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Hori Redesigns Virtual On TwinSticks, But Not Their Price
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Hori Redesigns Virtual On TwinSticks, But Not Their Price

The last we had heard, officially, on Virtual ON: Oratorio Tangram, a set of special joysticks for the Xbox 360 were being considered so that the game could be played properly. In the meantime, some enterprising players found their own control solutions. Sometime between then and now, Japanese peripheral manufacturer Hori created a ¥30,000 (US$323) dual-joystick for the game, but it left fans upset. Not just for the price, but because the layout was all wrong. Now, insertcredit.com reveals that their TwinStick EX has been redesigned, and is "now sculpted more in-line with the Dreamcast original as well as the distance between the sticks themselves," though it still retains the same absurd price for a $15 game. For those who don't care about anything but getting as close to the pure arcade experience as they can, preorders are open now through the end of July. Read More

Banjo is Coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade Tomorrow, and He's Bringing Friends
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Banjo is Coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade Tomorrow, and He's Bringing Friends

It appears that the power of the almighty Stop 'n' Swop won't be the only thing Xbox gamers will get to experience tomorrow when Banjo-Tooie hits the Marketplace. No sir, Banjo is coming, but he's not coming alone: The eagerly-awaited Cyber Troopers Virtual On Oratorio Tangram will be meching its way to the grand ole Arcade, as will the newest Hasbro Family Game Night title, Sorry! Normally, any one of... the first two would make a tremendous splash on its own. Together, and I guess with Sorry!, it just gets that much better. But wait, there's more... An add-on known as "Speeder Lane" will be coming to Twisted Pixel's Arcade title The Maw, and will only cost 100 Billy Bucks. Sorry!, meanwhile, commands a more unsympathetic 800, while the big guns, Banjo and Virtual On, will each go for 1200 Billy Bucks apiece. So, 360 gamers, which ones are you in for? Read More

Virtual ON Fan Proves Necessity is the Mother of Invention
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Virtual ON Fan Proves Necessity is the Mother of Invention

It was with great elation that we revealed that SEGA would be releasing Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram Ver.5.66 on Xbox LIVE Arcade, as it was with great sadness that we realized the game could not be played in the "true, proper" way, using dual-joysticks as per the arcade. Of course, it seems there are discussions taking place regarding such a release, but nothing concrete yet. And that simply wasn't good enough for one fan, who decided to take matters into his own hands: Ingenius, or insane? You be the judge, as you look over this Frankensteined contraption created by one Japanese gamer with the aid of some arcade pushbuttons, copper wire, and candy boxes. While it's hardly elegant, I suppose the true test comes when we see who stands victorious in matches against this enthusiast. Read More

SEGA Announces Virtual On Oratorio Tangram for Western Release This Spring
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SEGA Announces Virtual On Oratorio Tangram for Western Release This Spring

Curse those Japanese Xbox 360 owners! Curse them, and their ability to download Virtual On when it comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade! Why can't we be so fortunate? Why can't we-- Wait, what's that? Well, it appears that fortune has indeed smiled upon us this day, as SEGA has chosen to make it known that the 3D mech fighting game will be available to Western Xbox LIVE players this Spring. The HD re-release will have online multiplayer for one-on-one matches, as well as single-player fun, and a score attack mode that runs over 14 stages. You can check out a video of it here. Read More

Media: Virtual On Oratorio Tangram Trailer
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Media: Virtual On Oratorio Tangram Trailer

There are some games whose graphics just don't hold up well over time, and this tends to be especially true when you look at the 32-bit era of gaming. While cutting-edge at the time, the low polygon count of characters and backgrounds would quickly date the game once the next generation came out. On the other hand, there are games where the models simply work. The concept itself lends itself well to sharp angles across a character's frame, especially when the design of said characters was seemingly made with the limitations of older hardware in mind. Virtual On, with its array of mecha, definitely fits into the latter category. There's not a lot of texture work here, giving it an aesthetic like that of a Saturday morning cartoon. Which means that it doesn't suffer horribly as SEGA prepares to release it for the Xbox LIVE Arcade: Online battles? Sign me up! That is, if there will be some sort of release of the dual-joystick controller. Otherwise, I'll have to wait and see how well it works on a standard 360 pad. Read More

SEGA Bringing Virtual On to Xbox LIVE Arcade... in Japan
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SEGA Bringing Virtual On to Xbox LIVE Arcade... in Japan

Yes... oh yes, indeed. Kotaku reports that the latest issue of Famitsu has made a grand revelation, that of Virtual On-- specifically, Virtual On Oratorio Tangram v5.66, the final version for SEGA's NAOMI arcade hardware-- to Xbox LIVE Arcade. And according to the mag, it will be due to hit in April, with a price of 1200 Billy Bucks attached. SEGA re-registered the trademark back in December, alongside numerous others, but this still comes as a pleasant surprise, as SEGA has announced no other re-releases. Now, only two questions remain: Will it come to the West, and will we get the dual-joysticks needed to play the game properly? Read More

Rumor: Could a ChuChu Rocket! Remake Be Coming to XBLA?
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Rumor: Could a ChuChu Rocket! Remake Be Coming to XBLA?

SEGA released many great games during the very short Dreamcast era. Among the most notable of these includes the likes of the extremely popular puzzle game, ChuChu Rocket!. SiliconEra is predicting that a string of SEGA trademark re-registrations may be pointing to the game making a comeback via Xbox LIVE Arcade. Admittedly, the prediction seems like a bit of a stretch, but check out the details and decide for yourself. Read More