Yakuza: Like a Dragon demo announced and Female-only “Office Worker” job

 

In a recent interview on Famitsu with Yakuza: Like A Dragon producer, Masayoshi Yokoyama, SEGA plans to release a demo for the game with no release date to announce at this time and the live command battle system will be an upgrade from the version shown at Tokyo Game Show 2019, offering battle action nearly identical to what the final product will feature when it launches.

He also gave out more information about the female only “Office Worker” job for the character voiced by Eri Kamataki, who won the audition to play the role of the game’s female co-star, who will fight with office supplies such as cutters and thumb tacks.

Yakuza: Like A Dragon is set for release in Japan on January 16, 2020 in Japan, and in 2020 in the Americas and Europe for the Playstation 4.

Source: [Gematsu & Games Talk]

Shin Sakura Taisen the Comic Vol. 1 and the Novel to be released in Japan this Winter

The official Sakura Taisen website announced that the first volume of Shin Sakura Taisen the Comic, authored by Kouri Noguchi, will be released by Shueisha in Japan on December 19, 2019 on Thursday for 600 yen along with the Novel set for release on the same day for 1,000 yen.

Shin Sakura Taisen the Novel will be written by Ayumi Muyoshi and will set as a prequel to the game where Sumire Kanzaki, retired member of the old Flower Division now commander, is reconstructing the new Flower Division by recruiting new members and Sakura Amamiya first encounter with the team.

If you are a fan of the Sakura Taisen series since the beginning, these books would be great collector items to import as soon as they hit online stores. Fingers crossed for the comic and novel to be licensed over here in the west as soon as Project Sakura Wars releases next year in Spring 2020 for Playstation 4.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Demo now available on Nintendo Switch Japanese E-Shop

SEGA has uploaded the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Demo on to the Nintendo Switch’s Japanese E-Shop today for everyone to try if you have an alternate account set to Japanese. The demo consist of five available Tokyo 2020 Events and two Tokyo 1964 events through Quick Match which can be played with up to 2 players.

Players can also try out Local Play to connect and play with friends who has the demo on their own Nintendo Switch consoles. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be released on the Nintendo Switch on November 5th for Americas and November 8th for Europe.

New Details on Yakuza: Like A Dragon gives info on “Life Experience” growth element system

SEGA released new info and screenshots on one of Yakuza: Like A Dragon’s unique game play mechanics called “Life Experience” where the player can increase Ichiban Kasuga characteristics and human nature with six parameters such as “Enthusiasm,” “Mentality,” “Cheerfulness,” “Kindness,” “Intelligence,” and “Stylishness.” through completing play spots, character interactions and fighting.

Here are some in depth details on the “Life Experience” growth element system fully translated courtesy of Gematsu after the break. Yakuza: Like A Dragon will be released for PlayStation 4 on January 16, 2020 in Japan, and in 2020 in the Americas and Europe.

Try out Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD Japanese Demo on Playstation 4 & Nintendo Switch

If you happen to own a Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch with an alternative account set to Japanese, you can try out and play the Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD Demo. The demo features six characters to choose from with their own stats (AiAi, MeeMee, Baby, GonGon, YanYan, and Doctor) with three levels to play through by collecting bananas and reaching the goal within the time limit.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD is set for release for Europe and the Americas for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One on October 29, 2019 with PC Steam releasing later in the winter of 2019 for only $39.99 both physical and digital.

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SEGA Interactive interviews HOTD Director, Takashi Oda, on the series and wants to produce 3 more games

In a recent interview uploaded on SEGA Interactive’s official website, the company interviewed The House of the Dead series director, Takashi Oda, on his life history as a junior high school student to his current role at SEGA in Japan.

The interview goes further in depth on his time developing The House of the Dead series with he and his team at AM1 were task to create a gun shooting game with horror taste after the success of Virtua Cop, his reaction to the location test version with the rejected blow back gun system, and the proposal on making The House of the Dead 5 back in 2012 before House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn was in development.

The few interesting tidbits within the interview is that Oda-san would love to continue making at least 3 more House of the Dead titles in the future, including a House of the Dead FPS to give players enough freedom to walk around stages if there was enough demand. You can read the full interview with Google Translate. What are your initial thoughts on the interview and the future of the House of the Dead series? I think HOTD FPS would be a good concept if it focuses on the aspects of virtual reality. Let us know in the comments below.

Forever Entertainment plans to remake The House of the Dead 1 & 2 to modern consoles for 2020

Forever Entertainment, the Polish publisher that has collaborated with SEGA with rebooting other classic titles such as Panzer Dragoon, will be remaking The House of the Dead 1 & 2 with MegaPixel Studio as the developer for the games and will be true to the original games’ storyline with some graphical differences and tweaked game play to bring them to modern day gaming.

The House of the Dead 1 & 2 Remake is targeting a release window of 2020 with no console announcement just yet. Since the House of the Dead games are rail shooters, where players are AMS agents destroying abominable creatures in their path, it may have a release on the Nintendo Switch.

What are your initial thoughts on The House of the Dead 1 & 2 being remade from the ground up? Would you have also like to see the games ported to modern consoles in it’s original format by SEGA & M2? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Source:[VideoGamer.com]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – Dream Events Trailer

Go beyond the limits of reality into the realm of imagination with Mario & Sonic in Dream Events – intense, fast-paced experiences with your favorite characters that add an all-new layer of party fun you won’t find anywhere else. In this trailer contains three Dream Events to choose from to play with (or against) family and friends such as Dream Shooting, Dream Karate, and Dream Racing.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is set for release on November 5 in the Americas and November 8 in Europe, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Hit the jump for screenshots and details on the mini-games after the break.

TGS 2019: Sakura Taisen CD Song Collection and Shin Sakura Taisen the Stage announced

Last night during SEGA’s Tokyo Game Show stream, Sakura Taisen series, Kohei Takana, made an appearance as a guest and unveiled the Sakura Taisen Song Collection which contains 62 vocal tracks from the entire series and will be a part of the Limited Edition Package. Later during the stream, SEGA announced that Sakura Taisen will return live on stage with Shin Sakura Taisen the Stage in 2020 with Yuna Sekina as the game’s protagonist Sakura Amamiya. There are currently no announcements on the date for the stage show at the moment, but we’ll keep everyone posted. In the meantime, take a look of the CD collection and Sakura Amaimiya music video by Kohei Takana after the break.

TGS 2019: First look at Shin Sakura Taisen Opening Intro and Limited Edition Package

On stage at SEGA’s Tokyo Game Show booth, SEGA has unveiled the opening intro to Shin Sakura Taisen which captures the spirit of the original five games with breath taking visuals and showcased the limited edition package version of the game with visual design by Tite Kubo, author of BLEACH manga series, which contains an art book filled with character designs and more.

With SEGA localizing the game to the west, we hope that the localization team can bring these over as well. You can import the limited edition package through Amazon or Play-Asia. Feel free to take a good look at the limited edition package version after the break.

TGS 2019: Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Masterpiece 1995-2001 Collection coming to Playstation 4

With Tanita Co., Ltd. representatives promoting the “TANITA Twin Stick Project” on SEGA’s Tokyo Game Show stage, SEGA and TANITA made an announcement that all 3 Cyber Troopers Virtual On titles will be ported into a single digital download game collection for the Playstation 4 called “Cyber Trooper Virtual On Masterpiece 1995-2001” which includes Cyber Troopers Virtual-On, Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram, and Virtual-On Force.

The collection will be released in Japan on November 27, 2019 for only 4,500 yen. SEGA is on a roll this week and keeping their word to please many fans with so many cool announcements made! Planning to import the Virtual-On collection in a few months? Let us know in the comments below. 

TGS 2019: Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation coming to Japanese TV in 2020

During SEGA’s Tokyo Game Show Live Stream, SEGA has made an announcement that Shin Sakura Taisen will receive an TV anime adaptation in 2020. The anime will be CGI and directed by Manabu Ono, known for directing several popular anime series such as “The Irregular At Magic High School” and “Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere”. We’ve also added screenshots of the anime in the article below for everyone to see and trailer over on Twitter (Credit towards HDKirin for capturing the stream).

It’s been almost 20 years since we had an TV anime adaptation of Sakura Taisen. With the game releasing to the west later next year, I have fingers crossed for Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation to be picked up in the US and localized. Have you ever watched the Sakura Taisen anime adaptations back in the day of ADV Films/Funimation and what are your thoughts on this announcement? Feel free to leave a comment below.

TGS 2019: Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 Mobile Gameplay Trailer

Sonic the Hedgehog and friends will be competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on mobile devices with countless popular Olympic sport games included along with the newly approved sports in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The game will progress through stages placed in popular tourist spots within Tokyo.

In addition to competing for rank with friends, there are many features for personal ranking for each event as well as online competitive play between countries and regions. Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 is set for release on Android and iOS devices for Spring 2020.

TGS 2019: Yakuza: Like A Dragon Gameplay and Story Trailer

As previously reported in our Weekly Famitsu article on Yakuza: Like A Dragon, SEGA has uploaded two brand new trailers demonstrating the title’s gameplay features and story details. We got a good look on the game’s Live Command RPG Battle system in action with the ability to change Ichiban’s attire through “Job Change” with unique abilities to execute in battle depending on the selected attire.

The trailer also shows off the setting of Yokohama, ways to earn money through can collecting mini games, recruiting people in your team and various new and returning play spots to try out! The story trailer is similar to the previous one but with a few new scenes included featuring more new characters introduced to Yakuza: Like A Dragon. To check out the new story trailer, be sure to hit the jump after the break. Yakuza: Like A Dragon will be released in Japan on January 16, 2020 in Japan and in 2020 in the Americas and Europe.

TGS 2019: Shenmue 3 “Spirit Of The Land” Trailer

YS Net shared two new trailers for Shenmue III from Tokyo Game Show 2019 which features the spirit where the long awaited sequel takes place with a great view of beautiful landscapes, the detailed setting of Bailu Village in Guilin and its people. The second trailer is the previous released video in Japanese which can be watched here. Shenmue III is set for November 19, 2019 for Playstation 4 and Epic Game Store.