New Volume of Official ‘Throwback Collection’ Remixes Hit Spotify and Apple Music

A new collection of classic Sonic remixes has been published on a range of music streaming platforms, as SEGA continues to beef up its Sonic soundtracks catalogue.

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Sonic Movie Limited Collector’s Edition Will Go On Sale November 24

A brand new limited edition Blu-ray release of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been spotted in the wild, making a perfect Christmas present for the few fans out there who don’t already own it!

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Two New Double-Packs Hit Nintendo Switch Today – Mania, Forces, Team Sonic Racing and Super Monkey Ball!

If, for some crazy reason, you don’t already own Sonic Mania, Sonic Forces or Team Sonic Racing on Nintendo Switch, then you’re in for a treat! SEGA is releasing two twin-packs for Nintendo’s console, which will allow you to jump in on all the major Sonic games on the platform at a reduced cost.

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SHC 2020: Sonic 2 Mania Welcomes Sonic 2 To The Next Level

The 2020 Sonic Hacking Contest is here, and so is our special coverage of it. Throughout the week, we’ll be shining the spotlight on some of the entries you can play this year. Our first one involves a recreation of one Classic Sonic game into another Classic Sonic game, Sonic 2 Mania.

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IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #37 Revealed, as well as a new Premium Collection!

IDW have released more upcoming goodies, and Sonic has a couple of new titles announced! Firstly, opening out next year, Sonic the Hedgehog #37 has a solicit for a brand new story. After resolving the problem in Eggman’s base, Tangle is on a mission to initiate new girl Belle into the restoration team. But when Sonic, Tails and Amy investigate a mysterious tower that seems to have come from nowhere, they may be put through trials much sooner than they thought! This is “Test Run”.

(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Jon GrayThere’s a new kid on the block! And a new… tower? While Tangle tries to initiate Belle into the Restoration, Sonic, Amy, and Tails investigate a mysterious looking tower that has popped up. Everyone is pushed to their limits in “Test Run”!
In Shops: Jan 13, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In addition, there’s something coming for both established IDW Sonic fans and those who want a convenient way of getting into the series. Sonic the Hedgehog is joining its collection line with The IDW Collection: Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 1.

This book will collect issues 1 – 12 in an oversized hardcover format, perfect for any library! Future volumes will encompass the annuals and miniseries as well, presenting them in the most ideal reading order. As of writing, the book is slated for release June 8th 2021, so it’s going to be a while before it hits the shelves.

As always, we will have more information on both of these closer to the time of their release. In the meantime, keep an eye out for more news and previews on the comic!

Sources: Previews World, Comic Book Wire, Amazon

Sonic Forces Mobile Gets Spooky With Return of Halloween Character Runners

SEGA HARDlight is getting seasonal again for the year’s creepiest holiday! Players who missed out on past Halloween events for Sonic Forces: Speed Battle will get another chance to obtain some limited edition characters between now and the end of the month.

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The Opening Cutscene for Balan Wonderworld is Out, and it’s a Trip

Square Enix released Balan Wonderworld’s opening CG movie today, and it is certainly…something. Check it out below:

Although the game play is clearly distinct from Yuji Naka and Naoto Oshima’s past work, Balan has definitely been giving off some major NiGHTS into Dreams vibes, and this opening just adds to that.

Balan Wonderworld is currently set to launch on Switch, Xbox One, PS5 and PS4 next March. Stay tuned to SonicStadium for further coverage!

Check Out The Character Sheet of IDW’s Chao Kingpin, Clutch the Opossum

IDW Sonic comic fans have been treated well this month! Not long after we heard about new character Belle, artist Adam Bryce Thomas has shared character sheets of another brand new face in the comic universe: Clutch the Opossum.

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PSA: PlayStation Store Web & Mobile Browser to Stop PS3, Vita and PSP Sales – Get Your Sonic Games This Weekend!

Recently, Sony announced that it was making big changes to its PlayStation Store. From Monday 19 October, you will no longer be able to purchase PS3, PSP or PS Vita games from a desktop web browser, and from 28 October on mobile browser. This may have an impact on your ability to buy and download a range of Sonic games, so consider this a Public Service Announcement.

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Get A Preview Of Some Of The 2020 Sonic Hacking Contest’s Entries In The New Trailer

By now, you’re probably aware of the 2020 Sonic Hacking Contest. Well, Contest Week is just 9 days away, so the team has released an official trailer to showcase just some of the entries you’ll be able to try out this year.

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SEGA Celebrates 60 Years With 60 Days of Discounts, Free Games, Competitions, and More!

SEGA’s 60 years old this year, in case you weren’t aware! SEGA’s been celebrating this with all sorts stuff, including their current Steam sale and Sonic 2 giveaway. But they aren’t stopping there: starting today, SEGA is running a 60 day long celebration. During this celebration, they will be:

  • Releasing four free retro-inspired mini games.
  • Discounting more of their games.
  • Running giveaways and Competitions
  • Putting out exclusive interviews

And “more” according to their tweet announcing this whole thing. As of today, SEGA is giving away free Steam copies of the Sonic Team classic NiGHTS into Dreams to anyone that signs up at their 60th anniversary website, here.

The website will provide free wallpapers, avatars and early notification of prize giveaways to anyone who signs up. If you want the free NiGHTS code, don’t dawdle, because they will only be provided for ”as long as codes last.”

The four free mini games, which will only be available for a limited time, include a prototype for a proposed new Golden Axe game made by the now-shuttered SEGA Australia, a Yakuza/Streets of Rage mash-up, a Fantasy Zone-inspired Endless Space game, and a retro tank battle take on SEGA’s Company of Heroes franchise. Click the links I embedded in each to go to their Steam pages. These games will be released daily starting October 15 and will only be available until October 19, 10 AM PST. So, again, if you want these don’t wait.

SEGA will surely be doing lots of Sonic and Sonic Team related things during this, so stay tuned for all that!

Super Smash Bros Ultimate 9.0.0 Update Buffs Sonic Stats – Send Mario Straight to Minecraft

Being a Sonic fan in a Nintendo world is tough. Especially in Nintendo Switch brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where playing as the blue blur has always felt a little… held back. Well, today brings a new update to the fighting party game – introducing new character Steve from Minecraft as well as improving Sonic’s combat statistics!

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New Sonic Movie Concept Art Gives Us a New Look at Longclaw and Cut Lizard Villain

Unused concept art can often give us interesting glimpses into what could have been. New concept art for the Sonic movie by artist Bayard Wu shows a variety of alternate takes for Sonic’s surrogate mom, Longclaw, as well as alternative designs for the film’s cut lizard villain. According to Wu, the lizard’s name was “Rava.” We reported on Rava earlier this year, when concept art done by other artists was released.

Check out Wu’s art, which he released on his Artstation page, below:

Sega 60th Sale Hits Steam (with Free Sonic 2!)

Following the Nintendo and retail sales, Sega’s big 60th anniversary sale has finally hit Steam, including all Steam Sonic titles, the Yakuza series, Total War, Persona 4 Golden, and more! It might be the best opportunity to grab a few games before this year’s Sonic Hacking Contest before it hits full swing the last week of October!

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Mysterious Sonic Twitter “3” Might Be Tease or Mistake

Put on your tin-foil hats, and let’s dig into some weirdness tonight.

Yesterday (October 7), the official Sonic Twitter posted this:

Keen eyed observers picked up on a hidden “3” in the third circle of this Fibonacci spiral, sparking speculation that the social media account was trying to tease something, the most prominent theory being a third numbered Sonic Adventure game.

Then, Mike Pollock got in on… whatever is going on by replying with Schoolhouse Rock’s 3 Is a Magic Number.

Later on, a user found what might be the original Shutterstock image of the Fibonacci spiral, including matching number for each associated radius within the spiral.

So now we’re stuck with a series of unusual questions: Was this on purpose, or was it an accident? And if it was on purpose, what does this “3” mean?

It’s not new for the Sonic Twitter to drop weird hidden codes with no clear purpose, but this situation is particularly tricky due to the plausible deniability of it simply being a Photoshop mistake. It seems a bit weird to miss every other number except the three, but it is a scenario that has to be considered.

There have been quite a few rumors of a possible Sonic Adventure 3 (or whatever qualifies as a Sonic Adventure game in 2021). While the three could point to it, it would be somewhat meaningless to start teasing so vaguely unless an announcement was forthcoming. If Sega intends to announce its 2021 game plans this calendar year, priming the audience now makes sense. If we hear neither tease nor announcement by January, the effectiveness of a teaser like this starts getting a bit suspect.

Further, a random three in the context of Sonic can mean any number of things other than a sequel to the Dreamcast series: It could refer to a date, 3 meaning March, or the third day of a month. It could refer to a Sonic-Heroes-esque team structure. It could directly refer to Sonic 3 (&/or Knuckles), a game they don’t re-release often and would make for a pretty special occasion if they did. We know 2021 is supposed to have multiple Sonic game releases, there could be three of them.

So, you can take those tin-foil hats off now, my point in about 400 words is that this was a thing that happened on Twitter, but it’s probably not worth getting riled up yet. There’s too much doubt to assume significant meaning in a single number hidden in a joke tweet.

Source: GoNintendo

IDW Reveals Sonic Comics with Convention Exclusive Covers, on Sale Now

Convention exclusive merchandise has existed for a long time, and this year’s no different, with IDW selling two convention-exclusive editions of the latest Sonic comics during this year’s New York Comic Con. IDW is selling editions of both Sonic the Hedgehog #33 and Sonic: Bad Guys #1 with convention-exclusive covers for $10 each on their NYCC store.

Check out the covers below:

If these comics seem expensive to you…well that’s because they are, but it’s pretty typical for convention-exclusive stuff to be sold at a premium, so there isn’t anything particularly unusual about the price. These convention-exclusive editions will only be available for a limited time, so if you want them you might want to act fast.

IDW will be holding an online NYCC panel tomorrow. Be sure to check out Sonic Stadium for coverage!

SEGA Looking at Miniaturizing More Consoles

If a Game Gear that fits in the palm of your hand isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry, because it looks like more SEGA mini consoles are on the horizon! Yosuke Okunari, SEGA’s Classic Hardware Producer, talked to Famitsu about what could be next. While he wouldn’t name anything in particular, he said anything anyone has imagined (or not imagined) is being considered.

He also said that unlike the Game Gear Micros, which were made for the Japanese market, the next project should be global in scope. Though due to the size and expense of such a project, it likely won’t be available for at least two years, so don’t expect anything in 2021. He then went on to say that for the next project, they will be considering something like the Mega Drive Mini (so not like the Game Gear Micro or Astro City Mini), and any console from the SG-1000 to SEGA Dreamcast could be chosen.

So, what sort of mini console would you like to see? A Master System? A Saturn? Let us know in the comments below!

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SEGA Shop Launches Awesomely Spooky Halloween Merchandise Range

Getting ready for Halloween? No? Yeah, neither have we – there’s just not been a reason to, you know? Until now, that is. SEGA Shop UK/Europe has launched a new range of merchandise that features Sonic, Tails and Eggman in appropriately spooky wear! Continue reading SEGA Shop Launches Awesomely Spooky Halloween Merchandise Range

Has a Sonic Costume Been Added to Fall Guys Season 2?

We’re chalking this up as a rumour for now, but there is some widespread chatter on the internet today about a Sonic the Hedgehog costume buried within the code of popular knockout party game Fall Guys on PC and PlayStation 4. Continue reading Has a Sonic Costume Been Added to Fall Guys Season 2?

SEGA CCO Talks Utilizing New Gameplay Styles for Sonic

During a Tokyo Game Show Stream, SEGA Chief Creative Officer Toshihiro Nagoshi said a few things about the future of the Sonic franchise. First, he confirmed the obvious: that we’ll continue to get mainline Sonic titles, as well as spin-offs like Team Sonic Racing, in the future. He then went on to talk about recent trends like online gaming, and went on to say that he hopes we’ll look forward to “recent, new gameplay styles in future Sonic games.”

At the moment, we don’t really know what any of that means, aside from the possibility that they are exploring bringing Sonic to other genres that are popular right now. This isn’t the first time someone at SEGA expressed an interest in bringing Sonic into new genres, as Takashi Iizuka said something similar last year. Regarding e-sports specifically, Iizuka did not think the Sonic franchise was suitable for it.

The stream was translated by Twitter user @inazumag11 for Sam Procrastinates. For the original Twitter thread and a clip of the TGS stream, go here.

As we approach Sonic’s 30th anniversary, we should start to get much more concrete info on what SEGA has planned. Stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for all the latest!

Want To Make The Chili-Dogs Sonic Enjoyed In Generations? Now You Can!

Remember Sonic’s birthday party in Sonic Generations? His friends gifted him some chili-dogs with a bow on them. Even after Sonic’s time-traveling adventure ended, they were still warm. Well, SEGA’s ready to tell you how you can make these chili-dogs too!

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Updated: Sonic Mania Plus Launches on Luna, Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service

Updated 9/25/2020:

Sonic Mania Plus and Wonder Boy: The Dragon Trap are indeed launch games, per Digital Trends and other outlets.

Original news post:

Following in the lineage of Stadia, xCloud, Parsec, and the thing that Sony does that no one remembers, Amazon has pushed its way into the cloud gaming fistfight with Luna, a platform targeting computers, Fire TV, iDevices via browser backdoors, and Android. The service launches today in the US for approved early access users with an early access monthly subscription of $5.99 USD.

Announced titles for the service include Yooka-Laylee, Control, Resident Evil 7, and… possibly Sonic Mania? Promo images show icons for both the 2017 Sonic masterpiece and the Wonder Boy remake. In contrast to the other two, Panzer Dragoon was officially announced.

Details about the service, including international release, remain scarce, but perhaps soon, you will be able to play this modern classic on yet another platform. So if you have permissive data caps and a desire to play Sonic Mania on your phone, your time has come, you hypothetical person, you.

Source: The Verge

Funko Reveals Some of its Sonic 30th Anniversary Pop! Figures

Funko has given us our first look at what they have in store for Sonic’s anniversary next year: new Silver and classic Sonic figurines. The regular versions of these figurines will be available exclusively at FYE for $12 each. Meanwhile, special editions of these figures are exclusive to two other retailers: the “flocked” (or fuzzy) version of Classic Sonic will be sold exclusively at Funko’s own online store, while the Glow in the Dark version of Silver will only be found at Hot Topic.

According to the 30th anniversary merchandise announcement last week, we have much more, including a Tails figure, in store.

Check out all four figures below:

Sega’s 60th Anniversary Sale hits Nintendo US eShop

The Genesis Mini and retail discounts may be over, but the deals have spilled out all over the Nintendo eShop for US players! For Sega’s 60th anniversary, they’ve reduced everything and I mean everything  (though actually I mean nearly everything) for the Switch and 3DS, including Atlus titles. The sale runs through Oct. 5, so you’ve got two weeks to fill up on 3D Classics and Shin Megami Tensai games.

Check them out on the eShop here, or see the entire list below:

Sonic games for Switch:

  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – $39.99
  • SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog – $5.99
  • SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $5.99
  • SEGA Genesis Classics – $14.99
  • Sonic Forces – $9.99
  • Sonic Mania – $9.99
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD (Sure, yeah, Sonic’s in that game) – $23.99
  • Team Sonic Racing – $19.99

Sonic games for 3DS:

  • 3D Sonic the Hedgehog – $2.99
  • 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $2.99
  • Sega 3D Classics Collection – $9.99
  • Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice – $9.99
  • Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal – $9.99
  • Sonic Generations – $9.99
  • Sonic Lost World – $9.99

Other Switch Games:

  • Catherine: Full Body
  • Citizens of Space
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • Puyo Puyo Champions
  • Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder
  • SEGA AGES Alex Kidd in Miracle World
  • SEGA AGES Fantasy Zone
  • SEGA AGES G-LOC Air Battle
  • SEGA AGES Gain Ground
  • SEGA AGES Lighting Force: Quest for the Darkstar
  • SEGA AGES Ichidant-R
  • SEGA AGES Out Run
  • SEGA AGES Phantasy Star
  • SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo
  • SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo 2
  • SEGA AGES Shinobi
  • SEGA AGES Space Harrier
  • SEGA AGES Thunder Force AC
  • SEGA AGES Virtua Racing
  • SEGA AGES Wonder Boy: Monster Land
  • Shining Resonance Refrain
  • SolSeraph
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Valkyria Chronicles
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4

Other 3DS Games:

  • 3D After Burner II
  • 3D Altered Beast
  • 3D Ecco the Dolphin
  • 3D Fantasy Zone
  • 3D Fantasy Zone II
  • 3D Galaxy Force II
  • 3D Gunstar Heroes
  • 3D Out Run
  • 3D Shinobi III: Master of the Ninja Master
  • 3D Space Harrier
  • 3D Streets of Rage
  • 3D Streets of Rage 2
  • 3D Super Hang-On
  • 3D Thunger Blade
  • 7th Dragon III Code: VFD
  • The Alliance Alive
  • Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
  • Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
  • Etrian Odyssey Nexus
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl
  • Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight
  • Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX
  • The Legend of Legacy
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
  • Personal Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
  • Radient Historia: Perfect Chronology
  • Rhythm Thief & The Emperor’s Treasure
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux
  • Stella Glow

Source: US Nintendo eShop via Wario64

Sega has a 60th Anniversary sale at major retailers

Sega is having a big sale on some of their top games and products this weekend at major retailers such as Target, Amazon, and Best Buy. The sale includes the Sega Genesis Mini ($49.99), the Yakuza Collection ($39.99), Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD ($29.99), and Team Sonic Racing ($29.99).

The sale is only going on this weekend (9/18-9/20), so if you want to nab any of these deals, you better hurry.