Watch Yakuza Creator sing the Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania theme song

(Starts at the 11:45 mark of the video above)

SEGA has revealed the official theme song for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania with producer Masao Shirosaki along with ‘The Banana Fritters’ who are voice actors who also provide the voices for our Monkey heroes (and Baby) in the game.

The theme song for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is being titled ‘Hello Banana!!” and debuted as a part of the Sega Atlus Tokyo Game Show 2021 live stream.

The Banana Fritters consist of:

  • Koichi Yamadera (voices Dr. Bad-Boon)
  • Noriko Hidaka (Voices AiAi, MeeMee and YanYan)
  • Toshihiko Seki (Voices Jet)

But during the video, if you look closely you will start seeing cameo appearances by big name SEGA creators singing along the chorus. Two of the big names are Toshihiro Nagoshi who is the creator of Daytona USA, Super Monkey Ball and Yakuza series. Masao Shirosaki who is the current series producer also makes a cameo appearance!

SEGA Talk #80: The History of the SEGA Logo and Name

On this episode of SEGA Talk we dig deep into the history of the SEGA logo. What is Standard Games? What is Service Games? When was SEGA really founded and why is the SEGA logo blue? Find out on this episode of SEGA Talk!

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Ex-Sonic Mania developer Evening Star working on a 3D Action Platformer

Its been over half a decade since SEGA teamed up Christian Whitehead and the crew to develop Sonic Mania. About two years ago, most of the ex-developers went on to form Evening Star Studios.

Earlier today, Evening Star posted on Twitter that they were hiring for their new upcoming title and checking their website under games, you see them teasing their new upcoming original game.

Let’s break down what we know:

  • New Publisher (not SEGA)
  • Debuting Star Engine game
  • 3D Action platformer
  • Character seems to use Yo-Yo as a weapon
  • Puffy pants, puffy gloves and puffy shoes?
  • Shadow features peach and purple gradient (possible colors for the main character?)

What do you guys think of the developers creating a brand new, 3D action platformer?

Sonic the Hedgehog coming to Monster Hunter Rise

Capcom has just announced not only that Monster Hunter Rise is coming to PC (January 12, 2022) and that they have a new expansion called Sunbreak (coming Summer 2022) but that they also announced they will be doing a collaboration with Ghost ‘n Goblins: Resurrection and Sonic the Hedgehog!

This is what Capcom said in the press release:

“Finally, and also first revealed today, Monster Hunter is teaming up with Sega to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog‘s 30th anniversary in Monster Hunter Rise. More details on this exciting new collaboration will be shared soon, prior to the Event Quest’s release in November.”

So stay tuned as Capcom will eventually show what these items will look like and what Sonic characters will be included in the event. I just want a Chao pet, to be honest!

[Via: Gematsu]

Sakura Wars GB: Go Forth, Young Cadet! English Fan Translation Teaser Trailer Released

Just in time to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Sakura Wars franchise, the English localization team that is doing Sakura Wars GB: Go Forth, Young Cadet! have released a teaser trailer for their project. Sakura Wars GB was released all the way back in 2000 and remains one of the many Sakura Wars projects that was only released in Japan. Thanks for fans going back and translating these hidden gems, we can now enjoy them in our native tongues.

The translation team for Sakura Wars GB are:

As far as the official release date for the the fan translation, as of right now, is unknown but the project does seem to be coming along nicely. Also people who are working on this did work on the Sakura Wars: Columns 2 English translation project.

Super Monkey Ball outfit coming to Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is just around the corner, so some promotional events had to be coming. A big one is that Super Monkey Ball themed outfit will be coming to Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. According to this tweet, “AiAi has rolled into Fall Guys!”, so its most likely just our lead monkey getting Fall Guys love. GonGon is probably highly upset at this transgression.

Usually these promotional outfits are available in the Fall Guys in-game store for a limited time and is usually bought for in-game currency (called Kudos) but always seem to have an expensive price tag for promotional items (pieces of outfits for Jungle Book cost up to 11,000 Kudos each for example). Of course, Kudos are also available to purchase for real world money, how do you think this game keeps the lights on?

AiAi and Super Monkey Ball is the second SEGA franchise to make it into Fall Guys since Sonic the Hedgehog had a big event in 2020.

Lost Judgment Review – Our Favorite Detective is Back and Better Than Ever (PlayStation 4)

SEGA’s RGG Studio has really made a name for themselves as the premier triple A studio within SEGA. What’s more impressive than the quality of the games, which have all been pretty great, is how many games the studio seems to be able to release. This year the studio has brought us a sequel to Judgment, which is a spin-off to the Yakuza franchise, where instead of playing a Yakuza, you play as Takayuki Yagami, as you can tell from his cool wallet chain, tight jeans, shaggy hair, and leather jacket, this guy doesn’t play by the rules. He’s a Ex-Lawyer, Turned Detective for Hire that just happens to be well versed in Kung Fu. The first Judgment was a enjoyable experience, but it did come off as a bit janky towards the end. Did Lost Judgement fix these issues? Let’s find out!

Bayonetta 3 finally shows off gameplay footage on Nintendo Direct, officially coming 2022

Bayonetta 3 is one of those games we have all been waiting for here at SEGAbits, we did a post about how Nintendo Japan had the game slated for release in 2022 and now Nintendo Direct’s latest presentation has confirmed it! Plus we got a look at the game for the first time, which includes an all new designed Bayonetta.

The game actually looks quite good for being a Nintendo Switch game and it seems to have good framerate. This is easily the nicest looking title shown at the show. But what do you guys think? What you think of her new look?

Nintendo Japan lists Bayonetta 3 for 2022 release

Amiibos allow you to instantly unlock costumes in Switch Bayonetta
Bayonetta 3 was announced way back in 2017, its been awhile! Hard to believe how long the games been in development without a single in-game screenshot shared by Platinum Games or Nintendo, but it seems that might change and soon. According to Nintendo Japan’s release schedule, Bayonetta is scheduled for release in 2022 along with Splatoon 3 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2.

It will be interesting to see what happens considering we haven’t seen anything yet. Do you think Bayonetta 3 will come out next year?

SEGA’s New RPG Being Teased for TGS 2021 Is a Smartphone Game


We got the news the other day that SEGA had planned on announcing a new RPG during Tokyo Game Show 2021 livestream. Of course, the internet went ablaze with them listing older RPGs they’d like to see revived, some even said they’d be open to a new franchise while many long term SEGA veterans wisely gave up early suggesting it was a mobile game. Guess what? The vets are right, SEGA has opened and teased the game via their Twitter account. The game also got a brand new teaser website as well.

A rough google translation makes it seem that the game’s tag line will be something along the lines of: “Not a straight road, let’s make a one-time trip”. The teaser on the other hand confirms, within its Japanese text that its a mobile game plus shows off some really incredible artwork.

The one complaint I see from mobile fans is that SEGA shut down the Sakura Wars mobile a game within 6 months of launching, now the company is asking gamers to trust that this new RPG will last longer? I guess we shall see, full information will be coming out on the first of October.

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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SEGA plans to announce a new JRPG during TGS 2021


It seems that SEGA is continuing its trend of making more JRPG games, as its teased during its SEGA Atlus Channel presentation describing it as “Sega’s new RPG”. This new teased JRPG will be fully unveiled on the upcoming Sega Atlus TGS 2021 stream taking place on October 1, 2021 at 10pm JST.

SEGA actually has a pretty rich catalogue of JRPG franchises dating back to the 80s, but it seems that they are going to be adding a brand new franchise to the catalogue. What do you guys want to see from this title?

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.

Unboxing: Sonic Colors Ultimate Japanese 30th Anniversary Pack

Sonic Colors Ultimate has rolled out to (almost) all territories, and most physical editions include some goodies. American and European fans received a Baby Sonic keychain, a cross promotion for the Sonic movie. Japanese fans, meanwhile, received an awesome 30th Anniversary Pack which evokes the 10th Birthday Pack as both contain a coin, CD and book.

In the case of the 30th Anniversary, SEGA included a classy gold coin, a CD of unique tracks including music from cutscenes, YouTube animations and past album-exclusive remixes. The book, meanwhile, is a cool look back on a year and a half of art created for the Japanese Sonic Twitter account. The art includes full commentary from the artists, sketches and easter eggs.

Overall, an awesome package and you can see it for yourself in the above video!