Sonic Adventure’s Sand Hill Returns in Team Sonic Racing

SEGA’s bi-weekly reveals of new Team Sonic racing courses has continued with the reveal of a brand new course: Sand Road. Inspired by Sonic Adventure’s sand-surfing course, Sand Hill, Team Sonic Racing will let players race across the location’s sandy dunes for the first time in nearly twenty years.

When they do, players will also be treated to a remixed version of Sand Hill’s music track, which will feature Tee Lopes and Jun Senoue, with Takeshi Taneda on bass. Check out the music track (and a screen shot of the course) in the video below:

Music from Team Sonic Racing’s “Market Street” race track released

SEGA released a new music track from Team Sonic Racing today, from the course “Market Street.” The course, based on the location “Spagonia” from Sonic Unleashed, utilizes a remix of the soundtrack from that game’s daytime action stage, Rooftop Run. The remix is composed by none other than famed Sonic music composer Jun Senoue and the band Hyper Potions, who created the Sonic Mania tracks “Friends” and “Time Trials.” You can check out the music below:

Team Sonic Racing will release on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on May 21, 2019.

Sonic Forces soundtrack now available on streaming services

Tomoya Ohtani, a veteran composer of video game music who worked on Sonic Forces, revealed on Twitter that the game’s soundtrack has been made available on various streaming services just in time for the game’s first anniversary. Anyone with a subscription to Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited or Google Play will now have access to all three and half hours of music from the game.

Happy 30th Anniversary to the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis!

Thirty years ago, SEGA launched the SEGA Mega Drive in Japan, starting a 16-bit revolution. Less than a year later in August 1989, that system would come to American shores as the SEGA Genesis. A year after that, in September of 1990, the Mega Drive would finally reach Brazil and PAL regions, building on the success of its predecessor the SEGA Master System. Continue reading Happy 30th Anniversary to the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis!

Team Sonic Racing story mode detailed

A Sonic game just isn’t a Sonic game without some kind of elaborate story mode, and it looks like Team Sonic Racing will be no exception. According to the same Famitsu article that was the source for our article about the game’s new character, Dodonpa, the game will give players a “Team Adventure” mode to race through.  Continue reading Team Sonic Racing story mode detailed

Big rides again in new Team Sonic Racing footage

IDW’s Way Past Cool Sonic Panel didn’t have to show from the games, but they did have something.  They showed brief clip of everyone’s favorite overweight feline, Big the Cat, driving a kart designed to look like his best pal Froggy through an unnamed snowy environment.

Check out the footage, captured by TSSZ, in the tweet below:

Team Sonic Racing Prequel Comic announced

Team Sonic Racing will be getting a prequel comic from IDW this October. Revealed at IDW and SEGA’s “Way Past Cool Sonic Panel” at San Diego Comic Con, the comic will feature Sonic and his friends “facing an old foe” while racing across an alien planet.

The comic will be written by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles scribe Caleb Goellner and feature art from veteran Sonic comic artist Adam Bryce Thomas. You can check out the comic’s cover art, also drawn by Thomas, below:

Impressions: Sonic Generations on the Smach Z portable PC console

When I first heard about the Smach Z (initially revealed as the Steam Boy) back in 2014, I knew it was something I wanted. In addition to being a Sonic fan, I’m also a big portable gamer, so a console that could allow me to take some of my favorite Sonic games (and some other titles like NiGHTS and Witcher 3) on the go for the first time immediately caught my interest. Unfortunately, the reality has been a bit more complicated than what the initial pitch promised. Continue reading Impressions: Sonic Generations on the Smach Z portable PC console

Subway now including Sonic toys with its kids meals

Subway is now including Sonic toys with its Fresh Fit for Kids subs, just in time for Sonic’s birthday.  The toys are simple, gear mechanisms like a zoetrope (a device that displayed simple animations before film existed). The Subway website displays each toy alongside one of their Fresh Fit subs, though it’s unclear if each toy is specific to each sub.

Check out the gallery below for images of the toys, taken from their website.

Sonic Games on Sale on Nintendo, Playstation Platforms

In celebration of Sonic’s 27th anniversary, SEGA is holding a Sonic game sale on both Nintendo and Playstation platforms. The sale runs from now until June 25, 11 AM EST. Check out the sale prices below:

PS4:

Sonic Forces – $23.99 (was $39.99)

PS3:

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – $9.99 (was $19.99)

Sonic Generations – $9.99 (was $19.99)

Sonic Unleashed – $7.49 (was $14.99)

Sonic the Hedgehog 1 – $1.99 (was $3.99)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $1.99 (was $3.99)

Sonic CD – $2.49 (was $4.99)

Sonic the Fighters – $2.49 (was $4.99)

Sonic Adventure – $1.99 (was $3.99)

Sonic Adventure 2 – $3.74 (was $7.49)

 

Vita:

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – $14.99 (was $29.99)

 

3DS:

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – $14.99 (was $29.99)

3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $2.99 (was $5.99)

Sonic Lost World – $14.97 (was $29.95)

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal – $19.99 (was $39.99)

Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice – $14.99 (was $29.99)

 

Wii U

 

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – $14.97 (was $29.95)

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric – $14.99 (was $29.99)

Sonic Lost World – $14.97 (was $29.95)

 

Switch

Sonic Forces – $23.99 (was $39.99)

Wayô Records Announces new Sonic Forces vinyl

Wayô Records revealed on their Instagram page earlier today that they would be making a new set of 12” vinyl records featuring 19 tracks from Sonic Forces, including the game’s theme song, Fist Bump.

The vinyl is set to be made available for pre-order here on June 23 and will begin shipping to customers sometime in July. Check out the complete list of tracks, as well as a gallery showing off the record, below:

Side A
01. Fist Bump
02. Infinite
03. Fighting Onward - Space Port
04. Nowhere to Run - Prison Hall

Side B
01. Justice - Park Avenue
02. Moonlight Battlefield - Aqua Road
03. Virtual Enemies - Capital City
04. Set in Motion - Guardian Rock
05. Fist Bump - SXSW ver.

Side C
01. Sunset Heights
02. Ghost Town
03. Battle with Infinite - First Bout
04. Battle with Metal Sonic [US ver. Remix]
05. Eggman's Facility [Rhythm and Balance Remix]
06. Battle with Mega Death Egg Robot - Final Phase

Side D
01. Fading World - Imperial Tower
02. The Light of Hope
03. This Is Our World
04. Fist Bump - Piano ver.

Team Sonic Racing Impressions, Alex’s Take

The Sonic franchise is no stranger to the power of teamwork. Tails has been an inept, if occasionally useful, AI sidekick to Sonic since Sonic 2. Knuckles Chaotix was built around the idea of two characters using each other’s momentum to rubber-band around the stage. Sonic Heroes had players switching between different characters and using their strengths to get through stages. Continue reading Team Sonic Racing Impressions, Alex’s Take

CRUSH 40 performed their new Sonic song live, and we got video

CRUSH 40 performed Team Sonic Racing’s Green Light Ride at the Sonic X PUMA Launch Party last night and we got it all on video. Green Light Ride is the band’s first new Sonic song in roughly nine years, and this was its first live performance.

Check it out below:

Puma Shows off its shoes in a fancy display at E3

As part of their promotion of their Sonic branded sneakers, PUMA has set up a display outside of E3’s West Hall.

The display isn’t simply showing off the $130 sneakers, though. The display also includes a recreation of Green Hill’s famous loop-de-loop! The loop isn’t just a piece of cardboard either, as it also contains a giant, fully functional hamster wheel.

Unfortunately, people were apparently hurting themselves on the wheel before we arrived, and my cohort Jason Berry had to sign a liability waver before he could even stand on it for the picture I took below. As of now, walking on the wheel is no longer allowed, and the movement will be disable tomorrow.

Sonic confirmed for another round in Smash Bros Switch UPDATE: With Knuckles!

Nintendo’s E3 direct contained some good news for Sonic fans: Sonic will be returning in the latest entry in the Smash Bros series, Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

While Sonic’s movement and attacks appear to be largely unchanged, his final Smash has been altered. When Sonic goes super he will now automatically dash across the screen several times, damaging and/or knocking out anyone he hits.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate will be releasing for Nintendo Switch on December 7.

UPDATE: It’s also been confirmed through Sonic’s Smash Bros video that Knuckles will be in the game. The context of the video doesn’t make it explicitly clear what his role is in the game, but it seems like that he will be an assist trophy. Shadow filled a similar role in previous Smash Bros games.

Sonic Boom’s original creative team no longer working on the show

During a panel at the Sonic Revolution convention, the original Sonic Boom creative team have confirmed that they are no longer working on the show.

When asked whether a third season was happening, head-writer Bill Freiberger confirmed that he, along writers Sam Freiberger, Alan Denton and Greg Hahn all confirmed that they were in no longer working on the show, and so therefore could not comment on the future of the series.

While not a confirmation of the show’s cancellation, this can’t be good sign for the show’s future. According to Freiberger, only SEGA really knows the future of the show right now.

The panel is currently running on Sonic Revolution’s YouTube livestream. Unfortunately, the video appears to be out of focus, but you can still hear it!

UPDATE: Freiberger has clarified with us that, even though they are not currently involved with the show, this does not mean they will not be involved in a future season.

We were also able to ask Aaron Webber about the future of the series. He uncharacteristically said “No comment.”

Knuckles Doesn’t Chuckle in today’s new Sonic Mania Adventures episode

The third episode of Sonic Mania Adventures just dropped today, and as teased at the end of the last episode, it stars everyone’s favorite red, bipedal, gem-guarding echidna, Knuckles.

Will Knuckles fall for another one of Eggman’s ruses? Will he fail at his one job, again? Will he indeed not chuckle, as the news headline implies? I don’t know, because I haven’t actually watched the episode yet. Check out the video below to find out, and be sure to stick around after the credits for a little tease of what’s to come!

Sonic Mania Adventures features character art from Tyson Hesse, music from Tee Lopes, and animation from Neko Productions.

Sonic Twitter Meme Hints at Upcoming Sonic Mania Adventures Episode, Game Announcement

The official Sonic the Hedgehog twitter loves its online memes and it may now be using one to hint at some upcoming announcements.

In an image that manages to combine the Sonic Mania Adventures meme with the recent Privacy Policy meme, which pokes fun at the EU’s General Privacy Protection Regulation law, there is a message that says the next Sonic Mania Adventures episode will be released “this month,” and that a new game announcement is forthcoming.

So we can probably expect the next episode of Sonic Mania Adventures by May 30. The “new game” is almost certainly a reference to the as-yet untitled Sonic racing game revealed a few months ago. It would be surprising if that game didn’t get a full reveal by the time E3 comes around next month.

Release Date, Price and Images for Puma’s Sonic & Eggman sneakers released

We finally have images and a release date for the Sonic sneakers SEGA and sneaker company PUMA announced back in March. The blue shoes feature some Green Hill-inspired decoration, as well as a running Sonic sprite on the insoles. These shoes will be released alongside the Eggman-inspired sneakers revealed last week on June 5, for $130 at Puma.com, Puma stores and select sneaker retailers.

If you’re wondering what $130 sneakers look like, check out the press images below. Be on the look out for some old school SEGA console cameos!

First4Figures Potentially Teasing New Sonic Statue

First4Figures has posted a new teaser image on their private Official Collector’s Club group. The teaser appears to be hinting at a potential statue for the upcoming, as-yet untitled Sonic racing game.

The image, followed by a coy “teehee,” isn’t much to go on. While this is hardly a confirmation, the blue Sonic-esque spike and checkered flag background would seem to make it being Sonic racing game related a safe bet. We’ll bring you updates as they come.

Tails Helps Out in Sonic Mania Adventure’s second episode

In this latest episode of Sonic Mania Adventures, Tails joins Sonic in his quest to foil Eggman’s latest shenanigans. Be sure to stick around after the credits for a little sneak peak of what’s to come!

While the music from Tee Lopes sounds great, special props also needs to be given to whoever handles the sound design for these shorts. The way these shorts utilize sound effects from the original games is both creative and effective.

These shorts feature character designs from Tyson Hesse and animation from Neko Productions.

Sonic Mania Adventures debuting today

Sonic Mania Adventures, the web-only 5-part animated short series based on the game, will be debuting later today. This news comes from a tweet posted by Sonic Social Media Manager Aaron Webber. Webber confirmed that anyone who wants to catch the episode as soon as it debuts will be able to find it on both the Sonic the Hedgehog Youtube channel and Twitter page.

We’ll be sure to update the front page with an embed of the episode as soon as it debuts!

UPDATED: Sonic Mania Adventures Animated Short Series announced

Live from SXSW, SEGA has revealed a new series of Sonic Mania-themed animated shorts. The series will comprise 5 episodes which will be shown on YouTube, created by the same team that created the Sonic Mania opening short, headed by the one-and-only Tyson Hesse, and soundtracked by Mania composer Tee Lopes.

The short series will take place after Sonic Forces, and will cover what happened to classic Sonic after he returned to his world after the events of Sonic Forces.

The first episode of Sonic Mania Adventures will debut in the next 30 days.

UPDATE: The Sonic the Hedgehog Youtube has released a 30 second sample of the series:

Check out the array of concept art for the series shown at SXSW in the gallery below!

 

New environment, Mystic Jungle, coming to Sonic Forces Speed Battle

Live from the SXSW Sonic panel, Aaron Webber has revealed that Sonic Forces Speed Battle will be getting a new environment: Mystic Jungle. They only showed the above title card during the announcement.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the SXSW panel, going on right now at their twitch stream.

SXSW live-streaming Sonic Panel today

If you can’t make it to SXSW to see this year’s Sonic panel, you’re in luck: the event will be hosting a livestream of the panel on its SXSW Gaming Twitch channel, which you can find here.

Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic Panel, will start running on the Twitch stream at 3:30 PM local time, 4:30 PM EST, and 8:30 PM GMT. There may be a game announcement at the event, and there may be more than one announcement overall, if this SEGA Europe tweet is any indication.

If you can’t watch the stream for whatever reason, don’t fret: we will be reporting the news as it’s announced on the front page and through our Twitter feed.

The panel will feature Sonic Team Head Takashi Iizuka, Sonic Social Media Manager Aaron Webber, Sonic Western Product Development Director Austin Keys, Unit Production Manager & Sonic Boom contributor Jasmin Hernandez, and Sonic comic artist/Sonic Mania Animation Director Tyson Hesse. The panel is located at the Austin Convention Center Gaming Expo, on the Discovery stage, in Exhibit Hall 2.

Two stinky new villains revealed IDW’s Sonic comic, plus other details

Sonic’s extensive rogues gallery will be getting some new additions in the IDW comics this April: the skunk brothers Rough and Tumble. This pair of malicious mephitidaes will be antagonizing Sonic and Knuckles in the series’ third issue.

Kotaku interviewed the comic’s associate editor David Marriotte, who said that the new villains aren’t exactly masterminds, meaning we shouldn’t expect them to be hatching any grand schemes any time soon. He also confirmed that they are “independent agents,” though did hint that they could become henchman down the line. So it may be safe to speculate that they’ll end up working for Dr. Eggman eventually.

Rough’s finalized concept sheet
Tumble’s final concept sheet

Marriotte also talked about how new comic characters are designed: they are first described by writer Ian Flynn in a few paragraphs, then they are designed by one of the comic’s artists, and then they are sent to SEGA for approval. After some back and forth between IDW and SEGA, the characters are fleshed out and finalized. According to Kotaku, the characters used to be more heavily clothed, had less defined eyes, and Tumble use to look a lot more rabid.

Meanwhile, in a Game Informer interview released yesterday, Ian Flynn confirmed that the IDW comics will be a fresh start focused on story elements and characters from the games. Early issues will feature stories that are light on world-building and lore, but heavy on adventure and cinematic action. Despite starting with “bite-sized” stories, Flynn also confirmed that these stories will start building up to a surprise that will pay off within the comic’s first year. This surprise will be an obscure antagonist that hardcore fans may be able to guess, but casual fans will find new and exciting. You can find the full interview, which goes into more detail about Flynn’s plans as well as his past, here.

Flynn later clarified on Twitter that he doesn’t want to front load a new, fast paced book with lore, and that he wanted to keep things game-centric to make the comic recognizable to casual fans. Once the tone is set, he will get into bigger arcs and begin exploring the characters.

IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog will launch April 4, and release a new issue every week for its first four weeks before going monthly with issue 5.

 

Takashi Iizuka and Tyson Hesse to Star in SXSW 2018 Sonic Panel

If you were planning on going to South by Southwest this year, you’re in luck: SEGA is returning to the event with another Sonic panel. Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel, will feature several prominent behind the Sonic the Hedgehog brand, including Sonic Team Head Takashi Iizuka, Sonic Social Media Manager Aaron Webber, Sonic Western Product Development Director Austin Keys, and Sonic comic artist/Sonic Mania Animation Director Tyson Hesse. Continue reading Takashi Iizuka and Tyson Hesse to Star in SXSW 2018 Sonic Panel

Sonic Mania’s Soundtrack Officially Released on Digital Platforms

As of today, Sonic Mania’s soundtrack is no longer a vinyl exclusive, as it has finally hit digital music platforms as Sonic Mania Selected Edition. This version of the soundtrack is more comprehensive than the vinyl, containing all forty-seven music tracks created for the game. The soundtrack can be downloaded for $15.99 on iTunes, $14.49 on Google Play, and $18.99 on Amazon. Individual tracks can be had for $1.29, $0.99 and $1.29 on each service respectively.

While the soundtrack is pretty comprehensive, there is a reason why it is called the “Selected Edition”. The album lacks the tracks that were originally composed for Sonic 1 and 2.

Sonic Runners Adventure coming to the App Store and Google Play

After months of waiting, Sonic Runners Adventure is finally coming to Apple and Google’s official mobile storefronts. While Android users have been able to buy the game for the past several months through Gameloft and some other websites, the game’s arrival on the App Store will mark the first time iOS users will be able to play the game.

While the announcement trailer doesn’t have a firm date, the game will likely arrive on both storefronts within the next few days.

Sonic Forces Launch Trailer Released Containing Major End Game Spoilers

The North American version of the Sonic Forces launch trailer was officially released by SEGA today. Unfortunately, unlike the Italian version we reported on a few weeks ago, this trailer contains some serious spoilers. Not just unannounced levels like the Sonic Mania, but actual footage of the game’s final boss and ending cutscenes.

So if you’ve been trying to dodge spoilers since the game was leaked last week, you might want to avoid the trailer. If not, you can check the trailer out below:

Sonic Forces Leaks Early


Did you enjoy all that spoiler-dodging in the wake of the Sonic Mania leaks? Well, we’ve got good news for you: you get to do it again with Sonic Forces!

At least several copies of the Switch version of the game have been sold early by as-yet unknown retailers. Unfortunately, while the person who posted the images in the above tweet has refused to leak anything, others haven’t been so restrained. Sonic Forces streams are reportedly already popping up, though SEGA is taking them down.

Just like with Sonic Mania, we won’t be reporting on the impending wave of spoilers from these streams. If you want to avoid them, you may want to stay off social media and message boards until you’ve played the game yourself.

Sonic Forces will release be released for the Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 7.

Knuckles Wants you in leaked Sonic Forces launch trailer

At more than a week and a half away from release, it’s a bit early for a Sonic Forces launch trailer. Still, that hasn’t stopped someone from leaking it: the Youtube channel Koch Media Italia has released the Italian version of the game’s launch trailer, which has Knuckles narrating the struggle against Eggman’s forces and recruiting you to fight for the resistance. Check out the trailer below:

Sonic Forces releases worldwide for Switch, Xbox, PS4 and PC on November 7.