Check Out Tee Lopes’ Fresh New Sonic Mania Remix for Green Hill Act 2

It’s no secret by now that Sonic Mania will be borrowing many classic elements from the Blue Blur’s genesis years to shape up for one hell of a throwback experience. One of these elements that will no doubt delight Sonic 3 & Knuckles fans is how Tee Lopes has been composing the game’s soundtrack, as SEGA already confirmed that each Act of a given stage will be given a unique musical score. Continue reading Check Out Tee Lopes’ Fresh New Sonic Mania Remix for Green Hill Act 2

Check Out Tee Lopes’ Amazing Cover of Sonic Forces’ Main Theme

With SEGA’s panel at SXSW this past week, eager attendees got their first extensive look at the finally unveiled Sonic Forces. Sonic Team looks poised to deliver a game that builds upon the foundations of Colours and Generations, and things certainly seem to shape up that way if an early preview of modern Sonic’s gameplay is of any indication.

The panel then shared the instrumental version of the main theme to Sonic Forces, also revealing that the game’s sound direction will be led by Tomoya Ohtani. It didn’t take too long until fans began remixing the energetic (and dare I say, kinda anime opening-esque?) theme song, and while it will still be a while until we hear the official vocalized version, one awesome cover in particular might just help with the long wait.

Have a listen to Sonic Mania composer Tee Lopes’ rendition below, and share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Sonic Forces is scheduled for launch this holiday season for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Check Out the Schedule for This Year’s WinterFest at RadioSEGA

From Friday, December 16th to Sunday, December 18th, our friends at RadioSEGA will be hosting their third annual WinterFest, bringing together fans from all over the SEGA community for three days of quality entertainment and live giveaways! Be you a Sonic fan, NiGHTS fan, Yakuza fan, or Atlus fan, there will be a little something for every fan under the SEGA banner to enjoy come this weekend.

The event is hosted by many of the station’s own programs such as Rexy’s SEGA Mixer Drive and KC’s own The SEGA Lounge, as well as special guests from The Sonic Show, SEGA Nerds, and many more.

Check out this year’s schedule in full below:

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Sonic Hacking Contest 2016 Begins on November 7th

Last month, the Sonic Amateur Games Expo hosted a wide variety of fan games developed by talented members of the community. Now, this month celebrates the tireless efforts of hackers for your favourite Sonic games with the 2016 edition of the Sonic Hacking Contest, kicking off this coming Monday, November 7th to Sunday, November 13th.

The annual ROM-hacking contest is brought to you by members of Sonic Stuff Research Group and Sonic Retro, with livestreams from SomecallmeJohnny, MegaGWolf, Redhotsonic, and more going on throughout the contest week. SSRG and Retro members can also download these and vote for their favourite for Community Trophies!

Check out the trailer for SHC2016 below, as well as the list for this year’s entries!

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The Upcoming Sonic Movie Now Has Deadpool’s Director as its Executive Producer

First confirmed in 2014, it was announced that Sony Pictures would collaborate with Sega Sammy and Marza Animation Planet to produce a CGI/live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which is currently scheduled for a 2018 premiere. While very little is known about the movie, word dropped via the Hollywood Reporter that Deadpool director Tim Miller has signed on as its executive producer.

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Mash-Up Monday: The Jesters of Pumpkin Hill

Sure, Mystic Mansion got its day in the limelight, but you didn’t really think I forgot about “A Ghost’s Pumpkin Soup,” did you? The definitive Sonic Halloween track quickly gained renown among fans and within the gaming community at large for hammy lyrics and dancing pumpkin men. Today, we’ll be taking a look at a little known mashup for Mash-Up Monday: Halloween 2016 Edition!

Mashup artist How2BEpic brought the infamous Pumpkin Hill to the world of Gaia, with the renowned theme combining with that of the sycophantic servants to Queen Brahne: “Jesters of the Moon” Zorn and Thorn of Final Fantasy IX. Have a listen below!

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Sound Test Saturday: Spooky Scary Mystic Mansion

Isn’t this that time of year where you put on a costume and threaten to prank strangers if they don’t give you candy? You know, New Year’s!

Boom jokes aside, the season of Halloween is indeed upon us, and for tonight’s Sound Test Saturday, we’re putting the remix spotlight on one of the more haunted locales of the entire Sonic series: Mystic Mansion from Sonic Heroes. Naofumi Hataya and Jun Senoue masterfully set the tone for the teams’ respective treks through the eerie manor, crawling with evil spirits and spooky scary skeletons around every corner. Continue reading Sound Test Saturday: Spooky Scary Mystic Mansion

SEGA: Project Sonic 2017 Will Introduce a New Character and a New Gameplay “Component”

SEGA held a livestream event to celebrate the recent launch of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice in Japan, with series director Takashi Iizuka in attendance among others playing the latest Boom instalment and the upcoming Sonic Mania. However, a pair of bombshells has dropped since the event, this time concerning the far-flung Project Sonic 2017 launching next holiday season.

With translations provided by Source Gaming’s PushDustIn, it is confirmed that SEGA has plans to reveal “a completely new character in Project 2017.” We also now have a better idea of the gameplay, which is expected to follow the formula established in Sonic Generations with classic 2D and modern 3D levels – however, a “brand new component” is also going to be introduced.

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UPDATE: Sonic CD Becomes Free-to-Play on iOS, Forces Users to Pay to Remove Ads

UPDATE: SEGA has reached out to us with their statement on the error, telling us that the issue has been resolved!

As part of a special promotion, Sonic CD is now free with ads (regularly priced at $2.99) from the App Store. For players who previously purchased Sonic CD, ads were mistakenly added to their game. This was not intended and the issue has now been resolved. Players will need to update to the latest version of Sonic CD (2.0.1) on the App Store. We apologize for the error.

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UPDATE: New Sonic Mania Footage Reveals a Familiar Desert Zone, and Tails and Knuckles Playability

UPDATE Oct. 27: Additional commentary-free footage of Mirage Saloon, Tails, and Knuckles has been added to the original story, courtesy of Polygon and GameSpot.

At the 25th anniversary party, the debuting Sonic Mania trailer confirmed that Tails and Knuckles would be returning as playable characters for the retro celebration title. Today, we finally have footage of the pair, along with the reveal of a brand new desert-type Zone, seemingly inspired by the cut Desert Dazzle stage from the Sonic CD remaster. Continue reading UPDATE: New Sonic Mania Footage Reveals a Familiar Desert Zone, and Tails and Knuckles Playability

Try Out the Classic-Inspired “Sonic Utopia,” One of SAGE 2016’s Biggest Surprises

After a week-long run, the 2016 edition of the Sonic Amateur Games Expo finally unveiled its biggest surprise from the online fan game festival. An early demo has gone live for a project called Sonic Utopia, which seeks to recapture “the best of Sonic’s style and tie it together in a cohesive [and intuitive] experience” in 3D. Continue reading Try Out the Classic-Inspired “Sonic Utopia,” One of SAGE 2016’s Biggest Surprises

Sound Test Saturday: See the Sights! Experience the Sounds! Visit Amazing Studiopolis!

Ladies and gentlemen, it is good to be back.

Long time readers might remember an old weekly feature called “Sound Test Saturday,” where I highlight Sonic music remixes from across the vastness of the Internet—either found by me or submitted to the site by you—bringing you double the audio goodness alongside Mash-Up Monday. I’m happy to announce that this feature is a-go once again!

Tcommemorate this occasion, we’re kicking things off with two unique takes on the theme for Studiopolis Zone, composed by Tee Lopes from the upcoming Sonic Mania. First up below is a freestyle rap by Smooth4lyfe over the original song, with catchy lyrics that I can guarantee you won’t be able to listen to the song again without!

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Freak-Out Friday: Sonic Mania Gets the Highest Quality Rip Treatment There Is

The Internet changed forever in November 2014 when Vinesauce made the great discovery that was GRAND DAD, and thus, SiIvaGunner and their bed-rocking high quality rips were born. In July, SEGA celebrated Sonic’s 25 year-legacy by revealing the throwback 2D title Sonic Mania to the world with a hype-inducing debut trailer, accompanying music “Checkpoint” courtesy of Hyper Potions and Nitro Fun.

Now, put them together and what do you get?

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Nintendo Will Finally Preview the Long-Awaited NX Console Today

With a tentative release set for March 2017 and no official word from Nintendo about anything regarding their rumoured hybrid home-handheld system, the rumour-mill has spun on and on since early last year about the company’s fabled new console. Codenamed “NX,” the long wait has left fans of the company and the gaming industry with growing amounts of anticipation, excitement, and fatigue, but at last, the wait is finally over!

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Get into the Halloween Spirit with a Spooky New Sonic T-Shirt

Reader beware, you’re in for a scare – a scary t-shirt, that is!

Last month, SEGA got into the 25th anniversary spirit with a limited edition pair of official Sonic Mania tees, and with Halloween around the corner, a spooky new t-shirt is now up for grabs on Amazon US. The new piece of apparel features Sonic as he faces off against a thematically dapper Eggman on his Eggmobile with surrounding Bat-Brains.

The new tee has yet to surface on Amazon UK, but those in the States can nab a navy or asphalt-coloured shirt for $19.99 today.

Sonic Halloween Spirit Tee – Amazon US

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The Sonic Theorist Explores How Eggman Earns the Money to Support his Evil Empire

The man with the master plan has conquered several lands, created and programmed innumerable robots of all shapes and sizes, and built war machines ranging from a fleet of battleships to bases as big as moons. When you put your mind to it, you’ve gotta ask yourself: how does Dr. Eggman pay for it all? IQ of 300 or not, a reputable villain such as he must have earned the money to finance his plots for global conquest from somewhere.

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Step Back in Time with the Artwork from Sonic the Hedgehog #288

The “Shattered World Crisis” arc came to an end with Sonic the Hedgehog #287, three years after the “Worlds Collide” crossover between Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man series. While the stage is set for new arcs with an earnest Sonic Lost World adaptation in the works and Team Chaotix taking to the seas with the upcoming Sonic Universe saga next week, the main series will now be taking a step back in time with “Genesis of a Hero,” setting the stage for the Blue Blur’s humble beginnings within the new continuity.

Issue #288—”Genesis of a Hero” Part One—arrives in comic book stores three weeks from now on November 9th, and a preview of the issue’s art has been provided courtesy of Comics Alliance! Check out the gallery and the official solicitation below.

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ScrewAttack Pits Amy Rose vs Ramona Flowers in the Latest Death Battle

What do Goku and Superman, Mario and Sonic, and Link and Cloud all have in common? They’re all subjects of similar calibre and prestige with comparable histories and skill sets, prompting never-ending debates online arguing over who would win over the other in a fight. That is where ScrewAttack comes in with their Death Battle series to put these debates to rest, analyzing two contenders’ weapons, armor, and skills to find out who would win in these titular fights.

This isn’t the first time Death Battle hosts Wiz and Boomstick brought in a Sonic character, as Sonic, Tails, and Shadow among others have appeared in previous episodes. Today’s instalment, however, pits Amy Rose and her Piko Piko Hammer against the hammer-wielding valkyrie of Scott Pilgrim’s dreams, Ramona Flowers. Place your bets, because IT’S TIME FOR A DEATH BATTLEEEEEEE… below!

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Mash-Up Monday: Aquarium Park Dragon Dance

Sonic set aside his hydrophobia when countless Wisps were in danger as he ventured through Aquarium Park in Sonic Colours, with Eggman’s Interstellar Amusement Park laying claim to this planet for its feudal era-inspired architecture and expansive ocean. The evil Doctor’s lust for conquest later drove him to the Lost Hex, and became master of the Deadly Six, only for the Zeti to usurp him at the first opportunity; Sonic’s travels across the planetoid in Sonic Lost World soon led him to Sky Road where he confronted Zavok alone.

Select themes from both Zones, all composed by Tomoya Ohtani, have proven to be similar enough to be mashed up for this week’s Mash-Up Monday, as DarkHyperSonic7 has demonstrated with Aquarium Park Act 1 and “Dragon Dance.” Give it a listen below!

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The SEGA Mega Drive Classics Bundle on Steam is on Sale for 66% off this Week Only

In April, SEGA released the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Classics Hub for Steam, which created a wide-spanning virtual hub that encompasses all retro releases from the company, complete with Steam Workshop support for modders to play around with. The hub became available for free to any Steam user with a Mega Drive game in their library, from Alex Kidd all the way to Wonder Boy, including all of Sonic’s 16-bit outings.

In fact, those who wish to complete their collection can do so for a cheap price this week only, as the all-encompassing SEGA Mega Drive Classics Bundle is now on sale for 66% off the usual price. Internationally, we’re speaking $21.07 USD ($61.99 USD), £16.31 (£47.99), and €20.05 (€58.99). The full list of games is as follows:

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Three More Sonic 3DS Themes Are Now Available in North America

Those who like to deck out their Nintendo 3DS with fun themes were pleased to find that new Sonic themes were released on the Theme Shop last month. Each paid tribute to Sonic’s 25 year legacy with a Classic-styled theme, a Modern-era theme, a Boom-inspired theme, and a simple—and free!—anniversary theme for just a few bucks when bought separately or together in a bundle.

With that, three more Sonic series themes have been quietly released for the Nintendo 3DS in North America just last week. Two of these are based on Shadow the Hedgehog and Silver the Hedgehog respectively, with a third theme that’s too cute for words alone.

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Sum-Up Sunday: Bricks, Booms, and Mania, Oh My!

News concerning all things fast and blue over the past few weeks has started to pick up quite a bit, and since a lot has transpired following the release of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, I think it’s fair to say that a quick recap of recent events is in order!

Read on below for the full breakdown of our Sonic coverage since the Fire & Ice launch:

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Freak-Out Friday: If Mario & Sonic Switched Personalities, Plus Photoshop Contest

What has been said about Mario and Sonic that hasn’t already been said, aside from their bitter history, them being brawl buddies and Olympic sportsmen, and their tentative crossover potential? How about if their personalities were switched, if everything that Mario “Mario” and Sonic “Sonic” were traded?

For today’s Freak-Out Friday, voice actor SungWon “ProZD” Cho and artist Angus McLeod prove to us once and for all that nothing is sacred. Check out the result after the jump, as well as details on our brand new Photoshop Contest!

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Awesome Artwork from Sonic: Mega Drive – The Next Level

There were a lot of ways to celebrate Sonic’s 25 years, and fans of the classics have certainly had their attention caught by Archie Comics when the Sonic: Mega Drive #1 special was released during the summer. The commemorative comic depicted Genesis-era Sonic and friends in a brand new adventure as Eggman seeks relics known as the Ancient Gears to power his MEGADRIVE doomsday device.

The sequel issue—The Next Level #1—is expected to release in November, but you can enjoy a taste of its awesome artwork early thanks to an exclusive preview from Comic Book Resources. Check out the gallery below for some Tyson Hesse and Matt Herms goodness!

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Mash-Up Monday: Crisis City Remastered

Crisis City was once a shining and prosperous metropolis before Iblis was unleashed upon the world, and the immortal Flames of Disaster turned the city to ruin and brought all life in the world to its knees. The apocalyptic city appropriately set the tone for the rest of the plot in Sonic ’06, and not even it being wiped from canonical existence prevented its return in Sonic Generations five years later.

For today’s Mash-Up Monday, we take another look at the music of Crisis City across its ’06 and Generations incarnations, all composed and arranged by Tomoya Ohtani. YouTuber Aeon Eric already mashed the original, Classic, and Modern themes up together in the past, but a remastered edition was produced not long after. As a bonus, keener listeners might pick up on a Kingdom Hearts-related surprise towards the end of this mashup.

Check it out below!

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The Sonic Amateur Games Expo Returns Next Saturday

The Sonic Amateur Games Expo—or SAGE—is finally returning for another round this year, as novice and aspiring developers from all over the web come together and share their efforts with the Sonic community at large. It is at SAGE where people enjoyed a wide variety of fan-made games and ROM hacks, such as Sonic: Before the Sequel, Sonic Time Twisted, and Sonic 2: Dimps Edition, or some intentionally awful and crudely put-together monstrosities at RAGE (Really Amateur Games Expo), which is also hinted to return.

Among this year’s lineup is the open-world 3D fan-game Green Hill Paradise which took the Internet by storm over the past summer, a 2.5D sidescroller with Sonic Incursion, and a Smash Bros. clone with a Sonic Boom coat of paint called Sonic Boom and the Smash Crew. There are too many promising gems to namedrop all at once, but you can check out the SAGE 2016 trailer below to see more fan-games in action!

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The Completionist Explores the Troubled Gameplay of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

Over two years have passed since the hundredth episode of The Completionist, where Jirard Khalil did the inadvisable and went on to complete Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 at a great personal cost. Since then, the game has been dethroned by another, one which has drawn more ire and infamy than its predecessor ever did: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. Naturally, Jirard went and did the unfathomable… or he almost did.

The troubled development process behind Big Red Button’s project—stemming from both SEGA’s exclusivity deal with Nintendo, and incompatibility between CryEngine 3 and the Wii U—led to an incomplete and bug-ridden November 2014 launch that even a one-plus gigabyte patch couldn’t fix. Jirard dIves into depths never explored of just how broken Rise of Lyric is, as a game that likely cannot ever be 100% completed. Check out the latest episode of The Completionist below, presented in a brand new format!

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SEGA and Cook & Becker Will Release a Sonic 25th Anniversary Art Book in Early 2017

sonic25thartbook_hdTwenty-five years ago, a blue speedster ran his first loop-de-loop on South Island and captured our hearts. Sonic the Hedgehog made a ton of friends and foes, and has travelled through a great many locales and environments since then, ranging from the colourful and fantastic to the familiar and lifelike.

To celebrate his silver anniversary, SEGA and art dealership Cook & Becker will be releasing a commemorative art book. The book will encompass the expansive history of the franchise and include a variety of design sketches, official character illustrations, in-game art, pixel art, rare promotional art and game box art, all on top of never-before-seen art and interviews with key artists and designers who worked on the franchise over the years.

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Freak-Out Friday: “I thought this was Sonic 2” by Hat-Loving Gamer

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was a perfect game back when it launched in 1992, pushing the known boundaries of blast processing even further with faster gameplay and more expansive Zones. The Genesis classic also introduced series mainstays Tails and Super Sonic, it marked the beginning of the Death Egg saga, and most importantly, it slices, dices, and makes thousands of julienne fries!

And to top it all off, who could possibly forget the climactic showdown between the fastest thing alive and the Death Egg Robot? Innumerable tributes to this fateful battle have been made already, but that of animator Hat-Loving Gamer—who previously worked on Sonic in the Mushroom Kingdom (1, 2) last year—puts a whole other unique spin on it! Eh? Ehhh?

…check it out below.

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Sonic Boom Season 2 is Listed to Premiere on October 29th

Tommy Thunder and Trash Can Head Guy in “Late Night Wars.”

Sonic Boom premiered in November 2014 and wrapped up its first season a year later, and fans of the show are eagerly awaiting the day season two will premiere at some point this fall. Now, it turns out that they won’t have to wait for much longer, as a date has dropped by way of TV listings site Zap2It.

Mark your calendars, as Sonic Boom is expected to return to Cartoon Network’s airwaves on October 29th, with the season premiere episode “Tommy Thunder: Method Actor.”

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is Now Backwards Compatible with Xbox One

The Xbox One has a growing list of backwards compatible games from the previous generation, be it from a retail release on the Xbox 360 or a digital title via the old Live Arcade. From it also comes a steady stream of Sonic games, with the classic games, Sonic the Fighters, and both episodes of Sonic 4 having been rereleased onto Microsoft’s modern console.

Earlier today, Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb announced that three more games are relaunching on Xbox One Backwards Compatibility today, including Sumo Digital’s Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The second All-Stars racing game originally launched in November 2012 across several platforms to a positive critical reception.

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Mash-Up Monday: Reala’s Stardust Speedway

While Sonic celebrates his 25th anniversary, there is another SEGA superstar whose milestone we should honour: Naoto Oshima’s own NiGHTS, who debuted in NiGHTS into Dreams… on the SEGA Saturn over twenty years ago. The androgynous Nightmaren keeps watch over the dream world of Nightopia and protects it from the evil Wizeman.

Since their premiere on the Saturn, only one other game exists to their name on Wii with Journey into Dreams, and barring their appearances on several spinoffs, it is unknown if we’ll ever see NiGHTS again in the future, but hope yet remains. We pay tribute to NiGHTS for today’s Mash-Up Monday with a pair of mash-ups by Chiruliru and James Fisher, featuring the Japanese themes of Stardust Speedway from Sonic CD and “NiGHTS and Reala” from NiGHTS into Dreams… Check them out below!

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Amazon Prime Members in Canada Can Now Save 20% Off Preorders and Newly Released Games

Sonic Mania Collector's Edition

So it’s no great secret that the Canadian dollar has flopped quite a bit over the past decade, with prices on imported goods having seen a major increase in order to make up for the drop in our currency’s worth. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime members in the US of A have enjoyed their exclusive 20% discount on the latest and upcoming hits in gaming while their northern neighbours wondered why they were still subscribed to this service in the first place if no such incentive was available to them.

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