Wednesday Jul 15, 2009
We’re excited to announce that SEGA will be at San Diego Comic Con 2009! Ruby, Clumsy, and Kellie will be at the show to bring you all the action. We’re still getting our schedules together, and we’ll be announcing some meetups and fun stuff for all the fans attending Comic Con early next week.
In the meantime, here are the games that we’ll be showing at Comic Con.
Bayonetta - Bayonetta is a cinematic, stylized action game from the famed creative mind of renowned game developer, Hideki Kamiya. The game’s protagonist is a graceful, gun-wielding witch with powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. Facing off against countless fantastic enemies in stylish yet action-packed combat, Bayonetta uses outlandish finishing moves to take the action genre to a new level of excellence.
BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom - In this exclusive storyline, new details are revealed about the BLEACH universe stemming from before the start of the anime series. The story highlights the close partnership between two fraternal twin Soul Reapers, Matsuri Kudo and her brother Fujimaru. For the first time, players create and command their own team of eight Soul Reapers. In team-based battles, players decide where to place their team on the campaign map and also how to customize their character’s powers with the experience points they received through winning battles. With exciting revelations and a lot more choice and strategy, BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom will thrill fans and newcomers to the series alike.
Iron Man 2 – WORLD PREMIERE! An all-new game that puts the power into the players hands and takes fans deeper into the Iron Man movie and comic universe. Featuring an all-new original story and a great interactive experience. Stay tuned for more official details in the upcoming days.
Planet 51 - Planet 51 is a galactic sized alien adventure comedy from the writer of “Shrek” and “Shrek 2″, which revolves around American astronaut Captain Charles “Chuck” Baker who lands on Planet 51, thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent American town circa 1950, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders…like Chuck! With the help of his robot companion “Rover” and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum.
Sands of Destruction (Funimation Booth) - From the master storytellers that brought you classic RPGs such as Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, comes an innovative role-playing adventure for the Nintendo DS. In a world surrounded by a sea of sand, the fate of the world lies in the hands of a small band of warriors known as the World Annihilation Front. Play as Kyrie and venture through oceans of sand with Morte, a mysterious girl crusading for the World Annihilation Front on a rebellious mission with her troop of recruits. Fight colossal monsters, battle tyrannical beastmen, and ultimately… discover that Kyrie holds the key to world destruction. The future of the world now lies in your hands.
SEGA & Sonic All Stars Racing - In a frantic battle to the checkered flag, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing sees Sonic and friends speed around tracks set in mediaeval castle ramparts, lush rainforests and bustling cities, all taken from the visually rich and varied universes of Sonic and SEGA. Fan favorites such as Dr. Eggman, Tails, AiAi, Amigo and many more will join Sonic in their custom built vehicles, revving their engines and jostling to stay ahead of the pack. Each character will race around the track in cars, planes, motorbikes, and in AiAi’s case – a banana mobile! Secret short cuts, swift handling and avoiding strategically placed obstacles are certainly the best way to get to the top of the podium.
A select few SEGA games will also be making appearances in other booths. Sands of Destruction will be at the Funimation booth. BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom will also make a guest appearance at the Viz booth on Friday, July 24th. Finally, Iron Man 2 will also be shown at the Marvel booth.
The SEGA booth is #5529. Who’s excited about attending?
Friday Feb 13, 2009
We had lots of great announcements and coverage this week. From New York Comic Con wrap-up to the new titles we announced this week, there’s lots of SEGA links to go around! If you see a SEGA-related link you think we should know about, you can leave it in the comments, post it to our forums, or send it to us via Twitter.
Before we delve into the game-specific roundups, I wanted to point out a cool video and article from Nerve. They visited our NYCC booth and got some video of The Conduit, Sonic and the Black Knight, and The House of the Dead: Overkill.
Madworld had some of the longest lines at our NYCC booth, and it’s easy to see why. The game is fantastic, and I can barely wait to play it when it ships on March 10th. To satiate you before it’s on the market, here are some hands-on previews and interviews.
BuzzFocus calls it an “instant eye catcher” and “bloody buckets of fun“. There are also some photos of people playing the game at our booth at New York Comic Con.
TrueGameHeadz did a hands-on preview at New York Comic Con, and called it “a work of art”, “so creative, so imaginitive”, and “bloody, offensive, disturbing, and at the same time beautiful, creative, and fascinating”.
GamingAngels published their interview with Inaba-san and Nishikawa-san from Platinum Games, developers of Madworld.
The House of the Dead: Overkill
The House of the Dead: Overkill shipped this week, with a new trailer to boot. I’ve been working my way through this game over the past week, and I’m having great fun shooting everything that moves. Finishing the game is on my list of things to do this weekend.
Tech Gaming calls it “quite enjoyable”, “one of the best light gun games in recent memory”, and having a “marvelous presentation”.
The Conduit had a great showing at NYCC and was very well received among the fans at the booth. We really love showing this game off and being able to have hands-on sweetens it even more. Big thanks to the Conduit community for coming out and supporting us, be sure to check out what people have been saying!TrueGameHeadz did a hands-on preview at New York Comic Con, calling it “a solid, more traditional gaming experience on the Wii”, and that it’s “shaping up to be one of the Wii’s must-play experiences of 2009″. They also did a video interview with Eric Nofsinger from High Voltage Software, developers of The Conduit.
GamingAngels also interviewed Eric at our New York Comic Con booth.
Sonic and the Black Knight
One of my favorite memories from NYCC is from Sunday (aka Kids Day), and watching the young Sonic fans line up to play this game. Their smiling and giggling as they zoom through the field of targets still makes me smile. I remember one young boy in particular, who sighed heavily before explaining to his father that this game was *totally different* than Sonic Unleashed, because this time Sonic had a sword.
We released a new trailer for the game this week, with more to come! The game is shipping on March 3rd.
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
We also shipped out Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection this week, and it’s been getting some great reviews.
As I mentioned in an earlier entry, GameDaily gave Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection an 8/10. More review scores are starting to come in, including a 9.0 from IGN for the X360 version as well as the PS3 version. Tech Gaming gave it an A-, and 360 Junkies said “you can’t go wrong”.
Aliens vs. Predator
On Thursday, we announced the new Aliens vs. Predator game, set to be released in early 2010. In case you missed it, here’s some coverage from around the web.
Gamezine says their “ears pricked” at hearing the game was being developed by Rebellion.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Yesterday, we announced the upcoming Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, including a new teaser video. I know that I’m looking forward to using my Wii Balance Board on many of the sports. What sports are you looking forward to?
Sunday Feb 08, 2009
Reviews, interviews, and tweets from New York Comic Con are rolling in. Here’s what we’ve found so far:
And one non-NYCC related link – PS3 Attitude is auctioning off a SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection vinyl album, but not just any album. It’s #0001 in the series, with all proceeds going to benefit the Cancer Council of Australia. Hurry! Only one day left to bid.
Found an article, review, tweet, etc about SEGA or SEGA’s games? Send us the link and we might put it on the blog or our Twitter feed! Leave it in the comments or send it to us via reply or DM on Twitter.
Sunday Feb 08, 2009
Well, New York Comic Con has come and gone for another year. We had a fantastic time meeting SEGA and Sonic fans of all ages and styles. It was also fantastic to have so many people play (and really enjoy!) the games we have coming up. Today was Kids Day at NYCC, and lots of young Sonic fans came by to try Sonic and the Black Knight, which is shipping on March 3rd. There were lots of enthusiastic shouts of “cool!” and one young man proclaimed it “the best game ever!”.
We also had someone come to the booth with a fantastic Valkyria Chronicles costume. It’s even more impressive because it’s totally homemade from scratch. She got a limited-edition Valkyria art book for her hard work. Thanks again!
Although not a costume, this shirt was also homemade and very impressive. The front says “To be this good takes AGES” and the back has logos for lots of developers. Thanks for stopping by!
Our booth was full of people all day, as many lined up to play all of our games.
We also had a zombie crew on-site to give people free zombie makeovers and pass out comics and shirts.
Denny is our microphone master, seen here announcing signings and happenings at our booth, and throwing t-shirts and SEGA scarves into the crowd.
After all the crowds had gone, it was time for the SEGA crew to tear down our booth. We packed up the Wiis, folded up all the cords, and powered everything off. We all had sore feet and backs, but we’re so glad we came to NYCC to meet everyone.
Once we were done at the show, Ruby and I went out to Junior’s for dinner, but most importantly — for cheesecake! If you haven’t had a slice of Junior’s cheesecake, I can’t recommend it highly enough. (And they ship!) Ruby agreed that it was great, and suggested this photo to document the perfect ending to a great NYCC trip.
Check out all of our photos from New York Comic Con in our Flickr set.
We’re heading home tomorrow. Thanks again to everyone who came to our booth, everyone who answered Phantasy Star trivia, everyone who came in costume, and everyone who played our games. The entire SEGA team had a great time. Sayounara!
Sunday Feb 08, 2009
We’re having a blast at New York Comic Con, and it seems like lots of people are having a great time at our booth. If you haven’t stopped by yet, today is your last chance! We’ll have autograph signings with Platinum Games (developers of Madworld) and High Voltage Software (developers of The Conduit), free zombie makeup, and free The House of the Dead: Overkill t-shirts for people who play 3 of our games. There’s still plenty more action at our booth today!
I’ve been trying to keep our twitter feed going with frequent updates, but when the show floor gets crowded, the connection gets really bad. I’ve been poking around, and here’s what people are saying about the SEGA booth and the games we have.
Thanks to everyone who tweeted about our booth! If you tweet about us, or see a NYCC-related article or review about us, please let us know. You can leave the link in the comments or send it to us @segaamerica via reply or DM.
Saturday Feb 07, 2009
Today was quite possibly one of the most awesome days in the last week – if not few months – of my life. Check out the picture below for reason #1:
A whole team of SEGA-themed Cosplayers!
When I realized during a SEGA Scarf giveaway that a guy in a NiGHTS costume won it, I suddenly noticed there were more SEGA Cosplayers near him – Shadow, Sonic the Werehog (complete with fangs!), Nack the Weasel, Agent G., Blaze the Cat, Gerald Robotnik, and even Tikal! NiGHTS had a rockin’ costume too, though you can’t see the red gem on the chest in this pic. On top of it all, those are Chaos Emeralds they’re holding. Seriously, to all of you above – fantastic job!
Do you know your Phantasy Star history? The girl on the right showed up as Rika from Phantasy Star IV, and also did a superb job on her costume!
We also had Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica, CSI, and he was even the villain on an episode of the X-files) around in the morning too, who is doing some of the voice acting for The Conduit! I got to meet him, and thought he was a really nice guy, and totally polite to boot – not always common for people who make it big in hollywood. Special thanks to him for the autographs in the morning!
Early in the morning, Perfect Spiral from our PSU Community arrived at the convention almost an hour before it started just to get a good spot in line. He raced to our booth and won himself a free PSU T-shirt, among other merch – great job!
Since it was Saturday, we got to see a ton of actual gamers show up to play the games and let us know what they thought. The responses were amazing, and just watching people play games like MadWorld and The House of the Dead: Overkill was again entertaining in its own right – more gasps, crowd cheering, and wide-eyed, open-mouthed grins as gamers saw what SEGA has in store for the mature crowd on the Wii.
Special SEGA Takeout Boxes – shown here – had some collector’s SEGA Scarfs inside!
It was a long day with lots of hardcore gaming, and our very own community member Iceman – a fellow SEGA fan who started the PSU Podcast with me in August of ’07, showed up too! It was the first time the two podcast hosts had met in person, and he gave us a great hand watching over the booth and guiding gamers as they played the games. A very special thank you again to him, we really appreciated it!
SEGA Nerds was also on-site, and I had a blast meeting their rep and getting to talk hardcore SEGA with him. Little shout out to all you SEGA Nerds that may be reading out there!
The day flew by and just before things closed down, Iceman and I took a quick stroll around the show floor. We met up with Archie Comics, who create the Sonic the Hedgehog comic books, and it was an awesome moment, for me at least, since I grew up reading that series. I gave them my sincere thanks for all the work they do, and we snapped this picture of the Archie comics team!
The awesome team behind the Sonic comic book series!
The day now over and with only one more day to go, it’s hard to believe just how much fun this entire event has been (especially considering you’re watching a booth all day!), and how many awesome people we’ve been privileged to meet in the community. Check out the full posting of pictures here on the SEGA Flickr feed!
Check back Sunday night for our third and final Blog entry here from NYCC!
Friday Feb 06, 2009
Wednesday, 6:00 PM EST: I noticed one thing above all others as I stepped off the plane at New York’s JFK Airport – It was cold. Really, really cold. Memories of Missouri winters flashed back into my head as I spotted snow and ice on the ground – and so, in twelve degrees of icy-goodness, began the epic adventure that would be my first ever trip to New York – and likewise, to the New York Comic-con!
As the first day of NYCC comes to a close, our community team has the scoop on all things SEGA! Kellie will be writing in with more news tomorrow, and you can check out all of our Friday coverage below!
9:00 AM – The calm before the storm…
The morning started off fairly slow, with press and gaming sites showing up first. We had four MadWorld Booths, four The Conduit booths, and two House of the Dead: Overkill and Sonic and the Black Knight booths – so twelve people could be playing a game at any given time. With the crowds we were about to see, and the amazing positive response we’d get from them, we were all really glad to have so many booths, even if it meant keeping an eye on them all. Then, early in the afternoon, the doors opened to the public – and in they came!
Gallia, we cosplay for thee.
This awesome Welkin cosplayer was our first Valkyria fan to arrive in costume, and he scored himself a free Collector’s Valkyria Artbook! Props to you, and to the other Welkin cosplayer who arrived a little bit later. Will we see more Valkyria cosplayers tomorrow? (I certainly hope so!)
See? I have the knack.
Talking with fellow Phantasy Star fans just makes me happy. I posted around that if any Phantasy Star players could find me at Comic-con and knew the answers to a trivia question or two, I’d hook them up with free collector’s merch – these two guys above did just that, and were the first to arrive. Rock on, guys! Mad props to you both for being the first – special shout outs to all the guys in the Shin team, to Pac Man, and to Cell from the PSU forums and fansite PSO-World! It was awesome meeting you all!
MadWorld developers Platinum Games were also on-hand for some exclusive autograph action, and will be back tomorrow!
Talking with people as they played the games was also great fun – seeing someone’s jaw drop and eyes widen as they chainsawed some poor chump in half and impaled them with a CAUTION sign in MadWorld, or listened to some of the language in The House of the Dead: Overkill – everywhere, I think gamers could feel that the things that made many SEGA games great in the early 90′s – games that are edgy, cool to see, and most of all: fun to play, were at long last returning.
The air around our booths was filled with Ooohs, Aaahs, My God, that is awesome, and the occasional crowd cheering – both for special SEGA merch and, for one group, at how sweet they thought the finishing moves in MadWorld were! It was enough to keep me smiling the whole day through. To top it all off, we gave anyone that played all of our games a free MadWorld Caution sign T-shirt!
Check out our SEGA Flickr feed for all the pictures from today, and keep your eyes to the blogs on Saturday and Sunday as we continue our coverage of all things Comic-con!
Tuesday Feb 03, 2009
RubyEclipse and I are heading to New York City tomorrow to help get the SEGA booth ready for New York Comic Con. Lots of people have said that they’re coming to see us there, and we’re totally excited to meet all of you. Here are all the details you’ll need to have a SEGA-tastic time!
The NY Comic Con is Feb 6th-8th in the Jacob Javits center, and we’re in booth 1457, which is toward the back of the show floor, on the left side. You can print out a convention floor map to help you find your way.
We’ve got lots of stuff going on, including hands-on time with The House of the Dead: Overkill, Madworld, The Conduit, and Sonic & The Black Knight. When you come to our booth, make sure you get a card (they’re business card sized) to keep track of the games you’ve played. Once you’ve played The House of the Dead: Overkill, Madworld & The Conduit, you’ll get a free t-shirt (while supplies last)! You’ll also be able to pre-order a copy of Madworld right from our booth.
We’ve got autograph sessions with Platinum Games (the developers of Madworld) and High Voltage Software (the developers of The Conduit) happening all weekend. Platinum Games signings are Friday 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Saturday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM. High Voltage Software signings are Friday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, and Sunday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. As a special treat, on Saturday ONLY we will have some of the voice actors from The Conduit available for autographs from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM.
As if all that weren’t enough, there’s still more! If you come to NY Comic Con dressed as a Valkyria Chronicles character, you’ll get a free copy of the limited-edition Valkyria Chronicles art book (while supplies last)! Brush up on the details, and then show us your best costume! If Phantasy Star Universe is more your thing, come to our booth prepared with the answers to these trivia questions, and we’ll hook you up with some Phantasy Star swag!
Even if you don’t know trivia or don’t like costumes, we hope you’ll come by and say hello. We’ll be taking plenty of photos and videos during the day, and detailing the day’s experiences here in the blog each night. We’ll also be updating our Twitter feed throughout the day from the show floor, so follow us now if you aren’t already!
See you in New York City!
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