SEGA News Bits: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #2 Discussion

Another week in April means another issue of IDW Sonic the Hedgehog! On this SEGA News Bits George grills Barry on the second issue which features the return of Amy Rose. How is her characterization? How is this issue’s artist? Who is behind all the rogue badniks? We discuss these points and more!

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SEGA News Bits: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #1 Discussion (No Spoilers)

It’s April 4th, and that means the official launch of Sonic the Hedgehog IDW series! On this episode of the SEGA News Bits Barry will give you his thoughts on the new direction, how it stacks up against the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog series and much more. Did you pick up the new issue of Sonic the Hedgehog IDW? If not, no worries, this discussion is spoiler free! If you want to support this type of content, you can check out our Patreon!

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SEGA News Bits Extra! Sonic IDW Preview, Valkyria 4 Sales and a new Shining Game?

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Welcome to the new weekly web show we are doing called SEGA News Bits Extra, where we gather small bits of SEGA news and discuss it. These are news pieces that are too small to make a full SEGA News Bits episodes out of. This is a preview episode, if you want to see it weekly we suggest you pledge to us on Patreon and support our original content.

On this episode we discuss the Sonic the Hedgehog IDW preview of the first issue, Valkyria Chronicles 4 season pass, Valkyria Chronicles 4 Japanese sales, Rumors of a new Shining game being announced, and the newly announced Bitmap Books.

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Unboxing After Burner II Limited Edition Data Discs Vinyl

We got a new package in the SEGAbits office, this time we will be unboxing a After Burner II Limited Edition Data Discs vinyl, which went up for pre-order a few months ago. Like all Data Discs vinyl release, there are three versions released including a black vinyl, colored vinyl (purple for After Burner II) and a limited edition (this one being splatter design). He can pick up a vinyl copy of a non-limited version here.

This is the 15th release on Data Discs retro vinyl line-up, are you picking these up? If so which release is your favorite so far?

The time President Donald Trump attended the SEGA Genesis launch in 1989

Back in the olden days, console launches really benefited from regular TV exposure and SEGA had a segement on Movietime (later renamed E!) in 1989 when they launched their revolutionary SEGA Genesis home console. Most of the talking is done by Andy Eddy then editor-in-chief for Video Games & Computer Entertainment Magazine. But if you watch the video, about 1:19 mark has our now President Donald Trump attending the event. Not only that, he also has (what seems) like a decent haircut.

Not only that but we also have SEGA founder David Rosen later on in the clip talking about the POWER of the SEGA Genesis.

Wii Shop Channel Guide for SEGA Fans – Backups, WiiWare, Noteworthy Titles

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There’s only one day left before Nintendo pulls the plug on point purchases on the original Wii Shop on March 26th. We’ve already covered titles on the Mega Drive, Genesis, Master System and Arcade systems. What’s left on the service for the SEGA fan? We’ve still got a couple of WiiWare games to check out, some alternative versions to Wonder Boy games, and games from fan-favorite SEGA developers Atlus, Hudson and Treasure that appeared on non-SEGA platforms. Also we’ll be taking a look at options to back up your games once the store goes down for good. You can expect to see associated SEGA Retro articles to check out box and manual scans as well as additional information on each game in the list below. This is also a good time to let you all know about another one of our sister sites, NEC Retro which includes coverage of PC Engine and Turbo Grafx-16 games if you have not seen it before!

SEGA News Bits: Yakuza Kiwami 2 Coming West Reaction

It really does seem that the Yakuza franchise has finally gotten the attention its deserve since the release of Yakuza 0. Now with Yakuza 6 around the corner, SEGA has announced that Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be heading to the West this upcoming August! Considering it is one of my favorite entries to the franchise, I decided to record a little video for you guys talking about the release, what to expect and other nonsense. Are you guys picking up Yakuza Kiwami 2 when it releases? If not, you should!

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SEGA News Bits: New Sonic Racing Game Announcement Reaction

We called it! Well, George called it in last month’s rumor video. Sonic Racing is indeed real and while we are not sure who is developing it, all signs are pointing to Sumo Digital. On this SEGA News Bits, Barry takes a look at the teaser trailer, looks back on Sonic’s racing history and looks ahead at what we might expect from the upcoming game.

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Mania Physical Release & Animated Series Announced

It’s happening! Sonic Mania is finally receiving a physical release as Sonic Mania Plus. And if that wasn’t enough, the game will have new content and will see the return of two long lost characters: Mighty and Ray! What more, we have a series of animated shorts on the way titled Sonic Mania Adventures!

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Unboxing: Ultimate Classic Sonic the Hedgehog Tomy Action Figure

On this SEGAbits Unboxing, Barry takes a look at the Tomy classic Sonic the Hedgehog action figure. This figure came as a bit of a surprise, as early listings for it made it appear much smaller than it actually turned out to be. Just how cool is this new classic Sonic figure? Watch and find out! You can buy it for yourself at GameStop.

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Yakuza 6 Review – New Engine Breathes New Life (PS4)

The Yakuza franchise has been one of SEGA’s longest running franchise since they went 3rd party and Yakuza 6 celebrates a new beginning and an end to the franchise. For one this title sports a brand new, high budget engine created from the ground up for the PlayStation 4 and on the other hand this game is meant to be the last game starring the franchise’s protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu.

But did SEGA deliver in a true next-generation experience with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life? Find out with our review.

SEGA News Bits: SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive Classics Coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

SEGA announced today that a new compilation of SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive games will be releasing physically to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Containing over 50 games, theres a lot to play and some glaring omissions. On this SEGA News Bits, George and Barry run through the games and give their verdicts and speculate what’s next.

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Unboxing: New Sonic the Hedgehog books

In this unboxing, or should I say unbooksing, video we take a look at the three new Sonic the Hedgehog books to release from Penguin Random House. Welcome to the World of Sonic features character profiles, story information, trivia and stickers. Sonic and the Tales of Deception features three stories set in the game universe. And finally Sonic Mad Libs is just what you expect, it’s the classic game of Mad Libs with a Sonic twist. Each book can be ordered by clicking the title above. There are also two more books on the way: a second story book titled Sonic and the Tales of Terror and the Race Against Chaos Sticker Activity Book.

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SEGA in the Media: Sonic the Hedgehog cameos in Ready Player One

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While we’ve yet to see any signs of Sonic in Wreck-It Ralph 2, the latest Ready Player One TV spot reveals that Sonic will join the pop culture cameo ranks of The Iron Giant, the Back to the Future DeLorean time machine and Child’s Play‘s Chucky. In a recent TV spot, seen after the break, Sonic is seen waiting in line. You can spot him in the screenshot seen above on the far right. I have also heard that Sonic does his signature spin attack move in another trailer though I have not found it yet.

Ready Player One hits theaters March 29, 2018, and if you want more than Sonic cameos remember that a Sonic the Hedgehog movie is set to release November 15, 2019!