Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Will Be Included in Western Sega Mega Drive Mini

The next ten games have been announced for the upcoming Sega Mega Drive Mini, and – despite the fact that SEGA recently polled for only one game per series to be included – Western versions of the micro-console will be able to enjoy Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as well as the 1991 prequel. Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Will Be Included in Western Sega Mega Drive Mini

Minecraft YouTuber Drives A Car For Team Sonic Racing And Yes We’re Also Very Confused

In a bizarre marketing twist for a game already riddled with bizarre marketing decisions, SEGA has collaborated with another YouTube personality to promote Team Sonic Racing. This time, they took a YouTuber best known for Minecraft out to SEGA Europe’s office to drive a sports car. Don’t worry, it’s relevant – Sonic was also inside.
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Tails (Gunner) and Knuckles (Brawler) Mii Fighter costumes return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo just uploaded a surprise video detailing the anticipated 3.0 update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Among other things discussed was the reveal of the returning Mii Fighter costumes for Tails and Knuckles.

These costumes debuted in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. In Ultimate, these can be purchased on the eShop for 75 cents USD each. Note that these do NOT come with the Fighters Pass and must be purchased separately.

The 3.0 update and all its contents, including the Mii Fighter costumes, will release tomorrow on April 17th.

Jun Senoue’s “The Works III” To Include Sonic Mania Adventures Songs and Sonic Adventure Re-recordings

Alongside the release of “MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE”, the 130-track soundtrack to the soon-to-be-released Team Sonic Racing, comes Sonic Sound Team Director Jun Senoue‘s third installment of “The Works” compilation album series.

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(Update) Two new Tokyo 2020 games announced as Mario & Sonic for Switch and Arcade, Sonic-only game for mobile

Update (April 2nd, 2019 at 10:25PM ET):

Sega of America took down the trailer, so I rehosted it for your convenience!

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Update (March 30th, 2019 at 2:32PM ET):

Sega just released the HQ assets, including transparent PNG logos, HD versions of the two primary Switch screenshots, as well as the HQ version of the trailer with less compression. I made new screencaps from the HQ version of the trailer.

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Update (March 30th, 2019 at 9:16AM ET):

Sega have just announced the western release of the games. The Mario & Sonic game for Switch is now called Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The arcade game of course is titled Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – Arcade Edition. Finally, the mobile game is titled Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020.

For some reason, the Tokyo 2020 branding is missing from the logos, but the games are titled as such on the website as well as by Sega in their announcement tweet. All seem to still be published by Sega in the west (a first since London 2012), in fact Sega are publishing the games worldwide, which is a first in Japan where Nintendo published the Mario & Sonic series to date prior. Also, the arcade and mobile games are now dated for Summer 2020 in the west, rather than just the generic 2020 date in Japan. Check out the western website here.

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At the SEGA FES 2019 event it was announced that the Mario & Sonic series will return with Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for Switch. Not only that, a separate arcade game, simply titled Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Arcade Game, was additionally revealed, alongside a Sonic-only mobile game for both iOS and Andriod; Sonic at the Olympic Games.

SEGA previously announced back in October 2016, that they had secured the gaming license for the Tokyo 2020 games, but no confirmation was made that the Mario & Sonic series would be returning alongside Sega’s other more photorealistic Olympic video games to tie in with the event.

The title will be the 6th Olympic game title to feature Mario and Sonic following the Olympic game and Winter Olympic game titles.

Via the official Olympic Video Games website, the Switch game is due to release in Japan in Winter 2019. The arcade game is due sometime in 2020. Finally the mobile game is also due in 2020.

Here are the logos of each game plus two high-quality screenshots of the Switch game. I also included screencaps of the trailer, with all but the last being the Switch game, with the last being the mobile game:

Are you excited to see the return of the Mario & Sonic Olympic series? let us know in the comments!

Haunted Castle race track, music revealed for Team Sonic Racing

SEGA revealed a new, ghost-themed race track for Team Sonic Racing today: Haunted Castle. As with most of TSR’s track reveals, this new course was shown alongside its soundtrack, which was composed by Tee Lopes, performed by S.A.M.E., and features Tei Sena on violin (which is easily the highlight).

Despite its name, the race track itself appears to be based on a distorted version of Rooftop Run, with the clocktower in the image bearing a striking (though not exact) resemblance to the clock tower from that level. Check out the image and music below:

Team Sonic Racing will launch on Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC on May 21st. With only 13 of the game’s 21 tracks known, we can probably expect the rate of new track reveals to accelerate as the game’s release approaches. Be sure to stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for that and more!

SEGA Hardlight-Developed ‘Sonic Racing’ Announced for Apple Arcade

Tech giant Apple unveiled its subscription-based gaming service last night, titled ‘Apple Arcade’, and surprisingly SEGA has already been confirmed as a key partner in the upcoming platform, with a ‘Sonic Racing’ game being prepped for release later this year.
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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.
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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.

Team Sonic Racing Achievement/Trophy List “Leaked”

Updates to the Steam Database has revealed what appears to be the achievement list for Team Sonic Racing.

Obviously this contains a few spoilers so we won’t be posting the list in full here, but in terms of you trophy and achievement hunters, it doesn’t look anywhere near as difficult as ASRT’s trophy list was.

You can find the full list right here.

 

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…

New Team Sonic Racing Screenshots Reveal Zavok In-Game

Bit of a breaking story this one which we’ll update with more details as we get it.

Twitter user しをさかな discovered a nice surprise when they bought the newest issue of Famitsu in Japan a few moments ago. Originally they purchased the magazine for an article on Kingdom Hearts 3, but upon reading it discovered a two page spread on Team Sonic Racing which contains a lot of new information.

We see what appears to be part of a CG cut scene and what appears to be a new Planet Wisp themed track track with the name ‘Doctors Mine’. We also see Zavok in-game for the first time driving around a fire themed track.

Nobody as of yet has offered any translation to the article. So keep checking back and we’ll update with more information as we get it.

SEGA Teases New Track in Action-Packed Concept Art

SEGA has released a new piece of concept art through the Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account, which shows Silver dodging lasers on a new tracked called “Frozen Junkyard.” The track appears to be a frozen path suspended over a bottomless pit, with a robot that looks like an amalgamation of Sonic Forces’ Death Crab and Death Egg Robot sentinel acting as a stage hazard.

It’s hard to tell exactly what past Sonic stage this track is based on. SEGA itself hasn’t revealed anything beyond this piece of concept art and the name. Could it be based on Sonic Forces’ Space port? Or something brand new? Stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for updates.

Check out a high res version of the image below:

 

New TSR Remix: “You Can Do Anything!”

Another day, another new soundtrack sample for Team Sonic Racing! This time “You can do anything” or as some fans call it “Toot Toot Sonic Warrior” joins the OST.

This new remix is done by the experienced Richard Jacques and Jun Senoue and will be featured on the Ocean View track which is a re-occurring track from ASRT.

Team Sonic Racing releases later this year, let us know what you think of this track in the comments!

Takashi Iizuka is really interested in remaking Sonic Adventure

Speaking with Retro Gamer magazine in their newest issue featuring a making of Sonic Adventure feature as teased before, Sonic Team’s boss Takashi Iizuka, who also directed Sonic Adventure (as well as Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, and Shadow the Hedgehog), said the following:

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Sonic Adventure’s Sand Hill Returns in Team Sonic Racing

SEGA’s bi-weekly reveals of new Team Sonic racing courses has continued with the reveal of a brand new course: Sand Road. Inspired by Sonic Adventure’s sand-surfing course, Sand Hill, Team Sonic Racing will let players race across the location’s sandy dunes for the first time in nearly twenty years.

When they do, players will also be treated to a remixed version of Sand Hill’s music track, which will feature Tee Lopes and Jun Senoue, with Takeshi Taneda on bass. Check out the music track (and a screen shot of the course) in the video below:

Clean Footage of SegaSonic Bros Emerges!

It’s hard to believe that we first found out about this game back in 2016 and only now we have some clean footage of the game at last!

Clean footage of Sega Sonic Bros has been posted online, directly taken from a new modified version of MAME.

The footage showcases a few new things which we didn’t know previously. When the game reaches level 30, a new SegaSonic Bro enters the game, a white/silver Sonic!

Another new discovery is that at level 40 the music changes to the Blue Spheres theme from Sonic 3, this predates that game by over 2 years! You can check that out in the second video at around 22 seconds.

I’m being told that the individual who compiled this version of MAME goes by the name of GerbilSoft, so send your thanks to them!

Whale Lagoon Joins The TSR Course List!

Things have been a bit quiet since the last piece of Team Sonic Racing news hit the internet, but that’s going to change right now!

A returning track from the original Sonic All Stars Racing, Whale Lagoon is confirmed to be in Sumo Digital’s upcoming Team Sonic Racing!

A remixed music track was released by the official Sonic YouTube Channel which confirmed the news, give it a listen and let us know what you think.

Sonic Unleashed Is Coming To Xbox One!

…Via backwards compatability.

That’s right! The game which brought us Wentos, Chip and Ice Cream is getting a release on the Xbox One thanks to backwards comparability.

Confirmed by Major Nelson just an hour ago, the game is available to play right now!

Now you can re-live those moments of looking for medals, trying not to damage pots and trying to finish the Eggman Land hot dog missions all over again!

 

Happy 26th Birthday to Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – And Tuesday Global Game Launches

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is widely regarded as one of the greatest games in the series – alongside the follow-up epic that was Sonic 3 & Knuckles, of course. And today, on 21 November, we celebrate the game’s 26th anniversary. That’s right, the game that introduced us to Miles ‘Tails’ Prower, Blast Processing and global launches happened on this day all the way back in 1992. Continue reading Happy 26th Birthday to Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – And Tuesday Global Game Launches

Sonic Talk 56: In Good Spirits

Oh…..My….God! An episode of Sonic Talk that’s up just days after being recorded rather than weeks?!! That’s insane!!

Join Jason, Alex, GX and our special-guest-maybe-new-fourth-chair Queen Misty Lakes as we discuss the latest games, Sonic’s upcoming movie and his cameo in Ralph Breaks The Internet. We also discuss the delay of Team Sonic Racing and how everyone in the Sonic Universe might have a slight cameo in Super Smash Bros Ultimate thanks to the new spirit mode. Listen in and join the fun!

Sonic Forces Speed Battle Launches Season Six With Vampire Shadow

Continuing the spirit of the spooky season that SEGA Hardlight kicked off last week, the Sonic Forces Speed Battle mobile app has been updated with a brand new special event, a new stage and some gameplay adjustments. Continue reading Sonic Forces Speed Battle Launches Season Six With Vampire Shadow

King Boom Boo Returns For Team Sonic Racing!

Team Sonic Racing might be delayed to 2019, but new information is still coming out. Including this spooky banger of a music track that just released on the Sonic Twitter channel, a collaboration between Jun Senoue and Sonic Mania composer Tee Lopes. Give it a listen, it’ll take you back to 1994… Continue reading King Boom Boo Returns For Team Sonic Racing!