Sega’s Involvement With Tri-Force, PS2-Focus…

Two interesting news bytes from the Magic Box today:

-Sega, Nintendo and Namco announced a collaborative development of a new arcade game board called TriForce. The TriForce is a GameCube compatible 3D arcade board, which allows developers to create low cost, high performance game titles for both arcade and home console. A prototype of the TriForce arcade board will be exhibited at the upcoming AOU Expo on February 23 in Tokyo Japan.

-Sega announced that they will focus on PlayStation 2 development for this year, about 50% of the upcoming game titles are designated for the PS2 platform, and the rest are divided equally for XBox, GameCube and GameBoy Advance. Sega also mentioned a number of classic Mega Drive and Saturn hits will be “revived” on the PS2 this year, more details will be announced at this year’s E3 Expo.

The second item troubles me. It sounds like Sega will be releasing yet another Smash Pack for PS2, as well as a port of some Saturn gems… whether it’ll include Panzer Dragoon Saga or not is both a happy and sad possibility…

Tags: ,

Acclaim To Publish Ecco & Headhunter On PS2

Acclaim has picked up the right to publish the Dreamcast originals Ecco: Defender of the Future and Headhunter on the PS2. Yes, this means inferior colors and much more are bound for the PS2 and it’s limited palette. Yes, probably much more so than the uninspiring lack of vibrant colors in Jet Grind Radio Future…

Ecco should be out by the end of February (this month), and Headhunter should be out sometime later this Spring. Of course, if you were a REAL SegaFan, you’d already have both and be quite happy. :)

Speaking of Jet Set/Grind Radio Future, the GIA has posted some new character designs from the upcoming game. You can find them here, and, yes, I will stand by my “lack of vibrant colors” quote and point you to my sexy DC. Mrrroww!

Tags:

Space Channel 5: Part 2 Released In Japan header

Space Channel 5: Part 2 Released In Japan

Space Channel 5: Part 2 was released in Japan yesterday for the Dreamcast and Playstation 2.

space channel 5 part 2 playstation 2 JP front cover

The Dreamcast version will not be making it to US shores, so be sure you get it from Sega of Japan (Archive.org copy since it’s gone now – James) while you can. There is also a Limited Edition version available.

On an interesting note, it appears as if you have data from Rez or the original Space Channel 5 on your VMU, it’ll unlock some costumes in the changing room. If you’re an Ulala fan (don’t worry, I won’t tell if you don’t), then you can either snag the Japanese DC version now or wait for the American Playstation 2 version.

Either way, the game has improved (looks better, has more gameplay features, etc), so if you enjoyed the original…

Tags: , , , , ,