SEGA plans to make Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone film adaptations

Thanks to the success of Paramount and SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog movies, it was only a matter of time more cinematic deals were made for other SEGA franchises to make the jump to the screen. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that SEGA has entered into a partnership with Picturestart to develop film adaptations of the Dreamcast classic Space Channel 5 and the SEGA Genesis platformer Comix Zone.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 soundtrack releases to audio cassette, first movie back on vinyl

Enjoy the Ride Records have just released a limited run of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 soundtrack audio cassette tapes, limited to 250 copies, featuring the score by Tom Holkenborg. The cassettes feature UV-printed shells, meaning you get promotional graphics from the movie printed right on the tape. Pretty slick! To sweeten the deal, the case evokes Sonic the Hedgehog 2‘s video game cover art, a move that the 4K home video release also did with the steelbook. Also available is a repress of the first film’s soundtrack on vinyl, featuring a tri-color swirl. Head on over to Enjoy the Ride Records and order yours today!

See the complete SEGA Mega Drive & Genesis Mini 2 lineup – European release confirmed!

TONS of SEGA Mega Drive Mini 2 and SEGA Genesis Mini 2 news today! First up, Europe WILL be getting the mini console as well. It will release October 27th alongside the Japanese and American models. At the moment we do not know if the lineup will differ for Europe, but for now it seems it will be the same as the American lineup.

In a live stream, the final Mega Drive Mini 2 titles were revealed. They are: Star Cruiser, Night Trap – MEGA CD, Mahou no Shoujo: Silky Lip, Granada, Ex-Ranza, Shin Souseiky Ragnacenty, Midnight Resistance, Chelnov, Honoo no Tokyuuji Dodge Danpei, Captain Tsubasa, Super Locomotive (arcade port), Party Quiz Mega Q 2022 (MEGA Q with modern questions), Party Quiz Sega Q (MEGA Q with SEGA questions and Takenobu Mitsuyoshi as the host), Devi & Pii (unreleased Takashi Iizuka game), VS Puyo Puyo SUN (Mega Drive port of the Saturn game), Space Harrier (remastered), Space Harrier II (remastered). If you would like more details and factoids on these titles, I suggest this Twitter thread from GSK. Personally, I am excited to see ports of Space Harrier and Spacer Harrier II that play like the arcade original.

Also revealed on the live stream were new merch, including a Mega Drive 2 keychain, business card holder and a slick travel case. It was also revealed that the console’s staff role will play over the MEGA CD loading screen, which will change according to your language settings, and the credits can be toggled on and off. Also, select games will include regional variations based on console language settings. Sadly, not ALL titles will do this with Popful Mail being one of them.

FINALLY, the full SEGA Genesis Mini 2 lineup was revealed, which can be seen in the video above. After the break, check out the full lineup for both consoles including regional exclusives in bold.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 movie plot points and new characters revealed [Update]

Update: Tails’ Channel claims that two verified anonymous sources have told them “the synopsis was incorrect, and not indicative of Paramount’s current plans for the upcoming theatrical release”. Here’s my take: This does not invalidate all the information nor does it mean that this information is false. It is likely Production Weekly’s information is from earlier work on the film that has since evolved. Also, I find it odd that these sources claim the synopsis is incorrect given it is exactly what the Sonic 2 mid-credits scene sets up for a third film, yet they do not confirm or deny the mention of various characters.

Thanks to the Sonic Stadium and Sonic Paradise, we have some juicy information on Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 3 which is due out December 20, 2024. The information comes from a movie industry trade, Production Weekly, which sits behind a paywall. Thankfully, Sonic Paradise bought the article and Sonic Stadium smoothed out their translation of the information, which can be found over at Sonic Stadium. You can also read the spoilery information after the break in our own words, but give Sonic Stadium a click too.

SEGA Talk #102: Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (2010)

Buckle up because on this SEGA Talk, we put the pedal to the metal and hit the road to talk about Sumo Digital’s Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing! What are the origins of this racing franchise? What characters didn’t make the cut? What is a Bentley Jones? Click play and find out!

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More Mega Drive Mini 2 titles revealed, including both Ecco MEGA CD games

Another stream has taken place in which SEGA Japan revealed additional titles for the upcoming Mega Drive Mini 2. The titles announced include: Ecco the Dolphin (Mega CD), Ecco: Tides of Time (MEGA CD), Gain Ground, Sorcerian, Phantasy Star II (which includes an easy mode when is from the PlayStation 2 SEGA AGES release), Tougi-ou King Colossus, Populous, Sangokushi III aka Romance of the Three Kingdoms III: Dragon of Destiny (Mega Drive and Mega CD versions), Tenka Fubu: Eiyuutachi no Houkou (Mega CD), Dennin Aleste (Mega CD), Robo Aleste (US version of Dennin Aleste for SEGA CD), Shin Megami Tensei (Mega CD) and as a bonus Viewpoint (SEGA Genesis, first time released in Japan).

In all some nice surprises, a good mix of genres and some cool bonus features and regional options. After the break, check out our revised lists for both the Mega Drive Mini 2 and the SEGA Genesis Mini 2! The final Mega Drive Mini 2 announcement is August 19th, and we will be sure to news the new titles as we hear them.

SEGA Talk #101: Ten Moments in Nintendo and SEGA History

On this special SEGA Talk episode we look back at not only SEGA & Nintendo shared moment, but also the origins of SEGA’s rival, they’re dip into arcades, the console wars, and even predict each company’s future.

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SEGA Talk #100: OutRun 2 (2003)

SEGA Talk podcast celebrates 100 episodes by covering the sequel to the first game ever covered on this podcast. OutRun 2! We look at why its considered the ‘true’ sequel to OutRun, the many versions and why can’t you buy it digitally anymore? All this and more, on SEGA TALK!

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Here’s your first look at Yakuza 8, featuring the return of Ichiban Kasuga

Yakuza fans are getting their first look at the eighth game in the franchise by way of a behind-the-scenes video shared by MMA fighter and YouTuber Mikuru Asakura. The video sees Mikuru Asakura visiting SEGA HQ and speaking with staff, followed by a tour of the offices and then a 3D scan of his body. The video reveals that Mikuru Asakura will play a role in Yakuza 8, and off screen footage shows Ichiban with tied back hair. An article from Famitsu states the game will feature a new town.

SEGA News Bits Live: SEGA Genesis Mini 2 Revealed + Bayonetta 3 Release Date

SEGA Genesis Mini 2 has been revealed! Let’s talk about it. Oh, and is that Bayonetta? She’s back as well! And what’s Barry’s Beef this week? It’s Green Hill Zone.

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Update: SEGA Genesis Mini 2 Officially Announced as Amazon Exclusive

Pre-Order the SEGA Genesis Mini 2

SEGA has officially announced the SEGA Genesis Mini 2. The console is an Amazon exclusive and you can learn more on the official website.

Our original news story, which broke before SEGA made the announcement, follows:

An Amazon listing has appeared for an American version of the SEGA Mega Drive Mini 2, appropriately named the SEGA Genesis Mini 2. Interestingly, the product is being sold by Amazon Japan despite being listed on Amazon US and ships from Japan. The listing title says “For North American sales only” in Japanese. Currently, it is priced at $103.80. We are still confirming the validity of this listing as the seller Amazon Japan could very well be an official sounding name used by anybody. So if you plan to pre-order, be mindful of this. Amazon will not take any money until the release date of October 27, 2022.

Another interesting bit is that Sonic 3D Blast is shown in the screenshots, and this game has yet to be revealed as a Mega Drive Mini 2 title. You can see the screenshot after the break.

An Amazon Japan listing has also appeared, with similar information but lacking screenshots but the item is sold by Amazon.co.jp itself. The listing also has a list of announced titles, including the aforementioned Sonic 3D Blast. Other newly announced titles include Rainbow Islands Extra, OutRunners, Super Hang-On, VectorMan 2, The Ooze and Rolling Thunder 2. See the full list after the break.

The SEGAbits Swingin’ Report Show LIVE: Sonic & SEGA Fan Jam REMIX Convention

Kori-Maru sits down to talk about the upcoming Sonic & SEGA Fan Jam REMIX convention in Georgia! We talk about the history of the convention, plans for 2022 and Kori-Maru’s work with SEGA social media. Give it a listen and once you’re done, head on over to Georgia this November!

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Data Discs announces Sonic Spinball vinyl soundtrack, releasing July 9th

Data Discs had been pretty quiet on the vinyl front, likely due to international shipping issues and other pandemic problems, but they’re picking up steam with new releases and this is a big one! Sonic Spinball is releasing to vinyl as the 25th entry in their numbered line of video game soundtracks. This isn’t Data Discs first Sonic vinyl, as the company also released Sonic CD and Sonic Mania vinyls, the latter which is seeing a repressing along with OutRun. Sonic Spinball and the rereleases release July 9th and will ship immediately. Read all the details after the break!