SEGA Talk #23: Shinobi (1987)

On this SEGA Talk, George and Barry knuckle up and kick back to the 80s to discuss SEGA’s ninja arcade classic Shinobi! We discuss the game’s development, the fascination with ninjas and the many ports the game received.

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Galloping Ghost Arcade celebrates 600 games with SEGA’s Star Wars Arcade


I really lucked out when I ended up buying a house 15 minutes away from the Galloping Ghost Arcade. Opened in 2010 in Brookfield, IL, Galloping Ghost Arcade has fast become the largest arcade in the world with 599 games available to play. Yesterday, that total hit 600 with a Mystery Monday reveal of SEGA AM3 and LucasArts’ Star Wars Arcade. This Model 1 game released in 1993 to Japanese arcades and remained an exclusive. Few machines are known to exist, with only three listed on Aurcade as being publicly playable in the US. The game is best known for its SEGA 32X port, which is a faithful home version of the game. However, having now played both I have to say that the arcade version feels much bigger and livelier, with a higher polygon count, more ships and more hazards. Interestingly, I did not notice the Y-Wing as being playable in the arcade version, with the one and two player co-op modes both piloting the X-Wing fighter.

SEGA Japan releases a trailer for Shining Force Cross Exlesia Version B

SEGA of Japan has released a trailer for the version B upgrade to their arcade title Shining Force Cross Exlesia, which is a follow-up to 2012’s arcade title Shining Force Cross Elysion. The trailer shows off the various character classes, including human, darkrace, birdring, beasthalf, and elf. No release date has been given, but fans of the series can expect to see this revision hit Japanese arcades soon.

SEGA has really been shining the light on the Shining Force franchise as of late, with this announcement and the reveal of the Shining Force fighting game. Hey SEGA of Japan, where’s our Virtua Fighter 6?

SEGAbits visits SEGA Arcade at San Diego Comic Con 2013

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The San Diego Comic Con is here and Sega’s back once again with the Sega arcade. Everyone’s invited weather your going to the Con this year or just visiting the city. They got a DJ playing along with several games to try including Rome: Total War II, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F, Castle of Illusion and Sonic Lost World. Here’s your first look inside.

Sega Arcade returns to San Diego Comic Con

The bad news is, I couldn’t find my pics from last year for this post, the good news is I LOVE THIS IMAGE!

The Sega Arcade will once again be returning to the San Diego Comic Con from July 17-21. Anyone with or without a badge can stop on by and check out some of the latest Sega games and say hi to Sonic and the very friendly Sega Staff. Also, come on by in Sega cosplay and you may be shown on Sega’s social media pages just like our own staff member Kori Maru shown here. Here’s the line up for this year..

Sonic Lost World

Rome: Total War II

Castle of Illusion

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F

The Sega Arcade will be located at 200 Harbor Drive, Suite 120, San Diego, CA 92101. Very close to their location last year. Check out Sega’s blog page for more details.

New arcade game Sonic Athletics to release April 25th at Tokyo Joypolis

Via the Tokyo Joypolis website and The Sonic Stadium comes news of a new Sonic arcade game set to release at the Japanese arcade on April 25th. Dubbed Sonic Athletics, the game features a line of eight treadmills set in front of vertical screens depicting a track stadium. Players choose from Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, Amy, Metal Sonic, Silver, and Blaze and begin running. The faster you run, the faster your character runs. First to the finish wins. Pretty simple game, but quite a slick looking setup. I wonder if the arcade staff allows boosting? After the break, check out a few more images of the new game.

Sega @ Comic Con Photo Gallery

Ain’t no party like a Sega party cuz the Sega party don’t stop!

Sega was out at full force this year. Heavily promoting their upcoming games. Especially Sonic Generations and Captain America. Whether it was the Sega Arcade, the Captain America: Super Soldier ads plastered all over or the beautiful Sega babes, Sega was promoting themselves in a way I haven’t seen since the Dreamcast days. I was lucky enough to have the Sega Arcade just two doors down from my hotel and spent a good amount of time there before heading home. I’ll have hands on reports of Aliens DS (yes Nux, you were right), Renegade Ops and HOTD Overkill later in the week, but for now………..the pics! (56K’ers beware.)