Jeff Fowler, Director of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, has today acknowledged the largely negative feedback the movie trailer has received over the last 48 hours.
In a tweet today, Fowler states
“Thank you for the support. And the critisism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be…”
Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie#gottafixfast 🔧✌️
It is currently unclear as to what extent the character will, or indeed can be changed, with less than 8 months left until the film releases.
This is not the first time that a movie character’s design has been altered in a movie due to fan backlash; the first Michael Bay Transformers movie received similar treatment in which Megatron, the main antagonist of the movie, saw alterations after complaints from fans that his appearance was too far from the source material (thanks for the reminder, @TransistorSynd on twitter!).
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
Those anxious for the first issue of Tangle and Whisper can get their first taste today courteousy of IDW comics. Tangle and Whisper #0 is available for free both online and at your favorite local comic store. The issue itself is a short preview of #1, but the best reason to buy it is if you’re new to IDW Sonic as it features a nice recap of the first year of the book. So why are you still reading this? I gave you a link! Go read the comic! Go drive to your local comic shop and nab a copy while you still can! Go! Continue reading Tangle And Whisper #0 Available Now And It’s Free
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!
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.
Although we, the dwellers of the internet, are yet to see any footage from the up-and-coming Sonic the Hedgehog movie starring James Marsden and Jim Carrey, twitter has been buzzing with news coming from those attending the event and the two teaser-trailers shown there.
The long awaited mini version of SEGA’s 16-bit console has finally been officially revealed at tonight’s SEGA FES 2019. The mini console will launch worldwide later this year on September 19, and will feature 40 games, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2. As we reported earlier this year, SEGA only wanted one game per series on the console, and ran a poll to decide whether Sonic 1 or 2 would be included. Don’t expect anymore Sonic games to be announced later. The console is powered by a mini USB cable, and has the power/reset buttons in the same places as the original console, and even features a replica (though definitely non-functional) cartridge slot you can stick your finger in!
The console will come in two different SKUs: a one-controller 6980 yen unit and a two controller 8980 yen unit. Though no western prices were shown, that translates to $62.95/£48.28 and $80.99/£62.11 respectively.
UPDATE: It has been confirmed that M2 is developing the Mega Drive Mini’s software. M2 is the same company that worked on the the SEGA 3D Classics for 3DS and is currently working on the SEGA AGES line of games for Nintendo Switch.
As always, stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for future updates on the Mega Drive Mini! Check out some images of the console, as well as an image of Sonic 2 running on the console, below:
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!
Don’t blink! Don’t think! Just go-go, go-go, g-g-g-g-go-go down to your local video store on May 28 to pick up Sonic X: The complete series on Region 2 SD Blu-Ray! (God, that was corny.)
The good folks at Disctek Media are bringing all 78 english language episodes in one volume. (Sorry Japanese sub fans, you’ll have to stick with Hulu for now.) This includes the extras from the DVD version as well as the original pitch video where the world of Sonic X had a lot less humans.
The Blu-Ray retails for $69.99, but you can pre-order it from rightstufanime right now for $45.47. Check out Brady Hartel’s Twitter for more info. In the meantime, here’s the cover.
During the SXSW Sonic panel today, there was a surprise bit of Sonic Boom news. No, not Season 3… rather, they announced that a second volume of Sonic Boom DVDs called “Go Team Sonic” will be arriving at store shelves on June 4th. Continue reading SXSW Sonic Boom DVD Volume 2 Announced
The Sonic movie leaks just keep coming, with this latest one leaking some of the toy tie-ins being made by Jakks Pacific, the toy company SEGA signed a deal with last month. The toys themselves are not shown.
Four toys are listed, including a Performance Sonic figure, a Performance Robotnik figure, a 13-inch talking Sonic figure, and perhaps the strangest sounding of the lot, an 8.5 inch “Baby Sonic” plush. These are each listed for $14.99, $18.99, $24.99, and $12.99 respectively, and are all scheduled to ship in August. You can find the listings for all four toys here.
Will the Sonic movie have a baby Sonic? Are you ready for a figure of Jim Carrey dressed like Robotnik? Be sure to stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for more on the Sonic movie, including images of these toys.
A few days ago, Yuji Naka tweeted pictures of himself and his kids giving a fond farewell to SEGA’s old headquarters in Otorii, Tokyo. The company moved out of the building last year, relocating to a building in Ousaki, Tokyo. According to Silconera (via Gamebiz) the building was recently sold for 5.2 billion yen. It was this that prompted Yuji Naka to visit the building. He told his kids that he developed Sonic the Hedgehog on the building’s seventh floor.
Video game legend and former Sonic Team character designer Naoto Ohshima turned 54 today. Ohshima is best known for designing Sonic the Hedgehog and Dr. Eggman, as well as directing Sonic Team classics like Sonic CD, NiGHTS into Dreams and Burning Rangers. After leaving Sonic Team following the completion of Sonic Adventure, Ohshima formed Artoon, where he would go on to create Blinx the Timesweeper (an attempt at creating a platforming mascot for the original Xbox) and act as a producer for a few Yoshi games.
These days, Ohshima serves as the Vice President of Arzest, a Japanese video game studio he helped form after leaving Artoon in 2010.
From all of us here at the Sonic Stadium, happy birthday Naoto Ohshima!
Check out some art from Ohshima below:
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