SEGAbits at E3 2017: Sonic Mania Hands-On Preview

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Kori-Maru and Bartman back from the E3 show floor here to give their hands-on impressions of upcoming SEGA titles, including two Sonic the Hedgehog games coming out this year: Sonic Mania & Sonic Forces. This hands-on article features both of their thoughts and opinions on Sonic Mania. Be sure to hit the jump to hear their impressions. If you want to read their thoughts on Sonic Forces, click here!

Concept Art on various SEGA games discovered including an All-Stars soccer & fighter

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A website called Fun Solve has a gallery of concept artwork on various SEGA games has been uploaded online featuring works by game developers that had helped SEGA create video games based on their classic IPs, Sumo Digital and Headstrong Games, for game development and promotional use.

The website also features tons of concept art on SEGA games such as Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, The House of the Dead Overkill, SEGA Rally Revo, and more including two SEGA All-Stars games with concepts of a soccer and fighting game. Now looking closely to the concept art of the All-Stars brawler seems to take inspiration from Capcom’s Power Stone franchise with SEGA characters in which Steve Lycett, executive producer at Sumo Digital, would love to make.

Check out the concept artwork on all of the games by clicking the jump and tell us your thoughts on the two unreleased All-Stars games. Shout out to Nibroc.Rock for making the discovery.

Yasunori Mitsuda discusses Valkyria Revolution Soundtrack, plus digital pre-order bonuses

SEGA has released a new video with legendary composer, Yasunori Mitsuda, known for his work on Chrono Trigger and Stella Glow, discussing how he composed the music on Valkyria Revolution that reflects the classic feel of the European industrial revolution era that focuses on a war of liberation between two vastly different nations with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conducting a live concert-hall recording for the soundtrack and his collaborator Sarah Àlainn, a multilingual Australian-Japanese singer with a voice spanning over 3 octaves, lends her hauntingly beautiful voice to a couple tracks.

With an added bonus, if you pre-order Vakyria Revolution digitally on PS4 and Xbox One, the player will be treated with the following DLC:

  • The Formation of Vanargand DLC Scenario
  • The Ring of Contract DLC Scenario
  • 30 ragnite shards
  • Special Ragnite: Time Flux+
  • Special Ragnite: Heat Field+
  • Special Ragnite: Fall Earth+
  • (Americas only) Special Ragnite: Shine Calibur+

For PS4 owners, they will earn an exclusive “The Princess and the Valkyria” theme featuring Brunhilde and Princess Ophelia. Valkyria Revolution is set for release on June 27th for PS4 & Xbox One with the Vanguard Edition is available for pre-order. Hit the jump to see the exclusive “The Princess and the Valkyria” theme.

Sonic Mania Pre-Order Trailer revealed

SEGA has recently released a brand new trailer for Sonic Mania for pre-order as the footage showcasing unique sketch animation by Tyson Hesse, who has worked on Sonic Mega Drive comic, which strikingly resembles Sonic CD‘s opening and the leak that was revealed a few months ago. The video also revealed a new level and boss fights.

Stardust Speedway Past from Sonic CD is making a comeback with new level features with plant like robots and vines, a miniboss in Flying Battery Zone, and a boss fight with Heavy Gunner in action.

Sonic Mania is now available for digital preorder and is set to release on August 15th for Nintendo SwitchPS4, Xbox One, and PC. Hit the jump for screenshots of the new levels from the trailer.

Event: Sonic & SEGA Fan Jam 2017

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The fan gaming event dedicated to Sonic the Hedgehog and SEGA returns in 2017 featuring playable classic and modern SEGA video games, special guests behind them, fan panels by the SEGA fan community and special event activities based on various SEGA franchises.

This year with things looking good with SEGA line-up we plan to feature many games coming out in 2017 such as Sonic Mania, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Yakuza Kiwami, and many more with returning guests, Mike Pollock (voice of Dr. Eggman) and Tee Lopes (Sonic Mania composer)

Hit the jump for more details on location, prices, and submissions.

Nintendo Direct reveals Classic Sonic Gameplay & New Character Tease for Sonic Forces

The recent Nintendo Direct stream has revealed brand new footage of Sonic Forces revealing Classic Sonic’s gameplay. From the trailer, the gameplay shows Classic Sonic running through a Green Hill like setting with a few desert enviroments similar to what we’ve seen before in Sonic Generations and Lost World. Classic Sonic is also seen with newer animations similar to Sonic CD.

The narrator then gives the viewers a hint of Classic Sonic’s apperance in the story by stating “Who is this alternate version of Sonic summoned to this world by Eggman? Can he survive all of his traps and return to his homeworld?” and small tease of the new & third playable character that will be assisting Sonic & his friends through the game

Tell us your thoughts on Classic Sonic’s gameplay and what the new character would be on by leaving a comment below.

New Sonic Mania & Forces info from Famitsu Interview with Takashi Iizuka

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In the latest issue of Famitsu, an interview was featured with Sonic series producer & director, Takashi Iizuka, explaining what to expect from Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces with new info on gameplay elements, suprises and many more. With special thanks to translators, Woun and Source Gaming from the Sonic community, here’s what we should expect from both games. Hit the jump to see the translated information.

Bayonetta available now for PC with new features and bonuses

Fans can rejoice as the sexy gaming icon, Bayonetta, is now available on PC with newly added features such as 4K support and advanced graphical options.

Did we mention there’s no wait? Purchase the game today on Steam! Users who purchase the game before April 25 will get the Digital Deluxe Edition, priced at $19.99, which includes a five-song soundtrack, digital art book, and exclusive wallpapers and avatars at no additional cost. Learn more about the release at the official Bayonetta website, and check out the digital manual for the game.

Are you excited to replay Bayonetta on your PC? What other titles would you like SEGA to rerelease on PC? Feel free to tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

New Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone Act 2 gameplay revealed, new badnik introduced

In the latest reveal for the upcoming Sonic Mania, Sonic the Hedgehog brand social media manager, Aaron Webber, gave a special first look at Green Hill Zone Act 2 and how transitions work between acts similar to Sonic 3 & Knuckles. The second act of Green Hill Zone demonstrates a new mechanic such as the zip line, interactivity with the elemental shields to enter secret routes, and reveals a much closer look of the mountains and waterfalls in the background.

Aaron also noted that the background layout of Act 2 is a reference to the early prototype of the original Sonic the Hedgehog. While the boss for Act 2 cannot be revealed at the time, Aaron has mentioned that are brand new badniks introduced in Sonic Mania known as the Hard Boiled Heavies and Heavy Gunner which have been revealed on the Sonic Twitter account and are detailed in a new article from Game Informer. What are your thoughts on Green Hill Zone Act 2? Feel free to leave a comment below.

For the video without the commentary and artwork of the new badniks, be sure to hit the jump below.

A look at Virtua Fighter ‘No Matter the Cost’ fan tournament

Hi SEGAbits readers! Kori-Maru here! Giving you all another event report covering a a fan dedicated Virtua Fighter ‘No Matter the Cost’  tournament which is being hosted by NWO and VFDC. The event featured many Virtua Fighter iterations starting from Virtua Fighter 2 through Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown spanning over three days. While Virtua Fighter has a small tournament scene in the West, fans of the series continue to show strong support for SEGA’s elite fighting game franchise.

Prizes were given out for each tournament and raffle giveaways included rare items such as Japanese Virtua Fighter player BunBunMaru’s jacket, Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary for PlayStation 2, a copy of Yakuza 6, and a flight ticket to EVO Japan 2018 as the grand prize. Pretty good haul for a fan ran tournament.

New Project Sonic 2017 information confirms villain, multiplayer status and genre


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The latest Nintendo Dream Magazine from Japan has revealed new information about the upcoming Project Sonic 2017 game for the Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. The blurb states that Dr. Eggman will be the main villain, that there will be no multiplayer features, and that the genre for the game is “adventure”. The magazine also features Sonic Mania, but the information included was revealed months ago.

There will be more information on Project Sonic 2017 and Sonic Mania on March 16th during the SXSW 2017 panel for Sonic the Hedgehog, which you can learn more about here.

Update: the magazine also confirms that Sonic Mania will feature multiplayer.


 

NWO & VFDC: No Matter the Cost Tournament

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Are you a fan of Virtua Fighter and looking into participating in causal tournament matches with other players? If you happen to live near Alexandria, Virginia, NWO (New Wolf Order) in association with VFDC, will be hosting a North American Virtua Fighter tournament next week starting from February 17th all the way through the 19th. The event will feature various entries in the franchise such as Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter 3 Team Battle, Virtua Fighter 4 Final Tuned, and Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown. All tournaments will also be streamed throughout the weekend.

I will be attending NMTC for SEGAbits next week to bring you all coverage on the Virtua Fighter fan event. For details on registration, schedule, and prizes, head over to VFDC for more info. Hit the jump to view the trailer for the event.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap coming to the Nintendo Switch

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Recently after the Nintendo Switch Presentation, the developers at DotEmu  announced that the remake of the SEGA Master System classic, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, would be coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2017 via the game’s official blog. As stated on the blog, the developers were approached by Nintendo secretly to port the title for the Nintendo Switch and it is expected to run at a silky 60 fps.

No further details were given on Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap beyond that its coming Nintendo Switch, the developer also assured readers that the game will be released on other consoles and teased a announcement for the release date. What are you’re thoughts on Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap coming out on the Nintendo Switch?