SEGA Launches 60th Anniversary Website

SEGA turns 60 this year, and the company has launched a new website to mark the occasion! Called “GO SEGA,” the website contains a summary of SEGA’s 60 year history, as well as a message from SEGA Group chairman Haruki Satomi. In the message (read here), Satomi talks about the company’s aspirations for the future, the meaning of “GO SEGA,” and promises special content throughout the anniversary.

What exactly that content is, we don’t know as of yet. The website’s “events” section is currently greyed out. In addition to the history lesson and Satomi’s message, the website will also be accepting 100 character messages from SEGA fans about their experiences with the company and its games. These messages will be accepted between April 21 and June 3, and will eventually be displayed on the website. 60 lucky people will even have a chance to win a special 60th anniversary handbag, pictured below:

What are you hoping for from SEGA during it’s 60th anniversary? Let us know in the comments!

IDW Delays Sonic Comics Indefinitely, Starting in May

With major cities and countries in shutdown due to the Coronavirus, many businesses are being forced to temporarily suspend their operations. This includes comic-book distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors. They will be suspending operations starting April 1st.

In a statement from IDW president Chris Ryall, IDW will suspend May releases and “reduce its overall publishing line for products originally scheduled through July, with a focus on releasing our biggest projects in special editions to help drive traffic to stores through the summer.”

What does this mean for the Sonic comics? A report from Tails Channel has helped clear things up.

  • Issues 29 and 30 are indefinitely delayed (Future issues likely to be delayed too.)
  • Issues 27-32 and the 2020 Annual are returnable within 60 days if already ordered
  • The issue with digital releases is unclear.

The good news is this doesn’t affect issue 27 which will be out Wednesday (if your local comic store is still open or allowing pickup). The 2020 Annual and issue 28 are still due for release in April.

Sonic Movie Special Features Will Include the Original Baby Sonic

Back in December, when we first reported baby Sonic, I wondered what kind of nightmare fuel had been in store for us with the original design. Well, it looks like we won’t have to wonder anymore, because the original baby Sonic will be in the movie’s special features!

Twitter user Sleepi_new made the discovery on the Sonic movie’s iTunes page. In the extras section there is a screenshot of what is clearly a different design for Sonic’s younger self, complete with tan-colored gloveless hands and toothy smile. The screenshot shows baby Sonic running through a real environment, something that never happened in the actual movie. This likely means more was changed about the character’s scene than his design.

Unfortunately, I do not have a way of taking screenshots directly off my Apple TV, but feel free to check out a photo I took off my TV with my phone below:

 

The next Sonic 2020 broadcast happens on 3/27

While a week late, Sega will be doing their next “Sonic 2020” broadcast on Friday, March 27th at 8:00pm Japan time. “Sonic Station Live” will be hosted by Sonic creative, Kazuyuki Hoshino and sound designer, Jun Senoe as they show off new Sonic products and go head-to-head on “Mario and Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics”. For what surprises they’ll have in store, we’ll just have to wait and see.

 

 

Sonic Movie Gets 4K Steelbook Edition

In addition to the blu-ray version announced a few days ago, the Sonic movie will also be getting a steelbook edition. This version will come with the 4K, blu-ray, and digital versions of the movie in a metal case, along with a book titled “The Adventures of Sonic & Donut Lord.”

This will be exclusive to Best Buy, and scheduled to release at the same time as the standard blu ray edition on May 19.

Sonic Becomes Highest Grossing Video Game Movie in US, Makes $300 Million Worldwide

The Sonic movie broke another record last weekend, making $145 million and becoming the highest grossing video game movie in the United States. This just barely places it ahead of Detective Pikachu’s $144 million U.S. total.

In terms of overall box office, Sonic is still substantially behind Detective Pikachu. It passed $300 million last weekend, putting it well behind Detective Pikachu’s $433 million. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Sonic movie’s release dates in both China and Japan have been delayed, with a new release date still undecided. Detective Pikachu made over $120 million across these two regions last year.

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic forcing millions to self-quarantine, and with the movie hitting digital on demand services at the end of the month, this will obviously be our last box office update for awhile. All things considered, not a bad run for a movie many thought would be a disaster last year!

via Box Office Mojo

The Sonic Movie Coming to iTunes and BluRay this Spring!

With many movie theaters now closed due to the pandemic, Hollywood is taking its theatrical releases like “Onward” and “Trolls 2” and putting them available to download digitally. According to an iTunes listing, Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” will be available to purchase digitally on March 31st. What’s more, it will include bonus features likely meant for the Blu-Ray release, coming May 19th, as well.

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Sonic 3 Returning…as a Tiger LCD Game

This article was guest-written by Sonic Talk co-host Chris Xenn.

Grab those rose-colored glasses, because Tiger Electronics is back! Yes, the overly simple, occasionally surreal handhelds you got because the man at the store said this was just as good have returned by way of the Hasbro nostalgia-mining machine, and Sonic’s along for the ride.

As reported by The Verge, Fall 2020 will bring the release of reproduction Tiger Electronics games “inspired” by four actual game handhelds, including The Little Mermaid, Transformers: Generation 2, X-Men Project X, and of course, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, each for $14.99.

For those of you too young to remember what not owning a Game Boy was like, Tiger Electronics handhelds were LCD-screen video games (like a calculator or watch) where the entire display was made of black “sprites” that could be cycled on and off, but never overlap or move. Developers needed to be rather creative to turn such simple technology into engaging, fun, and animated games that replicate the experience of other 90’s consoles and handhelds.

Scan from the original 1994 manual, from Sonic Retro

Unfortunately, the actual legacy of Tiger Electronics handhelds is that they were repetitive, shrill novelties. Sonic 3 is certainly among the more complex examples, taking Sonic through six “stages” of dodging badnicks, searching for Chaos Emeralds, and battling the combined efforts of Robotnik and Knuckles. However, if your interest is piqued, treat this as a collector’s novelty and not an actual game worth your time or money. Pre-orders are currently only available at Gamestop.

PSO2 to Launch With Special Sonic Collaboration Pack

We’re still pinching ourselves that an official English-language version of Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to the West (well… North America… *European grumble*), but SEGA doesn’t have time for your disbelief! The game launches on Xbox One in NA on March 17, and to kick things off SEGA is offering players the chance to buy in on a ‘Founders Pack’ that includes a bunch of Sonic-related in-game goodies. Continue reading PSO2 to Launch With Special Sonic Collaboration Pack

SXSW 2020 Cancelled, SEGA Shifts Plans to April

South by Southwest has announced that they will be canceling this year’s event. This comes as concerns over the spread of coronavirus has led to the canceling or delay of many conventions and events, to avoid spreading the disease to exhibitors and attendees.

SEGA revealed on Twitter that the content that was planned for their SXSW panel will instead be shown in a “new format” of some sort in April.

Be sure to stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for further details!

Free Sonic Games On XB1 and PS4

Two major Sonic titles are free this month on XBox 360, X-Box One and Playstation 4.

X-Box Live subscribers can download Sonic Generations for free starting March 16th. The game will be available for both 360 and X-Box One owners.

Over on the Playstation 4, PS-Plus subscribers can download Sonic Forces for free right now until April 6.

This is a great deal for anyone who hasn’t picked up these titles or would like to download them to a different console. Time is limited, so make sure you download them soon.

You Can Buy Sonic’s Shoes Now! But It’ll Cost You Thousands of Dollars.

While Sonic’s iconic shoes have technically been available before, they’ve never been true athletic sneakers that the hedgehog himself would actually wear while trotting around South Island… or San Francisco. However, thanks to a collaboration between PUMA and The Shoe Surgeon, you could potentially own a pair of Sonic’s trademark slick kicks from the movie!

Continue reading You Can Buy Sonic’s Shoes Now! But It’ll Cost You Thousands of Dollars.

Sonic Went Super in Early Movie Drafts, Director Confirms

Movies will often go through significant changes during production, with scripts typically going through drastic changes before the final direction is eventually settled upon. So it should come as no surprise that the Sonic movie went through some changes beyond its infamous redesign and the unused lizard villain leaked a few weeks ago. At one point, the movie was actually set to feature chaos emeralds and Super Sonic.

In an interview with Comicbook.com, Sonic movie director Jeffrey Fowler confirmed that Super Sonic and the chaos emeralds were considered, but ultimately cut for the sake of simplicity.

“It didn’t make sense to obviously bring in the Super Sonic thing just yet. I mean, there were very early versions of the script and the outlines where… because we knew that’s something that’s very important in the fan mythology, or the mythology that fans love. And Chaos Emeralds are definitely a huge part, even going back to the first game in ’91, and it was definitely something that we were kind of trying to see. Like, ‘Does it make sense to include one of these?’”

Ultimately, Fowler wanted to focus the movie on Sonic and Robotnik’s origins.

“But again, just going back to what I said about the simplicity of it and just for the sake of just really starting from the simplest version and not trying to do too much, it just felt like, ‘Let’s just… let’s do the origins as Sonic and Robotnik and try to nail those characters before we potentially would open it up to some of these elements from the games that fans know and love.’”

These comments appear to raise the likelihood of either or both the Chaos Emeralds and Super Sonic appearing in a sequel. Now that we know that Super Sonic was at one point slated for this movie, that leaves one very important question:

What did Super Sonic look like when movie Sonic still had more human proportions and freaky teeth? Will we ever find out? Do we even want to know?

via Comicbook.com

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Figurine, New JAKKS Figures On Display At NY Toy Fair

A host of brand new Sonic the Hedgehog toys and figurines were on display this weekend at the New York Toy Fair!

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Sonic Blasts to the Top of the Box Office for 2nd Week, Grosses Over $200 Mil Worldwide

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog just keeps rushing past the competition, scoring the top box office spot worldwide for a second week in a row. Paramount recently reported that Sonic made another $26 million this weekend, which helped the movie steal the top box office spot away from its closest competition, Fox’s Call of the Wild. This brings the total US gross to $106.6 million.

Sonic has also continued to do well overseas, where it earned another $38.3 million, bringing it’s total international gross to $96.5 million. This came as Sonic opened in an additional 16 markets, bringing it to a total of 56 markets worldwide. Overall, Sonic the Hedgehog has now made $203.1 million worldwide.

Sonic’s international numbers are likely to improve as the movie comes to new markets over the next month, including large markets like China and Japan. Sonic is scheduled to open in Japan on March 27, while the movie’s Chinese opening date is uncertain due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Sonic Talk 67: Bringing a Sega Nomad to the Sonic Movie

In this very special Sonic Talk with a very ordinary number, we’ve got a full house with Jason, Alex, Chris, and guests Evil Dr. Reef of The Spindash, and Cory “Jet Black.”

What were our impressions of the movie? Who got to meet the stars? Who got to meet a Sega Nomad? What was so contentious that our hosts fell into lengthy arguments? What is Jim Carrey and where did it come from? Some of these answers and more in this month’s episode of The Spectacular Sonic Talk!

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And because Chris demanded it, here’s his massive list of alternate episode titles:
“50 Ways to Say We Didn’t Hate the Movie”
“To the Jim Carrey Straw Man in the Room”
“Hello, Child, Take a Look at my Sega Nomad.”
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg Machine”
“Pitching Zillow to 7-Year-Olds”
“Jim Carrey’s Super Saiyan Egg-o-Matic”
“We Need to Address the Fart Joke”
“Justifying the Fart Joke Is Not a Valuable Use of Our Time”
And finally, “I Think Competent Is a Pretty Functional Word”

Rumor: The Sonic Movie Might Already be Getting a Sequel and The Rock Might Be In It

In an age when people are always hungry for details of “what’s next,” it’s not uncommon for a joke or off-handed comment to set off firestorm of rumors. That may have been what happened when actor Neal McDonough, who played Major Bennington, a.k.a. Major Nobody Cares (and also known for his role as Damien Darhk in Arrowverse) seemingly revealed that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could be appearing in a currently-unannounced Sonic the Hedgehog sequel.

While talking at FAN EXPO Vancouver, McDonough said “I’m looking forward to part two. Literally, part two, I’ve already heard rumblings that The Rock is going to be [in it]. The Rock is in part two of everything, by the way.” Regardless of whether or not he was joking, the comment already has people talking on Twitter, with many suggesting Johnson would be a perfect fit for Knuckles.

This isn’t the first time The Rock’s name has come up in connection with the Sonic movie. After a teaser referenced him back in December, Johnson commented on it, and Fowler offered him a last minute cameo. It’s possible that could be the “rumbling” McDonough spoke of, or maybe it led to something more.

Or maybe this is just speculation over an unannounced sequel that takes a joke from an actor who had a minor role in the movie out of context. We’ll see soon enough!

For more on McDonough’s thoughts on the movie, check out the source below.

Via Comicbook.com

Sonic Games are on Sale Everywhere!

In what’s no doubt a way to capitalize on the success and hype of the recently released Sonic Movie, SEGA is offering massive discounts on Sonic games across various digital platforms. In some cases, the games are 50% or even 75% off their regular market price!

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Oh, you can play Sonic X-Treme… In your (copy of) DREAMS!

Media Molecule’s Dreams is a new PS4 game (well, more of a tool than a game) that lets users create their own games with much more freedom than you had in their previous creation title, Little Big Planet. It’s been in a beta stage for a long time and people have been using that time to make unique and interesting games along with some that are inspired by other popular genres.

One player, JPG240SX has created 2 stages inspired by Sonic X-Treme, the long-lost Sega Saturn title. The version he created uses low-res textures and a fisheye-lens camera to get the effect of what the original title was going for. It’s really impressive.

The engine that Media Molecule is using in Dreams is so impressive that people are already making levels based off of Sonic Adventure and other Sonic titles and even making their own original, momentum-based Sonic games. It’s a game creation tool like no other.

Dreams is available now for PS4 at $39.99 US.

Sonic Movie Writer talks about sequel

Writer Josh Miller had a chat with Popcorn Talk to discuss the latest Sonic movie and what he’d like to see in a sequel if that happens. “We wanna bring in more characters” was his first response. He has an affinity for Tails, but would also love to see Knuckles introduced as well.

He also mentioned that he’d love to see Sonic’s first voice actor, Jaleel White to make a cameo in the next movie should a sequel occur.

The above video is just a clip of the full interview that you can find here.

Old Sonic Movie Concept Features Unused Villain, Sonic Fighting With Chris Evans

Early movie concept art can be pretty weird and cool, and it should surprise no one that this is especially true for the Sonic movie. Twitter user Marx Pan came across some concept art from early 2018 on Chinese microblogging website Weibo.

Created by Weibo users Xu Tianhua Thx and Jin Xiaoyu for Blur Studios, one of the movie’s special effects houses, the concept art showcases a never before seen lizard villain and Sonic getting into a bar fight with Captain America himself, Chris Evans, who was apparently the actor Jeffrey Fowler wanted early on.

This concept art appears to confirm a detail found in the movie’s copyright, which mentioned a lizard villain wanting to use Sonic’s power to take over the universe.

You can check the images out on the Xu Tianhua’s page, or look at them below:

Sonic Homing In On Top Box Office Spot With $21 Mil Friday Haul, $64.3 Mil Projected

We now have our first concrete numbers for Sonic the Hedgehog’s U.S. box office performance, and they’re looking good: it hauled in $21 million it’s opening day (which includes the $3 million from Thursday night previews). To put that in perspective, this makes it the largest opening day of all time for a video game movie, allowing it to barely squeak past Detective Pikachu’s $20.7 million.

These numbers have also increased the movie’s box office projection. The latest box office estimates from Deadline now project the movie making $64.3 million through President’s Day, including $53.99 million over the three-day weekend. The latter number puts Sonic the Hedgehog tantalizingly close to being the largest U.S. opening for a video game movie ever, with the current record holder, Detective Pikachu, being only slightly higher then that at $54.3 million.

These estimates are also significantly up from what was projected yesterday, when the Sonic movie was projected to make $45 million and $55 million over the three-day and President’s Day weekend, respectively. Paramount itself has released somewhat lower projections, with a $60 million four-day and $50 million three-day haul expected, which would still make it the second biggest video game movie opening.

Sonic’s ticket sales are being heavily driven by families, which make up 44 percent of ticket sales, with general audiences being the remaining 56 percent.

Sonic’s first international numbers should be released either later today or tomorrow. When those numbers come, we’ll be updating this article, so stay tuned!

via Deadline

Sonic Rings Up $3 Million in Thursday Previews, Projected to Make $55 Million Over the Weekend

It looks like Paramount and SEGA may have a hit on their hands, if Sonic the Hedgehog’s Thursday night preview haul and latest United States box office projections are any indication. Sonic the Hedgehog made $3 million Thursday night, with the latest projections now putting the movie’s US President’s Day weekend haul (which includes Monday) at $55 million.

Sonic the Hedgehog’s three day projections, which only count Friday through Sunday, have the movie making $47.5 million. If this happens, it would be the third highest opening weekend for any video game movie, only bested by 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ($47.7 million) and last year’s Detective Pikachu ($54.7 Million).

With these kinds of numbers, Sonic the Hedgehog is now set to make back well over half of it’s estimated $81-$95 million budget just from its U.S. opening. It’s still possible for the movie to fall short of these expectations, or exceed them. It could also potentially bomb internationally. Barring either of these events, Sonic the Hedgehog is going to make Paramount some money.

via Deadline

Sonic at the Olympics Gets a Release Date, Story Mode in New Trailer

SEGA has released a new trailer for the mobile exclusive Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, where they detailed the game’s many modes and mini games, including a story mode.

In the story, which is told through various comic book-like still frames, Sonic competes with Eggman not just for Olympics supremacy, but also for the fate of the city of Tokyo itself! Also newly revealed in this trailer is an online rankings mode, which will allow players to compete with each other worldwide.

The trailer also shows off the game’s 15 mini games, various special “EX events,” as well as a variety of mini games not directly based on any Olympics events.

Sonic at the Olympic Games will be releasing on mobile devices worldwide on May 7th. Check out the trailer below!

Sonic the Hedgehog Scores a 64% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes

With 91 reviews in, Sonic the Hedgehog is currently looking to be a winner with critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Currently holding a 64% rating, a clear majority of critics have given the movie a thumbs up! It should be noted that Rotten Tomatoes percentages are averages of scores, but instead the percentage of critics who either liked or hated the movie.

With less than one hundred reviews, Sonic the Hedgehog’s RT percentage is likely to continue fluctuating over the next few weeks, as hundreds of critics weigh in. It’s unlikely to reach Rotten Tomatoes “certified fresh” rating (which requires a 75% rating), and it could still fall below the 60% threshold and enter “rotten” territory. But, at the very least, critics don’t see it as the dumpster fire some were expecting. It’ll also certainly score better then the Mario movie did.

While Rotten Tomatoes has the most comprehensive collection of reviews, it’s worth noting how the movie is doing by other metrics. The movie currently holds a 93% from Rotten Tomatoes’ verified audience reviews (which must be connected to a ticket purchase). On Metacritic, the movie currently holds a 47, a “mixed or average” score, with 35 reviews.

Did you read our review? What do you think of its critical reception? What do you think of the movie? Let us know in the comments below!

Steam & Humble Bundle Offer Sonic Fans Superb Savings With Week-long Sales

To celebrate the release of the Sonic movie, both Steam and Humble Bundle are offering Sonic games at a steep discount through the next week.

Steam is offering a “Sonic the Hedgehog Ultimate Bundle” an over $250 value, at less than $60, or 76 percent off. The bundle includes the following games:

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
Sonic 3D Blast
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Sonic Spinball
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
Sonic CD
Sonic Adventure 2 (plus Battle DLC)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Sonic Lost World
Sonic Generations with Casino Night DLC
Sonic Mania with Encore DLC
Sonic Forces
Team Sonic Racing

The games can also be bought individually. For their individual prices, check out the bundle’s page on Steam.

If you just want deals on the newer games, and if you want some of your money to go to charity, you can check out Humble Bundle, which is having a Sonic week right now. Check it out here!

Build Your Own Movie Sonic at Build-a-Bear Stores

This article was guest written by Sonic Talk co-host Chris Xenn


Build-a-bear, the online and brick-and-mortar store dedicated to stuffing and dressing quality plush toys has just released its new Sonic the Hedgehog Movie plush line, and… it looks familiar.

While Paramount might have shifted gears just a few months prior to releasing the movie, that’s much harder to do when you’re a licensee making physical products intended to stare into children’s souls from deep within the uncanny valley.

Unsurprisingly, Build-a-Bear’s design seems to be on Sonic’s original movie look, from his non-gloves, to his laced shoes, to his eyes that are just that right combination of dialated and too far apart.

However, if you still have a place in your heart for the little hedgehog that couldn’t, the plush is available online now and in U.S. stores tomorrow. Online bundle options include:

Sonic without shoes for $29.99/£21.50
Sonic with ring and shoes for $46.00/£33.00
Sonic with soundbox and shoes for $45.50/£33.00
Sonic with soundbox, ring, and shoes for $53.00/£38.50
Sonic-print pajamas for animals that don’t have giant back-spikes for $13.00/£10.00
And a Sonic movie logo shirt, also not for bespiked toyfriends for $8.00/£5.50

It’s also possible to get the rings, shoes and soundbox by themselves, as well as the pajamas and t-shirt bundled with with a bear or a dog respectively, on the Build-a-Bear US and UK websites.

Check out a gallery of the Sonic plush and accessories below:

 

Zavvi Announces New Sonic Shirt Collection: And A Free Mug!

While the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie is pumping out toys and merchandise, there still seems to be room for vintage Sonic apparel! Merchandise and media outlet Zavvi have just announced an exciting new line of shirts and mugs for Sonic and friends, and they all have a charming Japanese aesthetic to them. Also, in a limited time deal, you can snag a Sonic mug for free if you buy two or more shirts.

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The Shoe Surgeon and PUMA Craft Limited Edition Sonic the Hedgehog Movie shoes!

Sonic Fans will rejoice as PUMA have released a shoe that closely resembles those worn by the movie incarnation of Sonic the Hedgehog! But there’s a catch….

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SEGA Confirms Sonic Panel at SXSW2020

Sonic panels have become a tradition at Austin’s South by Southwest event, and this year will be no exception. The panel will take place on March 20 at 3PM, and will feature guests from SEGA and Sonic Team.

The panel description on the SXSW confirms there will be a few announcements. As always, we will be covering the event here at Sonic Stadium, so stay tuned!

Via SXSW