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Mar 26, 2020. 15 comments

Sega's New Mascot Is The Son Of Sega's Old Mascot

Sega's New Mascot Is The Son Of Sega's Old Mascot

Back in the ’90s, around the time of the Saturn, Sega had the greatest console mascot of all time : Segata Sanshiro, a man who wanted you to buy Sega and would absolutely make you eat shit if you didn’t. Now, in 2020, his son is taking his place.

Segata Sanshiro, the Greatest Video Game Ad Man Of Them All

Sony's fictional executive Kevin Butler has won himself a legion of fans. Which is...

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Mar 19, 2020. 16 comments

Phantasy Star Online 2 Shows Its Age, But It's Still Great

Phantasy Star Online 2 Shows Its Age, But It's Still Great

Phantasy Star Online 2’s open beta kicked off on the Xbox One last night. The loot-gathering, monster-bashing multiplayer game originally released in 2012 but never came to the West. How does it feel eight years later? A little clunky but oddly addictive.

Phantasy Star, which started on the Sega Master System in the 1980s, is one of the most prominent and long-lived Japanese role-playing game...

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Mar 12, 2020. 10 comments

Lego Is Looking Into Making This Excellent Sonic Mania Set

Lego Is Looking Into Making This Excellent Sonic Mania Set

Witness the blocky majesty of Sonic Mania’s Green Hill Zone in Lego form. Designed by UK builder Toastergirl, it’s the latest fan creation to achieve 10,000 supporters on the Lego Ideas website, qualifying it for consideration as an official Lego set. With Lego and Nintendo teasing a Mario collaboration, can Sonic be far behind?

Lego Ideas is a program in which brick building enthusiasts...

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Mar 12, 2020. 8 comments

A New Pop-Up Book Is Full Of Sega Arcade Games

A New Pop-Up Book Is Full Of Sega Arcade Games

Pop-up books aren’t just for kids. They’re also for adults who were once kids, in particular during Sega’s period of arcade dominance during the 1980s.

This is SEGA Arcade: Pop-Up History, a new book by Read-Only Memory that’s written by Keith Stuart. While the enormous and extremely well-detailed models are the star, this is also just a book in general about Sega and the arcade, with a...

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Feb 27, 2020. 22 comments

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Is Still The Best In The Series, Don't @ Me

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Is Still The Best In The Series, Don't @ Me

I wasn’t a Nintendo kid growing up. That honor belonged to my best friend who managed to have a Nintendo Entertainment System. When the time came, I bought a Sega Genesis, and there was one game that reigned about all others: Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Now that it’s newly on the Nintendo Switch as part of the Sega Ages collection, the fire’s reignited.

The Sega Ages version, which was released last...

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Feb 26, 2020. 14 comments

Space Channel 5 VR: The Kotaku Review

Space Channel 5 VR: The Kotaku Review

How badly do you want to play another Space Channel 5 game? Your personal level of yearning to see Sega’s long-dormant rhythm game series make a comeback is likely to be proportional to the amount of fun you have with this week’s Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash for PlayStation VR. At its essence, it’s a simple, brief dance game, but the chance to step into its iconic universe is a...

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Feb 24, 2020. 11 comments

The Week In Games: Chu, Chu, Chu In VR

The Week In Games: Chu, Chu, Chu In VR

In space, everybody can hear you sing and dance. Aliens are invading and it’s time for Ulala the fearless reporter to figure out what’s going on. And also to say chu a lot while dancing with aliens.

Space Channel 5 was always one of those games I’d see in magazines and be really confused about. It wasn’t until years later that I actually saw someone playing it and realized it was cool. Not...

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Feb 17, 2020. 20 comments

'Shop Contest: Everything's Coming Up Robotnik

'Shop Contest: Everything's Coming Up Robotnik

Dr.Robotnik, or Eggman if you prefer the worse name, is the main villain of the Sonic games and the new movie. In the movie, he is played by Jim Carrey. Let’s take this version of the ol’ doctor and add him to other games!

Your challenge this week: Add Jim Carrey’s Robotnik to stuff.

Look, we all know how often Sonic appears in these contests. Too often, if you’re asking me. So let’s spread...

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Feb 13, 2020. 12 comments

Sega's New Sakura Wars Game Launches Worldwide April 28

Sega's New Sakura Wars Game Launches Worldwide April 28

Released in Japan this past December, the soft reboot of Sega’s long-running steampunk mecha series, simply titled Sakura Wars, is set to release on PlayStation 4 on April 28. It’s an action role-playing game. And a dating sim. And a visual novel. It’s Sakura Wars, and Sakura Wars is great.

For those unfamiliar with the franchise, Sakura Wars is the story of an all-female acting troop who...

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Feb 13, 2020. 1 comments

Hatsune Miku's Switch Game Is Out In Japan With A Fancy Playable Demo

Hatsune Miku's Switch Game Is Out In Japan With A Fancy Playable Demo

Back in the less-wild, more lawful days of region locking, a new game featuring virtual songstress Hatsune Miku coming out on a Nintendo system in Japan meant a run on import shops. But the Switch is region free, and anyone with an easy-to-setup Japanese eShop account can hop online and grab Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega 39’s (AKA Project Diva Megamix) or its free playable demo easy-peasy....

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Feb 10, 2020. 6 comments

Space Channel 5 VR Comes Out Later This Month

Space Channel 5 VR Comes Out Later This Month

It’s been 18 years since Sega’s dancing reporter starred in her own rhythm adventure. After nearly two decades of cameos, Ulala gets her groove back on February 25 with the release of Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash for PlayStation VR.

As our own Brian Ashcraft learned last year in an interview with the game’s developers, Ulala languished in limbo for so long because a follow-up to...

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Jan 31, 2020. 19 comments

Sega Europe Ditches Plastic Game Boxes On PC, Everyone Else Should Follow

Sega Europe Ditches Plastic Game Boxes On PC, Everyone Else Should Follow

After what I guess wasa trial run with Football Manager last year , Sega Europe has made the decision to make all the boxes for its PC releases cardboard. They’ll be made from 100% recycled materials, and will in turn be 100% recyclable themselves.

You Can Eat This Game's Box If You Want

The physical copies of this year’s Football Manager game are made almost entirely from recyclable…

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Jan 24, 2020. 16 comments

Lil Yachty, Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa's Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Song Is Kind Of Great

Lil Yachty, Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa's Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Song Is Kind Of Great

Remember when the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer came out and it was set to “Gangsta’s Paradise” for some stupid reason? The official movie theme, “Speed Me Up” from Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty, and Sueco the Child, fits so much better, and its video is pretty cool, too.

I am something of a connoisseur of self-referential movie rap themes, and “Speed Me Up” is an exquisite...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jan 23, 2020. 9 comments

Code Turns Super Monkey Ball PC Into Super Monkey Cube

Code Turns Super Monkey Ball PC Into Super Monkey Cube

Rolling a monkey in a ball through a series of twisting, maze-like courses is a challenge, sure, but what about a monkey trapped in a cube? How about a pyramid, or a spiky star? All three alternative monkey enclosures are available now in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD on Steam, unlocked via the super-secret codes “cube,” “triangle,” and “star.”

The official Monkey Ball Twitter account has...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jan 11, 2020. 23 comments

The 25 Best Gaming Handhelds, Ranked

The 25 Best Gaming Handhelds, Ranked

I recently got a Nintendo Switch Lite, and I love it. I wanted to write about the joys of that dying breed of device, the dedicated portable gaming machine. And I thought to myself, how can I write this in a way that would make the largest number of people hate me? And I realized: a ranked list!

So after much debating and straight-up poisonous arguing with myself, here is a list of the 25 best...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jan 05, 2020. 6 comments

'Shop Contest: Baby Sonic, Winners!

'Shop Contest: Baby Sonic, Winners!

Last week I asked you folks to create some images featuring the cute Baby Sonic. I also learned that some people get really angry when you call Baby Sonic, Baby Sonic. Apparently he’s too old to be a baby or something...? I don’t know. Moving on.

Our winning image this week comes from MonoArtan who shows Baby Sonic trying to help cheer someone up during a bad situation. I don’t think it’s...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 10, 2019. 11 comments

Oh Hell Yeah Vanquish Is Getting Remastered (And Bayonetta Too)

Oh Hell Yeah Vanquish Is Getting Remastered (And Bayonetta Too)

Sega will next year be remastering two of PlatinumGames’ best releases—Bayonetta and Vanquish—and bringing them to the PS4 and Xbox One.

Bayonetta, cool, we all know Bayonetta, but fuck yeah Vanquish is back! The cult classic shooterkinda split opinions at release in 2010 , but as its 2017 release on PC showed it’s slippy-slidey gunplay, unrelenting pace and over-the-top action sequences are...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 29, 2019. 21 comments

26 Years Later, Footage Surfaces Of Sonic The Hedgehog's Infamous Macy's Parade Disaster

26 Years Later, Footage Surfaces Of Sonic The Hedgehog's Infamous Macy's Parade Disaster
Total RecallTotal RecallTotal Recall is a look back at the history of video games through their characters, franchises, developers and trends.

Anyone who’s a serious fan of Sonic, or of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, is probably aware of the 1993 event, in which a Sonic the Hedgehog float became caught in high winds, struck a lamppost and injured two people. The thing is, despite knowing this...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 19, 2019. 20 comments

Huh, They Even Redesigned Sonic's Sneakers

Huh, They Even Redesigned Sonic's Sneakers

Sonic’s well-received cinematic make-over didn’t just make changes to the hedgehog’s eyes, nose and mouth. Even his sneakers, done in collaboration with Puma, got a rework.

In the original, nightmarish trailer , Sonic was wearing a very real pair of Puma Speed 500s (pictured above), and back in May there were plans for Puma and Sega to team up for a special drop tying in with the film around...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 18, 2019. 16 comments

Unreleased Version Of Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Found After Surviving Development Hell

Unreleased Version Of Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Found After Surviving Development Hell
Total RecallTotal RecallTotal Recall is a look back at the history of video games through their characters, franchises, developers and trends.

Hidden Palace and The Cutting Room Floor have, with a little help, got hold of what must be one of the most interesting unreleased video games of all time: an early preview build of Sonic 3 that’s quite different from the Genesis game that was...

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