SEGA To Be At E3, Will Hopefully Announce Something

E3’s Twitter account finally confirmed a bunch of companies for their digital event, including SEGA. As things stand, we currently know nothing about SEGA’s E3 presence, but their presence does mean they should have something to show from one of their many franchises. Will it be Sonic? Who knows. But that’s at least a possibility now. It should be noted that SEGA’s presence is never a sure thing: they skipped E3 2015.

As usual, we should be on hand to cover it. We’ve qualified as press for every E3 since 2010, so assuming that streak holds, you can tune into us for whatever digital press-only coverage E3 will be providing this year. 

Celebrate Golden Week With Sonic & Sega Deals On Steam

Even if you don’t celebrate the four Japanese holidays between April 29 and May 5 that comprise “Golden Week”, Steam wants you to spend it buying games from Japanese developers and publishers, Sega included.

Though a vast number of games are getting solid discounts, you may want to check out these Sonic-centric deals (All prices USD):

Sonic Mania – $4.99
Sonic Mania Encore DLC – $2.49
Sonic Forces – $9.99
Sonic Lost World – $7.49
Sonic Generations – $4.99
Sonic Adventure DX – $1.19
Sonic Adventure 2 – $2.49
Sonic the Hedgehog – $1.24
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $1.24
Sonic 3 & Knuckles – $1.24
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I – $2.49
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II – $2.49
Sonic CD – $1.24
Sonic Spinball – $1.24
Sonic 3D Blast – $1.24
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing – $2.49
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – $4.99
NiGHTS Into Dreams – $1.19
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine – $1.24
Puyo Puyo Champions – $4.99
Puyo Puyo Tetris – $11.99
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 – $20.09
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD – $14.99
Sega Bass Fishing – $1.19

You can check other deals over on Sega’s Golden Week page, if you’re looking to get some Yakuza games, or Persona, or just if you’ve decided it’s finally time to buy Shining Resonance Refrain.

Lights, Camera, Action… Figure! New Sonic Playsets Confirmed via Leak.

The leaks keep coming! It would seem that JAKKS Pacific has some new Sonic the Hedgehog action figures in the pipeline, including the iconic Death Egg Robot, Mighty, Silver and what looks to be some setpieces from Sonic Mania’s Studiopolis Zone!

Continue reading Lights, Camera, Action… Figure! New Sonic Playsets Confirmed via Leak.

‘Robotnik Finally Wins’ – SEGA Announces Blockchain Partnership to Sell NFTs

SEGA Japan today announced that it will be entering the blockchain business this summer, by partnering up with Japanese game company Double Jump.Tokyo to sell NFTs “related to its classic IP”.

Continue reading ‘Robotnik Finally Wins’ – SEGA Announces Blockchain Partnership to Sell NFTs

Rougher Than The Rest Of Them, Knuckles Has Been Spotted On The Sonic Movie 2 Set! UPDATE: Now With Video Footage

Unlike Sonic, he doesn’t chuckle, but he does have something else that is more in common with him. Knuckles, Sonic, and Tails have been spotted on the Sonic Movie 2 set!

Continue reading Rougher Than The Rest Of Them, Knuckles Has Been Spotted On The Sonic Movie 2 Set! UPDATE: Now With Video Footage

New Listings for Whisper, Mephiles, and Emerl Plushes Discovered

Looks like we’ve got more Sonic plushes coming from Great Eastern Entertainment, the same company that released an Infinite plush last year. Their website recently listed a bunch of new plushes of various Sonic characters, including Emerl, Mephiles the Dark, and Whisper. While this is the first time all three characters have been made into toys, Whisper’s inclusion is especially notable, as she is the first IDW creation to receive merchandise outside of some minor collectible like pins. Both the Whisper and Emerl plushes are also listed as being 10 inches tall.

Currently, none of these plushes have a release date, price, or even an image, though it seems likely we’ll get news soon. Stay tuned for more info!

Via GEE

Sonic 2’s Mecha Sonic Is Getting An Action Figure

As JAKKS Pacific renew their Sonic the Hedgehog licence into 2022, the company has announced that Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s Mecha Sonic will finally be getting a figure incarnation!

Evidence appeared earlier in the year this figure was getting a release, however many speculated it might have been another Metal Sonic figure. A classic Eggman and laughing Sonic will also be joining the classic figure range.

Source: Nintendo Wire

Jim Carrey’s Dr Robotnik Goes Airbourne On Sonic 2 Movie Set

Following on from the flurry of movie news this week, Radio Station Jack 96.9 Vancouver has spotted the Ace Ventura actor, complete with bald head, suspended over the town of Fort Langley, currently dressed as the Sonic Movie town Green Hills.

Video:

We can only guess as to what might be happening in this scene…but we sure can’t wait to find out!

Stay tuned for more Sonic 2 movie news!

G.U.N. Military Vehicles Spotted On Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie Set!

Hollywood North Buzz has spotted a military presence on the set of the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie – and it’s none other than the military organisation G.U.N. that featured in Sonic Adventure 2, Shadow the Hedgehog, and Sonic X!

The helicopter’s decals display the alpha-numeric SA-2 – the same designation of the helicopter that was transporting Sonic at the beginning of Sonic Adventure 2!

Talk about low budget flights!

This is yet another set of subtle game references that is sure to get the thumbs up from any seasoned Sonic fan.

Stay tuned for more Sonic 2 movie news!

Sonic The Card Game – Release Date, Price, and Details Revealed

After last month’s announcement of Sonic: The Card Game, Steamforge Games has revealed further details about the game and its box art. The boxed product is expected to launch in September, 2021 at a suggested price of $19.95, £14.99, and €17.95.

The 20-30 minute game allows 2-6 players to play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Shadow, or Blaze, as the deck produces a level for the characters to race through. While no specific mechanics have been revealed, Steamforge implies there will be some form of press-your-luck element, stating, “Each time a new card is placed, they must decide whether to keep racing to try and grab a bigger pot of rings, or to retire and collect their share of the rings and bonus cards on the table. If players keep racing, they risk running into enemies and losing lives, but the chance to win more rings and bonus cards could be tempting enough to keep racing on.”

Steamforge Games‘ previously published works include board game versions of Dark Souls, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Resident Evil 2, PAC-MAN, and Ni no Kuni II. Expect a detailed review when the game launches later this year.

Source: Press release via Cision PR Newswire

Green Hills Movie Set Includes Mean Bean Coffee House

EDIT: The town featured here is actually Fort Langley, and not the location of Ladysmith used in the first movie. Thanks for the update Reggie!

IDW Sonic Comic artist Reggie Graham popped over to the little town of Ladysmith in British Colombia, Canada, to check out the set dressing for the Green Hills high street, currently being used for filming of the second Sonic the Hedgehog movie!

Posting on Twitter, Graham found amongst the many pieces displaying the Green Hills town name is a Coffee Shop named “The Mean Bean Coffee Co.”, a reference to the 1993 title Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine.

Great to see these little nods to Sonic’s past will continue in the next movie!

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is due for release on April 8th, 2022.

RUMOR: Sonic Colors Remaster Incoming, UPDATE; Price & Platforms Also Leaked

UPDATE: Thanks to Ali Ahmed in the comments, we now know of another source that’s leaked info. French online game retailer Sogamely has Sonic Colors listed for Switch, PS4 and Xbox One for €35 each. Given how game prices tend to work that’d translate to $35 USD. The games are called “Sonic Colors Ultimate – Limited Edition.” If accurate, this would appear to suggest that the remaster would getting some sort of physical release as well.

Unfortunately, linking to it directly doesn’t seem to work, but you can find it yourself by going to the Sogamely link we provided and searching “Sonic Colors.”

Original Article:

German dubbing studio iksample has potentially leaked a Sonic game: a remaster of Sonic Colors. The company lists it among their upcoming projects (albeit with a Sonic Boom graphic). This would be a pretty odd thing to list by mistake, but as always: this isn’t a confirmed project, so treat it as such.

If true, this suggests the game is getting a German dub, something the original game didn’t have. A “remaster” can mean a variety of things in today’s game industry, but the creation of a new dub suggests something a bit better than “Sonic Colors but in HD.” Though it hardly points towards a completely remade game either.

If this is real, we’ll likely be hearing about it soon. Stay tuned for further updates!

via iksample

SEGA Opens New Sonic Twitter Accounts for Brazil and Latin America

Sonic Social Media Manager Katie Chrzanowski has revealed that Sonic’s Twitter presence will be expanding to both Brazil and Latin America with two new accounts.Though neither account is verified yet, that will be incoming.

Chrzanowski confirmed that anyone who follows these channels may be seeing content they are already familiar with for a little while. This is to ensure these new channels have the right “voice,” though new content will eventually be incoming and they will be synchronized with the main @sonic_hedgehog account.

via Twitter

Sonic 30th Anniversary Statue up for pre-order in the UK and US

The UK Sega Shop and Justgeek.com have announced a new Sonic 30th Anniversary statue, which is now available for pre-order. The statue pays homage the very first boss fight from Sonic 1. The statue will retail for £69.99 UK and $69.99 US. It will be available in August 2021. Here’s the full statement from the Segashop website.

Celebrate more than 30 years of the world’s most iconic blue blur, Sonic the Hedgehog as we bring you this super exclusive statue! Boasting an action-packed scene of Dr. Eggman and Sonic in the midst of an intense fight, this statue stands at a mighty 9” tall and comes with high-level details. If you’re a huge Sonic enthusiast, this is one collectible you definitely don’t want to miss out on!

Official SEGA product

Designed by and engineered by Numskull Designs

Exclusive statue featuring Sonic and Dr. Eggman in battle

Depicts a detailed scene in the style of the classic Sonic games with retro style grass base.

Made from high grade vinyl and PVC

Dimensions: 9 inches (22.86cm) x 8.6 inches (21.84cm) x 7.4 inches (18.79cm)

PLEASE NOTE – IMAGES ARE OF A PROTOTYPE – FINAL PRODUCT MAY DIFFER SLIGHTLY

UK Sonic fans can order from the official website at segashop.co.uk and follow them on Twitter @SegaShopEurope, while American Sonic fans can order from us.justgeek.com.

Fans Seek to Continue Sonic Boom Themselves Through Project M2

A bunch of Sonic fans have gotten together to resurrect Sonic Boom as a YouTube series. Called “Project M2,” the fan show is already well underway, with locations, character riggings, and storyboards in the process of being made.

They’ve announced the project alongside a Patreon, which will allow them to cover costs already incurred. Anyone who pledges $20 or more will gain access to work-in-progress assets, such as the aforementioned locations, character riggings, and storyboards, of which more than 20 are already available. According to the people behind the project, the Patreon funds are only meant to cover the cost of production, and the completed episodes will be made available for free to everyone on YouTube.

While they largely seek to stay true to the show, they will be integrating their own ideas into a few things, mostly in the set design.

All of this was announced via a YouTube video. The guy explaining the info does a remarkably good Roger Craig Smith Sonic impression, so it’s probably safe to assume he’ll be doing the voice for the show! Check out their Patreon here, and their announcement video below:

Classic Sonic Ornaments From Hallmark Incoming

If you’ve been wanting to add some extra Sonic pizazz to your holiday celebrations, your in luck: Classic Sonic ornaments have been revealed as part of Hallmark’s 2021 catalog.

There are two ornaments in total: one with Sonic & Tails, and another with Knuckles. Both ornaments were designed by Matt Johnson, and will be priced at $19.99 and $17.99 respectively. Neither ornament has a release date yet, though the Knuckles one will be made in limited quantities.

Check them out below!

Not much else is known about these ornamented at the moment, though you can find their sizes in the source below.

via Digital Dream Book

GFUEL Makes a Chili Dog Flavored Energy Drink, Because Irony Is Dead & Nothing Matters Anymore

We may live in a capitalist dystopia, but at least we have a meat and chili dog-flavored GFUEL energy drink…inspired by Sanic. Yes, the badly drawn Sonic meme.

I’m not even sure how to report on this, because when I first saw it, I thought it was a joke. But then I read the tweet, and discovered that not only is this not a joke, but it’s a thing that a company invested R&D into, will be manufacturing, and distributing to actual, real people, who will have the privilege(?) of drinking it.

They gave no release date, though they are giving away free bundles of the stuff to anyone who retweets the below tweet with the hashtag “GFUELSanic.” So if you want to actually try this stuff, or add it to your collection, that’s one way to do it.

And yes, the tone of this article is different, on purpose, because this doesn’t deserve my usual dry, fact-filled reporting style. Also, we have nothing planned for April Fools Day this year, so this is the closest you all are getting!

Ian Flynn’s First Sonic Comic Turns 15 Today

This year is a year of anniversaries for Sonic in more ways then one, because not only is the franchise itself turning 30, but Ian Flynn’s first published Sonic work, Archie Sonic #160, turns 15. This means that Flynn has now been writing comics for roughly half of the franchise’s entire lifespan, and the time between his first comic, and his next IDW story arc starting later this year, is roughly the same amount of time as between Sonic 1 and Sonic 2006. Yes, that makes folks like myself who remember when they picked up #160 feel rather old!

Since his debut, Ian Flynn has written well over 200 Sonic comics across five ongoing series, alongside a selection of mini-series and one-shots, as well as a couple of Sonic Boom episodes. This gives him the largest body of work of any Sonic writer.

Flynn had been applying for years to the Sonic comic before he was finally brought on. Both he and artist Tracy Yardley! were given a chance to work on the comic by then-editor of the book, Mike Pellerito. Yardley debuted a bit earlier than Flynn in Sonic X #5. Their first story, “See Ya Later Chao,” was written and drawn in 2005, though wouldn’t make it into the book until years later. Though initially not brought on in that capacity, Ian Flynn soon became the head writer of the Archie Sonic book, writing the bulk of the stories from his debut issue on.

Flynn and Yardley!’s debut story, “Birthday Bash,” was a two-part storyline that turned “Evil Sonic” into Scourge the Hedgehog, briefly brought back old school Archie badniks Octobot and Crocbot as a strange fused monstrosity, and also introduced fan favorites Bean the Duck and Bark the Polar Bear as money-grubbing mercs for hire. This duo’s opening chapter would be the first of many, as Yardley became a fairly consistent presence in the Archie books for years. Both Flynn and Yardley would hone their craft over time, introducing bigger and better stories with better art.

On a more personal note, 160 was my big jumping-back-on point for the comics, after dropping them twice in the past. I never dropped them again after this. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Flynn and Yardley significantly redefined how the comics looked and read for the rest of their run. As someone who loved their work, and thought they only got better with time, I was quite content with that.

What are your experiences with Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley!’s work? Did you pick up #160? Have you ever read that or any other part of Flynn’s Archie run? Let us know in the comments!

I’ve got at least one article in the work about Ian Flynn’s Archie run, in commemoration of this anniversary, so stay tuned for that!

Unfortunately, it does not appear that issue #160 has been reprinted in any capacity, but other Flynn stories from #162 onward were reprinted in the Sonic Sagas collection, which can still be found on Amazon.

Special Note: Tracy Yardley!’s pen name ends with an exclamation point. I thought it fitting to include it here.

Sonic The Card Game Announced by Steamforged Games

Following the 2019 release of two IDW tabletop games, one Hasbro game, and the Shinobi 7 Kickstarter game, Sonic once again returns to tabletops in 2021 with Sonic The Card Game.

The publisher, Steamforged Games, maintains an extensive catalog of licensed titles including Dark Souls: The Board Game, Dark Souls: The Card Game, Devil May Cry: The Bloody Palace, and most recently Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game. The majority of the company’s library is kickstarter-funded games with high production value, extensive miniatures, and focus on theme; however, the company has also published several smaller, self-funded projects such as PAC-MAN: The Card Game, and Ni no Kuni II: The Board Game.

While we do not have any details on the game as of yet following the company’s Game Manufacturers Association preview, the blog describes the project as a “competitive card racing game where you’ll collect power-ups and rings to win.” Expect the game to launch this calendar year.

Sonic Station Live! Is Making a Return This Month (Don’t Expect Any Game Announcements)

Last year, SEGA held a series of monthly Japanese streams featuring Sonic content called “Sonic Station Live!” The streams mostly focused on merchandise, though would also feature various Sonic creatives as hosts. Though the streams came to an end at the end of last year, they appear to be getting a special revival this month so that they can feature a special guest: voice actress and “Sonic lover” Aoi Yuuki. Yuuki voiced the female avatar in Sonic Forces, and Sticks the Badger in both the Japanese dub of the Sonic Boom cartoon, as well as her numerous game appearances.

As the headline notes: do not expect a game announcement from this. This is a Japanese-centric stream, and these streams never featured especially major news items. Going by a translated version of the stream’s program outline, Yuuki will be talking about her favorite Sonic characters, and will be playing various games. Jun Senoue and Kazuyuki Hoshino will be hosting.

The stream is scheduled for Sunday, and is embedded below:

IDW Releasing Classic Sonic Hardcover Graphic Novel This October!

Hot on the heels of the reveal of Classic Sonic’s Free Comic Book Day comic, IDW has revealed that they are releasing a 96 page hard cover graphic novel featuring the classic version of the blue blur! Called “Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Deluxe Edition,” the graphic novel will feature writing from longtime Sonic scribe Ian Flynn, as well as Gale Galligan. It will also feature art from Aaron Hammerstrom and Reggie Graham.

The graphic novel’s main story, “Seasons of Chaos,” will be written by Ian Flynn. It centers around Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Mighty the Armadillo, and Ray the Flying Squirrel as they venture through season-inspired zones in search of the the Chaos Emeralds. The story will also feature other unnamed “special guests.”

The graphic novel will also feature “bonus stories” from some of Sonic’s “biggest fans,” as well as loads of bonus content.


The graphic novel will be released on October 5th for $19.99. Check out the official synopsis and cover, provided by Penguin Random House, below:

Celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s way past cool 30th birthday!

The classic character comes to life in all-new adventures inspired by the original 2D games and he’s not alone! Join Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles “Tails” Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose, Mighty the Armadillo, Ray the Flying Squirrel, and even more special guests as they travel through zones inspired by the seasons in search of Chaos Emeralds! It’s a hilarious and hectic race against the clock in “Seasons of Chaos” by longtime Sonic writer Ian Flynn! Plus bonus stories by some of Sonic the Hedgehog’s biggest fans and tons of bonus content celebrating the blue blur!

This special anniversary collection is the perfect piece of pop culture memorabilia for all Sonic fans

IDW Celebrates Sonic’s 30th Anniversary For This Year’s Free Comic Book Day

Sonic has had a presence at Free Comic Day for well over a decade now, but this year IDW will be using the occasion to celebrate Sonic’s 30th anniversary with a comic featuring Classic Sonic!

Revealed today as part of this year’s complete FCBD line-up, the issue’s cover features classic Sonic characters. Whether this is a wholly original story or just a free version of the upcoming Classic Sonic mini series is currently unknown. Instead of its usual “first Saturday of May” date, this year’s FCBD is scheduled for August 14. For a list of participating comic stores and featured comics, check out the FCBD website here.

Check out the full cover below:

At the moment, the FCBD website gives no further information on the issue, including who is writing it and who drew the cover. Stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for all the latest!

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Officially Begins Filming Today

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 director Jeffrey Fowler announced via twitter that the movie was officially moving into production today. Back in January Fowler confirmed that the movie would begin filming this month. Filming will be taking place in both Vancouver and Hawaii. You can check out Fowler’s tweet below:

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is due for release in theaters on April 8, 2022.

SEGA Teases ‘SEGA Skyways’ Digital Event for March 18 With ‘Sonic 2021’ References [U: Internal Event Only, No Sonic Announcements]

SEGA seems to be planning a digital event that will take place on March 18, and social media posts from company employees suggest that Sonic the Hedgehog news could form part of the festivities.

Continue reading SEGA Teases ‘SEGA Skyways’ Digital Event for March 18 With ‘Sonic 2021’ References [U: Internal Event Only, No Sonic Announcements]

Team Sonic Racing Now on Luna. Quick Hands-On Report

In a statement made earlier today, Sega announced that Team Sonic Racing is now available on Amazon’s cloud-gaming platform, Luna. This makes the second Sonic game to be available on Amazon’s new service, along with Sonic Mania.

For those interested, I am currently in the Luna beta and have checked out TSR on its streaming platform. The game looks and plays exactly like its HD counterparts on PS4 and Xbox, however, I did notice occasional dips in framerate from 60 down to 40 or less at times. I tested the same tracks on my Series S and it runs at 60 fps without any issues. That said, the issue pretty minor and the game still runs very well on Luna.

Here’s hoping for more Sonic on the Luna platform in the future. After all, the more Sonic folks can play, the better.

Sonic Prime Hiring Update: Two Designers Confirmed

Since its official announcement more than a month ago, we’ve slowly begun to learn who will actually be working on Netflix’s Sonic Prime show. Last month, we learned about one of its writers. Today, we learned about a few of its artists, who announced their involvement on Twitter!

Betty Kwong and Nicholas Kole have both been brought on to Wildbrain as designers for the show. Kwong has worked on several shows in the past, serving as senior designer on seasons 11-13 of LEGO Ninjago, as well as a CG designer for the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, among other LEGO animation projects. Nicholas Kole, meanwhile, served as a character designer for both Crash Bandicoot 4 and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. You can check out Kwong’s portfolio here, and Kole’s portfolio here.

There is still a lot we don’t now about Sonic Prime’s production, but we will hopefully be learning more over the coming months. As usual, stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for all the latest.

Save the Date! SAGE 2021 Starts August 21

This year’s Sonic Amateur Gaming Expo will be coming a bit earlier than it has in recent years: it’ll be running from August 21 to August 27. In addition to the start date, SAGE also revealed their new logo and tagline for the year, which you can check out in the tweet below:

SAGE is a long running Sonic fan game expo that celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. You can check out our coverage of last year’s SAGE here.