Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
So we have some good news and some bad news. The bad news: you can’t Power Drift yet. The good news: on launch day for the SEGA 3D Classics Collection, you can Power Drift with awesome SEGA decals all over your 3DS! That’s right, pre-orders and a limited number of launch copies will come with the SEGA Classics Decal Sheet bonus item. The sheet will be available in every physical launch edition of the collection, and features nine SEGA logos and console stickers. The decals are a silver hue to add a nice contrast to your 3DS, giving it a distinct retro sheen. The collection features some of SEGA’s signature games, and the bonus item adds the right amount of vintage goodness to complete the throwback experience.
Here’s a brief history of the decals:
Master System logo — Originally released in 1985 as the Sega Mark-III in Japan, the Master System was redesigned and renamed when it launched in North America in 1986 with an added FM Sound Unit.
Master System console — An authentic line-art likeness of the North American/European version of the console!
Mega Drive logo — Originally released in Japan in 1988, the Mega Drive was the 16-bit successor to the Master System. Widely considered one of the greatest video game consoles of all time, the system was home to many classic games such as Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog, and many more.
Genesis logo — Please choose a “Blast Processing” joke to your liking. Are we good here?
Genesis console — An authentic line-art likeness of the Model 1 SEGA Genesis console!
16-Bit — Emblazoned on the front of the Genesis, the 16-Bit logo let everyone know you were working with POWER. Affix this decal to give a blast processing boost to whatever needs it most.*
Professor Asobin -Before Sonic, Alex Kidd, and Opa Opa, this dapper white rabbit appeared in most SG-1000 game manuals and gave helpful advice to players. Although he was briefly replaced by Dr. Games, he soon returned and appeared in game manuals up until the Mega Drive/Genesis era.
SEGA logo – A SEGA decal collection wouldn’t be complete without the company logo!
GigaDrive logo – This last logo represents something different than the other ones we’ve covered because it’s a “virtual console.” In order for the SEGA 3D Classics Collection to run perfectly on the Nintendo 3DS, developer M2 created the GigaDrive which is how these games take full advantage of the 3DS’s capabilities (such as stereoscopic 3D). Read more about the GigaDrive here
*this almost certainly won’t work
The SEGA 3D Classics Collection will be released for $29.99/CA $44.99 in the Americas on April 26, 2016. The collection is available for the 3DS in stores and digitally on the Nintendo eShop. For more information, please visit 3dclassics.sega.com.
BTW, are you following us on Instagram? We’ve been recently posting gameplay videos from the 3D Classics Collection. Check it out @sega
Tuesday Feb 09, 2016
The fast among you will have already seen this, but the Sonic Runners Original Soundtrack Volume 2 has released on iTunes Store and Amazon! (And, if you haven’t already heard the music for this mobile game, it’s pretty fantastic!)
This second volume features seven songs from Sonic Runners, including songs used in Timed Mode and special holiday events, like Christmas and Halloween. Here’s the full track list:
1. Going My Way
Just like the first soundtrack, these songs were created by Tomoya Ohtani, the sound director of Sonic.
You can speed over to pick up the soundtrack at any of the links below. Happy listening!
Tuesday Feb 02, 2016
You may have noticed SEGA stepping a bit up to the plate more with localizations for Valkyria Chronicles Remastered and the SEGA 3D Classics Collection. Well… we’re not stopping there! 7th Dragon III Code: VFD is the next title in our sights, and we’re bringing it in its physical form for the Americas! And even though the series debuted in 2009 on the DS, 7th Dragon III Code: VFD is a self-contained episode, full of dungeon-crawling goodness.
To give you a taste of what you’ll be looking at when 7th Dragon III drops later this year, here’s a quick look at what the game is about:
A bleak world and engaging story – The year is 2100, dragons have invaded Earth and are ravaging the human race. As the protagonist, players must team up with “video game company” Nodens Enterprises to become a dragon hunter and save the universe.
Unique settings and time periods – Fortunately for humanity, Nodens Enterprises has found the key to tip the scales in favor of mankind. The protagonist must travel through time to three different eras — the mythical kingdom of Atlantis, futuristic capital of the land of Eden, and present-day Tokyo — in order to defeat the True Dragons and stand a chance against the most powerful one… the 7th Dragon: VFD.
A deep party system and character customization options – All characters are completely customizable from the get-go. Players will be joined by two squad members in the field, and have up to nine characters in their party. With eight classes (such as Samurai, God Hand, Rune Knight, and more), 40 voice options, and 96 appearance options, gamers will have plenty of options to develop the perfect dragon hunting team.
Base building with Nodens Enterprises HQ – Fighting dragons is tough work, but at least the team can recuperate at HQ where they can develop skills, collect side quests, and even go on dates. In addition, more floors such as a library, skylounge, and cat café can be added in order to improve HQ. Yes, you read that correctly, it says cat café.
Lots of dragons! – Although there are a variety of enemies to fight, it would be wise to be prepared for the myriad dragons you’ll face. It’ll take careful planning and strategy to defeat these dragons, so choosing the right squad — and right look — is paramount!
This is just one of MANY dragons you’ll tussle with in the game.
Customize your party to be the perfect dragon hunting team!
Nodens Enterprises is your friend. Let employees like Nagamimi the rabbit help guide you!
Clearly, the cat café is the highlight of the game.
7th Dragon III Code: VFD will be available this summer exclusively on the 3DS in the Americas. The game is rated T by the ESRB. For more information, please visit 7thdragon.sega.com
Tuesday Feb 02, 2016
Happy Hedgehog Day, everyone!
As we enter Sonic’s 25th Anniversary Year, it’s an exciting time to be a Sonic fan.
Isn’t it crazy to think it’s been 25 years since Sonic 1 released? Some of you reading this probably weren’t even born when the older among us pooled up our allowance to buy a copy of Sonic for our Genesis or Mega Drive. But, no matter our age, we all celebrate and follow the iconic blue blur for reasons that remain universal.
I know at least half of you reading this are thinking: “Hey! Are you announcing anything big today, like Sonic Labyrinth 2 or Tails Sky Patrol IV? What’s the scoop?”, but you’ll need to be patient for a while longer. Good things take time, and we’re sticking to that. That said, you’ve probably noticed a few numbers floating around here and there. Who knows that they might mean? (By the way, in case you missed it – those weren’t eyes, they were zeros.)
A few years ago, during my first tour of duty with SEGA, our team decided to post something teasing an upcoming announcement on February 2nd, or “Hedgehog Day”. This was a fun reference back to the release of Sonic 3, which took over “Groundhog Day” in much the way that any tyrannical conqueror takes something they want – by force. Inspired by the marketing bloodlust of our forefathers, “Hedgehog Day” was reborn again from the ashes of the 90’s, and each year we’ve tried to keep it going ever since.
Sonic has seen a wide range of games and gameplay styles, but whether you prefer the classics, the Adventure series, the Colors/Generations style, or anything in between, thanks for sticking with the blue blur through thick and thin.
We can’t wait to celebrate the 25th Anniversary with you all throughout the year – and we have some pretty cool stuff coming up.
Here’s to 25 years of Sonic, and 25 years of amazing fans!
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