It’s June 23rd, and you know what that means. Today marks the anniversary of Sonic’s first adventure. Of course, in the game’s canon, he remains a 15 year old. But Sonic 1 released 29 years ago on this date, which means Sonic, and even Dr. Eggman, are now 29 years old.
Sonic Revolution, the yearly Sonic convention normally hosted on the west coast of the United States will have it’s first digital convention and everyone can attend! The event will start at 10 am US pacific time on Twitch at this link. You can also chat with other Sonic fans and do “Meet and Greets” with some of the Sonic talents at the discord server.
The event will be hosted by Shayne Thames and yours truly, Jason Berry. The special guest lineup includes voice actors Mike Pollock, Cindy Robinson, Ryan Drummond. Actor, Lee Majdoub (Agent Stone). The writing cast from Sonic Boom, Bill, and Sam Freiberger, Alan Denton, and Greg Hahn. Comic book creatives, Ian Flynn, Jon Grey, Evan Stanley, Abigal Starling, Reggie Graham, Gigi Dutriex, and many more Sonic creatives! We’ll also have some special events for Sunday as well.
You can find the full schedule here. See you there! I’ll be cosplaying in my Robotnik costume.
Aaron Webber, also known in the Sonic community as RubyEclipse, has been the head of the Sonic public relations team for five years. As of today, however, that is changing. Webber has made a statement announcing that he is moving on to a new position within the ranks of SEGA.
Any Sonic fan in 1993 will remember this iconic SEGA statue of Sonic, awarded to Ayrton Senna of the McLaren Team at European Grand Prix at Donington Park that year…but where is that statue now?
It’s been a long time coming, but the next issue of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog is finally on the horizon. With less than two weeks until the series’ return, IDW has released preview pages on Apple’s iBooks app. Check them out below!
Credit to @IDWSonicNews for editing and posting these pages!
In what appears to be an annual tradition, SEGA is once again celebrating Sonic’s birthday in its massive online RPG, Phantasy Star Online 2. Starting today, players can log in to find the ‘Sonic Lobby’, which will greet you with an adoring monument of the blue blur and offer special Sonic-themed items for a limited time. Continue reading Sonic Birthday Lobby Returns to Phantasy Star Online 2; Beat Up Sonic Enemies For Rare Loot
Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka wants to make you happy. The guy is clearly working flat out to deliver whatever projects SEGA has in store for Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary, and in a new interview he’s not shy about his intention to to satisfy every fan out there. Continue reading Takashi Iizuka Hopes He Can “Meet Fans’ Desires” For Sonic 30th Anniversary
Microsoft has got an interesting offer for Sonic fans out there, especially if you’re still planning to check out the new Sonic movie. Until June 15th, you can get the Sonic Movie for just $12.99 as part of the Gamer Flicks Sale. Doing so will also net you a free downloadable copy of Sonic Mania.
“Re-animation” projects have been a common thing on YouTube for a couple years now, and Sonic fans released their first crack at it back in April when they released an entirely re-animated episode of Sonic X!
Nearly 300 animators spent 17 months re-making episode 5 of Sonic X frame-by-frame, employing a variety of styles. Check it out below:
SAGE 2020 is just a few months away, and it’s time for creators to submit their fan games. The SAGE team have officially released this year’s deadlines and guidelines for the event. Compared to last year, there have been some changes, especially in regards to the method of submitting your project.
Tikal is now available on Sonic Forces Mobile for a limited time, as part of the game’s “Keeper of Chaos” event. The event will run for ten days, from now until June 15, and will give players a chance to unlock the character by completing specific missions. As a a “super rare” character, players must collect 30 cards before the event is over to unlock her.
Tikal has a speed rating of 10/10, an acceleration rating of 6/10, and a strength rating of 5/10. She brings three new power ups to the game, including:
Chao Guardian: Chao skip ahead to damage rivals.
Chao Chase: Run with chao, and gain an extra speed boost when you tag rivals.
Captive Light: A shining light appears in front of rivals, blinding them if they hit it.
If you miss this event, this likely won’t be your only chance to get her. This event comes on the heels of one that gave people another opportunity to unlock the Sonic movie characters, after all!
If we’re able to unlock Tikal before the event ends, check this space for footage of her in action.
Are you looking for more Sonic merch to add ti your collection? Don’t get bent out of shape, because JAKKS Pacific has you covered with these taffy limb toys which are now available on SEGA Europe’s Shop!
Fresh details have been revealed on SEGA’s teeny tiny handheld remake, the Game Gear Micro – including four versions of the “micro”-console each sporting a different colour, and the inclusion of two Sonic the Hedgehog GG games within a couple of the models. Continue reading Game Gear Micro Full Details: Sonic Games, Colours, Bundles, Pricing and More!
Sixty years ago on June 3 1960, Nihon Goraku Bussan, a distributor of Rock-Ola jukeboxes, was established. The company was one of two created as a successor to Service Games, Japan, and was run by American salesman Richard Stewart. Service Games itself was established by Stewart as a distribution arm for the company he was a salesman for, Service Games, Hawaii, which was a company that specialized in selling coin operated amusement devices on US military bases. Nihon Goraku Bussan would acquire Service Games, Japan’s other successor, Nihon Kikai Seizo, four years later, before merging with Rosen Enterprises in 1965 and formerly becoming SEGA Enterprises. Continue reading Happy 60th Anniversary, SEGA!
Have you ever wanted a SEGA Game Gear that could actually fit in your pocket? Well good news, because SEGA did you one better with their newest mini console, the SEGA Game Gear Micro, which is so small you could (probably) swallow it, or at least fit comfortable in the palm of your hand. Continue reading SEGA Unveils the Absolutely Adorable Game Gear Micro
European Sonic fans will finally be able to get their mitts on First4Figures’ incredible ‘Sonic vs Chopper’ statue, as pre-orders open at SEGA Shop’s UK store for delivery later this month.
Continue reading Sonic Vs Chopper! The Figure Fight of the Century is Now Available to Pre-Order
We currently live in a world where E3 is cancelled. Well, everything is kind of cancelled. But that doesn’t mean the hype train hasn’t left the station! Rumours have been circulating about SEGA’s next project, and according to some reputable sources, it’s going to be a big one.
After significant delays, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie is releasing to theaters in Japan on June 26. Continue reading Sonic Movie Hits Japanese Theaters June 26
Tikal, the ancient echidna spirit from Sonic Adventure, will be joining the Sonic Forces mobile roster soon. SEGA Hardlight announced her on their Twitter account, with the image posted below.
This will be only the third time Tikal has ever been playable. There is currently no word on when she will be available, or how difficult she will be to unlock. Be sure to check Sonic Stadium for more details in the future!
After a months long indefinite delay, IDW’s Sonic comics will finally start shipping again, starting with issue 28.
Check out the full list of confirmed release dates below!
Sonic the Hedgehog #28: June 24
Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 6: Last Minute: June 24
Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2020: July 8
Sonic the Hedgehog #29: July 22
Sonic the Hedgehog #30: August 5
Sonic the Hedgehog Spanish Edition Volume 1: ¡Consecuencias!: August 12
Sonic the Hedgehog #31: August 19
Sonic the Hedgehog #32: September 2
Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 7: All or Nothing: October 20
Evan Stanley will be taking over as writer for a time starting with issue #33, which currently doesn’t have a release date. Flynn will be returning to the series in 2021 with a new villain-focused mini series, “Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys,” as well as some stories in the main book.
2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog was loved by fans and critics of the blue blur alike, and it looks like a sequel is now in the works!
Anybody interested in adding more Sonic merch to their collection? In addition to previously reported Classic Eggman and Metal Sonic figures, First 4 Figures looks to add some Modern Sonic merchandise to their Boom8 line-up!
First 4 Figures, in partnership with GNF Toyz, has revealed the latest figures in its Boom 8 line of toys, Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic. The toys will be arriving in stores later this year. No price or release date have been announced at this time, though if past figures are any indication, they will go for around $32.
You can take a look at both figures in the image below:
Need to cover one or more torsos at reduced price? Sega’s got you covered this weekend.
Craig the Creek’s latest episode see’s Kelsey read a “Slide the Ferret” comic book – with some very obvious nods to our favourite franchise! Check out the video below! Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog Gets Parodied In Craig of the Creek
SEGA has apparently decided to take its time with Sonic games from now on. On the premiere episode of the new season of SEGA’s Sonic Official stream, Sonic social media guru Aaron Webber confirmed that the company was now prioritizing quality over quantity when it came to Sonic games. Continue reading SEGA Planning Longer Development, Higher Quality for Future Sonic Games
After two seasons of low-stakes action, clever jokes, slice of life scenarios and plenty of meta references, we have finally gotten some official confirmation that the Sonic Boom television show will not be continued.
Good things come in pairs, and following the Sonic sale on the U.S. Nintendo eShop, Microsoft joins in with intense 50% discounts on ten more Sonic games for multiple Xbox Marketplace regions, most of which aren’t part of the Nintendo sale. As a reminder, all these games are playable on the Xbox One, and will likely be playable on the Series X in the near future.
Prices in USD/GBP respectively.
Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis) – $2.49/£1.69
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis) – $2.49/£1.69
Sonic CD – $2.49/£1.69
Sonic the Fighters – $2.49/£1.69
Sonic Adventure – $2.49/£1.69
Sonic Adventure 2 – $4.99/£3.37
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I – $4.99/£3.37
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II – $7.49/£4.99
Sonic Unleashed – $7.49/£5.99
Sonic Generations – $9.99/£7.49
How is it nearly June already? Have we really been quarantining for two months solid?? Well, June is always the happiest month for us at Sonic Stadium because it happens to be the birthday of SEGA’s fast-running mascot! And today, SEGA has revealed its latest artwork for the month of June, featuring Sonic himself. Continue reading Happy Birthday Sonic! Sonic Channel’s June Artwork Features Blue Blur
As well as the awesome limited edition t-shirt to celebrate its 15th anniversary, the official Sonic Channel from SEGA Japan has also announced a new collaboration with bookshop Village Vanguard to release a number of cool new merch items for SEGA’s 60th anniversary. Orders for all of the below will go live on June 3rd. Continue reading Sonic x Puyo Puyo Japanese Merch Collaboration Begins June 3rd
So far, SEGA Japan’s Sonic 2020 streams have been rather uneventful, mostly focusing on merchandise for the Japanese market. While that probably won’t be changing with next week’s episode, it will be the first to feature Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka. Continue reading Takashi Iizuka to be Featured in Next Week’s Sonic 2020 Stream
Sonic Channel, SEGA Japan’s official Sonic website, is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a new shirt and membership card. The shirt and card will be released on May 27 and sold for ¥3700. The shirt can be pre-ordered from SEGA’s official shop today. Continue reading Sonic Channel Celebrates 15 Years With a New Shirt and Member Card
If you enjoy the Sonic Official livestreams you’re in luck, because they are returning on Thursday! Sonic the Hedgehog Social Media Manager Katie Chrzanowski has put out the call for fan art to be featured on the stream, which you can submit here.
Chrzanowski confirmed that the streams will be done virtually until it’s safe for them to return to the office. As usual, you will be able to watch the stream on the official Sonic YouTube channel.
A lot of annual events may be getting canceled this year, but there’s at least one we can still look forward to: the Sonic Amateur Games Expo. The expo, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will launch on September 5th and run until the 12th. As usual, you will be able to check out lots of fan projects, both new and ongoing, as well as some original projects.
SAGE will have more details on booth submissions, streams, and trailers soon. Until then, you can check out this year’s logo:
And while its running, be sure to check out our coverage of the event!
If you’re looking to complete your Sonic collection on 3DS or Switch, Sega has you covered.
From May 17th to the 26th, a huge library of Sonic games are on sale on the Nintendo eShop. The games include the following…
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – $39.99
Sonic Forces – $9.99
Sonic Mania (Standard) – $9.99
Team Sonic Racing – $19.99
SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog – $5.99
SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $5.99
Sonic Generations – $9.99
Sonic Lost World – $9.99
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal – $9.99
Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice – $9.99
3D Sonic the Hedgehog – $2.99
3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $2.99
Prices reflect the U.S. Eshop.
Lee Majdoub, known to Sonic fans as Agent Stone from the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, will be attending Sonic Revolution 2020 this year.
Normally, the convention is held every June in Southern California, but for the first time ever, the convention will be held digitally and will be seen streaming live and online through Twitch and Discord. The convention will be available online on Saturday, June 20th. Guest lineup and more details will be coming soon.