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Puyo Puyo eSports - another round of screens and art

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I've played Puyo Puyo before, but nothing opened my eyes to how intense the battles can be like Puyo Puyo Tetris did. I played a few Puyo Puyo online games with that title, and it was astonishing to see what other players could do. To see how far ahead they planned chains that caused massive devastation. Watching people play this version is going to be really intense!

SEGA AGES: Sonic the Hedgehog - gameplay footage

The SEGA AGES lineup is finally kicking off in Japan with Sonic the Hedgehog! Get a look at what this revamp of the original Sonic the Hedgehog has to offer!

Puyo Puyo eSports - debut trailer

Puyo Puyo eSports is due out Oct. 25th, 2018 in Japan, includes 24 characters, and supports local and online multiplayer for up to four players.

SEGA Genesis Classics - cover art

After a successful launch in May on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, SEGA’s collection of Genesis classics comes to a new platform, Nintendo Switch, that enables players to take their favorites on the go!

Over 50 titles across all genres from all-time classics like Sonic and Streets of Rage 2 to deep RPGs like the Phantasy Star series; arcade action, shooters, beat’m ups, puzzlers, old favorites and hidden gems.

New features bring modern convenience to the classics. Save your game at any time, rewind those slip-ups, or customize your controls. Earn bragging rights with online multiplayer and achievements. Exclusively for the Nintendo Switch players can now compete in same-screen local coop mode and use each Joy-Con individually if desired.

IGN Video - Valkyria Chronicles 4: Memoirs From Battle Premium Edition Switch Unboxing

Tom opens up the Switch version of the Premium Edition of Valkyria Chronicles 4, which includes a tank and an adorable doggo for your controller.

SEGA reveals TGS 2018 stage show schedule

SEGA's TGS 2018 stage show is going to be absolutely jam-packed with content. Instead of sitting through the full stream each day, check out the schedule below and see what segments you want to watch the most!

September 20 (YouTube, Niconico, Periscope, OpenRec.tv)

10:00 to 10:40 – Opening

11:00 to 11:30 – Yakuza Online Special Stage – An introduction to Yakuza Online with lead voice actor Kazuhiro Nakaya and Yakuza-loving idol Mirin Furukawa. Featuring Masayoshi Yokoyama (series producer) and Akio Horii (director), guests Kazuhiro Nakaya (voice actor) and Mirin Furukawa (Denpagumi.inc), and more.

11:40 to 12:20 – Catherine: Full Body Special Stage – The super maturely evolved Catherine: Full Body‘s grand debut. Live gameplay with the wonderful talents you’d expect . Featuring Chiaki Matsuzawa (freelance announcer), Tomomi Isomura (voice actor), and more.

12:45 to 13:15 – Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation – Announcements concerning the future developments and road map of Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation with guests Yuusuke Kobayashi (Megakin voice actor) and Tatsurou Iwamoto (character designer). Tokyo Game Show-limited challenges will also debut. Featuring Riichirou Yamada (chief producer) and guests Yuusuke Kobayashi (Megakin voice actor) and Tatsurou Iwamoto (character designer).

13:30 to 14:15 – Project Judge – The latest information on the Takuya Kimura-starring legal suspense action game Project Judge from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio with general director Toshihiro Nagoshi and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio fan MCU, who comes from the music industry. Featuring Toshihiro Nagoshi (general director) and guest MCU (artist).

14:30 to 15:10 – Phantasy Star Online 2 x Monster Hunter Frontier-Z Collaboration Stage – Information on the Phantasy Star Online 2 side of the Phantasy Star Online 2 x Monster Hunter Frontier-Z collaboration planned for distribution this fall. Featuring Satoshi Sakai (Phantasy Star Online 2 producer), Yuya Kimura (Phantasy Star Online 2 series director), and guest Teruki Miyashita (Monster Hunter Frontier-Z producer at Capcom).

15:30 to 16:00 – Wonder Gravity: Pino to Juuryoku Tsukai – The latest information and pre-release gameplay of Wonder Gravity with guests Kazuma Horie and Satomi Akesaka, who play characters in the game. Featuring Minami Kumazawa (development director) and Yukihiro Muramatsu (management director at f4samurai), and guests Kazuma Horie (voice actor) and Satomi Akesaka (voice actor).

16:20 to 16:35 – Corner Relay

16:45 to 17:00 – Ending

September 21 (YouTube, Niconico, Periscope, OpenRec.tv)

10:00 to 10:40 – Opening

11:00 to 11:30 – Corner Relay

12:00 to 12:30 – Team Sonic Racing – An introduction and live gameplay of Team Sonic Racing with Sonic series producer Takashi Iizuka and Team Sonic Racing director Shunsuke Kawarazuka. Featuring Takashi Iizuka (Sonic series producer) and Shunsuke Kawarazuka (Team Sonic Racing director).

12:45 to 13:15 – New Project Announcement – The announcement of a new initiative with a certain IP. An announcement of full support for this new project blowing a fresh breeze into the VR industry. Featuring Minoru Iwaki (Sega Games CSO board director), Taira Nakamura (producer), and guests Yuka Ozaki (voice actor), Kana Motomiya (voice actor), Ruka Nemoto (voice actor), Mami Yamashita (voice actor), Mika Sawae (VR produer), Mafia Kajita (freelance writer), and Sora Tokino (VTuber).

13:30 to 14:15 – Project Judge – The latest information on the Takuya Kimura-starring legal suspense action game Project Judge from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio with general director Toshihiro Nagoshi and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio fan MCU, who comes from the music industry. Featuring Toshihiro Nagoshi (general director) and guest MCU (artist).

14:30 to 15:10 – Idola Phantasy Star Saga Special Stage – The latest gameplay information never before revealed on the completely new RPG Idola Phantasy Star Saga. Featuring Shuntarou Tanaka (producer), Tomomasa Chin (director), and guests Risae Matsuda (voice actor) and Matsuda Satsumi (voice actor).

15:30 to 15:40 – Corner Relay

16:00 to 16:00 – Valkyria Chronicles 4 – Live gameplay of Valkyria Chronicles 4 and Valkyria Chronicles Remastered for Switch. Featuring Kohei Yamashita (director), MC Hashiyan Kousaka (Valkyria Love! Fan Club president), and guest Yurika Tachibana (talent).

16:45 to 17:00 – Ending

September 22 (YouTube, Niconico, Periscope, OpenRec.tv)

10:00 to 10:10 – Opening

10:15 to 10:45 – Warner Bros. Japan: Hitman 2 – An overview of the highlights of the November 15-due Hitman 2 with guest Hitman PR ambassador Mafia Kajita. Featuring Mafia Kajita (game writer) and Ayumi Ohashi (Hitman 2 promotion).

11:00 to 11:30 – Shenmue I & II – Heated discussion among members of the games industry who respect the legendary game Shenmue. Featuring Hikaru Katada (Weekly Famitsu), Toshiya Nishiura (Dengeki Game Media), Haruo Murata (freelance announcer recommended by 4Gamer.net), Esra Krabbe (IGN), and more.

11:40 to 12:10 – Readyyy! – A stage event featuring the latest information on the idol training smartphone game Readyyy! with the voice actors of the five unit leaders. Featuring MC Masaya Matsukaze (voice actor) and guests Tetsuei Sumiya (voice actor), Ryuichi Sawada (voice actor), Haruto Kuroki (voice actor), Shuuma Konoe (voice actor), and Yuuki Sakakihara (voice actor).

12:20 to 13:20 – Phantasy Star Online 2 Stage – Information on the latest Phantasy Star Online 2 updates with official program host Ichitarou Ai and Arcs PR team NT Yui Hasegawa. Featuring Ichitarou Ai (voice actor, Phantasy Star Online 2 Arcs Live! program host), Yui Hasegawa (voice actor, Arcs Live! PR team NT), Satoshi Sakai (Phantasy Star Online 2 producer), and Yuya Kimura (Phantasy Star Online 2 series director).

13:30 to 14:45 – Project Judge – The latest information on the Takuya Kimura-starring legal suspense action game Project Judge from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio with general director Toshihiro Nagoshi and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio fan MCU, who comes from the music industry. Featuring Toshihiro Nagoshi (general director) and guest MCU (artist).

14:30 to 15:00 – Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Special Talk Show – The cast of the latest Persona series RPG Persona Q2 appear on stage for a dream performance. Plenty of talk about the game’s charm with the feelings of each character they play. Featuring Chiaki Matsuzawa (freelance announcer), Daisuke Kaneda (Persona Q2 producer and director), and guests Jun Fukuyama (voice actor), Ikue Otani (voice actor), Ami Koshimizu (voice actor), and Marina Inoue (voice actor).

15:10 to 15:40 – Sega Ages – A Sega Ages development team discussion with the mysterious, retro game-loving artist MC8bit as a guest. Major title-related announcements are planned. Featuring Kazunari Shimamura (senior producer), Yosuke Okunari (supervisor), Naoki Horii (M2 president), and guest MC8bit.

15:50 to 16:10 – Puyo Puyo eSports – An exhibition match among the successive champions of the Puyo Puyo Championship eSports pro tournament. Heated battles will unfold! Featuring Puyo Puyo series pro players Machomu, Makki, Kamestry, and Mokou (commentary).

16:20 to 16:50 – Team Sonic Racing Talk Show & Mini Concert – A talk show with Sonic series producer Takashi Iizuka and Team Sonic Racing lead composer Jun Senoue. At the end of the stage, Jun Senoue will host a mini concert. Featuring Takashi Iizuka (Sonic series producer) and Jun Senoue (Team Sonic Racing lead composer).

September 23 (YouTube, Niconico, Periscope, OpenRec.tv)

10:00 to 10:10 – Opening

10:15 to 10:45 – Border Break for PS4 TGS 2018 Special Stage – The latest information and future development announcements for the PlayStation 4 version of Border Break with Denpagumi.inc’s Mirin Furukawa. Featuring Seiji Aoki (producer), Kensaku Nishimura (public relations), and guest Mirin Furukawa (Denpagumi.inc).

11:00 to 12:00 – Phantasy Star Online 2 Station! TGS 2018 Special – The official Phantasy Star Online 2 Station program delivering the latest Phantasy Star Online 2 information with featured guest Sumi Shimamoto, who voices Alisa in the game. Featuring MC Kanishi Nasuna (comedian, Arcs PR team NT), MC substitute Marika Kouno (voice actor, DF Girls), Satoshi Sakai (Phantasy Star Online 2 series producer), Yuya Kimura (Phantasy Star Online 2 series director), and guest Sumi Shimamoto (voice actor, Alisa in Phantasy Star Online 2).

12:15 to 12:45 – Yakuza Online Special Stage – An introduction to Yakuza Online with voice actor Kazuhiro Nakaya, who plays protagonist Ichiban Kasuga. An interim report of the Yakuza characters poll is also planned. Featuring Masayoshi Yokoyama (series producer) and Akio Horii (director), guests Kazuhiro Nakaya (voice actor) and Mirin Furukawa (Denpagumi.inc), and more.

13:00 to 13:40 – Catherine: Full Body Complete Introduction Premiere – A cross-examination of the super maturely evolved Catherine: Full Body‘s content shrouded in mystery with special guests. Live gameplay and debut information one after the other. Featuring Chiaki Matsuzawa (freelance announcer), Tomomi Isomura (voice actor), Mafia Kajita (freelance writer), and more.

14:00 to 14:45 – Project Judge – The latest information on the Takuya Kimura-starring legal suspense action game Project Judge from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio with general director Toshihiro Nagoshi and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio fan MCU, who comes from the music industry. Featuring Toshihiro Nagoshi (general director) and guest MCU (artist).

15:00 to 15:30 – Idola Phantasy Star Saga Special Stage – An introduction to the charm of the completely new RPG Idola Phantasy Star Saga with protagonist voice actor Toshiki Masuda. Featuring Shuntarou Tanaka (producer), Tomomasa Chin (director), and guests Toshiki Masuda (voice actor), Risae Matsuda (voice actor) and Matsuda Satsumi (voice actor).

15:45 to 16:15 – Persona 5 Mini Concert and Talk Show – After surpassing 2.2 million units worldwide, Persona 5 also has an ongoing TV anime. With its climax close at hand, Persona 5 vocalist Lyn sings on stage. Featuring Lyn (vocalist), Chiaki Matsuzawa (freelance announcer), and more.

16:30 to 16:50 – Finale Concert – Featuring Lyn (vocalist), Jun Senoue (Sonic series sound director), and Shoji Meguro (Persona series sound composer).

Sonic Mania Adventures Production Manager fuels speculation of more animation to come

Sonic Mania Adventures was a wonderful little series featuring Sonic and friends. The shorts drew a lot of attention and love from Sonic fans, and I think we'd all like to see more. While nothing has been confirmed in any way, shape, or form, the production manager on Sonic Mania Adventures has been the cause of some recent speculation on the series' return.

Above is an image of the production manager dropping in on SEGA's HQ, and while the purpose of the visit isn't explained, all the hashtags attached to the image have some thinking a new series is in the works. I don't think it's a surprise to see the speculation taking off, and I would imagine this sort of attention would be expected when considering the use of those hashtags. Whether something is actually going on, or fans are just speculating wildly, remains to be seen.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

SEGA AGES - Breakdown of new features in Sonic 2, Out Run, Columns II, Thunder Force AC

SEGA has shared some details on various SEGA AGES entries. You can get a breakdown of the info on those titles below.

Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog 2

- Drop Dash ability will be added
- Online rankings for Time Attack Mode
- Ring Keep mode
- Super Sonic Mode where you start with all 7 Chaos Emeralds

Sega Ages Out Run

- 60fps
- widescreen
- two BGMs added from the Nintendo 3DS version, “Cruising Line” and “Camino a Mi Amor”
- more BGMs will be added
- gyro controller support
- tuning up feature that lets you customize cornering, engine, tire, and bumper parts

Sega Ages Columns II

- online versus
- offline versus options for Switch’s Tabletop Mode
- lower difficulty option

Sega Ages Thunder Force AC

- score attack mode for every difficulty
- Normal Mode-specific Score Attack mode
- “KIDS Mode” that was originally included in the Sega Saturn’s Thunder Force: Gold Pack 2
- autofire option
- exclusive extra features to be detailed later

Valkyria Chronicles 4: Memoirs from Battle Premium Edition Unboxing

Join our Associate PR Manager, Jonathon, and his doggie companions as they get a closer look into the contents of the Valkyria Chronicles 4 Premium Edition.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud will not require the Switch Online service

This shouldn't be too much of a surprise to anyone who's been following the Switch Online news in recent weeks, but it's still nice to have a confirmation from SEGA. Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud will not require users to pay for the Switch Online service to access the game. Those in Japan who've grabbed the game can continue playing without fear of extra fees sneaking up on them.