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Sega Fan Art Showcase Volume 2

It’s been a long time since our previous Fan Art Showcase. We wanted to bring it back, but got distracted by things.

Here’s our second edition of the Sega Fan Art Showcase. The next installment will arrive before Phantasy Star Online 2 gets a North American release, we promise.

Phantasy Star 1 by kamiomutsu.

phantasy star fan art by kamiomutsu

Alex Kidd in Miracle World by Mr Nik.

alex kidd fan art by mr nik

Jet Set Radio and Splatoon crossover by gemi333.

jet set radio splatoon crossover by gemi333

Shinobi fan art by BrotherOstavia.

shinobi fan art by brotherostavia

Monster World IV fan art by Ozara Maki.

monster world iv fan art by ozara maki

ESWAT: City Under Siege fan art by Vandrell.

eswat city under siege fan art by vandrell

Phantasy Star II fan art by Isedaichi Ken.

phantasy star II fan art by Isedaichi Ken

Splatterhouse fan art by TheDarkCloak.

splatterhouse fan art by thedarkcloak

A take on a favorite level of Shinobi III by modusprodukt.

shinobi iii fan art by modusprodukt

Yakuza 5 fan art by Amasaki Kasama (NSFW content).

yakuza 5 fan art by amasakikasama

If you have any exceptional, inspired, or just a beloved piece of fan art you’d like to submit for our next gallery, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Other Sega Fan Art Galleries

Be sure to check out previous Sega fan art galleries:

Sega Fan Art Showcase Volume 1

Sega Fan Art Showcase Volume 2

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The Return of Awesome Sega Cosplay

We’re back with the return of awesome Sega cosplay.

Sega Saturn and Segata Sanshiro cosplay from Comiket in Tokyo 2014. Cosplayers unknown.

sega saturn and segata sanshiro cosplay from comiket in tokyo 2014

This cheeky Solis R6800 (Groove On Fight) cosplay by riccaricca.

Jessica de Alkirk (Lunar: The Silver Star) cosplay by Yashuntafun.

He’s not Sega-exclusive, but we know the best Earthworm Jim games were on Sega consoles! Cosplayer unknown from PAX East 2014.

earthworm jim cosplay pax east 2014

It looks like CimmerianWillow is indeed getting the whole family in on the action! A Phantasy Star cosplay she’s been involved with has been in every one of our galleries so far and it looks like she’s not skipping one yet. Here is an adorable cosplay by her daughter as Alis!

Speaking of her family, here is her husband cosplaying as Wein from Dragon Force! This family has great tastes in games!

wein dragon force cosplay by cimmerianwillow

Check out these Valis cosplays from Wonder Festival Summer 2002! Reiko, Rogles and Yukos; oh my! All cosplayers unidentified, sadly.

What do you get when you take 1 Hibana and add 2 Hotsumas? This Shinobi series cosplay photo below.

1 hibana 2 hotsumas cosplay

Did someone say Shinobi? We can’t leave out our old pal Joe Musashi! This guy comes from PAX East 2013.

joe musashi shinobi from pax east 2013

How about some Zeke cosplay from Zombies Ate My Neighbors by embryo? The soda cans at the ready are a nice touch!

zeke cosplay by embryo

Zombies Ate My Neighbors can be a quick and dirty couples costume as well! Here’s a duo by livengood and friend.

zombies ate my neighbors cosplay by livengood

Princess Gradriel De Valendia cosplay from Princess Crown by Shappi!

Princess Gradriel De Valendia cosplay by shappi

Sketch Turner cosplay from Comix Zone by Erinast.

sketch turner cosplay by erinast

And we finish out this gallery with Kiryu and Majima (Yakuza series) cosplay from a 2011 cosplay event.

kiryu and majima cosplay

We’ll publish another cosplay gallery once we compile another decent sized set.

Other Sega Cosplay Galleries

Be sure to check out previous Sega cosplay galleries:

Awesome Sega Cosplay You’ll Want To See

More Awesome Sega Cosplay

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Awesome Sega Cosplay You’ll Want To See

Here’s a gallery of awesome Sega cosplays where fans bring their favorite characters to life! Continue reading

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A Special Day

Today marks two anniversaries that we care about around here.

The first is the North American launch of the Genesis. It’s been 24 years since it’s release stateside. How old does that make you feel? When did you get your Genesis? What games did you play on it at first? Let us know in the forums!

My first experience with it was at my uncle’s house, shortly after it’s release. I had seen screenshots and articles in magazines on the games, but playing them was something else. My first experience was the pack-in game Altered Beast. I can remember my reaction when I first saw the transformation scene: Holy shit! This certainly was a much stronger piece of hardware than my NES or Master System! I was hooked!

altered-beast-transformMy parents were, naturally, pestered until I finally got one the following Christmas. Those few months seemed like an eternity! I think I played Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Shinobi, and Space Harrier nonstop to occupy myself. Even back then, I leaned very heavily on the Sega side of things. My NES was mostly used for Capcom games and RPGs that I couldn’t play elsewhere.

The second anniversary is the 15th – that’s right, fifteenth, anniversary of SegaFans. We started out on August 14th, 1998 as a crappy free host page based around the Sega Saturn called Sega Saturn Online. I would publish news from Japan and random reviews on the site. Over the next two years, we changed our name to Sega CDX and, finally, SegaFans.

Our activity on the site might have waxed and waned when the person running it had to deal with real life issues. But I’m proud to have carried the Sega banner along with benstylus and JoshF, pushing the site along to this milestone. Both of them stepped up and served as head master here while I was away for a handful of years, bringing their own opinions and personalities to the site and keeping the lights on.

While we celebrate out 15th, let’s all pour one out for all of our fallen or dormant brethren. Thanks for all the memories, interweb Sega peoples. Let’s make some more during the next 5 years!

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Sega Preps Shinobi III 3DS Port

The slickest Genesis Shinobi game, Shinobi III: Return of the Master Ninja, is about to be released on the 3DS as 3D Shinobi III. This release is one of the enhanced 3D ports that Sega’s been producing. The game will feature stereoscopic 3DS visuals, quicksaves, round select, and an option to play the Japanese or English versions. Neat.

It was recently revealed that the game will have customizable controls that allow you to set more commands than the original game. In this release, you’ll be able to configure buttons for attack, defend, jump, ninjustsu, and shurikens.

Shinobi III for 3DS comes out on August 7th, 2013 in Japan for 600 yen ($6). No word yet on a release date for North America or Europe, but we’re supposed to be getting the 3D classic releases some time soon. PEGI ratings for Shinobi III were leaked, so I’d imagine it’s just a matter of time.

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Shinobi for the 3DS Looks to be… Dissapointing…

I apologize if I’m taking on a bit of a Negative Nancy tone here, but after seeing Shinobi 3DS recently, I’m left with a poor impression.

I was a huge Shinobi fan as a kid, having started with the SMS port of the arcade game. For the longest time, I only had Rampage, Shinobi, and the built-in Hang-On / Safari Hunt for my SMS. It wasn’t for months that I finally got Wonderboy III: The Dragon’s Trap (which became my favorite SMS game), so I played a ton of Shinobi.

Through the years, I played the various Genesis games, missing out on the Game Gear and Saturn titles, as well as the GBA game that looked like complete ass. The Playstation 2 Shinobi was marvelous and it’s follow-up Nightshade was pretty good as well. Overall, I’d say Shinobi III for the Genesis / Mega Drive and Shinobi for the PS2 are my favorite games in the series. They’re smooth, fun, and challenging.

So that’s my background with the Shinobi series.

In walks this trailer for Shinobi 3DS, which is being developed by Griptonite Games, who are mostly known for the portable versions of multi-platformed licensed games. It comes out on November 15th. It looks to be the second farmed-out, disappointing Shinobi game in the franchise.

Just by looking at the trailer below, my hopes for the game have sank a little. It looks like a Flash game! I admire the use of 2.5D, which I was a huge fan of in the 90s, with games like Strider 2 and Psychic Killer Taromaru. The aesthetic here is just not pleasing to me and I am not alone, looking at the Youtube comments submitted in the past day since this trailer’s release.

I hate to be that guy, making a huge deal out of graphics in a video game. The big deal to me here, though, is that they had a choice. They chose to make this game that is not attractive (to myself and others). I’m just hoping that (somehow) it turns out to play extremely well. It’s been a long time since I’ve played a NEW awesome 2D Shinobi game.

So, let’s compare. The first video I have for you is a recording of Shinobi III, which I consider to be the pinnacle of 2D Shinobo games.

Now we have the trailer for Shinobi 3DS.

Which one do you want to play?

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