Intrepid Izzy Looks To Seek Funding Via Kickstarter

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Many of you are most likely already aware that Senile Team, the developers behind Beats of Rage and more recently, Rush Rush Rally Racing, have been working on a new game for the Dreamcast which was recently announced to be Intrepid Izzy, a platform game which saw the reflexes and timing of the player tested in a modern yet retro inspired adventure game. Intrepid Izzy has taken to Kickstarter in the last 24 hours or so to seek €35,000 of funding to see the game released on both the PC and the Sega Dreamcast with the Playstation 4 being a stretch goal due to the expense of the development kit.

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Fans of the Dreamcast can pick a fairly standard release at €35 or go for some rather interesting special edition versions in the higher reward tier.

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What’s worth looking at here is the video teaser shown on the game’s main campaign, it does actually look pretty fantastic and the animation is very very impressive.

What do you think? Will you be backing the game? Share your thoughts and check the link to the Kickstarter below.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/senileteam/intrepid-izzy-pc-dreamcast-ps4/description

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What Ever Happened To? Part 5 : Agartha

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Okay, let’s return to our ‘what ever happen to’ segment and have ourselves a little look at Agartha. What’s Agartha you’re wondering? Well, back in 2000/2001 survival horror games were pretty big business, everyone wanted a little slice of the Silent Hill and Resident Evil pie, the Dreamcast itself had it’s fair share, Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil, Evil Dead, Carrier, D2 and others graced the machine. Regardless of this, Sega and No Cliché decided to get their heads together and make their own take. Agartha was based around a small village in Romania, the year would be 1929. You would play Kirk, an adventurer who would discover a subterranean village which is called Agartha, from here you’d have to face off against undead beasties treading a good or bad moral path whilst interacting with other villagers.

The game sounded and looked like a great addition to the Dreamcast’s library of games and it’s such a shame that it never saw the light of day, No Cliché sadly closed shop in 2001, around the time Sega pulled out of the hardware business.

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Where can you play this game today? Well, with No Cliché going out of business, and no other format announced aside Dreamcast – it looked as if Agartha was lost in time forever. However, as of August 2017,  The Dreamcast Junkyard recently got the scoop that there is actually a playable build of the game which has recently been cast over the public eye, sadly the game’s development was evidently quite far away from completion but all the same, it’s great to see the game ‘exist’ in some form of playability, maybe, just maybe there is a chance we’ll see this game in our consoles one day.

Another 5 titles heading to DC via JoshProd!

Dreamcast fans rejoice! Remember earlier in the year when JoshProd and Rush On Game brought us 5 PAL region games to add you our collections? Well, in an exclusive scoop announced by the guys over at the Dreamcast Junkyard this morning, it’s now known that another 5 games are coming with the possibility of even more later down the line.

What we have this time around is actually more daring one would say, last time we had 3 games that had already been released on Dreamcast (Dux 1.5, Alice’s Mom’s Rescue, The Ghost Blade) and two were semi-new to Dreamcast (Rush Rush Rally Racing Reloaded and Breakers) the line up of titles in this batch seem like really good choices and I’m sure many Dreamcast owners are going to want the whole set.

Zia and the Goddesses of Magic has already seen a release on the console recently, but we can’t help but feel it’s going to gain better exposure this time around, it’s not the most fantastic DC game out there, but well worth adding a PAL version to your collection rather than the generic original release.

Sturmwind again, has already seen a release on the console a few years back now, but if one title was deserving of a second (third, Dragonbox Shop handled the second) wind, it’s this one – perhaps one of the most impressive Dreamcast games in recent memory, if you missed out on some of the other editions, now is the time to grab it.

Flashback – this is a reworking of the classic 90’s game using the original source code to enhance the game slightly for the more powerful hardware, JoshProd actually got the licence to make this game, so that in itself is pretty significant.

Ganryu – A NeoGeo title which is being developed by Visco, much in the same way that Breakers was released on Dreamcast, we could see a trend of NeoGeo software finding a more affordable home on the system.

4X4 Jam – By far the most important release on the list here, this game is actually an existing game on PSP and mobile platforms, the source code is again being used to port it to Sega’s hardware and one would hope that we could see other mobile or handheld games coming across to fill out the Dreamcast’s software roster. It doesn’t look half bad either from what we’ve seen Tom at TDCJunkyard play of it.

So there you have it! New games to play on your console, you can catch us playing Dux 1.5 and talking a little about the PAL style version in the linked video, also there’s a link to the breaking story from The Dreamcast Junkyard and also the pre-order page on Rush On Game’s website which will go live on August 4th 2017, the games are said to retail for around 30 Euros each and no doubt there’ll be a bundle like the first wave of games.

https://www.rushongame.com

 

http://www.thedreamcastjunkyard.co.uk/2017/07/4×4-jam-flashback-ganryu-head-up-new.html

 

 

Replacement Dreamcast Power Board Seeks Funding.

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As many of you are probably aware, by owning a few stockpiled Dreamcast units, us as owners are always looking to keep playing our beloved Dreamcast units but this can become an increasingly hard task with various components getting tired and worn as the years progress, well fear not! There’s a guy that’s got your back if your power supply unit (PSU) has decided it no longer has the power to make your 128 bit dreams come true – the DreamPSU is a device which is currently seeking funding through Indiegogo, this compact device reworks the way the power is handled through the console whilst retaining the original 4-pin configuration meaning you can simply plug it in where the old unit once lay.

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The benefits to this new revised design is mainly that the amount of heat that would usually be generated by the original unit is now drastically reduced making for a cooler, and probably more efficiant running of the system in general, naturally this can also free up room inside the plastic casing of the console for more activities. The console however would then run on a 12V power supply unit, so in theory any potential buyer could use a power plug from their own country without the need to physically step down the voltage (or change the original power supply, which most do).

You can take a peek at the funding campaign here :

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dreampsu-making-your-dreamcast-cool-again-power#/

Seems like a brilliant idea to us!

With all these new releases – shouldn’t we look at hardware production?

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As the title of this article questions, we here at Dreamcast Today are pondering the future of the Dreamcast – namely it’s viability in an ever decreasing circle way. It’s been a busy few years for Sega’s long-discontinued hardware, we’ve come a long way as a small community since 2001, anyone whose ever contributed to funding the latest game release or spreading precious word of mouth serves a hand in keeping the legend alive in today’s market, but as anyone who has bought a second-hand Dreamcast knows; they aren’t particularly reliable as they get older to which the newest example is probably 15 years old at this point.

We’ve seen machines that can easily be fixed from resetting and there’s a work around for the common controller board issues but what about the GD-Rom drive? Sure, there’s the expensive and illusive replacement board allowing for SD and HDD support on the machine neatly circumventing the need for physical media, but this in itself poses a unique situation when it comes to supporting the machine and playing the latest software in the way the developers intended, sure we’ve got many DC owners who will pick up physical copies of new software but as time moves forward, less and less hardware is going to be available and thus forcing current owners to stock pile working units and often meaning the machine isn’t accessible to new generation players and collectors.

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We’ve seen the barriers in authentic packaging broken down firstly with Watermelon’s stunning efforts with Pier Solar, using the box designs and logos for all three regions, something that wasn’t attempted on a wide scale before this point but this is something we’ve seen repeated with recent releases like Xenocider, Alice Dreams Tournament (minus the logs design) and JoshProd’s latest 5 PAL releases, to which one of these games, Breakers, will also see a Japanese style release via Play-Asia.

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One has to consider the possibility of the Dreamcast hardware being reverse engineered to allow these new and future disc releases being played and enjoyed far into the future. Surely there must be a way, some clever tech expert who could either get a bootable disc drive to replace the aging GD drive or ever better, a machine capable of emulating the console 1:1 with support for ‘retail’ games, it may seem a reality that’ll never occur but it’d sure be a shame to see these brave developers working on Dreamcast games to not have their work fully enjoyed due to hardware shortage and a lack of a growing market for what is considered one the the finest consoles of it’s time.

 

We strongly recommend picking up the high quality PAL releases by JoshProd with the hope that we will see future output, these games just look wicked in any retail collection!

http://joshprod.com/

https://www.rushongame.com/actualites/cinq-titres-dreamcast-exclusifs-by-joshprod-et-rushongame-87.htm

Saber Riders Ramrod Limited Edition Available Again.

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Some of you who quite enjoy grabbing the limited edition releases on the Dreamcast could today be overjoyed to learn that Saber Rider’s limited edition super jewel 2 disc release is now available to pre-order once more, the Ramrod edition comes with the game, a printed manual, spine card, you own Star Sheriff badge, printed Jesse Blue wanted poster, your name in the credits as well as access to the beta version of the game and closed forums so your experience and opinion matters to the development of the game!

We’re still a little off the release of the game so theres plenty of time to either upgrade your version or pre-order the limited edition, all of which helps with the overall development of the game.

you can pre-order yours here :

http://callxyz.com/srfund

Alice Dreams Tournament is almost ready to show your Dreamcast a party.

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That’s right folks, we’ve waited years for Dynamite Dreams to morph itself into the product it is today and finally after quite a short turn around from last year’s Kickstarter campaign, Alice Dreams Tournament is edging it’s way towards being in the hands of the backers.

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This fantastic Bomberman homage is sure to bring family and friends together on our favourite Sega unit and we can finally experience the vision of Julien Desquenne and Nicolas Pochet. As we can see in the pictures, the artwork looks fantastic, and although it’s a shame that the Dreamcast logos can’t be used here – it isn’t a deal breaker by any means as the guys have come up with as close as possible designs to the three region artwork for the console during it’s official life cycle.

 

Pictures taken from the Alice Dreams Dreamcast Facebook page where others can be found.

Just what is going on with SlaVe?

Cast your minds back dear readers, a few years back, the dormant Dreamcast publisher, GOAT Publishing informed us that they were working on publishing jay Townsend’s SlaVe for the hardware which was projected to release at the time, soon after the announcement.

This was 2014, we’re now in 2017….. Still no SlaVe. What we have had is a series of vague Kickstarter style updates from GSP’s Dan Loosen talking in increasing familiarity about problems with developing the game and a decreasing amount of ‘bugs’ that have apparently littered the game whilst being compiled for stock hardware. We were told that development and testing of the title would pick up pace back in February of 2016 and we had another update in July of 2016 where the tweaking of performance was taking place.

Now, we know here at Dreamcast Today that these developers have their own lives – this isn’t their primary job and much that same can probably be applied for the publishing side of GOAT but SlaVe can almost certainly fall into the category that seems increasing apparent in the Dreamcast scene – the bolt is always shot too early, too many developers / publishers are jumping the gun, announcing titles for the console when they are in no way, shape or form ready to be shown, let alone for pre-orders opening for the game. Loosen’s updates, albeit reassuring – tell us nothing apart from what we know already – the game has bugs, we don’t know when it’s coming and everything seems to have an air of smoke screening.

We have no doubt that SlaVe is coming and the developers and publisher are no doubt working hard on these ‘crippling bugs’ that are plighting SlaVe’s development – we STILL don’t know when it’s coming, it could be next week, it could be next year but what we know for sure is, it’s hideously late and it isn’t on.

Escape 2042 makes a bid for freedom on Dreamcast.

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Another game looking to make a name for itself on a couple of Sega machines this month is Escape 2042 by Orionsoft, the developer behind Puzzle Collection, Zia and the Goddesses of Magic, Alice’s Mom’s Rescue and Elansar + Philia.

This futuristic retro feel platforming game puts you in the shoes of a scientist at he manipulates and hacks his environment look to seek his freedom. The game reminds us very much of Elevator Action and to a lesser extent, Flashback. There’s plenty of fast paced action including a few mini games thrown in for good measure.

The game currently require 25,000 EUR to become a possibility with both Megadrive and Dreamcast versions planned along with Gameboy too. The Dreamcast version costs 25 Euro with 10 Euro shipping, which is pretty reasonable.

Remember also to pledge towards Line of Fire too.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/orionsoft/escape-2042-the-truth-defenders?ref=hero_thanks

 

 

Sturmwind gets second print run.

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Back in 2013, the Dreamcast development scene looked a whole lot different to how it does today, we didn’t have many games in the pipeline and it looked almost certain that Dreamcast business was winding down. We didn’t have developers creating new games every six months or so for the console but one such game we were all looking forward to was Duranik’s Sturmwind; an impressive space shooter which started out life as Native on the Atari Jaguar 64-Bit console many years previously.

At the time, Redspotgames were the big players in the DC scene and they handled publishing on a good few titles, sadly Sturmwind would be their last due to a rather botched product shipping method when it came to the collector’s editions of the game. Many of the plastic craft toys were broken and many editions of the game never made it to their owners forcing RSG to go under.

What we have in 2016, is Dragonbox Shop stepping up to the distribution plate this time around, with the game being sold on their website, you may recall them selling Fruit’Y earlier in the year too which unsurprisingly sold quite well with them also re-releasing Wind and Water Puzzle Battles, one of the finest independent Dreamcast releases too.

Sturmwind is available now for 35 EUR and is worth every single penny, you owe it to yourself to pick up this fine effort.