PlayStation 4 Physical Copy Now Available Via Shenmue 3 Kickstarter

In case you haven’t heard already, a PlayStation 4 physical copy reward has finally been added to the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter. For $60, everyone who has been using the lack of a physical PS4 copy as an excuse not to back it can now put their money where their mouth is!

The Kickstarter got a jolt of pledges following the news. It is currently over $4,270,000 after having lingered around $3.5-3.7 million for what seemed like an eternity. Our bet is that the last few days might see the Kickstarter top out around $5 million, but we would obviously love to see our expectations exceeded.

A mockup of the PS4 physical release can be seen below. There is a strong chance it’s appearance will change before release.

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Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom Released on Android Market with Little Fanfare

Continuing the current tradition of bringing fans Sonic games the majority of them didn’t ask for and ignoring the game they want is Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom for the Android market. It was released without an announcement yesterday on the Android market and is available for download now for free.

This new Sonic Dash features a huge Sonic Boom infusion, with most of the environments being inspired by the cartoon series.

The biggest problem is that a large number of devices that could play the original Sonic Dash are not supported. In fact, a large number of reports of the game not running on a very large number of devices have been published.

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If you’re brave enough, you can head on over and see if you can run the game, if you dare!

7th Dragon III Code: VFD Announced For Nintendo 3DS

Sega of Japan has announced 7th Dragon III Code: VFD for the Nintendo 3DS. It is slated for release on October 15th, 2015 in Japan.

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No plot or setting details have been announced, but we know some of the creative staff at this point. Masayuki Kawabata will be the Director, Juro Watari is the Producer, Shirow Miwa is the main illustrator and designer, and Yuzo Koshiro will compose the music. The theme song will be done by sasakure.UK, who did the theme song for 7th Dragon 2020 previously.

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On July 3rd, Sega will host a Niconico livestream with more information about the game.

Vectorman: Ultra Concept Artwork Uncovered

Unseen64 published a gallery yesterday of uncovered Vectorman Ulta concept artwork. The game was being designed by Blue Sky for the Sega Saturn soon after the release of Vectorman 2 in 1996. Unfortunately, the game never was greenlighted and we’ll never know what could have been. It is unknown as of this time if a prototype was ever created for the game.

It seems Ellis Goodson was the primary graphic artist behind this concept art. Some of the artwork’s shown up randomly for auction in the past, so it’s nice to be able to have it all collected now.

Vectorman fans might also want to check out their page on the also cancelled Vectorman PS2 game by Pseudo Interactive.

Asuka 120% Limit Over Fan Translation Released

asuka-120-limited-burning-fest-frontAsuka 120% Limit Over is a modded version of the 1997 Japanese Sega Saturn fighting game Asuka 120% Limited BURNING Fest. The rumor is that the original development team was responsible for the patch that was circulated on the internet in Japan. Around 2007, some fans at Lost Levels’ forum discovered this mod and it slowly started making the rounds on the English speaking parts of the internet.

Now another fan has released an English fan translation for this mod. Essentially, all of the characters names are now in English so you can more easily select them via the in-game menus. They also documented their translation process fairly well.

You’ll still need a patched version of the original game in BIN/CUE format to apply the translation, but at least this game is now more accessible for the rest of the world.

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New Section: Sega Saturn Manuals

Segata-Sanshiro-black-and-whiteAmong the many different things we’ve added to the site over the past week or two is the beginning of a new collection of Sega Saturn manuals. Over 50 Japanese and North American manuals are available so far, all in PDF format. We aimed for most of the popular games, with a heavy leaning on RPGs and such for the first batch.

You can find our collection of Sega Saturn manuals here.

If there’s a specific game you’d like to see get added sooner than later, please contact us and let us know!

Also of relevance is a new page cataloging Saturn games that support the 3D Control Pad’s Analog mode. You can see the list over here.

These are just some of the recent additions. Feel free to check out the many wallpapers, Sega Ringtones, Sega Song Lyrics (a returning old section), and just a ton of other things I can’t recall from the past week. Expect even more soon!

Yakuza 5 Developer Interview Part 1

Sega has released the first of three interviews with Toshihiro Nagoshi and Masayoshi Yokoyama about Yakuza 5. In it, they answer questions from fans about the game.

Yakuza 5’s still due out on PSN worldwide sometime in the fourth quarter of 2015.

HUCAST Games Announces Elansar & Philia for Dreamcast

HUCAST Games announced two new adventure games coming in a combo pack for the Sega Dreamcast. They let us in on a few details for the games.

Elansar is a point & click adventure game.
The premise of the game is to explore an island and solve puzzles.

Will you uncover the Island’s mystery ?

Elina’s husband is now in danger !
Will you help her to rescue him through Elina’s subconscious mysteries ?

Philia is an adventure game, the sequel to Elansar.
Explore three worlds and solve over 15 puzzles by trying to understand how they work.

The combo pack will retail for 32.95 EUR, or roughly $37 USD right now.

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