SEGA Reveals Mega Drive Mini CD, 32X, Sonic 1 and Sonic & Knuckles Decoration Models

SEGA Japan surprised an entire globe of fans today by casually revealing that its upcoming Mega Drive Mini micro-console will launch alongside several decorative add-ons that replicate the Mega CD, 32X and Sonic & Knuckles’ lock-on technology! Continue reading SEGA Reveals Mega Drive Mini CD, 32X, Sonic 1 and Sonic & Knuckles Decoration Models

Team Sonic Racing’s ‘Maximum Overdrive’ Tracklist Revealed

The official soundtrack to Team Sonic Racing, dubbed ‘Maximum Overdrive’, is about to release worldwide on May 29th! And we can’t wait to finally get to listen to Jun Senoue’s latest series works while at the office/bus/plane/pit stop. We can reveal the full track listing on this whopping THREE-CD OST release, so you can prepare for an epic listening session tomorrow (both physical and via streaming services). Continue reading Team Sonic Racing’s ‘Maximum Overdrive’ Tracklist Revealed

TSS Review: Team Sonic Racing

It says a lot about Sumo Digital’s developing competence when the team can create a sequel to a much-loved racing spinoff series, nearly seven years after the last entry, on (seemingly) a much tighter budget, and yet still manage to find ways to make the experience appear like a full-priced premium package. Continue reading TSS Review: Team Sonic Racing

TSS Interview: Takashi Iizuka Hints At Dodon Pa’s Return as ‘Master of Ceremonies’

Team Sonic Racing is officially out tomorrow, and everyone is super-excited to get behind the wheel with the blue blur once again. But perhaps the person most excited about the game’s release is Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka, who will now get to fully enjoy playing multiplayer kart racing games with his son. Continue reading TSS Interview: Takashi Iizuka Hints At Dodon Pa’s Return as ‘Master of Ceremonies’

Team Sonic Racing Debuts New Voice Actors for Several Sonic Characters

With the release of Team Sonic Racing, the Sonic voice cast appears to have gotten its first major shakeup since 2010. Six characters have been recast with new voice actors, including Zavok, Omega, Blaze, Omachao, Silver, and most notably, Knuckles. Continue reading Team Sonic Racing Debuts New Voice Actors for Several Sonic Characters

SEGA Releases Team Sonic Racing Launch Trailer As Positive Reviews Hit the Web

Team Sonic Racing is available in just a few days time, and the hype is starting to become too much to bear. What might help pass the time, though, is a slew of initial positive reviews of the game coupled with a special launch trailer provided by SEGA Europe. Continue reading SEGA Releases Team Sonic Racing Launch Trailer As Positive Reviews Hit the Web

Sonic Spinball coming to the SEGA Mega Drive Mini

SEGA revealed another ten games for their upcoming SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Mini today, including Sonic Spinball. Developed in 1993 by the American-based SEGA Technical Institute, Sonic Spinball put Sonic into pinball-inspired levels, where he had to collect the chaos emeralds and defeat bosses.

Spinball marks fourth Sonic game to be announced for SEGA’s mini console, joining Sonic 1 and 2, and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine. Check out the list of all ten newly revealed games below:

• Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
• Beyond Oasis
• Ghouls and Ghosts
• Golden Axe
• Phantasy Star IV
• Street Fighter 2: Special Championship Edition
• Mega Man: The Wily Wars
• Sonic Spinball
• Vectorman
• Wonderboy in Monster World

With ten more games left to be announced, it is very possible that SEGA has one more Sonic game waiting in the wings for their mini console. Stay tuned!

Unused Sonic 2 ‘Club Scene’ Music Track Unveiled by Former SEGA Composer in School Lecture

Sometimes unreleased and unused content for certain games can come from the most unlikely places. This is true for most of the discoveries unearthed for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, as prototype and ‘beta’ versions of the game have been found in almost any and every corner of the planet. Well, now we might have a new discovery straight from someone’s classroom!  Continue reading Unused Sonic 2 ‘Club Scene’ Music Track Unveiled by Former SEGA Composer in School Lecture

High-Res Team Sonic Racing Key Art Revealed

Art admirers and official scribble aficionados, rejoice! We have some high-res images for you here, covering the key art from Team Sonic Racing’s character lineup as well as final ESRB packshots for the North American market. Take a look below! Continue reading High-Res Team Sonic Racing Key Art Revealed

Check Out These Colourful New Team Sonic Racing Screenshots

Now that you’ve had some time to digest our thoughts on how Team Sonic Racing is coming along, we wanted to share with you a treasure trove of new screenshots that SEGA thoughtfully sent to us. These new snaps show off three locations: Frozen Junkyard, Hidden Volcano and Lost Palace – all of which we played during our special preview. Take a look below. Continue reading Check Out These Colourful New Team Sonic Racing Screenshots

TSS Preview: Team Sonic Racing

We were invited this month to attend SEGA’s Team Sonic Racing Preview Event, hosted deep in the heart of London’s Shoreditch, and get our hands on the game’s latest build! What happened was an action-packed day filled with tournaments, time trials and a LOT of gameplay impressions. So, let’s get right to it!

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Sonic and Friends Battle it Out in Part 2 of Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive

SEGA released the second part of their Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive animated short series earlier today. Directed by Tyson Hesse and animated by Neko Productions, the short sees Team Sonic and Team Shadow battle for first place. Which team will prevail? Find out in the video below! Continue reading Sonic and Friends Battle it Out in Part 2 of Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive

Incredible Box of Sonic 2 Development Art & Data Discovered

Sonic 2 Prototypes and Betas have become the stuff of legend and folklore, with numerous tales of lost and stolen versions circulating amongst the community for years alongside of nearly 10 versions which have been discovered to date.

Even now – 27 years after the game’s debut – new and unseen development material is still surfacing, and this time courtascy of a chance meeting at a garage sale!

Continue reading Incredible Box of Sonic 2 Development Art & Data Discovered

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

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.

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

(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.
Continue reading SEGA Hardlight-Developed ‘Sonic Racing’ Announced for Apple Arcade

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

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.