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NiGHTS HD Announced for XBLA, PSN, PC

Sixteen years to the day after its initial release on the Saturn, Sega has announced an HD remake of NiGHTS into Dreams. Coming to Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC, NiGHTS HD will naturally incorporate HD 16:9 visuals, leaderboards, and support for Trophies and Achievements. And for purists, the game will include an optional “Saturn Mode”, so the game can be played with its original graphics intact. NiGHTS into Dreams is set to release on XBLA, PSN, and PC this fall.

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Sega’s All-Stars Are Transforming

Sega has announced Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, a sequel to their 2010 kart racing spectacular that pitted famous (and not so famous) Sega characters against each other on the racetrack. So where does the transformation come in? This time around the vehicles won’t be racing just on land, but over water and through the skies as well, transforming on the fly to meet the conditions of the terrain (or lack thereof).

Sumo Digital is once again the developer on the title and they’re looking to please die-hard Sega fans once again with their selection of playable characters and racetracks. In addition to a slew of returning characters, new entrants Vyse (Skies of Arcadia) and Gilius Thunderhead (Golden Axe) have been announced, as well as a playable track based on the Panzer Dragoon series.

Check out Metro for an interview with the game’s producer that includes a hint at a Wii U version of the game. As of now, S&ASRT has been announced for 3DS, Vita, PS3, 360, and PC with a late 2012 release date.

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TV&L Podcast 79

Recappin' PAX East 2012.

It’s a PAX East tradition! Craig is sick and croaks out his experiences from the show, including play time with Max Payne 3, Heroes of Ruin, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Loadout, Borderlands 2 and Awesomenauts. He and Seth discuss Killer is Dead, Binary Domain’s poor sales, Square Enix’s new music streaming site and much more in this action-packed episode. The gentlemen of gaming have been playing Ys IV: Mask of the Sun, Xenoblade Chronicles, Skullgirls, Fez, the Crush 3D demo, Amoebattle and a bunch more!

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Music by 2PLAYER. Used with permission.

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Binary Domain Sold Only 20k Copies Last Month

Binary Domain, Sega’s third person shooter developed by the Yakuza team, released at the tail end of February and only moved about 20,000 copies across 360 and PS3 in March according to NPD numbers from Joystiq.

It’s a shame, because Binary Domain is one of the best games I’ve played so far this year and a pleasant surprise from Sega. Although, as Joystiq points out, this is probably what happens when you release a game with no marketing around the same time as something like Mass Effect 3.

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Sega Shedding Positions and Games in Light of Losses

Sega Sammy’s consumer business will post an operating loss for the year ending March 31st due to the “challenging economic climate and significant changes in the home videogame software market environment in the US and Europe” according to the company. While Sega Sammy will post an overall net income of ¥20 billion ($243.2 million), that is down from a previously forecast ¥40 billion ($486.5 million).

In response, Sega Sammy intends on cutting jobs and canceling unspecified games, while focusing more on core IPs such as Sonic.

[From: Edge]

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Phantasy Star Online 2 Points at Vita, Says: “You. Me. 2013.”

Phantasy Star Online 2 has been announced for Vita by the series producer Sakai Satoshi in a PlayStation Vita Game Heaven video. Previously PC-only, Phantasy Star Online 2 will release on Vita in 2013 and will utilize the same servers as the PC version, allowing players on either platform to play together.

[From: Andriasang]

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You Got Your Virtua Fighter in My DOA

While Tecmo’s Dead or Alive franchise is no stranger to cameos by characters outside the series, it’s always interesting to see who might make an appearance. In a newly released trailer, it’s revealed that Akira Yuki from Sega’s Virtua Fighter series will make the crossover as a guest character in the upcoming Dead or Alive 5.

Head of Team Ninja, Yosuke Hayashi, has previously expressed interest in making a DOA and Virtua Fighter crossover title. It will be interesting to see if anything more than a cameo appearance will develop between the two fighters.

DOA5 is set to release in late 2012 for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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TV&L Podcast 74

Let me talk about my pokemans.

It’s all about Pokemon as Craig, Chris and young and hip Gas Bag Gastelum discuss their experiences with the series, the things they like, the things they don’t and the some things they’d like to see in the future, particularly with the upcoming Pokemon Black Version 2 and White Version 2. The guys have been playing Rayman Origins, Yakuza, Binary Domain, Rhythm Tengoku, Alan Wake and Lumines: Electronic Symphony.

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Jet Set Radio Invading Your Modern Consoles

Sega has teased Jet Set Radio as the latest in their infrequent line of Dreamcast ports to modern consoles. Jet Set Radio will hit XBLA and PSN at some undetermined time in the future.

[From: Sega via @wario64]

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ESRB Rates Game Gear Titles For 3DS Virtual Console

Last year at GDC, Nintendo announced that additional platforms, namely the Sega Game Gear and the NEC Turbografx-16 (or, TurboExpress if you prefer to look at it that way), would be available on the 3DS’s Virtual Console.

It’s been some time since that announcement with no word on or appearance from such games, but it’s looking like they may show up sooner than later. The ESRB has just rated Sonic Triple Trouble and Shinobi, two Game Gear games, for the Virtual Console. Still no mention of when we may see these games, but this is certainly a positive sign.

A library of great retro handheld games for affordable prices at my fingertips is something I’m very much looking forward to.

[From: Tiny Cartridge]