Limited Run Games announces Streets of Rage 4 Standard, Classic and Limited Editions

Limited Run Games have officially announced on their Twitter account that the upcoming Streets of Rage 4 will have multiple physical editions coming our way! Starting this Friday, March 20th, at 10am ET fans will be able to pre-order Standard or Classic Editions of the game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Important to note: this is an EXTENDED PRE-ORDER WINDOW. The window is open from this coming Friday through to a week after the digital release. This means that fans will not be fighting over a limited run of stock, instead the run will be limited to what is being ordered. The Standard Edition will feature reversible cover art that gives the game a SEGA Genesis look. The Classic Edition will include the standard case, with reversible cover art, a SteelBook case (sized to PS4 or Switch, depending on your platform) as well as a custom clam shell Genesis case that fits your SteelBook and standard game case.

SEGAbits guests on SYFY’s The Fandom Files podcast, talking the Sonic the Hedgehog movie

This past week, George and I were asked to guest on SYFY Wire’s The Fandom Files podcast. The main topic of conversation was our reaction to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, and we also talked about the redesign, the overall story of the movie’s development, and our own beginnings in SEGA blogging.

You can listen to the February 24, 2020 episode here or search The Fandom Files on Google Play or Apple Podcasts.

SEGAbits Turns 10 Years Old Today

Ten years ago today, this very site posted its first article, appropriately titled “Welcome to SEGAbits”. For context, around this time ten years back we we’re covering Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Yakuza 3, Aliens vs. Predator and Sonic 4. A lot has changed with SEGA and ourselves since then, but throughout all of it we’ve had the support of the community and an awesome readership, listenership and viewership. Thank you for continuing to support us in what we do, and here’s to another ten years!

You can now listen to SEGA News Bits as a podcast on the SEGAbits Patreon!

We’ve been producing SEGA News Bits videos since September of 2015, and thanks to the overwhelming support of our viewers our YouTube channel got a huge boost and we got back into discussing SEGA news just like the old days on the early episodes of the SEGAbits Swingin’ Report Show podcast. It’s fitting then that things have gone full circle as we are now releasing SEGA News Bits as videos AND as a podcast.

As an added benefit of supporting SEGAbits on Patreon at any level, you can gain access to an audio podcast feed that is home to every future SEGA News Bits episode, as well as future episodes of SEGA Talk and the Swingin’ Report Show. That’s a new episode at least once a week!

In addition, if you support us at $5 or more you gain access to SEGA News Bits Extra which is a weekly show presenting all the news we didn’t cover on YouTube. You get both a video version and an audio podcast version that shares the same feed as all our other audio content.

We really appreciate the support we’ve received and hope you check out SEGAbits on Patreon and consider supporting the site.

SEGAbits forums get streamlined with new board categories

Whoa! Talk about exciting news! Long before the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Discord, the SEGAbits forums were the backbone of the community. Since 2010, the forums were where the SEGAbits community clicked over to when game announcements hit or company news broke. As the years went on the forum community grew and grew… and then shrunk thanks to the advent of social media and chat applications like Skype and Discord. Still, we are proud of the dedicated community that have stuck with the forums and love the work from users like Berto who continues to do a stellar job maintaining yearly topics collecting every SEGA, ATLUS and indie games planned for release.

In an effort to streamline the forums and make them easier to use in the current climate of the internet, we have decided to merge our Classic SEGA, Modern SEGA and Non-SEGA Gaming boards into one General Gaming Discussion board. We have also kept Everything Else as the go-to board for any non-gaming discussion. We do hope our forum users like the changes, and any suggestions can be shared in our feedback board.

Want to join the forums, or just lurk around? Visit the SEGAbits forums today! Hey, it’s not like SEGA is bringing their forums back anytime soon.

Support SEGAbits, be entered to win a Jet Set Radio hoodie

Just giving you guys an update on our SEGAbits Patreon,if you want to support our site at any level (lowest being $1), you will automatically be entered to win this awesome Jet Set Radio limited edition hoodie. The hoodie was previously only available as a promotional item for Jet Set Radio HD!. If you donate $5 for the month, you unlock the ability of watching our Patreon exclusive web show “SEGA News Bits Extra” which rounds up bits of SEGA news from the week! The winner will be picked at the start of June, hoodie size is large. Winner to be chosen at random.

Click here to support SEGAbits on Patreon!

All the money we get from Patreon will be re-invested into making more quality SEGA content. One thing I want to personally do is get a set up to record various retro game footage directly from hardware so we can do more retrospects and other type of videos on obscure SEGA games (and some takes on popular franchises as well). So, if you’ve enjoyed our free content throughout the years, don’t hesitate in supporting us.

 

Sonic Forces digital comic showcases the “Rise of Infinite”

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Sonic Forces releases today, and with it we have the fourth Sonic Forces web comic with art by Adam Bryce Thomas and writing by Ian Flynn. This issue focuses on Eggman and how he met Infinite. While I would usually classify this as a spoiler, from what I’ve heard of the Episode Shadow DLC and from reading this, you are likely better off consuming this and the DLC before playing the game, as this is where Infinite’s back story is covered. After the break, read the full digital comic!

SEGA News Bits: Sonic Forces Trailer Shows New Cutscenes, Teases Infinite’s Secret

The SEGA Japan YouTube channel unleashed a brand new Sonic Forces trailer, this one being titled ‘Promotion Trailer’. The brand new trailer featured brand new cutscenes, teased a brand new stage, showed of Rogue the Bat, and even gave us more hints about Infinite’s origins. On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we break down the brand new Sonic Forces trailer and try to find neat things that you might have missed. If we missed anything, you can go ahead and let us know in the comments below. What did you guys think of the new Sonic Forces trailer?

If you enjoy our SEGA News Bits segments and want to support us: Give us a sub and give this video a like so it shows up on more like minded fans YouTube recommendations. You know, how that YouTube algorithm is.

 

SEGAbits.com – Celebrating 7 Years

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Today marks the 7th anniversary of SEGAbits.com! Seven years ago today, SEGAbits admin George posted the site’s first article, simply titled “Welcome to SEGAbits”, and right out of the gate on that same day the first piece of news was reported. From day one, the goal of the site was to cover the latest SEGA news, review retro and modern content, and to host an ongoing podcast. But really, the reason SEGAbits was founded was that we felt the internet needed a great place for SEGA fans to visit and interact with each other, discussing their favorite games from the past and speculating what was on the horizon from our favorite company.

After the break, read special anniversary messages from George and Barry which look back on the past year and ahead to what to expect in 2017 from the site! As always, we really appreciate the support of our readers and also want to thank our team of writers and contributors (Moody, FlareHabanero, James, Adam, Aki-At, Kori-Maru, Happy Cat, Sharky, and Dakota) who put a lot of work in over the past year.

Sonic LEGO Dimensions Pack to feature Tails, Knuckles, Amy, & Dr. Eggman NPCs

CqNg3SvVMAA_oDjAccording to @BlueParax on twitter Sonic LEGO Dimensions Pack will not only feature everyone’s favorite blue blur but also have NPCs for Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Dr. Eggman. The news came straight from Gamescom where they are showing off the Sonic LEGO Dimensions pack, as well as other crossover packs LEGO Dimensions has coming.

If it sounds too good to be true, this is what @BlueParax said he was told by WB Games’ people:

“more Classic characters like Tails Amy Knuckles and Eggman will appear ingame. BUT NOT PLAYABLE.”

When the LEGO Dimensions twitter account was recently asked about seeing or playing other Sonic characters they replied with: “Our lips are sealed…for now ;)”  This makes me believe that this is true, which isn’t surprising considering how lame a Sonic LEGO Dimensions Pack would be without some of Sonic the Hedgehog‘s friends. Sonic LEGO Dimension Pack is set for release on November 18, 2016 according to Amazon.

[Via: TSSZNews]

SEGA News Bits: Puyo Puyo Chronicle Announced for 3DS Reaction

On this episode of SEGA News Bits, we react to Puyo Puyo Chronicle being announced for the franchise’s 25th Anniversary. We talk about the franchise’s weird localization issues, Puyo Puyo titles to have made it west and why Puyo Puyo Chronicle should come out outside of Japan. If you missed the famitsu scans showing off Puyo Puyo Chronicle’s in-games graphics I suggest you give them a look see right here.

If you enjoy our SEGA News Bits segments, make sure to subscribe to us on YouTube where we post multiple episodes per week. Thanks for watching.

Sonic 25th Party Post Mortem Stream This Friday at 7PM Central

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UPDATED: The postmortem podcast will air at 7PM central instead of 5PM central to make time for more awesome guests to arrive!

The  Sonic Mania hype may be coasting at this point, but we’re just getting started with the celebration of “The World Famous Blue Hedgehog” by hosting a live podcast on SEGA Channel Retro on YouTube this Friday at 5PM central. Sonic Retro and SEGAbits were live and in person at the event and we’ll talk about the event, Sonic Mania, Project Sonic 2017, Totinos, LEGO Sonic the Hedgehog and more!

Roll in tomorrow before Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th Anniversary Party for the Sonic Retro and SEGAbits Meetup!

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Heading to San Diego tomorrow for the Sonic 25th Anniversary Event or are just in town for Comic-Con? Meet up with your favorite SEGAbits and Sonic Retro folks at The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole at 3 p.m. Friday to hang out, chat about nerdy Internet things in the real world, share rampant speculation and pre-game for having to deal with a bunch of Sonic fans for a few hours. From there, we’ll head over together to the House of Blues, which is just two blocks away.

Not joining us in San Diego? Tune in to the official livestream at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET/1AM Saturday GMT! In addition to all the antics, who knows—you may even see a familiar face or two.

SEGA News Bits: New Sonic the Hedgehog game confirmed for 2017

SEGA has officially confirmed, at Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary event in Japan, that Sonic the Hedgehog will be seeing a brand new game from Sonic Team in 2017. In this SEGA News Bits, Barry and George discuss what this upcoming game might be based on SEGA’s recent Sonic the Hedgehog marketing efforts and past Sonic game reveals. We also talk about what we could expect for the rest of the year and what we might be seeing at Sonic’s 25th anniversary party in San Diego on July 22nd. So go ahead and click play to hear us get all hot and bothered over a speedy blue hedgehog.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming game? Is 2017 too far out? Let us know the comments below and like always thanks for watching! If you like our SEGA News Bits videos, make sure to subscribe to us on our YouTube channel.

Galloping Ghost Arcade’s SEGA Week tournament games revealed

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SEGA Week at Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield, IL (just outside Chicago) kicks off today! While we have a lot of fun stuff planned for this Saturday the 30th, dubbed SEGAbits Saturday (which you can read more about here), all week long you can take part in tournaments for ten SEGA arcade games. Simply show up to the arcade, ask the front desk for more information, and start playing. But what will you be playing? That was a mystery… until today.

While we knew there would be some new games added to the arcade as part of the tournament, the big surprise was that all games in the tournament are new to the arcade! Players will battle for the high scores in: The rare SEGA AM2 action game Arabian Fight, the Tetris-like puzzler Bloxeed, the classic puzzle game ColumnsFantasy Zone starring everyone’s favorite Opa Opa, the 2D fighter Golden Axe the Duel, Zaxxon‘s sequel/revision Super Zaxxon and the Westone developed Wonder Boy, the beat ’em up Fist of the North Star, and biggest of all (literally) the sit down deluxe Galaxy Force II! So come on over to Galloping Ghost Arcade all week long for dozens of classic SEGA arcade games and more.

Note: Astro Blaster has been pulled due to technical issues, but will be replaced with another game soon.