Fastest Food Alive: G Fuel Sonic The Hedgehog Energy Drinks

Fastest Food Alive, the SEGAbits YouTube show dedicated to Sonic the Hedgehog food promotions, is back! On this episode, I take a look at the G Fuel Sonic energy drink inspired by gummy peach rings candy. I also take a look at Sonic SPEED energy drink and talk about a bad eBay experience. Enjoy!

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SEGA Talk Podcast #56: F-Zero GX (2003)

On this episode of Nintendo Talk, George and Barry cover a Patreon member pick: F-Zero GX! This futuristic racer sees Amusement Vision’s take on a classic Nintendo IP. How did this happen? How does it play? How weird are the characters? Listen and find out!

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Sonic The Hedgehog: The IDW Collection, Volume 1 Hardcover Announced – Collects the First 12 Issues

IDW has announced “Sonic The Hedgehog: The IDW Collection, Volume 1”, the first in a series of hardcover oversized books spanning the IDW Sonic series in recommended reading order. This means that the ongoing series, annuals, and mini-series will all see release under this format as future volumes release. Meanwhile, IDW will also be releasing the trade paperback editions which are priced at $15.99 each and usually collects 4 issues at a time.

Now, this is all speculation in my part, but the naming convention here opens them up to a possible “The Archie Comics Collection” in the future, which I would love to see, but am not holding my breath for. Still, stranger things have happened. After the break, check out some additional information on this upcoming series.

Complete Shenmue III Soundtrack Releasing to CD, Vinyl and Digital

Shenmue III, which released almost a year ago, will see a complete soundtrack release from Ys Net, Brave Wave Productions and Limited Run Games. Weighing in at 195 music compositions, which consists of both old and new tracks, the soundtrack will see release on CD, vinyl and digital. If you want options, you better believe they have them!

The CD edition consists of 6 discs, and includes a special box and liner notes for $49.99. The digital edition will be available on all major streaming services for $30. The vinyl edition comes in three flavors: a 2-LP Music Selection release with 33 of the game’s most iconic tracks (which would fit well along side the Data-Discs releases of Shenmue and Shenmue II) for $39.99, a 5-LP Volume 1 which features the Bailu Village music for $124.99, a 6-LP Volume 2 which features the Niaowu music for $149.99, and finally an 11-LP Definitive Soundtrack Complete Collection release in a massive box for $299.99. There will also be a limited run of 500 Complete Collection LP box sets featuring a poster autographed by Yu Suzuki for $349.99.

All physical releases will be available for pre-order starting November 20 from Limited Run Games and BigWax (for European customers). After the break, check out the complete breakdown of all the editions. Which one/s do you plan on picking up?

SEGA News Bits: SEGA 60th Anniversary Mini Games Reviewed

On this SEGA News Bits, we share our thoughts on the newly released mini games as a part of SEGA’s 60th anniversary. How do the games play, which is our favorite and what is all this drama around the Golden Axe game?

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SEGA Talk Podcast #55: Ghostbusters (1990)

On this SEGA Talk, Barry schools George on his favorite non-Sonic Genesis platformer: Ghostbusters! Developed by SEGA and Compile, the game is a unique non-linear action adventure game. Learn about the all-star development team, the game’s unique place in canon and the discovery of demo tracks from the game’s soundtrack.

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SEGA News Bits: SEGA Releases Free Golden Axe & Yakuza Mini Games

SEGA West announced their plans for the company’s 60th anniversary, and the biggest news was the release of four mini games: Armor of Heroes, Streets of Kamurocho, Golden Axed and Endless Zone! Listen to our thoughts on these new (and old) titles as well as how this all ties in with an unreleased 2013 game.

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SEGA West Celebrates 60 Years With Limited Mini Games and 60 Days of Content

While SEGA of Japan kicked off the SEGA 60th anniversary celebrations earlier this year, SEGA West has officially started celebrations today with a 60 day long GO SEGA event and a dedicated website, SEGA60th.com. During the next 60 days, there will be let’s plays, competitions, employee interviews and content covering the company’s history. Additionally, a large Steam sale has begun, with themed weeks planned.

Most exciting are the reveal of four exclusive mini games. Available on Steam for a limited tile, the games include: Relic Entertainment’s Armor of Heroes, a multiplayer tank battle game featuring assets from the Company of Heroes games. Amplitude Studios’ Endless Zone, a mashup of the developer’s Endless franchise and SEGA’s Fantasy Zone franchise. Streets of Kamurocho, a Streets of Rage and Yakuza mash-up from SEGA. And finally… Golden Axed, the never thought to ever be released working prototype of SEGA Studios Australia’s SEGA Reborn project! The last one we are especially excited to play, as it is a cancelled project we covered quite a bit on this site in the past.

After the break, the full press release and a gallery of mini game screenshots!

Former SEGA Sound Designer Kazuhiko Nagai Shares Ghostbusters and Rambo III Music Demo Tracks

It seems like video game industry creatives stuck at home have been spent some of that time unearthing and sharing hidden treasures from past development projects. First we had Craig Stitt sharing cool STI game concepts, and now we have former SEGA sound designer Kazuhiko Nagai sharing music demo tracks from the late 80s!

Posted to his YouTube channel, demo tracks from the Genesis/Mega Drive release of Ghostbusters, the Genesis/Mega Drive release of Rambo III and a track from the Genesis/Mega Drive game Mystic Defender have appeared in recent weeks. The tracks are labeled as rough sketches and “maybe rejected”, with Nagai providing his best guess at times for what the intention of the track was. As of writing, a new video was just uploaded (after the break) with fingers crossed for many more over the coming days.

SEGA Game Gear Micro Hardware Review – Bite-Sized Nostalgia

In June 2020, SEGA revealed the Game Gear Micro. Prior to the full announcement, fans speculated on if this would be the successor to the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive Mini, how big the actual device was, how many games would be on the handheld and if it would receive a western release. Once the details were confirmed, internet reaction – specifically from westerners – was largely negative. With dimensions of 80×43 mm (about the size of a Dreamcast VMU) and four colors featuring four unique games each, the Micro truly was living up to its name. Micro in size, micro in game lineup, and micro in not living up to expectations set by the Genesis/Mega Drive Mini.

Now, five months later, I have the full lineup in hand (literally, I can hold all four in one hand!) and can make my own determination on the Game Gear Micro. Is it worthy of an import?

SEGA Talks About What’s Next After the Game Gear Micro

With the Game Gear Micro now releasing in Japan, SEGA’s Yosuke Okunari talked about what’s next in a recent issue of Famitsu Magazine. Thanks to Siliconera, we have some translated tidbits from the article:

“For the next Mini, we are considering everything that has been imagined by everyone.”
“Of course, it doesn’t mean we can realize all of them. We are also thinking about projects that nobody has imagined.”
“The projects are moved by a substantial amount of money, so we’re working first on the one that, realistically speaking, has the highest possibility.”
“The Game Gear Micro is only sold domestically in Japan. When we do the next one, I feel like the project scope will be much bigger as we gaze upon the world. So we won’t be able to release it at this time the next year or two years after the Mega Drive Mini. We can’t make it that quickly. (laughs)”
“I think for the next one, we may go with a concept close to the Mega Drive Mini. If I have to say some names, it could be an SG-1000 Mini or a Dreamcast Mini…”

It’s interesting that the Astro City Mini is not mentioned, and that SEGA are considering everything from their earliest console to their last console. What would you like to see next from SEGA? Sound off in the comments below!

[Source: Siliconera]
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SEGA Talk Podcast #54: Sonic Advance (2001)

On this episode of SEGA Talk, George and Barry fire up the Game Boy Advance and discuss Sonic’s first 2D platforming adventure on a Nintendo handheld! What is Dimps? How does a speedy hammer wielding Amy Rose control? How does the game hold up almost 20 years later? Listen and learn!

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Panzer Dragoon: Remake Out Now on PlayStation 4 and PC

Forever Entertainment’s Panzer Dragoon: Remake is now available on the PlayStation 4! Released in 2019 to the Nintendo Switch, the game is now seeing a wider release on PS4 and PC (Steam currently has it for 10% off). Currently, the game is digital only on those platforms and is priced at $24.99. Fingers crossed we see a release from Limited Run Games.

A new, remade version of the Panzer Dragoon game – true to the original, with improved graphics and controls, that suit modern gaming standards!
On a far, lone planet, you encounter two dragons awaken from the ancient times. Armed with a deadly gun from the past, and the guidance of your armored blue dragon, you must fulfill your destiny and keep the Prototype Dragon from reaching the Tower or die trying.

Key Features
– Pilot through seven unbelievably realistic levels ranging from tropical blue ocean cities to intricate subterranean ruins.
– Fight the Prototype Dragon who appears together with evil giant dragonflies, frightening man-sized wasps, giant sandworms, and lethal flying battleships.
– Attack approaching from all sides enemies quickly and without mercy, with improved 360-degree controls and lock-on targeting.