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So Why Doesn’t ATLUS localize SEGA titles?


Atlus knows how to take niche games and bring them over to the West. They furnish cult followings – release limited runs with quality bonuses such as soundtracks – and they are often praised for their localizations. Atlus fans know to pre-order and buy right away.

So how come SEGA doesn’t hand off titles like Yakuza 5 and Valkyria Chronicles III to the Atlus crew to work their magic? I recently posed the question, did a little emailing, and found out that despite SEGA-SAMMY purchasing Index (Atlus) – they both work autonomously from each other. No real crossover.

This may be a blessing if you consider how much venom SEGA gets for its recent trend to forgo the West. For better or worse, Atlus is left to do its own thing.

I purchased most of the Yakuza titles Day 1. I wanted to vote with my dollars. Yakuza 3 is one of my favorite titles from the PS3 era up there with only SEGA’s Valkyria Chronicles. I dig the Japanese voice-acting and subtitles. I would buy it with an Atlus branding.

I would pay good money for boutique editions of the game with the soundtrack and I dunno – chopsticks. I would kickstart a localization. I would begrudgingly take a digital only release as a last resot. Maybe SEGA is listening? I look upon this EGM rumour excerpt and hope Sony, SEGA, and Atlus can make some magic at TGS: Continue reading

Yakuza Zero Announced, More Info Incoming from Sony at TGS


SEGA has announced Ryu Ga Gotoku Zero as the teaser website revealed the logo you see up above. Sony will be showcasing the game at TGS and that is about all we know right now.

Yakuza Zero will also be a cross generational title again like Ishin – meaning PS3 and PS4 releases.

I still want Yakuza 5 and Ishin and I definitely want this one as well and localized Sony has been pretty good at knowing what their want. We should all write Adam Boyes! I guess we will learn more at Tokyo Games Show.
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New Yakuza’s Auditions Are Different…


I am beginning to Nagoshi’s plan. Each newly announced Yakuza title is a chance to either meet good-looking women or to just further his daily amusement. Notice that neither involves bringing Yakuza out West.

BRING YAKUZA WEST! Sorry…back to the article, apparently the folks at Yakuza are holding auditions and some of the hopefuls are sharing their unique talents. The picture above is of a comedian named Habu who is very flexible. This is in lead up to a new Yakuza game announcement for the 24th. Check out the teaser site. It is very red.

If they are getting comedians they should get Arino and feature Game Center CX as TV show you can watch in the game. That would be awesome. The full Japanese audition video after the jump: Continue reading

SEGA’s Mobile Humble Bundle Give Android Players a Chance to Support Charity

The latest Humble Bundle is supporting several charities including Child’s Play Charity, WaterAid, and UNICEF and you can help support it and pick up some games to play.

The bundle is available through September 4 and features a whole slew of cool titles. For as little $4 dollars – gamers’ can get the Android versions of ChuChu Rocket, Virtua Tennis Challenge, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, Crazy Taxi, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, and Sonic 4: Episode 2.

Not a bad haul at all! All games are DRM free.

[Source: Humble Bundle]

SEGA References are abound in Bayonetta 2 – Hooray!

Despite SEGA’s reluctance to release Bayonetta 2 without the help of Nintendo money; it seems the developers at Platinum Games have not forgotten to include several SEGA homages and references in game. Good stuff!

The video above from Eurogamer has me hyped for the sequel. I played the last game from start to finish in 18 hours…it was glorious. Eye burning glory. I can’t wait to revisit both the original and sequel on the Wii-U exclusive.

I pretty much bought a Wii-U for this game…sure Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, and Wind Waker are nice but Bayonetta hits me square in the SEGA button.

Froclicking violence with batshit insane visuals and nuanced gameplay to boot – have me salivating for the chance to play it and wear out my thumbs. It is currently scheduled to be out in October, 2014. Continue reading

Hatsune Miku Project Mira Remix is launching in 2015

Yeah, okay I know this old but when I was last posting regularly I was the only person posting video reviews in English on Project Diva Dreamy theater! See where that got us? Now only if it worked for Yakuza and Valkyria Chronicles…

Anyhoo…Project Mirai Remix (working title) will bring Mini-Miku to the 3DS in three dimensions stereoscopically with AR card support. What does this mean? Mini-Miku will dance on your desk! Hooray. Hopefully, SEGA will combine the two Japanese releases in the West giving us a full double dose of songs to tap too.

If you have yet to watch the video above it’s like razor sharp skittles being tossed at your eyeballs. It is also the start up to Project Mirai 2. So many pretty colors!

[Source: Kickstarter]

A New Dreamcast RPG? Meet Elysian Shadows

It is 2014 and there is a Dreamcast RPG on the horizon…life is sweet.

Watermelon’s Magical Game Factory will be publishing the Dreamcast version of Elysian Shadow – a 2D action RPG with dynamic lighting and shadows, alternating 2D/3D perspectives, positional audio and platforming mechanics. Whew, technology!

Watermelon is the team behind Pier Solar HD and the upcoming and mysterious Project Y and Project N. The team creating Elysian Shadows is looking to release their toolkit to aid creators in developing Dreamcast games. It is modeled after Unity and designed for beginners.

The game is currently raising funds on Kickstarter – and our very own DarrenIndeed has pledged his hard earned money for a copy. There are about two weeks left in the kickstarter and it has already raised 100k.

[Source: Kickstarter]

Ubusana heading to PS4 via M2 and Radiant Silvergun Creator Hiroshi Iuchi

If you are a fan of Radiant Silvergun on the Saturn and Ikaruga on DC this is a reason to get stoked! The PS4 will be host to a new shooter from the former Treasure creator Hiroshi Iuchi – who is responsible for the titles specified above.

According to the translation on his blog, he is working with the team at M2 to polish prototypes and work out game systems. The game is still a while off but it is looking like it will be a digital release on Sony’s current gen box. Continue reading