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Required Listening 101: Tom Kalinske Interview with Reddit Retro Gaming Podcast

Yup, that is Tom Kalinske doing the SEGA scream!

Tom Kalinske was SEGA’s main man back during the 16-bit era of console dogfighting. Kalinske oversaw much of Mega Drive’s rise to to prominence and experienced a great deal of the tension between the Japanese and American divisions of SEGA in the 90s. Much of this is captured in Blake J. Harris’ book Console Wars.

However, in a recent interview with Kalinske conducted by moderators of the subreddit /r/retrogaming, Kalinske has revealed a ton of fascinating facts including that SEGA flirted with the 3DO’s M2 technology with units even getting into prototype stage, SEGA passed on N64 and Virtual Boy technology (thank the heavens), and he discusses the decisions behind both 32X and SEGA CD.

Give it a listen: Continue reading Required Listening 101: Tom Kalinske Interview with Reddit Retro Gaming Podcast

Blade Arcus from Shining EX – Pirate Misty Gameplay Trailer

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Blade Arcus from Shining EX is a 2D crossover fighting game featuring characters from Sega’s Shining PSP titles that never came Westward. It features a healthy dose of Tony Taka art and is coming to the PS3 and PS4 in November 26, 2015 for Japan.

There are currently two releases scheduled – a standard edition and a special premium edition with a special case, art book, music cds, and a swimsuit calendar.

Hit the jump to check out Pirate Misty in action: Continue reading Blade Arcus from Shining EX — Pirate Misty Gameplay Trailer

Sega Saturn Netlink LAN Via Phone Line Simulator

I spotted this a while ago but lost it before I could share it. However, I did a search today because I would love to play the Saturn this way. Basically a phone line simulator functions as a central phone switchbox.

It is a pretty cool set-up to play the five games that are available for it. These are the US NetLink compatible games: Continue reading Sega Saturn Netlink LAN Via Phone Line Simulator

Yakuza Announcement Incoming on September 15, 2015

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It looks like SEGA and Nagoshi are readying another entry into the Yakuza (Ryuu Ga Gotoku) franchise that will likely be unveiled at a pre-TGS SCEJA Press Conference in Japan. Toshihiro Nagoshi has previously stated that this TGS will have lots of SEGA announcements and this would qualify as a big one.

He stated in a NicoNico Live Stream: Continue reading Yakuza Announcement Incoming on September 15, 2015

Judgement of Rage – 2D Beat ’em up inspired from Capcom & SEGA Classics

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I love me some beat’em ups and this awesome looking project (while doomed to fail in its current Kickstarter state – only 4 days left) is the type of project that SEGA fans should get behind – especially if it gets a second chance at crowdfunding.

It is a return to arcade style gameplay tradition and it is completely in 2D and HD. It has tremendous potential and the team needs to know that they are going in the right direction. Continue reading Judgement of Rage — 2D Beat ’em up inspired from Capcom & SEGA Classics

Yup, SEGATA SANSHIRO is in Project X Zone 2

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I haven’t had a chance to crack open the first Project X Zone but I already have part 2 pre-ordered! Why?! Because no other than the main man himself – SEGATA SANSHIRO will a playable solo unit character in the upcoming game.

For those keeping count, Segata Sanshiro lives on in a variety of games as a secret character including appearances Dynamite Deka, Sonic & Sega Allstars Racing, and Rent a Hero.

The news was released in a recent Weekly Famitsu which also announced Captain Commando (Capcom), June Lin Milliam (Star Gladiator), and Heihaci Mishima (Takken) as playable characters.

Project X Zone 2 is a SEGA, Namco, and Capcom crossover SRPG that is being developed by Monolith Soft for the 3DS. It is heading to North America in 2016. Check out some SEGA-ified screens after the jump: Continue reading Yup, SEGATA SANSHIRO is in Project X Zone 2

Unofficial Alex Kidd Homebrew Sequel in Development for Texas Instruments 99 CPU!

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Alex Kidd isn’t completely forgotten by SEGA but he hasn’t had his own game in over 25 years. That said, an intrepid Texas Instruments 99 homebrewer is making an unofficial sequel to Alex Kidd in Miracle World titled Alex Kidd on Miracle Island.

TheMole aka Danny Lousberg is the amstermind behind the homebrew effort and while the title is still early in development, the results are very impressive for a computer released in 1981 – four years before the Japanese launch of the SEGA Mark III.

Check out the gameplay after the jump: Continue reading Unofficial Alex Kidd Homebrew Sequel in Development for Texas Instruments 99 CPU!

Saber Rider & the Star Sheriffs Kickstarter Includes Dreamcast Edition!

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Hmmm…this is an interesting one. Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs is a classic anime from the 80s brought to the West by the same production team that brought over Voltron. The robotic horse seems to trigger some childhood memory of mine but I can’t tell if was from a toy or the cartoon itself.

Anyway, originally, development studio Firehazard attempted to craft a 3D shooter (like Sin & Punishment) with release date of 2011 but that game’s developmet had to be put on hold due to “major hurdles” and “problems” according to former Nintendo Europe staffer and current developer Chris Strauss.

The team has been renamed to Saber Rider Game Team and instead of a 3D shooter they have opted to go the classic 16-bit run and gun route. The team is focussing on 3DS as lead platform but Steam and Dreamcast are options right out the kickstarter gate. The team are including the Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, SNES, and PC Engine as stretch goals. The team has put in 5 years into development and is looking to launch the game in 2016 but can only move forward if the $75,000 goal can be reached. Continue reading Saber Rider & the Star Sheriffs Kickstarter Includes Dreamcast Edition!

WTF?! Somari hacks Mario into Sonic the Hedgehog

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Somari was originally a bootleg Famicom cart from China that had Mario visiting the Green Hill Zone. This strange bootleg has seen its share of fans so it makes sense that Mega Drive fans would craft a 16-bit remake and hack up a fresh Somari into Sonic the Hedgehog on the Genesis.

This title looks more polished than the Famicom bootleg and while the game plays similarly to classic Sonic – the moustachioed Somari has his own move set that mimics Mario’s moves like his twirl jump. He also has a red spin dash. Continue reading WTF?! Somari hacks Mario into Sonic the Hedgehog

SEGA @ TGS2015 – New Website, ATLUS & SEGA Partner Titles

Welcome to TGS2015 SEGA

SEGA’s TGS official website for TGS is live on the web. The site will be updated over time to include videos, merchandise, and photos over the course of TGS from September 17, 2015 – September 19, 2015.

SEGA’s line up for TGS includes a variety of titles from SEGA itself but also from SEGA Partner titles and Atlus. The company will be showing off Persona 5 and Odinsphere: Leifhrasir.

For SEGA Networks the company will be showcasing a Vita title by the name of Chain Chronicle V and a iOS game by the name of Sen no Kaizoku. In terms of partner titles, SEGA will be showcasing a diverse set of offerings from Ea’s Star Wars Battlefront to Nippon Ichi’s Criminal Girls 2.

What is SEGA themselves offering officially: Continue reading SEGA @ TGS2015 — New Website, ATLUS & SEGA Partner Titles