Alright ladies and gentlemen we are back, welcome to Tuesday Tunes Vol 2. We apologise for missing last Tuesday but to quote Kazuo Hirai, ” we could’ve given you Tuesday Tunes Vol 1.5 but we took the necessary time to give you Vol.2″ (yes, the quote isn’t exactly accurate).
Last week we introduced you to the melodic tunes of “Unlikely Melody by Jamie Maxwell”, this week we venture deep in to the world of his favorite SEGA games while playing his harmonious renditions of 16-Bit classics.
NG:Dev.Team were introduced to the Dreamcast-Scene by redspotgames when the company published the Neo-Geo port of Last Hope. Last year, while Rene Hellwig was doing a promotional interview for his side project DUX (Made by his solo company Hucast.Net in collabration with KonTechs) he revealed that NGDT weren’t satisfied with the way publishing was handled by RSG therefore DUX would be published by Hucast.Net only.
Right after Hucast.Net released DUX, NGDT released Pink Bullets (Director’s Cut version of Last Hope) the following week RSG announced that they would be serving as “Logistic Partners” and take over responsibilities of distribution and promotion for the 2 games. This resulted in the cheapest indie bundles of all things Dreamcast and since Fast-Striker came out, fans have been waiting for the 2 companies to team up again. It took a lot longer than expected and RSG won’t be serving as “Logistic Partners,” but they have stocked Fast-Striker and are offering economical bundles for Dreamcast enthusiast who want more for less.
This feature has been in the works for a long time at SEGA BITS and finally today we are ready to launch our latest weekly feature “Tuesday Tunes”, a feature that really doesn’t need any introduction but we’ll give you one anyways. SEGA has been making awesome games for over 30 decades often the instrumental variable in making awesome games into cherished classics is often the music. Would the original Sonic the Hedgehog really be as memorable today had it not featured the awesome tunes composed by legends such as Yuzo Koshiro?
In addition to the tunes we will focus on the games they stem from, the musicians who composed them & the fans that really took them to the next level. To kick things off, we interviewed one such fan; Jamie Maxwell of Unlikely Melody’s (YouTube Artist).
Maxwell regularly reinterprets retro tracks for Classical Guitar (Acoustic Covers), he first blipped on our radar back at SEGA NERDS when he captured our undivided attention with an amazing cover of Ice Cap Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Since then we have been regularly keeping tabs on him and recently I had the privillage of conducting an interview with him.
Updated 22/Feb: NG:Dev.Team has confirmed this promo is made, but they found it cool as well.Feast your eyes on the first post GD-Rom Dreamcast Promo
Reported by Dreamcast-Scene yesterday. Certainly something you don’t see everyday. This is a photograph taken by Shumps.Com forum member ‘Rancor‘ in a retail videogame store featuring a large poster with info on the game, and an lcd monitor displaying what we can guess to be the trailer. This is probably the first post gd-rom era Dreamcast game to be promoted in a retail store, and I doubt it will be the last.
What I find intresting is the Dreamcast logo’s featured prominently on the promo; NG:Dev.Team or any other indie publisher all have been careful enough to never use any SEGA copyrighted material. Either NG:Dev.Team has earned approval from SEGA, or this promo is made by a die hard Dreamcast fanatic who wants to promote the game and SEGA’s last system. We have contacted NGDT for more information, for now this is filed under fan made.
GSP isn’t issuing a statement on the price slashes Play-Asia has made but we’ve been informed that the discounts are a limited time sale rather than permanent price cuts, so it is possible that the games may return to their original prices.
Which means you’d better pick them up fast, if you haven’t already.
Original Story 20/02:
GOAT Store has been around for over a decade now, GOAT Store Publishing launched in 2003 with the release of Feet of Fury. To date they haven’t dropped prices off on any of their games; in fact each successive title has had a slight increase in the manufacturer suggested retail price.
Play-Asia has decided to break the GOAT Tradition by slashing prices up to 70% on all GOAT Games.
Even though this statement does focus on the Nintendo 3DS launch, it’s nice to see that the guys at Capcom still worthship the great times they had with the Dreamcast. Recently Yoshinori Ono told the EDGE magazine, that the Nintendo 3DS launch is as exciting as the one of Sega Dreamcast back then.
“First, we are in Nintendo country. Second, the feeling I have with 3DS is the same as when the Dreamcast came out – as a developer, I mean, these machines are so exciting. We’re fascinated by it at Capcom, and diving into the innards at the moment, but you know there’s just so much more there to unlock; it’s got more to give.”
– Yoshinori Ono, Capcom
Don’t get too excited, Fast Striker hasn’t completely sold out.
Play-Asia has simply run out of stock, the game is still available at NGDEVDIRECT, nonetheless it is still somewhat impressive, though things would’ve been more impressive had NGDEVTEAM revealed the number of units they had actually shipped to Play-Asia. As of yet they haven’t even revealed the number of units they have pressed altogether (even the Limited Edition units are unknown).
There is still significant demand for Dreamcast games out there. Last year R4 Regular Edition sold out completely in 2 months as well.
Barry the Nomad’s favourite indie DC game Wind & Water:Puzzle Battle was recently ported to PC and is downloadable for free.
Yuan Work’s are currently optioning an online mode, which could be added depending on the feedback they receive from the community. Head over to wind-water.net to download your copy now or buy the Dreamcast version at redspotgames store for only 13$.
You may have seen these cheap LCD games offered as McDonalds Happy Meal toys before. They’ve been run in several territories around the world. But you’ve never seen them advertised like they were in Pakistan.
Back in 2004, what must surely be one of the world’s least popular McDonalds outlets tried a unique method of selling the Sonic games: making an animated commercial that looks like it was made by a 12-year-old. In 1994.
Oh, and Rouge the Bat is naked. Creepy.
I have a few of these McDonald games still lying around (they were given away free with Happy Meals, I suppose that is the drill across the world), I don’t remember seeing this advertisement though. The advert has surprisingly poor production values and is entirely the fault of McDonalds, since SEGA has no presence in our country. This commercial marks the first and last time a SEGA game (or endorsed) product was marketed and distributed in Pakistan.
For Kotaku’s information, McDonalds is comparatively more popular in Karachi than it is in America, I am not sure but we definitely have more than 20 McDonalds outlets in my city alone.
Earlier this week, the staff were discussing what possible Dreamcast news we could share this weekend. With the inclusion of retro writers we’ve tried to bring you new Dreamcast news every weekend, though our last 2 DC posts have really been about price drops and free games. For those who wanted more than just discounted offers should know it has been a very tough year for Sega’s Dream Machine, especially compared to previous years. Last year we had 3 original DC releases (IRiDES, DUX, & R4) and this year NG:Dev.Team were kind enough to port their latest Neo-Geo title. Without it this would’ve been the system’s first year without a new game, so let’s all be thankful to them.
This week our initial plan was to showcase an interesting peripheral from Dream Past (word play :P) that many of our readers may have missed out on. We’ll be showcasing that mystery peripheral next week, as this week we have something better: GagaMan of DCJY (and SGNW affiliate) takes us InsideOut: Fast Striker.
Fans like to bring their favorite characters to life, We at SegaBits have all imagined realistic incarnations of our favorite characters although only few fans are capable of animating their imagination.
This is a job well done by Oharu, however Robotnik is human and a very realistic incarnation of him exists in Sonic 06 (which this art piece appears to be based on).
The Dreamcast Scene is going to be very active this fall German Publisher redspotgames won’t have a new Dreamcast game out his year, but they are not letting that get in the way of the celebrations, in order to keep the scene active they have permanently dropped prices of Wind & Water: Puzzle Battle (13.25) and Rush Rush Rally Racing (29.25).
American Publisher and Pioneer of indie games for Dreamcast GOAT Store have the best offer though, as they will give a free copy of Feet of Fury (the first indie game ever made) to anyone who buys anything from them no price limit (well the cheapest item on the store is 24 cents, just under a quarter), which is perfect cause they run the largest online Dreamcast Store, from batteries for your VMU to Japanese imports they have everything at economical prices.
Recently, redspotgames CEO, Max Scharl revealed their latest Dreamcast title “Sturmwind” on national television (German tv show “Neues” in a segment on underdogs). Since then, Sturmwind has received a lot of positive press even though only a handful of screen shots have been shown. Today we feast our eyes on.
The reason for all the excitement is that Sturmwind is an original Dreamcast game, built from the ground up to take advantage of Sega’s hardware, where as recently released shump Fast Striker (on sale at Play-Asia & NG:Dev.Direct) an excellent game in it’s own right is an enhanced Neo-Geo Port.
Alright, Rush Rush Rally Racing is probably the hottest selling Dreamcast game, it is currently on it’s 3rd print run. The Standard Edition sold out with in 2 months and soon after the Deluxe Edition sold out as well. Earlier this year redspotgames did another print run this time with a deluxe box art to go with the deluxe edition.
Those who haven’t bought it yet, this may very well be your last chance. R4DX – Alternate Cover gets a 30% discount making the retail price just below 30$.