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Sega were a big player in the home console markets of the 80′s and 90′s, and many of our fond memories of retro consoles such as the Mega Drive/ Genesis and the Master System are the same ones that keep us gaming today. But even the most die-hard Sega fan may draw a blank when you ask them about Sega’s very first, Japan-only home console, the SG-1000.
One mad development band Martijn Wenting of Revival Studios aims to give the early little console some much needed love with Astrododge, the first physical release of an SG-1000 in approximately 30 years. Martijn took some time off his busy schedule to answer some of our questions about the console, the game, and the passion that brought his ambitious project to fruition. Check it out after the jump.
Recently, the November issue of Toys ‘N Playthings displayed an interview with Sissel Henno, the Head of Brand Licensing of Sega Europe. The article mainly discusses the merchandising process of Sonic the Hedgehog with everything from RC cars and action figures, to AR (augmented reality) t-shirts. Yes, there is such a thing.
Near the end of the interview, Toys ‘N Playthings asks, “Looking to the future, how do you see your Sonic’s licensing growing over the next year?” To which Henno replies,
Over the next year there will be a big focus across the toy distribution across Europe. Similarly, we will also be growing the apparel, publishing and stationary categories. We will have several new digital titles launching as well as a new boxed game, so there will be plenty of opportunities to link marketing campaigns across games and merchandise.
So there you have it, folks! The first official confirmation from a Sega employee stating we can expect some new Sonic games in the near future. Is this really surprising though? I’m crossing my fingers that the “boxed game” will follow the standards set by Sonic Generations.
The article also has a few photos of some awesome upcoming toys and collectables like the cute “flocked mini figures,” which would go great on any desk and are reminiscent of shrunken Sonic from Sonic CD. Also worth noting are the Team Chaotix figures. Sonic Heroes 2 anyone? Or maybe Knuckles Chaotix 2? You can read the full article here on pages 38-39. LET THE RUMORS AND SPECULATION BEGIN!
[Source: Sonic Stadium]
If you’re still wondering about what exactly is in store for you when Double Fine and Sega’s new game The Cave hits downloadable services, then Sega has the ultimate opportunity for you! Recently via the Sega blog, it was announced that a community driven interview with Double Fine’s Ron Gilbert had opened up for your involvement. You can ask your questions to Mr.Gilbert by leaving a comment on the interview post, in which a random group of questions will be assembled for the upcoming interview.
Sega’s involvement with Double Fine really gets me excited, and I love that they have chosen to do something extra by giving fans a platform to express any burning issues. I’m definitely excited for the actual interview and the game itself which has been slated for early 2013.
To celebrate the impending release of Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Sega has thrown up a sweet and short interview with Fuudo (one of the top Virtua Fighter players in the world). In the video (viewable above) he points out a few tricks, and pimps out the new game in the series.
Nothing much to that video really, unless you dig the series. But do you? Or is Virtua Fighter one of your Sega blind spots? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: Sega Shiro]
Before you get excited please take note that this story is pretty vague. During an interview over at gamereactor about the Jet Set Radio port, Ben Harborne (Sega’s associate brand manager) responded to a question about other Dreamcast ports fans would like to see with:
I can tell you what it’s gonna be, it’s definitely going to be Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia. Those are the most requested games and I can’t say yes or no but we may be working on ‘em.
That doesn’t mean that they’ll definitely come but it’s a pretty good sign that at least Sega knows what fans want. So could we be seeing these games on XBLA or PSN anytime soon? Or should we just wait for definite confirmation before we get hyped? Let me know in the comments!
So this post has very little to do with Sega. I’m sorry. But for those of you who listen to The Sega Addicts Kids Table (a totally rad podcast) you’ll probably know what I’m talking about when I mention the bizarre indie title RE: Get to Schol on Time. It’s a game that I personally adore and once I had finished it, I knew I had to contact the studio that made it.
Thankfully I managed to get a hold of Famicon. An elusive and mysterious entity that I was fortunate enough to spend some time with. The following is a result of an interview which sort of includes a Sega reference, but not really. You’ll see. Hit the jump to read all about Famicon’s inspirations, aspirations, and much more. More >
Hey everybody! It’s that time again! It’s time to GET! YOUR! HOPES UP!!! *Thunderous applause*
In a really interesting interview with the folks over at Shenmue Master, series creator Yu Suzuki dangled that tantalizing ol’ Shenmue III carrot yet again. This time around, Suzuki is saying that he thinks he can negotiate with Sega to obtain Shenmue’s rights, allowing him to finally move forward with the long-awaited third chapter in the beloved series.
Surprisingly, despite how excited I am, I do find this news to be just a little bittersweet. Suzuki is the only man I’d want in control of the final chapter of this beloved saga, but I count Shenmue as one of Sega’s aces in the hole–a series that has yet to be equaled in style. Losing the franchise certainly wouldn’t be a devastating blow to the company’s identity or reputation, but the concept of a Shenmue game without Sega’s electric blue letters attached to it does sting a bit. Eh, I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too. What do you guys think?
Dimps is most known for creating the Sonic GBA games and the more recent Sonic 4 series, but despite this I have yet to see them do their own original series. Well it seems that that statement won’t be relevant for long as according to an interview in 1up, Takashi Nishiyama (the owner of the company) said that:
“I feel that it’s time that we need to create our own social and browser IPs,”
“We’re going to start with things that have more manageable budgets, like social and browser games. I believe that’s more realistic.”
You read that right! Dimps are going to start creating their own IP’s for the mobile market. While nothing yet was revealed we can be sure to expect something from the company very soon.
With Sonic Generations making a positive impact into the gaming populace at large, you’d think that this would be a brand new beginning for our furry blue mascot. It’s surprising to hear then, that Takashi Iizuka wants to start the franchise anew again next year. From a recent interview with Gamasutra:
“I would like to make a new standard Sonic, a modern Sonic if you will, in 2012 and beyond,” he said…
…There have been a lot of Sonic titles in the past, and I think, at this point, there’s a pretty good idea of what a Sonic game should be like — a fun, frenetic action game. As I said, I feel the need to surprise the fans in new and innovative ways, but I don’t want to do anything to depart from that style. The color powers in Colors are a good example of that.”
A new modern Sonic? What do you think this means? Could we be getting a reboot or something else entirely? Either way it’s sure to be a surprise!
Some of you may recall the story from a couple of days ago about Valkyria Chronicles 3 not coming to the West. However there’s still hope! Sega community manager Aaron Webber said, in an interview with Dualshockers.com that “The best I can say right now is ‘Don’t give up, keep trying,’ to all those guys out there, keep growing the cause, and we’ll see what happens in the future”.
Hear that Sega strategy fans? There might be hope! Make your voices heard! Seriously though this is awesome news. Maybe not a direct confirmation, but a little hope is always nice. Now go and do your part, fellow Sega fans!