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December 2009

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Merry Christmas from Sega with PSN, Wii Savings

Sega announced that several of their items on the PlayStation Store are now on sale by 40% just in time for Christmas. The Sonic Unleashed packs, usually retailing for $2.99, are now only $1.99. For the six total content packs, that saves almost $6.00 total from the usual price. Of lesser note, the Sonic 2006 Very Hard stages are going for $1.49, down from $2.49. Gunstar Heroes, the PSN version of the Genesis/Mega Drive classic, is now pegged at $2.99. For Valkyria Chronicles, all three content packs are now priced at $2.99 each as well.

Also on the discount block are numerous downloadable PSP titles, which should be great news for those two of you that have the PSP-go. These include Alien Syndrome, Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars, Sega Rally Revo, Sega Genesis Collection, Sonic Rivals 1 & 2, Super Monkey Ball Adventure. All of these deals are good until Jan. 7th, 2010. No word if these deals will soon apply to other regions outside North America or if similar offers will be available for Xbox Live users. Che

Not to leave Wii owners out in the cold, Sega also announced ten virtual console titles are 40% off, the first time ever a sale has happened on Nintendo’s services. These include the first three Sonic titles, Gunstar Heroes, Toejam and Earl and other classics. All the titles are going for 400 Nintendo Points, or $4.00. The Virtual Console deals are valid until Jan. 6th, 2010

If you’ve been holding out on downloadable content, now may be the time to spring for them while the prices are down. No word if these deals will soon apply to other regions outside North America or if similar offers will be available for Xbox Live users. Check out the jump for the full prices and details.

Happy Holidays — The SEGA Mega Sale for PSN is on! (Official PlayStation Blog)
SEGA Mega Sale – 40% off Selected Virtual Console Games!

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Michael Jackson Involvement with Sonic 3 Confirmed

Often speculated and argued, Michael Jackson’s involvement with Sonic 3 has finally been confirmed by way of composer Brad Buxer in an interview by Black and White magazine.

B&W: Can you clarify the rumor that Michael had in 1993 composed the music for Sonic 3 video game, for which you havel been credited?

Buxer: I’ve never played the game so I do not know what tracks on which Michael and I have worked the developers have kept, but we did compose music for the game. Michael called me at the time for help on this project, and that’s what I did.
And if he is not credited for composing the music, it’s because he was not happy with the result sound coming out of the console. At the time, game consoles did not allow an optimal sound reproduction, and Michael found it frustrating. He did not want to be associated with a product that devalued his music…

B&W: One of the surprising things in this soundtrack is that you can hear the chords from Stranger in Moscow, which is supposed to have been composed later…

Buxer: Yes, Michael and I had composed those chords for the game, and it has been used as base for Stranger in Moscow. […]

For more discussion and speculation, check out the topic on the forums here.


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