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This Day in Sega – April 9th

Ultraman received another crappy game adaptation, rednecks sat around watching a bug zapper, nobody cares about Nobunaga’s Ambition when giant robots are available, we learned lesbian ninja academy is the best academy, and a fan favorite studio is renamed on this day in Sega history for April 9th. Continue reading

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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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Comparison Videos

Here’s something fun for the weekend – I’ve put together three videos featuring various Game Boy Advance games compared to their console counterparts. All these videos are roughly 15 Megabytes in size.

Up first is a comparison of the GBA version of Crazy Taxi with the Dreamcast version (widely known to be the best home version).

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As I’ve said before, everything about the Game Boy Advance version of the game is horrible. It’s got a bad framerate and lousy controls. Instead of fixing these problems, the developers decided to make the game extremely easy. If you were to watch the full version of that run, I ended up with over $8,000.00 and an easy S ranking, despite my frequent crashing due to the camera/controls. The Dreamcast video didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped, but that’s due to the bitrate restriction I put on the file. The game itself doesn’t have the framerate problems that the video does.

The second video is a comparison of the Game Boy Advance and Saturn versions of Sega Rally.

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As you can see, the Game Boy Advance version plays pretty well. It’s not as good as the Saturn version, but it isn’t bad in any respect but the graphics. Perhaps it’s because the game doesn’t require split second reflexes to avoid cars, but the game just plays so much better than the GBA Crazy Taxi. From what I understand, Sega Rosso did the development for this title. It was wise of Sega not to turn the game over to a 3rd party in this case.

The final video for today is a brief look at the Game Boy Advance and Dreamcast versions of Space Channel 5. For the Dreamcast source material, I used the Japanese version of the game – mostly because it’s a lot harder to find footage of that version on the internet, and partly because I like the Japanese voices better.

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It’s remarkable how well they’ve translated the game to the small screen. Yes, they ditched the FMV and most of the voices, and the character animations are a bit lacking, but they crammed the whole game onto the cartridge which is no small feat. Of course I still prefer the Dreamcast version, but for those times when there’s no Dreamcast or TV around, it’s comforting to know that I’ve got Ulala in my pants and that I can play with her just about anywhere.

I’ll probably end up doing more videos of this type (there are a few more games to cover) since they’re both entertaining and educational. When I do, they’ll be posted here.

-benstylus

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Space Channel 5: Part 2 Released In Japan

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

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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…

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