There’s been a little bit of good news and bad news this week in the world of Phantasy Star Online. The officially-organised PSO Fan Cup has been halted in Japan due to hackers exploiting certain elements of the special quests. It’s likely that the event has only been temporarily stopped while the culprits are weeded out. Continue reading Hackers Spoil PSO Event, Doesn’t Stop Sonic Team Winning Awards
More information has sprouted regarding the fan-created sequel to Sonic R. According to the latest production log, a script for the opening scene has already been drafted and game production will soon start. Exciting times! Continue reading ‘Sonic R II’ Fan Game Writing Team Confirmed
The upcoming Spring 2001 Tokyo Game Show event will be the venue for a big SEGA announcement that will see a list of games planned for Microsoft’s Xbox, according to IGN. The site says that it expects the publisher to outline specific titles alongside Microsoft when it introduces the Xbox console to the Japanese market. Continue reading Rumour: Sega to Announce Xbox Partnership at Tokyo Game Show 2001
Ever wanted a sequel to Sonic R? Well your dreams could be about to come true – if a recently-formed fan team has anything to say about it. A group who run the fansite SonicUnderground.net have started work on ‘Sonic R II’, with an aim to release on Dreamcast. Continue reading Fan Team Starts Work on ‘Sonic R II’
Not exactly earth-shattering news, but IGN is reporting that SEGA is showcasing demo versions of Sonic Adventure 2, Phantasy Star Online and a number of other Dreamcast titles at the Game Developers Conference 2001. No new information was gleaned from these appearances, but it does show that the House of Sonic is still supporting its final console even as it pushes towards third party publishing. Only a few more months to go until SA2, folks!
A new solicitation has come in for Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic, and it looks like we’re now getting an idea as to how the book will play out certain scenarios over the next few months. The cover for issue #99 also features a heatbreaking scene involving Sonic, Mina and Sally. Will this turn into a full-blown love triangle? Details after the jump. Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #99
TOKYO, March 16 (Reuters) – Sega Corp said that its outspoken president Isao Okawa, who recently grabbed media headlines for his 85 billion yen ($695.7 million) private donation to the struggling gamemaker, died of heart failure on Friday. He was 74 years old. Continue reading SEGA President Isao Okawa Dies
New information on the upcoming Phantasy Star Online ‘Version 2’ has been revealed. The game will be released in May for Japanese Dreamcast players, and will include two new levels (Space Boat and Sanctuary) along with new Mags (like a Master System-themed one), new characters, enemies and clothing. Continue reading Phantasy Star Online ver 2 Dated for Japan, New Modes Revealed
There was always something… familiar… about Sonic Shuffle protagonist and referee Lumina. Seeing her flying about in the night sky kind of reminds us of another classic Sonic Team character. Turns out our suspicions weren’t unfounded, because it looks like she moonlights as dream jester NiGHTS on the side. Continue reading Sonic Shuffle: Change Lumina into NiGHTS
Think you’re pretty good at hunting as a HUmar? Rampaging as a RAcast? Force-casting as a FOnewm? Erm… anyway, if you’re good at Phantasy Star Online and live in Japan, then you might want to pay attention to a cool event that SEGA is holding with Famitsu as you could win some serious cash. Continue reading Phantasy Star Online ‘Fan Cup’ Kicks Off in Japan
Last year, a bunch of cool fan game community guys organised an online event called the Sonic Amateur Games Expo. It was a showcase of upcoming projects that put Sonic into various fan-created gaming scenarios. Well, it was so popular that it’s coming back for a second run this year! Continue reading Sonic Amateur Games Expo Opens For A Second Show
The blue blur might be heading to Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance, but Sonic Team is keeping schtum over any future third party platform announcements, with Yuji Naka simply saying that the studio is “looking into all platforms.” Continue reading Sonic Team Muses Over Where Sonic Should Go Next
Even after 18 months on store shelves, Sonic Adventure remains one of the biggest-selling Dreamcast games ever! Below is the latest Top 10 Chart for Dreamcast games, and as you can see the launch title is still riding high in the top 5. Full list below – keep running, Sonic!
- Phantasy Star Online, Sega, $51
- Crazy Taxi, Sega, $20
- NBA 2K1, Sega, $49
- Sonic Adventure, Sega, $20
- NFL 2K1, Sega, $50
- NBA 2K, Sega, $20
- NFL 2K, Sega, $20
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Activision, $46
- NHL 2K, Sega, $20
- Metropolis Street Racer, Sega, $41
Ken Penders answered a lot of our questions at his latest chat session yesterday. Here are the most interesting parts of the chat: Continue reading Ken Penders Archie Chat: Sonic Adventure 2 Will Be Focus of Sonic #98
With all the news/rumours flying around about Sega ceasing production of the Dreamcast, you’d be forgiven for thinking that US retailer Kmart’s removal of the console from its shelves was some sort of reaction to that. Well, you’d be wrong – Sega is suing the chain for allegedly failing to pay around $2.2 million for hardware shipments since 1999.
Continue reading SEGA Sues Kmart for Alleged Non-Payment of Dreamcast Shipments
This is your lucky day, comic fans! You get two Archie previews for the price of one today. And the solicitations for Sonic #97 and #98 are bringing the thunder, guys, seriously… Geoffrey St. John, Tails, Uncle Chuck, Missing Overlanders, an undercover Sonic the Hedgehog, Sally going covert, Mina getting attention AND a Sonic Adventure 2 cover!? Read on! Continue reading Comic Previews: Sonic the Hedgehog #97 and #98 Double Whammy
A rather nice discovery has been made, amidst all the console doom and gloom. It turns out that a rather crafty member of the Sonic community has got his hands on a working ROM of a long-lost Sonic game called ‘SEGASonic the Hedgehog’. The title, originally released in Japanese arcades in limited numbers, has been difficult to emulate due to its unique trackball control scheme. But now, someone’s played it on a computer! Continue reading ‘SEGASonic the Hedgehog’ Arcade Game Discovered and Dumped
New images of Sonic Adventure 2 have been revealed, giving a name to Sonic’s mysterious black doppelgänger. His name is Shadow, and he certainly looks similar enough to Sonic to be named as such. The images also introduce a new character called Rouge. These characters look amazing and I can’t wait ’til the game comes out! Who knew that black hedgehog had a name… Screenshots below! Continue reading SA2: Sonic’s Shadow Has a Name
Well, at least Sonic’s not dead even if the Dreamcast is. According to a top Sega Japan representative, the company is exploring ways to celebrate the blue blur’s 10th Anniversary via the medium of CG animation. Could we get a new Sonic the Movie in 2001? Continue reading Sega Japan: A New Sonic CG Anime Could Happen
Behold! Sonic Team has released the first EVER picture of Sonic the Hedgehog Advance for the Game Boy Advance. Click through to see the screenshot, found on the developer’s official website. It certainly looks pretty, and gives us a good idea as to how beautiful the final game may end up looking like! Continue reading First Images of ‘Sonic Advance’ and ‘ChuChu Rocket GBA’
If you live in the US, get to your local game store right away to pick up the new Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine. This month’s issue features Sonic on the cover – not only that, but characters from Phantasy Star Online are reflected in his eyes! Continue reading Sonic 10th Anniversary Celebrated in Electronic Gaming Monthly
Remember when Sega of America was producing a Mega Drive classics pack for the Dreamcast? Well, it seems like Sega Japan is also getting in on the compilation action – only on PC. Whereas a single Sega Smash Pack exists in the US right now, in Japan there are three such bundles for Windows computers, one of which includes Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Continue reading Sonic 2 Gets A Cheeky PC Port in Japan
Sega has announced that it is currently working on three games for Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance handheld. If you’ve been paying attention to rumours lately, the existence of a ‘Sonic the Hedgehog Advance‘ won’t really surprise you at all. But knowing that such a project is now official makes Sega’s third-party status feel all the more real. Continue reading ‘Sonic Advance’ in Development for Game Boy Advance
Well it looks like the home console race is over, but for set top boxes the Dream lives on, as Sega has announced a new partnership with British technology firm Pace Micro Technology to develop a special TV box that has the ability to play Dreamcast games. According to a report on IGNDC, the announced production halt of the home console could well be just a tactic to make room for this new living-room gadget instead. Continue reading Sega Partners With Pace Micro Technology to Make Dreamcast Set Top Boxes
Goodnight, sweet prince. 🙁 It’s actually happening. We didn’t want to believe it, but it’s happening. Sega, as a first-party console maker, is no more. The company has formally announced that it will be quitting the hardware business and becoming a third-party software developer. A price drop for the Dreamcast was also announced to help clear any remaining stock. Continue reading It’s Official: Sega is Dropping Out of the Console Market
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire… after the rumour that Sega might be dropping the Dreamcast came out yesterday, a press release has been issued by Sega’s Japan headquarters that states that the company is “currently in negotiations to supply software for PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance.” Wow. Continue reading Sega Japan Reveals Negotiations to Make PS2 and Game Boy Advance Games
What… the… heck..? This is a pretty explosive rumour, so let’s hope it’s not true. Apparently, there are noises that suggest Sega is going to stop production of the Dreamcast and actually make video games for other rival consoles – including PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance!(?) Continue reading Rumour: Sega to Discontinue the Dreamcast and Become Multi-Platform Developer?
Who wants a change of scenery for their desktop? Sonic Team has you covered. The studio has just released a brand new wallpaper image, and it’s quite sleek and elegant if we do say so ourselves. Read on to get a bunch of download options depending on your monitor’s screen resolution. Continue reading New Sonic Wallpaper Released by Sonic Team
A bunch of new NiGHTS into Dreams and ChuChu Rocket! games have popped up on Sonic Team’s official Japanese website. But they’re not what you think – they’re actually for your mobile phone. Crazy! Apparently, mobiles are really popular in Japan, and everybody plays little games on them. So in an attempt to get in on the action, ‘Sonic Cafe’ will offer a bunch of bite-size applications based on their famous franchises. Continue reading Sonic Team Announces Mobile Games Service ‘Sonic Cafe’
You can be in with a chance to own a piece of Archie Sonic comic history, thanks to a rather nice seller and the power of eBay. The listing includes a copy of a six-page ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ comic book that came included with the Mega CD system in the US. Worth pointing out that this isn’t just the first issue in the mainstream print run that began in 1993 – this is part of a mini-series that pre-dates that! Go here if you’re interested – good luck!
New Sonic Adventure 2 screenshots from Official Dreamcast Magazine reveal some details on Chao raising. Instead of animals being freed from robots in order to nurture your Chao, you will find odd little rods. Apparently these will be compatible somehow with your virtual pet. Continue reading How Chao Raising Works in Sonic Adventure 2
Those of you waiting for SA2 to be arriving anytime soon, it ain’t gonna happen. Don’t you just HATE rumours? >_< According to the ODM (Official Dreamcast Magazine), the game is expected to be pushed to May in the UK. That’s a probable mean delay, but hey, hopefully Sonic Shuffle will be released in-between as a fill-gap? Or maybe not… 🙁 Continue reading UK Sonic Adventure 2 Release Possibly May; Demo to Launch with PSO
Now THIS is cool! If you’ve ever wanted to see some Behind-the-Scenes footage of Dreamcast launch title Sonic Adventure, this video will sort you right out. It’s a 30-minute long promotional video called ‘Sonic Adventure at Tokyo International Forum’ and features stage playthroughs, character bios and a funny story where Sonic Team goes on location to research the game. Continue reading Sonic Adventure ‘Behind the Scenes’ Video Unearthed
Hey, we have an UPDATE here, people! The most anticipated Sonic game ever has been released in the USA in the form of a demo. Those lucky Americans able to play a preview version of Sonic Adventure 2. My web buddy Kulock has reviewed it, for any of you desperate to find out how it plays. CLICK HERE to find out from the Moogle man himself! Continue reading Sonic Adventure 2 Demo Released in USA
Who fancies meeting the legendary Yuji Naka? You, I bet. Well, it’s just as well that he’s been bouncing here there and everywhere then – chances are you’re likely to bump into him at some point while he’s doing the Sonic Adventure 2 and Phantasy Star Online tour, but if stalking’s not your thing Sega of America is holding a contest where you can get flown to San Francisco just to meet the Sonic-creating hero. Continue reading Sega America Hosts Contest for Fans to Meet Yuji Naka
Pour one out for Sonic Adventure, it’s time is finally up. It seems that Sonic Team are winding down the online updates for the game, which makes sense given that Sonic Adventure 2 is around the corner. Accessing the Sonic Adventure Online site (via the Dreamcast) presents a ‘FINAL UPDATE’, which states that World Rankings are closing. New times can still be uploaded, but no more contests or prizes. RIP, Sonic Adventure Online.
Source: The Sonic Foundation