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Unlock Free Style Mode in Let’s Tap!

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When Let’s Tap! was released last year, it introduced a whole new way to play games on the Wii. Instead of holding the controller, you set it down on a box, table, or other surface and tapped. But why be restricted to one tapping method? Now, you can unlock Free Style Mode and tap however you want! Stand the controller on its end, wave it around and pose – there are endless possibilities!

Here’s how you unlock Free Style Mode:

(1) Input as follows with 1P controller.

1P: Point Wii Remote at “0″ on the screen and push button A with Nunchuk connected

2P: Point Wii Remote at “2″ on the screen and push button A with Nunchuk disconnected

3P: Point Wii Remote at “0″ on the screen and push button A with Nunchuk connected

4P: Point Wii Remote at “3″ on the screen and push button A with Nunchuk disconnected

(2) Press button B to return to the controller selection screen.

You’ve now unlocked the secret to limitless tapping!  Now, Let’s Tap!

 
   
   
 

USA Today Gives Let’s Tap 4/5 Stars

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Ginny Gudmundsen from USA Today has given Let’s Tap a score of 4/5 stars!

The favorite games of the family testers were Tap Runner and Rhythm Tap. I especially appreciated how much they liked the “gel guys” of Tap Runner. I agree that it’s amazing how expressive they can be with no face.

I really recommend reading the article, but if you’re in a hurry, here’s the conclusion:

Let’s Tap is one of those rare games that brings nongamers to the Wii, while satisfying Wii aficionados. Unlike Rock Band and Guitar Hero, where nongamers feel intimidated by the fancy controllers and all the chaos on the screen, Let’s Tap is inviting. It’s easy to tap your fingers on a box.

It is one of those games where, if you are in a room with a group that is playing it, you’ll want a turn. Who doesn’t want to blow up a balloon by tapping and then have the balloon’s bursting send your gel guy flying down the track? Plus, regardless of whether you are playing or waiting for your turn, the antics of the gel guys will have the whole room laughing. Let’s Tap is a surefire crowd pleaser.

 
   
   
 

Free Stuff Friday – June 26th, 2009

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It’s time again for Free Stuff Friday on Twitter! We’ve got some hot items lined up for you this week, including some extremely rare SEGA gear. In fact, we’re so excited to show you what we’re giving away that we decided to make a video to show it all off. If you’re more of a photo-type though, don’t fret… I’ve still got photos for you further down the way.

If you’re new to Free Stuff Friday, I’ve got a primer for you at the bottom of this entry. Brush up on your Twitter skills, make sure everything is in order, and get ready to win fun stuff!

I filmed Clumsyorchid and RubyEclipse talking about this week’s giveaway, so without further ado…

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If you like the video and want us to keep doing them, please let us know! We thought it would be fun to try, and we hope you like it.

On the Block

Item 1: SEGA Baseball Shirt

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This is a 3/4 sleeve length dark & light blue baseball-style shirt with SEGA on the front. As mentioned in the video, this is from the personal collection of Clumsyorchid. Everyone is eligible to win this prize.

Congrats to our winner, @@watermelon64!

Item 2: Virtua Tennis tennis balls

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This is a set of 3 tennis balls branded with the Virtua Tennis 2009  logo. There is also a SEGA logo on the lid. Everyone is eligible to win this prize.

Congrats to our winner, @edlago!

Item 3: SEGA Sweatshirt

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This red sweatshirt with the SEGA logo on it is a size S, and also from the personal collection of Clumsyorchid. Everyone is eligible to win this prize!

Congrats to our winner @thexboxfan!

Item 4: The Conduit (Wii)

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Hot off the presses and straight to you! The Conduit was released this week, and we’ve got a copy to give to one lucky fan! It’s for the Wii (obviously), and sorry — this one is limited to people in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America (NTSC region).

Congrats to our winner @wargamer!

Item 5: Empire: Total War

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Empire: Total War just had an update this past week along with some sweet DLC. If you haven’t given this RTS a chance yet, this could be your lucky day! It’s for the PC and everyone in the US, Canada, Mexico and Latin America (NTSC) is eligible.

Congrats to our winner, @KenWicklein!

Item 6: Virtua Tennis 2009

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Need some Virtua Tennis on your PS3? Here’s your chance! Everyone in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America (NTSC) is eligible.

Congrats to our winner, @GenDV138!

Item 7: Let’s Tap

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Let’s Tap is getting some great reviews! If you win this game, you’re in for a tappin’ good time! Available to all in US, Canada, Mexico and Latin America (NTSC).

Congrats to our winner, @Volcynika!


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.

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.

 
   
   
 

Let’s Tap Previews and Reviews

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Let’s Tap shipped to stores this week, and the press reviews and previews have started to come in. This is just the first batch — there are plenty more to come! But I know that lots of people like to wait for reviews of a game before deciding to pick it up, so here we go!

Game Pro gives Let’s Tap 4/5 Stars!

Will Herring delivers the verdict (emphasis mine):

When I finally sat in on a few rounds of Tap Runner, I’ll admit — I was automatically intrigued. Interesting control mechanics meet surprisingly solid game design in this fun, if simple title.

MTV: “The Game of the Week”

In MTV’s Multiplayer blog, Russ Frushtick says:

Definitely the party game of the week and a perfect fit for folks that don’t want to throw down for plastic drums.

San Francisco Chronicle: “Simple and Intuitive”

In the Technology Chronicles blog on SF Gate (website of the San Francisco Chronicle), Ryan Kim says:

I tried playing some Tap Runner recently. You just tap in rhythm to get your runner moving and then apply hard taps to jump. You can play with up to 4 people. The game play is simple but it evokes memories of older fun games like Track and Field, which allowed you to delight in a flurry of taps. This particular mini-game is really about competing against a friend or two.

The game is an interesting twist on the Wii and shows how simple and intuitive game play can be had with a little creativity.

I’ll post more reviews as they come in. Happy Friday!

 
   
   
 

Let’s Tap Visualizer Music Video

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This cool video uses Let’s Tap’s Visualizer mode to create a music video for Dark Side of the Moon. It’s an interesting and creative use of the game, and I think it was a great song selection.

What other songs would be great for a Visualizer video? If you make or see other videos like this, please link them in the comments.

This video was made by @rickmears and posted to Squid TV.

 
   
   
 

Working at SEGA: Let’s Tap! Tap Off

Let’s Tap! is shipping today, and to celebrate I challenged an old Let’s Tap! rival of mine to settle the score once and for all. His name is Aaron Palacios (you also heard him in Episode 1 of the SEGA Podcast), and we’ve been going head to head since we first started recording gameplay footage for the original US trailers.  So, without further ado, let’s get to it!

Just before the Tap Off begins – Aaron P. is on the left, I’m on the right wearing the Conduit T-shirt. we bust out some Wii boxes and pop in a copy of the game. First up on the menu is Rhythm Tap – the song: 365 Children. Also, there’s a really cool Sonic Heroes Plaque/Tile in the right hand corner of this picture – on it is a ton of different fan art we got for the game. (It was created when the game broke 1,000,000 copies.)


Round 1 was close, but Community came out on top…


Can’t Tap Fast? You need a blue orb texter tin to tap on! We had a few of these sitting around from earlier PSU days, so Aaron P. grabbed one to up his game a bit.

Not to be outdone, I grabbed an (unopened) SEGA Pico box nearby. Take that, Blue Orb.

Let me just say that this part was a mistake. I completely failed the third round because the poor Master System wasn’t picking up the vibrations, and I didn’t have the heart to hit it hard.

I’m sorry, Master System. We still love you.

A heated moment in Round 4. Unfortunately, the Xbox 360 doesn’t serve as a good Let’s Tap! tapping device. (It’s almost like the Wii and the 360 don’t get along, or something.)

Meanwhile, Aaron P. was rocking it up on an empty PS3 box. With our own little homage to the console wars in motion, Aaron P. ended up winning two straight rounds in Tap Runner – I blame the Mega Drive and X360′s hard cases.

The tiebreaker! Away goes the 360, and out comes a matted cover of NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams. This is a shot of us in a very close match, our tap runners just moments apart from victory.

In the end, the final score was:

  • Community – 3 Wins
  • PR – 2 Wins

An excellent Tap Off and some very special thanks to Aaron P. for accepting the challenge! I hope that all you guys reading have just as much fun as we did tapping on random objects – and don’t be afraid to throw down the gauntlet to your own siblings and friends!

We’re also curious to hear what you guys will be tapping on when your copy of Let’s Tap! arrives, so let us know in the blog comments below!

 
   
   
 

Let’s Tap Ships Today!

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Let’s Tap is shipping to retailers today, and should be in stores by the end of the week! I had a chance to play this game last weekend, and my personal favorites are the Tap Runner, Rhythm Tap, and Silent Blocks games. In case you missed our videos about Let’s Tap gameplay, here they are. What are you most looking forward to?

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2 New Let’s Tap Trailers!

We’re a week away from the launch of Let’s Tap, and I’ve got TWO gameplay videos to tide you over!

Bubble Voyager

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Clad in a space suit, solo players tap to keep their character afloat through many levels filled with dangerous objects; a double tap will launch a missile. In multiplayer matches, you will shoot each other a number of times to win. (1-4 players)

This game is somewhat tricky to get the hang of, but once you do, it’s really fun. The single player is an engaging 2D side-scrolling game. The multiplayer really challenges you to be fast, but subtle in your tapping.

Visualizer

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Everyone will take their turn with several Unique stages including Fireworks, Paint, River, Gem Game and Ink. Tapping with light, medium and hard strokes produces on-screen effects ranging from a fireworks display to undersea bubbles. In special tap sequences, various sea animals will appear. (1 player)

If you’re just looking to chill out and make pretty pictures, this is the game for you. I can also imagine it being a hit at parties, since you can just pick up and play at any time. It doesn’t take a lot of time, effort, or concentration. I would also imagine it to be great for kids who want to tap around and play, as there is no real win or lose. It’s the zen garden of Let’s Tap — there’s no right or wrong way to do it… just relax and have fun.

 
   
   
 

Free Stuff Friday – June 12th 2009

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It’s time again for Free Stuff Friday on Twitter! As you can see, we have some great stuff to give away this week. Read on for details about each item, including eligibility requirements (for the games). If you need a refresher on how to enter via Twitter, details are at the bottom of the post.

On the Block This Week

Item 1: SEGA Polo Shirt



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A black polo shirt with the SEGA logo, just like the ones that SEGA employees wore at E3 2009. Size medium. Everyone is eligible to win.

Congrats to the winner, @skryerx!

Item 2: Phantasy Star Zero Rappy Armband



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An inflatable Rappy armband for Phantasy Star Zero. Everyone is eligible to win.

Congrats to our winner @tcouto!

Item 3: Daisy Fuentes 8×10



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An 8×10 image of Daisy Fuentes from E3. Everyone is eligible to win.

Congrats to our winner, @Jeremy_LaMont!

Item 4: Virtua Tennis 2009 (Wii) and 4 Finger Bands



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1 copy of Virtua Tennis 2009 for Wii, plus 4 finger-sized sweatbands. Must live in the US, Canada, Mexico or Latin America to win.

Congrats to our winner @Ronster415!

Item 5: Virtua Tennis Headband and Finger Bands



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A Virtua Tennis 2009 headband and 4 finger-sized sweatbands. Everyone is eligible to win.

Congrats to our winner @British_Brat!

Item 6: Let’s Tap Taprunner Figurine



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A blue Tap Runner figurine from Let’s Tap. Everyone is eligible to win. (Let’s Tap comes out next week!)

Congrats to our winner @panicpuppet!

Item 7: House of the Dead: Overkill Comic



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A sealed House of the Dead: Overkill comic. Must be at least 17 years old to win. All regions are eligible.

Congrats to our winner @Tabenya!

Item 8: Stormrise for PS3



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A copy of Stormrise for PS3. Must be 17 or older to win, and must live in US, Canada, Mexico or Latin America.

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.

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.

 
   
   
 

Let’s Tap! giveaway – win free (signed) merchandise at 1UP!

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you have a faint interest in most things SEGA related.

If you’ve got a faint interest in most things SEGA related, you’ve probably heard of a guy called Yuji Naka.

If you’ve heard of Yuji Naka, this blog post is about to become much more interesting – because now you’ve got a chance to win an exclusive autographed sketch from the man himself – and other rare Let’s Tap! items – by helping us celebrate the upcoming release of Let’s Tap! here in the west!

We’ve teamed up with 1UP.com to bring all you Let’s Tap! followers this contest – the real question is not when will you tap (on the release date, obviously), but rather: what will you be tapping on?

Answer that question – with a picture of yourself tapping on said item and some funny text – and you could score yourself signed artwork by none other than SEGA legend Yuji Naka himself - along with limited edition Tap Runner figurines and a copy of the Let’s Tap! soundtrack!


To enter, check out the official contest over at the 1UP website.
You have until the seventeenth of this month – that’s exactly one week – to snap a picture of what you’ll be playing Let’s Tap! on and submit your entry!

Speaking of Let’s Tap!, it’s about time I hurried home and played through all of  Rhythm Tap mode – I’ve got an internal title to defend. 8)

 
   
   
 


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