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  • Remake Request Burning Rangers

    Hot stuff

    It’s 1998. The Saturn, my beloved NiGHTS-playing machine, is undeniably on its last legs here in the UK but with the trusty Sega Saturn Magazine as my guide and the likes of Panzer Dragoon Zwei and Street Fighter Alpha 2 to play I didn't care so long as there was something to look forward to. Sonic Team could do no wrong, and their...

  • Video This Mock Trailer For The Sega Port Of Montezuma's Revenge Turns On The Toilet Humour

    Don't get caught short

    The NES may have ruled the roost in North America during the '80s and early '90s, but Sega's Master System console was still home to some amazing titles — and in Europe, was incredibly popular. Keen to keep the memory of the console alive, our old friend Tyler Esposito of Sega Master System.com is putting together a series...

  • Matters of Import Sega 3D Classics Races Ahead With 3D OutRun

    Is it a Magical Sound Shower or just a Passing Breeze?

    Sega’s 3D Classics range just keeps on going — in Japan, at least — with this latest offering being OutRun, one of the biggest hits of them all. Like Super Hang-On and Space Harrier before it, OutRun used Sega’s impressive Super Scaler arcade tech to wow arcade gamers and deliver some...

  • Video We Put The Pedal To The Metal In Sega's 3D OutRun

    Can M2 keep up their winning streak?

    It hardly feels like Japanese 3DS owners have finished with Fantasy Zone, but M2 is back on the eShop and granting gamer wishes once again, this time bringing Yu Suzuki's OutRun into the palms of arcade fans. As we've come to expect this is yet another fantastic port with just the right balance of hardcore...

  • News 3D OutRun Given a Release Date and Details for Japan

    We want it yesterday

    The 3D series of classics from Sega were, in the Nintendo Life office at least, among the highlights on the 3DS late last year. With a mix of arcade and Mega Drive / Genesis games getting the impressive remastering treatment from M2, it was pleasing that Sega had made the investment to localise that first run outside of Japan...

  • News Job Cuts Hit Sega's London Office

    Part of a restructuring of the Sonic and mobile departments

    Sega Europe has confirmed to Polygon today that it's laid off an unspecified number of employees at its London office, as the company's Sonic and mobile departments are consolidated into Sega of America: Sega is in the process of consolidating certain functions of the Sonic and Mobile...

  • Hardware Classics Sega Saturn

    Out of this world

    Following their epic tussle for supremacy during the early part of the decade, the remainder of the '90s were difficult times for rivals Sega and Nintendo. The arrival of hardware newcomer Sony — and its phenomenally successful 32-bit PlayStation system — totally changed the landscape of the video games industry. Sega and...

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    3DS eShop

    Review 3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master

    Much more than an Average Joe

    In many ways, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master represents Sega at its very best. It boasts lush visuals, excellent music and a surprisingly versatile lead character, all wrapped up in a game which practically screams action and excitement. Launched at a time when the Mega Drive was really beginning to hit its...

  • Weirdness Show Your Loved One You Care This Christmas With Phantasy Star

    Tyler "Christmas Sega Kid" Esposito provides some sound advice

    Tyler Esposito — the lucky scamp you saw in that heart-warming compilation of Sega-released Christmas footage — is of course all grown up now, but that doesn't mean he has lost his adoration for the Japanese video game veteran. Esposito dropped us a line to let us know about another...

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    3DS eShop

    Review 3D Ecco The Dolphin

    A bit grim beneath the surface

    Ecco the Dolphin has always been something of an oddity. At the time of release, the Mega Drive / Genesis platform was defined by its solid arcade ports and action-packed titles such as Golden Axe and Ghouls 'n' Ghosts, so when a dolphin-based adventure came along it was a totally original concept for players to take...

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    3DS eShop

    Review 3D Streets of Rage

    Street smart

    When Nintendo secured the domestic conversion of Capcom's Final Fight for its newly-launched SNES console way back at the dawn of the '90s, it left many Sega fans utterly distraught. Cody, Haggar and Guy's coin-op escapade was the hottest ticket in arcades at a time when the side-scrolling fighter was very much the genre of choice...

  • Feature 10 Sega Titles We'd Like To See Reborn As 3D Classics

    M2, please take note

    Sega's range of 3D Classics has finally hit the west, and with the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Harrier, Super Hang-On and Galaxy Force II already thrilling 3DS owners, this fine selection of reheated vintage legends proves beyond all doubt that good, old-fashioned gamepl

  • Matters Of Import Shining Force Feather

    We take a look at Sega's Japan-only DS strategy RPG

    Sega's Shining Force series is still well thought of, even if the PS2 instalments arguably got off on the wrong foot by drastically rewriting series canon and deviating from the strategic gameplay found in older titles. Evidently someone was buying these games anyway, as after four entries on the...

  • News This Video Brings Back Festive Sega Memories of the '90s

    When new games dominated letters to Santa

    We suspect many know what we mean when referencing "the Nintendo 64 kids", a short video that showed the excitement that a new games console could prompt on Christmas Day. Naturally a games console is for life — or at least a generation — and there are plenty of Holiday seasons when games for our...

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    Review 3D Galaxy Force II

    A sense of Super Scale

    Galaxy Force II has something of a bad reputation with many players, purely because the domestic ports of the game which followed the arcade release way back in 1988 were, by and large, abysmal. Many fans base their opinion of this on-rails space shooter on the Mega Drive / Genesis version, which was downright unplayable...

  • News 3D After Burner II Is Jetting Towards The Japanese 3DS eShop

    Missiles locked on

    Take a moment to reflect on the gaming days of yesteryear, and no doubt there’ll be some fond memories of Sega’s jet fighter classic, After Burner. Originally released in 1987 — and following on from Sega’s equally successful arcade racer Out Run in 1986 — After Burner placed the player in the seat of an F-14 Tomcat...

  • Video Learn Some Sega History in Just One Minute

    Right up to the Genesis / Mega Drive era

    After the VGX shenanigans absorbed far too lengthy a period of our lives this weekend, perhaps a snappier, more to-the-point video is needed. This will work nicely, in that case, as it's a history of Sega's early days in just over a minute. While we've had plenty of opportunity to learn about Nintendo's...

  • News M2 Developed a "Virtual" Sega Console for 3D Sonic the Hedgehog

    We want a "GigaDrive"

    Just last week we shared details from an interview with M2 President Naoki Horii and SEGA CS3 Yosuke Okunari that revealed some of the challenges in producing 3D Space Harrier, making it clear that producing a 3D remaster of the arcade classic wasn't a simple process. With 3D Sonic the Hedgehog arriving in Europe and North...

  • News SEGA Working on Second Round of 3D Classics

    May come worldwide if the first set sells well

    This week saw the arrival of the first two titles in SEGA's range of 3D re-releases on the 3DS eShop, with 3D Space Harrier and 3D Super Hang-On. There are another six games coming in the next three weeks to give retro SEGA fans — and perhaps those trying them for the first time — a taste of...

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  • News SEGA Confirms Western Release Dates and Details of 3D Classics Range

    Rejoice, retro fans!

    We've been aware of the 3D range of retro remakes from SEGA for a good while, splashing the cash on our Japanese unit while waiting for their eventual localisation. Of course, that's not an option for everyone, so the pleasing news is that SEGA has now confirmed release details for both Europe and North America, with a total...

  • News Sega's Most Successful Console Is 25 Years Old Today

    Happy birthday, Mega Drive

    A quarter of the century ago, Sega released its most successful console. The Mega Drive hit Japanese retailers on October 29th, 1988 and would go on to sell an estimated 40 million units globally. Known in North America as the Genesis, the system was the first to genuinely challenge the supremacy of Nintendo's NES, and the...

  • News Sega Genesis Owners Very Nearly Missed Out On Treasure's Gunstar Heroes

    Sega of America almost passed on the legendary run-and-gun title

    Localising Japanese games for western release is a costly process, and even today we still see a lot of titles remaining Japan exclusives and therefore tantalisingly out of reach. Back in the '90s it was very much the same deal, with many amazing 16-bit games failing to make the jump...

  • News SEGA's Retro Remakes Down to Fans for "Next Lineup"

    Europe and North America still awaits retro 3D series on the eShop

    While now a software developer and publisher with other major interests in entertainment such as Pachinko machines in Japan, for some SEGA will always be the hardware and arcade company that brought joy to their early gaming years. It's a strong legacy, and the company often shows a...

  • Feature A Supersonic History of Sonic Cartoons

    I’m waaaaiiiiting...

    For anyone growing up in the early nineties, there was one gaming rivalry that dwarfed all others – Nintendo vs SEGA. While the feud gave us classic moments such as “Genesis does what Nintendon’t” and the infamous Genesis ‘blast processing’, this gaming cold war would split playgrounds and even families over who...

  • Video You've Got To Be Quick To Catch This Sonic Lost World Footage

    The Blue Blur doesn't hang around

    Today sees the release of Sonic Lost World, and if you've already checked out our review of the Wii U version you may be keen to see the title in motion before making a purchase. Rest easy — we can fix that for you. Below you'll see three of the game's levels in motion, hopefully giving you a pretty decent...

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    Review Sonic Lost World

    Sonic gets lost in his own world

    It's tough being Sonic. Every new release starring the mascot comes with a significant weight of expectancy, and the evolution from his 16-bit 2D heights to a current-day franchise hasn't always been straight-forward or successful. His home console exploits have been showing positive trends, however, with Sonic...

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    3DS

    Review Sonic Lost World

    Smaller screens, bigger problems

    Due to the disparity between technical capabilities, it's tough for a dual Wii U / 3DS release to hold up on the portable device that's captivated tens of millions of gamers. So let's just toss that comparison aside and acknowledge that much of the 3DS iteration of Sonic Lost World is following the same principles...

  • Feature Last Night A Hedgehog Saved My Life

    Damien McFerran recalls his once ardent love for Sega's Sonic

    This week sees the launch of Sonic Lost World on Wii U and 3DS. Two of the most anticipated Sonic games in years, these new instalments have been subject to the usual level of hype which seems to surround any new adventure starring Sega's popular mascot. I've been swept up in this...

  • News Mario & Sonic At Sochi 2014 Winter Games Confirmed For November 8th Release In Europe

    New modes detailed, too

    Nintendo has today confirmed that Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games will launch in Europe on November 8th — the same as the North American release date that was previously revealed and then denied back in September. The game will feature 12 event based on real-life Winter Olympic sports, with another 8...

  • Interview SEGA On Bringing Sonic Lost World to Wii U and 3DS

    Takashi Iizuka tells us about the ambition of Sonic's latest adventure

    Gone are the days when Sonic and Mario were in bitter opposition, smack-talking each other in adverts and fighting for the affections of millions of gamers. Now we have cross-overs and Nintendo-system exclusives, with Sonic Lost World arriving on the Wii U and 3DS to continue...

  • News Sonic Lost World Producer Admits "There Was a Struggle in 3D Sonic Games"

    Takashi Iizuka tells us about moving forward on Wii U and 3DS

    With its arrival in Europe this week, SEGA fans are no doubt gearing up to put Sonic Lost World through its paces, either on Wii U or 3DS. The blue blur still has a number of highly dedicated fans, and one guaranteed way to pick a fight online is to make a generic comment along the...

  • News "Small" Number Of Staff Laid Off At Sega Of America

    Exact number unknown

    It has been confirmed that Sega of America has laid off a number of its staff. VentureBeat has reported that the number of employees affected is "small", but the exact figure is currently unknown. A spokesperson for Sega said: As the gaming industry continues to evolve, companies must adapt and adjust in order to compete and...

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  • News 3D Versions Of Shinobi III And Streets Of Rage Coming To 3DS eShop

    Another dimension

    Japan got 3D Ecco the Dolphin this week, but Sega isn't done with its 3D re-releases just yet. A PEGI rating has been spotted for Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (Super Shinobi II in Japan), and the

  • News Happy 22nd Birthday, Sonic!

    The Blue Blur is still running strong

    SEGA has released a celebratory tweet to honour the 22nd anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog’s release on the Mega Drive (the Genesis in North America), and what a long, strange journey the Blue Blur has had since. Sonic’s career has had its ups, its downs and its loop de loops, but perhaps the strangest...

  • News 3D Ecco The Dolphin Splashing Onto 3DS eShop, Galaxy Force II Coming Soon

    They're doing this on porpoise

    Sega has confirmed that the next entry in its 3D range will be Ecco The Dolphin. A port of the Mega Drive / Genesis original, the game will feature a 3D effect, save states, international editions of the game and some custom screen filters. Ecco will splash into the Japanese 3DS eShop on June 26th, with a retail price...

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    Supporting a good time

    Way back in the days when video games in general were often referred to as 'Nintendo' games, a little gem called Tetris was packaged-in with the Game Boy, and it helped catapult the handheld to dominating heights. A couple of years later SEGA released the Game Gear, and in what can only be seen as an attempt to capitalize on...

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