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Compared to last year, SEGA’s showing at Tokyo Game Show (TGS for short) was hugely gimped by lack of multiplatform titles, something the publisher is greatly known for. A general shift in focus towards touch-based platforms is apparent with not just SEGA, but the entirety of the event across all publishers.
That said, SEGA has still revealed and demonstrated several titles, although as always it is unclear how many of these will receive English language releases.
After the break we have compiled a list of every title involving SEGA at the event.
The SEGA Source is proud to announce our first ever giveaway, in which we will be giving away three download codes of the 2002 Shinobi on PlayStation 2, which was recently released on the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 as part of the PlayStation 2 Classics lineup.
To enter, first you must follow us on any of the following three: Our Twitter, RSS, or our brand new Tumblr, which we will use to showcase official artwork of various SEGA games from throughout their long and illustrious history. Then, all you have to do is email us at email@example.com with an image of your favorite official SEGA artwork and that’s it! You’re entered. Please submit your entries before the contest ends on August 26th (this Sunday!).
Please note that the codes being given away are for North American users, though they can be used by anyone from any region as long as they have a US PlayStation 3 account.
SEGA Vintage Collection has been recently released on both XBLA and PSN – for the XBox 360 and PS3 respectfully. Known as SEGA AGES Online in Japan, it features proper emulations of SEGA classics – both console and arcade – with an abundance of features. It is developed by M2, former SNK employees responsible for SEGA’s Virtual Console offerings on Wii and many previous SEGA AGES games on PS2. Extensive emulation options, high definition artwork wallpapers, leader boards, saving, replays, achievements/trophies, new trial modes, and on-line play are all included, bringing these games back to life in a respectable, professional manner. With it being an on-going series of releases of classic games, it might be helpful to get a basic overview of what is included, how it fairs, and how others view the games released so far. Below is a compilation of this.
The 2002 PlayStation 2 continuation of the popular Shinobi franchise has been released today on the North American PlayStation Store for 10 USD as part of the PlayStation 2 Classics lineup of games. Although part of the same world as the legendary SEGA series of games, the story and setting focus on the character Hotsuma in a much darker, story-driven plot and are unrelated to the games featuring Joe Musashi, although he is an unlockable playable character.
Considered one of the hardest games SEGA released last console generation, Shinobi was released earlier this year on the European PlayStation Network. A sequel titled Nightshade exists, but SEGA has not commented on if it will see a release on the download platform.
Continuing on with their wave of newly ported classic games, six more classic SEGA titles are now available worldwide in two brand new SEGA Vintage Collections on Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE Arcade
Developed and altered by M2, these HD ports feature a variety of new changes and enhancements both inside the games and out, including slick, interactive menus, the addition of save states and replays, online leaderboards, fully customizable controls, and online co-operative play for both the main game and duel modes. Several new features have also been added, such as unique trials and challenges for each game, as well as a jukebox mode where one can listen to every music track in the collection. The trials are separate and distinct from the main game in that they require the player to play through a specific section of the game under certain conditions in the fastest possible time, with the best overall times and percentages being added to the online leaderboards.
SEGA Vintage Collection: Golden Axe:
–Golden Axe (arcade)
–Golden Axe II (Genesis/Mega Drive)
–Golden Axe III (Genesis/Mega Drive)
SEGA Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage:
–Streets of Rage (Genesis/Mega Drive)
–Streets of Rage 2 (Genesis/Mega Drive)
–Streets of Rage 3 (Genesis/Mega Drive)
These games can only be bought as part of their respective bundles and cannot be purchased individually. Each bundles sells for 800 Microsoft Points, or roughly $10 USD. It’s also worth noting that the original releases of Golden Axe (arcade) and Streets of Rage 2 (Genesis/Mega Drive) have been delisted from Xbox Live Arcade service, as those versions — developed by Backbone Entertainment — were deemed inferior and poorly constructed, making these new releases the definitive versions of these two games. All games included also have each regional release selectable, a feature which allows players to access a variety of region-specific content that would otherwise not be available in all versions of these games.
In an article by Nintendo Power on the recently revealed Epic Mickey title for Nintendo 3DS it was announced that the title will be designed as a follow-up to the 1990 SEGA classic Castle of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse. The game will see Mickey Mouse traveling around various Disney worlds, meeting with several characters (Scroodge McDuck is cited as an example) in a 2D action platformer style perspective. The game will feature high-detail sprite art with several layers of parallax scrolling for added 3D-effect.
Not to be confused with Junction Point and Blitz Gammes’ upcoming Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 title Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion is it’s own unique game developed by Dreamrift, whom are best known for their highly regarded Monster Tale and Henry Hatsworth games on Nintendo DS. No release dates have been discussed, but it is expected to be released around the same time as Epic Mickey 2 later this year.
UPDATE: Screenshots from GameFront.de
[Source: Nintendo Power via About.com]
Information has become available that Alex Kidd Collection will appear on Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA for short) for Xbox 360, although further formal announcements may be made for other platforms. The game will feature Alex Kidd in Miracle World for the SEGA Master System, Super Hang-On 3D – a new 3D (non-polygonal) version of the arcade game, and The Revenge of Shinobi for Mega Drive/Genesis. The collection will be released digitally and will include both bonus trials for the games in addition to a dedicated sound test mode. It is being developed by M2, former staff of SNK and Treasure.
Similarly to the upcoming SEGA Vintage Collection: Monster World Collection, there have been no mention of these titles by SEGA themselves, although Monster World IV and Revenge of Shinobi were announced for release on PlayStation Network last year, no information has been seen on their releases until recently.
Sakura Taisen (also known as Sakura Wars) is the classic 1996 SEGA Saturn role playing game that innovated by focusing on character development and interactions instead of random battle encounters so that the player would care deeper for the cast, or perhaps even love them. You play as Ogami Ichiro, leader of the Imperial Assault Force and are given the mission to end the terror from mysterious enemies based on demon lore in an alternative steam punk version of 1920’s Japan.
This time we will focus on the song from the first battle, Persevering. Hit the jump to listen to some of the different variations and related songs.
I made this video back in 2007 or so, when I was first learning how to use video editing tools, and that is a little more than obvious. However, I feel my passion for the company and their games is very apparent and overrides most major complaints I have with it. I put a lot of love into this for no real reason other than a thank you to the thousands – Perhaps millions of great games SEGA has made that so much of us all over the world have loved through the years.
The song is “Don’t Stop Me Now” by the band Queen. After the jump is the list of games included in the video, along with the format they were recorded on in their correct order.