Neo Metal Sonic Skateboard by Finesse Releases December

Neo Metal Sonic, the antagonist of Sonic Heroes, will finally get his first piece of official merchandise in the form of a skateboard deck, 15 years after his video game appearance!

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RUMOUR: Shadow For Smash Brothers Ultimate Confirmed In Leaked Image

An apparent leak via a snapchat image today and reported on Reddit appears to show the entire Super Smash Bros Ultimate cast including Shadow the Hedgehog, widely hoped for inclusion as Sonic’s echo character. Continue reading RUMOUR: Shadow For Smash Brothers Ultimate Confirmed In Leaked Image

Green Hill Zone Theme Covered On Late Show Band Leader Album

Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste‘s newest album, Hollywood Africans, has a pleasant surprise hidden amongst it’s classical and jazz pieces; a pleasant paino-lead arrangement of Sonic the Hedgehog 1’s Green Hill Zone theme music!

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Metal Sonic Figurine Revealed For September Loot Crate

Metal Sonic fans will pleased to hear that their favourite doppelgänger, celebrating his 25th anniversary this year, will be featured in this month’s Loot Gaming crate, which features the theme of “Metal” this month. Continue reading Metal Sonic Figurine Revealed For September Loot Crate

Sonic Kickstarter Board Game Delayed, Super Sonic Figure Remodeled

Sonic Battle Racers, the successfully funded Kickstarter project by Shinobi7 saw more than 1000 fans back the action-packed board game, drawn by the impressive collection of figurines and pieces the set promises to include. Continue reading Sonic Kickstarter Board Game Delayed, Super Sonic Figure Remodeled

SAGE 2018: Petit Hedgehog

Petit Hedgehog is probably one of the more notable entries at this year’s SAGE, with a refined version from last year’s expo being showcased for 2018. Created by Chengi, Petit draws upon influences from the Sonic Advance era, as well as translating elements from the Sonic Adventure formula into a 2D environment. Continue reading SAGE 2018: Petit Hedgehog

Sonic Comics Coming To Nintendo Switch Via InkyPen

Fresh off the press from Gamescom 2018, Gamespot are reporting the announcement of InkyPen, a Nintendo Switch app that provide users the ability to read comics and graphic novels on their console, including Sonic comics!

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WWE Team The New Day Pay Homage to Sonic With Summerslam Gear

WWE Stable The New Day paid tribute to Sonic the Hedgehog this Sunday at Summerslam, debuting their new ring gear. Kofi Kingston appeared in a Sonic-themed outfit, adorned with trademark rings on his boots, while Xavier Woods and Big E appeared in Tails and Knuckles-themed outfits respectively, emblazoned with Tails’s tails and Knuckles’s knuckles!

Promotional shots of their gear was shown off on Xavier Wood’s Instagram:

“Our summerslam gear was a shoutout to @sega and specifically @sonicthehedgehog #Tails #Knuckles – real recognize real [sic]”

The New Day went on to win their match against the Bludgeon Brothers, although the Tag Team Title they were after was retained by the latter due to disqualification.

Great taste chaps!

New Team Sonic Racing Track and Teams Playable at Gamescom 2018

SEGA today announced their line-up for Gamescom 2018, which is set to include among other titles such as two Persona dancing titles, First of the North Star, and Team Sonic Racing, which will be showcasing new features:

Team Sonic Racing, developed by award-winning studio Sumo Digital, is the ultimate arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing experience, featuring your favourite characters from across the Sonic Universe. Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to race on an all new track, Ice Mountain, and experience two brand new playable teams.

Stay tuned to TSS for more details on these teams as the news comes!

 

“Green Hills” Image From Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Emerges

More images are emerging from the set of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, currently filming in British Columbia:

The image, purportedly from Pitt Lake near Vancouver, shows a town sign for the fictional location of “Green Hills” (which although is cut off in the image is also written on the side of the police cruiser in the background). Note the extra “s”, in the location, likely a bit of creative license on the writer’s part rather than a nod to the lesser-known zone of the same name from the Master System version of Sonic 2.

The sign also comes with the town motto of “The little town with a big heart”, along with the town’s population and elevation above sea level (although they missed a trick with the population – should have been 1991, not 1981!).

If this image is anything to go by, it is probably a good indicator we will see more nods and references to the game throughout the movie.

Stay tuned to TSS for more Sonic the Hedgehog movie news as it comes!

Source: https://twitter.com/cartoonmoo/status/1024810780707844097?s=19

Sonic Amateur Games Expo 2018 Trailer Released

The annual Sonic Amateur Games Expo (SAGE) is set to make its return this year on August 25th, with a jam-packed lineup including Sonic Z-Treme, Sonic the Hedgehog PC and Sonic Advance Revamped among many other titles you can check out in their launch trailer above.

The event is still accepting submissions to be featured at the event all the way up until August 18th – details on how to submit your fan game can be found here.

You can find further details on the event in general over at Sonic Retro.

Behind the Scenes of Sonic Mania Adventures With Tyson Hesse

Following the developer diary videos, the latest installment of the behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Sonic Mania universe focuses on the creation of the Sonic Mania Adventures shorts, narrated by director Tyson Hesse. Check out the video below!

Sonic Mania Adventures Part 5: The Finale!

To celebrate the release of Sonic Mania Plus, the conclusion of Sonic Mania Adventures is now out for your viewing pleasure!

Will Sonic and Tails be able to defeat Dr. Eggman? Will Ray and Mighty showdown with Metal Sonic? Will Knuckles ever retrieve the Master Emerald? Check out the finale below!

You can also watch all 5 episodes back-to-back:

TSS REVIEW: Sonic Mania Plus

Last year’s explosive release of Sonic Mania wasn’t just about a game that ended up thrilling both new and old blue blur fans. It was also proof that a brand new, ‘classic’ style 2D Sonic title will sell – and sell it most certainly did, cementing itself in the annals of hedgehog history. But, while widely regarded as one of the most critically-acclaimed Sonic titles in recent memory, there were some clear presentation omissions and missing elements in the base game – elements that you would think Christian Whitehead and co would have included, if they were just given more time to bake it in.

Enter Sonic Mania Plus. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Mania Plus

Mega Man 4 Medley by Senoue to Feature In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

As the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate draws closer, Nintendo continue to tease the new and exciting features included in the game – and today’s blog post on the Official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate site is delectably Sonic AND Mega Man-themed!

Sonic Team sound director and Crush 40 guitarist Jun Senoue has been revealed to have created a Mega Man 4 Medley for the game, following on from the reveal of Tomoya Ohtani (sound director for Sonic Forces and Sonic Colors) has created his own rendition of a track from Splatoon for the title.

You can check out a sneak preview of the track over on the Official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate music page.

Will the theme of collaboration in SSBU mean a Sonic the Hedgehog cover from another prolific composer in the video game music industry? Stay tuned to TSS for news as it comes!

Source: https://www.smashbros.com/en_GB/sound/index.html

Team Sonic Racing: Amy, Chao and Big the Cat Revealed As Playable Characters

The Japanese Sonic birthday party is often full of surprises – and at this year’s 27th birthday event at the JOYPOLIS theme park, Takashi Iizuka and the party hosts have used to opportunity to announce three new playable characters for Team Sonic Racing!

Images of Amy Rose, Big the Cat (in a suitably frog-themed car) and Chao (that’s four chao, comprising the Neutral, dark, and Hero Chao along with Omachao!) have been revealed as the Team Rose combination, with the Chao replacing Cream the Rabbit as the technical-based character in the established Team Rose configuration.

Check out the images of the individual characters from the stream in the gallery below.

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

Sonic Mania Adventures Part 4 – Mighty and Ray’s Story!

Part 4 of 5 of Sonic Mania Adventures has hit YouTube today – with this episode chronicling Ray’s search for Mighty! But watch out Ray – someone is in hot pursuit!

Catch the latest episode above.

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

Sonic Fan Artist Meetup To Take Place In Dallas, Texas

Adding to the growing list of US-based Sonic the Hedgehog fan conventions and meets alongside California’s Sonic Revolution and Georgia’s Sonic & SEGA Fan Jam comes a new event taking place for the first time this year: the Sonic Artist Meetup in Dallas, Texas.
The event is scheduled to take place on June 29th, 2018 from 12pm CDT. While the event is expected to be smaller than it’s counterparts, it promises to include talks on voice acting, various activities throughout the day, a gallery put together by artists and a raffle for artwork with proceeds going to a local charity. The event will conclude with a karaoke party set into the evening.
If you are interested in attending the event, tickets are being sold on Eventbrite, or can be purchased on the door for $15.

 

Further details can be found through the website and twitter below.
Sonic Artist Meetup site: https://sonicmeetup.wixsite.com/info
Sonic Artist Meetup Twitter: https://twitter.com/SonicMeetupDFW

Sonic The Comic Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Sonic the Comic is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week, having first appeared in corner shops and news agents across the UK back in May 1993.

For fans living outside the UK (or are too young to remember!) the publication ran for nine years from 1993 to 2002 through Fleetway comics and later Egmont magazines, producing a total of 223 issues. The darker tone of the comics and the portrayal of characters garnered a cult following of fans, inspiring a resurrection of the comic in an online incarnation in the form of Sonic the Comic Online, which continues to present day.

To celebrate this milestone year in the comic’s lifetime, STCO has released issue number 275 with a 32-page story bringing to a conclusion some of the longest running storylines in the series.

Additionally, a Sonic the Comic 25th anniversary party will be taking place on Sunday, 3rd of June 2018 at the FAB café in Manchester. More information on the event, which will see many of the prolific contributors to Sonic the Comic including Richard Elson and Nigel Kitching in attendance, can be found on the event’s facebook page.

From everyone here at The Sonic Stadium, we wish Sonic the Comic a very happy birthday!

Sonic Dash Team Takes Part In Twin Town Challenge Charity Race

SEGA HARDlight will be revving their engines this weekend!

A team from the company behind the mobile app Sonic Dash will be taking part in the Twin Town Challenge 2018 using their Sonic Dash car, a refurbished 1999 BMW 528i.

The race sees 100 cars, comprised entirely from suped-up “bangers” purchased for £500 or less, drive from Oxfordshire in the UK to Le Touquet, France, all the way taking part in challenges.

All competitors raise money for SpecialEffect, a charity who specialise in developing gaming technologies for disabled children.

More details of the race can be found on the Twin Town Challenge website.

You can support the team by making a donation via their Just Giving donation link…and if you’d love to own the “Dash-mobile”, the car will be auctioned after the race with the proceeds also going to charity!

Check out the gallery below for some images of the car and the team before they set off on this wacky race!

Funko Pop Super Shadow Available Exclusively At E3 2018

Funko Pop! fans heading to E3 this year will undoubtedly be giddy with delight at the prospect of getting their hands on a very exclusive figure of Super Shadow, who will be exclusive to the LA show taking place next month.

If you are attending the show you will have to be quick however; only 1500 of the figures will be produced, and with Funko’s current popularity will likely sell out quickly!

Source: Funko

SONIC X PUMA: Eggman-Themed Shoes Announced

Today’s Sonic Twitch included an announcement and a reveal for a second Puma shoe model from the Sonic X Puma collaboration. The shoes take a Dr Eggman theme, and were teased in the stream.

The shoes will be available in a limited quantity from 5th of June, 2018 for $130.

The stream hinted these shoes will be available from shoe specialists and from other Puma distributors worldwide.

As always, stay tuned to TSS for more Sonic merchandise news!

Naka: Sonic 3 & Knuckles Special Stage Was Inspired By Dragon Ball Z

It is no revelation that Sonic the Hedgehog has drawn upon pop culture in its creation (the Death Egg probably being one of the more obvious tributes to Star Wars), but it appears that the influences from Dragon Ball extend further than super forms and collecting 7 powerful objects!

In a recent translation of an interview article from a Japanese gaming magazine, Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka revealed that the 3D special stage (sometimes referred to as “Get Blue Spheres”) was inspired by the miniature world of King Kai’s planet, which featured in Dragon Ball Z.

Other revelations from the interview include:

  • Initial ideas for names for Sonic included “Raisupi” and “LS”, truncation and plays on the word “light speed”
  • Naka quit SEGA after finishing work on the first Sonic game with aspirations of joining Nintendo
  • Tails was initially a Tanuki, modeled after a UFO catcher plush
  • Sonic was purposefully made more of a “bad boy” for Sonic Adventure, so that his character didn’t become too cutesy like so many other character mascots (Naka stated that Hello Kitty already owned the market in cuteness)
  • Naka saw protecting Sonic’s image as being very difficult, citing Sonic Underground as an example of something damaging to the character’s image (making reference in particular to Sonic’s siblings)

Check out the full interview translation, along with other Sonic Team interviews at Shmuplations.

Sonic Mania Plus CD Soundtrack Packaged with Japanese Release

If you’ve always wanted to blast the Sonic Mania Soundtrack from your car stereo, you’re going to want to look into investing in the Japanese release of Sonic Mania Plus, which along with all of the perks of the western release will be packaged with a double CD album!

The Japanese Sonic Mania website details the full 54 track double CD, which not only includes all of the songs that appeared on the Data Discs’ Sonic Mania album release (which contained all of the original tracks in the game and will be back in stock for the launch of Plus), it also holds all of the “re-imagined” classic stage songs [EDIT: Nearly all!]. If that wasn’t enough,there are four Sonic Mania Plus bonus tracks included, along side all three Hyper Potions tracks constituting Friends and both versions of Time Trails including the version with Crush 40’s Jun Senoue on guitar.

While most will be pleased that the game is seeing an OST release on CD, it is not packaged with the western releases of Sonic Mania Plus. The special edition is available from Amazon Japan for about the same price as the western releases, however buyers will likely have to play extra for shipping and import fees in order to get their mittens on a copy. If you’re feeling even more flush, Ebten Japan are offering another edition which includes a limited edition T-Shirt, canvas purse and art cards, but these extras will set you back more than ¥8000.

Stay tuned to TSS for more Sonic Mania Plus news!

Sonic Mania Plus Trailer, Release Date & Multiplayer Mode Announced

SEGA have announced today that the release date of Sonic Mania Plus is Tuesday July 17th 2018 for both Europe and North America.

Along with the announcement comes a new animated trailer featuring the two new protagonists, Mighty and Ray, animated once again by Tyson Hesse.

The trailer and the images in the gallery show more of the gameplay fans can expect in Mania Plus, including Mighty’s ability to destroy obsticles, and Ray’s ability to glide. In addition to this, the new “Encore mode” provides fresh looks and challenges in already established zones in the games, alonside a 4-player competition mode.

Those looking to get a glimpse of the physical release can also check out images of the reversable cover art (including a retro Genesis cover) and the artbook to be packaged in a holographic cover.

For those who already own the digital version of Sonic Mania, the Encore DLC pack will be available via stores for £3.99 to upgrade the game to Plus.

As always, stay tuned to TSS for more information on Sonic Mania Plus as it comes!

 

SEGA Announce Partnership With Puma

 

Coming hot off the presses at the SXSW twitch, the SEGA panel have announced a brand new partnership with shoe manufacturers Puma.

The teaser trailer, shown for the first time at the convention, shows off a pixelated image of the PUMA X SEGA RS-0 SONIC – with a reveal of the final product coming soon.

The shoes will be available in June, but you’ve got to be fast; they will only be available for a limited time and in limited numbers.

As always, TSS will keep you up to date with more details as they come!

SEGA Holding 24-Hour Charity Livestream For Gameblast18

Charity gaming event Gameblast18 kicks off this Friday 23rd of February, and to help launch three days of festivities, SEGA will be hosting a 24-hour stream, starting at 6pm UTC (6pm GMT). Those wishing to tune in can do so via the SEGA Europe YouTube channel.

Highlights of the stream are set to include:

  • Yakuza 6 and the PC version of Puyo Puyo Tetris, ahead of their release
  • Sonic Mania, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Adventure 2
  • An SOE staffer will be transformed into a Space Marine on Friday
  • Midnight Alien Isolation
  • Bayonetta, with a very special guest from 2pm on Saturday

The stream will be raising funds for the great cause of helping thousands of people with physical disabilities enjoy video games through specially designed games controllers. You can donate to the cause through the SEGA Gameblast18 JustGiving page.

Sonic The Hedgehog Movie To Hit Cinemas In November 2019

The Hollywood reporter has just announced that the long-anticipated Sonic the Hedgehog movie is pegged for a release on November the 15th, 2019.The film, set to mix CGI with live action, is currently listed with Deadpool director Tim Miller in the executive producer’s chair, with Jeff Fowler taking the director’s helm. Continue reading Sonic The Hedgehog Movie To Hit Cinemas In November 2019

Charity Sonic the Hedgehog Fan Comic Green Hill Zine Opens Pre-orders

Charity Fan Magazine Green Hill Zine, a charity comic project comprising 70+ pages of artwork from every zone in Sonic 1, 2, 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic CD has opened Pre-orders for both the digital and physical releases.

The zine includes artworks from artists approached for the project including Sonic Mania team members Tom Fry, Paul Veer and Midio, alongside the likes of future IDW cover artist Nathalie Fourdraine, animator and Archie comic artist Tyson Hesse, and a host of other talent selected through a submission process last year.

All proceeds will go to the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmentalist group whose many missions include the protection of the worldwide environment and wildlife.

Pre-Orders for the Zine are now open via the Green Hill Zine site, where either obtain a digital version of the zine for $10, or a physical edition can be purchased for $25 plus shipping. The zine can be purchased over the next fortnight until February 15th, 2018. The comic will be released between March and April 2018.