Month: August 2013

We Want Your Sega Stuff!

…Or to be more clear, we want to share your Sega collections with other Sega fans!

SegaFans used to  have a bunch of Sega collections posted on the site and we’d like to bring that section of the site back. Pictures of your games, posters, figurines, DVDs, albums, you name it, we want to see it! Video room tours are cool, too!

We’ll give you the opportunity to write about the history of your collection and some of your favorite items. You can be as elaborate or as brief as you’d like to be.

Do you have a cool Sega collection you’d like to share? Get in touch with Chakan at this email address for details on how you can do it!

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Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Commercial, Initial Sales

yakuza-1-2-hd-front-coverIt’s Yakuza week, evidently. That’s fine by me. To honor this, we have a new poll up on the site to your right!

The commercial for Yakuza 1 & 2 HD evidently premiered right before SegaFans came back online. So I felt like sharing it with my readers. You can find it and an English translation of the dialogue after the jump.

Unfortunately, the game has not been selling very well. It has not made any of the sales charts I’ve run across online, which is very abysmal news. According to Dengeki’s sales charts, it sold less than 1,878 copies in it’s first week. How do we know this? Well, it didn’t enter the Top 50 at all and the worst chartered game sold that amount. Ouch.

What’s worse, it didn’t make an appearance in it’s second, full week at retail either.

If you had any hope in Yakuza 1 & 2 HD being released in a Western market, I think it’s safe to say there’s little chance of that now.

On to the commercial to cheer us up!

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A Few More Yakuza Ishin Screens

After digging around on the game’s official site here, I was able to locate some more screenshots for Yakuza Ishin. These screens feature the main villain of the game, Saito Hajime. I haven’t seen these posted on the English Sega fanboy web yet. Check them out below and enjoy.

The official site appears to be the original source of the screenshots we posted yesterday.

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SoA Announces, Clarifies Sonic: Lost World Deadly Six Bonus Edition

sonic-lost-world-deadly-six-bonus-editionSega of America has posted on Sonic Lost World Deadly Six Bonus Edition, clarifying as to what it actually is.

Deadly Six appears to be exclusive pre-order DLC content that unlocks a NiGHTS-inspired level. Inside, Sonic must face Wizeman’s six underlings. The level may be played at any time during the game and completing it unlocks a special Color Power. They note that the Color Power will be “usually only obtainable from Miiverse,”

They state that “exclusive level is accessed via a redeemable code when pre-ordering the game, or while supplies last.” This makes me wonder if the initial run of the game will contain the code as well, which from their marketing language for the edition, it seems like that would be the case.

In addition to this news, we also have a few new screens to share as well from Sega.

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Yakuza Ishin Setting Details Roll In

toshihiro-nagoshiPolygon’s |tsr – er, Kevin Gifford has risen to the occasion again with another rundown of a Famitsu-exclusive interview, this one concerning Yakuza Ishin. In it, Director Toshihiro Nagoshi and Writer Masayoshi Yokoyama talk about why they chose the setting, the Yakuza General Character Election, and their goals of creating a quality title exceeding Yakuza 5.

“In terms of volume and quality, we felt like we did everything we could with Yakuza 5,” series director Toshihiro Nagoshi told Famitsu magazine in this week’s issue. “If I had to put it out there, I’d say that if we want to do another numbered title in the series, we’ll need a little time for that.”

Described as a “side story” from the main Yakuza series, Ishin is set in mid-19th century, the final years of the country’s ruling shogunate and a period of intense ideological, political, and physical conflict. The game stars Sakamoto Ryoma, a real-life historical figure born into a low-rank samurai clan in the Tosa fiefdom (modern-day Kochi prefecture). Frustrated by the strict caste system in his homeland, Ryoma and his friend Takechi Hanpeita formed a political group that aimed to reform the government and resist the rapid Westernization then taking place in Japan. His main foe in the game: Saito Hajime, leader of the Shinsengumi group of samurai loyal to the shogunate.

masayoshi-yokoyama“It’s not that the era itself was attractive to us so much as the people involved with it trigger stories in our minds,” commented Ishin producer and writer Masayoshi Yokoyama. “I wanted to build a story this time around Sakamoto Ryoma, who’s this really attention-grabbing character in history, but really there’s such a vast amount of people involved with this era. You have hardline traditional samurai, you have people trying to create a whole new era for themselves, and you have others turning their eyes toward other countries. Trying to build a coherent story that brought all of these people together is a real challenge.”

Sega has yet to announce a release date or even a platform for Ishin, and neither Nagoshi nor Yokoyama offered many clues as to what to expect gameplay-wise. “We may have deployed everything we could with Yakuza 5,” Nagoshi said, “but that doesn’t mean we’re on cruise control with the quality and volume of this title. We are challenging ourselves with new things here, from the graphical presentation to the way we’re bringing back the full cast. It’ll be a huge step forward.”

The rest of the article deals with the Yakuza General Character Election, which you can read here. The game was announced just a couple of days ago. You can read about that here.

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NiGHTS Characters to Appear in Sonic: Lost World

sonic-lost-world-deadly-six-editionWhile this certainly isn’t the first time the two Sonic Team franchises have crossed paths, this time it looks to be more than brief cameos!

Sega has surprised us all with what appears to be a special edition of Sonic: Lost World. Labelled the “Deadly Six Edition” in the following trailer, you’ll see the six NiGHTS Into Dreams… bosses making an appearance. It appears to be a limited edition retail version of the game from the trailer. There’s no information available yet on whether this will be a UK exclusive (where the trailer comes from), but that doesn’t seem like a good way to make a proper return on such a development investment!

There’s also no word yet on if the 3DS version of the game will have any NiGHTS content available as well.

Click on Read More to watch the trailer and check out a bunch of new Gamescom Sonic: Lost World screenshots from Sega.

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Steel Empire Coming to 3DS

steel-empireDangerously drifting dirigibles, Batman! Steel Empire is coming to the 3DS in at least Japan, according to Famitsu. The Steampunk-before-Steampunk-was-cool horizontal shooter original came out for the Genesis and Mega Drive worldwide back in 1992, then got a Game Boy Advance port in 2004.

No word yet on a release in the West, but stranger things have happened.

The game was released as Empire of Steel in PAL territories and Koutetsu Teikoku in Japan.

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New Sonic Lost World Gamescom Videos

Gamescom 2013 is going on and Sega’s blowing up twitter, giving away stuff all day long. They’re also giving us some new Sonic: Lost World footage to check out. SegaNerds has put up the Gamescom 2013 trailer, which I’ve posted below. It shows off the 2 player co-op and racing modes available in the game.

Click on Read More to check out Gamespot’s 22 minutes of time demoing the game.

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