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