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Morolians interrupt Shoichiro Irimajiri's speech in Shibuya as part of a November 1999 marketing stunt.

To promote the game, Sega put on a display outside the Q-Front tower in Shibuya, demonstrating the game in action on three large screens. Sega executives had their photos taken alongside Tetsuya Mizuguchi and a human representation of Ulala[1].

Ulala also made an appearance at the MTV Music Video Awards on September 7 to hand out the Best Dance Video award[2].


Space Channel 5 was followed by a direct sequel, Space Channel 5: Part 2, and then ported to the PlayStation 2 in 2002. In the US, the PlayStation 2 port was bundled with Part 2 in Space Channel 5: Special Edition, published by Agetec.

However, apart from a Game Boy Advance adaption, Space Channel 5: Ulala's Cosmic Attack, released in 2003, the game has yet to be re-released for newer systems. Part 2 was released as part of Dreamcast Collection in 2011 (before separate releases on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Steam), but the original game has not received the same treatment, presumably due to its heavy reliance on pre-rendered video. Ulala has cameoed in a number of Sega games, however, and is playable in the likes of Sega Superstar Tennis and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.

Sega teamed up with CG company Super Mega in the hopes of pitching a Space Channel 5 television show to the US channel, MTV[3]. Starring a computer-generated Ulala as a presenter, the show was meant to begin airing in January 2001, though it is not known of the deal ultimately went through.

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Books: Space Channel 5 Gyun Gyun Book (2000) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Space Channel 5 (2000)
Music: Space Channel 5 Ulala The Movie (1999) | Space Channel 5 Mexican Flyer (2000) | Space Channel 5 Planet Dance (2000) | Space Channel 5 Original Soundtrack (2000) | Mexican Flyer Remix Tracks Inspired by Space Channel 5 (2000)

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