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No, Like A Dragon Was Not an RPG Because of an April Fool’s Joke

In 2020, Sega released Yakuza: Like A Dragon in the west to critical acclaim and seeming financial success. The title was a soft reboot for the series, bringing in a new protagonist and even an entirely new battle system. As Ichiban had been a fan of the Square Enix RPG Dragon Quest,…

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Space Channel 5 & Comix Zone Join Sonic as Next Sega Movie Adaptations

After the Sonic movie got its own Cinderella story, Sega seems inspired to keep the adaptations coming. In partnership with Picturestart, Sega is giving both Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone the video-game-to-movie treatment — and hopefully skipping the step where the main character needs a complete rework. There’s veteran…

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While we wait on the next Sonic movie, Sega says it has films for Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone in the pipeline.

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Sega to Match Employee Donations to Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice

Sega is adding its name to the list of companies publicly supporting reproductive rights and the freedom to choose. In a public statement from the publisher, Sega says it is matching employee donations to organizations like Planned Parenthood and the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation. Following the United States Supreme Court’s…

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Sega is adding its voice to the list of video game developers supporting Pro-Choice causes and matching employee donations to Planned Parenthood.

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I Don’t Really Understand What Sonic Frontiers Wants to Be

When I was younger, I would play all these inventive, creative, revolutionary video games and then run up to my room, open a notebook full of graph paper that I was ostensibly to use for science class, and start writing down ideas and levels of my own. While these were…

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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania Rolls Along at its Own Pace

I have no idea who the audience for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is. The new Sega release, which brings the seemingly most-beloved Monkey Ball titles from the early 2000s into a remastered modern package, certainly has a lot of eager fans. Those fans have very exacting standards for what a collection and…

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REVIEWS

Lost Judgment Finds Its Own Voice in the Yakuzaverse, But It’s Messy

Slick, handsome detective-lawyer Takayuki Yagami can elegantly beat the shit out of 100 burly yakuza dudes in one go. And in-between brawls, he gets to the bottom of insidious criminal cases. It’s all in a day’s work for a protagonist who bears the voice and likeness of Japanese idol and…

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The Trials and Tribulations of Localizing Sega’s Lost Judgment

When Judgment released in 2018, a lot of long-time fans of RGG Studio were surprised that the western localization had an English dub for the first time since the 2005 PlayStation 2 release of Yakuza. The Judgment dub let the spinoff series try and expand a bit to players who were turned off by…

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15 Sonic Games That Changed the Series for the Better

Sonic games are a mixed bag. With camera problems, pacing issues, and game-breaking glitches, they have a poor reputation of being rough around the edges. But behind those flaws exist brilliant and creative ideas from Sega and the Sonic Team. Some are so bold that they’ve changed the franchise, or…

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Which Yakuza Title Should You Start With?

The Yakuza series is at this point one of Sega’s shining stars in the Japanese company’s portfolio. The long-running series first began in 2005 and has continued over the years across multiple protagonists, prequels, sequels, spinoffs, and a storied history that leans heavily into Japanese crime dramas. In recent years, Sega…

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Roger Craig Smith Returns to Voice Sonic the Hedgehog

Like a lot of his contemporary platform mascot leads, Sonic the Hedgehog does not shut up. The blue furball with attitude has gone from general spin sounds to fully voiced dialogue and monologues over the decades with multiple different voice actors. For the past decade, Sonic had been voiced by…

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Sonic the Hedgehog Let's Play

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Sega Announces a Plan to Develop a “Super Game”

Recently, as a lot of companies did, Sega gave their yearly financial numbers and guidance for the upcoming year. Usually there’s a little something interesting to gleam from both, but this time, Sega introduced a new term to the arena: Super Game. Super Game, as Sega describes it, is an…

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Judgment Sequel Coming From Sega’s RGG Studio

Not that it was all that hidden, but Sega has finally revealed Lost Judgment, the sequel to their 2019 Yakuza spinoff and recent remaster, Judgment. In this brand new title, protagonist Yagami leaves the lights and bustle of Kamurocho to visit Ijincho, where Yakuza: Like a Dragon took place because the RGG Studio…

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Lost Judgment

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Sega Seemingly Teasing a Judgment Sequel and Not at All Subtly

It’s no surprise that Yakuza games are well-loved. Even when Sega released Judgment, a spin-off that matches the gameplay and tone of the games, they saw remarkably high sales for the game, even despite having to pull it from Japanese shelves for months. So in a way, I kind of appreciate that…

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NFTs are Dumb so Obviously Sega is Eager to Get Involved

Okay, so let’s say you have a digital thing which can be reproduced infinitely because that’s the way the world works and that’s just kind of what happens with digital products. However, you have dreams of being a Scrooge McDuck-style robber baron that desperately needs something to dive into in…

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Sonic Forces

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Remember Alex Kidd? Well He’s Back, in Miracle World DX Form

Fans of the Sega Master System, rejoice! Both of you will get to relive your memories of a far simpler time when Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX, a full remake of the 1986 original, comes out sometime next year on PC and “Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation consoles,” according to…

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Realizing World May Soon End, Sega Announces Game Gear Micro

Of all the miniaturized throwback consoles I expected to follow the success of Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition, never in a million years would I have predicated the Game Gear Micro. I’ve been in the games press for almost a decade at this point, and have worked in the video game…

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Fanbyte Morning News May 20, 2020

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Deadass About to Spend $200 on This HDD Kit for Saturn and Dreamcast

This may come as a shock to some of you, but the available emulation solutions for Sega Saturn and Sega Dreamcast just straight-up aren’t that good. The Saturn’s bizarre architecture (or, Bizarrchitecture™), combined with its bitter designation as the third-most beloved console of the 32/64-bit era, have lead to a…

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There’s a New ChuChu Rocket! Game and I’m Furious

A new Chu Chu Rocket! game was quietly announced today, in a press release from Apple detailing its new Apple Arcade subscription service. It’s called ChuChu Rocket! Universe, and we need to talk about it. As of right now, we don’t know a ton about the game. According to Apple’s…

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the only form of product placement I’ll accept

This long-awaited remake arrives Stateside this August.

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