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February 2012

Game News, Sega Retro

Capcom, SEGA and Bandai Namco Crossover Game for 3DS Announced

Announced at the Nintendo Direct live stream earlier today, a crossover game for the Nintendo 3DS between Capcom, Sega and Bandai Namco is in development. The last of these three is also doing the publishing and one of their developers, Banpresto, best known for the Super Robot Wars franchise, is making the title.

That’s all that there’s known at the moment. Any details like what franchises appear in the game or if the game will even hit stores outside Japan still need to be announced. You can visit the teaser site here, but there’s not much there to discover besides the company logos. Still, whatever this is may be worth keeping an eye on.

Animation, Miscellaneous

Eggman Appears Along With Other Video Game Villains in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph

Any animation fan should fondly remember Robert Zemeckis’ tribute to the golden age of cartoons, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. To those who have never seen the movie (and you should be ashamed of yourself if you haven’t), the movie contained many cameos from various cartoons with characters like Donald Duck and Daffy Duck sharing screentime together. Disney’s upcoming movie Wreck-It Ralph does something similar (though it presumably does not contain live-action actors), but instead of being about cartoons it’s about videogames.

The movie is about that angry looking fellow shown in the movie’s logo, Wreck-It Ralph, who appears in a fictional arcade game called Fix-It Felix. His job is to destroy the buildings that the game’s titular hero has to fix. Because Ralph doesn’t like being the bad guy anymore and wants to be good he gets out of the game and jumps into other genres like first person shooters and kart racers. Though the games he gets into are made up for the movie, not all of the characters are. Like Roger Rabbit, famous characters from videogame history appear throughout the film.

One scene in particular has Ralph in a support group for villains, pictured in the above image (taken from Disney’s D23 Magazine). As you can see Eggman appears in this scene along with Bowser, Dr. Wily and Zangief. If he’s just going to sit there doing nothing or if he actually has a speaking role we don’t know, but it’s still neat to see him appear in a big Disney flick. Considering the nature of the film, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Sonic make a small cameo as well. Of course if he doesn’t matter because the movie sounds awesome as it is. You can find Wreck-It Ralph in theaters from November 2nd this year.

[Via Rockman Corner]

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House of the Dead III Released for Playstation Network This Week, Lover

For the Valentine’s Day update week on the Playstation Network in the U.S. and Europe, Sega has released a PlayStation 3 edition of The House of the Dead III, complete with support for PlayStation Move or a standard controller and trophies. The game stars aging Agent G and Lisa Rogan, who are on the search for Agent Rogan after suddenly disappearing. It’s a perfect game for couples to go blasting endless mindless waves of the undead. The game is available through PSN for $6.99 and includes an avatar for a limited time.  PlayStation Plus subscribers can purchase it with an additional discount, and get access to a demo of the game.

While this is the fourth time the third entry in the series has seen a home console port, Sega still has The House of the Dead IV in the pipeline for release on the network, which will be the first home console release of the arcade title.

For the Valentines Day update week on the Playstation Network in the US and UK, Sega has released a Playstation 3 edition of The House of the Dead III, complete with support for Playstation Move or a standard Sixaxis controller and trophies. The game stars aging Agent G and Lisa Rogan, on the search for Agent Rogan who has gone missing. The perfect game for couples to go down blasting endless, mindless waves of the undead. The game is available through PSN for $6.99 along with an avatar for purchase for a limited time and is also available for a discount through Playstation Plus. Plus members also get access to a demo of the game.

While this is the fourth time the third entry in the series has seen a home console port, Sega still has The House of the Dead IV in the pipeline for release on the Network, which will be the first home console release of the arcade title.

For the Valentines Day update week on the Playstation Network in the US and UK, Sega has released a Playstation 3 edition of The House of the Dead III, complete with support for Playstation Move or a standard Sixaxis controller and trophies. The game stars aging Agent G and Lisa Rogan, on the search for Agent Rogan who has gone missing. The perfect game for couples to go down blasting endless, mindless waves of the undead. The game is available through PSN for $6.99 along with an avatar for purchase for a limited time and is also available for a discount through Playstation Plus. Plus members also get access to a demo of the game.

While this is the fourth time the third entry in the series has seen a home console port, Sega still has The House of the Dead IV in the pipeline for release on the Network, which will be the first home console release of the arcade title.

Game News, Sega Retro

Index Holdings Subsidiary Atlus Teams with Sega for Distribution Deal in Japan

Atlus Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Index Holdings, has entered a distribution contract with Sega in Japan which allows the developer to take advantage of Sega’s wider distribution network, which is quite an advantage for the smaller developer. This however does not apply to digitally distributed titles. The deal will take effect in April (Spring) 2012. All Altus titles published will now carry the Sega logo on game covers. Currently this does not effect other subsidiaries of Atlus or Index Corp. outside of Japan.

Atlus is well-known for the Shin Megami Tensei series, its spin offs including Digital Devil Saga, Persona, and Devil Survivor, as well as Catherine that had recently come out in the UK.

Via: (Japanese) //indexweb.jp/news/2012/news_20120217_01.html

Atlus Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Index Holdings, has entered a distribution contract with Sega in Japan which allows the developer to take advantage of Sega’s wider distribution network, which is quite an advantage for the smaller developer. This however does not apply to digitally distributed titles. The deal will take effect in April (Spring) 2012. All Altus titles published will now carry the Sega logo on game covers. Currently this does not effect other subsidiaries of Atlus or Index Corp. outside of Japan.

Atlus is well-known for the Shin Megami Tensei series, its spin offs including Digital Devil Saga, Persona, and Devil Survivor, as well as Catherine that had recently come out in the UK.

[Via: (Japanese) //indexweb.jp/news/2012/news_20120217_01.html]

Atlus Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Index Holdings, has entered a distribution contract with Sega in Japan which allows the developer to take advantage of Sega’s wider distribution network, which is quite an advantage for the smaller developer. This however does not apply to digitally distributed titles. The deal will take effect in April (Spring) 2012. All Altus titles published will now carry the Sega logo on game covers. Currently this does not effect other subsidiaries of Atlus or Index Corp. outside of Japan.

Atlus is well-known for the Shin Megami Tensei series, its spin offs including Digital Devil Saga, Persona, and Devil Survivor, as well the recently-released Catherine.

Source: (Japanese) //indexweb.jp/news/2012/news_20120217_01.html

Atlus Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Index Holdings, has entered a distribution contract with Sega in Japan which allows the developer to take advantage of Sega’s wider distribution network, which is quite an advantage for the smaller developer. This however does not apply to digitally distributed titles. The deal will take effect in April (Spring) 2012. All Altus titles published will now carry the Sega logo on game covers. Currently this does not effect other subsidiaries of Atlus or Index Corp. outside of Japan.

Atlus is well-known for the Shin Megami Tensei series, its spin offs including Digital Devil Saga, Persona, and Devil Survivor, as well the recently-released Catherine.

Source: (Japanese) //indexweb.jp/news/2012/news_20120217_01.html

Atlus Co. Ltd. a subsidiary of Index Holdings has entered a distribution contract with Sega in Japan which allows the developer to take advantage of Sega’s wider distribution network, which is quite an advantage for the smaller developer. This however does not apply to digitally distributed titles. The deal will take effect in April (Spring) 2012. All Altus titles published will now carry the Sega logo on game covers. Currently this does not effect other subsidiaries of Atlus or Index Corp. outside of Japan.

Atlus made famous for the Shin Megami Tensei Series, it’s spin offs including Digital Devil Saga, Persona, Devil Survivor, the recently released Catherine and more.

Source: (Japanese) //indexweb.jp/news/2012/news_20120217_01.html

Atlus Co. Ltd. a subsidiary of Index Holdings has entered a distribution contract with Sega in Japan which allows the developer to take advantage of Sega’s wider distribution network, which is quite an advantage for the smaller developer. This however does not apply to digitally distributed titles. The deal will take effect in April (Spring) 2012. All Altus titles published will now carry the Sega logo on game covers. Currently this does not effect other subsidiaries of Atlus or Index Corp. outside of Japan. Atlus made famous for the Shin Megami Tensei Series, it’s spin offs including Digital Devil Saga, Persona, Devil Survivor, the recently released Catherine and more. Source: (Japanese) //indexweb.jp/news/2012/news_20120217_01.html

Game News

More Sonic 4: Episode 2 Shots, Straight From The Source

It was only a couple days ago when we finally got our first glimpse at Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2. Sure, maybe we weren’t supposed to see it yet, but that doesn’t really matter anymore. Especially since Sega’s official blog has decided to do their own public reveal of the game, with screenshots aplenty. We may not know if their original plans for letting out all this information has changed because of the Xbox Live showing, but either way we finally get a better look at what is to constitute Sonic’s latest romp in 2D.


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Sonic 4: Episode 2 Screenshots Released on Xbox Live Marketplace (UPDATE)

UPDATE: The release date was spotted on Xbox Live as well shortly before it was removed along with the screenshots (which were re-uploaded later on). If the date is correct, we should be seeing this game as early as May 16th.

While it’s entirely possible we weren’t supposed to see these just yet, we were warned by Ken Balough we’d see some interesting things in the next couple of weeks regarding the one Sonic title we definitely know is coming: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2. And with no fanfare whatsoever, we can now see, at the very least the visual style they are going for in the next chapter of the “Sonic 4 saga.”

Oh man, they even pulled the original Tornado out of storage for this one. Remember, the reason it says Sonic on the side is because it was Sonic’s plane in the first place.
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Plumber and Hedgehog Visit a Royal Palace… Again

Last November SEGA released a couple of TV commercials for the release of the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Now that the 3DS version has been released as well another pair of advertisements come with it, again with each having their own gameplay clips and ending.

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvQndquqxrY

In this commercial Mario and Sonic get a tour around a royal palace while they try not to act like their usual selves. Above is Sonic’s version, after the jump you can view the version with Mario’s ending and the launch trailer for the 3DS edition.

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All Stars Racing Sequel To Cross The Finish Line By Year’s End

Leave it to Sega to have their secrets disrupted by every external force in the universe. Kotaku is reporting that toys pitching the upcoming racing sequel were spotted at the New York Toy Fair with further confirmation from the representative on deck that the game will be out by year’s end and feature new playable characters. This information links up well with a teaser posted on Sonic Stadium that Sumo Digital was at work on another racing title.

We can only hope the shortlist includes the likes of Wonder Boy, a Rag Rappy from Phantasy Star, and Segata Sanshiro riding on a Sega Saturn controller.