SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo to feature obscure English version of the arcade game

SEGA’s official Puyo Puyo Twitter account has drop some new information regarding to SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo, with the most significant news being that they are officially releasing the obscure English version of Puyo Puyo. This version of Puyo Puyo predates the more familiar localization attempts such as Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine and Kirby’s Avalanche, with the key difference is that it tries to retain the original graphics, with only some minor adjustments to the voice clips and most of the character names and dialogue. It’s been long rumored to have been soft-released somewhere in Europe, based on interviews in the book All About Puyo Puyo Tsu, but until now it’s existence by SEGA wasn’t acknowledged. This created speculation that the English version of Puyo Puyo was a bootleg, further fueled by it being originally found on a bootleg board.

A more minor reveal is a new border being confirmed, a collection of artwork from the Puyo Puyo manuals for consoles, showing off the different characters you face against during the single player mode. But the English version is obviously the more fascinating news, since it once and for all puts down the theory that the English Puyo Puyo arcade game was an unofficial modification. SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo is due out sometime in February in Japan, with a release internationally currently unknown.

SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo and Gain Ground hit Nintendo Switch February 2019

SEGA Ages line of classic re-releases is going to be working overtime in 2019 since they are releasing both SEGA Ages Puyo Puyo and SEGA Ages Gain Ground on Nintendo Switch next month. We even got new information on extra content in these games:

“Gain Ground will see the addition of an All-Member Mode that unlocks all 20 characters, along with an Easy Mode if things are a little too difficult or you simply want to enjoy the game casually.

Meanwhile, the Sega Ages release of Puyo Puyo will allow you to try your hand against other players outside your home with Online Play while testing your skills on the leaderboards with the new Ranking System! Note that Nintendo Switch Online is required for online play.”

If you can’t get enough Puyo Puyo action, there will also be a SEGA Ages version of Puyo Puyo Tsu on Nintendo Switch later this year.

[Via: Siliconera]

SEGA trademarks ‘Romance: Seven-Colored Adventure Story’

Looks like SEGA has some new IPs to show off in 2019 considering they just filed for a trademark in Japan for “Romance: Nanatsu Iro no Boukendan” which roughly translates to “Romance: Seven-Colored Adventure Story” While this news has brought some jokes that SEGA is finally making a Sonic the Hedgehog dating sim, I actually think this might be a cutesy mobile or arcade game aimed at the Japanese market. Its nothing new for SEGA since they have been at it since Oshare Majo: Love and Berry.

But maybe I’m wrong and this is a larger, more mainstream project. I guess we will find out soon since we don’t really know much more about the project outside of its name.

[Via: Gematsu]

 

Arcade Review: House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn – True Horror Returns

A classic SEGA franchise brand that spawned many sequels, spinoffs, movies and a vast global following of core and casual players since its debut in arcades in 1997. It has been 12 years since we have seen a House of the Dead game in the arcades worldwide and with SEGA CEO Haruki Satomi wanting to win older fans trust again when it comes to their brand, we finally managed to get a sample of that trust with a new entry to the classic arcade horror shooter. House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn, announced back in January 15th 2018 for Japanese arcades, is now in the west and we got a chance to play and complete it! The House of the Dead has risen beyond the grave once again but does this latest entry live up to our expectations. Hit the jump to read our review of House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn.

New SEGA arcade racer “ATV Slam” revealed – to debut at IAAPA 2018

Via Arcade Heroes comes the news that SEGA Amusements will be debuting a new arcade racer at next month’s IAAPA 2018 trade show in Orlando, FLorida. The game is titled ATV Slam and, as the title suggests, is an ATV racer. This appears to be a new IP created by SEGA, as Arcade Heroes could not dig up any information on the game outside of this announcement. On our end, it appears to be a new IP as well.

Judge Eyes extended trailer reveals playable House of the Dead inspired game

SEGA has unleashed the new extended trailers for Judge Eyes (Project JUDGE), one for the story mode and the other for the gameplay. In the gameplay one SEGA showed off a ton of different things you’ll be able to play through, one of the sections was the arcade games that will be included in Project Judge showing off Motor Raid (which we knew was coming already), but they also gave us a glimpse at The House of the Dead play spot (5m28s in). The question now is if that is actually House of the Dead or maybe a made up in-universe mini-game that is influenced by House of the Dead.

So am I going crazy or is this not one of the past House of the Dead games? One of the biggest giveaways is the art style and the UI. The lives used in Judge Eyes is hearts when in The House of the Dead series they use torches. Maybe this miini-game will play like House of the Dead but be its own thing? Maybe it’ll be based on Yakuza: Dead Souls?

 

The House of the Dead Prototype Discovered After 21 Years


Arcade provider, AndyGeezerServices and Youtuber, KawaiiYinYang had released pictures and footage of the prototype version of The House of the Dead for the SEGA Model 2 arcade hardware on the internet after 21 years. The prototype features two playable levels and tons of unused content such as a different introduction, dialogue, animation, and sound effects (which one of them happens to be the “Reload!” sound from the Virtua Cop series). The prototype may have also been possibly used in a couple of tradeshows back in Japan around the time.

AndyGeezerServices submitted the prototype to MAME and we hope it’ll be open to the public for newer discoveries to come. Hit the jump to take a look at the prototype version of the original House of the Dead.

Daytona Championship USA impressions and gameplay

Last year I went out to the Dave & Busters in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, which at the time was one of few locations anywhere in the US that had Daytona Championship USA. The racing bug has been in my blood since I was a kid and Daytona USA is a series I absolutely adore. So here are some of my first impressions of the game (yes I still remember).

Rare SegaSonic Bros. arcade prototype to be playable at California Extreme this weekend


This upcoming Saturday California Extreme arcade & pinball event is happening in the Hyatt Regency hotel in Santa Clara, California. The event will last 2 whole days (July 28-29) and feature quite a number of speakers. While all that is nice and fun, one of the biggest surprises is that the long lost SegaSonic Bros. prototype will be playable at this event.

If you didn’t know, SegaSonic Bros. is a 1992 puzzle game for the Sega System C2 designed by Fukio Mitsuji (Bubble Bobble fame), the game never got a full release due to bad location testing in Japan and was considered lost until arcade board collector ShouTime revealed that he had a working board back in 2016. ShouTime will be bringing that working prototype board to California Extreme for arcade enthusiast to play. I sort of wish I had a heads up on SegaSonic Bros. being playable so I could have made plans to go and try it. Are any of you guys going to California Extreme? Check out more info here.

[Via Arcade Heroes]

SEGA rarity A.B. Cop now playable at Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield, IL

Released around 1989, A.B. Cop (Air Bike Cop) is a Sega X Board rarity that few know about and even fewer have played. A super scaler game, like After Burner and Thunder Blade (also Sega X Board titles), A.B. Cop was jointly developed by Aicom and SEGA. In the game, you control an air bike cop who is out to arrest criminals by crashing into their vehicles, thus disabling them. The game is played on a sweet dedicated cabinet in which you perch yourself on a seat and use handlebar controls to move left and right, a button to jump and a lever to accelerate.

Sounds great, right? Want to play it? Well Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield, IL just added the game to their arcade floor in a lovely dedicated cabinet! Revealed as their Monday Mystery Game via live streamA.B. Cop came to the arcade direct from Japan. You can hear the story of how they acquired it and check out some gameplay footage on the stream. I plan to check the game out this weekend, and if you want to give A.B. Cop and 600+ more games a spin head to Galloping Ghost Arcade for yourself!

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn to appear at all Dave & Busters locations this fall

Via Arcade Heroes comes news that Dave & Busters have purchased House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn units for all of their arcades nationwide. The plan is to have the game up and running at all locations in time for Halloween 2018. The units should be shipping end of September to early October. This is according to Dave & Buster’s Senior VP, Kevin Bachus on Reddit. Kevin also states that it is the best by far in the franchise. Meanwhile over in Japan, SEGA has released another location test version at the High-Tech Land SEGA Shibuya with more changes made. You can check out location test details over at The Website of the Dead.

This is great news for fans who wanted to play the game but thought it would be tricky to find a machine, seeing as Dave & Busters have locations in 38 states as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. If a Dave & Busters isn’t near you, fear not as SEGA Amusements are selling units to other chains. If an arcade chain is near you, maybe give them a call and request some Scarlet Dawn!

[Source: Arcade Heroes]

SEGA Amusements announces western release of House Of The Dead: Scarlet Dawn

SEGA Amusements have announced that House Of The Dead: Scarlet Dawn, the latest entry in the The House of the Dead franchise, is coming soon to arcades. If you’re thinking “wait, wasn’t this already announced for arcades?”, you’d be right! However, up until now we have only heard news of the game from SEGA’s Japanese arcade division with reports of special events and play tests. Now, with SEGA Amusements sharing information on the game, it looks like western fans won’t have to wait long to play the game for themselves!

[Source: SEGA Amusements]

Rare 1987 SEGA arcade game Bullet now playable at Galloping Ghost Arcade

The largest arcade in the world, Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield, IL, has appeared quite a bit on our news page thanks to their continued efforts to make as many games playable as possible in their ever expanding lineup of machines (at well over 600). Their latest addition is a unique title from SEGA’s arcade past: 1987’s shoot ’em up Bullet. Developed by AM1 and playing similarly to Smash TV, the game is quite rare. According to Galloping Ghost only a few boards are known to exist and the one in their possession is the only one in the United States. The game uses two sticks, one for shooting and one for moving. Aesthetically, the game resembles Alien Syndrome and appears to recycle assets from Golden Axe.

If you want to play the game for yourself, head on over to Galloping Ghost the next time your in the Chicagoland area. If you can’t make it over, stay tuned to SEGAbits as we plan to head over there for an arcade game review. Thanks to Galloping Ghost for reviving this lost game!

SEGA’s Next Big Arcade Game: Transformers Shadow Rising

SEGA has had a huge presence in license arcade cabinets, all the way from its conception as a company moving on to their golden age of Japanese arcades. SEGA’s next big licensed arcade game happens to be another Transformers title, being a sequel to 2013’s Transformers: Human Alliance. Transformers Shadow Rising has been showing that Amusement Expo 2018 in its early beta stages. The game so far has been revealed to be 75% complete. It is funny though, that the game’s title reminds me of that one Wheel of Time book… 

Our friends over at Arcade Heroes had a big preview on the new upcoming game, talking about how the game is very similar to 2013 Transformers: Human Alliance but with more focus on co-op. SEGA Amusements has also released a press release which you can read after the jump.

After Burner 2xLP vinyl pre-orders go live this Saturday

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The people over at Data Discs have announced their 15th retro SEGA vinyl release, it is After Burner! This will be a 2xLP affair with the first one having the whole After Burner soundtrack from 1987 as composed by Hiroshi “Hiro” Kawaguchi and the second LP featuring additional material like live arranged versions of the tracks by S.S.T. Band.

The LP will come on double 180g LPs, play at 45RPM and even have a fold out poster featuring the original artwork. This release will run you £24.99 ($34.88 USD) and come in three versions:

  • 2 x 180g Purple and Blue Swirl (Limited Edition)
  • 2 x 180g Opaque Purple
  • 2 x 180g Classic Black

The pre-order goes live on February 24th at data-discs.com, vinyls ship out on March 31st, 2018.