Famitsu reveals more Shenmue III details and shows the return of the forklift!

The latest issue of Japan’s Famitsu magazine has a new interview with Yu Suzuki discussing the upcoming Shenmue III, and the highlight is an in-game image of Ryo once again riding a forklift. The website Twinfinite details some of the information Suzuki reveals in the interview, with the focus being on mini games and how the system works in the game. It seems China is once again impacting our entertainment, as the real world strict gambling laws in the country has changed the way mini games function in Shenmue III.

Project Sakura Wars Developer Interview: Project’s Beginnings, Tite Kubo, and More

In a recent interview on Famitsu, Project Sakura Wars development leads, Takaharu Terada (series director), Tetsu Katano (producer), and Tetsuya Ootsubo (development director), talks about on how the development for Project Sakura Wars began after the SEGA Fes 2016 fan poll, reaching out to Tite Kubo, known as the author of the Bleach manga series, to do character designs, enhanced gameplay mechanics taken from the original games and more.

The development team also stated that they wanted to reboot the series instead of making a sequel to the original games as the last game in the series Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love was released 10 years ago. You can check the entire Famitsu interview by hitting the jump!

SEGA AGES Virtua Racing slated for Spring 2019 release, multiplayer information revealed


After several months of silence, SEGA has dropped new information regarding to SEGA AGES Virtua Racing in the latest issue of Famitsu. The main bulk of the new information is regarding to the game’s multiplayer. SEGA AGES Virtua Racing will support both local and online multiplayer, the latter notable due to it being the first online-supported multiplayer title in the SEGA AGES line-up that isn’t related to a puzzle game. For online multiplayer, players will be restricted to one vs. one matches, while for local multiplayer people will have the option to play up to 8 players and the option to change the amount of laps between 5 and 20. Local multiplayer will use the “old-school” style of displaying all the racers, using a classic split-screen approach.

In addition, it’s revealed that SEGA AGES Virtua Racing will be slated for a Spring 2019 release date in Japan. However, due to SEGA’s track record of these SEGA AGES titles being delayed, expect a summer release date instead. No other information regarding to a pricing or release dates outside of Japan have been revealed.

[Source: GematsuRyokutya2089]

SEGA AGES debuts on Nintendo Switch with Sonic the Hedgehog & Thunder Force IV next month

It was a surprise to a lot of SEGA fans when SEGA announced that they wouldn’t be porting the SEGA Genesis/Megadrive Collection to Nintendo Switch. Instead SEGA Japan would be bringing its downloadable titles by reviving their SEGA AGES brand. We finally got the first details including the debut games, release date and pricing.

According to the latest Weekly Famitsu magazine where they confirmed that the first two debut titles will be Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV! Each title will cost you 925 yen (£6.30 / $8.20) and will release in August. Just like the SEGA 3D Classics, Sonic the Hedgehog will include the added Spin Dash, Drop Dash and the Mega Play arcade version. While Thunder Force IV will introduce online leaderboards and the Styx Mode from the SEGA Saturn version!

Famitsu reveals new Team Sonic Racing details, including new racers!

Famitsu has released one of their hilariously small preview images for us to squint at, this time detailing the upcoming Team Sonic Racing. Revealed in the small image are two more racers joining the roster of 15 as well as an idea of who falls into what category. Joining Sonic, Tails and Knuckles are Shadow, Rouge and Omega, seemingly reforming their Team Dark from Sonic Heroes. We also now know that Sonic and Shadow fall into the Speed category, Knuckles and Omega in the Power category and Tails and Rouge in the Technique category. Bomb, Cube and Eagle wisps are also confirmed as weapons.

Takashi Iizuka says Sonic Mania Plus physical release is ‘everything we could do for the Sonic Mania Project’


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was a hit for the indie developers behind the project which included Christian Whitehead, Stealth from Headcannon and PagodaWest Games. It made a lot of older fans come back to the Sonic the Hedgehog brand with delight and soon we will be getting Sonic Mania Plus with added Ray and Mighty.

One thing a lot of hardcore fans want to know, will we see a sequel to Sonic Mania?

“Maybe the next one will be Sonic Mania’ (Dash) then [laughs]. Jokes aside, with the release of the physical version in Sonic Mania Plus, it feels like we did everything we could for the Sonic Mania project.” – Takashi Iizuka

You can check out the fully translated Famitsu interview over at Siliconera, where he even talks about how Ray and Mighty are ‘sealed’ characters that where never mean’t to be in a future game. Interesting?

Hokuto ga Gotoku unleashes trailer, details Pressure Point Action system

First up we have a new debut trailer for Hokuto ga Gotoku, which was revealed by SEGA via their live stream. This trailer has about six minutes of gameplay. We get to see a few things displayed in this trailer, including the “Pressure Point Action” system, various mini-games and even shows of Kenshiro racing in customized cars. Just like the Manga (wait, was that in the Manga?). Also, we see a SEGA Mark III console!

Shining Series character designer teasing new game announcement soon

elwing-shining-tears-series-tony-taka-bow-weapon-wallpaperWe are getting closer to Tokyo Game Show, so you should be expecting some video game announcements before the event kicks off this September. It seems that the Shining Series character designer Tony Taka (who took over the series during the 2000s) is preparing several announcements including something this week on Weekly Famtisu.

“We are in earnest preparation, but there will be various rapid announcements from here on, Both hobby-related and game-related. Anyway, the end-of-month Hobby Japan and game magazines are a must see, so please make sure to get them. Incidentally, since this year is also the 20th anniversary since the artist Tony’s debut, there will also be something in commemoration.” – Tony Taka via twitter.

He gave that tweet a follow up on July 23rd, stating that he’s ‘Tony’s Heroine Works’ corner would be featured in Monthly Hobby Japan Magazine along with a five page special interview with himself and Satoshi Sakai (from SEGA, who took over the Phantasy Star brand). As for the tease for a new game:

Shining series fans should also please take a good look. Also, it seems like there will be something else on July 27, so please be prepared to run to the book store. And so… the official announcement is in this week’s Famitsu! Tony fans, make sure to get the Famitsu on sale July 27 (Thursday).” – Tony Taka tweet

Don’t worry, since Weekly Famitsu comes out on July 27, we should be expecting a leak either later today or early tomorrow. As for what it could be, maybe another Shining game with Tony Taka art, which a lot of retro Shining Force fans dislike. If only SEGA gave the Shining Force brand a Sonic Mania type retro treatment instead of pretending there isn’t anyone interested in the old Shining Force type games. Or maybe there isn’t? What do you think?

[Via: Gematsu]

Persona 5 voted best RPG of all time by Famitsu readers

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The Japanese magazine, the Weekly Famitsu held a survey which asked readers what they consider the best RPG of all time. I can see why you’d assume the reason Persona 5 won ‘best RPG of all time’ in Japan by readers is because it just came out recently and that point is valid.

The survey gathered 2,295 votes which had 56% male and 43% females (with 1% not have a specific gender). Out of all these votes only 9% where from teenagers, 36% in their twenties, 37% in their thirties, 16% in their forties, and 1% where in their fifties. The voting took place between June 22nd and June 28th, which is less than a year since Persona 5 came out in Japan. Hit the jump to see all the JRPGs that made Japanese readers favorites list.You can see a great write up by DualShockers here.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology coming to Nintendo 3DS

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It seems Atlus’ teaser site has been revealed early, the ‘new’ game is being called Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. Sadly Sadly this isn’t a brand new entry in the franchise, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology  is actually a full remake of the orginial with some new scenarios thrown in. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology was suppose to be announced via the March 23rd issue of Famitsu Magazine, but it seems someone go the issue early and scanned the page (see above).

The franchise was previously missing in action since its debuted in 2010 (or 2011 in the West), when the game came out on the Nintendo DS. While I never got to play through Radiant Historia, it did receive critical praise achieving a 85% on Metacritic.   Since the first title came out on the Nintendo DS, it makes sense that Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is coming out on the Nintendo 3DS. Though it is puzzling that Nintendo themselves and 3rd party publishers like Atlus aren’t stopping their support for the Nintendo 3DS and moved their games to the Nintendo Switch, as everyone did with the Wii U. What is your thoughts on Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology being announced for the Nintendo 3DS? Let us know in the comments below.

Like always we will keep you updated on any news regarding Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology .

[Via Siliconera]

Famitsu reveals more Puyo Puyo Chronicles information

 

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Information regarding to Puyo Puyo Chronicles, regarding to several characters appearing and two new locations in the game’s RPG mode. The game reveals that , Feli, Witch, Risukuma, and Lemres will return, along with the previously revealed Yu & Rei, Rulue, and Raffine on the official Puyo Puyo Chronicles website last week. In addition, it goes into detail about a volcanic town called “Reddi” and a desert town named “Yellome”, along with the respective surround area. No new information has been revealed in terms of gameplay, but it does show the revealed characters like Raffine and Rulue in screenshots for the first time.

Puyo Puyo Chronicles is slated for a December 8th, 2016 release as part of the Puyo Puyo franchise’s 25th Anniversary.

[Source: Japanese Nintendo (Tumblr)]

Click below to see the Famitsu scans.

Famitsu details SEGA 3D Archives 3: Final Stage and Puyo Puyo Chronicles

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The latest issue of Famitsu has dropped information on the recently revealed Alien Syndrome and Columns in SEGA 3D Archives 3: Final Stage, and more information on Puyo Puyo Chronicles.

Alien Syndrome will be based on the original arcade version, while Columns is based on the arcade perfect SEGA Genesis port. In addition, it reveals the final boxart of the game with Ken Sugimori’s signature artwork of Alien Syndrome‘s Mary. It also shows miscellaneous screenshots for both games along with the previously revealed Thunder Force III.

Puyo Puyo Chronicles reveals some new information. It confirms the characters Rider, Maguro, and Dongurigaeru will make an appearance, along with official artwork of Sig. It also goes into more detail about a snowland, confirms every multiplayer mode, and shows a glimpse at the RPG and multiplayer menus.

[Source: Nintendo Everything]

Click below to see the Famitsu scans.

Famitsu reveals first look at Puyo Puyo Chronicles

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As reported earlier, the new 3DS game Puyo Puyo Chronicles by SEGA has been announced for a December 6th release date in Japan. Blending in the many multiplayer options similar to the past Puyo Puyo 15th Anniversary and Puyo Puyo 20th Anniversary titles, but also including a new RPG-like mode where you engage in battles and assist with sidequests in a similar vein to the “Quest Mode” in Puyo Puyo Box.

Famitsu has provide a first look into the game. Notably it introduces a new artstyle where everyone adapts 3D character models instead of the 2D artwork the series traditionally uses. It also reveals the first images of the new character named Arie/Allie, while confirming the characters Amitie, Ringo, Satan, and Sig will return. In addition, it goes into detail about how battles work, where you form a party of three and engage in battle by clearing Puyo to inflict damage, how sidequests are handled between NPCs, and a first look at the exclusive 3DS theme and boxart.

No release date for outside of Japan is announced, and may not be released due to the series traditionally being Japan-only, but there may be a surprise like how 7th Dragon III: Code VFD was released outside of Japan despite the doubts.

Click below to see all scans and screenshots of Puyo Puyo Chronicles by Famitsu.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone to launch with two versions, 220 total songs

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is coming to PlayStation 4, but we didn’t know before is that it will be coming in two different variants. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone is set to hit Japanese PSN later this year and according to the latest issue of Famitsu this is what each version will come with:

  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone – Future Sound: will include 120 songs focused on the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva home console series.
  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone – Colorful Tone: will include 100 songs focused on the arcade game and 3DS Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai series.

Both will include 220 songs and 340 modules to keep your Hatsune Miku addiction going. The game has been confirmed to run at 1080p and 60fps, giving gamers the ability to customize six characters that can appear in-game music videos. This will be the first game in the series to also offer key configuration, which allows one button to trigger multiple presses. No western release has been announced for Hasune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone.

[Source: Gematsu]