Official US Sonic Heroes Site has added a interview with Jun Senoue to it.
Sega of Japan announced recently that a CD containing the vocal Sonic Heroes tracks will be released in Japan on February 4, 2004. A version containing the sound tracks will be released in Japan on March 3, 2004.
GameSpy.com has a new sonic Heroes preview thats worth a look at, go check it out.
Sonic Central shows sonic battle as a Janurary 6th 2004 release date in the United States.
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 UK’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: “We 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.”
Johnny Minkley, editor of ComputerAndVideogames.com, added: “Together 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?”
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
GameSpot has added new Screens of the upcoming Sonic Battle.
Shadow90 has also submitted his supposed American Sonic Battle art below:
In most locations, if you buy a item at Best buy (CD, game, movie, so on), you’ll get a free DVD that has coming attractions. In it, you can watch a trailer of Sonic Heroes that shows off the teams and gameplay.
IGN has new Sonic Heroes movies to view, check those out by clicking HERE.
SEGA has created their official Sonic Heroes website, which has alot of cool content to check out, its in flash.
Check out a new Streaming Video interview of Mr. Naka-San. The video is almost 10 minutes long and you’ll need Real One player to view it, and was conducted by the Official Japanese Playstation Website.
A Tails mini-game said to be from Sonic Battle.
Dragon Book 2, a card game.
You can check out both of these at the link below.
“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).
The official Sonic Battle site reveals that our favorite watery creature, Chaos 0 will be a character in the upcoming Sonic Battle. Thanks to the ultra cool Topaz for the heads up.
Sega Puzzle has added jigsaw puzzles related to both Sonic Battle & Sonic Heroes.
Sonic Team’s Puyo Puyo Fever website has been updated with new pictures and release info as it’ll be released on the 4th of February next year in Japan.
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.
Planet GameCube has new Sonic Battle Screens, go check em out.
Spike TV is having a Video Game awards, Sonic has been nominated. Sonic Advance 2 has been dominated for best handheld game, the awards starts on December 4th so go check it out on the main part of the site.
Kikizo.com reports that Sega’s 45% increased net profit is not because of the games but because of the UFO Catcher 7 Amusement machine, which allows players to win Sega merchandise, including a ton of Sonic stuff. Read the article to learn more.
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.
Celebrate Tails with Sonic Teams latest update to the Sonic Battle page, they’ve added a Tails wallpaper and cursor icons. Thanks to Benji for the heads up.
EBgames has their Sonic Heroes Prima Strategy Guide ordering page up which states it’ll ship on 12/28/2003. Thanks to our friend SHADOW90 for the head up.
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.
This info comes from sander kaalverink, he explains the Memory Card will be released on the same day as the game but hes unsure of if it’ll be in America though too, or if there’ll be memory cards for the other system. I’ll keep you updated.
Shadow of a Hedgehog recently did a interview with Mike Pollock, the voice of Dr. Eggman for the 4Kids dub version, go check it out.
Sonic Team has added many new updates to their official Sonic Battle game site, including a download section, box art, profiles, and sprite icons.
Sega of Japan adds their own site to CR Sonic…Sega of Japan has added a CR Sonic event page with information and images from the event.
Yuji Naka and co.
France gets a cool game pack that contains Game Boy Advance’s Sonic Advance and a Sonic Advance 2 wallet. It’ll be on sale soon for any of you French Sonic fans, from Amazon France.
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.
A new Sonic game has been announced, though not for any game system. Its called CR Sonic and will be a new pachinko machine. Sammy will be developing this, and has stated that it will capture the speed of the original Mega Drive (Genesis) series.
SEGA has added a few more features to Sonic Central, they’re also looking for Sonic Heroes Fan Art to add to the site so go check it out. Thanks to Sonicoman and Knucklesdude for the heads up.
Jeux France has added 14 New Sonic Heroes Screens, and also has alot of the old ones and some videos, so go check it out! Thanks to Knucklesdude for the heads up.
Planet Gamecube is currently reporting that the U.S. release date for Sonic Heroes is now January 6th, 2004.
In other news, SEGA has pushed the Japanese release date back from December 12 to December 30th, i’ll keep you updated so stay tuned to Sonic News.
Though some of these screens might be from the last Screen report, theres even more in Gamespots 41 New Sonic Heroes Screen update, thanks to Hyper_Sonic_V for the link.
“Quick, alert the media!”, Matt_TY
SEGA’s FTP press site has added a few new movies of Sonic Heroes, including the Grand Metropolis Level, thanks to Killemoff for the heads up.