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November2012

  • News These Kids Are Really Stoked About Sonic & All-Stars Racing

    Passing breeze

    SEGA didn’t really need to splash out on child actors to promote Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. All that the publisher needed to show was Gilius Thunderhead power-sliding around OutRun Bay. Still, at least the kids look like they’re having fun – even if they are sitting in front of an industrial fan while someone tips...

  • News SEGA Paints Jet Set Radio HD onto the Vita Next Week

    Get some sleep

    As you’ve probably already gathered from the North American PlayStation Plus update, Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio HD is coming to the PlayStation Vita next week. The title was originally due out earlier this year, but was delayed due to technological challenges. Still, after a small hiatus, the cel-shaded extreme

  • News You Won't Feel Shortchanged By This Yakuza 5 Story Trailer

    How long have you got?

    Most story trailers run for a couple of minutes at most – but we suppose that the Yakuza series has always been eager to buck conventions. This brand new Yakuza 5 video lasts for a whopping 10 minutes, and you still get the impression that it could have been longer. In fact, this is fairly tame by the franchise's usual...

  • News Wreck-It Ralph Joins the Roster of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    "Hey Sonic. What are you doing in a car?"

    If the addition of Danica Patrick wasn’t already enough to get you in a lather, SEGA has announced that Hollywood hero Wreck-It Ralph will also be joining the roster of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. You can check out the character in action courtesy of the trailer below. The arcade racer's due...

  • News Vanquish Slides onto the PlayStation Network Next Week

    Pocket rocket

    Shinji Mikami’s criminally underrated third-person shooter Vanquish will dash onto the North American PlayStation Network next week, Sony has announced. The platform holder failed to attach a price to the ace adventure, but it’s currently available from the Xbox Live Marketplace for $19.99. We’d be amazed if SEGA charged any more...

  • News New Yakuza 5 Footage Plays Ball

    Home run

    One of the best things about the Yakuza franchise is the freedom it gives you to explore and participate in completely irrelevant mini-games. The upcoming Yakuza 5 will be no different – as has already been evidenced by the title’s taxi driving and hunting missions. This brand new trailer focuses on Tatsuo Shinada, one of the game’s...

October2012

  • News Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit DLC Gets Nostalgic

    Welcome to the Fantasy Zone

    What’s better than a shamed dead rabbit hell-bent on revenge? A bunch of forgotten SEGA protagonists hell-bent on revenge, of course. Developer Arkedo has released a couple of new DLC packs for Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit this week, which implement a slew of classic character skins. Amongst the famous faces are...

  • News Anarchy Reigns Attacks Western Store Shelves Early Next Year

    At last

    That ear shattering roar you just heard was editor Damien McFerran celebrating the long overdue release date announcement for “groundbreaking multiplayer brawler” Anarchy Reigns. SEGA's just sent us word that the title will launch on 8th January in North America and 11th January in Europe. The Platinum Games developed fighter sparked...

  • News Yes, Sonic the Fighters Is Coming to the PSN

    Don't shoot the messenger

    Following weeks of speculation, SEGA has finally confirmed that Sonic the Fighters is coming to the PlayStation Network. As predicted, the terrible arcade fighting game will release alongside fellow Model 2 titles Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers. You’ll be able to purchase all three games for ¥800 (roughly $10) in...

  • News Check Out Kazuma Kiryu Driving a Taxi in Yakuza 5

    A to B

    One of the many side-activities in Yakuza 5 – alongside Virtua Fighter 2 and, er, snowball fighting – will allow you to put protagonist Kazuma Kiryu behind the wheel of a taxi. The brand new Japanese developer diary embedded below shows the mode in action, as the former Tojo Clan chairman weaves in and out of traffic on two wheels and...

  • News Cryptic SEGA Trailer Teases Incoming Announcement

    Detective time

    Where’s ex-editor James Newton when you need him? SEGA's released a brand new teaser trailer that’s had everyone in the Push Square office stumped. The cryptic short – entitled 2 x 5 – features lots of screaming and the sound of Sonic losing rings. If you listen carefully, you’ll also spot the “Get Ready” voice sample...

  • News Jet Set Radio Vita Runs Out of Spray Paint

    Dreamcast classic delayed

    You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can hum the bass line on the train, because SEGA has confirmed that it has pushed back the PlayStation Vita version of graffiti simulator Jet Set Radio. In a statement released to Push Square, the company revealed that the delay was due to “necessary development...

  • News Yakuza 5's Club SEGA Expanding with Virtua Fighter 2

    "Maybe I'll play some"

    Yakuza 5 is taking a step closer to its spiritual predecessor Shenmue by incorporating playable Virtua Fighter 2 cabinets into its Club SEGA arcades. The fighter will be available in its 2.0 and 2.1 revisions, providing a tantalising treat for fanatics who can tell the difference between the versions. Other arcade cabinets...

  • News ToeJam & Earl Struts onto the PlayStation Network Next Month

    Hum the bassline

    ToeJam & Earl’s frantic hunt for spaceship parts will continue on the PlayStation Network next month, when the SEGA Mega Drive classic arrives on Sony’s digital storefront. The original Rogue-like will be joined by its less impressive side-scroller sequel, Panic on Funkotron. You’ll be able to purchase the funky...

  • Rumour Sonic the Fighters Is Punching onto PSN

    Groan

    Awful arcade brawler Sonic the Fighters may be the next retro SEGA title to be ported to PSN. Prolific online super sleuth Superannuation teased the game’s imminent arrival on his Twitter feed, noting: “Sonic the Fighters getting a digital re-release suggests to me that SEGA is running out of Sonic games to re-release.” Those of you...

  • News New Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Trailer Drifts Online

    Splash wave

    Ignore the atrocious title – Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed looks great. This brand new trailer is dedicated to showcasing the mascot mash-up’s various modes of play, including World Tour, Split-Screen and Online. Personally, we're only interested in taking Gilius Thunderhead for a spin around Outrun Beach. The game's due...

  • News Don't Worry, There'll Still Be Plenty of Dating in Yakuza 5

    Choose your words carefully

    You’d imagine amongst all of the taxi driving, hunting and fighting, the cast of Yakuza 5 wouldn’t have much time for dating as well – but luckily for us, they do. Publisher SEGA has revealed a little more about the upcoming sequel’s overhauled hostess side-missions, and, as with the rest of the game, it sounds...

  • News We're Not Sure What to Think of This Yakuza 5 Branded PS3

    Garish, perhaps?

    The Yakuza franchise has a history of prompting some pretty spectacular PlayStation 3 bundles – but this latest redesign isn’t to our tastes. The custom console comes with a gold DualShock 3 controller, a copy of Yakuza 5, an 8GB USB drive, and a beach towel. Yeah, we don’t get the significance of the towel either. It'll...

September2012

  • News Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit Brings Pretty Colours to PSN

    Utterly bananas

    Most people agree that Perez Hilton deserves a slap, but in Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit he’ll get more than just a stinger around the chops. After compromising images of protagonist Ash are published on the Hell-ternet (PerezHellton.com, presumably), he gets so frustrated that he goes on a maniacal killing spree through the...

  • News Yakuza 5 Attacks Japanese Stores on 6th December

    Fans won't have to wait long

    SEGA has released two brand new Yakuza 5 trailers at the Tokyo Game Show, as well as confirming that the game will be available to Japanese consumers on 6th December. The story of Yakuza 5 begins with Kazuma Kiryu working as a taxi driver, and thus getting into some crazy car chases. The plot also somehow incorporates...

  • News SEGA Confirms October Release Date for NiGHTS HD

    Sonic Adventure 2 also along for the ride

    The season of superb SEGA remakes will not end with the excellent Jet Set Radio HD. The publisher has confirmed that it will release both NiGHTS into Dreams HD and Sonic Adventure 2 HD on 2nd October in North America. Those of you in Europe will face a breathless 24-hour wait for the titles to sprint...

  • News Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit Won't Cost a Penny with PlayStation Plus

    Better and better

    It’s always nice when a game that you’d decided to buy anyway gets the giveaway treatment with PlayStation Plus. Arkedo’s off-the-wall Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is the latest title to get added to the premium service’s Instant Game Collection. That means members in Europe won’t need to pay a penny to play the...

  • News NiGHTS and Sonic Adventure 2 Go HD in October

    Sweet dreams

    SEGA classics NiGHTS into Dreams and Sonic Adventure 2 are escaping the confines of standard definition and jumping onto PlayStation Network in fabulous HD next month. Under the SEGA Heritage label, the duo will be revitalised alongside Jet Set Radio, which is skating its way onto the PlayStation Store in September. We don't hav

August2012

  • News ToeJam & Earl Is Almost Certainly Jammin' onto PS3

    Don't take a vacation

    Achievements for SEGA’s spunky 16-bit adventure ToeJam & Earl have casually strutted online, pointing to the Rogue-like’s imminent arrival on digital platforms. The trinkets follow a slew of rumours pegging the extraterrestrial escapade for PS3 release. The publisher's keeping its plans zipped for now, but expect an...

  • News Pre-Order Jet Set Radio's Original Beats

    Yappie feet

    Those hoping to get a good night’s sleep will do well to avoid Jet Set Radio’s soundtrack. The official record is currently up for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon ahead of its 18th September release date. The 17-track soundtrack includes all of Hideki Naganuma'

  • News Yakuza 5's Dance Battles Sound Absolutely Incredible

    Bust a move

    When SEGA announced Kazuma Kiryu’s adopted daughter Haruka Sawamura was going to be a playable character in upcoming PS3 exclusive Yakuza 5, we pondered how the mild mannered teenager was going to play. We figured the former Tojo Clan chairman might have taught her the art of self-defence, but worried that fighting didn't suit her...

  • News Get Rough and Ready with Yakuza 5's Tojo Clan

    Avoid these men

    SEGA has released a batch of images of some of the members of Yakuza 5's Tojo Clan, including series veterans Goro Majima and Daigo Dojima, as well as three new characters Yuu Morinaga, Masato Aizawa and Minoru Aoyama, which you can see in the screenshots section below. Goro Majima, also known as 'Mad Dog Majima', made his debut in...

  • News Team Ninja Wants Ryo Hazuki in Dead or Alive 5

    "I see"

    When Ryo Hazuki is not searching for sailors, playing Lucky Hit, or ignoring the advances of countless beautiful women – he’s fighting. And Dead or Alive 5 director Yosuke Hayashi reckons that would make him a perfect fit for the upcoming arcade brawler. Asked by VG247 if he had any dream cameos in mind, Hayashi responded: “I’d say...

  • News Don Your Shades for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Trailer

    Brightest stars

    This brand new Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed trailer is delightfully SEGA; the thumping soundtrack, perfect blue skies, and bright red fonts all ooze nostalgia. We suppose it’s appropriate considering the theme of the game. We're still not overly convinced by the terrible title, though.

  • News Jet Set Radio HD Tags PSN on 11th September

    Get some sleep

    SEGA’s confirmed that it will paint Jet Set Radio HD onto the PlayStation Store on 11th September in North America. PlayStation Plus subscribers will be given the first opportunity to crank up the volume, with vanilla PSN members invited to the party on 18th September. The re-mastered Dreamcast classic will set you back just $9.99...

  • News Hell Yeah! Rolls onto PS3 on 25th September

    Dangerously attractive

    Arkedo Studio’s acclaimed PSN platformer Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is set to take on the underworld on 25th September, a new trailer has revealed. A European release will follow on 3rd October. The game will cost $14.99. If you don’t know much about the SEGA published title, then, well, we wished we could help...

  • News You'll Be Able to Play Taiko Drum Master in Yakuza 5

    Could this game get any better?

    Yakuza 5 has continued its pursuit towards ultimate epicness by announcing that Namco Bandai’s Taiko Drum Master will appear as a playable arcade cabinet within the open-world adventure. Arcade mini-games are no stranger to SEGA’s successful series, but this marks the first time that the publisher has teamed up...

  • News Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Gets Bonus Edition

    Splash wave

    You’re probably going to want the Bonus Edition for SEGA’s upcoming mascot mash-up, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The premium package for the Sumo Digital developed kart racer includes an additional stage, character, and more. It’s the new circuit that’s getting our wheels in a spin, though. The OutRun Bay Track is...

July2012

  • Rumour ToeJam & Earl Strutting onto PlayStation 3

    Hope you like jammin', too

    SEGA’s spunkiest extra-terrestrial tag-team, ToeJam & Earl, could be bouncing onto PlayStation 3, if a rumour on Siliconera is to be believed. According to the site’s anonymous sources, the original Mega Drive game and its side-scrolling sequel, Panic on Funkotron, are the next titles on the publisher's growing...

  • News Another Look at Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition

    Albeit, a very small look...

    A couple of days ago SEGA officially announced that Yakuza 1 & 2 would be getting a shiny HD remake on PS3. Today we bring you a small glimpse of the game in the shape of a double-page spread in everyone's favourite Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu. It's safe to say that Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition is shaping up...

  • News Sonic Adventure 2 Leaps onto PSN This Fall

    City escape

    Fans of urban snowboarding and killer bass lines will no doubt be stoked to learn that Sonic Adventure 2 is set to slide onto PSN later this year. The Dreamcast classic will be getting a fresh lick of paint, similar to other upgraded favourites such as Jet Set Radio and SEGA Bass Fishing. The original Sonic Adventure released on...

  • News Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Officially Announced

    Gangsta's paradise

    A Yakuza HD collection was outed recently, but now SEGA has officially confirmed the release of Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition. As well as all-new sparkly high definition visuals, it'll also feature Trophy and data install support to make your trip into the underground world of organised crime run just that little bit smoother. The...

  • News SEGA Accidentally Outs Yakuza HD Collection

    Back to Kamurocho

    It’s a good job Kazuma Kiryu and co are fictional characters, otherwise SEGA would be in big trouble for leaking the Tojo Clan’s plans. An errant listing uncovered by Andriasang appears to hint at the imminent release of a Yakuza HD Collection. The listing notes that PS2 titles Yakuza and Yakuza 2 will be lavished with the...

  • News Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Lands 16th November

    Christmas presence

    SEGA's announced it'll launch Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on PS3 and PS Vita in Europe on 16th November 2012. The air, land and sea racer features famous faces from favourite franchises like Panzer Dragoon and Jet Set Radio, set to return on PSN later this summer of course. Will you take SEGA's latest racer for a...

  • News SEGA Coy About Phantasy Star Online 2 Vita Western Release

    It's all so quiet

    You may have been elated to read on other websites yesterday that Phantasy Star Online 2 is heading overseas next year. Unfortunately, the official announcement only mentioned the PC release of the game – ominously ignoring the recently revealed Vita version. Puzzled by the announcement, Joystiq contacted SEGA a

  • News You'll Have to Deal with Drunks in Yakuza 5's Taxi Missions

    Don't puke

    Once again proving that the Yakuza franchise is arguably the best in games right now, SEGA has revealed a little more about veteran protagonist Kazuma Kiryu’s taxi missions in Yakuza 5. It’s still not clear why the former Tojo Clan chairman has switched the Sunshine Orphanage for a career behind the wheel, but the publisher has...

  • News NiGHTS into Dreams Makes PSN Dreams Come True

    At last!

    In a move that made at least one Push Square staff member a little too excited, SEGA has announced it's to re-release legendary SEGA Saturn game NiGHTS into Dreams on PSN later this year. The download will come with enhanced HD graphics, 16:9 widescreen support, leaderboards and Trophies, or you can relive the original 32-bit experience in...

  • News SEGA Teases NiGHTS into Dreams Announcement

    Dream catcher

    SEGA is teasing something to do with classic on-rails flying title NiGHTS into Dreams. The publisher uploaded an image of an industrial-like setting on its Facebook page earlier today, which fans have noted looks an awful lot like Stick Canyon from the original SEGA Saturn game. There’s some discussion that this could be related to...

June2012

  • News Sonic the Hedgehog Leaps into Super Monkey Ball Vita

    Yeah, not bad

    SEGA has announced the first DLC pack for PlayStation Vita title Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz in Japan. The free “Sonic Pack” will reward you with a statue of the blue blur which can be incorporated into custom stages using the game’s level editor. The peculiar primate puzzler is set to release overseas later this year.

  • News SEGA Reveals First Yakuza 5 Mini-Games

    Crazy taxi

    SEGA’s Yakuza series is well known for its enjoyable mini-games. The heart of the franchise might lie with its self-serious narrative and wonderful characters, but part of what makes the series so enjoyable is its insistence on introducing alternative mechanics. Yakuza 5 is something of a reboot, and so it’s unsurprising to see the...

  • News Anarchy Reigns Attacks the West in Q1 2013

    Holding back

    Platinum Games’ arena brawler Anarchy Reigns was originally scheduled to release any time now. But while the game will still arrive in Japan early next month, those of you in North America and Europe will have to wait until Q1 2013. SEGA announced the news on Twitter, informing an eager fan that the game’s release had been...

  • News New Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz Trailer Rolls Online

    Grab a spoon

    A brand new Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz trailer has tumbled online. The footage shows off several stages from the upcoming primate puzzler, and even details the game’s level creation feature. Judging from the trailer, the gameplay looks as sweet as ever. Will you be tucking into Banana Splitz when it launches exclusively on...

  • News Hatsune Miku Vita Is Not Dancing Overseas

    Sad face

    Despite being on display at Sony’s E3 booth, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F is not heading overseas. According to SEGA, the title is being shown off in order to “gauge interest” in the product, and while the game's commanded a fair amount of attention the Japanese publisher still has “no plans” to bring it to the West. At least the...

  • News Danica Patrick is in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    Go Daddy

    Our favourite SEGA character Danica Patrick is set to make a cameo in Sumo Digital’s upcoming crossover kart racer, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. For some reason, the NASCAR driver will be a playable character alongside favourite faces such as B.D. Joe and Beat. She’ll drive a series of customised vehicles designed...

  • News Jet Set Radio HD Features the Full Original Soundtrack

    Almost, anyway

    Last time we checked in with Jet Set Radio HD it was missing some of its licensed songs. But SEGA recently promised some good news regarding the re-release's soundtrack, and boy has it delivered. The publisher’s announced on its official blog that it has managed to land "99.9%" of the original soundtrack. That includes Rob...

  • News Aliens: Colonial Marines Collector's Edition Stalks PS3

    Beep, beep

    SEGA’s announced a collector’s edition for Aliens: Colonial Marines. The bundle – which is exclusive to Amazon in the UK – includes a resin powerloader figurine, a USCM dossier, and a limited edition hive box. You’ll also get a bunch of in-game content, including four playable movie characters, additional customisation options,...

May2012

  • News Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit Looks Nuts

    Perez Hellton

    French studio Arkedo is no stranger to pretty games, but its latest collaboration with SEGA looks set to kick things up a notch. The developer has released a brand new trailer for its upcoming shooter Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit, which is set to blast onto the PlayStation Network later this year. The game follows the story of...

  • News Daytona USA and Ridge Racer Smash Together

    We have no words

    Legendary SEGA arcade racer Daytona USA and Namco's Ridge Racer finally collide after years of taking separate racing lines, with Ridge Racer on Vita set to get the legendary Daytona Hornet as DLC. The car hits Japan on 6th June, alongside a song called Ridge Racer: Ridge Racer USA Mix, which we can only assume mashes up the famous...

  • News Yakuza 5's Haruka Won't Engage in Fights

    Different formula

    We must admit, we did a double-take when SEGA announced orphan Haruka would be a playable character in Yakuza 5. The youngster is a world away from the angry men that typically populate the cast of SEGA’s niche adventure series. How is she going to fight? Many speculated that Haruka might have been trained by protagonist Kazuma...

  • News Anarchy Reigns Release Date Unclear

    Chaos ensues

    Don’t ask Platinum Games when the upcoming Anarchy Reigns is set to release in North America and Europe – the developer doesn’t know. Despite being localised and ready to go, SEGA has switched the title’s Western release date to TBC. “That means to be confirmed, not to be cancelled,” the developer joked. SEGA’s yet to even...

  • News SEGA Reveals Jet Set Radio for PS Vita

    Let's get funky

    SEGA's just announced that Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio is coming to PS Vita this summer. The enhanced port of the game that made the world fall in love with cel-shading (until The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker anyway), Vita owners will be able to use their system's touch screen and camera in-game. You can apply graffiti using...

  • News First Yakuza 5 Screenshots Swagger Online

    So solid crew

    A lot has changed since the conclusion of Yakuza 4. Series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu is now working as a taxi driver, while his adopted daughter Haruka Sawamura has gone in pursuit of her dreams. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is Shun Akiyama’s suit. That’s right, the recently revealed Yakuza 5 might take place a few years...

  • News Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz Hitz Europe on 26th October

    Just desserts

    Following on from yesterday’s North American release date announcement, SEGA’s confirmed that its upcoming Vita title Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz is set to roll onto European consoles on 26th October. The title boasts a hearty helping of primate puzzling, promising over 100 levels and eight fan favourite mini-games. You’ll...

  • News Yakuza 5 to Feature Five Playable Characters, New Engine

    Five is the magic number

    As promised, SEGA has revealed the very first details about the hotly anticipated Yakuza 5. The fifth entry in the series appears to be playing up to its title well, featuring five playable protagonists set across five different cities. The game’s due out later this year on PlayStation 3 and will boast – wait for it –...

  • News Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz Rolls onto Vita in October

    Tasty treat

    SEGA’s confirmed that Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz is set to bounce onto North American PlayStation Vitas on 23rd October. The “most advanced Monkey Ball title yet” includes more than 100 stages and eight mini-games. Yes, that includes fan favourites such as Monkey Target and Monkey Bingo. The game takes full advantage of the...

  • News Aliens: Colonial Marines Stalks PS3 on 12th February 2013

    Be afraid

    Gearbox has confirmed that the upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines will scream onto PS3 on 12th February 2013 in North America. The title had previously been given a tentative autumn release, but this is the first time it’s scooped an official date. Randy Pitchford, the gaffer at developer Gearbox, said in a statement accompanying the...

  • News Super Hang-On Races onto PlayStation Network Next Week

    Vintage collection

    No console is complete without a full compilation of SEGA classics, and so we’re pleased to report that the Japanese publisher is extending its Vintage Collection range for PSN next week. Headlining the additions (for us at least) is the arcade version of the brilliant Super Hang-On. Sadly it doesn’t come with a motorcycle for...

  • News Yakuza 5 Reveal Coming 24th May

    Happy, happy

    The official website for SEGA’s uber-niche (but absolutely brilliant) Yakuza franchise has been overhauled, teasing the impending reveal of Yakuza 5. Excuse us while we go and perform some cartwheels around the office to release our overflowing excitement. Phew, that’s better. The website shows construction workers and a poised...

  • News Sonic 4: Episode II Launch Trailer Celebrates Release

    Sonic boom

    With Sonic 4: Episode II on the cusp of release, SEGA has launched a brand new trailer showing off some of the sequences and stages from the final game. The word around the office is that resident SEGA fanboy James Newton has donned his Sonic the Hedgehog undies in preparation for the big release. Pretty weird, huh? Sonic 4: Episode II...

  • News Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Slams PSN on 5th June

    DLC packs revealed

    Much-anticipated title Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown finally makes it to the PlayStation Store in North America on 5th June, priced $14.99. Europe gets it the very next day for £9.99. DLC packs for customising your chosen character will land alongside the game. Each fighter has his or her own pack, available for $4.99/£3.59,...

  • News Tag Your Screen with New Jet Set Radio Trailer

    Dope

    While the upcoming PSN port of Dreamcast favourite Jet Set Radio will primarily focus on familiar content, SEGA is adding a fresh layer of artwork to the classic. Sure, they're part of a user-created contest, but it's new content nonetheless. Scrub through the video below to see all of the new designs — and find yourself staggered by the...

April2012

  • Rumour SEGA Has Cancelled Bayonetta Sequel

    Don't shoot the messenger

    It sounds like SEGA has canned the sequel to Platinum Games' much loved character action title, Bayonetta. A report on Spong notes that the successor was culled as part of the publisher’s major restructuring plans. The website reports that the sequel was set to include “a new character, in the form of a member of the US...

  • News Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transforms to PS3 & Vita

    Get ready to race

    IGN's lifted the lid on SEGA's next character crossover, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The mouthful of a title is coming to PS3 and Vita later this year. The transformed of the title refers to the vehicles' ability to transform into cars, boats and planes, but also the course's tendency to change and morph over time:...

  • News London 2012 Sprints onto PS3 in June

    Gold standard

    Fans of broken controllers and Jessica Ennis will be excited to learn that SEGA’s attached a 29th June release date to its upcoming tournament tie-in London 2012. The game will feature 45 Olympic events including cycling, diving and more. Some of the events – such as the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol – will feature PlayStation Move...

  • News Super Monkey Ball Vita Demo Rolls into Japan Tomorrow

    Do the splitz

    In news that should have fans of encased primates doing the monkey for the remainder of the day, SEGA has confirmed that a demo for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz will release on the Japanese PlayStation Store tomorrow. The full game will be a mixture of the familiar and the new, allowing players to roll their way through a fresh...

  • News Binary Domain Sold Just 20k Units in March

    Bad news

    Binary Domain is a rare gem. Sure, it gets a bit repetitive in places, but it’s uncommon to find a new IP with a genuinely intriguing universe and likable cast. It’s just a shame the general public didn’t agree. According to this month’s NPD report, the Yakuza Studio developed third-person shooter sold just 20k copies in North...

  • News Lock-On to a Metal Sonic 4: Episode II Trailer

    Back in time

    Remember the Lock-On function of Sonic & Knuckles on the Mega Drive? It's making a resurgence in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, as the trailer below shows. Anyone who owns Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I and the follow-up will be able to access four exclusive Metal Sonic levels that span the gap between Sonic CD and Sonic 4,...

  • First Impressions Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2

    Cycle shattered

    Well, it looks like SEGA got the abysmal message about Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 and actually did something about it. We're happy to report that, based on our time with two zones of the game at PAX East, the long-awaited Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 plays a lot closer to how our nostalgic hearts remember the series before...

  • News Sonic 4: Episode II Makes a Date with PSN on 15th May

    Open your heart

    If you’ve already read our Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II First Impressions, then you’ll probably be wondering when you can take the blue blur for a spin yourself. Well, there’s good news ahead, because SEGA has confirmed that Sonic’s latest adventure will kick off on 15th May in North America. There’s no word on a...

  • News Sonic 4: Episode II Japan-Bound on 16th May

    Spinteresting

    SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 just got its first official release date: 16th May in Japan. The second episode of the retro reboot will cost ¥1,500 — that's about £11.49 or $18, but expect Western prices to be much lower: the original was $14.99 before dropping to $9.99 after a few months. There's also a special bonus for...

March2012

  • News SEGA Cans Games, Focuses on Big Name IPs

    Blue sky gaming

    SEGA has revealed it will cancel games and focus on sales-proven IP in the future. The company's report cites Sonic the Hedgehog, Total War, Football Manager and Aliens as examples of the strong series it'll support in the next period and beyond. SEGA didn't reveal which titles would be canned, with a look through our list of

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Sturdy, Yakuza Spin-Off Strong

    What's hot in the land of the rising sun?

    The PS Vita managed to keep its head above water again this week, with its sales numbers boosting well above the dreaded 10k units mark in Japan. Sony’s new handheld was unable to outsell its predecessor, the PSP, though, which was boosted by the release of the anticipated Yakuza spin-off, Black Panther 2...

  • News Even at 10% Complete, PSO 2 Vita Looks Good

    Energy shots

    We only recently found out SEGA's Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to Vita, although the publisher deflated our hopes of playing it this year by saying it's only 10% complete. Still, to say it's got a gruelling 90% of development ahead, it looks pretty good already. SEGA released these screenshots of the game following a press event in...

  • News Take a Look at Bayonetta in Anarchy Reigns

    Anarchic manes

    Platinum Games has released the first images of Bayonetta in online brawler Anarchy Reigns. The crossover was announced earlier in the week, and will see all first-edition copies of the game bundled with a code opening up access to the hairy witch in the title’s 16-player online component. With Madworld

  • News Bayonetta Struts into Anarchy Reigns

    Hair she is

    Platinum Games’ pert protagonist Bayonetta is set to make a cameo in the upcoming arena brawler Anarchy Reigns. The sassy star will be made available for all those that pre-order the game (known as Max Anarchy overseas) ahead of its Japanese release. Publisher SEGA’s yet to share any gameplay details, but more information is expected...

  • News Virtua Fighter Legend Chibita Talks Final Showdown

    The 'little kid' speaks

    SEGA's Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is out in a few months, hoping to draw in a new breed of players to its "speed chess" gameplay. If you practise for years and years and years, you might be as good as VF legend Chibita. The Japanese pro talked to the official SEGA Blog about his play style, career and the...

  • Rumour Shenmue HD Was Finished Over a Year Ago

    "I see..."

    Here’s a story to get the old blood boiling: according to GamerZines, SEGA has been sitting on finished versions of Shenmue HD and Shenmue II HD for over a year. The website reports that the Japanese publisher decided to hold back the hotly anticipated re-releases in order to get a feel for the future of the Shenmue franchise as a...

  • News SEGA Shifts Exclusive Yakuza: Dead Souls DLC from GAME

    No prizes for guessing why

    There’s a good chance you might have pre-ordered SEGA’s upcoming Yakuza: Dead Souls from GAME, seeing as the UK retailer had the exclusive on the game’s Densetsu DLC pack. The problem is, the troubled retailer has opted not to stock the spin-off title this week, meaning SEGA has had to transfer the bonus to other...

  • News House of the Dead 4 Shoots Up the PlayStation Store Next Month

    Braaains

    Shooting zombies never gets old. Sure gamers might lament the lack of creativity when developers spew out yet another title featuring the undead, but, let’s be honest, shooting their limbs off never really loses its sheen, does it? There’s good news for PlayStation Move owners then, as SEGA has announced that House of the Dead 4 is...

  • News Jet Set Radio HD Loses Some of its Original Songs

    Super brothers

    A big part of the appeal of SEGA’s cel-shaded graffiti franchise Jet Set Radio is the music – so there’s been warranted concern over the upcoming HD remaster’s soundtrack. The good news is that SEGA’s managed to relicense just over half of the original playlist; the bad news is that it couldn’t nab rights to the other...

  • News No More Sonic 4 Episodes Planned Beyond Episode 2

    Cutting things short

    Episodic content is a curse – just ask fans of Half-Life. Sadly it looks as though SEGA’s not going to be the ones to break that curse, announcing that it has no plans to continue its Sonic the Hedgehog 4 series beyond the upcoming Episode 2. Sonic Team producer Takashi Iizuka broke the depressing news, telling Digital Spy...

  • News New Sonic 4: Episode 2 Screenshots Sprint Online

    Egged on

    SEGA’s released some brand new screenshots from Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 and it’s all looking delightfully pretty. The shots show a variety of new districts, including a theme park, an underwater stage and a rather festive snowy carnival. There’s also room for a sneak peak at one of the game’s boss fights, which looks...

  • News Super Monkey Balls Rolls onto PlayStation Vita in June

    AiAi

    The latest entry in SEGA’s premium primate puzzler Super Monkey Ball is set to spin onto Japanese PS Vitas on 14th June, the publisher has announced. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz promises to revisit the classic gameplay formula from previous titles, in addition to adding motion controls, rear touch pad features, wireless two-player co-op,...

  • News Sonic 4: Episode 2's Physics to be Based on Mega Drive Games

    Getting it right

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 was not a bad game by any means, but it just didn’t feel right. Over the years, the Sonic series has developed a distinctive “feel” which was completely missing in SEGA’s episodic debut. Thankfully, the Japanese publisher is not planning on making the same mistake twice. Speaking with...

  • News Yakuza: Dead Souls Launch Trailer Sets the Scene

    Karaoke

    The Yakuza series is well regarded for its melodramatic plotlines and ridiculous minigames, but by bringing zombies into the fold, Yakuza: Dead Souls hopes to set a new precedent. The game’s launch trailer sums up the silly nature of the title by showing eye-patched series veteran Goro Majima doing his very best karaoke performance...

  • News Phantasy Star Online 2 is Only 10% Complete on Vita

    Still a way away

    If you thought that the Phantasy Star Online 2 footage released earlier today looked a bit rough, then worry not: SEGA’s Satoshi Sakai has revealed that the PlayStation Vita version of the title is only 10% complete. The game was announced as part of Sony’s Vita Game Heaven promotion earlier today, but the footage shown was...

  • News Phantasy Star Online 2 Confirmed for PS Vita

    Pioneer 2

    SEGA's revealed that it's bringing Phantasy Star Online 2 to PlayStation Vita. The sequel to the Dreamcast original was announced last year for PC, but as part of today's Game Heaven promotional event SEGA's confirmed it'll come to Vita in 2013. The game also looks like it'll support cross-platform play with PC gamers, as the video below...

  • News Yakuza: Black Panther 2 Demo Drops in Japan

    Like a dragon

    SEGA’s released a demo for Yakuza’s second PlayStation Portable spin-off, Yakuza: Black Panther 2, in Japan. The demo, which is exclusive to Famitsu for the time being, features four components, including a sample of the game’s story mode, a chunk of hub-world Osaka to explore, a battle tutorial and a taste of the game’s...

  • News Virtua Fighter's Akira to Appear in Dead or Alive 5

    Synergy

    It would appear publishers can’t release a fighting game without a cameo of some kind. Dead or Alive 5 is the latest tile to jump on the crossover bandwagon, with Virtua Fighter mascot Akira Yuki set to join the roster. Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi said: Gamers will have an opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable battle with an esteemed...

  • News First Jet Set Radio Footage Skates Past

    Slick

    SEGA's posted the first trailer for its upcoming digital release of Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio, and it looks... well, like a sharper version of Jet Set Radio. The trailer's got everything you'd want: Captain Onishima, skating, tagging and some of that awesome music too. Here's hoping the game's legendary soundtrack survives intact, though...

  • News SEGA Teases Major Shining Series Announcement

    Coming next week

    SEGA has a big surprise up its sleeve for Shining fans next week. The official Shining Blade Twitter — via Andriasang — tweeted that the "biggest thing in series history" will happen next week. Previously the account has hinted that information about the next game will be included in the packaging for Shining Blade,...

  • News SEGA and Arkedo Reveal Hell Yeah!

    The rabbit is coming, you better start running

    SEGA’s finally lifted the lid on its collaboration with Parisian developer Arkedo. As confirmed on IGN overnight, Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Rabbit is coming to PlayStation Network later this year. The game is about a rabbit prince who embarks on a bloody rampage when compromising photographs of him are...

  • News SEGA Opens Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Website

    New modes detailed

    SEGA's preparing to drop Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown this summer, launching an official website to explain a bit more about the new gameplay features of the PSN download. While the PS3 version of Virtua Fighter 5 missed out on online play, Final Showdown includes online multiplayer as well as a revamped offline single player...

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  • News Yakuza Creator Named Chief Creative Officer at SEGA

    No Nagoshiation

    Toshihiro Nagoshi’s hard work on the Yakuza franchise has not gone unnoticed: SEGA’s announced this morning that the Yakuza Studio boss has been promoted to the role of Chief Creative Officer at the publisher. The change comes as part of a wider corporate shuffle at the company, caused by the impending retirement of SEGA Chief...

  • News First Jet Set Radio HD Screenshots Get Scratching

    Looking good so far

    SEGA's followed up last week's announcement that classic Dreamcast title Jet Set Radio (Jet Grind Radio in America) is coming to PlayStation Network with the first HD screenshots. SEGA has also confirmed the game will see release this summer and revealed a Jet Set Radio art contest that could see your art included in the finished...

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