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announcement #1: Ketsui Deathtiny's getting a North American release! release date's TBA, but they'll updates on the date for the main game & DLC soon

the Japanese version is also getting updated with some of the gadget tweaks made for the NA version
nothing new on Darius Cozmic Revelation
five DECO games (via G-Mode) are coming to M2 ShotTriggers! Zaviga, B-Wings, Metal Clash, Last Mission & Psycho-Nics Oscar
why these five games? they're all the works of designer Akira Sakuma, who left this message (which I'll translate later, he's basically just pleased/surprised Oscar's getting reissued after all this time)
for a little more context, this is the message Akira Sakuma left at the end of the staff roll for Psycho-Nics Oscar that adds a little more context for why DECO fans tend to lump these games together
they're debuting Chibi-Tech's original-spec Game Gear Micro menu BGM tune atm

to the surprise of nobody, it is Good
Chibi-Tech left a comment about her Game Gear Micro BGM ("it's cute & toy-like, so I wrote playful melodies to match")
and here's the big surprise: the Game Gear Micro also features new original-spec BGM from former Westone composer & PSG master Shinichi Sakamoto! ("I never imagined I'd get another chance to write a new song for Game Gear")
another M2 ShotTriggers announcement: Aleste Collection featuring Aleste (Mark III), GG Aleste (Game Gear), GG Aleste II (Game Gear) and Power Strike II (overseas-only Master System sequel to the overseas version of Aleste), out on PS4/Switch on December 24, digital & retail
and yes, they're throwing in a white Game Gear Micro & Big Window Micro with all these games as part of the Aleste Collection LE
Aleste Collection will be available to buy from tomorrow, the LE's getting a fairly limited production run

¥14800 for the limited-edition package with Game Gear Micro package, ¥6800 for the standard physical version, ¥4500 digital
there's more news coming re: Aleste Collection at TGS...
RC Berg's doing an ESPrade Irori resin kit, out January 25
as part of a quick update segment on various games (Toaplan reissues, Senxin, Ubusana, etc) they showed a quick trailer for Aleste Branch... not the most exciting screengrab, I know
they're showing messages from Hiroshi Iuchi on the status of Ubusana... I missed a few screens so I'll come back to them but he's basically explaining how WFH has affected production, etc

they also played some BGM, sounded very Ikaruga-esque
his update on production was very similar to the past couple updates: the game's content-complete but going into full production on the graphics has proven difficult, & because he's been at home since the start of the year he's focused on sound production
...and that's that

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