Arcade Review: House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn – True Horror Returns

A classic SEGA franchise brand that spawned many sequels, spinoffs, movies and a vast global following of core and casual players since its debut in arcades in 1997. It has been 12 years since we have seen a House of the Dead game in the arcades worldwide and with SEGA CEO Haruki Satomi wanting to win older fans trust again when it comes to their brand, we finally managed to get a sample of that trust with a new entry to the classic arcade horror shooter. House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn, announced back in January 15th 2018 for Japanese arcades, is now in the west and we got a chance to play and complete it! The House of the Dead has risen beyond the grave once again but does this latest entry live up to our expectations. Hit the jump to read our review of House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn.

The House of the Dead Prototype Discovered After 21 Years


Arcade provider, AndyGeezerServices and Youtuber, KawaiiYinYang had released pictures and footage of the prototype version of The House of the Dead for the SEGA Model 2 arcade hardware on the internet after 21 years. The prototype features two playable levels and tons of unused content such as a different introduction, dialogue, animation, and sound effects (which one of them happens to be the “Reload!” sound from the Virtua Cop series). The prototype may have also been possibly used in a couple of tradeshows back in Japan around the time.

AndyGeezerServices submitted the prototype to MAME and we hope it’ll be open to the public for newer discoveries to come. Hit the jump to take a look at the prototype version of the original House of the Dead.

Job Listing for the New Sakura Wars Game hints on PS4 & Xbox One release.


After SEGA CEO, Haruki Satomi, announced a new Sakura Wars game in the works a few months ago during SEGA FES in Japan, there has been a new job listing for the game that just opened up recently focusing a release on Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles. New job listings were posted at Creative Job by SEGA that state that a staff is required for the New Sakura Wars game which includes:

  • Background Designers
  • Character Designers
  • Mecha Modelers

Each staff member would also need prior experience with developing on Playstation 3/4 and Xbox 360/One console hardware along with using high-end game engines. The new Sakura Wars game does not currently have any confirmed platforms or release date but SEGA has stated that the game will released by the end of the current fiscal year.

[Source: Siliconera]

Live Performance by Belly & Crush 40 at Nice Kicks LA on June 13th


UPDATE: Jun Senuoe on Twitter said that the performance may start at 6PM.
If you are a Sonic the Hedgehog fan attending E3 next week or just happen to scroll around downtown L.A., you are in luck as Belly and Crush 40 will be performing live at Nice Kicks LA on June 13th celebrating the launch of the Sonic the Hedgehog X PUMA shoe lineup. Not only there will be a live performance, Takashi Iizuka, head of Sonic Team, will be there as a special guest for a meet and greet. The live performance will be located at 862 S. Main St. Los Angeles, CA. The scheduled time is unknown at the moment but we will keep you guys updated on any further details that comes by.

X-Men Actor, James Marsden, to star in Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

Variety has confirmed that actor, James Marsden, known for his acting roles in movies such as the X-Men film series and Westworld, will star in Paramount’s upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie directed by Jeff Fowler. Neal H. Moritz, who recently signed a first-look deal with Paramount, is producing under his Original Film banner. “Deadpool” director Tim Miller will serve as executive producer, along with Toby Ascher. Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons will co-produce. Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie is set to begin production this July in Vancouver, Canada and set to be released to the big screen next year on November 15, 2019.

How do you guys feel about James Marsden starring in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie instead of Paul Rudd? Feel free to post your thoughts on the comments below.

Yakuza 3, 4 & 5 remasters coming to PS4

According to the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation, SEGA plans to release remastered versions of previous Yakuza installments (Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5) for the Playstation 4 with improved resolution and frame rates. No further news on if SEGA is planning to localize the remastered versions to the West. All three titles are scheduled for release in 2018 and 2019 starting with Yakuza 3 on August 9th for 3,990 yen including a download code & soundtrack.

Here is the Japanese release schedule for the other titles.

  • Yakuza 4 – Fall 2018
  • Yakuza 5 – Spring 2019

I am happy to see that SEGA is pushing forward with the demand of remastering more Yakuza games and a great opportunity for fans to play Yakuza 3 in it’s original format if it gets localized. How do you guys feel about this news? Feel free to post your thoughts on the comment section below.

[Source: Gematsu]

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown to have Side Tourney at EVO 2018


Calling all Virtua Fighter players in the West Coast or any part of the world. VFDC members will be hosting a Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Side Tournament at EVO 2018 on August 3rd at the BYOC area inside the Mandalay Bay. The tournament bracket will be set for Double Elimination and if it gets at least 32 entrants, the top 4 finalist will be taken to the side stage from 3PM to 4PM.

The EVO Staff will provide with monitors from their partner GAEMS and we are also welcomed to bring our own monitors and consoles with any version of Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (PS3, 360). Click the link for more details about the event and how to register for the tournament.

Sonic Team producer expresses interest in making a new Samba de Amigo for Nintendo Switch

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Sonic Team producer, Shun Nakamura, was recently interviewed by Eurogamer discussing Sonic Mania and its impact on future Sonic titles. When asked about the Nintendo Switch’s features and his time working on Samba de Amigo for the SEGA Dreamcast, the producer expressed high interest in making another title in the franchise for the console. Here’s what he had to say in the matter:

“I really, really want to make it! This is coming from someone who had to make physical items you had to buy and plug into your console in order to play Samba de Amigo at home. When the Wii came out, there was only one Wii Remote, and you had to buy another one. You could still do it, but it’s a bit of a hurdle to get over. The first time I saw the Switch, I thought oh my god – this is it! You don’t have to buy another peripheral, you don’t need to buy another controller. I’m really, really interested in that.” – Shun Nakamura

Samba de Amigo made it’s latest outing on the Nintendo Wii with the help from Gearbox. What are your thoughts if Sonic Team themselves can produce another game in the franchise for the Switch?

Shadow playable in upcoming Sonic Forces DLC Episode Shadow

Via the Microsoft store comes news that Shadow the Hedgehog will be playable and have his own side story in Sonic Forces as part of the DLC bundle titled EPISODE SHADOW with newly updated stages and the ability to play in over 10 Modern Sonic levels. Here’s a glimpse of the description for the DLC.

“Get EPISODE SHADOW to uncover the untold story of the new villain, Infinite, and rediscover three updated stages playing as Shadow. Plus, play as Shadow in over 10 Modern Sonic based stages!

Experience the full story behind the new villain’s rise to power and as you find renewed replayablity across Modern Sonic stages. The fate of Sonic the Hedgehog’s world is in your hands – Join the Uprising.”

The DLC will be part of the digital bonus version for only $39.99. Pretty sure that this will satisfy people who would enjoy playing other characters in a main Sonic game besides our main hero since the Adventure series and Heroes. What your thoughts on this Sonic Forces info?

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.