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Sonic creator Yuji Naka joins Square Enix

Sonic creator Yuji Naka joins Square Enix

Here's an interesting development to start your Monday: Yuji Naka, best known as the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, has joined Square Enix. This somewhat big news is the world of gaming for a couple of reasons, the biggest being that it marks his return to game development after spending many years in the role of producer. He came on board at Square Enix earlier this month, and it seems that he already has a new game in development.

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SEGA and Retro-Bit’s mysterious deal gives us retro console palpitations

SEGA and Retro-Bit’s mysterious deal gives us retro console palpitations

Thanks to platforms like Steam, Xbox Live, PSN, and the Nintendo eShop, we've been enjoying something of a retro revival in recent years. Old games that may have otherwise been forgotten have been getting a new life on these platforms, and new games like Sonic Mania look to recapture some of the magic of those classic titles. That's great on its own, but now Sega and Retro-Bit want to take that one step further.

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This Sonic the Hedgehog VR mod will probably make you sick

This Sonic the Hedgehog VR mod will probably make you sick

While virtual reality has opened the door to a large number of unique, creative gaming experiences, there's often still a desire to see existing iconic franchises adapted to the new technology. One that you wouldn't expect to work is the classic Sonic the Hedgehog, not only because the original games were 2D platformers, but also because they emphasize going really, really fast — a feeling that frequently doesn't translate well to VR. That hasn't stopped one indie VR developer from giving it a try, however.

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After Sonic Mania, Sega needs to make 2D Sonic games a priority

After Sonic Mania, Sega needs to make 2D Sonic games a priority

Like many people, I was a bit apprehensive when Sega first revealed Sonic Mania. I was just as excited for a 2D Sonic the Hedgehog title as the next guy, but Sega's talent for screwing up Sonic games is not an easy thing to forget. Now that it's been here for around two weeks - except for the PC version, which launches today - it's clear that I was wrong to be worried. Sonic Mania is a brilliant game, and it shows that Sega needs to commit to regular 2D Sonic releases once and for all.

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Yakuza 2 HD remake announced for PS4

Yakuza 2 HD remake announced for PS4

These days, just about any video game that sold well/was a critical hit during the PS3/Xbox 360 years get a high-definition re-release for the current-gen consoles. That trend continues with Sega's popular open-world action series Yakuza. With Yakuza 6 released last year in Japan, a HD remake of the first game in the series coming out in the US next week, Sega has now announced it's giving Yakuza 2 the same treatment for the PlayStation 4.

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Shenmue III’s first teaser trailer was worth the wait

Shenmue III’s first teaser trailer was worth the wait

It's been a long time coming, but Shenmue III's first teaser trailer is finally here. It may seem a little weird to read that, especially considering that Shenmue fans have been waiting an incredible 16 years for this game. Still, we're thinking that wait will contribute plenty to the excitement of finally seeing some movement on the long-anticipated title.

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Sonic Mania: 5 reasons to love this classic reboot

Sonic Mania: 5 reasons to love this classic reboot

Sonic Mania is nearly upon us and the Sonic faithful are definitely excited. Sonic Mania is a return to form for the ol' Blue Blur, but those of you who haven't been following the game so closely may not know why it's worth getting excited about it. After all, Sonic games in recent years have been a bit hit or a miss, so it might be hard to know why this one should stick out. With that in mind, here are five reasons to look forward to Sonic Mania.

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Sonic Mania PC version delayed at the very last minute

Sonic Mania PC version delayed at the very last minute

The release date for Sonic Mania is quickly approaching, but we're getting word today that those looking to buy the PC version will have to wait just a little while longer to play. Yes, even though the game was slated to launch on August 15, Sega and Sonic Team have pushed it back at the last minute. The good news is that Sega is willing to hand out a freebie to PC players to make up for the delay.

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Sonic Mania’s new trailer is a special one

Sonic Mania’s new trailer is a special one

Sonic Mania is, perhaps, the most anticipated Sonic the Hedgehog game this side of Sonic Generations. The game is out in just a couple of weeks, and Sega seems content to keep teasing new modes and features right up until launch day. The latest tease comes in the form of a new trailer, which gives us a look at two different special stages that will be found within Sonic Mania's various levels.

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Atari, Sega Genesis retro consoles pricing and pre-order revealed

Atari, Sega Genesis retro consoles pricing and pre-order revealed

Back toward the beginning of June, AtGames announced an impressive line up of six new retro consoles - three each based on the Atari 2600 and the Sega Genesis. At the time, the announcement only focused on the games and the features of these retro consoles, offering no details on pricing or release dates. AtGames has sorted at least some of that out for us, revealing today how much these consoles will cost and when you'll be able to pre-order them.

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Sega Forever revives classic games on iOS and Android for free

Sega Forever revives classic games on iOS and Android for free

Though some gamers may be feeling a little cool toward Sega these days, there's no denying that the company put out some excellent games back when it was still in the business of making consoles. Sega will be reviving some of those classic games on iOS and Android tomorrow, something it's already done with popular games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Crazy Taxi. There's an interesting twist this time, though, as this collection of games - known as Sega Forever - will be free-to-play and constantly expanding.

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Atari and Sega retro consoles chase NES Classic success

Atari and Sega retro consoles chase NES Classic success

If the NES Classic Edition proved anything, it's that the market for these retro consoles is potentially huge. That's precisely what AtGames is banking on today, launching not one, not two, but six retro consoles. Three each are dedicated to the Atari 2600 and the Sega Genesis, so if you're a fan of either of those consoles, picking up one of these might be a good way to get your retro gaming fix.

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