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Weekly Roundup: Canada Day Edition

Weekly Roundup compiles all the biggest news stories, reviews, and releases from the week into one handy post on the weekends.

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XBLA's Most Wanted: Shenmue

One can't skim the internet without running into a forum thread about the potential release of Shenmue 3–the next installment in a saga that began on Sega's Dreamcast in November of 2000. Fans of the series sip on every drip of information on its development, though nothing of the sort truly exists. Shenmue's creator, Yu Suzuki, even left Sega last year though some reports suggest he still has a consultant role within the company. Despite these gloomy prospects, die hard fans are still hopeful that the third of the series will finally breach the coffin it had been placed in so long ago.

William Shakespeare once said: "Love me or hate me, both are in my favor…If you love me, I'll always be in your heart…If you hate me, I'll always be in your mind."

Had William Shakespeare been around in the 21st Century, we believe he'd be referring to Shenmue. Never will you discover a title so adored by critics and gamers and abhorred by others in the same demographic. You play as Ryo Hazuki, an unassuming young man on a quest to avenge his father's death. In order to achieve this, Ryo must emphatically harass the locals of a small Japanese town by asking questions like the infamous, "Are you guys sailors?" Ryo finds himself in a lot of trouble during his exploration of leads, but he can always stop by the arcade and play an emulated, in-game version of a few arcade hits. Read the rest of this entry »


Friday Top Five: Top five most wanted Dreamcast HD remakes

Sega seems to be doing a lot of porting these days don't they? From re-releases of Crazy Taxi and Sonic Adventure to even franchises on the Sega Saturn with Guardian Heroes and Radiant Silvergun. With the HD Jet Set Radio finally on the way, we thought we'd take a look at five games that should be re-made in HD for our digital platform. Some of them could be huge online hits and some are just bizarre games that would work great under a 1200 or less MSP price-point. So let's worry about Y2K again before worrying about the apocalypse in this list.
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Weekly Roundup: March 17

Weekly Roundup compiles all the biggest news stories, reviews, and releases from the week into one handy post on the weekends.

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Rumor: Shenmue for XBLA has been done for "over a year"

After the Brand Manager Ben Harborne teased we'd be getting Shenmue as our next XBLA Dreamcast title, he quickly said "we might be working on it" with no full confirmation as of yet. But Eurogamer found out that an anonymous source speaking with Gamerzines that “Shenmue HD is real [and has been] finished for well over a year". Not to mention as is the sequel! Both are in HD but when will Sega release them? Their source says they're sitting on it for the right time, possibly to coincide with an upcoming third game which fans have been screaming about for a while now. It'd be nice if they'd just release Shenmue, lord knows we want to know where sailors hang out.

Source: Gamerzines via Eurogamer


Sega teases Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia for XBLA

It didn't take too long for Sega to talk about the next Dreamcast titles coming to XBLA after Jet Set Radio's release. In an interview on Gamereactor UK at GDC 2012 discussing the upcoming HD port, Associate Brand Manager Ben Harborne of Sega hinted at what might come next. He did upright say Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia but didn't confirm the release or development, setting up a tease for fans.

Shenmue is the open-world action game made by Virtua Fighter creator Yu Suzuki and was the most expensive game ever made on the Dreamcast. Skies of Arcadia is an RPG that fans have been begging for a sequel for quite some time now, but an HD remake is always nice too. No word yet if the Xbox version of Shenmue 2 will come after or if Skies of Arcadia will have some of the features from the GameCube remake, Skies of Arcadia Legends, but we'll keep you up to date on whatever Sega's Dreamcast ports are thinking.

Source: Gamereactor UK

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