as Out Run 2006: Coast 2 Coast which was released in… well, 2006.

Play the game today and in the comments below, tell us how many times you flipped the car.

Zillion: The Complete Series anime now available on blu-ray and DVD

Back in July 2018 we shared the exciting news that the Zillion anime was receiving a blu-ray, DVD and digital release in the west. Westerners know Zillion best from the SEGA Master System games, as well as the five episodes of the anime and OVA Zillion: Burning Night which received dubbed VHS releases in the early 90s, as well as a short run of comics from the publisher Eternity. The series is loaded with Master System references and cameos from our favorite sentient space ship Opa Opa.

Now you can own the complete series of 31 episodes plus the OVA movie Zillion: Burning Night in a box set containing 4 blu-rays, 5 DVDs and a digital download code. As of this article, the set is 40% off on Amazon, which you can order here.

I’ll admit, this release passed us by as the set has been out since October 2018, but better late then never!

Toot-Toot Sonic Warrior! and a returning track announced for Team Sonic Racing

SEGA has announced a new track and released a sample of a new tune for the upcoming Team Sonic Racing. It has been previously revealed that the game will have a mix of new and returning tracks, and this time we have Ocean View from Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (based on Ocean Palace from Sonic Heroes). To accompany the track is a remix of a familiar tune by Jun Senoue who has partnered with artists Richard Jaques & S.A.M.E. You can listen to the remix of Sonic CD‘s “You Can Do Anything” above.

In the comments below, let us know what you think of the track and tune!

Catherine Classic available now on PC

After quite a bit of teasing, ATLUS has officially announced that Catherine Classic is available right now on Steam for PC. Originally released in 2011, the action-adventure platformer Catherine gained quite a fanbase. Now, ahead of the release of Catherine Full Body in Japan, the original game can now be played by a whole new audience. You can check out the full press release and screens after the break, and of course the trailer is above.

What do you think of this release? Should ATLUS have waited and given Catherine Full Body a PC release?

SEGA News Bits Extra: Sonic at the Golden Globes and Catherine Classic on PC

It’s the first week of the month, which means a preview of SEGA News Bits Extra! Extra is a weekly series for our Patreon supporters where we discuss news not seen on the SEGA News Bits videos.

This week we discuss Catherine coming to PC, the Alien Isolation storyline moving on without SEGA, ATV Slam and Sonic getting a shoutout at the Golden Globes. Thank you to our Patreon community for the support and consider joining the community yourself if you enjoy our content!

SEGA in the Media: Sonic the Hedgehog movie gets a mention at the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes happened over the weekend, and surprisingly the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie got a mention in a short back and forth between the hosts and Jim Carrey. In the clip, Jim is told by the hosts that because he is nominated for television that he needs to move from the film seating section. Carrey counters, pointing out that he will be in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie in November. However, host Andy Samberg counters that Jim can sit in the film section next year noting “I’m sure it will be nominated.” Of course, the joke is that the Sonic movie will not be nominated for a Golden Globe and everybody has a laugh at the expense of the movie.

Look, I’ve seen several fans and fan sites defend the clip saying the joke wasn’t about the Sonic movie looking like it will be awful but about Jim sitting in the wrong section. I personally don’t care if people make fun of the upcoming Sonic movie, because I think it looks terrible and Paramount and SEGA deserves the blowback. But to think that the above clip isn’t making fun of the movie is just silly.

SEGA Amusements releases trailer for upcoming arcade racer ATV Slam

Revealed back in October of 2018 by Arcade Heroes, ATV Slam is an upcoming racing game from SEGA Amusements. While the game was said to debut at IAAPA 2018, the event came and went and nothing was seen. Thankfully, Arcade Heroes is back with more information on the game! It appears the game was held back from public exhibition for additional improvements, and now we have a brief trailer showing the racer off.

The trailer description has additional details, including mention of the “custom developed motion platform lets players experience all the bumps just like being on the track” that was previously revealed. Graphics are delivered by Unreal Engine 4 and the game promises a unique AI system. We’ll have more information on the game as we hear it! In the meantime, enjoy the trailer and share your thoughts on the game in the comments below.

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SEGA News Bits: Most Disappointing SEGA Games of 2018

It was hard enough picking a favorite SEGA game for 2018, but the disappointing ones were even harder. But hey, we gotta pick something! Don’t get too upset by our picks, we don’t hate here. We just get disappointed.

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SEGA News Bits: Favorite SEGA Games of 2018

2018 was a very good year for SEGA games, which made this year’s Favorite SEGA Games video a tough one. But we hope you’ll agree with our picks. If you don’t? No big deal. Happy new year!

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Sonic Mania Adventures returns with a heartwarming Holiday Special

SEGA gave fans a holiday treat today in the form of a sixth episode of Sonic Mania Adventures. The once thought to be concluded online exclusive animated series set in the world of classic Sonic returned and includes the debut of Amy Rose to the series. The special does a great job following up Amy’s complicated history with Metal Sonic, and features great nods to the series past. Give it a watch, and here is hoping for more animated Sonic content of this quality in 2019!

SEGA News Bits: New Sonic Movie Posters & Cast List Leak Reaction

Hooray! More Sonic movie news! On this SEGA News Bits, Barry works his hairy blue legs out and runs from story to story talking everything from a new poster, a leaked old concept for a poster, a leaked cast list, the official Sonic movie Twitter account and Ian Flynn’s take on this whole thing.

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New Team Sonic Racing track and tune revealed – Sand Road takes us back to Sand Hill

Here’s a nice pick-me-up after the awful Sonic the Hedgehog movie reveal news from earlier this week! Next year’s Team Sonic Racing will feature a desert track called Sand Road which is a nod to Sonic Adventure‘s Sand Hill. The track will feature music from Tee Lopes and Jun Senoue, which is a new take on the classic Sand Hill music. Overall it looks and sounds very cool. It’s clear that SEGA’s postponement of Team Sonic Racing is for the best, and these drip feeds of music and track reveals are a great way to keep fans excited before the game’s release.

SEGA News Bits: Panzer Dragoon Remakes Announced

What was a surprise to all of us, SEGA and Forever Entertainment will be releasing remakes of Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon II Zwei! On this SEGA News Bits, George and Barry discuss the press release, and how the phrasing of some bits might mean major things for the gameplay. We also look at other games from the developer for an idea of how the finished product might look.

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