Foreign Wrap-Up: Segata Sanshiro Edition


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There are very few advertising campaigns that go on to become extremely popular and take on lives of their own. Sony’s ad campaigns for Kevin Butler were some of the most entertaining in recent memory. However, he wasn’t the only fictional spokesperson to become a huge success. Years ago, when SEGA was still a console maker, they came up with their own character to help sell the SEGA Saturn. His name was Segata Sanshiro, and he was arguably one of the most incredible characters of all time. If his commercials appeared in the West, the console would’ve easily performed much better at retail. But I digress.

To honor one of the greatest fictional spokespersons of all time, the Operation Rainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) have found a compilation of all the Segata Sanshiro commercials for you viewing pleasure in this week’s Foreign Wrap-Up. It even starts out with, fittingly enough, a Decemberween-themed commercial.

Here are the highlights from this past week.

The Collector’s Edition for the upcoming Bravely Default has been listed on Amazon in North America.

In addition, Square-Enix has announced an official sequel to Bravely Default: Flying Fairy for the 3DS called Bravely Second and an official Steam release for Final Fantasy VIII.

Jonathan Higgins reviews The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS, Steve Baltimore reviews Ys: Memories of Celceta for the PlayStation Vita and Final Exam for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, Brad Williams reviews Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, David Fernandes reviews Senran Kagura BURST for the 3DS and Arik Yates reviews Jolly Rover for the PC in this week’s RETRO Review.

FUNimation and Eleven Arts have listed the screenings for Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo in the U.S.

Another large batch of Steam games have been Greenlit, including Saturday Morning RPG, Bloom: Memories, and many more.

Josh Speer lists his Top 10 favorite Robot Masters from the Mega Man series.

Atlus announces that they have shipped 800,000 copies of Dragon’s Crown for the PS3 and Vita.

Josh Speer recaps the past week of Smash Bros. screenshots in this week’s Smashing Saturdays while I recall my experience playing as Roy in this week’s Character of the Week.

Capcom shows off two new costumes in Monster Hunter Frontier G for the Wii U based on Chrom and Lucina from Fire Emblem: Awakening.

Finally, Jonathan, Jared and Randy talk about the newest generation of consoles, the movie Akira and more in this week’s episode of The Downpour Podcast.


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About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.