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Crush 40 Puts Up Previews of Their Upcoming Songs

Crush 40, the band that performed the theme songs for past Sonic games such as both Sonic Adventure titles and Sonic Heroes,  has put samples of three of their songs that will be on their upcoming EP. While none of the songs are tied to a new Sonic game, one of them is related to the franchise.

The first of these songs, Sonic Youth, heavily references past songs they made or remixed for the Sonic franchise such as Open Your Heart, Live and Learn, His World and Sonic Boom. The as of yet untitled EP will be available on iTunes sometime in the future. The full versions will be performed in Tokyo later this week.

Game News

Sonic Games Being Removed From Japanese Wii Virtual Console

This is bound to set off those of you against digital download services. Over in Japan, developers are beginning to pull games down from Nintendo’s Virtual Console service on the Wii. On top of WiiWare titles from the now-defunct Hudson and Irem’s library, Sega is pulling several Sonic titles from the service.

According to a report by Japanese website Inside-Games, these titles include the Mega Drive’s Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2,  and Sonic & Knuckles, as well as the Master System version of  Sonic The Hedgehog. The titles are expected to be off the service by the end of the month. It’s currently unknown if other titles will disappear as well or if they will remain up for a while longer.

This development certainly begs a few questions: for those that bought the games and aren’t privy to the homebrew side of the Wii, will they be able to access the titles for redownloading? More importantly, will such a move make its way over to Western shores? It’s too soon to say, but the move is no doubt very discouraging for Virtual Console supporters.

[Via Nintendo World Report]

Game News

OXM Shows Direct-Feed Sonic 4: Episode 2 Gameplay

While we have had lots of cam recorded footage of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 already, we haven’t seen any clean footage longer than 2 seconds so far. However, the Official Xbox Magazine got their hands on some for their interview with the brand manager Ken Balough, who reveals even more new details on the game. Press the image that looks like an embedded video because I can’t figure out how to actually embed it below to visit the page with the actual video:

Here Ken talks a bit more about the game’s story, like how it will have an excuse for why everything in the first episode was taken from the previous games. The upcoming Sonic Super Special #3 will also contain a small comic which explains what happens between the first and second episodes. An exclusive feature for those with both the Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360 has also been announced. The versions will support cloud saving, so if you play the game on the WP7 and save it to the cloud you’ll be able to continue the game on the Xbox 360.

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Lots of New Sonic 4: Episode 2 Stuff

I don’t know what the deal is between the press and Sonic games at events. For some reason they are terrible at playing them on camera, with Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 being no exception. Most videos released so far of people playing the game either have them not knowing what they’re supposed to do or falling into bottomless pits, so it’s nice to have a full playthrough of the first act of White Park Zone where the player actually knows how to play a videogame:

Last week SEGA held an event where they showcased all of their upcoming digital releases. From this came some new screenshots showing more of the game’s boss battles and a few interviews with Takashi Iizuka with quite a bit of new information on Episode 2 and Sonic’s future. All of this can be seen after the jump.

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Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to Playstation Vita

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5OMPhKLhXQ

The true sequel to the Dreamcast classic Phantasy Star Online is coming to the Playstation Vita. The portable edition will be the same as the PC version and will even support cross-platform play. This means that if you own the Vita version you can play the game with PC users. You’ll probably notice that it doesn’t look like the PS Vita can handle the game very well. That’s because this version is less than 10% complete and is currently running on the lowest settings, so it goes without saying that the graphics and framerate will be improved considerably.

While it hasn’t been announced if the game will be released in the west, the chance of it being localized is pretty big considering that most of the other games in the franchise did get released stateside. Phantasy Star Online 2 will be released in 2013 and is being developed by Sonic Team. After the jump is an older trailer of the game.

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Game News, Sega Retro

Details on Game Gear Games on 3DS Virtual Console

Game Gear games are making a comeback. Right around the corner. Can’t miss them. Sega has found the perfect venue to funnel the Game Gear’s lineup onto a digital market, namely on the Nintendo 3DS which are slated for release next week.

Once again M2 will be heading the emulation package for each Game Gear Virtual Console title. They’re responsible for providing Virtual Console Mega Drive/Genesis titles on the Wii, Neo Geo emulators on Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable, and is also responsible for the latter SEGA Ages Collections on the Playstation 2.

Unlike Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console, M2 will offer all the different options in a more up front manner through the touch screen menu. This includes changing the screen’s size, the Game Gear border to even creating a ‘ghosting’ effect to mimick the original system’s LCD. Additional options include button configuration and restore points that can all be activated mid-game.

Currently these are the confirmed titles for release on all territories.

Games will be priced for ¥300 in Japan, however other territories will feature varying prices. In the US, Triple Trouble will run for $4.99, Shinobi for $3.99, and Dragon Crystal for $2.99. In addition are games that have been revealed through rating board sites  (As reported earlier) as well as Sega’s official 3DS Virtual Console page. Exact dates however remain unknown.

Game Gear games will be ready for next week’s 3DS eShop update. In the meantime, the eShop has information pages as well as gameplay videos available for the three titles listed for next week’s update. Be sure to check out the gallery to see Game Gear games in action on the 3DS as well as the upcoming lineup.

[Via Sega’s 3DS Virtual Console PageM2 Press Release] Japanese

 

Game Gear games are making a comeback. Right around the corner. Can’t miss them. Sega has found the perfect venue to funnel the Game Gear’s lineup onto a digital market, namely on the Nintendo 3DS which are slated for release next week.

Once again M2 will be heading the emulation package for each Game Gear Virtual Console title. They’re responsible for providing Virtual Console Mega Drive/Genesis titles on the Wii, Neo Geo emulators on Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable, and is also responsible for the latter SEGA Ages Collections on the Playstation 2.

Unlike Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console, M2 will offer all the different options in a more up front manner through the touch screen menu. This includes changing the screen’s size, the Game Gear border to even creating a ‘ghosting’ effect to mimick the original system’s LCD. Additional options include button configuration and restore points that can all be activated mid-game.

Currently these are the confirmed titles for release on all territories.

Games will be priced for ¥300 in Japan, however other territories will feature varying prices. In the US, Triple Trouble will run for $4.99, Shinobi for $3.99, and Dragon Crystal for $2.99. In addition are games that have been revealed through rating board sites  (As reported earlier) as well as Sega’s official 3DS Virtual Console page. Exact dates however remain unknown.

Game Gear games will be ready for next week’s 3DS eShop update. In the meantime, the eShop has information pages as well as gameplay videos available for the three titles listed for next week’s update. Be sure to check out the gallery to see Game Gear games in action on the 3DS as well as the upcoming lineup.

[Via Sega’s 3DS Virtual Console PageM2 Press Release] Japanese

Game Gear games are making a comeback. Right around the corner. Can’t miss them. Sega has found the perfect venue to funnel the Game Gear’s lineup onto a digital market, namely on the Nintendo 3DS which are slated for release next week.

Once again M2 will be heading the emulation package for each Game Gear Virtual Console title. They’re responsible for providing Virtual Console Mega Drive/Genesis titles on the Wii, Neo Geo emulators on Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable, and is also responsible for the latter SEGA Ages Collections on the Playstation 2.

Unlike Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console, M2 will offer all the different options in a more up front manner through the touch screen menu. This includes changing the screen’s size, the Game Gear border to even creating a ‘ghosting’ effect to mimick the original Game Gear’s LCD. Additional options include button configuration and restore points that can all be activated mid-game.

Currently these are the confirmed titles for release on all territories.

Games will be priced for ¥300 in Japan, however other territories will feature varying prices. In the US, Triple Trouble will run for $4.99, Shinobi for $3.99, and Dragon Crystal for $2.99. In addition are games that have been revealed through rating board sites  (As reported earlier) as well as Sega’s official 3DS Virtual Console page. Exact dates however remain unknown.

Game Gear games will be ready for next week’s 3DS eShop update. In the meantime, the eShop has information pages as well as gameplay videos available for the three titles listed for next week’s update. Be sure to check out the gallery to see Game Gear games in action on the 3DS as well as the upcoming lineup.

[Via Sega’s 3DS Virtual Console PageM2 Press Release] Japanese

Game Gear games are making a comeback. Right around the corner. Can’t miss them. Sega has found the perfect venue to funnel the Game Gear’s lineup onto a digital market, namely on the Nintendo 3DS which are slated for release next week.

Once again M2 will be heading the emulation package for each Game Gear Virtual Console title. They’re responsible for providing Virtual Console Mega Drive/Genesis titles on the Wii, Neo Geo emulators on Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable, and is also responsible for the latter SEGA Ages Collections on the Playstation 2.

Unlike Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console, M2 will offer all the different options in a more up front through the touch screen menu. This includes changing the screen’s Game Gear border down to even creating a ‘ghosting’ effect to mimick the original Game Gear’s LCD. Additional options include button configuration, restore points that can all be activated mid-game.

Currently these are the confirmed titles for release on all territories.

Games will be priced for ¥300 in Japan, however other territories will feature varying prices. In the US, Triple Trouble will run for $4.99, Shinobi for $3.99, and Dragon Crystal for $2.99. In addition are games that have been revealed through rating board sites  (As reported earlier) as well as Sega’s official 3DS Virtual Console page. Exact dates however remain unknown.

Game Gear games will be ready for next week’s 3DS eShop update. In the meantime, the eShop has information pages as well as gameplay videos available for the three titles listed for next week’s update. Be sure to check out the gallery to see Game Gear games in action on the 3DS as well as the upcoming lineup.

[Via Sega’s 3DS Virtual Console PageM2 Press Release] Japanese

Game Gear games are making a comeback. Right around the corner. Can’t miss them. Sega has found the perfect venue to funnel the Game Gear’s lineup onto a digital market, namely on the Nintendo 3DS which are slated for release next week.

Once again M2 will be heading the emulation package for each Game Gear Virtual Console title. They’re responsible for providing Virtual Console Mega Drive/Genesis titles on the Wii, Neo Geo emulators on Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable, and is also responsible for the latter SEGA Ages Collections on the Playstation 2.

Unlike Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console, M2 will offer all the different options in a more up front through the touch screen menu. This includes changing the screen’s Game Gear border down to even creating a ‘ghosting’ effect to mimick the original Game Gear’s LCD. Additional options include button configuration, restore points that can all be activated mid-game.

Currently these are the confirmed titles for release on all territories.

Games will be priced for ¥300 in Japan, however other territories will feature varying prices. In the US, Triple Trouble will run for $4.99, Shinobi for $3.99, and Dragon Crystal for $2.99.

 

In addition are games that have been revealed through rating board (As reported earlier) sites as well as Sega’s official sites. Exact dates however remain unknown.

Game Gear games will be ready for next week’s 3DS eShop update. In the meantime, the eShop has information pages as well as gameplay videos available for the three titles listed for next week’s update. Be sure to check out the gallery to see Game Gear games in action on the 3DS as well as the upcoming lineup.

[Via Sega’s 3DS Virtual Console PageM2 Press Release] Japanese

Game Gear games are making a comeback. Right around the corner. Can’t miss them. Sega has found the perfect venue to funnel the Game Gear’s lineup onto a digital market, namely on the Nintendo 3DS which are slated for release next week.

Once again M2 will be heading the emulation package for each Game Gear Virtual Console title. They’re responsible for providing Virtual Console Mega Drive/Genesis titles on the Wii, Neo Geo emulators on Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable, and is also responsible for the latter SEGA Ages Collections on the Playstation 2.

Unlike Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console, M2 will offer all the different options in a more up front through the touch screen menu. This includes changing the screen’s Game Gear border down to even creating a ‘ghosting’ effect to mimick the original Game Gear’s LCD. Additional options include button configuration, restore points that can all be activated mid-game.

Currently these are the confirmed titles for release on all territories.

Games will be priced for ¥300 in Japan, however other territories will feature varying prices. In the US, Triple Trouble will run for $4.99, Shinobi for $3.99, and Dragon Crystal for $2.99.
In addition are games that have been revealed through rating board (As reported earlier) sites as well as Sega’s official sites. Exact dates however remain unknown.
Game Gear games will be ready for next week’s 3DS eShop update. In the meantime, the eShop has information pages as well as gameplay videos available for the three titles listed for next week’s update. Be sure to check out the gallery to see Game Gear games in action on the 3DS as well as the upcoming lineup.

[Via Sega’s 3DS Virtual Console PageM2 Press Release] Japanese

Game Gear games are making a comeback. Right around the corner. Can’t miss them. Sega has found the perfect venue to funnel the Game Gear’s lineup onto a digital market, namely on the Nintendo 3DS which are slated for release next week.

Once again M2 will be heading the emulation package for each Game Gear Virtual Console title. They’re responsible for providing Virtual Console Mega Drive/Genesis titles on the Wii, Neo Geo emulators on Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable, and is also responsible for the latter SEGA Ages Collections on the Playstation 2.

Unlike Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console, M2 will offer all the different options in a more up front through the touch screen menu. This includes changing the screen’s Game Gear border down to even creating a ‘ghosting’ effect to mimick the original Game Gear’s LCD. Additional options include button configuration, restore points that can all be activated mid-game.

Currently these are the confirmed titles for release on all territories.

Games will be priced for ¥300 in Japan, however other territories will feature varying prices. In the US, Triple Trouble will run for $4.99, Shinobi for $3.99, and Dragon Crystal for $2.99.
In addition are games that have been revealed through rating board (As reported earlier) sites as well as Sega’s official sites. Exact dates however remain unknown.
Game Gear games will be ready for next week’s 3DS eShop update. In the meantime, the eShop has information pages as well as gameplay videos available for the three titles listed for next week’s update. Be sure to check out the gallery to see Game Gear games in action on the 3DS.

[Via Sega’s 3DS Virtual Console PageM2 Press Release] Japanese

Game Gear games are making a comeback. Right around the corner. Can’t miss them. Sega has found the perfect venue to funnel the Game Gear’s lineup onto a digital market, namely on the Nintendo 3DS which are slated for release next week.

Once again M2 will be heading the emulation package for each Game Gear Virtual Console title. They’re responsible for providing Virtual Console Mega Drive/Genesis titles on the Wii, Neo Geo emulators on Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable, and is also responsible for the latter SEGA Ages Collections on the Playstation 2.

Unlike Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console, M2 will offer all the different options in a more up front through the touch screen menu. This includes changing the screen’s Game Gear border down to even creating a ‘ghosting’ effect to mimick the original Game Gear’s LCD. Additional options include button configuration, restore points that can all be activated mid-game.

Currently these are the confirmed titles for release on all territories.

Games will be priced for ¥300 in Japan, however other territories will feature varying prices. In the US, Triple Trouble will run for $4.99, Shinobi for $3.99, and Dragon Crystal for $2.99.
In addition are games that have been revealed through rating board (As reported earlier) sites as well as Sega’s official sites. Exact dates however remain unknown.
Game Gear games will be ready for next week’s 3DS eShop update. In the meantime, the eShop has information pages as well as gameplay videos available for the three titles listed for next week’s update. Be sure to check out the gallery to see Game Gear games in action on the 3DS.

[Via Sega’s 3DS Virtual Console PageM2 Press Release] Japanese

Game Gear games are making a comeback. Right around the corner. Can’t miss them. Sega has found the perfect venue to funnel the Game Gear’s lineup onto a digital market, namely on the Nintendo 3DS which are slated for release next week.

Once again M2 will be heading the emulation package for each Game Gear Virtual Console title. They’re responsible for providing Virtual Console Mega Drive/Genesis titles on the Wii, Neo Geo emulators on Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable, and is also responsible for the latter SEGA Ages Collections on the Playstation 2.

Unlike Game Boy games on the 3DS Virtual Console, M2 will offer all the different options in a more up front through the touch screen menu. This includes changing the screen’s Game Gear border down to even creating a ‘ghosting’ effect to mimick the original Game Gear’s LCD. Additional options include button configuration, restore points that can all be activated mid-game.

Currently these are the confirmed titles for release on all territories.

Games will be priced for ¥300 in Japan, however other territories will feature varying prices. In the US, Triple Trouble will run for $4.99, Shinobi for $3.99, and Dragon Crystal for $2.99.
In addition are games that have been revealed through rating board (As reported earlier) sites as well as Sega’s official sites. Exact dates however remain unknown.
Game Gear games will be ready for next week’s 3DS eShop update. In the meantime, the eShop has information pages as well as gameplay videos available for the three titles listed for next week’s update. Be sure to check out the gallery to see Game Gear games in action on the 3DS.

[Via Sega’s 3DS Virtual Console PageM2 Press Release] Japanese

Game News

UPDATE: Two More Sonic Game Gear Games Coming To 3DS Virtual Console

[UPDATE: It was originally reported that Sonic Spinball was the other game announced. This has been corrected after finding the appropriate ratings document.]

For those with a 3DS who do not wish to lug around a Game Gear with a mini-nuclear power plant strapped to your back to power the thing, Sonic Triple Trouble is set to release for U.S. 3DS owners on Mar. 15, leading a charge of other Game Gear titles such as Shinobi and Dragon Crystal.

However, the Australian Classifications Board has revealed that two more Game Gear era Sonic titles are headed to the 3DS Virtual Console in the form of Sonic Labyrinth and Sonic Blast. Labyrinth features Sonic losing his speed thanks to Dr. Robotnik, so he must roll around mazes in ball form. Sonic Blast, also known as “G-Sonic” and one of the last games to be released for the Game Gear, tries to emulate the 3D look Sonic featured in Sonic 3D Blast (hence Sonic Blast) and includes the ability to also play as Knuckles. Neither were well known for their great quality.

Hopefully Sonic Spinball and Tails’ Skypatrol won’t be too far behind in this selection of “sterling” titles. That way, we can focus on bringing out the likes of Sonic Chaos/Sonic & Tails or the infamous Sonic The Hedgehog 2.

[Via My Nintendo News]

Game News, Sega Retro

Akira Yuki of Virtua Fighter to Appear in Dead or Alive 5

[Via Giant Bomb on Youtube]

Veering off the road to the Final Showdown, Sega and Tecmo-Koei are bringing Akira Yuki from the Virtua Fighter series to Dead or Alive 5. It probably makes more sense than space bounty hunters or hadoukens when it comes to both fighting games, as they are both more technical and forego hyper realism. (To a point)

There’s a joke here about floaty physics that both franchises suffer from if you want to go that far. But, come on, show some class.