Xbox.com Reveals More Sonic 4: Episode 2 Screenshots

Continuing our coverage on Sonic 4: Episode 2, the Xbox 360 product page for the upcoming episode of the Sonic 4 saga has updated with seven new screenshots today. The screenshots showcase more of Sylvania Castle Zone, as well as White Park Zone.

Check out the entire gallery after the jump!

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S2HD Keylogger No Longer the Case, Safe to Download Again

Those who have downloaded and promptly deleted the alpha demo of Sonic 2 HD no longer need to fear of alleged keylogging, GeneHF of Sonic Retro shares, saying that the game demo is safe of said malicious software. This announcement follows that of LOst being booted from the S2HD team. Read the full story after the jump.

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Keylogger Discovered in Sonic 2 HD, LOst no Longer in Team

[UPDATE] Earlier today, S2HD Project Manager Canned Karma announced that LOst, Sonic 2 HD‘s programmer who needlessly added DRM protection to the long anticipated fan game, is no longer part of the project, as stated in the Sonic Retro forum.

All of us had the exact same reaction everyone here did, and we’re actively looking into it to the best of our abilities. That said, we’ve heard just as much from LOst as anyone here has lately, so I’m not sure what, if anything, we’ll be able to find that corroborated or refutes what’s been brought to light. I will say this though. LOst is no longer a part of S2HD. I’ll have a more in depth response soon. We’re just as pissed off about this as the community is.

[ORIGINAL] Scarred Sun of Sonic Retro advises everyone who has downloaded the Alpha Demo of Sonic 2 HD to delete the entire software in light of a recent keylogger discovery, the cause behind triggered antivirus alerts. Read the full statement after the jump.

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Slam-Up Jamday Act 1: Green Slams and Chemical Jams

Not that kind of Sonic Jam!

Welcome to a very special edition of Mash-Up Monday! After last week’s magical mash-ups, we found something that’s bound to be a slam for all of you! I hope you’re ready, because this week’s mash-ups are simply jamming!

Just like its fellow songs that work with just about anything (LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem”, “Guile’s Theme” from Street Fighter, the theme to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Quad City DJ’s “Space Jam” is another tune that mashes with just about any song. Sonic music is of no exception!

That being said, let’s boot up the SEGA Jamnesis and begin our journey in the shoes of Slamnic the Hedgehog and Miles “Jam” Prower! Slam-Up Jamday Act 1: the checkered emerald basketball court of Green Slam Zone!

“WELCOME TO THE JAM.”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3ozPQZ95sM

Chemical Jam after the jump!

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Sound Test Saturday: A Funky Premiere of Green Symphonies!

Hello, readers! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week through April’s first seven days. If not, then hopefully this is the sort of that is sure to boost your spirits! Ladies and gentlehogs, you are now reading the premiere article of an all new weekly column: Sound Test Saturday! Just like Mash-Up Mondays feature music mash-ups between Sonic and any other party, Sound Test Saturdays will highlight music – original compositions, covers, or remixes – made by the Sonic community. That’s right! Sound Test Saturdays will concentrate on music created by you! Continue reading Sound Test Saturday: A Funky Premiere of Green Symphonies!

Freak-Out Friday: SUPAH SAWNICK RACIN’

One does not simply run through Green Hill Zone.

Its lush checkered emerald fields are guarded by more than just Motobugs; there is great evil there that does not sleep, and the great Eggman is ever watchful. It is a point of no return, where runners must keep their feet on the ground if they are to run away as the very air they breathe is filled with haste.

Only by Super Sonic Racing could you do this. If not, it is folly.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DPHV5cPZaw

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Sonic Co-Creator Hirokazu Yasuhara Joins Nintendo

Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Hirokazu Yasuhara has officially joined the ranks of Nintendo, Sega’s old business rival in the 90’s, settling into NoA’s Nintendo Software Technology branch. While both Nintendo and Yasuhara have indeed confirmed the move, no details as to what is Yasuhara’s new role have been revealed yet.

To Sonic and Sega fans, Yasuhara is best recognized for creating Sonic the Hedgehog alongside Yuji Naka and Naoto Ōshima, working within SEGA as director, designer, and game planner for the Genesis and Saturn entries of the series. While he is known for his work from Sonic 1 through Sonic R, his portfolio also extends to other popular games such as Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter and Uncharted franchises, as well as the Pacman 30th Anniversary arcade game for Namco-Bandai.

Source: Gamasutra

TSSZ Celebrates 13th Anniversary

Fellow Sonic and SEGA news site TSSZ News, formerly The Super Sonic Zone, celebrates another 365 days gone by as of April 2nd, now clearing its thirteenth year since its official launch in 1999. Founded and led by Tristan Oliver, the six-man team is known for covering and breaking several major stories, and sometimes the more controversial ones, from all corners of the SEGA community.

The Sonic Stadium wishes TSSZ a happy 13th birthday and all the best through the next year!

Those interested in TSSZ’s history can check out their complete timeline through the button below.

My Little Mash-Up Monday: Music is Magic

Sorry readers, but with me around and this particular subject’s ever-growing popularity on the internet, this was bound to happen at some point! Whether you hate it, love it, or tolerate it, things have just gotten 20% cooler around here, because it is PONY TIME today on The Sonic Stadium!

This week’s Mash-Up Monday brings you a grand total of four mash-ups, all of which combining music under both Sonic the Hedgehog and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic franchises.

The first two mash-up the actual music from the show. Planet WinterWisp sees a lovely combination of Planet Wisp and Winter Wrap Up, while Escape from the Cutie sports the memorable City Escape theme alongside the delectable lyrics from Cupcakes.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsBMfibeF90

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Freak-Out Friday: Melpontro Next-Genanigans

Watch out, lassies! For this week’s Freak-Out Friday, we’ve got something that’s pawsitively fetching!

YouTube user Melpontro gave Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 a new leash on life as he hacks into the game and starts playing with the models, unintentionally creating a new story.

It is the story of a young pup who’s had it ruff, until one day, he is found by a certain blue hedgehog who just arrived to the kingdom of Soleanna. What the hedgehog didn’t count on was the impact he left on the beloved dog.

To this day, the pup still looks up to Sonic. Striving to be as fleat as the blue blur, to reach high speeds without having to pawse, to keep a pawsitive outlook on life… and to make all of those Eggman’s robots run for the hills!

This is the tail

…of Pelé, the Beloved Dog.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxyAUjIWZ50

Now that’s a good boy!

Check out more of Melpontro’s Sonic ’06 hacks after the jump. Beagl-ad there were puns this Friday!

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Sonic 2 HD Alpha Demo Now Available

After a tech demo over three-and-a-half years ago and a teaser trailer last year, the team behind Sonic 2 HD has now made a playable alpha demo available to the community. Eager players can experience the entirety of Emerald Hill Zone in high definition, complete with Sonic 3 & Knuckles-style act transitions and upgraded music.

As of now, the demo can only run on Windows operating systems ranging between Windows XP and Windows 7. Download links are available on the Sonic 2 HD homepage, as well as 1080p screenshots and beautiful desktop wallpapers. Further project details are available on Sonic Retro.

Check out some footage after the jump!

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Crush 40 Teases Sonic Youth, One of Those Days, and Rise Again

After announcing development on three new tracks back in January, Crush 40 released a two-and-a-half-minute preview of Sonic YouthOne of Those Days, and Rise Again on their YouTube channel this morning, granting fans and listeners a quick sample of what to look forward to once these tracks are available in full.

On the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages, Jun Senoue teases that they will perform all three tracks in Tokyo for the first time this week, and advises fans to stay tuned an iTunes release in the near future.

Check out the sample after the jump!

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Mash-Up Monday: Blast Away!

For this week’s Mash-Up Monday, scrape those knuckles and catch some tails for an intense double dose of mashed-up Sonic music, and Sonic music alone!

In both mash-ups, how many songs can you keep track of? Will you manage to count them all? Or will you succumb to the real superpower of music?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faooJKvpxY4

Check out Sonic Blast 2 after the jump!

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Freak-Out Friday: Why Knuckles Never Goes Super Anymore

Though Knuckles may be rougher than the rest of them, not even the blood of his ancestors can shield his sensitive soul.

Come on, who says pink isn’t manly? Honestly!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZGAfLTdovc

Do yourselves a favour next time you play Sonic 3 & Knuckles: choose Knuckles. Get the Chaos Emeralds.

Let him know you care.

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