Sega Reveal Zentame Line-up

Sega Games have revealed their line-up for the Sega Booth at this year’s Zentame festival to be held this upcoming weekend (03-04 August) in Gifu, Japan with Tokyo 2020 Olympics The Official Video Game, Puyo Puyo eSports (Puyo Puyo Champions), Team Sonic Racing, and Crash Bandicoot Racing Buttobi Nitro!(Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled) all playable. Go to the official website for more information. Select merchandise listed below…

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This Week’s Japanese Software Charts

  1. Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (Switch) – 8,662 / 3,094,161
  2. Minecraft (Switch) – 7,451 / 790,783
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – 7,193 / 2,310,186
  4. Splatoon 2 (Switch) – 5,360 / 3,073,071
  5. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch) – 4,658 / 621,135
  6. Pokémon: Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee (Switch) – 4,647 / 1,535,394
  7. Days Gone (PS4) – 4,549 / 171,008
  8. Biohazard Origins Collection (Switch) – 4,081 / NEW
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) – 4,076 / 1,323,540
  10. Assassin’s Creed III Remastered (PS4) – 3,767 / NEW

Notes: data thanks to FamitsuNintendo Switch hardware is at 25,936 for the week and Nintendo 3DS is at 2,595. Team Sonic Racing didn’t make the top 10. New entries bolded. Moujuutsukai to Ouji-sama ~Flower & Snow~ releases next week along with VA-11 Hall-A. The full Nintendo-only data will soon be available at this link.

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This Week’s Japanese Switch Line-up!

The complete list of games that released in Japan this week including five retail games (Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, Biohazard Origins Collection, Minna no Doubutsu Shogi, Shiritsu Berubara Gakuen, and Team Sonic Racing), 14 digital games (Back in 1995, biohazard 0 HD Remaster, biohazard HD Remaster, biohazard 4, Blue Moon, Dragon Pinball, The Escapists: Complete Edition, Heroine Anthem Zero Episode 1, Minna no Sokoban, Puchikon 4 SmileBASIC, Realm Royale Founder’s Pack, Super Real Mahjong PVI, V.O.I.D., Wonder Boy Returns Remix, and Image Fight), and perhaps the final ever 3DS retail game (Daisenryaku Daitoua Koboshi DX). Check out the full list with prices, artwork, and descriptions below…

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Team Sonic Racing Review

1st reviewer: The sensation of running through undulated courses, with extreme speed using drifts and boosts that are easy to control, feels good even if you’re not a Sonic fan. In this solidly created action race with regular features properly held in, this game’s unique feature is Team Battle where 3 people go on racing in a group, which adds into the feedback and sense of unity that can’t be tasted anywhere else. Being able to taste this feeling on co-op plays with not only obviously people but also with computer is great indeed. 9

2nd reviewer: Including a team battle system in a racing game is ground-breaking. Starting with the Line Boost which speeds up each other, the Touch Dash which can quickly recover spun partners, transferring items and many more chancs to cooperate during races; the more you cooperate the more merits the team will have, which is good. The format of competing rankings as a team is a structure that can be enjoyed with a broad range of people which is good. The controls are also easy to grasp, and the drifting etc are also exhilarating. 9

3rd reviewer: The compatibility between Sonic series – which has an exhilarating sense of sprinting – and racing game is simply perfect. Cooperative features like sharing items with teammates and helping each other to speed up provide a uniquely different fun factor. I’m grateful to the AI which matches up to the player’s level and contest positions until the end. A lot of hindrances will come from behind, so other than switching views through a button, I wish there were also a back mirror somewhere in the broad screen. 8

4th reviewer: Performing team cooperation controls like drifting that absorbs right in the line and sharing Wisps (items) during a race itself is fun. While the mini-game styled missions give an accent while progressing through Story Mode, they require a very serious walkthrough. The pleasant BGMs which arranged legacy Sonic series musics ought to immerse fans from the Mega Drive era in deep emotions. 8

Total score: 34/40

Target Audience: Fans of Sonic series. Families that have little children. People who like racing games.

Average Playtime Estimate: 15~20 hours to clear Team Adventure Mode


Review originally appeared in Weekly Famitsu magazine, and is translated by BlackKite. This translation is © Copyright  Japanese Nintendo. Please link to the Japanese Nintendo website (https://japanesenintendo.com/) at the top of the review if posting elsewhere.

Team Sonic Racing Preloads Live

Team Sonic Racing is now available to preload on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop priced at ¥6,469, requiring 5.5 GB, supporting Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese language, and launching on 21 May. A Nintendo Switch Online subscription is required to play online.

Other new games available for preload include Assassin’s Creed III Remastered priced at ¥5,184, requiring 11.8 GB with English support, plus the Japanese only Shiritsu Berubara Gakuen ~Versailles no Bara Re*imagination~ (¥6,804 / 4.5 GB) and Hanayaka Nari、Waga Ichizoku Gentou Nostalgie for Nintendo Switch (¥7,344 / 10.5 GB).

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Team Sonic Racing Dated For Japan

Sega Games have announced that Team Sonic Racing will release in Japan on 21 May making it a simultaneous worldwide release. Preorder the game here and use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off. Promo video, introduction videos, and the Overdrive animations added below…


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Team Sonic Racing Coming To Switch UPDATE

Walmart of all places has leaked Team Sonic Racing for Nintendo Switch via a listing for the game! Ive added the description below in-case it gets taken down! Thanks to Gematsu.

Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing as you face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing. Race together and work together as a team by sharing power-ups and speed boosts. Take control of your racing style – Choose from 3 distinct character types and unlock game changing vehicle customization options to suit your racing style. Speed up. Gear Up Team Racing at Sonic Speed!

  • Online Multiplayer & Local Co-Op Modes 12 players per race, 4 player split screen, and various offline / online race modes including Grand Prix Mode, Exhibition Mode, Time-Trial and Team Adventure Mode.
  • Team Racing Race as a team, win as a team. Use various team moves to assist your teammates, knock out opponents and unleash your Team Ultimate.
  • Performance & Skin Customization Alter the appearance and handling of your vehicle.
  • Wisps – 14 spectacular offensive and defensive items to help overcome rival teams and get ahead!
  • Adventure Mode Unique story experience where players are introduced to basic game features and characters.
  • Various Characters and Classes 15 playable characters from across the Sonic Universe and 3 distinct character types including Speed, Technique, and Power classes.

Edit: it’s now official! Releases this Winter. Trailer below…

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