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Release dates and pricing for Jet Set Radio HD finally revealed

Those anxiously awaiting the release of Jet Set Radio HD will be happy to know that Sega have finally set both a date and price for the title.

Come 18 September, PlayStation Network users can get their grubby or not-so grubby mitts on the game – with Playstation Plus subscribers getting it a full week earlier (on 11 September). Unfortunately, those planning to pick it up for the Vita will have to wait until 16 October. Both the PSN and Vita versions of the game will set you back US$9.99/£6.49/€7.99.

Jet Set Radio HD via Xbox LIVE Arcade and Steam will be available 19 September for 800 Microsoft Points/US$9.99/£5.99/€6.49. There is currently no release information for the iOS and Android versions.

Source: SEGABits


Sonic Adventure 2 confirmed for PSN/XBLA

During their Sonic Boom event at San Diego Comic-Con, Sega has announced Sonic Adventure 2 for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

Such a release for Sonic Adventure 2 was rumoured last month when the title briefly appeared on the official Xbox site. The official announcement was sparse in details, but the title appears to be a HD re-release as part of Sega’s renewed focus on digital content.

Footage of the reveal informs us that Sonic Adventure 2 was be “leaking onto consoles this fall”.


Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD to see downloadable THPS3 levels

Downloadable content for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD has been confirmed via the titles official Facebook page, and the first DLC installment will feature levels from fan favourite Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3.

The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 levels to be included are yet to be determined; and Activision, Robomodo (the developer), and Tony Hawk want fans to help decide . Simply head on over to the Facebook page and leave a comment sharing your favourite levels and why.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is set for a June release on XBLA and PSN, but no date has been revealed for the first batch of DLC.


Redux: Dark Matters; new shooter for Sega Dreamcast

Redux: Dark Matters is a new space scrolling shooter coming to Sega Dreamcast, iOS, Steam, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

The Sega Dreamcast and iOS versions are confirmed, but NG:DEV.TEAM are utilizing Kickstarter to crowd fund development of Redux: Dark Matters for Steam, PSN and XBLA by offering an exclusive Limited Edition version of the game for Sega Dreamcast as a pledge reward.

Redux: Dark Matters, which features gorgeous HD visuals (only on compatible devices), 6 stages, a tonne of weapons, and arcade-style gameplay; is set for release on iOS devices in July and in December for the Sega Dreamcast version. The all but confirmed Steam, PSN and XBLA releases are also expected in 2012.

The $25,000 goal has been met, but head on over to the Kickstarter page to snag a copy of the Redux: Dark Matters Limited Edition for Sega Dreamcast with a pledge $65 or more.


Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD works its way onto XBLA and PSN in June

Tony Hawk, via Twitter, has revealed that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD will release in June.

Rather than a HD port/remake of the classic PlayStation game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is an amalgamation of select levels from the original game and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2.

The title will be landing on both Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.


Fez now available on XBLA

Fez, a retro inspired 2D puzzle platformer set in a 3D world, is now available on XBLA for 800 Microsoft Points.

In Fez, players navigate 3D structures using 2D and 3D perspective-shifts (think Super Paper Mario or Crush) to explore a pretty world full of puzzles, treasures and secrets. As Gomez, we run, jump, climb and rotate the world to uncover hidden areas, unearth mysteries, overcome various spacial challenges and collect cubes.

Oh, and there is a magic hat. Cute.


Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II has a release date(s)

Sega has announced that Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II will be available on PSN and XBLA on May 15 and May 16 respectively.

We will also see the title hit both PC and iOS devices in May, Android devices in June and finally Windows Phone in July.

Episode Metal was also revealed. Exclusive content for owners of both Episode I and Episode II, Episode Metal see Metal Sonic playable in four exclusive stages.


Double Dragon: Neon coming to PSN and XBLA

WayForward Technologies, creator of Shantae and developer of many great 2D titles of recent years including A Boy and His Blob (Wii) and Contra 4 (NDS), is partnering with Majesco to bring us Double Dragon: Neon.

The high-definition 2D update of the classic side-scrolling brawler is an 80’s style reboot featuring a familiar mix of martial arts and weapon-based combat. “The gameplay is the same brand of 2D side-scrolling popularized by the original game several decades ago, albeit with even more of a wild, 80s flair” says IGN.

Players will reprise their roles as Billy and Jimmy Lee to fight the villainous Skullmageddon and rescue love-interest Marian.

Double Dragon: Neon is scheduled for a July release on both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.


Space Channel 5: Part 2 and Sega Bass Fishing heading to XBLA, PSN

They were part of the rather barren Dreamcast Collection released earlier in the year, but the lack of announcements left many to believe that Sega had abandoned their intentions of releasing Space Channel 5: Part 2 and Sega Bass Fishing on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.

Turns out it’s still happening – the games will be released on PSN on October 4 and XBLA on October 5, for $US9.99 or 800MSP, depending on your system choice.

Of course, not even Space Michael can save us from shitty ports.