Dude… Why is There a Giant Sonic Statue In China?

Update: Apparently this building is where Sega’s Joypolis China is located! So that might explain it, but if it’s not that makes this story even better!

Original Article: We don’t know why. But there is a giant statue of Sonic just sitting on a building in Qingdao, Shandong province China. It’s been there since August of last year and… that’s all I can find out about it.

So don’t ask questions… Just sit back and enjoy giant Sonic waving at the little people.

Maybe make the odd Attack on Titan joke or giant related pun… But for now, just sit back, relax and wave.

*waves*

Source: Shutterstock

ThunderBox Launches New Sonic Pop Up Shop

A few months ago, Japanese clothing boutique ThunderBox launched a new exciting range of Sonic inspired clothing and products and they’re not stopping with just one range.

Over the weekend they launched season 2 of their clothing range with a pop up shop in the Laforet Harajuku Department store (It’s in Japan).

Well… check out who paid them a visit!


Yuji Naka himself attended the store with his family! We’re not sure if he made any purchases but based on his social media platforms he really enjoyed his time at the store.

Also, one of our writers was actually in the area and managed to take some photos of the store so you can check out what’s on offer.

The store will be open until November 16th, at which point their online website will start to take orders, and yes folks, they do ship outside of Japan!

Source: Thunderbox

Special thanks to Jonathan Dixon who provided us with some more photos!

The Fanbase Can’t Handle Sonic Trying To Save Pikachu

Ladies and Gentlemen… Tragedy.

It takes many forms, it has been written in scripture and some of our finest works of literature. But now it takes the form of something new, Sonic trying and failing to save Pikachu, resulting in himself being vaporised.

Continue reading The Fanbase Can’t Handle Sonic Trying To Save Pikachu

King Boom Boo Returns For Team Sonic Racing!

Team Sonic Racing might be delayed to 2019, but new information is still coming out. Including this spooky banger of a music track that just released on the Sonic Twitter channel, a collaboration between Jun Senoue and Sonic Mania composer Tee Lopes. Give it a listen, it’ll take you back to 1994… Continue reading King Boom Boo Returns For Team Sonic Racing!

Can You Handle 10 Hours Down In Pumpkin Hill!?

It’s Halloween in a few days and Sega has given us all an early treat! Or is it a trick? Anyone who is anyone knows that Halloween is nothing without pumpkins. And where do you find pumpkins? Pumpkin Hill! So Sega has uploaded a 10 hour mix of Pumpkin Hill just for you! Continue reading Can You Handle 10 Hours Down In Pumpkin Hill!?

Team Sonic Racing @EGX 2018 Hands On Impressions

Approximately one year ago, I wrote a very lengthy hands on impressions about my experience playing Sonic Forces at EGX 2017 and boy oh boy it set the cat amongst the pigeons didn’t it? One year on, a new EGX has come and a new very different Sonic game is on the horizon, as I did a year ago, I went to the expo and played a lot of Sumo Digital’s Team Sonic Racing.

Continue reading Team Sonic Racing @EGX 2018 Hands On Impressions

Funko Are Making A Sonic Pez Dispencer

There is no stopping Funko, POPs, T-Shirts, Key-Chains, more POPs, Funko is on a quest to fill your room with all manner of quirky Sonic items.

And that seems to be a continuing trend with last nights announcement dragging everyone back to the 90’s kicking and screaming.

Funko are to launch a line of PEZ dispensers based on some of their more popular licenses and you guessed it, Sonic is in the line.

If you don’t know what a PEZ dispenser is, they’re small plastic toys which dispense a small sweet that according to your mum will ruin your dinner if you eat too many.

No release details were given just yet, but watch this space as I can imagine here at the house of TSS we’ll be finding empty dispensers around the office for months.

The Sonic Totaku Figure Gets A Re-Design & New Release Date

The Totaku figure range came seemingly out of nowhere, what started with characters associated with Playstation games has slowly grown to include more third party franchises with other exclusive characters for specific systems promised in the future.

Shortly after their reveal, Think Geek began teasing that a Sonic figure would be joining the line, before it was eventually revealed at Toy Fair 2018 and had an estimated release date of around the middle of the year.

But for fans who pre-ordered the figure, there has been a long wait and silence with regards to its release. The figure has undergone numerous delays and silence with regards to its status.

But it now looks like things are happening. Twitter user Juvi Luna noticed that the official Totaku website has now updated to say that the figure will now release in September and on closer inspection it also appears to have been re-designed slightly.

Compare to the images shown at Toy Fair, there the figure does indeed seem a little different.

The paint job overall does indeed seem a bit brighter in tone and the base has also had a change in colour tone.

Fingers crossed for September 2018.

Source: Totaku Via Twitter

Sega Forever: Sonic 4 Episode 2 Joins The Vault

Sega Forever, the free to play service which offers classic Sega titles for free on mobile devices has updated today to include Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2.

Originally released back in May 2012 (6 years ago), Episode 2 was one the whole a much better received game than Episode 1, with boss battles being more original and varied, level design noticeably improved and the inclusion of Tails to allow for special co-op moves.

The Sega Forever version has made one significant change to the original release, Episode Metal is now available immediately, previously you had to purchase both Episodes 1 & 2.

Sonic 4 Episode 2: Is now available on Google Play & the Ios App Store.

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie: First Pictures of James Marsden on Set

With the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie entering production, the first images from the set are beginning to emerge. Just Jared have posted images of James Marsden on the set of the Sonic Movie dressed as a police officer ‘Tom the Cop’.

Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog Movie: First Pictures of James Marsden on Set

Sonic Mania Cheat Codes Discovered!

Sonic Mania Plus continues to surprise players in many ways with small references and nods. But now fans have discovered that the game also includes cheat codes! Yes actual cheat codes, remember them? We used to have them before DLC became a thing.

A series of cheat codes have been discovered which work across all versions of the game, we’re unsure if you need the full plus DLC to get these to work or if they will work on a fully patched vanilla version of Sonic Mania, so give it a try anyway.

From what we understand, they do not work on Encore mode, and some codes only work for Sonic.

To enable the codes, you need to do the following.

Enter Mania Mode and go to ‘No Save’.

You now need to enter the code for the level select.

  • PS4: Hold Square, Select No save.
  • Xbox: Hold X, Select No save.
  • Switch: Hold Y, Select No save.

You will now be at the level select.

Go to sound test and play the following sounds to enable the desired code.

  • 3 3 3 1 9 7 9 0 8 1 1 – Changes all animals into Squirrels.
  • 4 1 2 6 – All Emeralds
  • 1 9 9 2 1 1 2 4 – Infinite Continues
  • 2 0 1 8 0 6 2 3 – Force Encore Mode
  • 1 9 8 9 0 5 0 1 – Unknown
  • 2 0 1 7 0 8 1 5 – Super Sonic Flight in normal levels (Don’t need to be Super to trigger it).
  • 9 0 0 1 – Max Control For Sonic (Dropdash, Super Peel Out, Insta-Shield)
  • 0 0 0 0 6 2 1 4 – Disable Super Music

Some of these codes combine to make interesting effects, for example, if you enable Force Encore Mode and Max Control For Sonic, it’s possible to give the Super Peel Out move to Knuckles and other characters.

Try them yourself and see what happens.

Edit: The person who originally made this discovery has been revealed to be modder CodenameGamma. His Reddit thread details the discovery and includes a few additional details. You can also check out his YouTube channel which also contains a number of interesting finds and discoveries.

The Spin: Why Can’t EU Order From The Sega Store?

On October 17th 2017, Sega opened it’s own online shop which had many collectors of Sega merch screaming with delight, even prior to the opening to the opening of SonicMerchandise.Com, fans had been begging Sega to have a store which would be full of exclusive or hard to find merchandise. Continue reading The Spin: Why Can’t EU Order From The Sega Store?

Sega’s HARDlight Studio Are Auctioning A Sonic Themed BMW!

Recently, there was a charity racing event in which several game studios took part, including Sumo Digital and Sega’s HARDlight studio. Each studio brought a special customised car, and HARDlight’s car was themed on Sonic Dash.

Well the event is over, and most (if not all) of the cars are now up for sale!

Yes, you can now own an official Sonic car!

Currently, the vehicle is at £360, which is a lot cheaper than some other pieces of Sonic merch! The vehicles are local pickup only, but all the money raised will go to Special Effect, so check out those bus times if you happen to put in the winning bid.

Sumo Digital are also selling their vehicle too, a Sumo Digital branded Subaru Impreza Turbo.

Remember how I wrote a month ago about what exactly do we do with all these epic promotional items? Well, now is your chance to save something quite epic and a genuine one off! The links to both auctions can be found at the end of this article. We wish Special Effect all the best with their auctions.

Auctions:

Sonic Car Auction
Sumo Digital Auction

Jim Carrey In Talks To Play Eggman In The Sonic Movie

With the Sonic Movie now under Paramount’s control and development beginning very soon, more details regarding it’s casting are slowly leaking out.

Many fans have speculated for months as to if the cast would be the current voice actors, or would celebrities be put into the series iconic roles?

Well according to a sources at Deadline, we might have an indication as to the answer of that, it seems that the role of Eggman for the Sonic Movie has yet to be cast, however, one name in the negotiations for the role is Jim Carrey!

Yes you read that right, Jim Carrey, famous for his roles in Ace Ventura, The Mask and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is currently in talks to play Sonic’s nemesis in the Sonic Movie.

We’ll update this with more information as we get it.

Source: Deadline

UPDATE: Hollywood Reporter Writer Borys Kit is claiming that Carrey will be a live action actor and not a CG/Voice Role.

 

You Can Soon Eat Sonic The Hedgehog Curry!

From June 21st, something is going to happen, something which will change the Sonic community forever.

Sonic the Hedgehog curry will be released!

A Japan exclusive item from Geek Life, because lets be honest there is absolutely no way this will come to the west! The curry is due for release on June 21st and will be delicious I imagine.

Costing a cool 500Yen, you will soon be able to dine in quick and affordable convenience using the power of Microwave radiation.

If we manage to get some of this here at TSS, we will cook it, we will eat it and we will let you all know exactly what it tastes like.

The comments are there for all the jokes and puns you can dream of.

TSS Review: Sonic The Hedgehog Stretch Armstrong Toy

Growing up in the 90’s, I can remember seeing adverts for a very unique toy, Stretch Armstrong, he was a super hero who in the adverts would stop crime by using his powers to stretch, bit like Mr Fantastic from The Fantastic Four, only he later got a Dog and then a dedicated villain. Continue reading TSS Review: Sonic The Hedgehog Stretch Armstrong Toy

Team Sonic Racing Gameplay Revealed

It seems that an embargo may have lifted! A number of websites have suddenly posted lots of details about the new Sonic Racing title including our first look at gameplay!

Shacknews also had this to say…

While Sega and Sumo Digital are aiming for 15 characters, 12 players will be allowed in each race. That’s four teams of three, with each team utilizing a Speed, Technique, and Power racer. Each of these racers have their own distinct stats, vehicles, and customization options. For this demo, we got to check out Team Sonic (Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles) and Team Dark (Shadow, Rouge, and Mega), each of whom showed different stats and exchanged different banter during the race.

The race itself feels like a straightforward arcade racer. The Shacknews team got to try out a piece of the Wisp Circuit, a single standard track of three laps each. The interesting aspect of this particular track is that it featured multiple paths, with the choice to go left, right, or center. Each path felt noticeably different, with some feeling longer and more straightforward, while another one offered classic Sonic loops. It’ll be interesting to see how other, more complex race tracks will encourage the use of the item-sharing mechanic.

Kotaku also posted additional details.

Team Sonic Racing is a 12-player kart racer where racers are split up into four teams. Where kart racers typically reward players for their personal performance and own finishing position, Team Sonic Racing gives each player on a team points based on their finishing position, then adds up those points for an overall team score. Simply put, you can’t win as an individual by just being the best racer; if the team doesn’t do well, then nobody does.

Team Sonic Racing gives players a number of tools to help out their fellow racers, none of which I have really seen employed in this sort of cooperative racing game before. If you pick up an item (called Wisps) while racing around the track, but are considerably further up the pack than your teammates, you can press a button to offer that item to your team. If one of your team members accepts and takes the item, it’ll warp over to them, allowing them to catch up more easily (and hopefully knock a few people off your own tail). If you’re the player falling behind, you can use that same button to request items from your team, and any players with an item available have the option to pass theirs over. By passing items between your team, hitting enemy racers with items, or pulling off collaborative racing moves like slipstream boosts, you can slowly build up a team energy meter too which, when full, can be activated to give every racer on your team a short but substantial speed boost.

We’ll update you with more details as we get them.

Source: Shacknews Kotaku

Team Dark Joins The Race! Rouge & Omega Confirmed for TSR!

Famitsu have revealed new details regarding Sumo Digital’s upcoming Sonic racing title. Posted to their website, a very low quality teaser image of an upcoming article about the game clearly shows both Rouge and Omega as playable characters.

Also confirmed are three wisp types, Cube, Bomb and Eagle. The image also appears to show a few new ingame screenshots, but good luck getting any detail from this quality of the preview.

The issue is due for release later this month, we’ll bring you more details as they come in.

Source: Famitsu.

Team Sonic Racing: “Who Are You Mysterious Man Who Floats On High…”

…And launches a thousand YouTube speculation videos and Sonic fansite articles!?”

Ever since the boxart leaked of TSR, fans have been pointing to a mysterious flying figure within the image.

Some say, he’s Big the Cat in disguise, whilst others claim he’s Paul Rudd infiltrating the game, for others he’s the announcer from the original ASR finally making his debut!

Well, we don’t know who he is yet, but we do now have a much clearer look at him. Steam launched a TSR page for the game along with a higher resolution image of the boxart, so lets take a closer look.

It’s…! A mysterious flying guy! He’s in a car and he has a hat! He can grow a great big fluffy moustache! He wears a robe, like a king, or emperor!

Who is he? We’ll let you know the moment we find out!

Source: Steam

RUMOUR: Paul Rudd “Eyed” As Lead Role In Sonic Movie

As the scheduled dates for the filming of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie approaches, the first bit of information about the film appears to have surfaced. ‘thatHashTagShow’, a site listing details on geek culture news, claim to already know the identity of a key actor in the film.

Paul Rudd, who made his name in the hit sitcom Friends and as Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is tipped by the site as “being eyed” for the lead role in the movie.

Its believed that Rudd will play the part of Tom, a cop who befriends Sonic to take down Eggman.

As always, TSS will keep you up-to-date on all Sonic movie news as it comes!

Source: http://thathashtagshow.com/2018/05/exclusive-paul-rudd-being-eyed-for-sonic-the-hedgehog-film/

The Spin: How Do You Save, What is Already Doomed?

If you look at some of the most popular debates between fans in the last 12 months, you’ll likely see issues with 2D Vs 3D rear it’s ugly head, the talk of tone in games being bashed around like a tired old deflated leather football, the popular debates are sadly the most tired and dull. Continue reading The Spin: How Do You Save, What is Already Doomed?

Paramount Pictures Reveal Sonic Movie Logos

Over at this years Cinema Con, Paramount Pictures have revealed what appear to be placeholder logos for the new Sonic Movie.

Twitter user Caleb Williams was at Paramount’s presentation and managed the first photo of what appears to be a placeholder logo. Shortly after a second logo started to appear on various websites including our own forums but the exact source of this hasn’t been identified yet.

We’re expecting more Sonic movie news to come this year so keep checking for more updates as we get them.

Source: Twitter

Sonic Mania Plus Leaked On PS4!

Out of respect for the developers, we will not be posting major details regarding the spoilers that have been discovered from this leak.

Following reports on our forums, it would appear that Sonic Mania Plus got accidentally leaked onto the Playstation Network just over an hour ago.

It seems that someone accidentally put an update file onto the public side of the network and if you were using your PS4 at the time, had Mania installed on your system and had automatic updates turned on, the console downloaded what appears to be a new ‘test build’ of the game which includes a large portion of the Mania Plus update.

We’re going to keep the big spoilers out of this update, but reports indicate that there have been significant changes; such as the level design as well as some new transitions between the levels.

Other changes noted are quite major and from last time a lot of you requested that we don’t include spoilers unless they are very clearly marked… So if you are curious to see them, check out the topic on our forums, the spoilers start instantly when you click the link, so this is your last chance to turn back.

Sega: Huge Announcement Tomorrow

Sega’s Japanese fan event Sega Fes is set to begin this weekend and out of nowhere the US and EU Sega twitter accounts just tweeted the following.

Whilst this could be anything Sega related, we here at TSS have noticed a number of Japanese Social Media accounts have also been tweeting hints at Sonic themed announcements for various consumer goods all day.

This does not outright confirm that the announcement is specifically for a Sonic related item, but it does certainly suggest it might be or that Sega Fes will have a number of Sonic related announcements at the event. Furthermore, for both Sega of America and Sega Europe to tweet about this, it would have to be something major that affects the global Sega Brand. Which would suggest it’s either Sonic or Yakuza.

We’ll update this with details of said announcement and live-stream links as we get them.

LiveStream Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eS77uJ4SFY

Source: Twitter 

The EU Sega Store Opens

After 5 months of waiting, Sega have finally opened an online store for the EU. However unlike the US store the items on the EU side are very different compared to the US counterparts.

Every single item is a customised product.

Going under the title ‘Sega By Me’ EU shoppers have the chance to purchase notebooks and mugs with the phrase ‘customise here’ written on them. So you can write your own message and have it printed on the notebook cover or the mug to personalise the item.

Whilst some people might enjoy this, some collectors might be disappointed to discover that there appears at this time to be no Sonic Mania Adventures merchandise, none of the exclusive 25th Anniversary Tails merch is on the site, in fact, nothing that’s on the current Sega Store is on here, it’s completely customised products.

We’ll let you know if this changes or if there are any developments.

Source: SegaByMe.Com

Giant Sonic Statue Found In The Woods of Japan!

At the end of 2015, twitter user and bike enthusiast 250moriyuki wanted to test out his new bike around some of the more remote parts of Japan, on his journey he documented the trip and posted a number of images showcasing the sights on his adventures.

Including the following…

One of three images showing a giant Sonic statue, standing on what appears to be a snowboard held in place against two trees.

Only a handful of Sonic fans had seen this, at the time only a single blog entry showing a low quality image of it existed online which again didn’t give an exact location.

Given the lack of information and the significance of the find, many users on our forums including myself attempted to find the statue. We knew that it was in the Mie Prefecture and on the day moriyuki posted his original images, he mentioned the Soni Village, so we knew the rough area it was in.

However, despite efforts to pin point the location, that region is huge, with hundreds of roads, it was going to take a long time to find searching manually.

Since then, other images of the statue have surface, but again, no location posted.

 

Since August 2016, the trail had gone cold. Until last night…

SSMB user BxB-Meister posted a single image from what appears to be a google street view search showing the statue! Following a conversation with BxB, he agreed to give me the exact address of the statue on one condition.

 

That condition is to keep the exact location a secret for now.

The reason being is that the statue is in a very remote location and people are worried that once the location is fully revealed, the statue’s days are numbered, there is a risk of vandalism or even theft.

Until someone can go out there, and document this statue with the intention of taking high quality photographs and even video, it’s exact location should be kept secret.

Now that said, I will gladly give out the location of the statue if someone is able to go out there and document it. So here is the only hint as to where it is.

By car, it’s between 15-30min away from the Kindai University Technical College located in Nabari. So if you are capable of getting to that location, it should be very easy (even by foot) to get to the statue.

If you do happen to live in Japan can get to this area and are willing to go on an adventure, contact me via the SSMB forums and I will give you the address if you be worthy! Yup, I’m treating this exactly like a quest, because let’s be honest! This is as close to an RPG quest as we’re going to get!

So until the day comes where someone fully documents this statue, let’s hope it has many years ahead of it as it cheers on riders and other adventures!

Although, as one mystery ends, the other remains.

Just why is this statue there?

Cancelled 2007 Sonic The Hedgehog Cartoon Details Surface

As the fan base wait for the imminent release of Sonic Mania Adventures, the newest cartoon incarnation of Sonic the Hedgehog, it appears that another cartoon, pitched some 10 years ago, never saw the light of day.

According to a LinkedIn profile for TV writer Grant Moran (whose credits include Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures and Batman), a new Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon was in the works between the months of May and October 2007, some 3 years after Sonic X concluded.

We contacted Mr Moran, who was kind enough to provide a few more details about the TV series which ultimately failed to get green-lit. Simply entitled ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, it was initially commissioned by Sega through entertainment company Phuuz Entertainment.

Although no further details could be provided, we thank Mr Moran for confirming this was indeed a TV series project, and will bring you any further updates to this story as they come to light.

Source: LinkedIn

Update: Sega Mega Drive Classics Coming to PS4, Xbox One & PC May 29th

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Well this is a surprise! You might remember how Sega released a classics collection many years ago on the PS3 and Xbox 360? Well it looks like they’re doing it again.

Depending on your region, Sega Mega Drive Classics or Sega Genesis Classics is a collection of 50 16bit era titles which will be making their way to current gen systems, according to the Sega Europe community manager, they are as follows.

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Soldier
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Bio-Hazard Battle
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Columns
  • Columns III: Revenge of Columns
  • Comix Zone
  • Crack Down
  • Decap Attack
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Galaxy Force II
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Landstalker
  • Light Crusader
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium
  • Ristar
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shining Force
  • Shining Force II
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Space Harrier II
  • Streets of Rage
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Sword of Vermilion
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
  • ToeJam& Earl
  • Vectorman
  • VectorMan 2
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World

A bunch of enhancements and extra features have also been promised, including online and local multiplayer mode. Rewind mode, a 3D room user interface, various themed boarders for playing in their original resolution and horizontal flip mode.

Sega Mega Drive Classics launches on May 29th on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Update: According to retailer shop to, a physical version of the game is available, it comes with a free poster and has an RRP of £30