Virtua Racing coming to the SEGA Ages lineup, Twitter survey results revealed


Yet another title is coming to the Nintendo Switch’s lineup of SEGA Ages titles. This time it’s the AM2 developed racing game Virtua Racing, a formula one racing game notably being the first title in SEGA’s series of “Model” arcade boards that would later power games such as Virtua Fighter. At Tokyo Game Show 2018 SEGA has formally revealed the game will be coming to the lineup in the future, though has not specified any details such as a release date, pricing, or any bonus content like the other SEGA Ages titles.

In addition, SEGA has revealed the results of their official SEGA Ages poll on Twitter, asking what games people want to see in the collection in the future. These results are based on general franchises instead of specific games unless stated otherwise. Click below to see the results.

Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash introduces new playable characters Lou and Kee

It looks like the upcoming Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash won’t just have Ulala as the main star, it seems that Team Grounding will add Lou and Kee; two twin rookie reporters learning the ropes from Ulala herself. SEGA and Team Grounding showed off a demo at Tokyo Game Show allowing users to play as the new twins.

It seems that the demo level used is the same one as the first Space Channel 5 game, but users have reported new voice acting and even new actions to perform. Check out the new twin rookie reporters Lou and Kee via the screenshots below.

[Via: Siliconera]

Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams to be playable in Umihara Kawase Fresh! on Nintendo Switch

Way back in 1991 a small developer known as Success worked with the SEGA System 16B Arcade Board to create the very first entry that would be known as their Cotton series. These scrolling shooting arcade games would become cult fan favorite games at arcades and even SEGA consoles.

Now Studio Saizensen President Toshinobu Konodo joined 4Gamer’s TGS livestream to talk about concepts and ideas for their upcoming game Umihara Kawase Fresh! which was announced for Nintendo Switch.During the live stream, they revealed that the cult classic Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams would be fully playable within Umihara Kawase Fresh! Not only that, after you get deeper into the game, Cotton herself will be unlockable and she even got a brand new look (see featured image) to match Umihara Kawase Fresh’s in-game art style. Does this mean there is an actual possibility that our girl Cotton could make a comeback? While she has had a few releases, everyone considers ‘Rainbow Cotton‘ on the SEGA Dreamcast to be the last true entry into the franchise. What are your thoughts? Would you be interested in a new Cotton game?

[Via: Siliconera]

Yakuza Online Tokyo Game Show 2018 Trailer shows Haruka kicking ass

SEGA is gearing up on releasing Yakuza Online over in Japan, with them already launching pre-registration for the title. Its not surprise that they would use Tokyo Game Show 2018 to hype up the title. Here we have a new trailer showing a dream team up of all our Yakuza heroes and new comer Ichiban, teaming up to promote Yakuza Online.

What do you think of a Yakuza Online mobile game? Would you like to see this game brought over to the Western market?

Streets of Rage 2 joins the SEGA Forever mobile lineup

SEGA Forever has announced that the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive classic Streets of Rage 2 has joined the mobile lineup. The game is free (ad-supported) on iOS and Android. Streets of Rage 2 was one of the many SEGA sequels to outdo the original, with improved gameplay and memorable music.

Give the game a download and don’t forget that Streets of Rage 4 is on the horizon for home consoles, meaning now is the perfect time to brush up on baring your knuckles.

SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive Mini delayed to 2019, development shifts to in-house

Announced this past April at SEGA FES, the Mega Drive Mini (Genesis Mini) was on track for a late 2018 release. The plug and play was SEGA’s answer to the NES and SNES Classics from Nintendo. However, since the announcement the company AtGames let slip that they were making the console for SEGA. The reveal was largely met with negativity, due to AtGames past attempts at Mega Drive/Genesis plug and plays which typically had less than ideal audio and video.

Fighting Vipers and rare arcade racer Motor Raid playable within Yakuza studio’s Project Judge

I’m starting to think Ryu ga Gotoku Studio is an elaborate front for SEGA arcade releases. As revealed by Famitsu, the upcoming Project Judge will feature playable SEGA arcade games within the game. The announced games include Fighting Vipers and Motor Raid.

It is especially exciting to see Motor Raid as the game has never seen a home release. Released in 1997 and developed by AM1 (cabinet by AM4), the Model 2 game saw players racing futuristic motorbikes across different planets. As noted by our wiki, most of if not all Motor Raid cabinets were sold as conversion kits for Manx TT Super Bike. The game is quite rare, so to see it fully playable in Project Judge is exciting!

SEGA AGES for Nintendo Switch launches with Sonic the Hedgehog and Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar

The M2 developed SEGA AGES for Nintendo Switch has launched today in the west with two games: Sonic the Hedgehog and Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar (Thunder Force IV in Europe and Japan). The reasoning for the title of the latter is because on the SEGA Genesis in America, Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar was the localized name. However, given the history of the Thunder Force series prior to and since the game’s release, it is odd that SEGA of America saw fit to keep the localized name.

SEGA AGES titles are priced at $7.99 in America and £6.99 in Europe. A little less than the ¥925 Japanese price point when converted to dollars and a little more converted to pounds. Players can expect new features and various settings. Check then out now on the Nintendo eShop and stay tuned to SEGAbits for our reviews of the first two titles.

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie adds Lee Majdoub to cast as Agent Stone

What can I say about the upcoming Paramount Sonic the Hedgehog movie that isn’t outright negative? I can say that this will be a much more ‘realistic’ take on the franchise considering that they just announced another new character and casting. Lee Majdoub is set to play Agent Stone, who works closely with Doctor Robotnik (Eggman). And no, Agent Stone has nothing to do with Streets of Rage’s Alex Stone.

So it seems that Jim Carrey’s Eggman outing will have him dealing with cops, agents and other government foolery. What are  your thoughts on the direction and casting choices of having actors like Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Ben Schwartz (voice), and now Lee Majdoub?

[Via: Deadline]

Atlus Unveils Etrian Odyssey Nexus Launch Edition

Atlus has taken to Twitter to show off the launch edition for Etrian Odyssey Nexus (known as Etrian Odyssey X in Japan), which is being considered the last entry on Nintendo’s dual screen handheld. If you haven’t kept track, Etrian Odyssey has had ten games debut on Nintendo’s dual screen handheld systems (DS and 3DS) and those include remakes, new entries and spin-offs. Seems that the franchise will make its move to the Nintendo Switch soon, but what better way of saying goodbye to a long running franchise than getting the last entry?

Pre-ordering the game or buying it on the day it launches will get you an exclusive art book featuring character art by Yuji Himukai and monster art by Shin Nagasawa, a pin featuring Vivian and a copy of the game itself in a special big box. If you are strictly a SEGA fan, the franchise (including this entry) features music by Yuzo Koshiro and as you know he is pretty good at making music.

You can pre-order Etrian Odyssey Nexus on Amazon

SEGA Genesis Classics announced for Nintendo Switch, releasing this winter

SEGA has announced that SEGA Genesis Classics will be releasing this winter to the Nintendo Switch, both physically and digitally. The collection had a release earlier this year on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and had existed on Steam as the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics Hub. The Switch release appears to be the same content, so a little over 50 Genesis games in a kid’s bedroom-style hub with various video settings.

Prior to this announcement, George and I mused on SEGA News Bits that SEGA held off on a Switch release so as not to compete with their SEGA AGES collection. However, it looks like Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 are the only games existing in both this and SEGA AGES. SEGA Genesis Classics offers a nice selection of games, but there are several odd choices including the lack of Ecco the Dolphin games and still no Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles. These games exist on the Steam version of the collection.

Puyo Puyo E Sports Officially Announced – Coming to PS4 and Switch on October 25th

Puyo Puyo E Sports has been previously been rumored multiple times, both by Puyo Puyo producer Mizuki Hosoyamada on social media and a Korean ratings board. Now however we have official confirmation from SEGA themselves.

Puyo Puyo E Sports is effectively a simplified version of Puyo Puyo that heavily focuses on a competitive scene. This includes a new tournament mode where players pit against each other in a classic bracket 1 vs. 1 fashion, up to 8 players being able to participate. Unlike past games where there’s a focus on multiple different modes, Puyo Puyo E Sports simplifies it to the recurring Tsu Rules and Fever Rules only.

Puyo Puyo E Sports is slated for both the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch, with a planned Japan release on October 25th, notably being the the franchise’s 27th anniversary. It’s unknown at the time of this writing if it will be available outside of Japan. Due to the minimal content and recycled assets, the pricing is slated to be only ¥1999 (roughly $18), a lot lower than a typical game.

[Source: Official Website]

Resonance of Fate 4K / HD Edition officially revealed for PlayStation 4 & PC

Just like that early German Rating predicted, tri-Ace has announced Resonance of Fate 4K / HD Edition for Playstation 4 and PC (specifically Steam). Oddly enough tri-Ace seemed to have skipped over the Xbox One, considering that the game originally came out on the Xbox 360.

The official site has details on the game’s story and characters, but if you played the original you would know the basics. The site does list customizing your characters as a feature but doesn’t show any of the gear using the SEGA logos, but the bottom of the site does have the ‘©SEGA’ on the bottom of the page. The PlayStation 4 version will come with a free theme and Avatar while the PC version will support trading cards.

Resonance of Fate rated in Germany for PlayStation 4 and PC


It looks like the SEGA and tri-Ace developed JRPG Resonance of Fate might be coming back to life on PlayStation 4 and PC soon since it looks like tri-Ace has filed for a rating via the German classification board.

Resonance of Fate came out all the way back in 2010 on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. At the time, SEGA made a big deal about Resonance of Fate because it was during a period that the company wanted to expand its JRPG catalogue. According to the rating, tri-Ace is looking to publish this ‘re-release’ themselves, considering SEGA’s name is absent. Going to be weird considering some of the in-game assets (like the shirt in the photo above) has SEGA’s logo all over them.

[Via: PopBastion]

New Sonic the Hedgehog animated series in the works!

A member of The Sonic Stadium community has spotted an Instagram post from the Sonic Mania Adventures production manager in which she is visiting SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog offices. The photos are accompanied by the text: “Gotta go fast, gotta make it last—finally swung around the SEGA office as we’re working on another fun series with the blue hedgehog y’all are gonna love it! #Sonic #SonicTheHedgehog #Animation #Work #SEGA #Knuckles #Tails #Amy”.

Not much else is known, but the Sonic Mania Adventures credit is a good sign and the hashtags do name drop Amy who was absent in the recent 2D YouTube shorts. What sort of animated show would you like to see? Sound off in the comments below!