Items tagged with Sega

Retro game consoles from bygone eras are suddenly fashionably again. Proof of this exists in Nintendo's decision to sell an NES Classic Edition console pre-loaded with 30 games that run the gamut from Castlevania and Final Fantasy to Donkey Kong and Excitebike, but it isn't the only one that's been bit by the nostalgic bug. The Sega Genesis is making a comeback, too! Or at least that's the case in Brazil where the Genesis is called Mega Drive. Actually, the Sega Genesis never really went away in Brazil where it reportedly still sells 150,000 units per year, according to Portuguese-language website... Read more...
Nintendo really got the gaming community fired up two weeks ago when it announced the NES Classic Edition console. The miniature console packs in 30 classic games, one controller, and hooks up to modern HDTVs with an HDMI cable. The Japanese gaming company, still basking in the glory of Pokémon Go, then doubled down with a preview trailer that sparked off plenty of 80s nostalgia. Not one to be left out, SEGA is throwing its hat in the ring with the latest iteration of the Mega Drive Classic Game Console (or for those of in the U.S., the Genesis name should perhaps sound a bit more familiar). At... Read more...
Fans of Sonic the Hedgehog rejoice. During the Sonic 25th Anniversary Celebration at Comic-Con, SEGA revealed two new Sonic games: Sonic Mania and an untitled original game for release on consoles and the PC platform sometime in 2017. Sonic Mania is a 2-D, pixel-style art game. Its classic gameplay reimagines Zones and Acts from titles such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic The Hedgehog 3, and Knuckles. It will also include completely new Zones, Acts, and bosses. Sonic Mania will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in the spring of 2017. The game was the... Read more...
For what we're sure are obvious reasons, most game console makers are not fans of emulation. With an emulator in hand, you have the ability to download game ROMs ripped from the original source, which means you are playing a game you (might not have) paid for, potentially taking away profits from the original developer or publisher. That is, at least, if they happen to still sell the game in some capacity. There are a number of reasons why emulators are great though, as well. Even if you own the original games, being able to play them through an emulator is done for the sake of convenience, or... Read more...
Here’s the bad news: Hyperkin’s RetroN 5, a gaming console that incorporates and accommodates a host of vintage game cartridges, will be delayed until Q1 2014 because of some faulty pins that the company discovered on some of its packaged units. Thus, the console won’t be available until the holidays, so you won’t be unwrapping one and blowing your holiday days off ensconced in vintage gaming bliss. However, the good news is that the RetroN 5 exists, and you’ll be able to have one early next year. The primary upgrade from the RetroN 4 to the RetroN 5 concerns the addition... Read more...
If you're a Sega fan, prepare those salivary glands! In the span of a mere two days, the owners of the only two Pluto prototype consoles have come forward to show off their goods. With a name like Pluto, it should come as little surprise that these were prototypes of the then-upcoming Saturn console. In effect, that's exactly what they are, with Netlink added on and a different chassis design (and internal design, we assume, since these are heavier than the retail Saturns were). The first owner revealed his rare console over at the popular Sega fansite ASSEMBler, where he acknowledged that he was... Read more...
Sonic the Hedgehog could use a big hug right about now, and so could everyone else at Sega. After holding a meeting with the company's Board of Directors, Sega this weekend decided it was time to restructure its operations in order to cope with a "challenging economic climate" and adapt to "significant changes in the home videogame software market environment in the U.S. and Europe." If you're a fan of Sonic, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Sega's most popular franchise is safe. Sega said it will also continue to focus on Football Manager, Total War, and Aliens, all of which "are... Read more...
There's news from the 3D sphere of both Sony and Nintendo today and neither company sounds particularly cheery. On the Sony front, 3D development chief Mick Hocking has advocated that developers only use 3D when it actually improves the title as opposed to tacking it on as a bullet point feature. "It's been a good first year," Sony's 3D chief Mick Hocking told Eurogamer in an interview this afternoon. "We've got 50 million PlayStation 3s that support 3D playback. 3DTVs are selling well. We've had great response from our fans out there at game shows and forums about the 3D games we've produced.... Read more...
As they themselves have noted before, LulzSec hacks for the "lulz," and that means their targets are somewhat eclectic. Thus, they have reached out to the latest Japanese gaming company to be hacked, SEGA, and offered their services. Sega found itself hacked, and on Friday sent out an email to those affeted with some details. The SEGA Pass system has been offline since Thursday, June 16. The SEGA Pass database was hacked. A subset of SEGA Pass members' email addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords were obtained (SEGA re-emphasized that the passwords were encrypted). SEGA uses external... Read more...
Another game company has fallen victim to a hacker attack, just another in a long list of security breaches the last couple of months. This time it was Sonic the Hedgehog's stomping ground -- Sega -- that was pushed around by cyberbullies, who let themselves in uninvited and helped themselves to customer data. According to an email sent to Sega Pass users and reprinted by PlayStation Lifestyle, the online bandits stole personal information pertaining to members email addresses, dates of birth, and encrypted passwords. The damage could have been worse, as Sony insists that "no personal payment information... Read more...
Android gamers have made emulators such as N64oid, Ataroid, Gearoid, Nesoid, Snesoid, Gensoid, and Gameboid popular on the Android Market. However, that seems to be past tense, at least for now, as all of those emulators, written by Yong Zhang (yongzh) have been pulled from the Market. According to Zhang, his developer account has been removed and his apps pulled without warning. Fortunately for Android users, the Android Market is not the only place to buy apps. Even without rooting, most phones can sideload, which means install from non-Android Market stores (we use the term most until AT&T... Read more...
Don't look now, but iOS has a huge share when it comes to mobile gaming. The App Store has become a giant in the industry, and now even Sega is taking notice. The hardware-gone-software company has just announced Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing for iOS, a game that should become an instant hit on Apple's iPod touch and iPhone. The iOS version of the game should be immediately familiar to fans of the prior version, and here's the killer part: multiplayer support is there over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, giving users two ways to game against one another. That just sold you, didn't it? It'll be released this... Read more...
You're probably familiar with the advertising that frequently appears above public urinals in men's restrooms. Always the innovator, Japan has a new idea for that unused space: video games, where the controller is your urine stream. They are called Toylets, and currently there are four models. To be clear, these are still in development. Manneken Pis, which simply calculates the amount of urine produced. Graffiti Eraser, in which graffiti on a wall is removed with a hose, your hose we suppose. The North Wind and Her, you are the north wind, and you  try to blow a dress off a girl. The stronger... Read more...
The annals of history are filled with the wreckage of gaming consoles, their darkling masoleums* lit only dimly in the candle of nostalgia. The barriers to entry are such that even being in the right place at the right time is insufficient; would-be contenders must achieve both of these prerequisites and secure the funding of a multi-million dollar corporation. Despite such difficulties, there's a new face in the PC/HDTV gaming market and an intriguing new service launching in the next few weeks. The microconsole is about the same size as an iPhone Newcomer OnLive, which launched its streaming... Read more...