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Archive for November, 2010


   
 

New trailer for Valkyria Chronicles 2 DLC!

The DLC for Valkyria Chronicles 2 may have come out a little while ago, but why not celebrate with a whole lot of explosions and a new trailer anyway? We like explosions. (Boom.)

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Download this complete pack of 22 missions and immerse yourself in the ultimate Valkyria Chronicles II experience. A wide range of missions are on offer to add even more challenges.  Missions range from all-out assault mission, intercepting enemy intrusions, escorting a VIP in the battle field, fighting enemies stronger than the main scenario and many more! Train and fight your way through the civil war with cadets from the academy.

We hope you guys enjoy the video! Also, a little shout-out to all you Valkyria fans who came out for our Community event earlier this month! We hope you guys had fun. :)

 
   
   
 

Gunstar Heroes Releases for iPhone!

Gunstar Heroes — one of the best looking and slickest action games on Genesis — is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch!

Gunstar Heroes
Gunstar Heroes

A challenging & fast-paced side scrolling action game, Gunstar Heroes had easily some of the best animation of any game on the Genesis. You can now take this with you on the road to play through solo, or team up using Blue Tooth for multiplayer action!

Gunstar Heroes

Gunstar Heroes features lots of different weapons and options, with epic boss battles and lots of big explosions. It’s about as good as the side-scrolling action platformer gets, offers a genuine challenge, and features the best graphics of the 16-bit era: there’s not much else you could want, so give it a try today!

 
   
   
 

SEGA Games in Holiday Gift Guides

Vanquish Announcement Screens

The holiday giving season kicks off this weekend, and SEGA games are being featured in some of the best gift-giving guides!

1UP

1UP has chosen the following games for their guide:

Bayonetta (X360 and PS3)

Vanquish (X360 and PS3)

Yakuza 3 (PS3)

Chu Chu Rocket (iPhone)

After Burner Climax (PSN)

Valkyria Chronicles II (PSP)

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I (PSN)

Gamespot

Gamespot also has their gift guide up, and has chosen the following SEGA games for their guide:

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (DS)

Valkyria Chronicles II (PSP)

Bayonetta (X360)

Whether you’re looking for a gift to give, or trying to put your own wish list together, let these guides help you pick the perfect thing!

 
   
   
 

Chu Chu Rocket Update – New Maps! Fixes! Features!

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Chu Chu Rocket on iPhone and iPad is getting an update tomorrow to add in a few enhancements, update with some awesome free content, and also fix a few pesky problems. The update will go out on 11/19 to the app store, so you’ll want to check back during the day tomorrow to grab it. In the update there a a few things I wanted to highlight as I think they are welcome changes to the ChuChu Experience.

First off, fans of the Chu Chu Rocket series will be happy to know we are giving you 100 new puzzles to play! These puzzles are completely free and pull from the original levels created by fans in the original Dreamcast release. The first update includes a sampling of puzzles created from Europe, Japan, and USA.

The next notable update is the addition of ‘ghost arrows’ in multiplayer. This is a new feature for Chu Chu Rocket, but something we feel makes the game more enjoyable overall. When playing multiplayer, placing arrows will now set a ‘ghost’ arrow that will provide a preview of where your arrow will be placed. This helps immensely in multiplayer when planning out strategies and managing available tiles during the frantic game.

Below are the full patch notes for tomorrow’s update:

Features:
• iPad Game Center for OS 4.2 iPads
• 100 Extra levels added to Puzzle mode
• Ghost arrows added to Multiplayer mode
• Arrow placement UI improved
• Multiplayer lobby UI improved

Fixes:
• Rare crash-at-launch bug fixed
• Bug that occasionally caused some achievements not to unlock fixed
• Mouse-entering-rocket audio issue fixed – now all Chu Chus can be heard entering the Rocket in all modes!
• Performance upgrades

We hope you enjoy this new updates and welcome your feedback on all things Chu Chu Rocket. We definitely have more planned for the game, so have fun with the new puzzles and check back for more updates on Chu Chu Rocket!

 
   
   
 

Free Stuff Friday – November 19, 2010

It’s Sonic Colors launch week, and we’ve got all Sonic Colors prizes to celebrate!

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On the Block

1. Sonic Hat
This was the very popular pre-order item for North America. It comes with some small wisp plushes, too!

Congrats to our winner @webkinny!

2. Sonic Hat
A second chance at this prize!

Congrats to our winner @AzureKitsune!

3. Sonic Colors UK pre-order – Wii
This comes with Sonic and Wisp figurines, as well as a PAL copy of the game. (If you need NTSC, we’ll include one as well.) You’ll also get some small wisp plushes and a copy of the Sonic Colors strategy guide from Brady Games.

Congrats to our winner @zekedude!

4. Sonic Colors UK pre-order – DS
Same as above, but for the DS.

Congrats to our winner @_lil_sapphire_!

5. Sonic Colors Banner
This *huge* banner is from our recent event in Bryant Park. It will come signed by SEGA staff that worked on Sonic Colors!

Congrats to our winner @beaitchtwo!

How it Works

1. You must be following us on Twitter to be eligible. (If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can create one by going to http://www.twitter.com and click the green “get started — join!” button in the center of the page.)
2. At random times on Friday, we will announce the prize we are giving away, and what number of response you need to be to win. Send us a direct message (DM) via Twitter and be that number to win the prize. (@ replies do not count as entries!)
3. All followers are eligible to win all prizes, unless a restriction is noted. Restrictions are usually due to the prize being region-locked. For example, US games that won’t work on UK gaming systems. There may also be age restrictions due to the rating of the game.
4. We will announce the winner on our Twitter feed once eligibility is confirmed.

Make Sure We’re Following You on Twitter

If you are currently following us on Twitter, please be sure that we are following you as well. You can do this by making sure that SEGA is in your “followers” list, or by going to DoesFollow and typing SEGA in the first blank, your Twitter username in the second, and pressing the “check” button. You can reverse this to be sure that you are following us. If you are following us, but we’re not following you, please send a message to @SEGA and we will follow you. This is important, because only people we follow can send us direct messages (DMs), and DMs are the only way to enter the giveaways.

Important Note: Twitter limits us to following 1,000 new people per day. This is a limit imposed by Twitter and is not something we can control, change, or get around. We do our best to follow everyone back in time for the giveaway, but this is becoming increasingly difficult as our Free Stuff Fridays become more popular. Because we must be following you in order for you to send us a direct message, if we cannot follow you due to this limit, you will be unable to enter the giveaway. We do our contests by direct message to avoid having everyone spam their followers with giveaway entries. Please be patient, and we will follow you as soon as we’re able.

How to Send Direct Messages on Twitter

There are a few ways to send us a Direct Message on Twitter. The easiest way is to go to our Twitter page and select “message” under the “Actions” heading in the side bar. If you do not see “message”, this means that we are not following you. Please send a message to @sega to let us know, and we will follow you. When you click “message” you will be taken to a window where you can type a message and press send.

You may also select the “direct messages” tab from your Twitter homepage, and select SEGA from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Again, if you don’t see our name there, it’s probably because we’re not following you. Let us know, and we’ll follow you.

There are also many Twitter clients that you can use instead of using the website. These include TweetDeck, Twitteriffic, Tweetie, and Twhirl. Each of these programs works differently, so you’ll want to figure out how to send a direct message on the program you use. If you want to send us a test message, we’ll let you know if we received it or not.

 
   
   
 

Super Monkey Ball Thanksgiving Wallpapers

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we have new festive Super Monkey Ball 3DS wallpapers to replace our last batch from Halloween (we know you kept them up, that’s 100% ok!). We’ve also got a larger wider screen version for those that were requesting them, enjoy!

HALLOWEEN Version A 1600x1200
Download Version A Here:
1920×1600 | 1600×1200 | 1280×1024 | 1024×768 | 800×600

HALLOWEEN Version B 1600x1200
Download Version B Here:
1920×1600| 1600×1200 | 1280×1024 | 1024×768 | 800×600

 
   
   
 

Crazy Taxi Out Now on PSN!

Attention Crazy Drivers everywhere — it’s time to make some Crazy Money on the Crazy Streets, because the Dreamcast’s own Crazy Taxi is out now for (Crazy) PlayStation Network!

Not enough Crazy for you yet? Then you might just be crazy enough for this game, which has some of the most infectiously fun driving of any game for any console. That it represents the Dreamcast’s continued return to digital space via Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network is just a nice bonus for fans of the system.

Crazy Taxi

The real goodness of Crazy Taxi comes from the fact that, while incredibly easy to jump in and have fun with, it is actually an incredibly challenging game to master — this is especially true for the various challenge modes the game has. Careening around the streets like a madman (or madwoman) is both easy to do and deliciously destructive fun: huge jumps off tall hills net you bonus points as you slam wildly (and harmlessly) into semi-trucks while terrified pedestrians dive out of your way. It is, in fact, a great deal like actually driving in San Francisco (something I can readily attest to).

Crazy Taxi

To actually master the game — meaning turning in top times (and there will be online leaderboards for this) and completing the challenges — requires both skill and strategy. You need to learn the twists and turns of the wonderfully realized in-game city and become an expert at the game’s difficult special maneuvers. I’ve become good — reasonably good — at the standard arcade mode of the game, simply racing from one passenger to the next. This version of the game is endlessly satisfying but it’s the various challenges (see the screenshot of using your car as a bowling ball, below) which keep you perfecting your skills.

Crazy Taxi (XBLA/PSN)

You can get Crazy Taxi right now on PlayStation Network, and it will hit Xbox Live Arcade on the 24th. Additionally, PlayStation Plus members get a 20% discount on the game until November 30th. That is, as they say, some crazy savings.

There’s more Dreamcast news coming, and of course Space Channel 5 part II and SEGA Bass Fishing on the way!

 
   
   
 

Behold the greatest Yakuza Wallpaper ever created

When Yakuza 4′s box art was first revealed for the west, fans across the US and Europe were shocked.

“It’s… good,” they said. “… really good.”

Traditionally speaking, it’s pretty rare that Japanese RPGs or adventure games get cooler box art in the US than they do in Japan. There are a few exceptions though – and you can add Yakuza 4 to that list, with both fans and our teams here at SEGA stoked at how awesome the box art came out.

Fans asked us for high res art, and even a wallpaper in the forums, and today we’re happy to give out both in one! Presenting our first community exclusive Yakuza 4 wallpaper:

(Click here or on the image for full size)

Glorious. Red. Big.

We love it – and we hope you guys do too.

Let us know what you think in the comments below, or in the official Yakuza forum!

 
   
   
 

Kingdom Conquest Available Now!

Kingdom Conquest is here — Click here to go to the iTunes store and download the game now, for FREE!

Kingdom Conquest is a free-to-play MMO built exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch that puts players in the shoes of an adventurer aspiring to become the new king of Magna, the land of monsters. Chaos has spread like wildfire following the disappearance of the former ruler, El Dor, and his empty throne lies open for the taking . . .

Kingdom Conquest

That’s the premise behind this unique game — manage your city, crawl through dungeons, and build alliances with friends as you build your army into an empire. The game is a free download and free to play, and while you will be able to microtransact a wide variety of options to strengthen your armies, anyone can get involved and see what the game has to offer without spending a dime.

Kingdom Conquest
Kingdom Conquest

What the game has to offer is quite a bit, and there’s a lot of depth behind the game’s different modes. The game’s tutorial guides you nicely through the complex systems and teaches you how to build up your city and develop an army, and this is combined with classic dungeon crawling sensibilities. Dungeons in the game are filled with what dungeons everywhere are filled with — loot & monsters — and these in turn can be used to not just strengthen your character for higher-level dungeon crawling, but to help strengthen your city and your alliance.

Kingdom Conquest
Kingdom Conquest

The game is easy to get into but there are countless aspects to master, and in my opinion, what makes it interesting is that most of the strategy has yet to be defined: Right now the game’s worlds are open & untouched, and it’s going to be entirely up the players who download this to decide how best to set about conquering them. Ultimately, the game is about taking control of the most number of towers, and forming an alliance powerful enough to hold these.

Last thing — check out the new trailer for the game:

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This is your chance to get in on an adventure that’s just beginning. Stay tuned for updates and more information about this exciting MMO for the iPhone and iPod Touch!

 
   
   
 

Sonic Colors Release Day

Sonic Colors is now available worldwide! To celebrate the launch, I have two videos for you. First, our launch trailer:

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The second is something that we put up on Facebook and YouTube yesterday as a sneak peek — the new Sonic Colors TV commercial!

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We’re eager to hear what you think of the game! Visit the Sonic Colors forum to interact with other fans and share your strategies and secrets.

 
   
   
 


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