Have you played the arcade edition of Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020? It’s basically the same version as the one you’ve seen on the Nintendo Switch. Well, it was the same until today. Because Bowser Jr.’s been added to the game’s roster of playable characters!
Today’s Nintendo Direct gave us some new info on Yuji Naka and Naoto Oshima’s upcoming game, Balan Wonderworld. The game will be launching on March 26, 2021, and will include 12 worlds, each with their own boss fight. You progress through the game by collecting hidden trophies, which you can do with a friend through the game’s co-op mode.
You can check out the game’s new trailer for its Nintendo Switch version below:
Video game statue makers First 4 Figures have teased the first glimpses of their new Super Shadow statue for the Sonic the Hedgehog line.
My first Sonic thing ever was an issue of the Archie comic. Between that and the SatAm cartoon, the American characters were just as “Sonic” to me as Tails or Knuckles, and I had always wanted to see them appear as a major part of the games. Unfortunately, media synergy wasn’t really a thing back in the 90s, so the Freedom Fighters largely remained exclusive to spin-off media.
Fan games have occasionally given me the chance to see how Sonic’s American canon could work in the games. This year’s SAGE has two such examples, both inspired by SatAm. One is a typical Sonic platformer, and the other is a surprisingly well done RPG.
Although the 2020 hasn’t been… great… so far, SEGA is intent on making the most of the rest of the year, with the announcement that a large number of new Sonic branded merchandise is heading to stores from December to celebrate the blue blur’s 30th anniversary. It’s going to be a Sonical Christmas!
Continue reading Huge “First Wave” of Sonic 30th Anniversary Merchandise Announced, Coming in December
A Sonic the Hedgehog “bible” containing a history of Sonic lore is due for release in June 2021!
This Autumn, the Colours will feel so
right spooky and creepy at SEGA’s Tokyo Joypolis amusement park. With Wii classic ‘Sonic Colours’ originally releasing on 11 November 2010 (in PAL territories), Joypolis is throwing a special event to both celebrate both the game’s 10-year anniversary and Halloween. Continue reading Tokyo Joypolis Celebrates Sonic Colours’ 10th Anniversary With Crossover Halloween Event
The year was 1994. Sonic & Knuckles was featured in SEGA and MTV’s Rock the Rock competition, and Chris Tang managed to win. 26 years later, Tang was inspired to give his winning run a redo, in an effort to see if he could beat his own record.
Don’t blink! New details on the Ninjala and Sonic the Hedgehog collaboration have just been announced. The ninja-based battle royale developers revealed that between September 23 and October 21, players will be able to unlock cool Sonic outfits as well as emotes and a new Dr. Eggman Ustusemi. Continue reading Sonic x Ninjala Collaboration Details Revealed – Costumes, Eggman Utsusemi and More!
The Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure has received its first brand new downloadable content in nearly twenty years, thanks to the efforts of the Dreamcast community. This new DLC, called “Tikal’s Challenge,” has players traveling back to the past as Sonic to find five chao lost in the ancient echidna city. They’re tasked with finding the chao as quickly as possible, and bringing them to the Master Emerald shrine.
With the world in a state of disarray during a pandemic and nary a drop of news regarding the next big Sonic game (for very understandable reasons), there may have been some concern among the community that there wouldn’t be much of a celebration for Sonic’s big 30th anniversary in 2021. Thankfully this isn’t the case after spotting an advert on a Licensing Magazine.
Remember when we discovered that Sonic 3’s Ice Cap Zone music was actually based on a music track from a yet unreleased album by a band called “The Jetzons” way back?
SAGE 2020 is doing so well this year that the event’s website has broken from the sheer amount of traffic! As we reported when the event launched yesterday, the website has been down since everything started. Despite this, the website logged more than 3.5 million hits in its first 16 hours. Although these are for visits, not individual users, this is a significant uptick from the 100,000 hits the event scored in its first 24 hours last year.
Thankfully, SAGE 2020 has been doing everything it can to keep the event going despite these technical issues. While they work with the site’s ISP, SAGE 2020 has launched a back up website with secondary links to many of the event’s games. You can check it out here.
If you’re a SAGE exhibitor, and your game does not yet have a secondary link on the back up website, be sure to let SAGE know through its discord server!
The 20th edition of the Sonic Amateur Game Expo, SAGE 2020, has officially launched! The long running online fan event will have a whopping 250+ games this year, including loads of Sonic fan games, mods, and original titles. This massive selection shows just how far this event has since its inception as a small Sonic community event back in 2000.
Be sure to stay tuned to Sonic Stadium throughout the event for coverage of some of the events games! You can already see our coverage of one of the games here.
Some more archive SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis era material has come to light today, courtesy of former SEGA Technical Institute artist Craig Stitt. The latest drop comes in the form of some awesome original Sonic the Hedgehog 2 artwork, drawn by the creator of Miles ‘Tails’ Prower, Yasushi Yamaguchi. Continue reading Unseen Original Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Artwork Hits the Internet
A 30 minute production demo of the Sonic OVA has just been released via YouTube, thanks to the efforts of Illuminor, the same Sonic fan who was able to obtain and release the full version of the OVA’s main theme, Look-a-Like, last week.
Illuminor received this demo from the same person who sent him Look-a-Like, after asking if they had any other tracks from the production. This demo features numerous tracks from the OVA spliced together, including the long-coveted South Island theme. Many of these tracks are different from what was featured in the OVA, which leads Illuminor to believe that this is likely from before these tracks were completed. The demo also features roughly ten minutes worth of music never featured in the final production. Illuminor’s contact isn’t sure if all of this music was originally created for the OVA, as it may have been mixed in from other projects.
You can check out the production demo in its entirety below, or go to the YouTube page for time stamps of the individual tracks. Illuminor will be releasing the source files for both Look-a-Like and the production demo via the Russian Sonic fan twitter account Sonic & All Characters at a later date.
Today in Shirt Alert, The Yetee drives you back to the 90s. Continue reading Shirt Alert! Cruisin’ available at The Yetee
Last night, one of Tokyo’s most landmark SEGA arcades closed down for good. The SEGA Akihabara Building 2, best known for its iconic orange escalator design, had its final day of business on August 30. Continue reading Iconic Akihabara SEGA Arcade Closes Down For Good
Did you enjoy the Sonic Movie? Did you enjoy it so much that you want to be surrounded by pictures of Sonic while you sleep? Well Walmart sure has you covered!
Continue reading Sonic Movie Themed Bedsheet Set Available On Walmart.com
The third wave of Jakks Pacific figures have appeared in listings on action figure shop Toywiz – including what appears to be an interesting Chao variant!
Continue reading [UPDATED] Toywiz Lists Wave 3 of Jakks Sonic Figures, Includes “Gold Chao” and Mighty!
A reveal of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 was probably not what you were expecting today, but it’s here. And a pre-order bonus that includes in-game Sonic item cards was probably even more of a surprise to you. Not only are both real, but you only have a few months to wait before the game releases.
If you have been in the mood to try out some Sonic ROM hacks, 3D mods, 2D PC mods, and more, then get ready. The 2020 Sonic Hacking Contest begins in just 2 months, and the contest’s website is now live for people to enter their submissions.
The second wave of Jakks Pacific 7” Sonic plushes, which the company first revealed last year, is finally starting to make its way to stores. Although the plushes were supposed to hit stores on July 29, they have been hard to come by so far. They’ve mostly been appearing at online retailers like Toywiz, ToyZany, and eBay at inflated prices of between $20-$40 (for reference, the MSRP is $10.99).
These plushes are slowly beginning to appear at brick and mortar retailers…at least in the UK. Sonic youtuber Dave Luty was able to get his hands on a Mighty plush, which he posted pictures of on Twitter. Check them out in the embedded tweet below:
Mighty the Armadillo plushies are now in the UK!
This one is currently hanging out in my garden, because he likes the flowers. pic.twitter.com/aAdHiHgfDS
— Dave Luty (Badnik Mechanic) (@DaveLuty) August 24, 2020
According to Luty, his store only had the one. Given the high prices for these plushes elsewhere, it would appear that availability is pretty limited, at least for now. With a third wave that also includes Mighty slated for September, hopefully they will become more available soon. I know some of us, myself included, have been waiting 25 years for a Mighty plush, and that wait may be coming to an end soon.
For an up close look at the new Mighty, Amy Rose, and Super Sonic plushes, check out the gallery below:
Did you know it has been 24 years since the US release of SEGA Saturn classic NiGHTS into Dreams…? Well, SEGA certainly remembered, as their retro revival channel ‘SEGA Forever’ published a celebratory video all about the game. The company also included some long lost concept artwork that feels a bit more ‘nightmare’ than ‘dream’. Continue reading SEGA Celebrates NiGHTS into Dreams Anniversary With Weird Concept Character Art
Hold on to your swords, because SEGA HARDlight is about to unleash the Knight of the Wind in its multiplayer Sonic Forces game. To prepare for an upcoming event, players are being tasked with collecting Special Excalibur Sonic cards. These may be key to unlocking Sonic’s form in Sonic and the Black Knight as a playable character. Continue reading Knight of the Wind! Excalibur Sonic is the Latest Special Character for Sonic Force Mobile
A cool pre-visualisation video of the CG effects used in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has surfaced online. The short clip shows off a variety of different scenes which show how the blue blur would interact with different characters on screen. Continue reading Concept Animation Video of the Sonic Movie Hits the Internet
Paramount has revealed that their Sonic the Hedgehog movie will be returning to theaters in the United States and Canada for a limited time starting today. Currently, showings are listed for various theaters from today to next Thursday. As theaters attempt to navigate reopening amidst a pandemic, they are largely falling back on showing older films due to a dearth of new releases, with Sonic now being one of them.
We won’t beat around the bush, here: we at Sonic Stadium DO NOT endorse doing anything that will put your health at risk, including going to places like movie theaters where social distancing will be difficult to impossible. Last month, the Texas Medical Association released a chart that listed movie theaters as one of the places where risk of COVID-19 infection is high. While COVID-19 is believed to infect older and sicker people worse, healthy young people can also come down with a serious infection, which can lead to months of ongoing symptoms or death. If you still decide to go, please follow all health guidelines and ordinances.
Alternatively, you could just rent the movie for the price of a cheap movie ticket, or buy it outright for the price of a few, and just enjoy it in the safety of your home.
Did you manage to get the OVA-tastic Treasure Hunting Knuckles in Sonic Dash, hat and all? Well, if you just missed out, maybe this will help take the sting out. HARDlight has announced that starting today you can work to unlock the next special character, Elite Agent Rouge. Continue reading The Next Special Sonic Dash Character is Elite Agent Rouge
Even though we still haven’t heard much in the way of #Sonic2020 announcements, SEGA’s Japanese Sonic team has managed to keep its ‘Sonic Station Live’ shows ticking. The next broadcast is scheduled for August 28th. We should expect some new goods and music-based merchandise, at the very least. Continue reading August’s Sonic 2020 Livestream Promises New Merchandise and Compilation Album
Sonic fans can be talented. Very talented. They can be so talented, in fact, that the stuff they produce is sometimes confused with the real thing. The latest example of this can be found in Netflix’s new video game documentary series, High Score. Continue reading Sonic Fan Hack Makes its Way into Netflix Documentary Series
SEGA has announced that it will pivot its business towards its video games division, with a more “aggressive” push for PC ports of its legacy titles. Continue reading SEGA Will “Aggressively” Focus on PC Ports As Steam Sales Outperform
Paramount Japan has announced the release date of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie on both disc and digital platforms. Continue reading Sonic Movie Japanese Blu-Ray Release Slated for October, Digital Distribution in September
Surprise! We thought we were done with special cover artwork for IDW Sonic #30. But today the issue’s ‘Retailer Incentive’ edition was revealed. Not only does it look amazing in its own right, but it builds on the last issue’s RI cover in a really cool way. Continue reading IDW Sonic Issue 30 Retailer Incentive Cover Builds on Metal Virus Montage
Sonic’s history is a tale of high and lows, twists and turns, and lots of mysteries. Sonic’s Classic era particularly has been a constant gold mine of information and surprising stories. For example, SEGA Technical Institute once pitched a SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive spin-off game called “Treasure Tails”.
The annual ‘Games Done Quick’ charity gaming event for 2020 begins today, and as part of the launch festivities you can pick up a cool Sonic Heroes-inspired t-shirt courtesy of TheYetee. Continue reading Awesome Sonic Heroes T-Shirt Available to Buy During GDQ 2020 Online Event
Genesis does what Nintendon’t? Apparently not.