ChuChu Rocket GBA Box Art Revealed

Sonic Team’s kooky puzzle game, ChuChu Rocket, is getting a re-release on Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance. And Sega has revealed the packshots for the game in both North America and Europe. Take a look below – no news on Sonic Advance’s release outside of Japan yet, but as soon as we hear anything we’ll let you know. Continue reading ChuChu Rocket GBA Box Art Revealed

Hackers Spoil PSO Event, Doesn’t Stop Sonic Team Winning Awards

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

Rumour: Sega to Announce Xbox Partnership at Tokyo Game Show 2001

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

Fan Team Starts Work on ‘Sonic R II’

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’

Sonic Adventure 2, PSO Demoed at GDC 2001

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!

Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #99

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

Phantasy Star Online ver 2 Dated for Japan, New Modes Revealed

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

Sonic Shuffle: Change Lumina into NiGHTS

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

Phantasy Star Online ‘Fan Cup’ Kicks Off in Japan

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

Sonic Amateur Games Expo Opens For A Second Show

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

Sonic Adventure Still in Dreamcast US Top 5 Chart

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!

  1. Phantasy Star Online, Sega, $51
  2. Crazy Taxi, Sega, $20
  3. NBA 2K1, Sega, $49
  4. Sonic Adventure, Sega, $20
  5. NFL 2K1, Sega, $50
  6. NBA 2K, Sega, $20
  7. NFL 2K, Sega, $20
  8. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Activision, $46
  9. NHL 2K, Sega, $20
  10. Metropolis Street Racer, Sega, $41

SEGA Sues Kmart for Alleged Non-Payment of Dreamcast Shipments

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.
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Comic Previews: Sonic the Hedgehog #97 and #98 Double Whammy

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

‘SEGASonic the Hedgehog’ Arcade Game Discovered and Dumped

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

SA2: Sonic’s Shadow Has a Name

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

First Images of ‘Sonic Advance’ and ‘ChuChu Rocket GBA’

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’

Sonic 10th Anniversary Celebrated in Electronic Gaming Monthly

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

Sonic 2 Gets A Cheeky PC Port in Japan

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

‘Sonic Advance’ in Development for Game Boy Advance

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

Sega Partners With Pace Micro Technology to Make Dreamcast Set Top Boxes

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

It’s Official: Sega is Dropping Out of the Console Market

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

Sega Japan Reveals Negotiations to Make PS2 and Game Boy Advance Games

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

Rumour: Sega to Discontinue the Dreamcast and Become Multi-Platform Developer?

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?

New Sonic Wallpaper Released by Sonic Team

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

Sonic Team Announces Mobile Games Service ‘Sonic Cafe’

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’

Archie Sonic #0 Up for Auction on eBay

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!

How Chao Raising Works in Sonic Adventure 2

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

UK Sonic Adventure 2 Release Possibly May; Demo to Launch with PSO

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

Sonic Adventure ‘Behind the Scenes’ Video Unearthed

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

Sonic Adventure 2 Demo Released in USA

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

Sega America Hosts Contest for Fans to Meet Yuji Naka

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