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Once upon a time there was a game called Virtua Fighter 5 Online for the Microsoft Xbox 360. Everyone thought it was such a nice game and they played it for many hours upon end. Then, in Japan a new arcade game based on Virtua Fighter 5 was released with the name Final Showdown. The West was jealous because they thought it would never leave Japanese arcades.
Fast forward a couple years or so and gamers in the West are no longer sad for Sega has brought Final Showdown and all its glory to PSN and XBLA for all to play. The game even received a coveted ‘A’ ranking from the legendary Sega Addicts world wide web site. Now, a few months later the news get even better because Final Showdown is the XBLA Deal of the Week! Until October 8th, you and your loved ones can purchase the game for a low 600 MSP!
[Source: Major Nelson]
The avatar awards for the rapidly approaching XBLA version of Sonic Adventure 2 HD have been revealed. The Sonic Adventure 2 T-shirt and Sonic shoes can each be unlocked for clocking a total of 5 hours and 10 hours game time, respectively, and are available for male and female avatars.
While the Sonic Adventure 2 T-shirt is a little uninspired, I’m already eyeing up those snazzy Sonic shoes. Let’s just see if we’ll be able to survive 10 hours of Sonic Adventure 2 madness to get them eh? The HD release of Sonic Adventure 2 for XBLA will be out this Friday.
[Source: The Sonic Stadium]
There are two ways to do a retro revival. The first is a literal return to form. Capcom’s Inticreates development house holds the crown on this one. Megaman 9 and Megaman 10 were love letters written to those of us that grew up on the old 8 bit games and just wanted another taste. That approach doesn’t work for every game, though. The source material needs to have already been close to perfection to justify that trip back to the well. Double Dragon is a case of rose tinted glasses given out to the masses. We all of us fondly remember it but there’s not a lot of us going back and playing the game.
That brings us to the second approach: Making the game your own. For this I have to tip my hat to WayForward. Whatever your opinion of Billy, Jimmy, and Bimmy’s newest adventure, it cannot be denied that WayForward has put their own mark on the franchise.
Major Nelson’s Blog shows that Jet Set Radio HD debuted at number 2 for it’s release last week, topped only by Minecraft. This makes Jet Set the top-selling brand new title for XBLA’s digital marketplace. This may be one of the higher releases Sega has seen for a digital release as Virtua Fighter 5: Showdown and Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II only debuted at 4th, according to the source link.
This is amazing news for Jet Set fans and Sega fans everywhere. Let’s keep up the sales in hopes of Jet Set Radio Future making its way to the masses again, or dare I say a brand new game?
Data for PSN will be available in October as the Vita version has not yet released.
Sonic CD also did very well when it re-relased. Does this mean Sega has finally found it’s market? If so, then keep the re-releases coming!
[Source: TSSZ News]
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.
Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is available for pre-order on Steam for €12.99/ $14.99 and those who do choose to pre-order will receive 10 Mega Drive games for absolutely free. Dubbed the “Classic SEGA Platform Collection”, the games on offer include classic such as Ristar, Comix Zone, Gunstar Heroes and… Dynamite Headdy 1?
The Steam version can be pre-ordered here and will be unlocked October 3rd, the same day the game is released across Europe on all platforms. Those rascally North Americans will get the game earlier on Sep 25th for PSN, Sep 26th for XBLA, and Oct 3rd for Steam users. Because Steam users are smelly I suppose.
I don’t know if this will surprise anyone else as much as it surprises me, but the three latest “Sega Heritage” games are being released very close to one another. Less than a month after Jet Set Radio’s HD revival, both NiGHTS and Sonic Adventure 2 will be playable on your favorite HD consoles…at the same time.
That’s right–both of Sega’s big HD makeovers will hit PSN on October 2nd for $9.99, and XBLA on the 5th for 800 MSP. Sonic Adventure 2 is confirmed to have DLC in the form of the $3.00/240 MSP Battle Mode, while NiGHTS is confirmed to offer the Christmas NiGHTS expansion… FOR FREE. It’s not often that I get so elated that I use emphatic italics in every paragraph, but this occasion calls for it.
Thanks for keeping Christmas NiGHTS free Sega! It was meant as a gift and it’s staying a gift! Great move.
[Source: Sega Blog]]
Sega have reduced the prices of the of Sonic Adventure and its DLC (XBLA, PSN) and Happy Tree Friends (XBLA). The best thing about this news is that we’re not talking about a sale here, this is a permanent price drop. The new prices and reductions are as follows:
Sonic Adventure: $4.99 (price reduced by 50%)
Sonic Adventure DLC: $2.99 (price reduced by 40%)
Sonic Adventure: 400 Microsoft Points (price reduced by 50%)
Sonic Adventure DLC: 200 Microsoft Points (price reduced by 50%)
Happy Tree Friends: 400 Microsoft Points (price reduced by 50%)
My speculation is that Sega are attempting to lure in the last few Sega fans that haven’t yet bitten the bullet and bought the HD release of Sonic Adventure to warm them to the idea of buying the oncoming batch of HD releases, i.e. Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS Into Dreams. I am not a fan of Sonic Adventure, and I do not agree with Sega’s decision to make the DX content from the GameCube version paid DLC, so this deal still isn’t enough to lure me in. But what about you guys? Any readers that have yet to buy Sonic Adventure, or Happy Tree Friends for that matter, and are now considering it, drop us a comment below!
[Source: Sega Blog]
How is this possible, you ask? Well you see as a child I always had this deep-seeded fear of giant cats and when Big the Cat came along – oh! You mean the DLC! Right then. DLC for Sonic Adventure 2 is possible the same way the first Sonic Adventure has DLC on XBLA and PSN right now: it isn’t a straight Dreamcast port. DLC for Sonic Adventure was released shortly after it’s launch and was essentially the DX portion of Sonic Adventure DX (Director’s Cut), which was the GameCube version. GameCube also received its own version of the sequel: Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. Battle had many subtle differences, but the most noticeable were the Chao Black Market added to the Chao Kindergarden, and all of the 2-player charcters being unlocked from the start. You could also trigger cameos by Big the Cat during cutscenes by pressing certain buttons before hand, and sources say that no buttons need be pressed this time around. My night terrors aside, it sounds like the “Battle” version of the game will be DLC for Sonic Adventure 2 when it releases to the digital world in October. I plan on facing my fears in October. Does anyone else? If not, you can atleast jam out in Pumpkin Hill for Halloween.
[Source: The Sonic Stadium]
October will be the month to free up some money in your virtual piggy bank. As the nifty video above my rambling text will tell you, the “Heritage” re-release of Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS into Dreams are slated to come out in October.
As an FYI, Jet Set Radio grinds again on September 11th for Playstation Plus Members and on the 18th for everyone else. Xbox and PC kiddos get it on the 19th.