Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Panzer Dragoo Remake Trailer For The Nintendo Switch


The modern remake of the Sega Saturn classic Panzer Dragoon has finally been revealed, and it's coming out for the Nintendo Switch, with the trailer debuting as part of Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct. As you can see the graphics are receiving a complete overhaul and the art style is more reminiscient of Panzer Dragoon Orta for the original XBox, the last game to be released in the series to date. It's great to see the original game get a chance to be played by a wider audience on Nintendo's handheld. The sequel, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei, has also been confirmed to be in the works. Here's hoping that if the remakes sell well, we might eventually end up seeing a remake for the lost classic Panzer Dragoon Saga!

Panzer Dragoon for the Switch is scheduled to be released in winter 2019.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Dreamcast Games That Are Still Online In 2019 - What Dreamcast Games Are Still Online?

Wondering what Dreamcast games can still be played online?

Well thanks to the hard work of dedicated Dreamcast fans, the answer to that question is almost all of them! There are currently over 20 games that support online multi-player, and more are surely on their way to having their online play restored.

Want to join in on the fun? Here's the full list of every Dreamcast game that is currently playable online today:

Alien Front Online

Alien Front Online Dreamcast cover art

Alien Front Online is an arcade tank combat game featuring support for online voice chat by Sega. Pure arcade fun, if you have a Dreamcast and haven't played this game's online mutliplayer yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot!



Quake III Arena

Quake III Arena Dreamcast cover art

One of the most popular online shooters of all time, the Dreamcast version of id Software's Quake III Arena is still offering first-person multiplayer mayhem over the internet after all these years.



Phantasy Star Online

Phantasy Star Online Dreamcast cover art

Phantasy Star Online was the very first online console RPG, and the fan community for this timeless Sonic Team classic is still going strong to this day.





NFL 2K1 & NFL 2K2

NFL 2K1 Dreamcast cover art

Some of the most popular and fondly remembered sports games of all time, Visual Concepts' NFL 2K1 and NFL 2K2 have been recently brought back online by fans.






NBA 2K1 & NBA 2K2

NBA 2K1 Dreamcast cover art

Sega's iconic NBA 2K series has also seen its online multiplayer restored by the community, so you can dunk on your friends as Redman over the internet once again.




NCAA College Football 2K2

NCAA College Football 2K2 Dreamcast cover art

The only college sports title on the console, Sega's NCAA 2k2 is playable online once again so you can relive your old college rivalries once again on your Dreamcast.



World Series Baseball 2K2 

World Series Baseball 2K2 Dreamcast cover art

If you're a fan of America's favorite pastime (and who isn't), Sega's World Series Baseball 2k2 is a great way to get a game in with your friends without ever having to leave the couch.




Chu Chu Rocket

Chu Chu Rocket Dreamcast cover art

The first Dreamcast game to feature online multiplayer outside of Japan, Sonic Team's charming classic puzzler is still online for those of you who want to party like it's 1999.



Ooga Booga

Ooga Booga Dreamcast cover art
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Visual Concepts' hectic tropical themed beat-em-up party game Ooga Booga is a bit of a forgotten gem, but if you have a Dreamcast there's no excuse not to jump online for some boar polo.



Toy Racer

Toy Racer Dreamcast cover art
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Toy Commander's online counterpart, Toy Racer brings everybody's favorite toy combat game online with some awesome multiplayer racing.

Planet Ring

Planet Ring Dreamcast cover art

Sega's European-exclusive Planet Ring is an innovative online party game geared towards casual players. This was actually the very first console game (outside of Japan at least) to feature real-time voice chat.


Starlancer

Starlancer Dreamcast cover art

Starlancer brings space combat to the Dreamcast featuring free-roaming 3D dogfighting online with a variety of fun game modes.



4X4 Evolution

4X4 Evolution Dreamcast cover art

Race some big old 4x4 trucks and SUVs with your friends online through a variety of off-road courses with varying terrain.




Worms World Party

Worms World Party Dreamcast cover art

Worms World Party offers the classic Worms gameplay and humor you know and love and takes it up to 11 with epic online multiplayer battles.



Monaco Grand Prix 2 Online

Monaco Grand Prix 2 cover art

If you're looking for some online simulation racing on your Dreamcast, Monaco Grand Prix 2 Online is where it's at.

Maximum Pool

Maximum Pool Dreamcast cover art

Fancy a game of online billiards? Maximum Pool offers Dreamcast pool sharks a great online multiplayer experience.




The Next Tetris

The Next Tetris Dreamcast cover art

It's Tetris. Online. For the Dreamcast. What else do you need to know?




POD SpeedZone

POD Speedzone Dreamcast cover art

Fans of futuristic racing games craving some online multiplayer action on the Dreamcast need look no further than POD Speedzone.



PBA Tour Bowling 2001 

PGA Tour Bowling 2001 Dreamcast

PBA Tour Bowling 2001 is a cancelled Dreamcast game that has been released online and its online multiplayer has been restored by members of the community, so if you're looking for some online bowling on Sega's little white box, here it is!

Doom

Doom Dreamcast cover art

Doom has been ported by fans to pretty much every single electronic device ever released, and it's on the Dreamcast as well with full online multiplayer support!

Sunday, 26 May 2019

10 Games That Should Have Been Released For Sega 32X

Sega's ill-fated add-on, the 32X, was discontinued and forgotten almost as soon as it hit the market. While the console's library of about 40 games is fairly underwhelming, there was potential for something much greater and it's sad that Sega didn't provide the system better support as it could have been a great buy for someone interested in the new-at-the-time 3D gaming that couldn't afford the pricier next generation consoles. Here are 10 games that totally should have been on the 32X back in the day.

Alone in the Dark

Alone in the Dark PC box art
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Alone in the Dark would have been an excellent launch game for the 32X. Being a groundbreaking and popular title on the PC with 3D graphics that still looked good at the time, it's hard to believe Sega didn't end up making this happen. They needed mature games that did new and interesting things to appeal to the older market that they were targeting, and being the original survival horror game, there was nothing like Alone in the Dark on previous consoles.

Ultima Underworld

Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss PC box art
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Here's another groundbreaking PC game that would have been a great get for the 32X. Imagine, in 1994, how amazing a first-person 3D open world RPG would have been on a console. And this game came out before Doom! It was absolutely incredible back then and would have been a major selling point for Sega.

Doom 2

Doom II PC box art
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Considering Sega already had the engine for this game ported to the 32X when they brought the original Doom over, it's mind-boggling that we never saw the sequel on the system. There's really no excuse for Sega to have not released Doom 2 for the 32X.

Daytona USA

Daytona USA PC cover art


Daytona USA was one of video gaming's biggest hits back in the day, and releasing a version of it on the 32X would have been a great way for Sega to get the game in the living rooms of people who couldn't afford an expensive Sega Saturn. It could have been a fairly easy port as well, as Sega could have simply used the 3D engine from the port of Virtua Racing to make a fairly reasonable version of the game for the 32X.

Resident Evil

Resident Evil box art
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Had the 32x been more successful at retail, a port of Resident Evil would have been an excellent addition to the system's library and likely would have helped sell more consoles. Being a game that only has a couple of 3D models moving around a 2D background, this game would have been right in the 32X's wheelhouse and a decent port definitely could have been made. Sure, we would lose the awesome FMV and maybe some of the amazing voice acting, but other than that it would have been great to have Resident Evil running on a souped-up Sega Genesis.

Tomb Raider



Another early 32-bit hit that would have been great to see on the 32X, Tomb Raider was one of the most iconic games of the era and would have been a system-seller for Sega's budget-priced add-on. Sure, it would have likely been the worst version of the game, but it could have been done, and Sega missed out on not getting this game on their system.

Bug!

Bug! Sega Saturn cover art
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The 32X definitely could have used some more platforming games, and, being a fairly simple (but charming) game, Bug! would have been an easy one to bring over from the Saturn. Bug was an appealing character and would have fit right in with the Genesis' audience, and it's a shame he never got more exposure from appearing on other systems besides the Saturn back in the day. Maybe this series would still be going today if that had been the case.

Clockwork Knight

Clockwork Knight Sega Saturn cover art
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Here's another early Saturn game that would have been great to have on the 32X and should have been fairly easy to port. It features the same kind of 2D platforming action that was commonplace on the Sega Genesis, but with cool 3D graphics and effects that the 32X could have handled well. And, like Bug!, Clockwork Knight as a game and series would have benefited from being available to a larger audience than what it had as a Sega Saturn exclusive.

Rise of the Triad

Rise of the Triad Dark War PC box art
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First-person shooters were a big deal back in the mid-90's, and Rise of the Triad was even more over-the-top than games like Doom and Duke Nukem. Running on a modified version of the Wolfenstein 3D engine, the 32X surely could have run the game perfectly fine, and it would have been a great title to showcase what the 32X could do and help the system appeal to a more adult audience.

Alien Trilogy

Alien Trilogy Playstation cover art
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Alien was a huge franchise back in the mid '90's, and Alien Trilogy was a popular early 32-bit game on the PlayStation and Saturn. Considering the 32X shares the same CPU set-up as the Saturn, a port of that version of the game should have been relatively feasible, and it would have likely found a receptive audience had it been released.

So, there's 10 games that probably should have been on the 32X. This is by no means a definitive list, as there are plenty more games that we didn't mention that would have been perfect fits for the system. Are there any games not listed here that you would have wanted to see available back in the day? Drop a comment about it below!

Friday, 17 May 2019

Sega Genesis Mini Complete Game List For North America

More news on the Sega Genesis Mini! We have a list of all 40 games that will be appearing on the system when the device launches worldwide on September 19, 2019 for $79.99.

Sega has announced all of the 40 games that will be included with the console, including 2 extra bonus games, for a total of 42 games! Here's the full list for the North American release:

Sega Genesis Mini Games List

  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Shining Force
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • Toe Jam & Earl
  • Comix Zone
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Altered Beast
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
  • Thunder Force III
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Contra Hard Corps
  • Landstalker
  • Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  • Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Ghouls 'N Ghosts
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Golden Axe
  • Vectorman
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Alisia Dragoon
  • Monster World IV
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Road Rash II
  • Eternal Champions
  • Columns
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • Strider
  • Light Crusader
  • Tetris
  • Darius 
The bonus games Tetris and Darius will be brand new ports created specifically for the Sega Genesis Mini, with Darius being developed by fan favorites M2!

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Sega Mega Drive Mini Complete Game List For Europe

We've got the list of games that will be included for the European release of the Sega Mega Drive Mini! All of the titles that will be included with the console have been announced, and we have the complete list.

Without further ado, here's the full list of games that will come bundled when the European Mega Drive Mini hits store shelves worldwide on September 19, 2019:

Sega Mega Drive Mini Complete Game List For Europe

  • Ecco The Dolphin
  • Castlevania The New Generation
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Shining Force
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • Comix Zone
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Altered Beast
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
  • Thunder Force III
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Shinobi 3 Return of the Ninja Master
  • Streets of Rage II
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Probotector
  • Landstalker The Treasures of King Nole
  • The Story of Thor
  • Ghouls'N Ghosts
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Golden Axe
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Street Fighter II Special Champion Edition
  • Mega Man The Wily Wars
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Vectorman
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Alisia Dragoon
  • Monster World IV
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Road Rash II
  • Eternal Champions
  • Columns
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • Strider
  • Light Crusader
  • Tetris
  • Darius

Instead of the originally announced 40 games, the Mega Drive Mini will include new versions of Tetris and Darius as bonus games, bumping the number of included titles to 42!

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Virtua Racing Coming To Nintendo Switch

Sega has unveiled a remaster of Virtua Racing for the Nintendo Switch created by wunderkind developer M2 and available now for download in Japan. There's yet to be any word on whether this new entry in the Sega Ages series of classic Sega remakes will be released in North America or Europe, but there's a very good chance of that happening in the future.

Here's the trailer for the Switch version:


Virtua Racing was a landmark title when it was released in the arcades, introducing gamers to a fully polygonal 3D world to race in at a blistering frame rate. The Nintendo Switch version retains the classic flat-shaded aesthethic of the arcade original with some subtle graphical updates like a 60 frames per second framerate, much better screen resolution, and higher resolution shadow meshes. The Switch version even has an 8-player splitscreen option to emulate the arcade game's multiplayer. It looks like it will be even better that the arcade game and we can't wait to play it! Here's hoping it will eventually get a physical release in the west!

Monday, 8 April 2019

Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash Coming To Playstation 4 and HTC Vive in 2019!

It's time for Ulala's Swingin' Report Show!

Ulala from Space Channel 5
Up, Down, Up, Down, Chu, Chu, Chu!

Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash PlayStation 4 Trailer:



That's right, Ulala is back! Sega has announced that the beloved series from the Dreamcast is being resurrected for VR platforms as Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash, scheduled for release in the US sometime in 2019 for the Sony PlayStation 4's PlayStation VR and the HTC Vive for PC, just in time for the 20th anniversary of the original game. Being billed as a "funky dancing simulator", there's no word yet on whether it'll be a remake or a completely new game, or whether Space Michael will reprise his role in the wake of his namesake's recent controversy. We'll update this post when we know more.

If for some reason you're unfamiliar with the series, Space Channel 5 began it's life as an exclusive rhythm game for the Dreamcast released in 1999 in Japan and later in the year 2000 in the US and Europe. The game became an instant cult classic and Ulala is one of the console's most iconic and recognizable characters. It receieved a sequel in 2001 and games from the series were later brought to the PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance. If you haven't played the original Space Channel 5 you should definitely look to change that - it's cheap and incredibly charming.


Space Channel 5 PAL Dreamcast Cover

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

MediEvil Remake For PlayStation 4

Happy Halloween! Sony has announced and revealed a remake of the PS1 classic MediEvil for the PlayStation 4, due for release on October 25th, 2019. As you can see in the trailer below, it's looking absolutely amazing already and we can't wait to play it!



MediEvil is a hack and slash action game that was originally released on the Sony PlayStation in October of 1998. It was a flawed but fun game with a memorable and endearing main character and charming art design heavily influenced by Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. The game was previously remade for the PSP back in 2005, but even in its early state the new remake is looking like it will be a much better game.

Monday, 29 October 2018

PlayStation Classic Complete Game List

News on the PlayStation Classic front! Sony has unveiled all of the 20 games that will come pre-installed with the system when it's released worldwide on December 3rd, 2018.

Here's the list of games that will be included with the PlayStation Classic in North America:


  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms 
The full list of games included with the PlayStation Classic include some great iconic titles like Twisted Metal, Final Fantasy VII, and Resident Evil, along with a few, umm... Oddball choices. Still, it looks like a pretty solid list of games.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Super Nintendo Classic Games List - What Games Are On The Super Nintendo Classic?

 The Super Nintendo Classic will feature all 21 of the following games:


Super Nintendo Classic Games List Back of Box
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Secret of Mana
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario World
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • EarthBound
  • F-ZERO
  • Mega Man X
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Yoshi's Island
Looks like a great collection of some of the best classic Super Nintendo hits. Earthbound alone makes this worth the price of admission, and it's awesome to see Star Fox 2 get its first official release over 20 years after being cancelled.