SEGA Teases New Website for the Company’s 60th Anniversary

SEGA of Japan created a new website teasing of what’s to come for the company’s 60th anniversary with a message stating “Until the birth, 6 Day”. Also would like to note that there is a silhouette of a young martial artist in the background resembling Segata Sanshiro.

Could there be several announcements? The return of Segata Sanshiro? A new Virtua Fighter sequel in development perhaps? Who knows. Let us know in the comments below on what you think this tease maybe.

SEGA Talk Podcast #38: JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future (2002)

Barry and George return to the streets of Tokyo-to to discuss Smilebit’s JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future! On this long anticipated SEGA Talk, we discuss the differences between the sequel and the original, try to make sense of the game’s crazy plot and do a deep dive into the music including the most comprehensive The Latch Brothers oral history you will ever hear.

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Shin Sakura Taisen receives new update to promote The Animation & gameplay improvements

SEGA had recently released an automatic update to Shin Sakura Taisen (aka Sakura Wars) with new improvements and features for the game. Starting off with one of the newer features, Sakura Amamiya, one of the main heroines, receives a new Reiko Mugen Fighter mech and special attacks to promote the upcoming Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation set to air in Japan on April 3rd.

Other improvements include conversation message log display function, a lock-on function during battle, key assignment change, optional save / load from settings, adjustment of “World Koikoi Taisen”, removal of distribution prohibited section of share function, etc.

This update would surely also help with the localization version for new players who are interested in trying Sakura Wars for the first time.

Sakura Wars take center stage on April 28th! Pre-Order your copy of the Launch Edition today.

         

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Tamaki Nakanishi, Carbuncle’s Japanese voice actress, has passed away


Puyo Puyo producer Mizuki Hosoyamada has revealed on social media that the voice actress for Carbuncle, Tamaki Nakanishi, has passed away. For context, Tamaki Nakanishi has been the voice actress for Carbuncle since Puyo Puyo Fever, making her have the honor of having the longest lasting role for voicing the character, for almost 17 years. She also provides the voices for the recurring minor characters Yu and Rei.

Appropriately, several people who have worked with the production of Puyo Puyo games have expressed condolences for this sudden death, such as the voice actress for Arle Nadja Mie Sonozaki and the voice actor for Satan (aka Dark Prince) Chikara Ousaka.

It’s currently unknown what will happen to these roles in the future, whether it will be a new voice actress handling the role, the characters get quietly retired, or voice clips of past performances getting recycled.

Shenmue 3 “Big Merry Cruise” DLC pack releases today

The third installment of Shenmue III downloadable content releases today, March 17th! This time, players will see the arrival of the Big Merry Cruise. Sure cruise ships are not a popular destination right now in the real world, but in the world of Shenmue they sure look enticing. The DLC features a huge cruise ship that has arrived at Chobu harbor, and inside is an all new gambling area. The ship also features special items that can be acquired by completing mini-quests onboard the ship.

Players must have reached Niaowu or have a cleared save file in order to access the latest DLC. DLC can be purchased on the PlayStation store or on the Epic Games store.

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.

Sakura Wars – Relationship Trailer & Launch Edition Update

SEGA has uploaded a new trailer for the upcoming Sakura Wars title showcasing the LIPS system (Live Interactive Picture System) where the player would have make the best decisions to build romance and friendships with the captivating characters of Sakura Wars.

In addition, the launch edition of the game has been updated along with Digital Deluxe and Digital Standard Editions. Each edition and DLC will include:

Launch Edition
  • Reversible cover art
  • Sticker set featuring the main cast
  • Theater Costume Add-on Bundle
Digital Deluxe and Digital Standard Editions
  • Imperial Combat Revue PS4 Dynamic Theme
  • Neko Ears Add-on Bundle
Upgrading to the Digital Deluxe Edition, you will receive:
  • Legacy of Love Add-on Bundle: a pack of costumes and background music (BGM) paying tribute to:
    • The Flower Division of the Imperial Combat Revue (Sakura Wars 1Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die)
    • The Flower Division of the Paris Combat Revue (Sakura Wars 3: Is Paris Burning?)
    • The Star Division of the New York Combat Revue (Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love)
  • Charming Accessories Add-on Bundle, which includes
    • Glasses Bundle
    • Dog Tail Accessory Bundle
    • Angel Accessory Bundle
  • Swimsuit DLC Bundle

Sakura Wars takes center stage on the PlayStation 4 on April 28, 2020! Hit the jump to check out screenshots and bundle images.

SEGA announces Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record for VR technology


While we’re waiting for the remakes of Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei, SEGA themselves has also announced another Panzer Dragoon game in the works. This one though is more of a tech demo for VR technology, called Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record (get it?). Developed by Wildman and published by SEGA, you will revisit the events of past Panzer Dragoon games, with the events of Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon Zwei, and Panzer Dragoon Saga being currently available. The VR elements will allow players to take on the role of the rider for the dragon, with a first person perspective and the VR controller to emulate the handgun.

No other information such as pricing, platforms, or release date have been announced at this time.

Source: [Cision / SEGA tweet]

Yuzumo Design’s “SEGA 60: Creation is Life” Doujin Magazine coming to Kindle in English this April

Announced in the last few months, Yuzumo Design, a fan publisher in Japan, will be releasing a doujin magazine celebrating SEGA’s 60th Anniversary called “SEGA 60: Creation is Life” this year featuring fan content from 61 Sega fans (including myself) from 8 countries and celebrating 6 decades of Sega! The magazine will include SEGA stories from fans all over the world, comic artwork, cosplays and many more!

The book will be available in Japanese and to the Kindle store in English this April in Full Color with 60 pages for only $6. Here are some sample pages to view in Japanese and English versions of the magazine after the break.

Phantasy Star Online 2 North American Open Beta Starts March 17 on Xbox One


If you are looking to get back into Phantasy Star Online 2, they will be opening up the servers for a ‘open beta’ starting on March 17 at 5:00 p.m. PT. According to the twitter account you’ll be able to use the old ‘closed beta’ client with an update that goes live on March 16 at 10:00 AM PDT. I assume that the new client will go live for anyone that didn’t play it during Closed Beta.

The sad part is that we still don’t know when PC gamers will be able to join the fight, but I guess this is a way to get PSO gamers on Xbox consoles.

Yakuza 0 and Kiwami PC versions get free Deluxe Edition upgrades

Regardless of when you purchased Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami for PC through Steam, SEGA has upgraded all versions to the digital Deluxe Edition. This means if you take a peek in the game’s “Extras” folder you’ll find a digital manga, wallpapers and avatar icons.

All Yakuza PC games are now on sale through tomorrow, so head on over to Steam and browse the Best of Japan sale!

[Source: Siliconera]

SEGA Talk Podcast #37: SEGA Superstars Tennis (2008)

Grab your racket, because on this SEGA Talk Podcast, George and Barry are discussing SEGA Superstars Tennis! Learn about how Sumo Digital decided on tennis for their first Superstars/All-Stars game, and hear our thoughts on the franchise lineup, gameplay and shift to racing.

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Yakuza directors look back on Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5 in new Interview

SEGA America got three different Yakuza directors from three different Yakuza games that are included in the Yakuza Remastered Collection. They got Daisuke Sato (Yakuza 3 director), Jun Orihara (Yakuza 4 director) and Kazuki Hosokawa (Yakuza 5 director) to sit down and look back on the series’ PlayStation 3 outings.

I really love these director, behind the scene looks into the games and its something that RGG Studios does a lot in Japan leading up to game releases. Glad we are getting the same treatment for this collection in the West. They did hint in the end that they will be doing a separate video on the stories for these games.

SEGA AGES G-LOC: Air Battle Announced for Nintendo Switch

Today out of nowhere, SEGA Japan announced it was adding G-Loc: Air Battle for Nintendo Switch’s SEGA AGES line-up. G-Loc: Air Battle is the 1990 combat flight simulator arcade game developed by SEGA-AM2 and was meant to be a spin-off of the popular After Burner series.

The game was designed by Yu Suzuki and had music by the legendary Hiro (Hiroshi Kawaguchi) and Yasuhiro Takagi. It should be a interesting port, I do know that the Mega Drive port wasn’t well received but personally I have only played the arcade version. What do you think of SEGA adding a oddity like G-Loc: Air Battle to their SEGA AGES line-up?

Sakura Wars Story Trailer – Introducing the Flower Division

Explore the world of Sakura Wars as SEGA has released a story trailer for the upcoming title showcasing on what players should be expecting in the reboot that retains many of the features that made the genre-defining series such a hit in Japan, including a poetic vision, a strong cast, and a compelling story filled with intrigue, action, and romance!

Here is description of the story, courtesy of the SEGA Press:

“From the large clock tower atop Ginza train station, dominating the city skyline, to the captivating Imperial Theater standing tall at the heart of Tokyo, Sakura Wars exudes a world rich in historical inspiration and enriched with fantastical steampunk technology. The Taisho era represents a time of prosperity and optimism for Japan, an intersection of eastern and western cultures that creates a vibrant framework in which to take on the mantle of Seijuro Kamiyama and bring the Imperial Combat Revue back to glory!

Sakura Wars is set for release in Americas and Europe on April 28th for Playstation 4. You can pre-order a copy on SEGA’s official website for the game and receive a launch edition that will include reversible cover featuring the original Japanese cover art for the game, along with a sticker set featuring the main cast of the game. Click after the break to check out screenshots of the story sections.”