Press Release Update: Sonic Advance, Sonic Adventure 2, ChuChu Rocket GBA and PSO Version 2

SEGA has just released official information on a a whole bunch of titles that they will be releasing this year. Read on for all the press release details for Sonic Advance, Sonic Adventure 2, ChuChu Rocket on Game Boy Advance and Phantasy Star Online Version 2.

Sonic Advance

Platform: Game Boy® Advance
Genre: Action/Adventure
Ship: November 2001

Dr. Robotnik has concocted a diabolical scheme, and it’s up to you to stop him. Play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles or Amy as you collect Chaos Emeralds and thwart his nefarious machines. You’ll need all the help you can get, because this all-new quest gets more challenging by the minute with tons of puzzles and traps. Evade the obstacles and enemies, unlock secret areas and uncover the hidden Chaos Emeralds to transform into Super Sonic for the final battle against Dr. Robotnik! Additional multi-player mayhem can be found in the “Chaos Emerald Hunt” and “Battle” modes. Based on the same style of gameplay as the incredibly popular Genesis series, Sonic The Hedgehog Advance takes the classic 2D graphics and level design to new heights. With blazing speed and vibrant backgrounds, it will be a landmark moment in gaming history as Sonic officially goes multi-platform!

Sonic Adventure 2

Platform: Sega Dreamcast™
Genre: Action/Adventure
Ship: June 2001

The gaming world’s fastest blue “trailblazer” is back! Sonic The Hedgehog™, always known for his attitude and speed, is showing off his 10-year endurance with the launch of Sonic Adventure 2. When the original Sonic Adventure™ appeared in September 1999, “faster” failed to describe the action that was taking place on-screen. 830,000 units later, gamers are screaming for more! Sonic Adventure 2 builds upon both the excitement and storyline of the first incarnation and amplifies the action ten-fold. With new moves, new characters and some wickedly cool gameplay innovations, Sonic fans everywhere will dive into this all new adventure at 60 frames-per-second this June!

Features:

  • Play as hero favorites Sonic, Knuckles or Tails, or try one of the new villainous characters: Shadow, Rouge, or Dr. Robotnik!
  • Two-player Mode: Compete head-to-head against other players in three different modes of 2-player action or in the all new Kart Racing.
  • New moves: Grind down rails, grab ledges or swing from poles!
  • Improved Chao- Smarter and cuter than ever, Chao can be collected and used to open unique features and mini-games!

ChuChu Rocket!

Platform: Game Boy® Advance
Genre: Puzzle – Multi-player
Ship: June 2001

ChuChu Rocket! is Sega’s first multi-platform release. Developed by the acclaimed Sonic Team, this pick up and play action-puzzle game is extremely fun and addictive, making it perfect for Game Boy Advance. The goal of the game is simple: guide the little mice into your rocket before the cats catch up to them. However, this task sounds much easier than it actually is. The arrows that you use to guide the mice also direct the cats, so you’ve got to be careful about who you coax into your rocket. With a frantic pace, thousands of unique puzzles and the ability to play against three friends, ChuChu Rocket! brings Sega greatness to the Game Boy Advance in style!

Features:

  • Frantic action for up to four people using the same cartridge and the Game Boy Advance Link Cable!
  • Create your own characters and puzzles, and then trade them!
  • Over 2500 unique boards will keep you occupied indefinitely!
  • Enjoy Team Battle, Stage Challenge, 4P Battle and Puzzle Modes!
  • New gameplay features like Night Time, Blindfold the Leader, 4P Battle Roulette and more!

Phantasy Star Online VER. 2 (Working Title)

Platform: Sega Dreamcast™
Genre: Online RPG
Ship: June 2001

The realm of Phantasy Star Online has increased. Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 includes all of the original content from Phantasy Star Online, and expands the world with more levels, more features, and more evil to combat. Experience the Phantasy Star universe in several new ways, such as with the infinite Challenge Mode. Play with your existing character or create a new one as you strive to reach level 200! You’ll need all the levels you can get if you want to master the Ultimate Difficulty setting. Players from around the globe can now compete in Battle Mode as they take each other on in deathmatch-style combat. Play Lobby Ball with up to 12 players while you chat and get a game going. Discover new and more powerful monsters, unearth rare items and experience the passing of time as day turns into night in this persistent online world. Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 continues the evolution of the original revolutionary gaming experience.

Features:

  • New features like Challenge Mode let you test your endurance, while Battle Mode allows player vs. player combat.
  • Real-time combat against new, more powerful monsters.
  • New rare items, day and night level effects and the Ultimate Difficulty Mode
  • Create your own character, or use an existing one, and try to reach Level 200!
  • Lobby Ball for up to 12 players – Get a game going while you chat and form online teams.
  • Revolutionary communication and time systems eliminate the barriers of language and geography.