Sega Blog: SEGA 3D Classics – 3D Super Hang-On Interview with Developer M2

Originally published to the SEGA Blog on Nov 27, 2013 – republished here for archival purposes

We continue our SEGA 3D Classic interviews with Super Hang-On, which appears on Nintendo eShop tomorrow alongside Space Harrier. We’re really excited to get these games out to fans and hope these interviews bring all new insight into not only the creation of the games, but also the finer details inside.

Thanks again to Game Watch and Impress, Okunari-san, and Horii-san for their involvement in making these interviews available to our western audience. Thanks to Siliconera for coordinating with us to help spread the word to SEGA fans across the web. And special thanks to our producer Sam for translating these interviews for everyone’s enjoyment.

If you read and enjoy this interview, please take the time to post a comment and let us know. We’ve got a lot of folks looking on reading the feedback, so don’t hesitate to post!

New Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom E3 trailer shows off animated cutscenes, new improved graphics

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom has been in the works for a very long time, so long that we even did a podcast with the developer all the way back in 2016! The team decided that after the success of Wonder Boy: Dragon’s Trap that they would refocus their efforts and add more into the game. It seems that their decision was a wise one because the game is looking a lot better in terms of animation and production values.

If you are at E3 2018 this year, you can play Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom at the SEGA booth from June 12 to the 14! There is also a physical version of the game coming to Nintendo Switch and PS4. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is hitting Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC this summer!

SEGA Blog: SEGA 3D Classics – 3D Space Harrier Interview with Developer M2

Originally published to the SEGA Blog on Nov 25, 2013 – republished here for archival purposes

We are extremely excited to present to fans a series of interviews on our upcoming 3D Classics on the Nintendo 3DS. The interview originally took place across the Game Watch and Impress website, featuring both Yosuke Okunari from Sega of Japan and Naoki Horii from the developer M2. These interviews show not only the care that went into making the absolute best versions of these titles on the 3DS, but also a lot of the technical challenges in creating 3D versions of our classic SEGA games.

Big thanks to Game Watch and Impress, Okunari-san, and Horii-san for their involvement in making these interviews available to our western audience. We hope you enjoy these interviews and encourage you to feedback with your own questions or comments. Let’s begin with Space Harrier and information on how the project got started…

Shining Resonance Refrain getting Nintendo Switch demo on June 12, 2018 [Update]


While SEGA has confirmed that Shining Resonance Refrain will be playable at E3 2018, it seems that the general public will also be getting a taste of Shining Resonance Refrain. At least if you own a Nintendo Switch, since the demo has been confirmed for a June 12, 2018 release. As far as whats in the demo and if its the same as the E3 build is unknown.

As you probably already know, the English version of Shining Resonance Refrain will hit Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on July 10, 2018. We will keep you updated on any new information regarding other versions of the demo on other consoles.

[Update: SEGA confirmed the demo will launch across PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch consoles]

[Via Siliconera]

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 and ATLUS announce E3 lineup

SEGA and ATLUS have officially revealed what to expect at this year’s E3! Creative Assembly will be providing a first look at Total War: Three Kingdoms via gameplay presentations throughout the show. Playable on the show floor will be demos of Valkyria Chronicles 4, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Shining Resonance Refrain, and Team Sonic Racing featuring never-before-seen content.

ATLUS will be debuting new footage of Catherine: Full Body and two new ATLUS titles which will be revealed tomorrow!

Read the full press release after the break.

Watch nearly 3 minutes of Team Sonic Racing plus a developer interview

More footage has released of Team Sonic Racing, this time from Shacknews. In the video above you get a look at various racers including Tails, Knuckles and Shadow on the Planet Wisp track utilizing wispons and team abilities. There are also some easter eggs in the video monitors, including an ad for the Tailgator vehicle, which is likely Vector’s car.

There is also a developer interview with Iizuka that you can check out after the break.

New Team Sonic Racing gameplay video and screenshots released

Following the Famitsu news, we have more Team Sonic Racing content to share! The SEGA Press site has updated to include new screenshots, seen after the break, as well as gameplay video seen above. Interestingly, the Egg Pawn racer we reported on earlier seems to be more of a spot filler for AI opponents, and there is also a blue Egg Pawn racer. We’ll get to the bottom of these Egg Pawns soon!

Famitsu reveals new Team Sonic Racing details, including new racers!

Famitsu has released one of their hilariously small preview images for us to squint at, this time detailing the upcoming Team Sonic Racing. Revealed in the small image are two more racers joining the roster of 15 as well as an idea of who falls into what category. Joining Sonic, Tails and Knuckles are Shadow, Rouge and Omega, seemingly reforming their Team Dark from Sonic Heroes. We also now know that Sonic and Shadow fall into the Speed category, Knuckles and Omega in the Power category and Tails and Rouge in the Technique category. Bomb, Cube and Eagle wisps are also confirmed as weapons.

Fuego alert! Make your own SEGA Gucci sneakers with Cheap Thrills

Last month, on a slow news day, we shared a weird collaboration between SEGA and Gucci. The product was a pair of $1,500 sneakers, which is likely out of most people’s price range.

Thankfully, YouTube channel Super Deluxe has you covered. From the same YouTube channel that brings you the topical Vic Berger edits comes a show called Cheap Thrills hosted by DIY king Nate aka Tabasko Sweet. I discovered the series myself a few months ago and have grown to love it. Nate’s ability to remake rare and expensive products out of stuff you’d find at a craft store and a Kmart is creative, and his deadpan delivery is hilarious. Check the video out for yourself and in the comments below let us know if you’ll be buying the originals or making your own cheap imitations.

SEGA News Bits: Team Sonic Racing reveal reaction

Team Sonic Racing has been announced! On this News Bits, Barry goes through all the details including the secrets hidden in the cover art and screenshots. What are your thoughts on the newly announced Sumo Digital and SEGA racing game?

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Sonic Mania Adventures Episode 3 releases, co-starring Knuckles

The third episode of Sonic Mania Adventures has released, and as we were teased last episode Knuckles is takes the spotlight! As usual, the animation and music is top notch and it’s great to see SEGA giving the Sonic Mania brand so much love. Check the latest episode out above and share your thoughts in the comments below.

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Classics now available for Linux and Mac – featuring Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Ecco games

Following the console release of Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Classics, SEGA has quietly released the collection to Linux and Mac. The game is also available for Windows. The collection features the same features as the console releases, meaning the new multiplayer and challenge modes have been added. Interestingly, this version features more games than the console release. Most notable is the inclusion of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, though it is unknown if the games are available without lock-on. Also included are the three Ecco games, Eternal Champions and Sonic CD. The inclusion of these games are one major drawback to the console release, and it’s nice to see them included here though it does call into question what legal stipulations are holding back these games on home console.

UPDATE: I installed the hub on my Mac and it runs smoothly however it looks like Sonic CD is Windows only and launches separately as it has in the past. It does not appear within the collection.

SEGA Amusements announces western release of House Of The Dead: Scarlet Dawn

SEGA Amusements have announced that House Of The Dead: Scarlet Dawn, the latest entry in the The House of the Dead franchise, is coming soon to arcades. If you’re thinking “wait, wasn’t this already announced for arcades?”, you’d be right! However, up until now we have only heard news of the game from SEGA’s Japanese arcade division with reports of special events and play tests. Now, with SEGA Amusements sharing information on the game, it looks like western fans won’t have to wait long to play the game for themselves!

[Source: SEGA Amusements]

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.