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OBG Weekend Report: May 10th, 2010

As the name describes, this little feature is a quick look at some of what you missed over the weekend while you were out having fun and I was stuck in doors writing news. (Pathetic, I know.)

On Saturday we learned that May 20th would be the PlayStation Network  release date for Final Fantasy IX. Upon hearing the news, American fans of the Square Enix’ series cheered with glee, but then angrily grumbled upon seeing the words: “for the Japanese PlayStation Network store only.” Already on the PlayStation Network Store you can download both Final Fantasy VII and VIII, so this certainly makes happy company for the popular role-playing game.

Final Fantasy IX Hitting Japanese PSN May 20 [Joystiq]

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And speaking of downloadable content, more leaked footage from the anticipated Sonic the Hedgehog 4 hit the internet. Like a fleas on a hobo, videos keep popping up no matter how fast Sega can unleash it’s group of legal ninjas to pull them down. This blurry quality video shows off a later level in the game called “Mad Gear Zone” where Sonic displays a special ability he can only achieve when collecting a certain amount of “these.” I have to say though, I’m grateful (sarcasm) that there are people willing to risk their lush development jobs just to leak a videogame staring a little blue hedgehog protagonist.

UPDATE: Seems the full video has already been pulled, but fear not, a three minute excerpt has replaced it. Yay!

More Sonic 4 Video Spills Onto Internet Threatens Wildlife [Update] [Kotaku]

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On the viral video front, a fan-made trailer for a full-length movie staring Capcom’s Blue Bomber appeared and has made it’s way across the internet. While amateurish in it’s production value it’s a pretty well directed clip by dedicated Mega Man fan Eddie Lebron. Now after being amazed and laughably amused by this trailer, I was soon caught off guard that, not only is there a trailer, but also an actual film which can be seen over at ScrewAttack right now.

See The Full-Length “Mega Man Movie” [ScrewAttack]

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Sonic 4: Episode 1 And Other Awesome Links Of The Day

With virtual soapboxes left and right, it hard to tell sometimes who’s opinion bares insightful weight and whose’s doesn’t. But if you’re wise enough to catch on, the true test is to watch how people react to certain things.

And in this medium there is no truer test than everyone’s favorite blue boy – Sonic the Hedgehog. Now, not to say that this is a cross the board examination that is always correct, but if the person in question mentions the eye color of a cartoon hedgehog being the instant mark of fail for game that was shown mer days ago… lunacy off the starboard bound, captain!

If none of the above makes a heap of sense – good. Then you can ignore all that horse-hockey and I can tell you the exciting news: Sega is finally bringing us a new 2D Sonic game that from the title alone tells you how ambitious or down right crazy the developer might be.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode. Surprising is an understatement when addressing the tittle. Yet in no way is this some fake ruse to make you spit-take violently. (Sorry if that has already happened.)

Last week the Sega Blognick unwrapped the real name to Project Needlemouse by showing a more in-depth teaser for the game, which featured a brief snippet of game play. Albeit only 3 seconds of it.

From the looks of things, a rather short one, it strikes a close appearance to the tradition Sonic games form the 16-bit era, but with a shiny high definition current console technology spin. Being a fan (and I’m sure Jay is too) of New Super Mario Brothers Wii, I am quite fond of this type of treatment. So no worries here.

We will have to wait for later videos tell how the direction of the game play is going to be, but Sega has mentioned in the initial press release that the game will be inspired by those classic Sonic games on the Genesis. In fact this game picks up right where Sonic & Knuckles leaves off and will begin a new grander story told in episodes.

Ah’ that’s right, that whole “Episode 1” moniker at the end of the title. Well, if you haven’t figured it out yet, this game, for now, is a digital download experience for PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, Nintendo WiiWare, and a secret platform to be mentioned later come this Summer. (Leaks already have this pinned down as perhaps being the iphone.)

The plan from Sega is to release the game in episodic chunks, and although there has been no official statement on the size of each “chunk,” word around the web is that they will be as long as a full length Genesis Sonic game.

All this spiky blue hedgehog talk is making me want to plunge back into Sonic’s 1 – 3 & K, but first, as the title of this post promises, some awesome links of the day.

Speaking of another famous face in the video game fandom, Legend of Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto loosens his lips about what he is currently working on. Next Zelda game, heard about it. Some new motion plus game, boring. A new console from Nintendo is coming soon? Say whaaat?

Shigeru Miyamoto Discusses New Nintendo Hardware [1Up]

Old Electronic Gaming Monthly might be gone, but Steve Harris, once former and now turned current owner of EGM, is set on bring the gaming publication back anew.  Check out what Mr. Harris has in store by checking out the recent press statement on the EGM Now website.

EGM Now Website

Who doesn’t love the Angry Video Game Nerd? Well maybe the developers of those games he swears at. But hey it’s all in good sport! (Not really.) Anyway, let’s check in with the Angry Video Game Nerd as he takes on Little Red Hood.

AVGN – Little Red Hood [ScrewAttack]

Well I’d love to stick around but I’ve got to speed, Keed! (Yeah, I wonder face palm that last line too.)

Dantes Inferno Super Bowl Ad And Other Awesome Links Of The Day

On Sunday February 7th, 2010, the world will gather around their TV sets – – food, drink, and fan apparel included, to celebrate one of the biggest events of the year. Super Bowl XLIV. (That’s 44 if you can’t read roman numerals.) A kick-ass spectacle that features the two best professional football teams in America as they battle three hours for the ultimate prize of fame and glory.

Now this is the point where I can just feel the instant rolling of eye balls from every nerd around the web at my pig-skin loving gushing. ‘Get with the point‘ you say! I hear you, I hear you.

Well if you do manage to flip your TV towards the big game, you might just catch a commercial featuring the game Dante’s Inferno. The Electronic Arts published and Visceral Games produced third-person action title based upon the first book of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, The Divine Comedy, will be featured in a Super Bowl advertisement after it was initially rejected by CBS executives.

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, CBS, the television host for the Super Bowl, declined the commercial at first, not because it depicted highly gory scenes of blood and disturbing imagery. No America can handle that. It was the advertisement’s simple tag line, “Go to Hell,” that got this commercial a big no go over concerns of offending specific audiences.

But don’t worry, the commercial will be allowed to be shown now, as EA fixed the tag line to “Hell Awaits.” Which is much better… maybe? I guess the logic in this is that you can invite people to hell, but when it comes to telling them directly to go, that’s where you cross the line. Alright then?

What else happened around the web while you were busy listening to gaming podcast after gaming podcast talk about their love fest with Mass Effect 2? I’m glad you asked!

It seems Wal-Mart and Best Buys’ timid toe dip into the used game business which has been ruled mercilessly by GameStop over the years, has come to a short and silent end.

Wal-Mart Best Buy Quit Short Lived Used Games Test [IndustryGamers]

Leigh Alexander of Kotkau describes a particular fan made game from Japan that caters to a unique fetish which focuses on cute girls with disabilities. Believe me when I say this isn’t the reason why I love Japan.

Romance With Disabled Girls: How And Maybe Why An Unusual Video Game Came To Be [Kotaku]

And in spirit of Groundhog Day (you forgot didn’t you?), the Sega American blognick has released some more tasty information about Project Needlemouse. Sure there is not much besides a piece of concept art and a short audio clip that teases the music direction, but it is enough to hold anyone over until the next big (and they mean big) reveal on Thursday.

Project Needlemouse Final Name Coming Thursday, First Peek At Game Audio, And More Concept [Go Nintendo]

Were my awesome links of the day ‘awesome?’ I’d like to think so. (Oh please be awesome, oh please be awesome!)

SEGA Blog Teases Project Needlemouse and Other Awesome Links of the Day

I’ve come to believe with all my shared experienced on the internet, you probably should not try to joke with your average gamer. But I’m grateful for those who try, especially when the fine folks over at the SEGA American Blog are the ones do the “joshing.”

The Blog has started a countdown to finally reveal some information about the little known 2D Sonic the Hedgehog game – “Project Needlemouse” or also known as “SEGA better not f@#k it up this time again.” Right now there is a posted image on the blog with names of various characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog universe or as they’re also commonly known as those “sh*#ty friends.” Each day the blog, with help from blog commenter’s on Facebook and Twitter, will scratch off names till only the true playable characters are left. Let’s see if your funny bone is working.

Hmm… I wonder who’s name will be left. Golly gosh I’m stumped!

Project Needlemouse Character Countdown – Day 1! [SEGA America Blog]

Meanwhile in other awesome links of the day news: NBA Jam is coming back to the court on the Nintendo Wii, the director of MadWorld would love to do a sequel, Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw of Zero Punctuation fame starts his own video game bar in the land down under, the latest Official PlayStation Magazine reveals what Sony might have up it’s sleeve at this years E3, and from Gamasutra an op-ed on the state of WiiWare, DSiWare, and PSP Minis. Oh can you feel it? Huh?! Can you feel the awesomeness of these links!

NBA Jam Sets The Wii On Fire In 2010 [Kotaku]

Madworld 2 Heading to Wii? [CVG]

Yahtzee Establishes Australia’s First Video-Game Bar [Bitmob]

Killzone 3, Infamous 2, and Resistance 3 All To Be Announced At E3? [1Up]

Opinion: What Went Wrong With WiiWare, DSiWare, & PSP Minis? [Gamasutra]

One Bored Gamer Remebers The Aughts: Part 2

Sega Leaves The Hardware Business

While one industry giant stepped into the video game console business, months before another that began the age of “console wars” and spawned the phrase “blast processing” dropped out completely. On January 31st, 2001, Sega officially announced that it would cease being a video game hardware company and transition into a software one. Months later Sega would port it’s first game Chu Chu Rocket to Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance.

Chu Chu Rocket

Despite all attempts with the Sega Dreamcast to stay alive, the company that brought us classic franchises like Daytona USA, Shenmue, Virtual Fighter, and Sonic the Hedgehog could no longer endure the staggering financial trouble the company had brought on to itself. And boy had they dug a deep festering hole for themselves with horrible business decisions that only a drunk at the wheel could make.

It may have not been the day the video game died, but a lot of tears where shed around the industry. Sure the company would still be around, but to gamers it was like getting the news that your favorite dog got run over and now had to use a tiny wheelchair to get around. It just would never be the same.

During it’s successful rise in the 16-bit era and onwards, Sega gave us such great arcade and console titles; some memorable ones that unfortunately would be butchered as the company tried to find it’s way in third-party developer land – but never the less, we all still have a soft spot for Sega. You can’t deny getting at least a bit gleeful when hearing a choir of synth voices cry out at once… “SEGA!”

Hopefully this decade will find better fortunes for the video game company. As many NEO GAF’ers would say “believe,” or some nonsense like that.

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