SEGA News Bits: House of the Dead 1 & 2 Remakes Coming in 2020

Forever Entertainment, a polish publisher behind the Panzer Dragoon remakes has now teased that they are working on House of the Dead 1 & 2 remakes with MegaPixel Studio. On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we discuss all the information we know and even discuss how Forever Entertainment’s Panzer Dragoon remake demo has been received by fans.

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SEGA Talk Podcast #26: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1990)

On this SEGA Talk, we celebrate the launch of the SEGA Genesis Mini by covering a very important game included on the plug and play console: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. We discuss our memories of the game, the development process the many sequels and the recent remake!

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Forever Entertainment plans to remake The House of the Dead 1 & 2 to modern consoles for 2020

Forever Entertainment, the Polish publisher that has collaborated with SEGA with rebooting other classic titles such as Panzer Dragoon, will be remaking The House of the Dead 1 & 2 with MegaPixel Studio as the developer for the games and will be true to the original games’ storyline with some graphical differences and tweaked game play to bring them to modern day gaming.

The House of the Dead 1 & 2 Remake is targeting a release window of 2020 with no console announcement just yet. Since the House of the Dead games are rail shooters, where players are AMS agents destroying abominable creatures in their path, it may have a release on the Nintendo Switch.

What are your initial thoughts on The House of the Dead 1 & 2 being remade from the ground up? Would you have also like to see the games ported to modern consoles in it’s original format by SEGA & M2? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Source:[VideoGamer.com]

SEGA News Bits: SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive Mini Impressions

SEGA News Bits is back, and we’re discussing the SEGA Genesis and Mega Drive Mini consoles! We discuss how the console went from AtGames to M2, the various first and third party accessories and SEGA’s promotion of the console.

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Opinion: SEGA fans will look back on September 2019 very fondly

Sometimes you just have to take a moment to appreciate those special moments in fandom. For me, as a longtime SEGA fan, they come infrequently but when they hit they REALLY hit. Standout moments for me include getting my SEGA Genesis bundled with Sonic the Hedgehog during Christmas 1991, buying my Dreamcast with my own money in November 1999, visiting SEGA of America’s (now old) offices in July 2013, interviewing Tom Kalinske and Al Nilsen in 2014 and attending Sonic’s 25th anniversary party in San Diego where I met many members of the fan community for the first time in person. I now can easily say that September 2019 is joining those special SEGA moments.

Shenmue III Backer Trial Version releasing this weekend

A Kickstarter update from YS Net has revealed that Kickstarter backers who supported the Backer Trial Version tier will be receiving their PC download codes very soon, this coming weekend to be exact! The trial will come in the form of an Epic Games Store download code, and the trail will be a day in Bailu Village. Players will experience storyline elements, battling, mini games and more. The trial ends when you either defeat a key character in battle or when the in-game time reaches 9 PM. I wonder if Ine-san calls you long distance to scold you?

Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash coming out this Autumn


Sony just had their PlayStation State of Play where they showed some of their upcoming PlayStation 4 titles. One of the games shown in their VR highlight reel was Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash which they finally revealed is coming out in the upcoming months!

Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash will not only come out on PlayStation VR, but also on PC for the HTC Vive in Japanese and English this fall. Are you gonna plug back in?

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD achievements reveal Sonic the Hedgehog as hidden character

The Xbox One achievements for the upcoming HD remaster of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz have leaked, and within them is the revelation that Sonic the Hedgehog will be an unlockable character in the game. The achievement “Way Past Cool” states: “Clear a stage as Sonic the Hedgehog”, all but confirming his inclusion. Also revealed within the achievements are character costumes for the monkeys, but what these exactly are have yet to be revealed.

The game will release October 29th digitally and physically, with a $39.99 price point.

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[Source: Exophase]

SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive Mini Review – Mini Console, Mega Heart


Well it’s the 30th anniversary of the SEGA Genesis (aka the Mega Drive). The SEGA Genesis for decades now has been fondly looked back due to it’s strong kit and solid lineup of games, which is reflected in it being SEGA’s best selling console of all time. While it did eventually stutter late into it’s life, ironically from SEGA themselves trying to expand on the console with peripherals like the SEGA CD and SEGA 32X, those that remember the system back in the day remember SEGA’s aggressive push to outsmart their main competition Nintendo. This resulted in quite a number of notable titles being developed over the years, both from SEGA themselves with their arcade ports and original titles, to other third parties contributing to the system like Compile, Electronic Arts, Capcom, Konami, and Namco.

Now 30 years later due to the “mini console” fad, SEGA is now pumping out a huge love letter in a tiny package, simply called the SEGA Genesis Mini. Will this small machine bring out that nostalgic heart tug, or is it more like an embarrassing memory from ages ago?

SEGA Genesis Mini out now! Join the 16-Bit Revolution

If you have been waiting to buy some SEGA hardware in stores again, you can now get the SEGA Genesis Mini, which is coming with 40 awesome games and two controllers. While the new mini console isn’t absolute perfect, its one of the best mini consoles released thus far. Usually we have a review of SEGA stuff and we’d love to have one for you on this console but we weren’t included by SEGA in their review list. What a bummer but we do have some old content to watch while you wait to get the SEGA Genesis Mini:

Apple Arcade launches with ChuChu Rocket! Universe and Sonic Racing

Apple Arcade has launched, if you haven’t been keeping up with the new Apple news around the web it will be a paid service (much like Netflix or Microsoft’s Game Pass) that let’s you play a catalogue of premium mobile games with included features:

– Player can continue the in-game status within iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV devices linked to the same iCloud account.
– There are no ads or in-app purchases for games.
– No always-on DRM.
– Up to six family members per iCloud account are allowed access.
– Players’ privacy is protected by committing to having no tracking of gameplay or behaviors.
– Various game controllers are supported, such as the DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers.

The service will cost you $5 a month and it seems as of right now its the only way to play Sonic Racing and ChuChu Rocket! Universe, the new entry in the ChuChu Rocket! franchise.

Sonic Co-Creator Yuji Naka working on original action game at Square Enix


We’ve known since last year that Yuji Naka had joined Square Enix, where he said he was returning as a programmer for the first time since 1997. Now he updated us on Twitter with a message on his birthday:

“Thank you for your birthday message. Today I’m 54 years old. How many games will I be able to make by the retirement age, including the original action game that I’m currently making at Square Enix? I’d like to work hard to develop a game that everyone around the world can enjoy.”

It will be interesting to see what Yuji Naka has in store for us in the near future, even if it isn’t under SEGA’s publishing arm.

[Via: Gematsu]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – Dream Events Trailer

Go beyond the limits of reality into the realm of imagination with Mario & Sonic in Dream Events – intense, fast-paced experiences with your favorite characters that add an all-new layer of party fun you won’t find anywhere else. In this trailer contains three Dream Events to choose from to play with (or against) family and friends such as Dream Shooting, Dream Karate, and Dream Racing.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is set for release on November 5 in the Americas and November 8 in Europe, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Hit the jump for screenshots and details on the mini-games after the break.

TGS 2019: Sakura Taisen CD Song Collection and Shin Sakura Taisen the Stage announced

Last night during SEGA’s Tokyo Game Show stream, Sakura Taisen series, Kohei Takana, made an appearance as a guest and unveiled the Sakura Taisen Song Collection which contains 62 vocal tracks from the entire series and will be a part of the Limited Edition Package. Later during the stream, SEGA announced that Sakura Taisen will return live on stage with Shin Sakura Taisen the Stage in 2020 with Yuna Sekina as the game’s protagonist Sakura Amamiya. There are currently no announcements on the date for the stage show at the moment, but we’ll keep everyone posted. In the meantime, take a look of the CD collection and Sakura Amaimiya music video by Kohei Takana after the break.

TGS 2019: SEGA AGES Puzzle & Action Ichidant-R releasing on September 26th in Japan, SEGA AGES Thunder Force AC coming soon


SEGA has revealed several pieces of new information regarding to their SEGA AGES lineup at Tokyo Game Show. The first bit of news is that the previously announced SEGA AGES Puzzle & Action Ichidant-R finally has a release date, being slated for a September 26th release in Japan for the Nintendo Switch. This version of Puzzle & Action Ichidant-R coming packed with the original arcade game with all 20 minigames intact, the inclusion of the Mega Drive version that includes additional modes like an RPG mode and a Competition mode, plus online multiplayer.

The second bit of news is that SEGA AGES Thunder Force AC will be the next title in the SEGA AGES series. Thunder Force AC basically being an arcade version of Thunder Force III, with some levels being changed from the original release and naturally having limited continues. However the most notable addition to this version is the option to play as Fire LEO-04 “Rynex”, the ship from Thunder Force IV, complete with all of the same weapons from that game. No definitive release date has been revealed as of this writing.

[Source: SEGA TGS Live Stream]