Mario and Sonic Top Five Million

Last year, SEGA announced that Mario and Sonic will sell four million copies in it’s lifetime. People scoffed.

Well today, it seems, SEGA will have the last laugh. SEGA has announced today that not only has Mario and Sonic reach it’s goal of four million copies sold, it has surpassed it, selling a total of five million copies worldwide. “With adored icons and fun game play, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games has shot to the top of the sales charts and is clearly resonating with the growing audience of casual gamers that want an engaging and accessible gaming experience,” said Simon Jeffery, President and COO, SEGA of America. “The market for entertaining games that everyone can enjoy is growing faster than any other segment in the industry, thanks in part to the explosive popularity of Wii and Nintendo DS,” continued Jeffery. “A key element of our growth strategy at SEGA is to develop and publish games that appeal to this expanding market.”

Mario and Sonic can owe much of it’s success to the UK, where the game has consistently remained in the top five every week since it’s release.

New Sonic FCBD comic announced

Sonic and his friends are in deep doo doo.

fLast year marked the first year that Sonic’s long running comic “Sonic the Hedgehog” from Archie took part in a comic book industry tradition called “Free Comic Book Day”, or FCBD. On this day, comic book stores across the country loaded their counters and stands with completely free comic books from a variety of different publishers. Last year, the comic sported an all new story written by the comics new head writer Ian “Potto” Flynn, a former Sonic fan comic writer famous for writing a variety of popular fan comics. Continue reading New Sonic FCBD comic announced

Help Name New Enemy Race in Sonic Chronicles

The Sega of Europe Sonic blog, “Sonic City Blognik”, has announced that Sega Europe will be running a poll between March 3rd and March 14th, to allow fans to determine the name for a new enemy raise in Sonic’s upcoming RPG adventure, “Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood”.

The poll will be available on the Sonic City website. The winning name will be announced March 15th.

The Simpsons References Sonic

Oh Sonic, I do! Woohoo!
This picture was provided by Penpen2nd of the Bumbleking “This Side of Mobius” forum.

The Simpsons, America’s longest running comedy, has spoofed and referenced everything from James Bond to Furbies. Even the red plumber himself, Mario, recieved a cameo appearance during a barrel throwing gag done in the vein of the classic Donkey Kong. So I ask you…WHERE is my Sonic the Hedgehog spoof? Surely Matt Groening and his cohorts are more then mere Nintendo fanboys?

Well, for the three of us who’ve been waiting for the Simpsons to do SOMETHING with Sonic, the wait is finally, sort of, over. In the latest episode, Sonic the Hedgehog and Amy Rose make a brief appearance on a billboard, which says “Sonic the Hedgehog Says: Wait Until Marriage”, showing Sonic presenting Amy with a ring. Continue reading The Simpsons References Sonic

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity Ships in the US

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity is shipping for the Wii and PS2 today in the US, for an MSRP of $49.99.

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity is the sequel to original Sonic Riders from 2006. This game, like the last, features a variety of characters from the Sonic-verse (as well as a few from other Sonic Team franchises) racing each other on upgradeable airboards called “Extreme Gear”. This game changes things up, by replacing the air gauge from the original game with Gravity control. This new ability allows you to change the center of gravity on the course, turning what had once been a wall into a new track. This can be used to find shortcuts and get an edge on your opponent. The game features twice as many courses, 16 in all, as well as 18 character and sixty vehicles. It has three multiplayer modes: Free race, World Grand Prix, and survival. The Wii version also comes with a “ghost mode” which allows you to download ghosts of other players online that you can race on the course.

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity should arrive in Europe sometime next month. We’ll let you know when it ships.

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams delayed again!

It has been reported by one of the “NiNJAS” at NiGHTSintoDreams.com that NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams has been delayed over a month. It now has a January/February release, with only a few days seperating the release of the game in America and Europe.

Whilst this hasn’t been “officially” confirmed, this source has been spot on accurate in the past. NiGHTS is now a 2008 title, completely missing the Christmas holiday rush, and giving the game an extra month of much needed polish. Continue reading NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams delayed again!

Archie’s Sonic #181 Out Now

The second installment in Archie’s “Enerjak: Reborn” story arc for the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book, is now available in comic book specialty shops. The comic, written by fan comic creator turned proffesional comic book writer Ian “Potto” Flynn, marks the return of fan favorite villian Enerjak. You will find the preview, the cover, and a three page sample below:

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #181

“Rising Evil – Enerjak Reborn!”: The demolition starts here, with super-powered villain Enerjak wrecking havoc on Angel Island ! Our heroes are readying their defenses while Sonic and Tails race against time to find the still missing Knuckles! Can they find him, or did Enerjak get to him first? PLUS: “Undone”: You’ll shudder at the shocking origin of this new Enerjak… if your nerves are strong enough to handle it! SCRIPT: Ian Flynn. ART: Tracy Yardley (pencils) & Jim Amash (inks). Earth-shattering cover by Tracy Yardley!

Continue reading Archie’s Sonic #181 Out Now

Sonic the Hedgehog confirmed for Super Smash Bros Brawl!

It has long been rumored. It has appeared on dozens of fake box shots. Heck, the rumors even made several appearances in retail ads. Now, we can finally confirm it, thanks to IGN: Sonic the Hedgehog will be in Nintendo’s upcoming Wii brawler. Here is a direct quote from IGN’s Nintendo 2007 Conference coverage:

14:24: Smash Bros. has been delayed in Japan until January 24, 2008.

Nintendo shows a new trailer. Sonic is going to be a playable character! The trailer shows him transforming into Super Sonic.

The game will include online fights. In addition, it will have online cooperative play of some form.

That makes two games Sonic will be crossing over with Mario in…within the space of a few months. This has most certainly been an interesting year for Sonic, hasn’t it?

You can view the movie that revealed Sonic here. You can see screens of the character here.

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams delay confirmed

It’s been long speculated that NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams for the Wii was going to be delayed at least a month. Going by the date changes at several retail outlets, that appears to be the case.

GameStop, Amazon, and Best Buy all have the game listed for a December 18th, 2007 release. The game was originally supposed to see an October release, before an “overhaul” saw the game pushed back to November 13th, 2007. While dates on retail websites are hardly an end all, be all confirmation, a date change like this from several completely different retailers is about as good as an official confirmation from SEGA.

So be sure to mark your calenders, people. Or just pre-order the game from one the links I so graciously provided.

As a side note for our UK readers, Amazon.co.uk has NiGHTS listed for a December 21st, 2007 release, so you might not have to wait quite as long as the rest of Europe, which is scheduled to get the game in early 2008.

Naturally, if the date changes, we’ll make an update about it.

Finally, I would like to apologize for my lack of news updates lately, as I’ve been a bit busy.

Sonic Rush Adventure in stores

Sonic’s latest DS adventure, Sonic Rush Adventure, is now available at retail for $29.99 US, or £29.99 in the UK.

In Sonic Rush Adventure, Sonic sails around an archipelago in various water craft. He’ll visit villages, fight off pirates in sea battles, and take on the nefarious Captain Whiskers and his henchman in blazing fast platforming levels and epic boss battles. The game uses the DS’s WiFi Connection for leaderboards and online races between two players.

Samba De Amigo Wii confirmed

Remember that Samba game rumor we reported awhile back? Well, it’s recently been confirmed. The latest issue of Nintendo Power confirmed that Sonic Team’s cult classic rhythm game will indeed be heading to the Wii in an all new sequel, developed by Gearbox, makers of the critically acclaimed acclaimed Brothers in Arms franchise. While it remains to be seen how these developers will go from gritty WW2 tactical shooters to a colorful light hearted rhythm game, Samba is certainly a perfect fit for the Wii.

The sequel will contain both old and new songs, but anything outside of that is currently unknown. Samba was listed in GameStop’s date base with a Febuary release date, although it remains to be seen whether that date was official or speculatory. The only date given by Nintendo Power is “2008”.

NiGHTS release dates confirmed?

I’m sure all of you are well aware of the rumored delay of NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams into 2008 in Europe. This news came from a reliable source from NiGHTSintoDreams.com, and has since been all but confirmed by one of my own source, and the boss-man Dreadknux.

However, all these sources confirmed the games delay only for Europe. That is, until now. NiD.com’s same source has now confirmed the release month for the US release is now December, the same month as the game’s Japanese release.

While there is no exact date for the American release, the Japanese release has a December 13th, 2007 street date from SEGA. While no European release date has been given, Amazon Germany has the game listed for a January 11th release.

New NiGHTS trailer released

Matt Cassamassina of IGN.com has revealed on the website’s message boards that there will be three big features on IGN’s Wii channel from now till midnight. The first feature is a trailer of one of the Wii’s most promising first person shooters, Medal of Honor Heroes 2, one of the first FPS games on the Wii to go that extra mile with beautiful graphics, dead on control, and online multiplayer that can hold up to 32 players in any given game.

The second feature is IGN’s long awaited article on the lack of voice chat on the Wii. Continue reading New NiGHTS trailer released

Sonic X DVDs discontinued

Penpen2nd of the Bumbleking Forums recently received an e-mail from the anime DVD seller/publisher Right Stuf that the Sonic X DVDs have been “marked for close out”, and will be discontinued as soon as it’s sold out.

I was recently able to confirm this with their customer support. This means that these DVDs may soon start disappearing from store shelves for good. If you want them, you’d best pick them up now. As far as I know, this only applies to North America, or wherever Funimation distributes the DVDs.

Sonic X will be airing in reruns as part of 4KidTV’s Saturday morning line up this fall.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympics (Updated!)

A load of new videos have recently been released from the Games Convention event at Leipzig. I don’t believe I need to say much here. Included below are a bunch of videos from several websites, including Sega Nerds and GameVideos.

Sega Nerds:

Continue reading Mario and Sonic at the Olympics (Updated!)

Mario and Sonic at the Olympics wins award

The Games Convention is wrapping up. With the end of the show, comes the awards. 85 nominees in nine categories, software and hardware. Maro and Sonic at the Olympics, alongside heavy hitters Super Mario Galaxy and Wii Fit, was nominated for best Wii game, over other notable titles such as Metroid Prime 3 and Zack and Wiki (NiGHTS wasn’t playable, therefore not eligible for the award).

Well, Mario and Sonic at the Olympics took the award home today, according to Sega Europe’s blog. Certainly an impressive feat.

In addition to the award, Mario and Sonic took home some glowing praise from the media:

IGN’s impressions

GameSpot’s Impressions

Samba De Amigo listed in GameStop database

Well everyone, I’ve just gotten home from GameStop, and I have some fine news for fans of Sonic Team’s critically acclaimed Dreamcast game “Samba De Amigo”. GameStop has the game listed for the Wii, with a release date of Febuary 6th, 2008 at an MSRP of $50. The game was simply listed as “Samba De Amigo”, without any numbers or subtitles in the name, so it’s unknown whether this game is a sequel or a remake of the Dreamcast games.

Keep in mind, this is far from a confirmation, although we have been having a lot of luck with early retail listings lately.Rumor Reporter from Advanced Media, hinted that a Samba game was in development for the Wii back in April. I didn’t report it because I was unsure of his legitmacy, but if this rumor turns out to be true, expect him to be in more Sonic Team related rumor in the future. Continue reading Samba De Amigo listed in GameStop database

Mario and Sonic at the Olympics box art revealed

Details of the upcoming crossover of long time video game rivals Sonic and Mario, have been few and far in between. Today, however, I am happy to bring you the box art for the upcoming mascot crossover:

It’s Australian, hence the G rating symbol, although this is most likely the final box art for all territories. Thoughts?

Even retailers want Sonic to Brawl

Before commenting, please read the article thoroughly, as there have been some misunderstandings.

It has long been speculated that Sonic might be in Nintendo’s upcoming fighter Super Smash Bros Brawl. Now, two of North America’s biggest game related retailers, Best Buy and GameStop, haven added even more fuel to the fire, by apparrently including Sonic in their own SSBB ads. Keep in mind that these ads where made by their respective retail companies, and are by NO MEANS a confirmation of Sonic being in the game. This stuff isn’t from Nintendo or SEGA. These ads are very simple cop y and paste affairs using pre-exisiting CGI promotional images from SEGA and Nintendo. Such practices are very common among retailers that make their own ads, and the Wii logo in the ad used below is very commonly used in makeshift (fake) box shots in GameStop ads. Continue reading Even retailers want Sonic to Brawl

More NiGHTS Media

Again, as this is mostly media oriented, no need for much of my blathering.

The NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams box art:

Looks pretty...

The NiGHTS Video with in game music:

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams video

It should be noted that the sound is a bit out of sync with the video, and the boss music starts way early, nevertheless this seems to be the official music. As a NiGHTS fan, I rather like the first one. The second one…sounds fitting, but a bit weird to me.

Edit: Apparently, my source might have been wrong about this music being “official”. As a result, I’m going to regard this as a rumor until something more concrete is shown. I apologize for jumping the gun on this.

Phantasy Star Universe Demo Hits Xbox

Own an Xbox 360? Have Xbox Live? Itching to try out PSU, but you don’t want to throw down $60 before you try it? Nows your chance to test it out, as it turns out that Sega has a new demo PSU up on Xbox Live’s Market Place. It will be up on Marketplace until Monday.

As an added bonus, anyone who logs in, plays, and buys a Guardian License will receive a free “Real Handgun”, seen above. Hm, that hand looks awfully familiar…

If you already own and play the game, just download the demo and play it for a few minutes to get the item yourself. I’m sorry I didn’t get this up sooner, I only just found it.

New Rivals 2 Footage; Mario and Sonic Site Open

Being that this news is mostly about media, I’ll stow the words and cut to the chase:
Sonic Rivals footage, courtesy of GameSpot:

The link to the Mario and Sonic at the Olympics site: Mario and Sonic Website.

Nothing new here, but be sure to keep an eye on it for future updates.

Sonic 3 coming to Virtual Console

Thanks to Australia’s Office of Film of Classification, we can now confirm that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is hitting the Wii’ Virtual Console service sometime in the near future.

The game has been rated G (likely E in the US), and will be sold for 800 Wii points ($8).

Please check out the source for the rest of the upcoming Genesis/Mega Drive titles revealed by the OFC.

New Mario and Sonic details

A fact sheet for Mario and Sonic at the Olympics has recently been unearthed, giving us some previously unknown details. Nothing amazing, but enough to give you a general idea of where this game is headed as far as game play balance is concerned.

Key Features

  • Compete in stylized Olympic venues with authentic events to choose from including track & field, archery, skeet shooting, table tennis, gymnastics and more.
  • Select your favorite playing style from the all-star cast of Mario and Sonic characters with four player types to choose from: all-around, technical, speed, and power.
  • Examples: Mario (All-around), Peach (Technical), Yoshi (Speed), Bowser (Power), Sonic (Speed), Knuckles (Power), Tails (Technical), Amy (All-around)
  • Continue reading New Mario and Sonic details

Sonic comes to Xbox Live

Well, I just got done seeing the big E3 press conference from MS, and I’ve got some interesting news for 360 Sonic fans: Sonic the Hedgehog is now on Xbox Live Arcade! Go download. Now.

Well, that is, if you don’t already have the game on five other platforms…in which case, you can resind that command and just go play it on your Genesis/Megadrive, Dreamcast, Gamecube, Wii, or whatever platform you got this sucker on.

Sonic Rush Adventure video released!

It’s no secret that Sonic Rush has easily been the diamond in the rough, as far as Sonic games go over the last few years. Needless to say, we are quite excited over Sega’s sequel to Sonic’s critically acclaimed DS debut. If you aren’t as excited, just take a look at the video below and see what we’re raving about.

Sega’s E3 line up revealed!

E3 is here, kiddies, and with it comes the long awaited goodies we’ve been… waiting for. The following Sonic Team games will be at E3:

  • NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams: Take to the skies of Nightopia as the purple flying jester NiGHTS! Sequel to the critically acclaimed Saturn game, NiGHTS into Dreams…, NiGHTS:JOD will satisfy fans of the original and newcomers alike. Coming to the Wii November 2007
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympics: Formerly bitter rivals, Mario and Sonic are now taking their 16 year long rivalry to the Olympics games! Any guesses on who’s going to win the 100 meter dash? Coming exclusively to the Wii and DS winter 2007.
  • Sonic Rush Adventure: Sequel to the critically acclaimed DS platformer Sonic Rush, Sonic Rush Adventure takes Sonic on a voyage across the high seas and on seven islands. Will Sonic be able to defeat his newest enemy, the robot pirate Captain Whiskers? I think we all know the answer to that. Coming exclusively to the DS September 2007.

Sonic Rivals 2 looks like it’s going to be a no show at E3, but nevertheless, this event should bring us some much needed info on these games. Expect plenty of screens and media on these three games in the next few days.

Sonic RPG announced!

Sega has been a rather unpredictable company as of late. A new NiGHTS game, a Sonic & Mario Sports game, various company acquisitions, and now this: a Sonic RPG from the makers of the critically acclaimed games Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire.

Sega has already teamed up with BioWare for an RPG based on the Alien movie franchise, so their choice of developer comes as no surprise.

The title is coming to Nintendo’s DS handheld, and is expected to arrive sometime in 2008. Continue reading Sonic RPG announced!

Sonic Rush Adventure box art revealed!

It is not at all uncommon for online retailers to break the finer details of any given game; Sonic included. EBGames/Gamestop.com has recently revealed the box art for Sonic’s latest DS adventure, “Sonic Rush Adventure”. You can see it at the game’s page, here.

Ahoy, matey!

In addition to the box art, EB Games has also revealed SRA’s release date in the US: September 19th. The retail site also has NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams listed for November 13th.

New info on the upcoming Nights game

Sega has recently revealed new information regarding Nights 2. The game’s official name is “Nights: Journey of Dreams”. It will feature 7 new worlds, 3 new powers up called “Persona Masks”, a 2 player mode, will use the WiiConnect24 feature to allow players to send currently unknown items to friends Wiis, and will make use of the Wii’s forecast channel to change the scenery in accordance to the seasons.

The Persona Masks offer new shape shifting abilities to allow Nights to better navigate the land of Nightopia:

  • Dragon mask: Transforms NiGHTS into a huge dragon and makes him resistant to wind effects.
  • Dolphin mask: NiGHTS can change into a dolphin and explore under water.
  • Rocket mask: NiGHTS takes the shape of a rocket and travels at supersonic speeds.

Little else is known about Nights: Journey of Dreams. Stay tuned!