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Shenmue I & II Port Release Date Confirmed For August 21st for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Posted on July 4, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

SEGA will take us back to mid 1980s Hong Kong and Japan with the re-release of Shenmue I & II on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on August 21st. The publisher confirmed the price, release date, discount and various technical details surrounding this dual port in an F.A.Q posted on the official SEGA website.

Shenmue I & II will be priced at $39.99 CDN and includes the full version of the 1999 Dreamcast title and its 2002 Sequel. In their F.A.Q SEGA confirmed that the codebase for this port comes from the Xbox Version of both games which was originally released back in 2003 in North America.  Working from the XBOX version ensures that features like photo mode, filters and better overall anti-aliasing are supported from the start. Gameplay segments will support 16:9 HD resolutions but cut-scenes will be preserved in their original 4:3 presentation. A “modern control scheme” has also been implemented that maps Ryu’s movement to the analog sticks rather than the D-Pad, as originally intended.

A number of other small additions have also been added to the Shenmue I & II port including both Japanese / English dialogue, configurable controls on PC, Achievements and the ability to save anywhere.

As well as the herculean effort of porting the code to the new platforms, there is a huge number of things we have added:

  • Choice of Japanese or English speech in both games
  • Saves can be carried over from Shenmue into Shenmue II on all platforms
  • Saving anywhere in both games
  • HD resolution rendering
  • Updated UI
  • New post processing effects for both games
  • Full controller support and configurable mouse and keyboard for PC users
  • Full Achievement support for both games on all platforms

Above: A Trailer From 2000 Official Dreamcast Magazine.

Shenmue I was heralded back in 1999 for its pseudo open world approach to game design – allowing players to explore a fully realized slice of Japan in full 3D with a working internal clock, the ability to rent motel rooms, visit pachinko parlors and even work a part time job. Players take on the role of Ryo Hazuki who witnesses the murder of his father – which launches a multinational adventure that spans multiple games as players help Ryo with his quest for vengeance.

On PC Shenmue I & II‘s minimum specs are quite relaxed:


    • OS: Windows 7 64Bit
    • Processor: Intel i3-560 / AMD FX-4300
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti (1GB Vram) / AMD Radeon 6990
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 30 GB available space



SEGA Forever Brings 5 Classic Titles To Mobile For Free

Posted on June 21, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

SEGA has announced the rumored SEGA Forever, a mobile-centric collection of classic titles spanning over 20 years of releases and three console generations.  With 5 SEGA exclusive Genesis titles available at launch – Sonic The Hedgehog, Comix Zone, Phantasy Star II, Altered Beast and Kid Chameleon – there’s quite a few different genres represented. SEGA Forever games support features like cloud saves, Bluetooth controllers, save states and offline play regardless of the player’s advertising status. As with the Crazy Taxi port released a couple of weeks ago – games in SEGA Forever collection will be supported by periodic in-game advertisements, however, these can be removed for $1.99 USD per title.

SEGA is promising to release more classic titles from the Master Drive, Genesis, Saturn and even 1999’s Dreamcast (a personal favorite) at some point down the line.  Players should expect new releases every two weeks or so but SEGA has not yet confirmed any future titles for the service.

Check out some media below and make sure to check the Google Play Store and Apple App Store for SEGA Forever when it launches tomorrow.





SEGA Adventure Fan Resurrects Long Lost In-Game Dreamcast Website

Posted on June 1, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Prepare to surf like it’s 9.9.1999 all over again! 

One dedicated Sonic Adventure fan hasn’t given up the dream of built-in 56k modems and 640×480 official websites rendered in HTML4. Load up your favorite PC browser, or for the full experience plug in a Dreamcast console to a CRT television and surf on over to sonic-adventure.com to relive Sonic Team’s official site for the original Sonic Adventure as it existed from 09.09.99 thru late 2000.

The site was originally accessible through the Sonic Adventure GD-Rom, when the game was running on a Dreancast players could launch a built-in browser that would load up Sonic-Adventure.com. Sonic Team would post official rankings from their World Rankings contest for all to see (manually I might add, as this was before unified gamertags and dynamic web pages. It also included small guides that gave players hints to achieve at least an A ranking on all courses in Sonic Adventure as well as guides for all of the included mini-games.


Sadly not all of the original functionality was able to be restored. Since these pages were salvaged from the Internet Way Back Machine only the static pages work properly. The original official Sonic Adventure site allowed users to store up to one pet Chao in the “Chao Garden” section as well as trade Chaos with their friends from around the world. Sadly, the links to these functions just bring you to a 404 page because the new owner of Sonic-Adventure.com doesn’t have the original scripts to store the Chao data.

Why not head on over to Sonic-Adventure.com for yourself and relive the Dreamcast days? It’s still thinking!


Genesis RPG, Pier HD, May Head To Dreamcast & Current Gen!

Posted on November 28, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

I think a lot of people in the gaming community laughed when a Sega Genesis game, Pier, was released by an independent developer in 2010. This RPG was a love letter to an RPG long past and thanks to Kickstarter the developer hopes to port the game to current gen consoles including the Xbox 360, Wii U and… the Sega Dreamcast?

Originally the developer aimed to bring the game to all platforms using the original 2010 graphics but as the project’s funding grew and grew their vision became more ambitious. For those of you wondering how such a project could possibly live on a platform like the Dreamcast, which has long been dormant, the answer is quite simple. Due to the systems Windows CE operating systems porting the game should be quite easy. In fact many different homebrew games have gained prominence on the internet, especially amongst collectors, who snatch up the games that are burnt (or pressed) on to CDRS, bundled with instruction books and command a price close to that of modern retail games.

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Jet Set Radio HD: Review

Posted on September 19, 2012 by Matthew Regier

Sega has brought back a blast from the past with a new shiny gloss. It’s time dust off those roller skates and tune in back into Jet Set Radio HD. After 12 long years this fan favorite Dreamcast title is back. Fresh onto the virtual shelves of PSN, Xbox Live Arcade, and PC, Jet Set Radio a hip, colourful experience about tagging the streets and pulling off tricks on roller skates while do so. During its initial release, Jet Set Radio was showered with praise for its unique overall design, catchy and upbeat soundtrack and winner of E3’s “Best Console Game” in 2000. After more than a decade, does Jet Set Radio HD still hold itself up against this new generation of games?

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Jet Set Radio Rerelease Tagged For $9.99

Posted on August 13, 2012 by Les Major

Jet Set Radio is set to tear up consoles yet again starting in September! Playstation Plus members are the first to get a chance to pick up the classic skater game on Sept 11th. Non-plus PS3 users will get the game a week later on the 18th. After that the Vita version will be available on October 16th. The rerelease will be available to Xbox Live Arcade and Steam users September 19th.

Originally available for the Dreamcast this game was called Jet Grind Radio in North America. The rerelease is priced at 800 Microsoft points on XBLA and $9.99 across the other venues.


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