SEGA bringing Virtual On to XBLA

Oratorio Tangram version of mech fighter.

SEGA is to convert its cult, twin-stick arcade mech fighter Virtual On Oratorio Tangram to Xbox Live Arcade, according to Japanese games bible Famitsu.

The Japanese magazine's report was spotted by Kotaku. The game will release in Japan in April for 1200 Microsoft Points (GBP 10.20 / EUR 14.40).

The specific version will be Cyber Troopers Virtual On Oratorio Tangram version 5.66, the final incarnation of the NAOMI arcade board that was converted for the Dreamcast. Virtual On hasn't seen a console release since 2003's Marz for the PS2.

It may not be the only Dreamcast game that SEGA looks to revive in this way. Late last year, Siliconera reported that the company had re-registered the trademark for its puzzler ChuChu Rocket as well as Sonic Shuffle, Cosmic Smash and Jet Grind Radio (the Japanese name for the superb graffiti-on-roller-skates adventure Jet Set Radio).

Of course, Rez has already made its way to Xbox Live Arcade, along with Namco's classic NAOMI beat-'em-up Soul Calibur.

Why not speculate on other Dreamcast favourites that might get a second, downloadable chance by heading over to our surprisingly popular round-up of Dreamcast Cult Classics.

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