Mario and Sonic Capitalise on Winter Olympics

February 19, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the second game of its type

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games has followed in the footsteps of its predecessor in utilising the publicity and hype of the real thing to boost its sales.

The combined sales of the Wii and DS versions has reached 6 million worldwide since its release back in October. SEGA will be very pleased with the extra sales that come around the time of the actual Olympic games as people get into the Olympic fever.

Having watched some of the Winter Olympics myself the game does interest me slightly. However, the thought of trying real-life skiing or snowboarding would be much more appealing to me…

Ryo Hazuki races onto Next-Gen

October 8, 2009 by Rob Knight  
Filed under News, Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Xbox

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Hands up and sorry if anyone clicked on this story thinking that Shemue III had finally been announced but the title isn’t exactly untrue.

Sega have announced that everyone’s favourite forklift truck driver will feature in the upcoming Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with his ride being the motorbike he tore around town on in Shenmue II. Even more impressive is the fact that Ryu’s special move sees him hopping into a fork-lift truck. Finally Fork-Lift truck racing in HD ;-)

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Trailer

Other characters include Sonic & his stable-mates Miles, Knuckles, Dr Eggman & Amy along with Beat from Jet Set/Grind Radio, Amigo from Samba De.. and Aiai from Monkey Ball amongst others.

This Kart racing game hopes to act as a multi-platform Mario Kart-a-like when it releases for for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS and PC on February 10, 2010.

Sega leaks Sony PS3 secret plans

September 22, 2009 by Rob Knight  
Filed under News, Playstation

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In a move that will no doubt have Sonic wagging his finger furiously a news piece appeared and was then hastily removed on segapr.segaamerica.com this morning blowing the cover on some on Sony’s upcoming plans for PSN network and backwards compatibility on the PS3.

Being quick on the mouse we managed to grab the below which details the juiciest details from this “secret” meeting

Sonic Anniversary
Could put out collectors edition with all old sonic games on one BD disc.

“Best of Sonic” for around $99.
SCEA would love PSN exclusive power ups/different game modes (like Castlevania’s flip it over/backwards)

PS2 emulator for PS3 (confidential)
SCEA wants to sell all PS2 titles on PSN (GTA Vice City/Sonic/etc)
For co Marketing money show PS3 controller on TV ads – similar to EA Madden Spots, NCAA, etc…

London Olympics
Perfect opportunity for Motion Controller integration.

DC Digital Titles
If we provide a list of DC titles SCEA will let us know which ones they’re interested in having exclusively.
If we give them a long period of exclusivity they’ll give us more marketing support.

PSP Titles
For SKU differentiation it’s best to offer features that are slightly different from PS3 version.
Titles that are coming up on PSP are Assassin’s Creed II, GTA China Wars, Resident Evil, Little Big Planet – all massive franchises.
SCEA has a specific PSP deck which they can send up with their hardware director for a chat.

Of the above it is no doubt the PS2 backwards compatibility and Dreamcast digital titles that will be most eagerly awaited….watch this space

Dreamcast 10 years on, two new games!

September 10, 2009 by Dan Skitt  
Filed under News

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Clever marketing or genuine love? Either way, Dreamcast fans should be smiling with glee as they dig out their baby from the attick.

The first of the two which is set to release this October, Rush Rush Rally Racing, looks like a bundle of fun. Thanks Redspotgames, we love you!

* Single-player grand prix mode with four difficulty levels
* Three multi-player modes to enjoy with up to four players
* Five race cars to choose from
* 10 Grand Prix race tracks
* 9 additional multi-player race tracks
* Awesome soundtrack by Black Device
* Autosave to VMU (any port, file uses just 2 blocks)
* Region free
* Rumble pack support
* Compatible with original Dreamcast pads, arcade stick, and third party controllers
* Supports PAL (50/60 Hz), NTSC and VGA displays
* Configurable controls and many other options
* Animated cut scenes
* Plus even more unlockable content!
* New: Online Highscore!

You can preorder this at eBay, Amazon and their Offical store.

The second to be released is Irides, a game of puzzle and challenge. Matching blocks, the faster you match, the higher your score.

A release date is expected to be given soon, pre-orders get two goodies. A free Irides iPod application and a promotional poster. Playing a Dreamcast with a shiny new poster on the wall, what more could we want from this 10 year anniversary?

The other 9.9.99 – Peter Moore on the Sega Dreamcast

September 9, 2009 by Rob Knight  
Filed under News, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox

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On the day that the media focuses on The Beatles, be it back catalogue, Rock Band or the ongoing will they won’t they iTunes speculation, current EA Sports head Peter Moore has spoken on his blog about the launch of the Sega Dreamcast ten years ago to the day in the US.

Despite the spectacularly fast fall from grace that the console suffered when Sega swiftly pulled the plug and ran away from hardware production, the machine had a fantastic range of quality titles that are still praised in gaming circles today (Shenmue/Shenmue 2, Sega Sports’ 2K series (after EA Sports famously refused to support the console), Soul Calibur, Jet Set Radio & Virtua Tennis)

Also and of course most importantly for today’s internet connected generation of consoles the Sega Dreamcast was the first console to include internet functionality. On this Mr Moore says,

Isao Okawa, the Chairman of Sega Enterprises and the driving force behind the Dreamcast…had a vision that a game console, combined with the power of the internet, could bring people together in ways that were previously unimaginable. He didn’t live to see that vision come to fruition, and his beloved Dreamcast couldn’t survive to play a role in the powerful world of connected gaming we all enjoy today, but it certainly lit the spark, and that we should never forget…

This is certainly the case and you have to feel that the success enjoyed today by Xbox Live, PSN and Wii owe a debt of gratitude to this great but never forgotten console

Sonic and Knuckles – This Wednesday!

September 7, 2009 by Dan Skitt  
Filed under News, Xbox

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Smashing its way onto XBLA this coming Wednesday is the eagerly awaited Sonic & Knuckles. With owners of the previous Sonic games being able replay them as Knuckles.

You’d Dr Robotnic not to get this game!

Details are here.

Bayonetta isn’t region free

August 26, 2009 by Dave Burns  
Filed under Playstation, Xbox

In a big f*** you to all importers, it has come to light that Bayonetta will not be region free.  Guess we’re all going to have to wait for Sega to release the title to the western world before getting to play this anticipated title.  Anyone got a Jap-Xbox we can borrow?