Shining Resonance Refrain Review – AKA Tales of Resonance (PS4, Nintendo Switch)

It’s hard to believe that Shining Resonance Refrain is the first Shining series game to come outside of Japan in over a decade. While the franchise use to be a stable of SEGA back in the 90s, it seemed that us Westerns have been kept in the dark on the recent releases, until now. Shining Resonance Refrain is a definitive release of the PlayStation 3 exclusive Shining Resonance. So was the wait for the return of the Shining series worth it?

SEGA News Bits: IDOLA Phantasy Star Saga Reveal Reaction

On this SEGA News Bits, George and Barry take their frustrations out on the recently revealed IDOLA Phantasy Star Saga mobile game. No, it’s not the platform that is the issue. What is SEGA thinking releasing a game that is so far removed from anything we’ve come to expect from the franchise? And why choose the 30th anniversary for something like this?

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What do you think should be the future of the Phantasy Star franchise?


These past few weeks we have been talking quite a bit about Idola Phantasy Star on SEGAbits. The game seems to been met with a lot of negativity and it isn’t just from a whiny SEGA fan like yours truly. I think one of the more shocking things about the mobile game is that the director basically came out and said that Idola Phantasy Star Saga will be the future of the franchise and they want it to replace Phantasy Star Online 2. That means that they want Idola Phantasy Star Saga to be out for at least half a decade, considering that Phantasy Star Online 2 came out way back in 2012. I’ve seen a lot of people reach out to us on Twitter and tell us how they wished SEGA handled the Phantasy Star brand.


But here at SEGAbits want to hear from YOU, the reader. How do you wish SEGA would handle the Phantasy Star brand moving forward?

Swingin’ Report Show #91: The SEGA Arcade Revolution with SEGA-16.com’s Ken Horowitz

On this episode of the Swingin’ Report Show, SEGA-16.com’s Ken Horowitz talks about his new book “The SEGA Arcade Revolution”. Ken walks through the history of SEGA arcade machines from the 1950s to today, highlighting key releases and discussing firsthand interviews he held with SEGA staff from the glory years.

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Why I think Idola Phantasy Star Saga looks terrible

The other day SEGA announced their new mobile game Idola Phantasy Star Saga, in which I did a write up on the news where I said the game looked terrible. It seemed some people didn’t like the idea of me having a ‘hot take’ on a newly released trailer. Some people thought I was judging the game too early, but the issue is I’m not. When I said that Idola Phantasy Star Saga looked terrible, I meant that what we have seen so far has looked terrible. Of course, you don’t have to agree with my opinion and I’m always open to listening to people that disagree, but this is the long version of why I think Idola Phantasy Star Saga looks terrible.

But let’s get into it:

SEGA News Bits: IDW Sonic @ SDCC 2018 – New Character & Team Sonic Racing Comic Revealed

Today was the day of the big IDW Sonic the Hedgehog panel at San Diego Comic Con where several reveals were made! On this SEGA News Bits, Barry and George take a look at what was revealed, including new covers, new Team Sonic Racing info and a new character in the IDW canon.

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Hollywood Movie Logo & Shooting Locations Revealed Discussion

The Paramount movie Gods have begun to shoot what will be considered in the near future to be one of the best movies of all time, the ‘Sonic’ movie. Or is it going to be the best movie of all time? On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we have a look at a shooting notice that reveals a house the film crew are shooting in, a new logo and other tidbits of information. So tune in and let us know what you think of the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog Hollywood movie in the comments below.

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Sonic Mania Plus infomercial is a retro flashback to a classic Sonic commercial

SEGA has released a great Sonic Mania Plus infomercial which itself is a throwback to the classic Sonic the Hedgehog commercial featuring a sleazy salesman trying to upsell a customer on the competition. The original ad featured the SNES and Super Mario World going up against Sonic the Hedgehog and a SEGA Genesis, which was $50 cheaper. In the case of the new ad, a $60 first person shooter is going up against the $30 Sonic Mania Plus.

There are a lot of funny moments including the FPS graphics featuring finger guns as weapons, the customer – played by Aaron Webber – getting dizzy from the holographic box art, and the salesman – played by actor/comedian/dancer Nathan Barnatt (aka Keith Apicary) hanging up from a phone call in the same way the original ad began. A big thumbs up to SEGA for producing this!

You can order the game today for Nintendo SwitchPlayStation 4 and Xbox One via Amazon, and in turn support the site. Sonic Mania Plus releases tomorrow!

After the break, check out the original commercial.

Sonic Mania Plus Review – Worthy of an Encore (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

When I reviewed 2017’s Sonic Mania, I praised it as being the best 2D Sonic game in decades. Now, a year later, SEGA is releasing a new version of the game dubbed Sonic Mania Plus. This definitive edition answers fan demand for a physical release while adding gameplay tweaks, expanded multiplayer, a new mode and two additional playable characters. Typically a reviewer would take this moment to pose the question: “So does Sonic Mania stand up one year later and are the new additions worthy of a double dip or DLC download?”, but I’ll just let you know right now that the answers are “yes” and “yes”. Sonic Mania Plus is everything that made the original Sonic Mania great, and more.

If you’d like to read our initial review, click here. Everything said there applies here. After the break, read about the new additions and enhancements, as well as the contents of the physical release.

SEGA Talk #15: Golden Axe (1989)

The SEGA Talk podcast has its mighty return talking about the game with swords, dragons and a Golden Axe! On this episode of SEGA Talk we delve deep into not only an arcade smash hit, but also a early SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive classic. This is Golden Axe!  On this episode George and Barry discuss the game’s history, our  exposure to the game and for the we are offering a special YouTube enhanced version of the podcast. We are still working out the  kinks and feedback would be appreciated. If you like the show, make sure  to leave us a positive five star review on iTunes, it always helps!

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SEGAbits at E3 2018: Team Sonic Racing demo gameplay and developer interview

SEGA had a variety of games on display at this year’s E3, and probably the most interesting one (namely because we didn’t have a Japanese version to compare it to) was Team Sonic Racing. Our E3 reps got a chance to demo the game as Omega from Team Dark and Sonic of Team… well, Sonic of course. Following the demo, lead designer from Sumo Digital Richard Acherki was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer some questions we had about the upcoming game.

SEGA News Bits: Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami & Valkyria Chronicles 4 Coming To PC Discussion

SEGA Europe teased that they had a big PC announcement to reveal during the PC Gamer conference, usually I always assume this would have to do with their in-house titles like Football Manager, Total War series and so forth, but this time we got a massive surprise. SEGA is doubling down on Japanese PC games by releasing not just Valkyria Chronicles 4 but also Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami. On this video of the SEGA News Bits, we discuss all the information known about the ports and my general thoughts on the announcements.

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SEGA News Bits: Team Sonic Racing E3 Reveals

E3 is over and on this SEGA News Bits, Barry looks back on what was revealed for Team Sonic Racing before and during the conference. Some new details about the roster, tracks and weapons (wispons?) and more are covered! Stay tuned as we have hands-on impressions SEGA News Bits video coming soon.

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