Mario and Sonic Demo Now Available on Japanese E-Shop

Sega has just released a Mario and Sonic at the Olympics Tokyo 2020 demo onto the Japanese E-Shop. The demo is in full English and contains seven events. Five from the normal, Olympic games and two from the Tokyo 1964 mode. The events include 110m Hurdles, Surfing, Karate, Badminton and Archery on the Olympics side, along with Long Jump and 10m Platform Diving on the 1964 side. You can play as Mario, Sonic, Bowser, and Dr, Eggman in the Olympic events or just Mario and Sonic in the 1964 events. You can also add an analog mode to the 1964 events to give it that CRT TV look.

While you’re on the Japanese E-Shop, be sure to check out the demo for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz too as Sonic will be a bonus character in the game.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympics Tokyo 2020 will be available on November 5th in the U.S. and November 8th in Europe.

Never Before Heard Demo Music (3D) Blasts Onto The Internet!

Hang onto your blast processing chips! In the interest of game development preservation, Jon Burton, founder of Traveller’s Tales and GameHut has released some demo tracks for Sonic 3D Blast for the SEGA Mega Drive, composed by Jun Senoue way back in the early 90’s. It’s music that’s been hidden from us for decades, and now we have access to it!

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True Horror Abounds as Sonic Movie Themed Costumes Appear in Stores

You can’t run, you can’t hide, you can’t reach the other side of the rainbow, because this is Movie Sonic’s neighborhood! He’s taken over! Costumes based off of Sonic’s scrapped design for the upcoming feature film are appearing in stores across the United States, just in time for Halloween! Continue reading True Horror Abounds as Sonic Movie Themed Costumes Appear in Stores

Tee Lopes and Jun Senoue’s Station Square Remix is Here, and it’s GREAT

Yesterday, we reported that a new official remix from Tee Lopes was on the way soon, and we speculated that it would be Sonic Mania themed… and we were wrong! Sonic fans old and new will get to listen to a fantastic arrangement of “Welcome to Station Square” from the beloved Sonic Adventure, and even Jun Senoue gets in on the action!

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Classic Sonic All But Confirmed For Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

Earlier at the tail-end of September, we reported on a leak that indicated that Sonic the Hedgehog was going to be an unlockable extra character in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD! And thanks to a data-mine, we now know that’s true! What we didn’t realize, however, was that it would feature Sonic’s “classic” design!

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Mario and Sonic Opening Movie, Trailer and Gameplay Surfaces

Heads up! SEGA just released a new trailer for their Mario and Sonic crossover sports game, and the opening along with some gameplay footage of Dream Events and retro mini games has surfaced as well! Check it out, and get hyped!

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“The Genesis is Back!” SEGA Genesis Mini Launches with a Sizzlin’ Trailer

The wait is finally over! The highly anticipated mini console is now available for purchase in the North American region. Here’s some information on where you can get your hands on it, and what games are inside!

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See Sonic Racing and Chu Chu Rocket! Universe in Action Here!

So, with Apple Arcade launching today, we’re finally getting our first in-depth looks at both Sonic Racing and Chu Chu Rocket! Universe. With no official footage being released, we decided to record our own footage of these games.

It should be noted that both of these games are being recorded off of an iPhone 7, which could only achieve medium graphical quality for either game. This footage is not representative of how the games will look on more advanced hardware.

For Sonic Racing, I recorded the tutorial and a few races in the default vertical orientation, before later recording some footage horizontally. Check them out below:

I actually found it more difficult to play this game with the landscape orientation. Here’s hoping the Apple TV version has controller support:

For Chu Chu Rocket! Universe, I recorded the opening minutes of the game, including some bits of story mode, then recorded another puzzle separately to show off how arrows are selected (and because it was the first puzzle I had some trouble with).

You’ll find those recordings below:

Be sure to stick around for more news on these and other games!

Sonic Racing & Chu Chu Rocket! Universe Launch Today as Part of Apple Arcade (UPDATED)

Two Sonic Team franchises have launched new entries today as part of Apple Arcade’s launch line-up. Sonic Racing brings a version of Sumo Digital’s Team Sonic Racing to Apple’s platforms, letting players race as a variety of Sonic characters in a team-based racer. Chu Chu Rocket! Universe brings back the classic puzzle action of the Dreamcast original, where the player has to direct mice through a course to their rocket ship, without letting the cats eat them. Both games were made by SEGA HARDlight, the same developers behind the Sonic Dash games.

Apple Arcade is a subscription-based game service for Apple platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Macintosh. For $5 a month, you gain access to every game on the service, without needing to deal with ads, in-app purchases, or other kinds of micro transactions. Every game on the service is exclusive to it, so it’s unlikely these games will be appearing on other platforms (or at least mobile platforms) any time soon.

If you want to try the games now, you can take advantage of a 30-day free trial after downloading iOS 13 for iPhone. Unfortunately, only iPhone users can currently access Apple Arcade, as the updates for Apple’s other platforms are arriving until September 30.

UPDATE: We have been able to confirm that both games boast controller support, including support for PS4 and Xbox One controllers. To sync a PS4 controller, hold the share and home buttons to put it into pairing mode. For Xbox One, hold the sync button. Afterwards, each controller can be linked to your iPhone from the phone’s Bluetooth menu.

SEGA has also released a trailer showing off both games, which you can check out below:

UPDATE: New Mario and Sonic Trailer Shows Sonic Forces’ Metropolis and New Footage

One of the coolest things about the Mario and Sonic series, besides seeing Mario and Sonic together in the same game (that never gets old for a 90s kid) is seeing them compete in familiar territory. Dream Events are how we do it in Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, and in the Tokyo 2020 edition, we get a glimpse of a level from the more recent Sonic Forces, among others. Continue reading UPDATE: New Mario and Sonic Trailer Shows Sonic Forces’ Metropolis and New Footage

SEGA Live-streams Footage for Three New Mario & Sonic 2020 Events

SEGA showed game play from three new events in their Tokyo Game Show livestream earlier today. Twitter user SonicWindBlue ripped the footage and posted it to showcase the new modes.

Two new dream events and a new retro event were shown. To see the footage, check out SonicWindBlue’s tweets below:

If you want to watch the Japanese-language livestream, you can check it out in the embedded Youtube video below. The Mario & Sonic stuff starts at around the two-hour forty-minute mark:

Sonic Mania Programmer Creates New Spooky Platformer “Vertebreaker”

Sonic community veteran and Sonic Mania programmer Simon Thomley aka “Stealth” of Headcannon is working on an original, new 2D platformer reminiscent of the old-school SEGA glory days, and it’s quite a spooky one!

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SAGE Shows Off Its 2019 Lineup with New Trailer

Every year, SAGE gives Sonic fans around the world a stage to show off their game programming and design chops to the community. This year will be no different, and they’ve dropped a little trailer to whet our appetites for what this year’s exhibitors have in store. Check it out below!

SAGE, or the Sonic Amateur Game Expo, is an online exhibition held every year by Sonic Fan Games HQ. The expo gives creators a chance to show-off Sonic fan games, hacks, and original games inspired by the franchise. SAGE 2019 is being held on September 27th through October 4th.

Chu Chu Rocket! Universe coming to Apple Arcade

A new entry in Sonic Team’s long-dead Chu Chu Rocket franchise made a surprise appearance in an Apple press release today: Chu Chu Rocket! Universe.

The game is being developed by Hardlight, and is slated to come to the Apple Arcade service, a video game subscription service for Apple Devices that will let subscribers play a variety of games for $4.99 a month on iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and Macs. It’s important to note that Apple’s press release specifies that it is a “mobile and subscription service” exclusive which doesn’t necessarily rule out console ports of the game, although devices that support Apple Arcade are the only confirmed platforms.

The game has 100 3D puzzle courses, and features gameplay that appears pretty faithful to the Dreamcast original: direct your mice to rocket ships without letting cats devouring them all. Chu Chu Rocket! Universe is slated to launch alongside the debut of the Apple Arcade service on September 19. Chu Chu Rocket! won’t be the only Sonic Team series hitting the service either: as we reported earlier this year, Sonic Racing will also be coming to Apple Arcade.

The Dreamcast original was the first game on the system to feature online play, so a sequel being announced a day after the system’s 20th anniversary is neat timing. This will be the first new entry in the franchise since the Dreamcast game was ported to iOS and Android back in 2011.

Nothing else is known about the game. Check below for a screenshot and game play footage:

 

 

Happy 20th Anniversary, SEGA Dreamcast!

Back in 1999, SEGA was on the ropes. Their 32-bit console, the SEGA Saturn, had been a failure everywhere but Japan. The SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis was long dead. The arcade market was struggling. Japan was in the midst of a decade-long depression. The SEGA Dreamcast was its last hope at remaining a contender as a console maker.

Of course, we all know how that went by now. The Dreamcast struggled in Japan, initially selling out when it launched on November 27 1998, but then failing to meet subsequent sales targets. The Dreamcast had a record breaking launch in America, where it sold 500,000 units in just two weeks. The system also did very well in Europe, where it managed to sell 400,000 units in about 5 weeks. Unfortunately, this success would not last, and on January 31, 2001, SEGA announced that the system would be discontinued.

Despite its short life, the Dreamcast has become something of a cult hit among hardcore gamers. It saw many acclaimed releases, like Soul Calibur, Skies of Arcadia, Jet Grind Radio, Grandia 2, and Shenmue. It pioneered console online gaming, becoming the first system to feature a built in modem, which allowed many developers to inject online functionality into their games, including DLC, leaderboards, and online multiplayer.

Around here, the system is probably best known for being the machine that powered Sonic’s first true 3D outings, permanently changing the franchise forever.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the system’s iconic 9.9.99 US launch. Do you have anything memories of that launch? Or the system? Or its games? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

This won’t be our only Dreamcast article marking the occasion. Keep an eye out for a few more articles over the next month!

The Official Sonic Art & Design Book To Be Updated With 32 New Pages In Next Reprint

Video game art dealer Cook & Becker have announced that the next reprint of the Official Sonic the Hedgehog Art & Design Book will feature 32 pages of new content from Sonic Mania, Sonic Forces, and Team Sonic Racing. First released in 2016 as part of Sonic’s 25th anniversary, the book originally only went as far as releases from that year.

Cook & Becker hinted at this last week, leaving many to speculate that Sonic Mania would be receiving its own art book. However, according to the company’s twitter account, there would not have been enough content from the game to fill out its own art book, so they decided to update their 25th anniversary art book instead.

The updated book can be pre-ordered off of their website for $39.99 (plus $12.50 for shipping), and is currently scheduled to ship sometime in November.

They released some samples of the new pages, which you can check out in the gallery below:

Data Discs’ Sonic CD Vinyl Release Looks Incredible [Photos]

Way back in June, we reported that retro game album producers Data Discs had announced a special vinyl of the Sonic CD soundtrack. As a game that still resonates with many Sonic fans, 26 years after its original Mega CD release, this news caught a lot of people’s attention – with a limited edition ‘splatter’ edition selling out almost immediately. Continue reading Data Discs’ Sonic CD Vinyl Release Looks Incredible [Photos]

Mario & Sonic 2020’s Complete Character Roster Appears To Have Been Revealed

A SEGA site for the upcoming Tokyo Game Show lineup includes sample imagery that appears to show the total character roster for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

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Cover for Sonic #25 Released

Comic books, especially Sonic comics, traditionally have major events, special stories, or cool covers every 25thissue. By the looks of things, IDW’s iteration of Sonic looks to continue that tradition with this new cover from Tyson Hesse featuring every major character from the series. Hesse has done work on various Sonic comics in the past and recently directed the Sonic Mania Adventures animated web series.

There’s no solicitation to go with this one. Check out the cover below!

Are Cook & Becker Teasing A Sonic Mania Art Book?

Video game art dealers Cook & Becker have teased an image of the Mighty the Armadillo artwork from Sonic Mania alongside concept sketches from the animatics, in what looks to be a brand-new Sonic the Hedgehog art book!

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Previews for Sonic #20, Tangle & Whisper #2 released

IDW has released three-page previews of their next few upcoming Sonic comics through Apple Books. Both Sonic the Hedgehog #20 and Tangle & Whisper #2 now have previews available. Sonic #20 will be released later this week on August 28, while T&W #2 is coming next Wednesday.

Check out the previews, covers, and solicitations for the issues below:

“Crisis City, Part 2”! When a powerful ally succumbs to the Metal Virus, Omega and Sonic stand alone against an infected city. And even if they can save the remaining civilians from the zombots, will they be safe from Sonic?

The conclusion of the Crisis City storyline, but not the Metal Virus saga

If Tangle and Whisper know they’re being led into a trap, the imposter they’ve been chasing can’t get the drop on them, right? Who is this mysterious imposter, why is Whisper so adamant about taking him down, and will Tangle be able to help-or just get in the way? Find out in “Ambush”!

New Japanese Trailer for Mario and Sonic 2020 Tokyo Olympics Shows Off Story Mode, Dream Events and More!

While Sega of America did show off a great, new Mario and Sonic 2020 trailer, there was a bit left out. The Sega of Japan trailer seems to show off a lot more of the game. In the four-minute trailer, we get a sample of the 21 events in the main game, along with 10 events for the 1964 retro mode. Speaking of, the story mode is shown off a bit and appears to center around time travel as Mario, Sonic and a few of their friends end up in 1964 Tokyo. The trailer also shows off some of the dream events including a skating event through Metropolitan Highway from Sonic Forces. There’s even dream events in the 1964 mode as well, bringing the event count to well above 31!

This trailer’s got me hyped! Mario and Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is starting to look like it could be the best one yet. Race to the store when it hits November 5th in the U.S. and November 8th in Europe on the Nintendo Switch.

Mario and Sonic Go Old School in New Retro Olympic Events

Back at E3, SEGA hinted at a new “retro mode” for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, but wouldn’t clarify anything beyond the brief clip we saw in the E3 trailer – today we finally have clarification! 10 events in the game will have alternate “Classic 2D Events” that utilize retro sprites and graphics, and take place during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics!

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New Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics Details Surface From Translated Interview

A Japanese interview with the producer for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 from E3 by Dengeki has been translated, and it reveals some details about the upcoming title, from motion controls to characters and even a story mode! Continue reading New Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics Details Surface From Translated Interview