Sonic X is Coming to Blu-Ray (in SD)

Don’t blink! Don’t think! Just go-go, go-go, g-g-g-g-go-go down to your local video store on May 28 to pick up Sonic X: The complete series on Region 2 SD Blu-Ray! (God, that was corny.)

The good folks at Disctek Media are bringing all 78 english language episodes in one volume. (Sorry Japanese sub fans, you’ll have to stick with Hulu for now.) This includes the extras from the DVD version as well as the original pitch video where the world of Sonic X had a lot less humans.

The Blu-Ray retails for $69.99, but you can pre-order it from rightstufanime right now for $45.47. Check out Brady Hartel’s Twitter for more info. In the meantime, here’s the cover.

Tee Lopes and Jun Senoue Remix ‘Theme of Knuckles’ for Sonic Mania Adventures

Sonic Mania Adventures is surely the gift that keeps on giving – as Jun Senoue has today unveiled a brand new retro-inspired remix to complement the awesome series of animated shorts. Continue reading Tee Lopes and Jun Senoue Remix ‘Theme of Knuckles’ for Sonic Mania Adventures

ToysWiz Lists Sonic Movie toys, including a Baby Sonic

The Sonic movie leaks just keep coming, with this latest one leaking some of the toy tie-ins being made by Jakks Pacific, the toy company SEGA signed a deal with last month. The toys themselves are not shown.

Four toys are listed, including a Performance Sonic figure, a Performance Robotnik figure, a 13-inch talking Sonic figure, and perhaps the strangest sounding of the lot, an 8.5 inch “Baby Sonic” plush. These are each listed for $14.99, $18.99, $24.99, and $12.99 respectively, and are all scheduled to ship in August. You can find the listings for all four toys here.

Will the Sonic movie have a baby Sonic? Are you ready for a figure of Jim Carrey dressed like Robotnik? Be sure to stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for more on the Sonic movie, including images of these toys.

Captain Obvious or Damage Control? Movie Source Claims Leaked Sonic Designs Aren’t Final

In news that seems VERY conveniently-timed to keep everyone talking about the upcoming Sonic movie’s design, it appears that someone connected to the studio’s PR department has woken up and is assuring that what we’ve seen this week – both in internal presentations and network promotional material – is not the final look of the cinematic-universe blue blur. Continue reading Captain Obvious or Damage Control? Movie Source Claims Leaked Sonic Designs Aren’t Final

Sonic Mania PC Could Be Getting An Update to Remove Denuvo DRM

If SEGA’s insistence on using DRM software Denuvo on the PC version of Sonic Mania has been getting you down, then you may be in for a treat. It’s looking likely that an incoming official update will soon patch the troublesome tech entirely from the game.
Continue reading Sonic Mania PC Could Be Getting An Update to Remove Denuvo DRM

New Leak Shows first in-movie Render of Live Action Sonic

A newly leaked image on Twitter has given us our first confirmed in-movie look at Sonic from the upcoming live action movie. According to Tails Channel, which is the source of the image we are using, the image’s authenticity was confirmed by a Paramount employee.

The image, posted below, shows Sonic alongside two Nick Jr. shows: Shimmer & Shine and Nella the Princess Knight. While the exact context of this picture is currently unknown, that it’s featured alongside two Nickelodeon shows does possibly suggest some connection between the movie and the network. Nickelodeon is hosting a “Kids Choice Awards” on March 23rd, which airs exactly a week after the Sonic SXSW panel. Alternatively, it could simply suggest what demographic the movie’s marketing will be targeting, or it could be completely irrelevant. It should be noted that Nickelodeon is a sister company to Paramount, the company distributing the Sonic movie.

Given the sudden onslaught of leaks, we may be on the verge of getting a full blown trailer. Keep checking Sonic Stadium for the latest updates!

UPDATE: There is a larger, uncropped version of the image on Twitter, which we have posted below. The uncropped version shows screenshots from other shows as well, in addition to the two mentioned above. The image is from Twitter user @7K28_, who appears to be the original source of this leak:

 

Yuji Naka Says Goodbye to SEGA’s Old Headquarters

A few days ago, Yuji Naka tweeted pictures of himself and his kids giving a fond farewell to SEGA’s old headquarters in Otorii, Tokyo. The company moved out of the building last year, relocating to a building in Ousaki, Tokyo. According to Silconera (via Gamebiz) the building was recently sold for 5.2 billion yen. It was this that prompted Yuji Naka to visit the building. He told his kids that he developed Sonic the Hedgehog on the building’s seventh floor.

Check out Yuji Naka’s tweets and photos below:

As a bonus, here’s another tweet with some additional photos of the building’s exterior:

You can check out some additional photos of the the building, as well as get a look at SEGA’s new offices, over at our source for the tweet translations, Kotaku.

 

 

Giant Japanese Sonic Statue Mystery Solved! New Photos & Details!

You may recall around this time last year, we reported that a strange Sonic the Hedgehog statue had been discovered in the remote woodlands of Japan, some years ago. Now, a TSS reader has managed to travel once more to the exact location and take some more pictures of the statue in situ! Take a look. Continue reading Giant Japanese Sonic Statue Mystery Solved! New Photos & Details!

Happy Birthday Naoto Ohshima!


Video game legend and former Sonic Team character designer Naoto Ohshima turned 54 today. Ohshima is best known for designing Sonic the Hedgehog and Dr. Eggman, as well as directing Sonic Team classics like Sonic CD, NiGHTS into Dreams and Burning Rangers. After leaving Sonic Team following the completion of Sonic Adventure, Ohshima formed Artoon, where he would go on to create Blinx the Timesweeper (an attempt at creating a platforming mascot for the original Xbox) and act as a producer for a few Yoshi games.

These days, Ohshima serves as the Vice President of Arzest, a Japanese video game studio he helped form after leaving Artoon in 2010.

From all of us here at the Sonic Stadium, happy birthday Naoto Ohshima!

Check out some art from Ohshima below:

Naoto Ohshima Concept Art. Source: Sonic Retro

 

Sonic’s original design. He could throw items from his ears. Source: Sonic Retro
Dr. Eggman’s original concept art, when he was originally proposed as a game protagonist. Source: Sonic Retro
Dr. Eggman concept art from Naoto Ohshima. Source: Sonic Retro
Ohshima designed NiGHTS. Back in 2017, Ohshima posted this new piece of art of NiGHTS on his Twitter.
Blinx the Timesweeper concept art from Ohshima’s Twitter account

This Sonic LEGO Set Is Incredible And You Can Help Make It Real

A LEGO-obsessed Sonic fan has wowed the online community by designing a Sonic the Hedgehog-themed set on the toy brick company’s ‘Ideas’ website. And, if enough of us vote for it, LEGO might actually make it a reality. Continue reading This Sonic LEGO Set Is Incredible And You Can Help Make It Real

SEGA’s Mega Drive Mini Will Include Either Sonic 1 or Sonic 2 – You Decide!

You may have heard in recent months that SEGA is working internally on a Mega Drive Mini console, after a partnership with AtGames for the project went sour. Now it sounds like we’re a little closer to the micro-console’s release, and SEGA is polling fans on which titles they’d like to see included. There’s a catch, though… Continue reading SEGA’s Mega Drive Mini Will Include Either Sonic 1 or Sonic 2 – You Decide!

Team Sonic Racing comic Gets a Plus Deluxe Turbo Championship Edition Reprint

IDW will be reprinting their comic book tie-in for Team Sonic Racing this May, complete with new content, to coincide with the release of the game. The reprint even has a special name, “Team Sonic Racing Plus Deluxe Turbo Championship Edition.” The new content will include a guide to the Wisp power-ups, a glossary Of Team Moves, a gallery of in-game tracks, and commentary from the tie-in’s writer, Caleb Goellner.

The original print run of the one-shot was originally slated to release alongside the game last fall, before the game was delayed. For whatever reason, the comic wasn’t also delayed, giving it the dubious distinction of being the first Sonic game tie-in comic to beat the release of its game by six months.

It’s currently unknown if the reprint will have a new cover. You can check out the original cover below!

Hidden Volcano Revealed For TSR

A new stage for Sega’s upcoming racer Team Sonic Racing has been revealed today, Hidden Volcano!

Hidden Volcano is exactly what it sounds like, a track set inside a volcano with lava flooded tracks and other explosive effects,  but to juxtapose this, there are also some slippery ice sections to keep you on your toes.

We’ve also been told to expect a new trailer and gameplay footage at the Sonic panel at this years SXSW.

Kidrobot debuting new Sonic blindbox keychains this summer

The latest photo out of this year’s New York Toy Fair has revealed yet more Sonic merchandise: a line of blindbox keychains from toy and accessories manufacturer Kidrobot. The keychains, scheduled to launch this July, feature twelve modern Sonic characters.

The photo, posted below, was originally taken by Twitter user @lemeeniram, though his account is currently gone as of this writing.  Because of this, the photo and the above information came from Twitter user @DatPatMac.

“Blindboxes” are collectibles that are sold in packaging that doesn’t indicate which collectible is inside. This means you may be buying more than twelve if you want the whole set.

Mighty and Ray Figures Included In JAKKS Pacific Toy line

With New York Toy Fair in full swing this weekend, the news on new Sonic the Hedgehog toys has come thick and fast – and it looks like the new JAKKS Pacific toy line up will include the first ever official Ray and Mighty figures!

Continue reading Mighty and Ray Figures Included In JAKKS Pacific Toy line

Alita: Battle Angel Composer Junkie XL Is Scoring Sonic Movie Soundtrack

The list of big names working on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, due for release this year, just got bigger!

Dutch musician Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) is currently scoring the live action hybrid film.

Continue reading Alita: Battle Angel Composer Junkie XL Is Scoring Sonic Movie Soundtrack

JAKKS Pacific Become Global Toy Partner For Sonic Brand

JAKKS Pacific, the children’s toy company behind such toy lines such as WWE and World of Nintendo action figures, have today announced that it has commenced a global toy licensing deal with SEGA of America to produce Sonic the Hedgehog branded toys in a multi-year contract.

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Sonic Revolution Fan Convention Returns For 2019

California’s premier Sonic the Hedgehog fan convention Sonic Revolution returns once again for 2019.

The event will be held on June 9th, 2019 at the Sage Restaurant & Lounge in Whittier California on the Sunday before the Los Angeles E3 convention.

Tickets are now on sale vai Purplepass for the price of $9.99, with a $4 discount for a select number of earlybird tickets.

Announcements regarding special guests and events will follow.

Source: Sonic Revolution Twitter

Happy 25th Anniversary, Sonic 3!

On 2 February 1994, one of the most important games in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was released on the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) in North America. Sonic 3 was the highly-anticipated sequel to 1992’s global phenomenon that was Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and brought with it a tonne of new features and updates that not only gave the blue blur a fresh new appearance but also ushered in an era of ‘Sonic Mania’ that took the Western world by storm.  Continue reading Happy 25th Anniversary, Sonic 3!

Jun Senoue and Tomoya Ohtani Hanging Out With Masahiro Sakurai Might Be The Coolest Thing You See This Week

It’s not often you see a number of video gaming legends in the same room at once. Besides Summer of Sonic, of course (hi Naka-san, Hoshino-san, Senoue-san and Iizuka-san!). But that’s exactly what happened in Japan last night, as Super Smash Bros Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai threw a party for all of the musicians he collaborated with on the crossover project. Continue reading Jun Senoue and Tomoya Ohtani Hanging Out With Masahiro Sakurai Might Be The Coolest Thing You See This Week

The Making of the Team Sonic Racing Soundtrack

Team Sonic Racing’s soundtrack certainly seems to be shaping up as one of the most rock-centric OSTs to feature in a Sonic the hedgehog title for many years, and this insight into the recording process doesn’t let up at all!

Check out the video below to see Sonic Sound Director Jun Senoue, accompanied by long-time Sonic soundtrack bassist Takeshi Taneda, and Act. on percussion putting down tracks for “Market Street”, “Frozen Junkyard” and the game’s theme song “Green Light Ride” in the recording studio…

Comic Preview: Solicitations for Sonic the Hedgehog #16 and Tangle & Whisper #0

IDW has released their April solicitations, giving us our first look at Sonic the Hedgehog #16 and Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #0.

In Sonic the Hedgehog #16, Sonic has to use his speed to survive a virus. Meanwhile, in Tangle & Whisper #0, we will get our first look at their upcoming solo mini-series, coming this summer, as well as a recap of the first year of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic.

Check out the covers and solicitations below:

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Diana Skelly (CA) Evan Stanley

In Shops: Apr 17, 2019

Final Orders Due: Mar 25, 2019

SRP: $3.99


(CA) Various

Fan-favorites Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf take the spotlight in this special preview for their upcoming mini-series adventure! Check out a sneak peek of their next adventure as two of the newest and already most beloved Sonic characters team-up! Also includes a recap of Season 1!
* Catch up on Season 1 of Sonic as Season 2 picks up speed in the main series!
* Includes a special sneak peek of the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper mini-series, coming this summer!
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019

Final Orders Due: Apr 01, 2019

Source: Bleeding Cool

Tangle and Whisper To Get Their Own Mini Series This Summer

Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf, two original characters from IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, will be going on their own solo adventure in a mini series coming this summer. These two characters will be the first non-game Sonic characters to get a mini series since Archie Sonic’s Princess Sally series back in 1995. The mini series itself will be the first Sonic comic mini series since Sonic Quest was printed in 1996.

The mini series was revealed in this month’s IDW solicits, which revealed an issue that will contain a sneak peak of the series, Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #0.

The mini series’ plot and creative team are currently unknown. The prequel comic is currently slated for April 24, 2019. We’ll be sure to bring you all the latest!

Rock Out to the Sonic Mania Adventure Remix of Big Arms

Time to get metal!

SEGA today release the first of five remixes featured in the Sonic Mania Adventure cartoon series, commencing with a guitar-driven version of the “Big Arms” theme from Sonic 3 / Sonic & Knuckles, rearranged and performed by Sonic Sound Director Jun Senoue and Sonic Mania composer Tee Lopes.

You can check out other work by Tee Lopes, including his latest album Youniverse on Bandcamp.

Check the track out in all of it’s glory below!

Sonic X Mega Man: Jun Senoue On His Contribution To Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Soundtrack

Back in July we reported on the Mega Man 4 medley created by Sonic Sound Director Jun Senoue that features in the Smash Bros. Ultimate soundtrack.

In a recent column on Sonic Channel, Senoue-san talks about how this unlikely collaboration came about…

Continue reading Sonic X Mega Man: Jun Senoue On His Contribution To Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Soundtrack