Train2Game News Sonic The Hedgehog The Movie

SEGA Holdings Co., Ltd. today announced that SEGA of America, Inc., has reached a final agreement with Paramount Pictures to co-produce a Sonic the Hedgehog feature film, set for theatrical release beginning in the United States on November 15, 2019, then rolling out internationally to markets around the world.

This move represents an important next-step in the expansion of the Sonic the Hedgehog IP, bringing the character to new audiences globally. As part of the IP strategy for Sonic the Hedgehog, SEGA Group has been working to expand this character beyond the video game market to become an entertainment franchise. Recently, Sonic has appeared as an animated character on television, consumer products, console and mobile games, and more.

“I am very honored that our companies, SEGA and MARZA, have this incredible opportunity to partner with Paramount Pictures for this production, which will bring Sonic to the big screen for the first time. Since he was first introduced to the world 26 years ago, Sonic has continued to grow in popularity as part of our core strategy to focus on video games. In addition to video games, this provides SEGA with a fantastic opportunity to share Sonic with everyone and we can’t wait to reveal more to eager audiences in the future,” said SEGA Holdings Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Haruki Satomi.

Paramount Pictures will work closely with SEGA of America to bring Sonic to the big screen, said Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO, Paramount Pictures.

“We are incredibly excited to work with SEGA to bring this iconic property and character to audiences around the world,” said Gianopulos. “We look forward to our partnership on this great venture.”

Planned for a worldwide release showcasing both live-action and CG animation elements, the feature film will be the first time Sonic has been adapted for the big screen. Developing the project since its inception as a producer as well as a production house, MARZA Animation Planet Co., Ltd., owned by SEGA Group, will be joined by an assembly of high-profile talent.

The film has signed on notable industry veterans including:

Producer Neal H. Moritz from Original Film Inc. (“Fast and Furious” series)

Director Jeff Fowler (Blur Studio, Academy Award® nominee for 2005 Best Animated Short Film “Gopher Broke.”)

Executive producer Tim Miller (director of the Marvel/Fox feature “Deadpool” and owner of animation and CG production company Blur Studio)

“I’m thrilled to be partnered with SEGA and to have such an incredible and supportive home for Sonic with Jim and Paramount,” said Moritz.

Sonic the Hedgehog was first seen in 1991 on the SEGA Genesis. Since then, the character was inducted into the “World Video Game Hall of Fame” in 2016 at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Most recently, the popular franchise has seen two new hit releases in 2017, Sonic Mania™ and Sonic Forces™ (PlayStation® 4, Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One™, PC). Total sales of the series including both packaged and digital downloads count over 360 million units.

Train2Game News GameBlast18

There’s just one week to go before gamers across the UK join forces to raise money for SpecialEffect in GameBlast18, the UK’s biggest charity gaming weekend.

Hundreds of gamers, including eSports teams, streamers, and community groups, will take to their PCs and consoles throughout the weekend of 23-25 February to host sponsored marathon livestreams, gaming tournaments and many other challenges in support of the charity, which enables anyone, whatever their physical disability, to enjoy video games and leisure technology.

Now in its fifth year, the event aims to raise £100,000 for SpecialEffect.

Many major names in the games industry are also backing the event, including Jagex, GAME, Multiplay, Twitch, Insert Coin, SEGA, Nomad, Lockwood Publishing and Ukie. So far, almost 300 Justgiving fundraising pages have been created, meaning this year’s GameBlast is set to have the highest number of participants in its five-year history.

Jagex will be hosting the GameBlast Games – a 24-hour marathon of gaming, chaos and gruelling challenges. Broadcast live from their Cambridge headquarters and beginning 12pm GMT on Friday 23 February, the event will be streamed via the official RuneScape twitch.tv channel. The stream will feature regular faces from Jagex, the RuneScape and Old School dev teams, along with Twitch content creators and friends from the industry – including Codemasters and Frontier Developments – who will all go head to head in the ultimate games battle.

As Jagex clock-off at 12pm GMT on Saturday 24, staff from GAME and Multiplay Events will take up the baton with their own marathon broadcast, promising another 24 hours of gaming challenges and stretch-goal forfeits. GAME stores and BELONG arenas across the country will be hosting their own GameBlast activities, with raffles, tournaments and eSports tournaments on offer to gamers throughout the weekend. Meanwhile, GAME’s charity trade-in offer will continue until the end of the month, with customers being given the opportunity to donate £1 or more from every trade-in to SpecialEffect.

In addition, both Jagex and GAME will be running eBay auctions of gaming swag, merchandise and experiences.

“We can’t wait for GameBlast18” said Tom Donegan, the charity’s Events Coordinator.

“I love seeing the variety of challenges on offer – the creativity and generosity of our supporters is just so inspiring! The funds raised will enable us to help more like Will (http://bit.ly/willspecialeffect), who suffered a spinal injury but who’s gaming again using shoulder and chin movements.”

“GameBlast18 is an opportunity to bring the gaming community together to do what they love and level the playing field for people with disabilities at the same time.”

More details about GameBlast18 can be found at https://www.gameblast18.org.uk or on Twitter @GameBlast18

Train2Game News SEGA Forever


In celebration of a simpler time – an era that came before cool kale, hyper-connectedness, DIY artisanal bjeer-making, and social media mayhem – SEGA Networks Inc. is bringing a growing collection of classic video games from every console era to your mobile device for free. 

The collection, called SEGA Forever, is a re-awakening of archetypal gaming, an ode to the deep and diverse SEGA catalogue, and the beginning of a retro revolution that will transport players back through two decades of console gaming.

Each game in the SEGA Forever lineup is free-to-play, ad-supported, playable offline, and includes added features like cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards. For players who prefer a pristinely ad-free mobile gaming experience – folks who want to play SEGA just like they remember playing in their basement, without interruptions from parents, siblings, or homework – we’ve rolled back the price so each game can be purchased without ads for $1.99. As the SEGA Forever collection expands through months and years, it will include both official emulations and ported games that pan all SEGA console eras, each adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games.

“Above all else SEGA Forever is a celebration of nostalgia. It’s about allowing fans to reconnect with past experiences and share them with family and friends in an accessible and convenient way,” explains Mike Evans, CMO of SEGA’s Mobile Division in the West. “Join us on a journey of rediscovery as we roll out two decades of classic games free on mobile. Create your own ‘SEGA Forever folder’ and collect your favorite classics. Enjoy moments of nostalgia on the go, or sync a Bluetooth controller to enjoy a console-like experience in your living room. SEGA Forever democratizes retro gaming, and seeks to change how the world plays, rediscovers, and shares in classic game experiences.”

The first batch of SEGA Forever games has been carefully curated, boasting both blockbusters and core fan favorites; The collection will officially kick off tomorrow with five Mega Drive / Genesis titles, all of which will be available to download for free on the Google Play Store for Android devices and on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, where they will be accompanied by iMessage sticker packs:

    Sonic The Hedgehog, the 1991 household classic that has remained at the forefront of hearts and minds since inception

    Phantasy Star II, the longtime fan-favourite RPG from 1989

    Comix Zone and Kid Chameleon, two American titles developed by SEGA’s in-house studio STI

    Altered Beast, the original Genesis pack-in title, a beat-em-up set in Ancient Greece that represents a weird and wonderful segment of the SEGA catalogue that is ripe for rediscovery 

Following the launch, the SEGA Forever collection will continue to grow with additional releases coming every two weeks. 

To stay up-to-date with launch news, share your love of the golden age of video games, cast your vote in polls, share your opinions in surveys, and interact with other SEGA fans, check out the SEGA Forever website and follow our dedicated Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

*Please note that playing games from the SEGA Forever collection does not technically count as “time travel,” although intense feelings of nostalgia have been linked to exposure and extended play.

Train2Game News Crazy Taxi free on mobile


​Local taxi companies and drivers around the world, unite! 

After almost two decades of Crazy Taxi games and millions of rides analysed, SEGA is proud to announce it will soon launch Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire, allowing local taxi companies to take back the power from ridesharing conglomerates.

To celebrate the upcoming launch and make sure that drivers around the world have enough time to practice their crazy driving skills, the mobile version of the original Crazy Taxi which was previously £4.99/€4,99, is available for free (with ad support) on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and on Google Play for Android devices from here on out. Controller compatibility has also been added on top of the existing touch controls, and players who have already purchased the game will retain the game without advertisements.

Everyone should be able to fight against powerful ride-sharing company PRESTIGE MEGACORPORATION and its infamous leader Edelbert Von Güber. Whether you are on an iPhone, iPad or Android device, start your training and await further instructions: your time will come soon.

No time for brakes; customers in various states of inebriation from all nations are expecting you. Train hard, stay crazy.

Train2Game News SEGA Silent Disco Masquerade


REZtron Ltd., today announced it will be hosting yet another ‘SEGA Silent Disco Masquerade’. 
This year the retrotainment will take place at the luxury 5-star Chelsea Harbour Hotel on fireworks night, November 5th.

Guest will be transported into the golden era of SEGA gaming with legendary blue sky titles on all four generation of SEGA consoles…Master System! Mega Drive! Saturn! Dreamcast! mixed up with a night of drinking, masquerading, fireworks and silent raving….all on the penthouse suite of one of London’s most exotic 5-star hotels….

§  Legendary games including Golden Axe, Alex Kidd, Wonder Boy, Double Dragon, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter II, R-Type, Streets of Rage, Alien Storm, Sonic 2, Super Monaco GP, Virtua Racing, Revenge of Shinobi,Italia ’90, Micro Machines 2, Virtua Cop, Virtua Fighter 2, SEGA Rally, Daytona USA, Virtua Tennis, Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead 2, Power Stones, Soul Calibur, Marvel Vs Capcom and many more…

§  Displayed on RETRO CRT TVs and huge Projector screens

§  Silent Disco – Switch and dance to Classic rock, pop, House, Hip Hop, RnB, Dance and SEGA music throughout the night with our amazing headphones

    -Speed run competition on Sonic the Hedgehog (runs til 10pm)

    -WIN A MEGA DRIVE+GAME for the fastest time on Sonic 2

   -Dance and play retro games in front of a stunning panoramic view of the city skyline that’ll sure to keep your phone busy

    -Photographer will be there capturing all the antics

The ‘SEGA Silent Disco Masquerade’ experience will take place on Saturday Nov 5th, 6pm til 12am at Chelsea Harbour Hotel. Tickets can be purchased through Designmynight.com 

Train2Game News Games on Atari Flashback and Genesis Classic Game Console

AtGames® Digital Media Inc., a leader in interactive entertainment products, today revealed the official game lists for the Atari Flashback 7 and Genesis Classic Game Console.  
Each console includes an extensive selection of classic Atari and Sega games, respectively, as well as new favorites.  The latest versions of these popular TV-based systems will be available from top retailers starting in October 2016.

“We are delighted to announce the official game lists for the latest releases of our popular Atari Flashback and Genesis Classic Game Console hardware series,” said Dr. Ping-Kang Hsiung, CEO of AtGames.

“These new products showcase the best classic Atari and Sega Genesis games, while still offering superior expandability.”

The Atari Flashback 7 and Sega Genesis Classic Game Console are both part of the AtGames Flashback Zone (AFZ; Facebook:www.facebook.com/ATGFlashback/ and Twitter: twitter.com/atgflashback), the go-to hub for retro gaming. 

Other innovative products that are part of AFZ include Atari Flashback Portable, Sega Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player, and Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1 and Volume 2, two console titles newly released in mid October.

The Atari Flashback 7 classic game console features 101 built-in favorites. These games include legends like Frogger and Space Invaders™, as well as all-time Atari 2600 classics like Asteroids®, Centipede™, Jungle Hunt, Missile Command®, and Pong. Two wireless controllers, styled after the Atari 2600 originals, are included, as well as two legacy controller ports for optional wired joysticks or paddles.

The Sega Genesis Classic Game Console features 80 built-in games and an integrated cartridge port to play almost all of your favorite Sega Genesis and Mega Drive classics. Celebrating Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th Anniversary, a selection of the era’s best Sonic games are included, along with all-time favorites like Mortal Kombat I, II, III and Golden Axe. New for 2016 is save game support for the included Phantasy Star series and Sword of Vermillion role-playing games. Again, two wireless controllers, styled after the Sega Genesis originals, are included, as well as two legacy controller ports for optional wired gamepads.

The official game list for the Atari Flashback 7 can be found here and the official game list for the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console can be found here.

Atari Flashback 7 and Sega Genesis Classic Game Console are available at all major retailers from October 2016.

Train2Game News MEGA Yacht Party

REZtron Ltd., announced it will be returning  once again to the sell out party of last summer at the exciting ‘Mega Yacht’, Sunborn Yacht Hotel, moored in the Royal Victoria Dock.
Guest will be transported into the golden era of SEGA gaming with legendary blue sky titles on all four generation of SEGA consoles: Master System, Mega Drive, Saturn and Dreamcast all mixed up with drinks, dancing and a Silent Disco all on the Sky Lounge of London’s most exotic Yacht.

Legendary games including Golden Axe, Alex Kidd, Wonder Boy, Double Dragon, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter II, R-Type, Streets of Rage, Alien Storm, Sonic 2, Road Rash,Thunderforce III, Super Monaco GP, Virtua Racing, Revenge of Shinobi,Italia ’90, Micro Machines 2, Virtua Cop, Virtua Fighter 2, SEGA Rally, Daytona USA, Virtua Tennis, Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead 2, Power Stones, Soul Calibur, Marvel Vs Capcom and many more. All of these will be displayed on RETRO CRT TVs and huge Projector screens. 

The Silent Disco you can switch and dance to Classic rock, pop, House, Hip Hop, RnB, Dance and SEGA music throughout the night with amazing headphones.

Through the night there will also be:

    Speed run competition on Sonic the Hedgehog (runs til 10pm)

    WIN A MEGA DRIVE+GAME for the fastest time on Sonic 2

    Dance and play retro games in front of a stunning panoramic view of the city skyline that’ll sure to keep your phone busy

    Photographer will be there capturing all the antics

The ‘SEGA Mega Yacht’ experience will take place on Friday August 26th, 7pm til 12am at Sunborn Yacht. Tickets can be purchased through Designmynight.com.

A night of 8-16-32-128-BIT Retrotainment Awaits….

Train2Game News Sega sales increase since 90s

SEGAThe popularity of SEGA’s Mega Drive and Genesis line-up has just hit its highest point since the early 90’s!

Following the launch of the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Hub on Steam on the 28th April, over 350,000 Mega Drive and Genesis titles have been purchased on Steam by fans worldwide looking to either experience this classic content for the first time, or take advantage of the all-new Steam Workshop modding support implemented with the free update.

The modding scene is taking off too with hundreds of custom ROMS being uploaded by the community since the launch.

“We’re really chuffed that the fans have got behind this update,” said James Schall, Director of Digital Distribution for SEGA Europe. “350,000 sales is a phenomenal achievement for content which is over 20 years old! It shows that there’s still a huge following out for the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis, reinvigorated by the fantastic community of modders out there uploading great content.”

For more information about the SEGA Mega Drive & Genesis Classics Hub, check out the launch trailer here or log on to www.sega.co.uk .

Train2game News SEGA Art Prints

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Funstock.co.uk today announced a brand new range of officially licensed SEGA art prints (in common poster sizes) featuring iconic imagery from classic titles; Sonic The Hedgehog, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Shinobi and Alex Kidd.

The majority of this stunning collection is scheduled for release at the end of March, however, there are 2 sets of Limited Edition prints that are scheduled to co-inside with Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th Anniversary (in June) with one piece releasing in April and the second one in May. The Limited Edition prints are all hand numbered and limited to just 995 prints!

The range features a split of prints across magnificent 300GSM textured paper and 300GSM paper in a variety of sizes and 14 unique designs.

The SEGA Art Prints are available at: www.funstock.co.uk .

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 20.11.15

fallout 4Entirely unsurprisingly Fallout 4, one of the most anticipated games of the year, is number one in the charts, knocking Call of Duty Black Ops 3 down to number two. The sequel to the Tomb Raider reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider also made its debut this week at number four. At number seven, Segas latest Football Manager has arrived.

All formats
Week ending 14 November 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
2 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 2
4 RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX
5 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 6
6 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 3
7 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 SEGA
8 LEGO DIMENSIONS LEGO DIMENSIONS 9
9 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 5
10 HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 4
11 WWE 2K16 2K 7
12 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 8
13 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 11
14 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 19
15 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION 10
16 GUITAR HERO LIVE ACTIVISION 16
17 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 18
18 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 20
19 GEARS OF WAR: ULTIMATE EDITION MICROSOFT
20 SKYLANDERS SUPERCHARGERS SKYLANDERS 18
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