yakuza video game movie

The Yakuza video game series – Sega’s best-selling game franchise after Sonic the Hedgehog – is headed to the big screen. Sega, 1212 Entertainment, and Wild Sheep Content are developing a Yakuza movie based on the series that spawned seven main title sequels and eight spin-off titles. The first game in the series followed Kazuma Kiryu, a yakuza from the Tojo Clan recently released from prison.

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Console Wars Review

Though Atari was the first massively successful home video game system, a flood of terrible games, including the infamously awful E.T. video game, brought the industry crashing down in the early 1980s. But in 1985, the world of home video gaming was brought back from the dead thanks to innovation from Japan in the form of Nintendo.

What followed was a massive behemoth of a video game company who dominated the entire market. Nintendo was raking in the dough and made it so that no other game system could even come close to challenging them, not even the return of Atari. But just as the Nintendo Entertainment System and Mario rose out of Japan to reinvigorate home video gaming, so too would SEGA and Sonic the Hedgehog.

In 1989, SEGA was the new, cool kid on the video game block that mixed slick American marketing with traditional Japanese business, literally changing the game and sparking what pop culture would come to know as the Console Wars. It’s all chronicled in the new fascinating and sleek feature documentary of the same name, available today on CBS All Access. Read More »

Rent a Hero

It was probably only a matter of time before someone succeeded in bringing Warcraft or Assassin’s Creed to the big screen, and it shouldn’t come as any surprise that adaptations of titles like Sonic the HedgehogMinecraft, and Tomb Raider are in the works as well. They’re all big names with built-in fanbases that will (fingers crossed) turn up opening weekend to see how things turned out. But Sega’s next game-to-movie effort is a bit more unexpected.

Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) will direct a movie based on Rent-a-Hero, the 1991 Sega game. If you’re wondering what it is and why you’ve never heard of it, the answer to the second question is that it was never actually released in the U.S. The answer to the first is that the movie will center around a startup that’s basically “Uber for heroes.”
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Shinobi Movie

Back in December of 2014, the video game company SEGA formed a new company called Stories International that would begin developing some of their popular game titles to adaptations into movies and TV shows. At the time, the titles thrown around for potential adaptation included Altered Beast, Streets of Rage, Rise of Nightmares, Crazy Taxi, Virtua Fighter, Golden Axe and Shinobi. Now the latter ninja video game seems to be the first project to move forward with development. Read More »

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

You remember Sonic the Hedgehog, right? The speedster was one of SEGA’s cash cows when the 16-bit video game system arrived, and he’s enjoyed a legacy of video games since then. However, the blue blur has come under hard times in recent years, with last year’s title Sonic Boom being the worst-selling game in the franchise.

So how can Sonic be saved? SEGA hopes that a live-action hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie will do the trick, and they have just such a project set up at Sony Pictures. Find out more below. Read More »