SEGA’s mobile division on track for record setting revenue

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SEGA Networks released a new report showing the strong growth in their mobile division and lays out future plans. The report came with a host of interesting facts, from animes being produced to possibly a future MMO in production. Hit the break to find a host of a interesting information including updated figures on their NOAH Pass service which they launched in August 2013.

“Miracle Girls Festival,” new SEGA rhythm game announced for Playstation Vita

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Well, here’s something; Famitsu has revealed a new rhythm game from SEGA (and presumably Dingoo), Miracle Girls Festival (Working Title)The game is due for release on Playstation Vita this winter, and takes the form of an anime crossover game, similar to the likes of Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climaxexcept, well, it’s a rhythm game.

The anime confirmed to have some form of representation so far in the game are:

  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova
  • Engaged to the Unidentified
  • Go! Go! 575
  • Kiniro Mosaic
  • Nourin
  • Nyaruko: Crawling with Love F
  • Tesagure! Bukatsumono
  • Vividred Operation
  • Wake Up, Girls!
  • Yuru Yuri

Nintendo 3DS gets SEGA Dreamcast and SG-1000 themes in Japan

The more SEGA themes Japan gets, the more I want to just import a Japanese 3DS so I can enjoy them. This month’s themes are easily some of the coolest. The Dreamcast theme is based around the system’s own menu, and even plays the mechanical whirring and VMU beeping that fans are familiar with. Less familiar is the theme’s background music, which is lifted from the Japanese-only browser disc Dream Passport.

The SG-1000 theme is pretty cool in its own right. Aside from being based on SEGA’s very first home system, the theme also displays screenshots from a variety of games in the background. The music might be familiar to any hardcore Sonic Team fans with an emulator (or the system and a Japanese television if you’re crazy) since it’s taken from Girl’s Garden, Yuji Naka’s first game. Checkout the theme below!

Both themes are available on the Japanese 3DS’s Theme Shop for 200 yen/$1.50. There is still no word on these themes coming stateside.

Compile Heart announces Hyperdimension Neptunia VS Sega Hard Girls for Playstation Vita

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Earlier today at Dengeki Bunko Spring Festival 2015, Compile Heart announced a cross-over game called Hyperdimension Neptunia VS Sega Hard Girls for the Playstation Vita. If you don’t know what either of those series are: Neptunia is about girls who are supposed to be like consoles (including Sega consoles), and Sega Hard Girls is about girls who actually are Sega consoles. That’s about the gist of it.

No details were announced aside from that the game’s name and the platform. Hyperdimension Neptunia games do usually get localized, so a western release can be expected.

SEGA Central at EGXrezzed – Meet Tembo

SEGA are at EGXrezzed this year showing off some of their big 2015 titles. Total War Battles: Kingdoms, Total War Arena and Total War: Attila will all be playable at this event. But that isn’t alll, so will SEGA and Game Freaks first collaboration since 1994, TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPGANT. Check out this short preview of TEMBO from SEGA Central.

If you guys didn’t know, SEGA and GameFreak’s last collaboration was Pulseman on the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive! It is good to see them team up again. I’ve heard whispers that the developer had some semi successful franchise on Nintendo’s handheld systems between SEGA’s Pulseman and now, but the name of the franchise escapes me at the moment. Had something to do with pocket sized monsters?

Tembo the Badass Elephant gameplay video

Want to see more of Tembo the Badass Elephant? Of course you do. IGN have uploaded eight minutes of gameplay, showcasing a city level and a forest level. In this video you can get a better look at Tembos abilities including squirting water, platforming, physics based puzzles, butt-stomping and more.

I love how colourful, vibrate and crisp the visuals are, it’s such a joy to watch in motion. There is a moment in the video at the 4:30 mark where Tembo is running, full speed over green rolling hills reminiscent of the Sonic series and I’m reminded of what made me a Sonic fan all those years ago. Badass indeed!

SEGA published SRPG Stella Glow gets first gameplay footage

A few days ago we posted that Stella Glow, an SRPG 3DS game was being published by SEGA and developed by Imageepoch. Outside of a few screenshots, we didn’t really know what the game would look like in action, until now. Above is the brand new trailer showing off some anime cutscenes and later on the first gameplay.

The in-game graphics remind me a lot of Imageepooch’s last game they created with SEGA titled 7th Dragon, more specifically the sequel called 7th Dragon 2020. The game is set to release in Japan on June 4th, no western release dates have been announced and seeing as Imageepoch’s past couple SEGA published games never made it west; I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Plenty of SEGA merchandise inbound at Comiket Special 6

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Running from March 28th to the 29th in Japan this year is the Comiket Special 6 – Otaku Summit 2015,” a massive event packed with stuff for, well, ‘otaku.’ However, SEGA have announced they will be in attendance at the event, with a corporate booth to sell merchandise. And when they say “sell merchandise,” they aren’t kidding!

SEGA has shown off some of the items available for purchase at the event, a snippet of which we’ve included below. It covers a huge range of SEGA stuff; Fantasy Zone, Space Channel 5, Sakura Wars, and Virtual On all get nods, along with some obvious faces such as Sonic, and the usual console themed stuff (including a rather nice SEGA Saturn bag). Also slated to be available at the event is merchandise for the SEGA feat. Hatsune Miku Project (plus Mikudayo, the terrifying Project Mirai mascot costume that became something more) and the much-loved SEGA Hard Girls. 

Contest: Win a 3D OutRun download code for Nintendo 3DS

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3D OutRun releases tomorrow to the Nintendo 3DS, and we’re so excited that – thanks to our friends at SEGA – we’re giving away copies of the game to fans on all of our social networks! The contest is open to fans in the Americas and EU, and we are giving away codes on the following networks:

  • Twitter – Follow SEGAbits and retweet the dedicated contest tweet – 3 Americas and 3 EU codes will be awarded
  • Facebook – Like SEGAbits and share the dedicated contest post -3 Americas and 3 EU codes will be awarded
  • Instagram – Follow SEGAbits and leave a comment telling us your region – 2 Americas and 2 EU codes will be awarded
  • SEGAbits.com (you’re already here!) – Leave a comment below telling us why you’re excited to play 3D OutRun and tell us your region, use a valid email address when leaving your comment – 1 Americas and 1 EU code will be awarded

Fans can enter on any network, and there is no limit to how many networks you enter on. The more networks, the more chances you have to win! Contest ends Sunday, March 15th

SEGA and Game Freak reveal Tembo The Badass Elephant for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC

SEGA just announced that the game by Game Freak they’ll be publishing is Tembo The Badass Elephant, a side scrolling action game with 17 levels in which you play as an elephant who is also a commando who has save Shell City from the evil PHANTOM Army. So really it’s what you could expect from the studio that made Pokémon. It’ll be a single player game, and while there’s no multiplayer there are leaderboards as there’s a lot of stuff you can do to get points in each level. This is the third game to come out of Game Freak doing smaller projects aside from their usual Pokémon games, with the first two being HarmoKnight and Solitiba.

The game is being directed by James Turner, who also directed HarmoKnight for the 3DS. Gamereactor had an interview with him about the game, which can be read here. It’ll be released this summer for Steam, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. As for why it’s not coming to Wii U, it’s because James only put the aforementioned platforms on the mock-up poster for the game and kinda stuck with them through development. Screenshots can be found below.