The second SEGA Pluto prototype (but actually the #1 unit) that was found
by a Destructoid user was put up for auction on Ebay a few weeks back.
The auction ended last week but the 89 bids (with a ‘high bid’ of $15,500.00) were in vain; the unit remained unsold as ’kidvid666’s reserve was not met.
‘News has broken that SEGA will re-release Sonic the Hedgehog on the 3DS eShop with added 3D support to show depth in the backgrounds. This news follows the release of 3D Space Harrier and 3D Super Hang-On, all of which are still Japan exclusive.
The re-release will launch on May 15th to mark the 25th anniversary of the Mega Drive in Japan and it will be priced 600 yen. Additional features include the already mentioned 3D effect, all the bug fixes and added details from the later revisions of Sonic 1 (rippling water, scrolling clouds), the addition of the spin attack, a classic view mode which simulates a CRT monitor and an option to choose a Mega Drive model 1 or 2 sound balance. ‘
‘Backbone Entertainment was doing some neat stuff with SEGA and we’re not talking about the Sega Vintage Collection.
They pitched a new Streets of Rage game to SEGA. Concept art for Axel Stone, Blaze Fielding, and Adam Hunter – the original trio from Streets of Rage – was shared by a former Backbone Entertainment artist.
[..] What’s really interesting is Backbone Entertainment also put together a pitch to reboot ESWAT! (ESWAT: City Under Siege is a sidescrolling action game for the Genesis).’
‘Shenmue Dojo is pleased to announce that we’re teaming up with First 4 Figures to give you the chance to win a Ryo Hazuki Exclusive Edition Statue!
The idea of this competition is to get fans worldwide together to play what is considered by many their favorite moment in Shenmue, the 70 man battle. By achieving the fastest completion time, and showcasing the moves you’ve practiced, you’ll be rewarded this coveted statue.’
Dreamcast Sturmwind launch trailer (via: SEGADriven)
‘TO BE THIS AWESOME TAKES SEGA… AND A NEW INSERT COIN RANGE!
Following on from our announcement earlier this month, we are now very proud to reveal our incoming SEGA designs – inspired by SEGA All Star Racing: Transformed and the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
From the home of the world’s most famous blue insectivore to the deepest reaches of outer space, our new designs draw on some of the most memorable moments in gaming history…’
Developer Basic Inc. came up with one of the most ‘ridiculous yet completely enthralling’ game ideas ever.
Their app ‘Fire should Light a Match’ (loosely translated) is based on the simple concept of lighting matches by striking them -prepare for this- against a matchbox! Be very careful, however. Don’t strike a pencil, cigarette or mushroom(!?) against the matchbox or you’ll lose.
So where does the SEGA part come in? By scanning QR codes (found on posters) Japanese players are able to download SEGA-themed backgrounds which feature Dreamcast, Saturn and Mega Drive consoles.
Fire Should Light a Match has been so incredibly popular (3,000,000+ downloads and counting) SEGA even produced plush UFO Catcher prices(!)
A rather ‘mundane piece of news’ was posted on the SEGA Japan’s Official Twitter channel (@SEGA_Official): the history of the ‘SEGA’ name and the fact that it’s simply a combination of the words ‘’SErvice’ and ‘GAmes’.
‘Yeah, so? That has been common knowledge for years’ you might think.
Or not, as their simple explanation has been retweeted over 3600 times and
‘favorited’ over 1400 times(!).
Just so you know, SEGAnews stands for ‘SEGA’ and ‘News’. Ahem.
Okay, we’re in a bit of a shock here. A user from the ASSEMbler boards posted pictures on an ACTUAL SEGA PLUTO prototype in his possession.
The Pluto was a Saturn with built-in Netlink modem. The current owner quoted:
‘A little more background info — as most of you know, Sega is a company with a history of turmoil. Employee turnover is a sad theme, and the Sonic Reaper (as we call him) strikes all too frequently.
As such, the past gets forgotten quickly — treasures from the previous generation are quickly cast aside, as a new regime tries to make a name for themselves (or justify their existence).
As such, some of said treasures get left on laid-off-peoples’ desks. And in a beautiful twist of fate, this beauty ended up finding its way to my desk, and then in a box with the rest of my stuff when I left Sega. I was told that only two of these prototypes were made — and this is #2.’
See the full set of pictures HERE.
He might have prevented a giant missile from flying into SEGA Japan’s HQ by sacrificing his own life but it seems Segata never really died, or did he?
The SEGA Store on Ebten now stocks various pieces of Segata Sanshiro merchandise. Good thing we never stopped playing the SEGA Saturn in the
first place..or we would’ve been worried.
‘SEGA, in collaboration with Disney Interactive is pleased to announce the upcoming digital release of Castle of Illusion Featuring Mickey Mouse, a complete re-imagining of the iconic Genesis side-scrolling adventure first released in 1990.
Developed by SEGA Studios Australia, Castle of Illusion Featuring Mickey Mouse will be available worldwide for digital download on Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Windows PC in summer 2013.’
‘Over the weekend of the 18th and 19th May 2013 we will be launching our first Retro Expo event that we have called Revival. The event will be annual and will be 100% retro - celebrating gaming and nostalgia throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
We have some great partners in The Retro Computer Museum, The Centre for Computing History and Attic Bug and together we plan to put on the largest retro only event in the UK.
[..] SEGA will be at Revival celebrating some of the retro titles that they have re-released on XBLA and PSN. Titles that you will be able to play are Jet Set Radio, After Burner Climax, Crazy Taxi, Virtua Fighter 5 and also a new retro game that has yet to be announced.
SEGA are also giving us a lot of freebies - download codes, physical games and lots of branded memorabiia. We will ensure we pass these out to the SEGA fans out there.’
The original (1991) Sonic the Hedgehog will be re-released for Android devices. Android Police now posted some first footage of this (remastered) version: