Sonic Co-Creator Yuji Naka working on original action game at Square Enix


We’ve known since last year that Yuji Naka had joined Square Enix, where he said he was returning as a programmer for the first time since 1997. Now he updated us on Twitter with a message on his birthday:

“Thank you for your birthday message. Today I’m 54 years old. How many games will I be able to make by the retirement age, including the original action game that I’m currently making at Square Enix? I’d like to work hard to develop a game that everyone around the world can enjoy.”

It will be interesting to see what Yuji Naka has in store for us in the near future, even if it isn’t under SEGA’s publishing arm.

[Via: Gematsu]

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: SEGA AGES Puzzle & Action Ichidant-R releasing on September 26th in Japan, SEGA AGES Thunder Force AC coming soon


SEGA has revealed several pieces of new information regarding to their SEGA AGES lineup at Tokyo Game Show. The first bit of news is that the previously announced SEGA AGES Puzzle & Action Ichidant-R finally has a release date, being slated for a September 26th release in Japan for the Nintendo Switch. This version of Puzzle & Action Ichidant-R coming packed with the original arcade game with all 20 minigames intact, the inclusion of the Mega Drive version that includes additional modes like an RPG mode and a Competition mode, plus online multiplayer.

The second bit of news is that SEGA AGES Thunder Force AC will be the next title in the SEGA AGES series. Thunder Force AC basically being an arcade version of Thunder Force III, with some levels being changed from the original release and naturally having limited continues. However the most notable addition to this version is the option to play as Fire LEO-04 “Rynex”, the ship from Thunder Force IV, complete with all of the same weapons from that game. No definitive release date has been revealed as of this writing.

[Source: SEGA TGS Live Stream]

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.

TGS 2019: New Shin Sakura Taisen Info with Story and Gameplay Trailers

During SEGA’s Tokyo Game Show presentation for Shin Sakura Taisen, the game’s producer, Tetsu Katano, made several announcements on what we can expect from Shin Sakura Taisen starting with a gameplay demonstration of the New Imperial Combat Revue members, Azami and Anastasia, in action. Following from there, they have made a few new character announcements with Yasha (CV: Chisa Yokoyama), A mysterious high-class exorcism that suddenly appeared in the Imperial Capital along with the disaster at the opening ceremony of the Hanatakudan War. Hardcore fans of the Sakura Taisen series will instantly know the identity of this character.

Next on the announcement were the members of the Berlin Combat Revue, Ellis (CV: Nana Mizuki) and Margarete (CV: Rie Kugimiya), with character designs by Fumikane Shimada, known for creating characters sparking the popularity of the mecha musume boom within the 2000s. In the Sakura Taisen V: New York OVA, the Berlin Combat Revue was briefly hinted at as Ratchet Altair left New York to help form a new team. The stream ended with several trailers showcasing the adventure and combat game play along with a few commercials. You can check them out along with character images after the break!

New Yakuza: Like A Dragon Details from Weekly Famitsu featuring summons, kart racing and more!

Weekly Famitsu’s latest issue in Japan has new game play information on Yakuza: Like A Dragon which covers two new characters, how the Live Command RPG Battle begins, summoning help in battle, and new mini games to try out in the latest installment. With Tokyo Game Show 2019 happening this week, we most likely see live demonstrations of the features in action during SEGA’s livestream starting this Thursday. For insight details on the game play, click the link after the break.

ChuChu Rocket! Universe coming to Apple Arcade

It has been speculated behind the scenes at SEGAbits HQ that this would be happening, and today’s the day! Apple’s keynote revealed new information about their upcoming streaming gaming subscription service Apple Arcade, including new games. We knew about Sonic Racing, but another SEGA title is going to appear on the service as well. ChuChu Rocket! Universe is an all new puzzle game which “launches the beloved ChuChus into a universe of strange and wonderful planets with over 100 mind-bending puzzles”.

Bayonetta 1 & 2 being removed from European and Japanese Wii U eShops next week

Amiibos allow you to instantly unlock costumes in Switch Bayonetta
If you own a Wii U and want to get a digital copy of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, you might want to get it sometime this week. According to the official European and Japanese websites have posted that the game will be delisted on Sept 18 in Japan and Sept 19 in Europe.

On the other hand Nintendo of America hasn’t made this sort of announcement, so it will still be available to purchase on your Wii U. If you missed purchasing Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 digitally, you can always get the game physically…

[Source: Siliconera]

Yakuza: Like A Dragon’s story mode alone will be more than twice as long as previous games


The latest issue of the Weekly Famitsu magazine in Japan had a huge feature on the upcoming Yakuza: Like a Dragon (aka Yakuza 7: Wherebouts of Light and Darkness). There are a ton of great tidbits of new information regarding the upcoming game but one that stood out was the team saying that Yakuza: Like a Dragon‘s story mode will be ‘more than twice as long’. That really makes you question if its because of the new combat system, which is taking a turn based RPG approach or if its just because this game will have more content. I mean, Yakuza 5’s story was ridiculously long and if this is going to be more than double the length…. I’m in!

Check out the tidbits over at Gematsu!