We knew that Chao Gardens were set to return in Sonic Adventure 2, but we’ve never seen anything like this before! It looks like you’ll be able to now raise Good and Evil Chao!
The latest update to the official Sonic Team website shows the image of an angelic and demonic Chao, that can apparently be raised by any of the characters in the game. There will even be Hero and Dark Chao Gardens, so you can make them feel right at home. Continue reading Chao Can Be Good or Evil in SA2
Sonic Team director Takashi Iizuka has outlined the concept of Sonic Adventure 2 in a recent interview, saying that the game is not just about going fast but also finding a ‘tempo’ for the action that flows well with players. Continue reading Takashi Iizuka: SA2 About Creating ‘Tempo’
Woah! If you haven’t noticed already, Sega Europe has teamed up with Sega of America to give away a copy of Sonic Adventure 2! Go to the main page of the website, there’s a link to the competition there. Anyone from Europe and America can enter, and it’s worth taking part – you can win the game, the LIMITED EDITION BOX SET, SOAP Shoes, and a Swatch watch.
In a recent article in the UK edition of Nintendo Official Magazine, it was noted that Sega and Nintendo are working together on a top secret RPG for Ninty’s new knight in shining armour, the GameCube. We already know that Sega is releasing a number of games on the console, including Phantasy Star Online, so this wouldn’t seem too far fetched.
In any case, it really seems like Sega has hit the ground running when it comes to third party development. Beware, Electronic Arts!
Sonic is giving the annual California Beach Bash a little extra street cred this year, as the skating and outdoor sports event will have a bunch of Dreamcast kiosks loaded with copies of Sonic Adventure 2 ahead of its June 19th release. Continue reading Play Sonic Adventure 2 at California Beach Bash
It was only a matter of time before Sonic hit Japanese mobile phones. SEGA has announced that a version of the hit platforming game will be made for i-Appli phones this summer, as the latest addition to Sonic Team’s Sonic Café lineup. Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog Coming to Japanese Mobile Phones
Yuji Naka has been talking a lot about Phantasy Star Online on Nintendo’s Gamecube this past week. When it comes to porting other Sonic Team franchises on the console, however, he’s a little more coy. Continue reading Yuji Naka Undecided on Next-Gen Samba de Amigo
Sonic Team just updated the Sonic Adventure 2 official homepage in a big way! Details on a whole heap of new levels were revealed, as well as a stack of screenshots to show how awesome they looked too! Continue reading Five New Stages in Sonic Adventure 2 Revealed!
E3 is a long, hard, punishing show. So it’s nice when developers get the chance to escape from the PR room and enjoy some gaming of their own. Sonic Team chief Yuji Naka was able to do just that at Nintendo’s booth this week, enjoying a round of strategy game Pikmin. Continue reading Papped: Yuji Naka Enjoys Pikmin
After an initial delay to beef up security to the game’s netcode, SEGA has announced that Phantasy Star Online Version 2’s release date has been pushed back again in Japan. Continue reading PSO Version 2 Delayed in Japan… Again
The great thing about the PC gaming community is that fans can create new (unofficial) content for their favourite games if they get bored. One particular PC user, known as Ryan ‘Kaos’ Daniel, has created character skins for FPS titles Quake III Arena and Star Trek: Elite Forces that allow you to play as the blue blur. Sonic with a shotgun! Continue reading Play as Sonic in These PC Mods for Quake and Star Trek
Sonic Team leader Yuji Naka was at the E3 conference this week showing off Phantasy Star Online on the Nintendo Gamecube, and he mentioned that developing for the console has been a breeze so far. Continue reading Naka: Gamecube PSO Port Took A Single Month to Make
A gallery of screenshots complimenting the TSS Review of Sonic Pocket Adventure. Search for the Sonic Pocket Adventure + Screenshots tags for more. Continue reading GALLERY: Sonic Pocket Adventure Screenshots
This is one of the first Sonic titles officially developed for a non-Sega platform – namely the Neo Geo Pocket Color. This release was to accompany Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast, but sadly the NGPC could never compare to the likes of Nintendo’s Game Boy Color no matter how much it tried, and therefore SPA didn’t get nearly enough attention. Shame that, because it is quite a good game to play. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Pocket Adventure
This just in – we just learned that Sonic Adventure 2 will use a world map in order to progress from stage to stage. This marks a change from its predecessor, which saw players travel between Zone markers using an Adventure Field. Continue reading SA2 to Ditch Adventure Fields; Will Use World Map
It looks like Sonic’s Game Boy Advance debut will not simply be a blast from the past. The blue blur will also be able to grind down rails, in a gameplay mechanic clearly borrowed from upcoming Dreamcast swansong Sonic Adventure 2. Continue reading Sonic Advance Will Let Sonic Grind on Rails, Features Tails and Knuckles
SEGA revealed more of their third-party publishing plans during the first day of E3, with SoA President Peter Moore confirming a slew of games for Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation 2. Continue reading E3 2001 Roundup: Day 1 Coverage
E3 is the gaming industry’s superbowl; so it’s little wonder that various companies are prepared to spend loads of money on marketing their biggest titles in outrageous ways. Sega is no exception – to promote Sonic Adventure 2, the publisher has placed an absolutely massive Shadow poster across the outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Continue reading Shadow Dominates E3’s LA Convention Centre
Sega has revealed their core line-up of titles that will be showcased at E3 2001. It looks like the company wants their foray into third party development to start with a bang, as a swathe of Gamecube and Game Boy Advance titles have been announced, alongside a rather large number of Dreamcast games. Continue reading SEGA Reveals E3 2001 Lineup
Finally, that burning question has been well and truly answered. In an interview with IGN Insider, Sonic Adventure 2 director Takashi Iizuka confirmed that Sonic’s pink admirer, Amy Rose, will indeed play a part in the game’s story. But unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your viewpoint) she will not be playable. It’d be interesting to see how she makes an impact on the plot when the game’s released.
Sonic Robo Blast 2 is by far the most ambitious, graphically impressive Sonic the Hedgehog fan game to date, and shows a massive step up from Sonic Team Junior’s last title, Sonic Robo Blast. The story here centres on a ‘Black Rock’ floating through space, which Eggman decides to use as the perfect base with which to refocus his efforts to attack the planet. Continue reading Fan Game Preview: Sonic Robo Blast 2
Seems like Sonic Team is getting serious with Phantasy Star Online hackers and pirates. Following a series of mishaps, including the hijacking of a live event, the developer is introducing a ‘three strikes’ penalty policy on offenders. Continue reading Sonic Team Cracks Down on PSO Pirates
If you want to get your hands on Sonic Adventure 2 in the UK, you should head on down to London’s famous Oxford Street shopping district. According to Sonic HQ, Sega is showcasing a new demo version of the game in a number of Dreamcast pods near the ‘Miss Selfridges’ store. It’s a more complete demo, featuring more content than you can find in the PSO demo disc; you’ll be able to play the first level of each character’s story. Let us know what you think!
Sonic Adventure 2 sounds like it’s going to have one of the darkest stories ever seen in a Sonic game. In an interview with fansite The Floating Island, voice actor and cast director Lani Minella spoke of some of the minor character roles in the upcoming Dreamcast game, and how challenging it was to record the huge script in a five-day period.
Continue reading Voice Actor Reveals Sonic Adventure 2 Story Details
Another of Sonic’s stages in Sonic Adventure 2 has been revealed – called Green Forest, the stage sees the blue blur tasked with racing through a treacherous jungle environment within an eight-minute time limit. Once the timer hits zero, the entire level blows up! Extreme. Continue reading SA2: ‘Green Forest’ Stage Revealed
Sonic Team’s lead producer, Yuji Naka, has won an award for Best Programmer at the annual high profile Association of Media in Digital (AMD) Awards in Japan. Congratulations Naka-san! Continue reading Yuji Naka Wins Best Programmer Award for PSO Innovations
Could PSO Version 2 also see a global release? That’s the current chatter happening in the Sega community this week, with suggestions that Sonic Adventure 2 will just be the first of many games that will enjoy a co-ordination worldwide launch. Continue reading Rumour: PSO Version 2 Could Get Global Launch
The Mega Drive lives on! In Japan and Asia at the very least – word on the street is that a new handheld device will be made available that comes pre-loaded with over twenty 16-Bit games. It’s called the ‘Mega Drive 21’ and will be on store shelves April 27. Continue reading ‘Mega Drive 21’ Handheld Console to Launch in Japan
It’s official – Phantasy Star Online ver 2 will indeed be hitting North American Dreamcast consoles, as well as Japan. Sega confirmed the existence of the Western release when announcing server downtime for the original Phantasy Star Online. Continue reading PSO Version 2 Confirmed for North American Release
No, that’s not the name of a weird new Sonic zone. Sega Europe has reportedly teamed up with a chain of popular bars and restaurants to promote upcoming Dreamcast games to kids and adults alike in the UK. Continue reading Sega Europe Plans Dreamcast Parties at Sports Cafe and Wacky Warehouse
Oh my God! Just when you think Sonic Team can’t do any better, they spill more details on the biggest game of the year – Sonic Adventure 2! Get ready to wipe your chins, people, ‘cos you’re gonna be drooling for a long time! Continue reading SA2 PREVIEW: Meet the Characters!
Sega officially announced its commitment to third party development in a huge news conference this morning. The company outlined which of its development studios would align to which console, noting that Sonic Team, AM2 and Amusement Vision will largely focus their efforts on Nintendo’s Gamecube. Continue reading SEGA Reveals Third Party Plan: Sonic Team to Make Home on Nintendo Gamecube
DiC Entertainment, the animation company responsible for the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons in the 1990s, has recently broken free from former parent company Disney. And now that it is an independent once more, it plans to re-release a number of Sonic shows on DVD in time for the company’s tenth anniversary. Continue reading Sonic Cartoons Coming to DVD, Courtesy of DiC
A gallery of screenshots complimenting the TSS Review of Sonic Shuffle. Search for the Sonic Shuffle + Screenshots tags for more. Continue reading GALLERY: Sonic Shuffle Screenshots
Sonic Shuffle, originally titled Sonic Square, was created by members of the same team that helped Nintendo develop Mario Party (hence the similarity in the two games). The game sees Sonic, Amy, Tails and Knuckles warped to a mystical land called Maginaryworld, where people’s dreams come true… if you excuse the horrible cliche. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Shuffle
More Sonic Adventure 2 news is coming in thick and fast! This time around, we’ve learned some juicy gameplay details. It seems that Tails will be playable in the game after all, with the character roster split into ‘Hero’ and ‘Dark’ sides (Sonic, Knuckles and Tails will be Hero, Shadow, Rouge and Eggman will be Dark). Continue reading SA2 Will Feature Tails, Rivalries, Three Different Kinds of Play