The story of the cancelled Game Boy Color-to-Dreamcast official connectivity solution

Yes, you read that right. Apparently, at the turn of the millennium, an ambitious “TV Adaptor” was planned for Game Boy Color, that would at allow it to communicate with the Sega Dreamcast via your TV screen. This was planned for release in 2000, just a couple of months before Sega would announce their departure from the console race, shocking the world.

Seaman is back, introducing Seaman ASMR


Over in Japan, Mt. Rainier coffee will provide customers a QR codes on their coffee cans to listen to the beautiful soothing sounds of Seaman ASMR tracks. According to the company, the point of the promotion is to use soothing ocean tracks to help people who suffered stress during COVID-19 pandemic. Seaman will have four ASMR tracks and occasionally say various things.

While at first it sounds like the company just used tracks from Seaman, the ASMR is actually being done by award-winning aquascaper Takayuki Fukada. The QR code will also allow the user to access AR images of Japanese cities, which will have Seaman appear. As far as the tone of Seaman in this promotional advertisement will be, is unknown. I would hope that Seaman doesn’t insult the people, considering its meant to be for people under stress.

While on the surface a Seaman ASMR promotion seems a bit odd, considering how long the franchise has been dormant, Seaman was actually the highest selling Dreamcast game in the region. I’d assume Mt. Rainier would want to cash in on fans that grew up with the game. I’m personally looking forward to when the Seaman ASMR tracks get posted online for my listening pleasure.

[Via: Siliconera]

SEGA Talk #89: Shenmue II (2001)

SEGA Talk returns to the world of Shenmue, this time talking about the legendary SEGA-AM2 title, Shenmue II! We cover the development, talk about cut content, original ideas behind the game and even discuss a PS2 rumored port?

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SEGA Talk Podcast #88: Illbleed (2001)

Horror returns in January as we take a dive into the spooky, comedic world of Illbleed. Can you survive this horrific theme park? Join Barry and George as they dive deep into this cult classic Dreamcast exclusive and find out how the game ties in with Sonic the Hedgehog!

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Shenmue: The Animation to premiere February 5 on Crunchyroll & Adult Swim

The upcoming Shenmue Th Animation is set to premiere next month! February 5th, it has been announced by Adult Swim and Crunchyroll. The series will run for 13 episodes that follows our hero Ryo Hazuki through the story of the first game and part of the sequel.

The new trailer also seems to show that the anime will be fleshing out more of Ryo’s regular life before the tragic events that set him on his new path. Should be a interesting show.

SEGA Talk #87: Gunvalkyrie (2002)

This time on SEGA Talk podcast we take a look at the overlooked Smilebit Xbox exclusive Gunvalkyrie! We take a look at the cancelled Dreamcast port, talk about its unique controllers and why the game has stayed exclusive to Xbox over the years. All this and more, on SEGA Talk!

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Shinobi inspired ‘Shadow Gangs’ launches Kickstarter for Dreamcast port

The independent, Shinobi inspired arcade action game Shadow Gangs, which has been released on Steam, Xbox and Nintendo Switch is asking fans to fund their Dreamcast port of the project with the chance of grabbing some sweet goodies for their support.

So, if you are reading this blog you are most likely a Dreamcast collector and are wondering what tier you get a physical copy? The company is asking for a pledge of £45, about $60 USD. But it also comes with a Dreamcast digital copy, a downloadable code (for either PC, Switch and Xbox) and even your name in the game’s credit.

Check out Shadow Gangs‘ Kickstarter here. 

 

SEGA Talk #83: Dreamcast Controllers (1998)

On this special SEGA Talk Podcast we will be talking all things Dreamcast controller related including prototypes, variant rare controllers, 3rd party controllers, and even look into the future into the “ultimate Dreamcast controller” being developed!

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Adult Swim releases Shenmue the Animation First Look Trailer

Shenmue the Animation has finally gotten a first look trailer by Adult Swim, the anime is set to adapt the events of the first game and most of the second. The First Look Trailer posted above starts off with the iconic Shenmue game opening speech by Shenhua but has some different scenes within like Ryo fighting in a Karate tournament which fans are speculating is where Ryo received his iconic bandaged cut on his face.

According to some interviews, Shenmue the Animation will also use unused script ideas Yu Suzuki had that never made it into the Dreamcast originals. This will give older fans a reason to tune into the show when it finally airs sometime in 2022. Stay tune for more info.

SEGA Talk Podcast #79: Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes

We are going for a ride on this episode of SEGA Talk, as we dive deep into Marvel’s relationship with Capcom, talk about the insane 56 player roster, discuss the critically panned soundtrack, and talk #freeMVC2!

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Arcade and SEGA Dreamcast classic Capcom’s Power Stone releasing to vinyl and audio cassette

Thanks to Ship to Shore Media, the SEGA Dreamcast classic Power Stone will be seeing a soundtrack release to vinyl and audio cassette! More casual fans might mistake this CAPCOM fighter for a SEGA title, mainly because it was exclusive to the Dreamcast for many years before seeing a PSP release and ran on SEGA’s Naomi arcade board. While this is not the rerelease fans have long been requesting, it is awesome to see the memorable soundtrack coming to two popular vintage formats!

After the break, check out the full description as well as some product images. Pre-order a copy for yourself at Ship to Shore.

The SEGAbits Swingin’ Report Show LIVE: Dreamcast Birthday Party, American Style!

This will be our 99th Swingin’ Report Show, taking place on the 22nd anniversary of 9/9/99 and it’s at 9PM central. That’s a lot of 9’s! So to ruin it all, we plan to share our 10 (NOT 9) favorite things from the Dreamcast launch AND we plan to take your comments live as well as from our Patreon feed.

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Sakura Wars: Columns 2 English Fan Translation Patch now available to download

Sakura Wars fans and Dreamcast gamers rejoice as the english fan translation patch for Sakura Wars: Columns 2 launches today! This fan translation of the puzzle game spin-off sequel features every mode, menus, and VMU images translated to english for players to experience one of the few spin-off games of an iconic franchise in english for the first time. The translation team even worked hard on a english cover art and disc of the game for those who are interested in customizing their own Dreamcast cases.

Originally titled Hanagumi Columns 2 in Japan, this title takes place during the events of Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die where the members of the Imperial Assault Force – Flower Division must compete with each other to be casted the main role of Shonen Red through a game of Columns.

The patch for Sakura Wars: Columns can be downloaded through here with instructions attached to the link. For more information on patch notes for the latest version game and VMU images, hit the jump to check them out. For in game screenshots, you can check them out on the previous article.

Cancelled Dreamcast Castlevania: Resurrection prototype released to the public


Remember when the story came out that someone found a old pre-E3 Castlevania: Resurrection prototype? Castlevania: Resurrection has always been one of those missing titles that was suppose to come out and nothing happen. It was thought to be lost to time, but now everyone can play the pre-E3 demo thanks to the owner putting the disc up for free. He did try to eBay it, it even got to over 20k, but he took the listing down when people warned him Konami could go after him.

It seems that this demo disc was meant to be seen by gaming journalist, back in the day and is considered a “pre-E3 demo”.  The guys over at the SEGA Dreamcast Info Preservation Games has a huge write up on prototype.

Download Castlevania: Resurrection here!

Wonder if we will be seeing other prototype builds of this title come out? I sure hope so. Any other ‘cancelled’ Dreamcast games you guys would like to see prototypes of?

Sakura Wars: Columns 2 English Fan Translation Launching May 3rd

If you’ve been around the SEGA Dreamcast scene, you’ve probably been seeing some past Japanese only games receive English fan translated patches. Now it has been confirmed that the English fan patch for Sakura Wars: Columns 2 will be launching on May 3rd. 

While the gameplay of Sakura Wars: Columns 2 is, well Columns, it also has a story mode with decision making, much like a full scale Sakura Wars title. Its nice to check off another previously Japanese title off the list as getting a English translation.

Keep your Dreamcast ready, Sakura Wars: Columns 2 launches May 3rd, 2021!