Picross S: Mega Drive & Master System Edition Launches August 5 on Nintendo Switch

Finally, after many months of waiting, we have a release date for the SEGA-fied version of one of the greatest puzzle games ever, Picross S. The digital-only title, fully known as Picross S: Mega Drive (or Genesis) & Mark III (or Master System) Edition, will launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch on August 5.

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Sonic Streamers Plan to Run Through Sandopolis Zone 601 Times Back-to-Back

What’s that age-old saying… “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again”? Well, a UK-based Sonic fan is taking that phrase a little too literally, as he and a group of mates have announced a plan to race through the first Act of Sonic & Knuckles’ Sandopolis Zone more than 600 times in a row! That’s very brave!

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Happy Japanese 30th Anniversary, Sonic the Hedgehog!

Did you know that Sonic the Hedgehog technically has TWO anniversaries? That’s right – even though SEGA’s blue blur first landed on the Mega Drive and Genesis on June 23rd, 1991, that was only in Europe and North America. In Japan, the original Mega Drive release of Sonic the Hedgehog was a month later, on July 26. That makes today Sonic’s official 30th Anniversary in his creators’ homeland!

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Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Features New ‘Star Light Zone’ Musical Arrangement

It might seem obvious to most that, being the country best known for video games, Japan would reference a game or two during its hosting of the Olympic Games. But it’s nonetheless surprising to hear a new orchestral arrangement of Sonic the Hedgehog’s ‘Star Light Zone’ during the Games’ Opening Ceremony, which is taking place right now.

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Remind Yourself That Two Point Hospital Sonic Content Is Coming With These Costume Renders

SEGA’s Two Point Studios has shot out a reminder that its Sonic the Hedgehog collaboration content for Two Point Hospital will be coming to PC and consoles at the end of July. They’ve done so by sharing a funky new render of the costumes you’ll be able to obtain with the incoming update.

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IDW Sonic 30th Anniversary Comic Con Cover Brings Back PAL Mega Drive Nostalgia

As if we needed any more reason to be excited about IDW’s Sonic 30th Anniversary comic, we now have a high quality version of the one-shot comic’s cover artwork. And it beautifully references the PAL box art of the original Mega Drive Sonic the Hedgehog box art.

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Race Against Metal Sonic With Customised Gear in Sonic Colours Ultimate

We all love Sonic Colours (and if you don’t, you’re a heathen). And no doubt we will all love Sonic Colours Ultimate even more – SEGA has released a Spotlight video that aims to highlight the improvements and features of the upcoming remaster – including a special ‘Rival Race’ feature and unlockable customisations for Sonic.

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TSS Roundtable: Our Favourite and Most Influential Sonic Games

Sonic has spin-dashed his way through countless adventures over the last thirty years. But which ones do we think are the pinnacle of the blue blur’s legacy? In this TSS Roundtable, our top writers pull from three decades of platforming excellence to choose a game that either means the most to them, or they feel has made the most impact on the series to date. Or maybe even a little bit of both!

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Exclusive Interview: Takashi Iizuka Talks Colours, Origins, 2022 and Sonic’s Legacy

There is perhaps nobody more eager or proud to be wishing Sonic the Hedgehog a happy 30th birthday than Takashi Iizuka. Having been deeply involved with the franchise since Sonic 3 & Knuckles, the Sonic Team leader’s hands have touched every single era of the blue blur’s legacy. From designing stages for the Mega Drive classics, to directing fan favourites like Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2, to producing the fine-tuned boost-era titles Sonic Colours and Sonic Generations – he’s seen it all.

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Report: SEGA Japan Plans To Turn Sonic into a VTuber, Wants to Open a Sonic Theme Park

We’re not ones to push rumours and hearsay on the blue blur’s birthday, but according to a frequent Famitsu and Weekly Shonen Jump leaker, SEGA Japan appears to have plans to turn Sonic the Hedgehog into a VTuber.

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Meet the 30th Anniversary Edition of Sonic the Hedgehog on Mega Drive That Almost Happened

Everybody has their favourite Sonic game, but today – on the blue blur’s birthday – it’s without question that the focus should be on the original Mega Drive/Genesis title that started it all. And to celebrate Sonic’s 30th Anniversary, an inspired product designer came close to convincing SEGA to re-produce a special edition of Sonic 1 that would play on original 1990s hardware.

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Exclusive: Sonic Origins “Won’t Be Running Off Emulation,” More Classic Sonic Games May Be Remastered

Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka has confirmed to The Sonic Stadium that the recently-announced Mega Drive/Genesis classics compilation, Sonic Origins, won’t be a simple emulation job – opening up the possibility for games like Sonic 3 & Knuckles to include reworked visuals and gameplay features.

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Sonic Colours Ultimate Gets Amazing Anniversary Special Edition in Japan

We might not have a game that specifically celebrates Sonic’s 30th Anniversary like Sonic Generations or Sonic Adventure 2 before it, but that isn’t stopping SEGA Japan! The company is using the remastered Sonic Colours Ultimate as a vehicle to promote the landmark occasion, with a special edition pack of the game that will make most of us Westerners very jealous!

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What Made Sonic the Hedgehog Such An Influential Video Game

The original Sonic the Hedgehog is a game that has been ported and re-released on as many consoles, mobile devices and toasters as you can shake a stick at, and for very good reason. It’s a bona fide classic. The 1991 Mega Drive release remains one of the most iconic video games ever made, and cemented the blue blur’s status as a pop culture icon.

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Exclusive: Takashi Iizuka Hopes 2022 Sonic Game Will Lay Foundation For Future Titles

Takashi Iizuka has revealed that his goal with the 2022 Sonic game is to create a landmark title in the franchise that will lay the foundation for future titles – much like Sonic Adventure did 20 years before it.

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Blue Blur Legacy: Celebrating Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary

Thirty years. SEGA’s plucky blue hedgehog has been running for three whole decades. For some of us 1990s kids who grew up playing the original game on Mega Drive/Genesis, it seems absolutely crazy to think that not only would we still be playing Sonic games, but that the SEGA mascot’s popularity is stronger than ever in 2021. For those that grew up in the 2000s, the fact that Sonic Adventure 2 released twenty years ago may make you feel similarly ancient.

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Sonic and Tails Playable Character Art Discovered in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania Website

Character artwork for Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails have been found buried within the official website for SEGA’s Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, suggesting that the two furry heroes are planned to be (as-yet-unannounced) playable characters in the game.

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Submit Your Questions for Mike Pollock and Johnny Gioeli for Race for Good 2021

Do you have a burning question to ask legendary voice actor Mike Pollock? Or perhaps you want to know what Crush 40 vocalist and rock star Johnny Gioeli’s perfect Sunday is? Well, you now have the perfect opportunity to ask! As part of the Race for Good 2021 event, Mike and Johnny will be available to answer your questions in a Q&A on June 26th – and from today you can submit your questions for them both.

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Epic Game Store Metadata Suggests Sonic Colours Ultimate 2020 Announcement

Sonic Colours Ultimate’s announcement might be timely for Sonic’s 30th, but new information suggests that it was going to be even more timely – for the Wii game’s 10-year anniversary. Data pulled from the Epic Game Store listings reveals that the remaster was first submitted to the platform on June 30, 2020, which suggests an announcement was originally planned for this time.

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Sonic Movie 2 Filming Continues in Hawaii, Snow Landscape Revealed in Set Photos

Even though filming has wrapped over in Vancouver, work on the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie seems to be continuing in Hawaii, with new set photos suggesting that filming will be taking place today in rather… contrasting climates.

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SEGA Teases Sonic Colours Ultimate News for E3 2021

We expected SEGA to show little more detail of Sonic Colours Ultimate remaster at E3 2021, after the company formally announced the game late last month. Turns out we were right, as today reps from the Sonic Pillar suggested that further news was to come over the coming week.

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Sonic Unleashed Orchestral Music Forms This Preview of The Sonic 30th Anniversary Concert

Ahead of its full unveiling later this month, SEGA has shared with us a small preview of its Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary concert. And what fitting choice for an orchestra to pick than Sonic Unleashed?

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We’re In Love With This New ‘Japanese Style’ Sonic Range – Now Available at SEGA Shop UK

If there’s one thing we love more than Sonic himself, it’s official Sonic-themed merchandise. Especially if it’s the kind of merchandise that gets really creative with the brand and goes above and beyond just slapping some key art on a t-shirt. That’s why we’ve been in love with SEGA Shop UK’s officially-licensed goods for such a long time – their latest line of goods is available now and further proof of their creativity, with a ‘Japanese Style’ themed range hitting just in time for Sonic’s 30th anniversary! Let’s take a look.

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SEGA Accidentally Mentions ‘Sonic Rangers’ in Press Release

Looks like the cat’s out of the bag. Or the hedgehog. Whatever. Following the intriguing and exciting teaser for the next mainline title in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise – for which currently no name has officially been announced – it seems that SEGA mailed out a press release covering its Sonic Central livestream and made mention of something called ‘Sonic Rangers’.

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Sonic Prime Producers Share First Glimpse of Eggman Artwork

The producers of Netflix animated series ‘Sonic Prime’ made an appearance at SEGA’s Sonic Central livestream today, and shared a few sneak details about the upcoming show – along with a piece of art that will no doubt whet the appetites of any Eggman fans out there.

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What Could SEGA Announce At Sonic’s 30th Anniversary Livestream Event?

Finally. We’ve all waited nearly six months for a morsel of information on what SEGA may be planning to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary. For a character best known for his lightning-fast speed, updates have been almost-controversially slow. But yesterday, SEGA revealed a special livestream taking place on May 27th focusing on Sonic announcements and news. So, what could they have lined up?

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Sonic Remains The Top Selling SEGA Game Series, Helped By Sonic Generations

If you thought that the lack of a new Sonic game (or news one) has dented the popularity of SEGA’s long-running franchise, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. In SEGA Sammy’s latest financial call, the company revealed that the Sonic the Hedgehog series remains the best-selling of all of the publisher’s titles.

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Dreams Come True Promote Japanese Green Tea With A New ‘Green Hill Zone’ Arrangement

Japanese green tea company ITO EN has launched a brand new TV commercial for its popular range of bottled ‘Oi Ocha’ drinks, leveraging a new partnership with pop group Dreams Come True. As part of this collaboration, DCT’s Masato Nakamura appears to have introduced a new arrangement of Sonic the Hedgehog’s ‘Green Hill Zone’ for the commercial’s music.

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Race for Good 2021 Announced for Sonic’s Birthday Week, Featuring Special Guests Mike Pollock and Johnny Gioeli

Sonic community streamers Andy ‘The British Andy’ Wilson and Pete ‘TitansCreed’ Nethercote have formally announced the next ‘Race For Good’ charity event, and this time around, they’ve brought company – along with interviews with special guests Mike Pollock and Johnny Gioeli!

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‘Robotnik Finally Wins’ – SEGA Announces Blockchain Partnership to Sell NFTs

SEGA Japan today announced that it will be entering the blockchain business this summer, by partnering up with Japanese game company Double Jump.Tokyo to sell NFTs “related to its classic IP”.

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SEGA Teases ‘SEGA Skyways’ Digital Event for March 18 With ‘Sonic 2021’ References [U: Internal Event Only, No Sonic Announcements]

SEGA seems to be planning a digital event that will take place on March 18, and social media posts from company employees suggest that Sonic the Hedgehog news could form part of the festivities.

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Sonic Movie Will Feature in Paramount Plus Streaming Service

If you live in the US and need a reason to subscribe to yet another entertainment streaming service, you might be tempted by Paramount’s new platform as the Sonic the Hedgehog movie will soon be available on Paramount Plus.

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