Streets of Rage 4 introduces Floyd Iraia and will feature Online & Local Co-op

DotEmu has released the new character trailer for Streets of Rage 4 by introducing Floyd Iraia, who is the last playable character to be announced for the game and dishes out hard hitting attacks and grappling movesets with his mechanical arms. Here’s is a description of the new character:

“Meet Floyd Iraia, the last Streets of Rage 4 playable character, who dishes out serious damage with his incredibly strong cybernetic arms. Although Floyd’s movement and health recovery are slower than most, he boasts the longest reach among the playable roster and tremendous power, ensuring any combo he puts an enemy through will be devastating.”

Streets of Rage 4 will also feature two co-op mulitplayer options: 2 Player Online and 4 Player Local Co-Op. 4 Player Local Co-Op would be featured for first time in the series.

Streets of Rage 4 will be making its way make its way on to PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Spring 2020.

New Sonic Toys from Diamond Select & Jakks Pacific revealed at NY Toy Fair 2020

Following up from the previous article, there are more SEGA merchandise revealed at this year’s New York Toy Fair featuring Sonic the Hedgehog.

From Diamond Select’s booth, they are showcasing a statue of “Movie” Sonic on top of Dr. Robotnik Tech and the Ultimate “Classic” Sonic figure with customizable parts. Over at the Jakks Pacific’s booth, the booth has plushes of multiple Sonic the Hedgehog characters including Mighty the Armadillo.

Planning to collect some of the Sonic & SEGA merchandise sometime this year? Let us know in the comments below. Check out images of the merchandise after the break.

Storm Collectibles showcases Streets of Rage 4 and Golden Axe Action Figures at New York Toy Fair 2020

Storm Collectibles recently announced tons of licensed merchandise that their working on at their booth during New York’s Toy Fair 2020 event. Two of the licensed SEGA related products set for released is Streets of Rage 4 and Golden Axe.

One of the first line up of action figures for Streets of Rage 4 is a 1/12 scale action figure of Axel Stone in his current attire for the upcoming game with the release TBD. For Golden Axe, the line up will feature 1/12 action figures of Ax Battler and the Skeleton warriors set for release on March 20th for $130.

Check out photos taken at the booth after the break. Credits to Streets of Rage Brasil and Bleeding Cool for providing photos.

House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn: The Attraction coming to Tokyo Joypolis on March 19th

The official House of the Dead twitter account has recently made an announcement that the latest House of the Dead installment will receive an brand new attraction called House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn: The Attraction at Tokyo Joypolis in Japan which will be playable on March 19th.

The attraction will replace The House of the Dead 4 Special, an updated version and side story to the fourth game, which stopped its operation recently this month and will feature a shooting ride theater type attraction with the capacity of 12 players (4 players each on 3 screens). The objective of the attraction is to work together as a team by shooting down incoming creatures and bosses in a building while obtaining the highest ranked score.

I hope we hear more news on the attraction regarding the story because I would love to see some returning AMS Agents make a comeback. Hit the jump for screen images of the attraction after the break.

Sonic Station LIVE! broadcast to air on Feb 20th

The official Japanese Sonic Twitter account has announced that there will be a live broadcast for Sonic news and information on the 20th of every month with the first one beginning on February 20th at 18:00 JST (4 AM EST, 3 AM CST, and 1 AM PST).

The stream will be hosted by Sonic Series Creative Director, Kazuyuki Hoshino, and Sound Director, Jun Senoue with them discussing the latest apparel, SEGA AGES: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and more. Fans can also submit newsletters for them to address during the stream.

Who’s ready for some Sonic news? Let us know in the comments below.

Shenmue III “Story Pack DLC” out now

Shenmue III’s second DLC is now available for download on the Playstation Store and Epic Games Store for only $5.99. The content includes an optional quest not in the main game and special items once the quest is cleared.

Here is a description of the Story Pack DLC:

“One day, Ryo encounters Zhang Shuqin – a subordinate of Zhu Yuanda, who had helped Ryo out in the past. Just as Ryo thinks that he’s renewed an old friendship, he learns that Zhang has been kidnapped. But by whom – and why?”

In order to play the DLC, you must have reached Niaowu or have save data on which the game has been cleared.

Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 leaping forward to mobile devices on May 7

Looks like the Olympics isn’t over for Sonic and his friends just yet as a new trailer for Sonic at the Olympics – Tokyo 2020 has been released by SEGA with the trailer featuring a story mode where Sonic and friends must compete against Eggman from taking over Tokyo and showcases the events, minigames, and online ranking modes to check out.

The game is available for pre-registration right now with bonus rewards and ready for download on May 7th for iOS and Android devices.

Sakura Wars (aka Project Sakura Wars) now officially rated T for Teen by ESRB

Sakura Wars (previously named Project Sakura Wars) has now been officially rated T for Teen by the ESRB for blood, language, partial nudity, sexual themes, and violence. Here is the rating summary given for the game:

“This is a relationship simulation/action game, set in a steampunk 1920s version of Tokyo, in which players lead a combat troupe to defeat demons by using giant mech suits. Players use swords and blasters to fight enemy robots and demons in melee-style combat. Battles are frenetic, with impact sounds, colorful lights effects, and large explosions. Cutscenes depict additional acts of violence: a woman slashed across the chest, resulting in blood-splatter effects; a child kidnapped at gunpoint by gangsters; animated sequences of giant mechs in battle. The game also contains some sexual material: dialogue referencing pornography (e.g., “I guarantee you that’s porn”; “Whoa, that’s definitely a nudie magazine.”); minigames in which players can zoom-in on characters’ body parts (e.g., legs, buttocks, breasts), with accompanying dialogue (e.g., “Man, those legs…Just imagining the paradise at the end of them…”; “As far as chest size…The bigger, the better!”); a still-image sequence depicting a character groping a woman’s chest while stating, “But they look so soft! Just one little squeeze…” A handful of bath-house sequences depict partially nude female characters, with breasts slightly obscured by steam. The word “sh*t” appears in the game.”

We’re getting close to Spring and we should expect more announcements on the western release for Sakura Wars by SEGA very soon. What do you all think about this news? Leave us a comment below!

 

Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel taking place at SXSW 2020


SEGA is leading the way with the Sonic 2020 initiative with announcements coming in on the 20th of every month as the official SXSW website has scheduled a panel for Sonic the Hedgehog on March 20, 2020 titled “Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel” covering the future of the brand with a special announcement or two to be shown. Here is the official description for the panel:

“Sonic the Hedgehog is back at SXSW! Join special guests from SEGA and Sonic Team as they talk about the latest for the blue blur and his next steps for 2020 and beyond. There’s almost always a special announcement or two to be had, so be sure to stay tuned!”

It is unknown at this time if the panel is going to have an official stream but it’s very likely that Sonic community members from Tails Channel will be able to provide a stream. What would you expect to see at the panel? Feel free to leave us your comments below.

Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation Story Trailer revealed and Sakura Taisen Blu-Ray Box Collection set for release this Spring

In the recent Sakura Wars official live stream, SEGA unveiled a brand new trailer and key visual of Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation set for release in April 2020. The Animation takes place after the events of the Shin Sakura Taisen game with the New Flower Division team being transferred to Europe by Seijuro Kamiyama, and Sakura Amamiya was appointed Deputy Commander.

Kamiyama returns home temporarily to the Flower Division who all struggle every day, but there is an unknown girl beside named Clara, who is the only survivor of the Moscow group that was destroyed after a major accident . Sakura welcomes Clara, who was commissioned by Kamiyama and transferred to the Flower Division. Meanwhile, a group that claims to be “Moscow Assault Force” suddenly appears in the Imperial City.

The trailer also reveals a new Assault Force team hailing from Moscow (Mossika Hussarge, Valerie Kaminsky, and Leila with character designs by Mika Pikazo) who will all be appearing exclusively to the anime. In addition, there will be a Blu-Ray collection of the Sakura Taisen OVA (Original Video Animation) series set to release in Japan on March 18, 2020 for 35,000 yen ($320.84). The original OVA series served as prequels and side stories to the games and is a nice collection set if you have been a fan of the series. Hit the jump to check out visuals of the animation and more!

SEGA Europe staff members share their memories on Shinobi in this SEGA AGES Shinobi interview

SEGA Europe Staff members, Danny Russell (Mobile Community Manager), Luis De Mendonca, (IT Support Manager), Marta Camilo (Senior Website Designer), and Tom Perry (Jr. Graphic Designer) share memories on the arcade release of Shinobi, which debuted in the arcades in 1987.

They reflect on subjects like how far they could get through the game with one credit, fighting difficult bosses, and give tip advice on how to get through difficult situations.

What are your memories on the arcade release in Shinobi? please share them by leaving us a comment below. SEGA AGES Shinobi will be available purchase on the Nintendo Switch Eshop on January 23, 2020 for only $7.99.

Shenmue III “Battle Rally” DLC arriving on January 21, 2020

Ys Net and Deep Silver announced over Twitter that Shenmue III‘s Battle Rally character racing DLC will be available for download on January 21, 2020 for only $7.99/£6.49.

Players will be able to earn exclusive items by finishing first in Battle Rally races. You can also play as characters other than Ryo, including Wuying Ren and Zhen Wei.

The DLC will be available for those with the season pass, Complete DLC Collection, on its release date and others without the season pass can purchase the Battle Rally DLC through the PlayStation Store and Epic Games Store.

[Source: Siliconera]

SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Switch to feature Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2

In the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu revealed that SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Nintendo Switch will include “Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” which is a unique mode that was originally playable in the original Sega Genesis release by inserting a Sonic & Knuckles cartridge on top of the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 cartridge using the platform’s “Lock-On Technology.”

As previously mentioned, SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will also include additional actions, “Super Sonic Mode,” online rankings, and other features. A release date for the title has yet to be announced. We’ll keep everyone posted as more news surface!

[Source: Gematsu & Ryokutya2089]

SEGA Amusements unveils Mission: Impossible Arcade details and screenshots

SEGA Amusements revealed a new licensed arcade title based on the multi-billion dollar blockbuster film franchise, Mission: Impossible, during IAAPA 2019 and had recently released new details plus first look at screenshots on the game during EAG Show 2020. The premise of the game focuses on you and three of your friends as agents with a mission to save the world by sabotaging enemy plans that aim to weaponized humanoid robots. You will have a range of weapons and high-tech gadgets at your disposal to complete your mission but remember time is not on everyone side. Mission: Impossible Arcade will feature the following:

  • Brand-new dual pistol controllers
  • Next-Generation 4 player special attraction cabinet
  • 9 adrenaline-fueled stages
  • Experience explosive action with surround sound, subwoofers and bass shakers
  • Two 55″ Full HD Screen and 65″ Attract Display

Check out more screenshots of Mission: Impossible Arcade after the break.

Project Sakura Wars to be titled “Sakura Wars” according to the Australian Classification Website

According to the Australian Classification website, Project Sakura Wars (aka Shin Sakura Taisen in Japan) will be simply titled “Sakura Wars” in the West with the game rated for M for mature audiences by the Australian Classification website with sexual themes and violence.

No official announcement has been made by SEGA themselves regarding the final title as of yet but it seems that the final title chosen for the game could mean that the company may want to start with a blank state with this title in the West since the series has a small cult following in the West through multiple anime adaptions and the fifth game Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love released back in 2010.

What are your thoughts on the final name for Project Sakura Wars? Leave us a comment below! Sakura Wars is set for release on the Playstation 4 digitally and physically this Spring.