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Sturmwind gets a release date!

14 Mar

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We are really pleased to inform you that Sturmwind, the upcoming shmup game for SEGA Dreamcast developed by Duranik, has an official release date!

Here is the press release by Red Spot Games, publisher of the game:

We are under attack: Sturmwind pilots, fall in for saving the world in April 2013!

Antritt zur Weltenrettung!

The fierce enemy‘s troops have already reached our world‘s doorsteps and we are running out of time! Our reconnaissance drones have detected 16 promising locations for our search of „Mother“, the planet of our living ancestors.

After several development steps by Duranik and redspotgames the launch date for your mission is clear.

Sturmwind pilots, your all-dominant mission will begin on April 24th 2013. All documents will be sent to you until this very date.

Fight over 20 boss enemies in 16 levels. In addition to the so-called “Award Trophy System”, there will also be an internet highscore list in which your performance can compete against each other worldwide.

Your wings of steel are now our last resort.

Stay ready for further instructions. Over and out.

So, undust your Dreamcasts folks, because Sturmwind will see the light on April 24th 2o13! Check out our preview of the game.

Pre-order the game here.

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TDP Preview | Sturmwind

12 Mar

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Few weeks ago we received from Germany our press copy of Sturmwind! What is it? Easy, it is a brand new homebrew shooter game for the SEGA Dreamcast (obviously not an official release approved by SEGA) by Duranik.

Sturmwind is an old school shmup, a very traditional one indeed, where you don’t have to think a lot, just follow one simple rule: if it moves, shoot it!

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Behind this little masterpiece there is Duranik, a German indie development team, known for its previous attempt to create a shooter game on a dead console: Native for the Atari Jaguar.
It is very likely that Sturmwind has born from that failure, trying to make a better game, more accessible even to modern players, but sticking to the great classics guide lines.
That’s why Duranik has chosen the Dreamcast, that despite its premature dead, it is more widely available and more powerful than any other cool retro-console (no, ps2 isn’t cool, nor powerful).

Sturmwind tries to take advantage of every bit of the Dreamcast hardware and supports a wide range of effects, indeed we can call it a perfect mix between 2D and 3D, leading to an astonishing visual impact.
We surely can’t hide out excitement playing a bran new game on our favourite console of all times, and it’s safe to say that Sturmwind could have been released on XBLA and PSN without any problem.

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The game is pretty straightforward, you can play the normal mode with all 16 levels or the arcade mode with only 6 levels and no continues. In normal mode your progress will be saved with every finished level (obviously you’ll need a VMU to save your progress).

Speaking of pure gameplay, Sturmwind is very enjoyable (despite the CG intro with german voiceover or the unreadable german names of the weapons and levels) and once you start to play you’ll quickly understand every game dynamic, as the three weapon selection, the backfire and the point system. Duranik guys said that the game is designed for all Dreamcast fans, it is no hardcore maniac or score shooter. Even average players are able to see more than the first level. There is a good bit of memorization involved as with most of this type of games but that is part of the fun.

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We said that Sturmwind is a game for everyone, so it’s not hardcore? Don’t worry, it is a highly addictive and a very challenging game; it could not be like a modern bullet hell game from Cave, but we prefer this way…even because on the Dreamcast we want to breathe a sort of old school flavour, and Sturmwind perfectly accomplish this job! (if you want to go crazy, just set the hard mode!)

And guess what? Sturmwind has also online leaderboards, but you won’t need to connect your dusty DC to the internet: in fact, your copy of the game will generate an unique code for your highest score, then you’ll just have to put that code with your nickname in this site…done! Online leaderboards!

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So here’s some specs:

  • 16 Levels
  • 3 selectable difficulty levels
  • configurable controls
  • adjustable screen position
  • different weapons selectable
  • More than 20 large boss enemies
  • Hundreds of different enemies
  • FMV intro sequence
  • Hybrid 2d/3d game engine
  • Resolution 640×480
  • PAL50, PAL60, NTSC and VGA (with Adapter) compatible
  • Region Free
  • Works with any MIL-CD compatible Dreamcast
  • CDDA Sound
  • Supports: Joypad, Arcade Stick (Analog/Digital), VMU, Rumble Pack
  • (configurable)
  • Internet WEBcode Hiscore Tables
  • Award Trophy System with unlockable content

If you got a working Dreamcast at home and you feel like this could be your next must-play (we feel it) you can preorder the game on Redspot Games, even if the release date is still set to TBA.

Check out the official trailer!

**UPDATE (14 March 2013)**

Sturmwind gets a release date! The game will be out on 24 April 2013.

This is how the Dreamcast would look like in HD 1080p

11 Mar

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A couple of days ago DREAMCASTER’s Tube uploaded a very interesting video on their YouTube channel. Indeed the video shows how the Dreamcast would look like in HD 1080p.

Obviously this definition has been reached through an emulator and not the real console. But still, some games are really amazing and the details are astonishing! Enjoy!

 

 

Yu Suzuki is thinking about a Kickstarter to fund Shenmue 3

3 Mar

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Yep, you heard it so many times in the past twelve years, but everytime it was just bullshit…probably also this time, but still, here is your news about a possible making of long-waited Shenmue 3.

Indeed seems that Yu Suzuki, acclaimed developer of the Shenmue franchise for SEGA, is seriously thinking about a Kickstarter project to fund the development of Shenmue 3. The news comes from Sebastien Abdelhamid, a french journalist for CANAL+ , that met Suzuki at the Monaco Anime Game Show. Here’s the tweet about the rumor.

(TRANSLATION: Yu Suzuki just said that he is thinking about a Kickstarter to fund the Shenmue 3 developement ! #MAGS)

We don’t know if this will really happen, but we hope so…still, we are a bit worried about SEGA and its ownership of all the copyrights for the franchise.

Stay tuned!

SEGA Dreamcast & SEGA Mega Drive bags

1 Feb

Everyone loves SEGA (apart for not making Shenmue 3) and everyone have loved its consoles. Especially if we are talking about Mega Drive (or Genesis if you live in the US) and Dreamcast. So if you agree with this, you’ll probably love these two officially licensed bags from Insert Coin Clothing.

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They’re pretty amazing, aren’t they? They’re made out of leather (I think not real one) and really well printed. And they can be all yours for just £30/£35 (or €39/€45$42/$49 if you prefer). Well, it’s not a bargain, but still, they’re awesome and perfect for revive those beautiful SEGA consoles.

Insert Coin is not paying us for advertise its products, we genuinely love this stuff (we got the Dreamcast one).

If you like them as we do, and you think it’s time to get your geek on (uh, this motto really sucks) you can buy them here (DC) and here (MD) as they ship worldwide.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to SEGA licensing, the Dreamcast logo/bag colour received will be based upon your delivery address: Blue – PAL Regions, Red – North America, Orange – Japan. (and this kinda sucks, we know…)