SEGAbits at E3 2018: Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Hands-On Preview

The Wonder Boy series creator, Ryuichi Nishizawa, returns for an all new heavily inspired 2D platformer title, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. Co-developed by France based Game Atelier and Germany based publisher FDG Entertainment, the gameplay is largely the same and bears a striking similarity to Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap. Two demo levels were available to play allowing you to play as Monster Boy or as a transformed anthropomorphic creature. I played through the latter. You can hit the jump to read on, check out the image gallery and hit up links for the trailer.

SEGAbits at E3 2018: Team Sonic Racing demo gameplay and developer interview

SEGA had a variety of games on display at this year’s E3, and probably the most interesting one (namely because we didn’t have a Japanese version to compare it to) was Team Sonic Racing. Our E3 reps got a chance to demo the game as Omega from Team Dark and Sonic of Team… well, Sonic of course. Following the demo, lead designer from Sumo Digital Richard Acherki was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer some questions we had about the upcoming game.

SEGA News Bits: Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami & Valkyria Chronicles 4 Coming To PC Discussion

SEGA Europe teased that they had a big PC announcement to reveal during the PC Gamer conference, usually I always assume this would have to do with their in-house titles like Football Manager, Total War series and so forth, but this time we got a massive surprise. SEGA is doubling down on Japanese PC games by releasing not just Valkyria Chronicles 4 but also Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami. On this video of the SEGA News Bits, we discuss all the information known about the ports and my general thoughts on the announcements.

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SEGA News Bits: Team Sonic Racing E3 Reveals

E3 is over and on this SEGA News Bits, Barry looks back on what was revealed for Team Sonic Racing before and during the conference. Some new details about the roster, tracks and weapons (wispons?) and more are covered! Stay tuned as we have hands-on impressions SEGA News Bits video coming soon.

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SEGA News Bits: Team Sonic Racing Gameplay Reaction

Thanks to Shacknews we have gameplay footage of Team Sonic Racing! Coupled with a Famitsu article, we now know a lot more about the upcoming racing game from Sumo Digital. On this SEGA News Bits we discuss the new racers, the team mechanic, the in-game music and more!

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SEGA News Bits: Valkyria Chronicles 4 Memoirs from Battle Premium Edition Revealed

SEGA has set out to top their previous premium edition with the recently revealed Valkyria Chronicles 4 “Memoirs from Battle” Premium Edition. Included is a 100 page art book, a vinyl tank statue, two pieces of DLC which features the original squad from the first game and a collectors box. On this SEGA News Bits we discuss the premium edition’s contents and what else to expect based on the game’s Japanese release.

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SEGA News Bits: Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 Coming to PlayStation 4 Reaction

It seems that SEGA have heard fans as they announce that Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5 are heading to PlayStation 4 consoles. As of this recording, the three games have only been announced for Japanese release but I’m pretty sure they will end up coming to the West. On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we discuss our thoughts on these games getting a second chance, talk about the details regarding the releases and discuss other last generation releases that deserve ports. What are your thoughts? Will be pick them up if they come West? Let us know in the comments below.

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Unboxing: SEGA Games On Atari 2600

On this kind-of unboxing we take a look at some SEGA releases for the Atari 2600 from the early 80s, before the Master System hit the scene. SEGA really went all out when it came to the packaging and presentation of some of these titles, and photos just don’t do them justice. A majority of these games come from Gremlin Industries, which was purchased by SEGA in the late 70s and released games under SEGA/Gremlin and SEGA Electronics until 1984. Such classics to come out of this include Congo Bongo, Monaco GP, Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator and Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom.

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SEGA News Bits: Shenmue III Delayed Until 2019

Unsurprisingly, the next chapter in Ryo Hazuki’s Saga, Shenmue III has been delayed. On this episode of the SEGA News Bits, Barry and George discuss why it was delayed, our thoughts on the delay and ramble on about features that Shenmue III should try to include. Like always, our videos are just our thoughts and we would love to hear what you think regarding the delay in the comments below!

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Should SEGA stop making console exclusives?


It does seem that part of SEGA is going more multi-console friendly approach, with games like Shinining Resonance Refrain and Valkyria Chronicles 4 getting ports for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. But it seems some franchise are continuing to stick with one console, most blatantly Yakuza and Persona series. There are quite a bit more, but these seem to be the ones that have been growing in popularity for SEGA. The biggest insult? The lack of PC announcements for titles like these, considering that PC seems to be a ‘non competing platform’ for most console manufactures. For example, Sony funded Street Fighter V to be exclusive, but it still got a PC release. I think having PC ports is very important for SEGA, considering the success of stuff like Bayonetta and Valkyria Chronicles.

Do you think its worth it for SEGA to make console exclusive games anymore?

It seems that something is going on behind the scenes with some franchises, especially Sony exclusives. But as fans, would you rather see these titles hit all platforms or do you like the fact that SEGA has console exclusive games? Sound off in the comments below.

SEGA News Bits: Are chao gardens returning to Sonic games?

The Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account recently held a poll asking fans what their favorite Sonic game feature was. Among the choices was the chao garden, which ended up winning in a landslide. Given Sonic Forces came and went with a mixed response, it’s interesting that SEGA is now asking such a question. On this SEGA News Bits, we share our thoughts on the original chao gardens, what this poll could mean and what SEGA could do to update them.

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SEGA News Bits: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #3 & #4 Discussion

As April draws to a close, so too does the first arc of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comics. On this SEGA News Bits, Barry walks George through issues 3 and 4 which feature the IDW debut of Knuckles, Blaze and new characters Rough, Tumble and Tangle. How do these issues compare to the first two? What direction is the comic series heading? Give the latest News Bits a watch to find out!

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Mania Plus Trailer, Release Date & New Info Reaction

SEGA has unleashed a new trailer for the upcoming Sonic Mania Plus, given us more details on the new updated release and even showed off some Ray and Mighty gameplay! On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we discuss Sonic Mania Plus‘ release date being moved forward, what we thought of the trailer and discuss all the new revealed info regarding the newest ‘plus’ update! Listen in and tell us what you think in the comments below!

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