The Nintendo DS game Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is released in the USA today. Press reviews have been mainly favourable with a current ranking of 7.9 on Gamerankings. More information can be found on the SEGA USA site.
You can check out their upcoming TGS 2008 line-up on a specially created site. It features the likes of 7th Dragon, Yakuza 3, Bayonetta and Phantasy Star Zero. It’s all in Japanese (unsurprisingly), but should still give you an idea of the ‘things that are coming’.
Oh and they even compiled a list of the goodies (Phonecards, stickers, DVD’s..) that will be given away!
It finally happened; Mario & Sonic dropped out of the UK all-format top 10 thanks to new software such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. It’s still around in the Wii (#9) and DS (#10) charts, though. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it return next week either..
Other games listed; Beijing 2008’s still in the PS3 and Xbox 360 charts at #9 and #10 respectively, Football Manager 2008 and Medieval II: Total War remain at the #1 and #5 spots in the PC budget charts, The Incredible Hulk makes a re-appearance in the PS2 (Full price) charts at #10, but more importantly Yakuza 2 (strangely listed in the ‘PS2 Budget’ chart) makes its debut at #7, while The Golden Compass still remains at #6. Crazy.
The mysterious new ‘Dragon’ game announced earlier this month was unleashed today as ‘7th Dragon’ an RPG for the Nintendo DS.
- New game from Niinou, the director of Etrian Odyssey.
- Command based battles.
- 4 characters in a party at one time.
- Simple game concept: kill all the dragons.
- There are 7 classes in the game (Rogue, Mage, Fighter, Princess, Knight, Samurai, Healer).
- For each class there are 4 different appearances.
- There are skill trees for each of the classes.
- The stats include LIFE, MANA, ATK, POW, DEF, INT, SPD.
- While moving around, the top screen is a top-down map view, while the bottom screen is a conquest map.
Source and more information GameKyo
While the secret ‘Dragon’ project will be unveiled in this weeks’s Famitsu magazine, SEGA and Prope (Yuji Naka’s new studio) came up with yet another mysterious new game. ‘World first, the game that even penguins can play’ is our only clue. Its site has a countdown timer and apparently we will know more about it in sixteen days.
A new Doki Doki penguin land for the Wii? A South Pole MMORPG? Let the speculation begin!
Segadatabase’s Youtube channel has reached 100 subscribers today! It currently features over 50 movies of SEGA games, including rare footage of unreleased games, Dreamcast online gameplay and various SEGA commercials. Next target: 250!
One of the most artistic games SEGA has ever done, Valkyria Chronicles is featured at an exclusive event by SEGA USA next Friday. People living in the San Francisco area are all invited to stop by. SEGA will be giving away various prizes (including exclusive artwork) and even the game’s producer Ryutaro Nonaka will be around!
For more information check HERE
The other parts of the Peter Moore interview are now also online.
-Part 2 (DC related).
Mario & Sonic isn’t likely to go anywhere and shoots up again from #8 to #4 (#3 Wii, #10 DS) while Beijing 2008 is still around in the Xbox360 and PS3 charts (both #10). 2 out of 3 remain in the PC budget charts: Football Manager at #1 and Medieval II: Total War at #5 (no changes there).
And is The Golden Compass still in the PS2 budget charts? The answer is yes. (#6)
A new Shining Force game, a Sword of Vermillion sequel, the next Dragon Force? Who knows! The game will be uncovered in Famitsu Weekly September 26.
Check out the trailer
Various SEGA papercraft models can be downloaded from Segacollection.com but today a couple of new ones were featured by SEGA USA. Models of Sonic, Knuckles and Chomp (Dinosaur King) can be downloaded from the 4Kids website.
If you’re not that handy with paper you will able to buy some vinyl figures of Sonic, Knuckles and Tails courtesy of First4Figures soon.
Former president of SEGA USA Peter Moore was interviewed by the Guardian’s Keith Stuart (Ex-editor of DC UK, funnily enough) about his entire career, including the Dreamcast days.
Read part one
SEGA USA released another Sonic Unleashed trailer on their Youtube account (it can be watched on high quality, make sure it’s on). It shows Sonic rushing across the Great Wall of China as well as the new ‘Werehog’ creature in action.
Another drop for Mario & Sonic, from #6 to #8 in the all-format charts. (#7 Wii, DS #10). Not bad for a game that’s been on the charts for roughly 40 weeks. Beijing 2008 drops out of the all-format top 10, yet remains #6 for Xbox360 and #3 for PS3.
PC budget games; #1 Football Manager 2008, #5 Medieval II: Total War , #6 Universe at War.
Oh, and The Golden Compass still floats in the PS2 budget charts at #7.
‘Inspired heavily by Phantasy Star Online, Phantasy Star Zero will be a Nintendo DS exclusive and will let players team up with other Hunters via wi-fi, immerse themselves in a whole new story, and enjoy a new image chat feature, similar to PSO’s Symbol Chat, which will also take advantage of the DS stylus’ capabilities.’
People in Europe waiting for Samba de Amigo (Wii) will now have to wait a little longer; SEGA delayed its release a week; new date being September 26. This is possibly done to get the online download system up and running.
Golden Axe: Beast Rider (Xbox 360 & PS3) is now mere weeks away, so SEGA released a new trailer that can be seen HERE
Mario & Sonic slips out of the top 5 in the all-format charts at #6. (#6 Wii, #5 DS). Beijing 2008 loses slightly more ground from #3 to #9. (#3 Xbox 360, #2 PS3). Three games made the PC budget list; Football Manager 2008 still remains at #1 (no surprises there), Medieval II: Total War climbs two places to #4 and Universe at War enters the chart at #7.
..yes I can see why. 49(!) pages of SEGA stuff of a Japanese collector. Impressive, very impressive..
Thanks to Bock @ SMSpower for the link.
SEGA USA posted a lenghty transcript of roundtrable discussions of the Obsidian team on their upcoming RPG: Alpha Protocol.
It’s a good read, go check it out. Part II can be found on Obsidian Entertainment’s website.