Posts by Alex Riggen
We’ll be recording Episode 133 tomorrow (Thursday) night and we’re looking for your questions and comments! The main topic this week will be our Sega related thoughts on last week’s E3 convention. If you’ve got some opinions and/or questions of your own on E3 or anything Sega related in general please leave them below.
Sega and Disney have released a new trailer for the remake of Castle of Illusion and the game is looking to be quite the re-imagining. If my 6-year-old self could see what the Genesis game I was playing would eventually be remade into I’d be astounded… and possibly wet my pants. After the lackluster Epic Mickey games, hopefully this Castle of Illusion remake lives up to the franchise’s history and hype.
Sonic will finally make his 3D outing on a portable device later this year when Sonic Lost Worlds is released on 3DS. Developed by Dimps, I’m pretty pleased by what I see in this trailer and if it plays as good as it looks I’ll be a happy Sonic fan. After years of 2D Sonic games being developed for handheld systems, I’m glad to see Sega finally releasing something with some 3D gameplay.
Released at the tail-end of February, the Japanese Vita release for Phantasy Star Online 2 has already reached over a half million registered users. In celebration, people playing PSO2 on the Vita will receive a Tri Boost +100% item which for 30 minutes will improve the amount of meseta, rare items and experience points the player receives.
It’s good to see the Vita version doing well alongside it’s PC counterpart. With E3 this week in North America, hopefully we’ll see some sign of Sega of America planning to launch the Western version soon.
Me: Knock, Knock
You: Who’s there?
Me: A podcast episode…
You: A podcast episode, who?
Me: A podcast episode about games with a good sense of humor.
We’ll be recording our 132nd episode tonight on Sega games and games for Sega consoles that have a great sense of humor. If you have some fond memories of games that made you chuckle or fall out of your seat laughing hysterically, please let us know in the comments below. Or if you have some comments or questions on Sega in general we’d be happy to answer those as well.
At this year’s A-Kon anime convention, North American distributor, Funimation, announced it had licensed the rights to the Sakura Wars movie and would be releasing the film on Blu-Ray.
Originally released in 2001, Sakura Wars: The Movie takes place between the games Sakura Wars 3 & 4 and was previously licensed by Pioneer Animation (now Geneon Entertainment) who released it on DVD and UMD. Funimation’s version will include the Geneon English dub but will include new extras including interviews with the movie’s staff.
Any Sakura Wars fans out there that are excited to see this movie on Blu-Ray? Have you seen the movie previously? How’s it tie in with the plot of the games?
[Source: Anime News Network]
It’s taken a couple years but the 3DS finally has its killer app. Sega’s arcade classic, Altered Beast, has made its way to the Japanese eShop in full stereoscopic 3D! Like Space Harrier, Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Hang-On before it, Altered Beast 3D takes the original Sega game, adds some 3D and new features like touchscreen controls (that sounds awful) and repackages the game for new audiences.
The game was released last week for the price of 600 yen ($6) and I wouldn’t be surprised if we eventually see it released in English territories along with the other three 3D re-releases.
Sega has contacted online game publisher, Asiasoft, to translate Phantasy Star Online 2 to English and publish the game for countries in Southeast Asia. There’s no official date on when this English version would be released.
This still leaves the question as to when and if we’ll ever see a Western version of PSO 2 released. Has Sega started on an English translation at all for the West? Would Asiasoft’s translation work as a full English translation for all territories or will it be catered to Southeastern countries? With over 1.7 million players registered for the game in Japan it definitely seems like Sega has potential to make the game an even bigger success by releasing it elsewhere.
On this episode we don’t talk about any Acclaim games. Instead, Kris talks about some Japanese Saturn games he’s been playing, we discuss our thoughts on the Sonic Lost World trailer and then it’s time to talk about the next generation of consoles. With Sega only releasing information so far on what they have coming for the WiiU, we talk about each system’s pros and cons and what we hope to see Sega do this coming generation.