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Sonic Mania Looks Like Sugar Sweet Nostalgia and the Way Forward!

As some of you may know (or not) – I am a father of a bouncing baby boy. Sonic Mania is the classic type of Sonic game that I want him to play with me. Not 3D, not Boom, not Knight, no! Classic 2D pixel loving Sonic.

If this trailer is anything to go by this looks like it will be Sonic done right. My nostalgia gland is being tickled and I love it. Why didn’t SEGA do this years ago? Whatever, at least they are doing it now.

The team looks to be right with the creator of retro engine Christian Whitehead (Reworked Sonic CD & iPhone Sonic titles) seeming to spearhead the project along with Headcannon Games (Sonic 2 iOS) and Pagodawest Games (Major Magnet). Continue reading Sonic Mania Looks Like Sugar Sweet Nostalgia and the Way Forward!

MEGA VISIONS Magazine Kickstarter!

I just got back from London and magazine culture is still alive and kicking over there. I picked up an awesome copy of Retro Magazine’s Outrun Issue and there was a deep stirring in my soul when I saw a classic SEGA videogame on the cover.

That brings me to the Mega Visions project which is being run by the crew who started SEGA Nerds. They are attempting to craft a multimedia digital magazine and bring some of that magazine magic back.

They have Tom Kalinske and Al Nilsen as columnists for the magazine run. That should prove very interesting!

Check it out on Kickstarter.

Shadow Gangs Dreamcast – 80s Action on Kickstarter

Shadow Team from the UK is trying to bring back the arcade action seen in classic titles such Bad Dudes and Shinobi. You know what? We need more games that bring back that classic style of action.

The gameplay looks fantastic and graphic style definitely reminds me of Bad Dudes as I was playing the arcade PCB a couple of weeks ago. I dig the background art and music Continue reading Shadow Gangs Dreamcast — 80s Action on Kickstarter

Wow. SEGA is bringing a 7th Dragon title to the West

SEGA has been impressing me of late which they haven’t really done since the heyday of the Xbox 360 era (Outrun, Daytona, SEGA Rally, Vanquish, VF5, Bayonetta, etc) but that is because they are finally bringing some of the quirky Japanese titles over such as Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax and Project Diva.

Following in this que of Japanese titles, we can know include 7th Dragon III. It is not the first game in the series but it is a completely self-contained story. The games looks like it will have extensive classes, turn based action, and dating. Continue reading Wow. SEGA is bringing a 7th Dragon title to the West

Tell SEGA Your Thoughts in the SEGA Survey!

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Calling all SEGA fans – help SEGA regain its former glory! The company reached out via Twitter asking fans to help steer the company in the right direction.

Let them know your favourite SEGA classic titles and franchises and give them your thoughts. I’ve already filled it out and it felt good to give some honest feedback. My mantra was arcade legacy (model 2/3 HD ports, SEGA blue skies and great graphics, and classic gameplay with depth (including 2D graphics and gameplay).

Check out the survey: here. Give’m the old SEGA scream.

Website Story: Life With Baby Edition!

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[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.

However, there have been many interesting happenings that I’m keen to discuss and/or bring to the attention of others. Time is short and the baby is napping…so shotgun is the only way to do this…hit the jump: Continue reading Website Story: Life With Baby Edition!

Sega Sonic Popcorn Shop & Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car are Preserved on Mame!

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.

In SegaSonic Popcorn Shop (video after the jump) which I believe would actually produce a bag of popcorn for you to eat had the main cast animated in such a way that it makes me chuckle. Sort of like they are doing a “Benny Hill” style skit. Continue reading Sega Sonic Popcorn Shop & Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car are Preserved on Mame!

90s Arcade Racer Gameplay Trailer 3

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.

According to the developer, Pelkian13 – the game is nearly complete: Continue reading 90s Arcade Racer Gameplay Trailer 3