USB-powered Sega Nomad gives you near-endless game time

Sega’s Genesis Nomad was always something of a compromise (it was running 16-bit console games on mid-1990s handheld tech), but the battery life was a particularly sore point: it took six AA batteries just to get 3 hours of play time. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use modern hardware to play without constant (and sometimes expensive) battery swaps? …

‘Sonic Forces’ will bring your fanfiction characters to life

Until now, Sonic Forces has looked like Sonic Generations 2 in all but name. With trailers showing off levels that switch between classic side scrolling and the 3D perspective of Sonic’s more modern adventures, you can forgive gamers for thinking they’ve played this all before. Today, however, Sega has revealed a third type of gameplay for Sonic Forces — levels …

Cult action game ‘Vanquish’ powerslides its way onto PCs

A month after SEGA brought Bayonetta to Steam, the publisher has now seen fit to throw PC owners another Platinum Games-shaped bone. Coming to the platform on May 25th, $20 will net gamers a souped-up version of third person slide-em-up — Vanquish. The long-awaited port will support unlocked framerates and resolutions, allowing sadistic PC players to make this game look …

How ‘Puyo Puyo Tetris’ tricked me into liking puzzle games

When Larry Kasanoff said he was turning the world’s most iconic puzzle game into a trilogy of science fiction movies, I was speechless. After a disaster like Pixels, how could anybody look at Tetris and think there was a narrative to tell? The game may be a classic, but the narrative potential of organizing falling bricks into horizontal lines seemed …

New ‘Sonic Forces’ footage feels a lot like ‘Generations’

For the last few months, SEGA has been playing coy with Sonic Forces— first only little else beside the game’s name and the usual promises of greatness. Then, earlier this month, a new trailer teased new levels for “Classic Sonic,” the 1990s version of the character that co-starred in 2011’s Sonic Generations. Today, Sega Europe uploaded a new gameplay video …

‘Sonic Mania’ finally gives its lead character a unique special move

When Sega invited me behind closed doors to get an early look of Sonic Mania at GDC last month, I wasn’t expecting much. I’d seen the trailers and indeed, it looked like a grand homage to franchise, but I was surprised to find that the game is more than that. Mania doesn’t just bring players back to the 16-bit era …

‘Altered Beast’ and ‘Streets of Rage’ coming to film and TV

Sonic the Hedgehog has apparently opened the floodgates on Sega adaptations. Sega Group’s production arm is teaming with Fear the Walking Dead producer Circle of Confusion on adaptations of ’80s and ’90s classics Altered Beast and Streets of Rage, according to Variety. Beat ’em up game Streets of Rage pits your rogue cop against big city crime boss Mr. X, …

Sega harnesses nostalgia to sell you ‘Sonic Mania’

Ever since, uh, 1995, it’s been a hard few years for Sonic The Hedgehog fans as we’re promised a new game that’ll remedy all those past transgressions. In order to commemorate the original’s 25th anniversary, Sega is launching Sonic Mania, a new title that reimagines levels from the first (and best) four games in the series. But that’s not the …

‘Yakuza 6’ adds the thrill of running your own cat cafe

As Sega attempts to tie up the long-running (typically late-to-translation) Yakuza series, its producer has revealed that the sixth iteration will have plenty of ridiculous mini-games and side jobs, offering some mundane distractions from the boot-to-face Japanese gangster brawls that typically make up a large part of the games. While calming a weepy baby is certainly dull IRL, if you’re …

Disney 16-bit classics including ‘Aladdin’ coming to GOG.com

Nothing says ’90s gaming like the Sega Genesis and 16-bit Disney classics like Aladdin. You can bathe in that nostalgia again thanks to GOG.com and Disney’s re-release of Aladdin, The Lion King and Jungle Book. Those titles, originally developed for the Super NES and Sega Genesis, were groundbreaking at the time for the hand drawn “Digicel” tech used. All were …

‘Sonic Mania’ looks like the 2D sequel fans deserve

Sonic The Hedgehog is more than just a trash-talking Twitter account. To celebrate the franchise’s 25 year anniversary, Sega is taking the series back to its 2D roots. Sonic Mania looks like it’ll strip away all the extraneous bloat that’s barnacled itself to the core gameplay since the Blue Blur’s glory days, with a focus on what always worked so …