[This image which rings true comes from Incidental Comics! – where I may buy a couple of posters for my classroom after I get out of Diaper Debt :)]
Ah yes, SEGASHIRO has been quiet on the front end of the site for a brief while but rest assured that stuff is always happening behind the scenes. I always want to be posting here and updating.
Last year (2015) was a particularly life changing year for me starting with my mother passing away (thank you Mom for all your love and support), getting married (thank you to my beautiful wife and her understanding nature revolving around my retro video game collection), and the birth of my new son (thank you little guy for just being you and cooing at me). Have I been busy? Heck yeah – let’s not even bring up work.
Sonic was the star of a few kid-friendly arcade and vending titles that really never saw light in the West. These games were very rare and released in the early 90s. It is nice to see them preserved for posterity, I salute you MAME dumping groups!
That, and these Sonic games are batshit hilarious. I love Sonic’s Japanese voice in Waku Waku Patrol Car – it has such authority.
SEGA is once again toying with the heart strings of gamers everywhere by trademarking another entry in the Valkyria Chronicles series. The trademark title is “Valkyria: Azure Revolution” and currently there is only speculation as to what this game will be when it is revealed.
Folks around the internet have been quick to point out that the trademark isn’t by SEGA Networks (typically mobile) but rather by SEGA Games (typically console) giving hope that this title won’t be a mobile card battler but rather a true console release. However, this is flimsy evidence at best and I guess we all just need to wait and see.
Otherwise, it is good to see the Valkyria Chronicles IP is still active at SEGA and that the PC port of part 1 did well on its release. Hopefully, SEGA will eventually bring Valkyria Chronicles 3 out in english in some form.
90s Arcade Racer is shaping up nicely and it definitely channels a Daytona USA and SCUD Racer vibe (which means success).
The game is currently in development for the Wii and PC (though I hope other consoles aren’t left out) and I hope it gets force feedback support as I want to play this thing in a racing seat with a good steering wheel.
I love me some Streets of Rage. I finally got around to picking up the 3D version on Part 2 on the 3DS and I was blown away by how awesome it looked and felt.
The Take Over is a game in development by Pelkin13 (The same creator behind the awesome looking 90s Racer) and is a homage to the game play style of Final Fight, Streets of Rage, and the classic beat’em ups of yore.
A few have taken to saying the game looks a little too much like Streets of Rage but Pelikan13 posted the image above to show that there has always been a artistic lineage in the design of main characters in brawlers.
The fine folks at Dreamcast Junkyard have put together a collector’s guide for fans of SEGA’s last home console. The guide is indispensable for fans looking to get a complete set of Dreamcast titles. What really excites me is the Japanese accessibility guide to support players who cannot read/speak Japanese.
Fruit’Y is a Dreamcast homebrew puzzler that was inspired by Kaiko’s Gem X on the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST. The game features retro style art and over 120 stages. The game was crafted by a group of international programmers and artists who are dedicated to making pick up and play style of games that are optimized to not take up a ton of space on your hard drive.
The 16-bit arcade style action game coming to the 3DS, PC, Dreamcast, and even the PC Engine has been successfully funded with about 19 hours to go. The game is officially licensed by WEP production which makes it an interesting semi-official release on the Dreamcast and even older Turbo Duo.
Yu Suzuki and fine folks at YSNet are hard at work at bringing Shenmue 3 into existence. There have been quite a few developments that have happened recently and I’ve been a bit behind in updating about them.
First of all, if you’ve decided that some of those stretch goals are too tantalizing to leave off the table or you’ve finally saved up some duckets and are ready to put down for Shenmue 3 – than the paypal “slacker backer” option is ready for you! Check out the site: here.
Currently the total amount pledged is $6,379,216 and it needs 6.5 million to get Rag Doll physics and a battle system expansion. A PS4 boxed copy starts at $60.