Sonic Adventure Online Service Posts Its Final Update

Pour one out for Sonic Adventure, it’s time is finally up. It seems that Sonic Team are winding down the online updates for the game, which makes sense given that Sonic Adventure 2 is around the corner. Accessing the Sonic Adventure Online site (via the Dreamcast) presents a ‘FINAL UPDATE’, which states that World Rankings are closing. New times can still be uploaded, but no more contests or prizes. RIP, Sonic Adventure Online.

Source: The Sonic Foundation

Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #96

Archie must be getting into the holiday spirit, because these solicitations are coming out thick and fast. This is the second preview we’ve had in as many weeks! Either way, we’re not complaining – all the more detail to pore over ahead of the landmark Sonic Issue #100. Sonic and Mina the Mongoose star in this issue’s cover, and the lead story seems to imply that Robotnik is starting to get the upper hand… Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #96

Dreadknux’s Diaries: The Year 2000 Recap

This is a series of personal blogs written by Dreadknux during the formative years of The Sonic Stadium. It chronicles significant events in the website’s early life.

15th June 2000: Pre-Launch Prelude: I have always been a fan of Sonic. Always. Ever since the very first Sega home console, the Master System, which I bought instead of a Mega Drive. As the PlayStation started to take over, ‘Sonic mania’ died down. I got a Sega Saturn and N64, and enjoyed them both, but the love for Sonic slowly started to dwindle as I grew up. As an early teenager, Sonic’s image started to became too… childish. Continue reading Dreadknux’s Diaries: The Year 2000 Recap

The Road to Sonic Adventure 2: What We Know So Far

Sonic Adventure 2, eh? Probably the most anticipated Sonic game to date. And you know why? If you don’t, you’ll find out right about now! Details on the story and the plot itself are rather scarce, but what we do know at the moment is exciting everyone, especially the old ‘Dreadknuxster’ here! Least of all because Sonic’s 10th Anniversary is drawing nigh, and Sonic Team are beavering away to ensure a worldwide release date and to make this the BEST Sonic game to date!!! Continue reading The Road to Sonic Adventure 2: What We Know So Far

Former Archie Comic Artist Sells Cover Art on eBay

T’is the season to buy Archie covers! This month, former Sonic the Hedgehog cover artist Harvey ‘Harvo’ Mercadoocasio is auctioning off a number of classic pieces. Many of them feature Sonic and Tails in awesome poses – they’re all worth a look for the keen Sonic comic fan. Continue reading Former Archie Comic Artist Sells Cover Art on eBay

Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #95

The latest solicitation for the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie comics has arrived, and it’s for Issue #95 which ships in March 2001. It looks like the much-hyped ‘Chosen One’ Knuckles story will finally debut with this issue, setting the stage for a fair amount of world-building. Read on… Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #95

Official Sonic Zippo Will Light Up Blue Blur’s 10th Anniversary

We always knew Sonic the Hedgehog was a hot franchise, but we didn’t expect this. According to a new report, Sega and Zippo have come to a deal which will see a special Sonic-designed lighter produced and sold via the official Dreamcast Direct service in Japan. Continue reading Official Sonic Zippo Will Light Up Blue Blur’s 10th Anniversary

Sonic Merch Up For Grabs at Japanese SA2 Demo Event

Well, colour us green with envy! Sonic Team is planning to host an insanely cool party for Japanese fans in Tokyo’s Akihabara district on the 16th and 21st December, offering a chance to try Sonic Adventure 2, Phantasy Star Online and Samba de Amigo 2000. Attendees will also be able to get a bunch of exclusive goodies! Here’s what’s on offer. Continue reading Sonic Merch Up For Grabs at Japanese SA2 Demo Event

Yuji Naka Gets Coy About Sonic Adventure 2 Cast

We know that Sonic and Knuckles are in Sonic Adventure 2. We’ve seen them six-thousand times now. But what Sega doesn’t seem to be telling us, is if there are any other playable characters hidden in the game that we don’t know about yet. Well, Sonic Team lead Yuji Naka was asked about this very thing in the latest issue of UK Official Dreamcast Magazine. Specifically: is Tails in the game? Continue reading Yuji Naka Gets Coy About Sonic Adventure 2 Cast

Rumour: Sonic Compilation Coming for Dreamcast

Sounds like the Mega Drive won’t be the only thing getting revived on Dreamcast. The rumour mill is churning at a breakneck pace, and it’s telling us that Sega intends to release a Sonic-themed compilation for the console next year to coincide with Sonic’s 10th Anniversary. Continue reading Rumour: Sonic Compilation Coming for Dreamcast

Sonic Celebrates ‘Club Sega’ Arcade Re-Opening in Tokyo

Looks like the Dreamcast isn’t the only thing that’s keeping Sega busy these days. According to an article on IGNDC, the company has refurbished one of the arcades that it owns in Tokyo’s Akihabara district and relaunched it. What was once known as ‘Akihabara High-Tech Land’ is now ‘Club Sega’! Continue reading Sonic Celebrates ‘Club Sega’ Arcade Re-Opening in Tokyo

Ken Penders Comments on Sonic Super Special #15’s Negative Feedback

Archie’s Ken Penders has responded to fan criticism over the release of the compilation book Sonic Super Special 15 (SSS #15), offering some insight into the comic-production process and explaining the circumstances that led to the development of this particular book. Continue reading Ken Penders Comments on Sonic Super Special #15’s Negative Feedback

Sonic Shuffle Contains Some Secret Characters

Sonic Shuffle might be getting a bit of a kicking in the US reviews, but it certainly does seem to have a lot of content packed into it. Today we’ve learned that the party game contains a number of secret characters – four, to be exact – effectively doubling the playable roster. Continue reading Sonic Shuffle Contains Some Secret Characters

Site-Seeing: I’m Dreaming of a White (Dreamcast) Christmas…

Yes, it’s ‘Happy Crimbo’ again to your auntie, but what are you gonna spend your hard earned cash on for YOURSELF this Christmas, with the ever-increasing presents to buy? Solution: The online Dreamcast shops! Some of the best shops around on the net! Continue reading Site-Seeing: I’m Dreaming of a White (Dreamcast) Christmas…

TSS Update: New Sections, Old Sonic Game?

Hi there all you Sonic fanatics! Well, I promised something for all you guys – I’m about to reveal my new ‘Zones’ for the Stadium! Introducing the ‘Community’ and ‘Art’ sections!

In ‘Community‘ you can sign my Guestbook, view what you have written and post messages on my all new Message Board! Talk about whatever you want. ‘Art‘ is just that – Sonic art. There’s box art, official art, screenshots and your fan art, which shall open soon (assuming people send me fan art of course. USUAL MAIL ADDRESS!) Continue reading TSS Update: New Sections, Old Sonic Game?

Sonic Shuffle Releases in US, Gets Mixed Reviews

SEGA’s answer to Mario Party, Sonic Shuffle, has just been released in the US. We still have to wait for the game to come out in the UK, so until it does we can only look across the virtual pond and see what the opinions are like. And… well… it’s a mixed bag. Continue reading Sonic Shuffle Releases in US, Gets Mixed Reviews

Mega Drive Compilation Heading to Dreamcast, Features Sonic the Hedgehog

Nostalgia fans will be happy to hear that Sega is planning to tap into their love of retro gaming with a Mega Drive compilation pack on Dreamcast. It’s called the ‘Sega Smash Pack’, and will come bundled with brand new Dreamcast consoles in the US very soon. The GD-ROM will feature Sega Swirl and Virtua Cop 2, alongside ten Mega Drive titles listed below. Continue reading Mega Drive Compilation Heading to Dreamcast, Features Sonic the Hedgehog

Yuji Naka Reveals Work on Cancelled NiGHTS Sequel, Air NiGHTS

We often hear of how Sonic Team head Yuji Naka feels about a NiGHTS into Dreams sequel – largely that it will never happen because he thinks the Saturn original was just too perfect. But, in a recent interview the creative revealed that his studio was in fact working on a sequel to the action classic, and it even involved a unique new control method. Continue reading Yuji Naka Reveals Work on Cancelled NiGHTS Sequel, Air NiGHTS

TSS Update: Downloads and Shenmue!

Hey everyone, hope all’s going well with you! The News section has been updated, and is now hopefully up to date (knowing my luck, it’s probably old news by now)! The Online Shop is going strong – get your pre-order for Shenmue in NOW! You may not get a copy on release! It’s in high demand! We’ve added new downloads – catch yourself a Sonic desktop theme to liven up your PC. Continue reading TSS Update: Downloads and Shenmue!

Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #94

It’s time for a quick preview into the upcoming Issue #94 of Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic books. It sounds like, as we gear up to the landmark 100th issue, a whole lot of drama is about to unfold! Read on for more details, provided by the official solicitation of Archie’s Sonic #94. Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #94

TSS Update: Our Very First Update

Well, this is my first update, and I’m pretty much settling into my web home, it’s very nice. A few of you have replied back to me and commented on my website, and (thank goodness ^_^) people seem to like it a lot. A few niggles were commented on, but I’m on a roll here and it’s probably sorted out anyway.
Continue reading TSS Update: Our Very First Update

TSS REVIEW: Sonic Adventure

Well, Sonic Adventure sees Sonic and Tails once again journeying to defeat Eggman, only the plot is much more epic this time. Sonic is seen chilling out in Station Square when a commotion in the street invites him to face off against a strange enemy made of water. When the creature is defeated, Sonic runs into Tails, who discovered a Chaos Emerald on his travels. The duo go to the Mystic Ruins. On the way they meet Eggman, who introduces the two to ‘Chaos’, the water monster Sonic fought earlier. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Adventure

TSS REVIEW: Sonic R

Sonic R is exactly what it says on the tin – a racing game. Only… the ‘Racing’ is abbreviated with an ‘R’ and it’s not in a tin. It sees you take a whole cast of Sonic Team characters out on a racing revolution! A competition is being held on Sonic’s home grounds, and the blue blur just can’t help but notice it. Sonic can’t turn something like this down. Tails joins him in signing up for the competition, however it they soon find out that it was all just a ploy set out by Dr Robotnik to trap the blue hedgehog. The swine. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic R

TSS REVIEW: Sonic Blast / G Sonic

This is the final Sonic game for the Game Gear, and boy did Sonic go out with a bang with this title! Everything has been enhanced and redesigned in order to make it a game similar in fashion to Sonic & Knuckles. The plot of the game is as you would expect from your average Sonic game – the exact details escape me. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Blast / G Sonic

TSS REVIEW: Sonic 3D Flickies’ Island

Here’s the final Sonic game released on the Mega Drive, before the blue blur moved on to the Sega Saturn. On a similar note, but on a different whistle, this game marks Sonic’s debut on Sega’s 32-bit powerhouse. A totally new ploy has been devised by Eggman, involving Flickies. These strange birds live in another dimension and can warp anywhere via large rings. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic 3D Flickies’ Island

TSS REVIEW: Sonic Labyrinth

Another try at making Sonic more than just a platform game, this time for the Game Gear, and we must say that it is pretty addictive. And slow. The basic plot is that Sonic’s speed shoes have been stolen and replaced with super slow sneakers… essentially, some confusing tripe trying to convince us that Sonic needed to be put in a puzzle game. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Labyrinth

TSS REVIEW: Tails Adventure

A Sonic game, with only Tails in it. In fact, you could say this is a Tails game, because that’s who stars it. No Sonic. No Knuckles. Be proud, Tails fans! Yep, good ol’ Miles runs the show alright, and it all starts off in his home in the forest, where our two-tailed friend is having a kip in the woods. When suddenly, the forest is set on fire. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Tails Adventure

TSS REVIEW: Tails Sky Patrol

Another game that stars Tails and Tails alone, only this game really doesn’t have the same appeal as Tails Adventure. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an OK game, but there’s something about it that just… annoys me. Now, the story is… well, I don’t know really. I haven’t really had more of a pleasure than playing it, I never owned it. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Tails Sky Patrol

TSS REVIEW: Sonic Drift 2

Well, here’s the sequel to the popular Japanese Sonic Drift, released on Game Gear a year or two before this game. The difference is, it actually came out in the West! It seems the old Sonic Drift story is back – the Chaos Emeralds are under threat by Dr Eggman and his cronies, and the only way to grab the Emeralds before the lardmeister does is to take off in the Sonic Drift races and win them at the end of each Championship Race. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Drift 2

TSS REVIEW: Sonic Triple Trouble / Sonic & Tails 2

This was named Sonic & Tails 2 in Japan, just like Sonic Chaos was called Sonic & Tails there. The story involves yet another world domination plan by Eggman, only this time (like in Sonic 3), he has the help of Knuckles, that god-darn red fool! That ‘trusty’ echidna nabbed all the Chaos Emeralds and has legged it. Sonic, not too happy, chases after Knuckles, with Tails close behind. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Triple Trouble / Sonic & Tails 2

TSS REVIEW: Sonic Spinball (8-Bit)

Released some time after its Mega Drive counterpart, Sonic Spinball arrived on Master Systems and Game Gears during ’94 and ’95. Everything is in pretty much the same style as the 16-Bit console versions… but… hmmm… well. There are a few differences that make this game different from other versions of the game, and these are explained below, along with a verdict. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Spinball (8-Bit)

TSS REVIEW: Sonic Drift

Here’s the first Sonic Drift – a game that never made it out of Japan. Shame that, as it’s pretty darn good (although Sonic Drift 2’s better ^_^). Well, by the looks of things, it seems that the Chaos Emeralds are once again under threat by Dr. Robotnik. The only way to stop him is to win the Chaos Emeralds in… The Sonic Drift Racing Championship! Or something. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Drift

TSS REVIEW: Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine

This is a rather unusual ‘Sonic’ game. Firstly because it’s actually Puyo Puyo in disguise, and secondly because although it features Sonic characters (Robotnik for example), the blue blur himself is nowhere to be seen. Our favourite belligerent scientist can no longer stand the happiness of Beanville, so he intends to use his new invention, the ‘Mean Bean Steaming Machine’ to transform the village’s bean-shaped inhabitants into slaves. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine