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Five SEGA Model 2 arcade games announced for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network

October 18, 2012

Five classic arcade titles have all been announced at the same time for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network download platforms. They include:

-Virtua Fighter 2
-Fighting Vipers
-Sonic the Fighters
-Virtua Striker
-Cyber Troopers: Virtual-On

All five of these games were created on the revolutionary SEGA Model 2 arcade hardware that was first released to the public in 1993 with Daytona USA, which was released to both download platforms late last year. Each one of these games is also developed by SEGA AM2 with the exception of Virtual-On, which was by SEGA AM3. The only game in the lineup that is not a fighting game is Virtua Striker, which is a soccer game.

Although each release will include new features — such as online play — every game is intended to play exactly like their arcade counterpart, which is especially notable for Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers, as they have only ever been converted into similar products. Even more surprising, the highly obscure Sonic the Fighters will include Metal Sonic, Dr Robotnik and Honey the Cat (an animal version of Honey/Candy from Fighting Vipers) as playable characters that were not previously accessible without hacking.

The first three games listed will be made available for download this fall. Each will be 10 USD (800 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360), but a deal across both consoles will allow players to purchase all three titles together for 15 USD (1200 Microsoft Points). Virtua Striker and Virtual-On will be released some time next year.

Included after the break is the reveal trailer and official Japanese website.



Classic SEGA Music: Conditioned Reflex

June 15, 2012

SEGA Rally Championship is the 1994/1995 arcade rally racing classic developed by SEGA-AM5 and later ported by SEGA-AM3 to the Saturn console and eventually several other platforms. Designed by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, whom would go on to later create and be best known for several music-focused titles such as Space Channel 5, REZ and Child of Eden. A different style entirely, SEGA Rally Championship was no different by the importance of it’s music as the soundtrack was assembled to best emulate the frantic and unpredictable nature of the world of rally racing.

This time we will we will be listening to the song featured in Desert, the first course of SEGA Rally Championship. Included after the break are several remixes across various platforms.


Classic SEGA Music: Into The Blue Sky

August 3, 2011

Cyber Troopers: Virtual-On is the 1995 classic SEGA arcade and Saturn game that became notable for it’s ‘Japanese mech’ art style, complex-yet-exhilarating gameplay design, unique control setup, detailed characters and plot. It is also one of the first full 3D home console fighting games to support online play.

Today we will focus on “Into The Blue Sky”, the song featured on the first level of the original title. It is also considered the main theme of the Virtualoid Temjin.

Hit the jump to listen to a handful of the remixes available, including some by fans.


SEGA Tribute – Don’t Stop Me Now

March 5, 2011


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.


Virtual-On Force is out in Japan

December 22, 2010

Virtual-On Force was released today in Japan and other Asian regions. Two versions were released, the expected standard and a special “Memorial Box” edition. Released in celebration of the series 15th anniversary, the Memorial Box contains a copy of the game, six CDs covering the music from the series and a 140 page artwork booklet spanning the series’ 15 year history. The game is region free and in English and is easily obtainable in any online import retailer, such as Play Asia or NCS. It is unknown whether it is going to get a release outside of Japan and is highly unlikely to get this box even if it is released.

Hit the jump to watch legendary SEGA composer Takenobu Mitsuyoshi unbox the limited edition as well as check out the complete list of achievements.


Virtual-On Force will be region free

December 21, 2010

According to a post on Virtual On Force’s official blog, translated by Mecha Damashii, the game will be localised in the English language when it is released this month in Japan and other Asian regions. Most surprisingly, the game will not have any regional locks, meaning it can be played on an Xbox 360 console from any region in the world. This is excellent news, as the game has yet to be announced for release in the West.

Source: Virtual On Force via Mecha Damashii

Crazy Taxi (Xbox Live Arcade) Review

December 13, 2010

Date Released: November 24, 2010
Date Reviewed: December 13, 2010
Players: 1 Player
Length: 3 to 10 (Crazy) Minutes
Replayability: Incredible



Crazy Taxi is the 1999 arcade game on the NAOMI board that was later ported to numerous platforms based on it’s popularity. The Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network versions are ports of the PC version that was co-developed by now defunct Acclaim. It is the second of SEGA’s Dreamcast Revival downloadable re-release line of games.


Virtua Tennis 4 announced for PlayStation 3 with Move and 3DTV support

August 17, 2010

Virtua Tennis 4 for the PlayStation 3 was revealed today at GamesCom during Sony’s conference. Most interesting of all was that it will support the PlayStation Move motion controller and have 3DTV capabilities, all with the intent of making Virtua Tennis 4 the most immersive and true-to-life tennis game on the market.

Virtua Tennis 4 is set to be released in 2011 on the PlayStation 3 and is part of the Virtua Tennis series known as Power Smash in Japan. No other information, including whether or not it is exclusive to the PlayStation 3 platform have been announced at this time.

First Virtual-On Force Trailer

June 4, 2010

SEGA has released the first trailer for Virtual-On: Force, their upcoming port of the 2001 arcade game. They have announced that the updated release will feature online features including but not limited to four player multiplayer and leaderboards, with more to be announced soon.

Virtual-On Force will be released to retail in the Winter of this year in Japan exclusively for the Xbox 360. It has not been announced if whether it is coming to other countries yet, but we will keep you informed.

The developer’s blog wants fans to post #voforce360 on Twitter to help spread awareness of the title.

Virtual-On Force for Xbox 360 Announced

May 23, 2010

SEGA’s countdown has ended to reveal the first console release of Virtual-On Force, originally a 2001 arcade title.

The site is just a developer blog (fully in Japanese), but AndriaSang explains that the first post talks about the decision to make the game a retail release and not for the Xbox Live Arcade (like the prequel Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram was) was because the 15th anniversary of the series is this year, and the lead designer wants to release something the fans can keep forever.

Virtual-On: Force is the first and only release in the series with four player combat, this release will also support online functions, a ‘Mission Mode’ and will be an Xbox 360 exclusive. It is expected to be released around the holiday season in Japan, with no word if the title will come anywhere else at the moment, but we will keep you updated.