Sonic Voted Most Popular

ELSPA has done a unique poll to find out the most popular game of the last 30 years, and Sonic The Hedgehog has come out as the most popular, click here for their page or read below for their article and game list.

HEDGEHOG MORE POPULAR THAN LARA, PAC-MAN AND VICE CITY
ELSPA, the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association, and ComputerAndVideogames.com, the UKโ€™s leading multi-format video games website, today published the results of a unique poll seeking to find the most popular 30 games of the last 30 years.

The top five games voted most popular by the public are: Sonic the Hedgehog, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Pac-Man, Tomb Raider and Space Invaders.

Yuji Naka, creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, SonicTeam/SEGA, commented: “I am delighted and extremely honoured that Sonic the Hedghog has been chosen as the most popular game over the last 30 years, especially against such strong competition. Sonic and I would dearly like to thank the wonderful game lovers that have voted for us. I hope to keep creating games that will be loved by everyone forever.”

Roger Bennett, director general of ELSPA, said: โ€œWe wanted to find out what the people who play video games consider to be the best games of the last 30 years. Not the ones you think are great intellectually but the ones that have touched your heart and made your stomach churn as you battled for supremacy or raced to the winning line.โ€

Johnny Minkley, editor of ComputerAndVideogames.com, added: โ€œTogether with ELSPA, we wanted to learn which games sum up the essence of video gaming for our million plus website visitors? Which games made them throw their controllers at the telly in frustration but to which they returned time and again?โ€

The top 30 games of the last 30 years, as voted for by the readers of ComputerAndVideogames.com are:

01 1991 Sonic the Hedgehog
02 1998 The Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time
03 1983 Pac-Man
04 1996 Tomb Raider (Lara Croft)
05 1980 Space Invaders
06 1997 Final Fantasy VII
07 1985 Elite
08 1985 Super Mario
09 1998 Half-Life
10 2002 GTA: Vice City
11 1993 Doom
12 1987 Tetris
13 2001 Halo
14 1997 Goldeneye
15 2001 Grand Theft Auto III
16 1999 Final Fantasy VI
17 1992 Super Mario Kart
18 1990 Super Mario World
19 1998 Metal Gear Solid
20 1996 Resident Evil
21 1988 Street Fighter
22 2001 Gran Tourismo 3
23 1992 Championship Manager
24 2000 The Sims
25 1996 Quake
26 2000 Shenmue
27 1990 Lemmings
28 1997 Manic Miner
29 1999 Medal of Honor
30 1981 Asteroids

Sonic #133 Preview

“Home Part 4: Finale”: The final chapter of Sonic’s eventful return home! His family and friends thought he was dead but now he’s back – and in the fight of his life with Robotnik’s mysterious henchman, uh, woman, Mecha! Are the Mobians in danger losing Sonic again?! Meanwhile, Knuckles and the Freedom Fighters make their final stand against the Warbots on the wasteland in front of Robotropolis! SCRIPT: Karl Bollers. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks). ALSO: “Mobius, 25 Years Later” continues with future Knuckles and Rotor having a serious summit over developments on the planet! SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Ken Penders (inks).

Battles Release, Advance 3 Announced

Belows article explains all your questions about Sonic Battles release, which will be January 2004 in North America. Also, the third Sonic Advance will be released sometime in 2004.

CALABASAS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 1, 2003–THQ Inc. and Sega Corporation today announced a co-publishing agreement through which the companies will release two new Nintendo(R) Game Boy Advance adventures based on one of the biggest videogame icons of all time, Sonic the Hedgehog(R). The games are scheduled to ship in North, Central and South America in the first half of 2004. The companies previously released two other Sonic-branded games for the Game Boy Advance that boast combined sales of approximately a million units.

Sonic Battle, the first title planned for release under the agreement, is scheduled to release in North America in January 2004. Coinciding with Sega’s new Sonic Heroes console release, Sonic Battle will benefit from Sega’s multi-million dollar Sonic Heroes marketing campaign. The companies are also scheduled to release Sonic Advance 3 in 2004.

“Sega’s uncompromising approach to design innovation and game quality have captivated audiences of all ages across every viable gaming platform since Sonic debuted on the SEGA Genesis(TM) in 1991,” said Brian Farrell, President and CEO, THQ. “We look forward to delivering two compelling new Sonic adventures to handheld gamers in 2004.”

“With THQ’s handheld publishing expertise, we have had tremendous success leveraging the Sonic brand on the Game Boy Advance platform,” said Hide Irie, President and COO, Sega of America, SEGA Corporation. “Sonic Battle and Sonic Advance 3 are poised to be strong performers in the expanding Game Boy Advance marketplace.”

The Sonic The Hedgehog series began in 1991 with the release of “Sonic The Hedgehog(R)” on SEGA Genesis(TM). The game quickly became a global hit. Over the years, Sonic The Hedgehog has been featured in more than 11 games on multiple SEGA gaming platforms including SEGA Genesis, SEGA Game Gear(TM), Pico(TM), SEGA Saturn(TM) and SEGA Dreamcast(TM). Most recently, the series continued with “Sonic Adventure 2 Battle” for Nintendo GameCube and “Sonic Advance” for GameBoy Advance, the first titles to utilize the Nintendo GameCube/GameBoy Advance Link Cable. In just over 10 years, Sonic The Hedgehog has become one of the most beloved and recognized video game characters of all time and the series has sold over 32 million units worldwide.

Sega To Launch Sonic Town

What more could a Sonic fan ask for than a whole town dedicated to Sonic? Profits from both Sonic games and UFO Catchers have helped Sega as they plan to launch a town dedicated to the Sonic series. The town will be like a amusement park and feature popular Sonic and Sega merchandise in Sonic themed stores and more. The most sad part is it will likely only be in Japan, but if its a hit, who knows what could happen.


The Sonic Town will feature news on Sonic games and sonic X.


The best part is it will feature themed areas for each character including the Tails area (Based for younger kids) and the Amy area (photo and printing-themed attractions), and there’ll also be a Sonic Motorcycle.

Check out Sega Japan and Watch Impress have info on the town.

New Sonic Archie Spoilers

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #134, ships 3/3, 32-page, full color comic, $2.19 US
“Home, Epilogue: Say You Will” : The poignant aftermath to this epic tale’s climactic finale. With the present crisis abated last issue, Sonic finally has the chance to catch up to those near and dear to him, especially one Princess Sally Acorn. SCRIPT: Karl Bollers. ART: Jon Gray (pencils) and Michael Higgins (inks). ALSO: “In Transit”: the “Mobius, 25 Years Later” series continues as lord Rotor returns to the Kingdom of Knothole, while Knuckles consults with the Brotherhood of Guardians at Haven II. SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Ken Penders (inks).

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #135, ships 3/31, 32-page, full color comic, $2.19 US.
Three titanic tales in one issue! “Anonymous”: Dr. Robotnik has a new enemy to contend with, and it isn’t Sonic. This enemy has left a special present for Robotnik and signed it… you guessed it… “Anonymous”! SCRIPT: Romy Chacon. ART: Art Mawhinney (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks). “Agent from K.N.O.T.H.O.L.E.”: Sonic receives a mysterious message prompting him to travel incognito to meet someone in the middle of the Eggman Empire… someone who should be dead! Can this be a trap? SCRIPT: Romy Chacon. ART: Ron Lim (pencils) and Nelson Ribeiro (inks). “Dealing With the Devil”: The next exciting installment of our popular series of tales depicting “Mobius: 25 Years Later” continues! SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Ken Penders (inks).

If you look up at #134 you’ll see the name “Jon Gray”. Jon just joined the Archie Sonic team recently and goes by the name of WB in the community. You can read the WB interview I had with him a few years back to find out more about him.

Sonic Battle Commercial

SEGA of Japan has launched a brand new Sonic Battle commercial, below are both high and low versions of the commercial. Also in other news Sega Europe and UK Channel Nickelodeon are currently running a Billy Hatcher promotion in the UK, also Japanese TV channel ‘Sky Perfect TV!’ have teamed with Sonic Team to promote both Sonic Cafe and Sonic Battle.

Low-Version
High-Version