Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #111

There’s an awful lot of swashbuckling and arrow-flinging action happening in the next upcoming issue of Archie Comics’ Sonic the Hedgehog: as the Sword of Acorns is under threat from a shadowy ninja clan in the main story; and the side story focuses on Rob o’ the Hedge roughing it up with the former high sheriff of Snottingham General D’Coolette. Read on for more, plus cover.
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US Release Dates for Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Revealed

The wait is almost over for Nintendo fans in the US – the very first Sonic the Hedgehog titles for the Game Boy Advance and Gamecube have been given a North American release date. Do you usually like February when it rolls around every year? You will now. Continue reading US Release Dates for Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Revealed

Watch Sonic 2 Beta – Nick Arcade TV Clips Found

Who wants to know what Sonic 2 used to look like before it came out on store shelves? I know I certainly do! Well, one way is to read our review of the Sonic 2 Beta, but another way is by watching these cool videos from Nickelodeon TV in the 1990s, where kids were tasked with playing a beta version of Sonic 2 long before the game was finished. Continue reading Watch Sonic 2 Beta – Nick Arcade TV Clips Found

Ken Penders: Knuckles’ Story Will See Major Developments in Sonic #106

The latest community chat with Archie Comics artist Ken Penders has just wrapped up, and as usual it did not disappoint with the juicy teasers and details. For a start, Penders discusses more about the death of one key character in the mainline comic story (and why he wanted to go in this direction). He also hints at changes happening to the Knuckles series starting in issue #106. Read on for more (warning: potential spoilers ahead). Continue reading Ken Penders: Knuckles’ Story Will See Major Developments in Sonic #106

SA2 Battle: SEGA Launches New Website, New Screens and Videos Emerge

SEGA must be ringing in the new year, because this past week there’s been a lot of updates surrounding the upcoming US release of Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. There’s been age ratings (which means a release date must be close), new screenshots and videos, and even official site launches. Exciting! Check out the whole shebang after the jump. Continue reading SA2 Battle: SEGA Launches New Website, New Screens and Videos Emerge

Sonic Adventure 2 US Soundtrack Now Available to Buy

Just a quick Public Service Announcement on this – following our initial news on Tokyopop producing a US release of the Sonic Adventure 2 soundtrack, it appears that the CD is already available to buy (it was originally reported to come out in February). The Sonic Adventure 2 Official Soundtrack features 26 tracks on one CD, handpicked by lead musician Jun Senoue and including exclusive US-release remixes. You can pick it up for $14.98 via Tokyopop’s website here.

Yuji Naka Plans to ‘Discuss’ NiGHTS, Burning Rangers Sequels Soon

Sonic Team has certainly been coy about the cult success of its non-Sonic IP, such as SEGA Saturn classics NiGHTS into Dreams and Burning Rangers. But if a new interview with Famitsu is anything to go by, it seems like studio head Yuji Naka is keen to explore the potential to create some sequels. Continue reading Yuji Naka Plans to ‘Discuss’ NiGHTS, Burning Rangers Sequels Soon

SEGA Tops Famitsu’s Most Popular Game Companies in Japan

Seems like SEGA is doing something right in Japan! The publisher has just come out on top in a Famitsu reader poll, making it the most popular game company of 2002 and the biggest brand that gamers were looking forward to seeing over the next year. Continue reading SEGA Tops Famitsu’s Most Popular Game Companies in Japan

Ken Penders Schedules Next Archie Online Chat Session

It’s that time again! Archie Comics writer/artist Ken Penders has announced that he is setting some time aside this month for another community reach-out session. If you want to learn more about the future plans for the Sonic comic series, or just want some background on stuff that’s already happened, better prepare some questions now. Continue reading Ken Penders Schedules Next Archie Online Chat Session

Sayonara, Sonic the Comic: Last Issue Out Now on UK Store Shelves

We knew this day was coming, but it now feels all too real – Fleetway has published the very last issue of Sonic the Comic, marking the official end of the UK comic’s eight-year print run.
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J. Axer Confirmed as Second Fan Hire for Archie in Sonic #109 and #110

The solicitations for both Sonic #109 and Sonic #110 have been published by Archie Comics, and within them reveals a little surprise – hot on the heels of Dawn Best comes a second fan artist to formally join the fold. Talented artist J. Axer will be involved in pencilling a number of the Sonic stories going forward. Details of what those stories entail are included after the jump.
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‘Nuisance Sonic’ Causes Miracles in Japanese Sonic Advance Commercial

‘Nuisance Sonic’. Well, that’s what we’re calling him, anyway. This fast-moving maniac can be found gallivanting around Japan in this brand new TV commercial for Sonic Advance, the Game Boy Advance platformer that just released in Japan last week. Continue reading ‘Nuisance Sonic’ Causes Miracles in Japanese Sonic Advance Commercial

Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #108

Archie’s bringing the thunder with the upcoming Sonic #108, as it’s managed to build in three stories in one issue. As the front cover suggests, this will be quite the dramatic book as the main story focuses on the return of one former belligerent Robotropolis dictator! Knuckles also gets a continuation of his current arc and the supporting Sonic cast also get a look in with a dramatic side story. Check out the details, straight from Ken Penders, below. Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #108

Christmas Comes Early for Japan as Three Sonic Team Games Release

Christmas has come, in more ways than one! Not only is it literally Christmas in a couple days time, but Sonic Team has also figuratively brought the festivities to Japanese fans by releasing not one, not two, but three games this past week! Continue reading Christmas Comes Early for Japan as Three Sonic Team Games Release

Official SA2 Battle Microsite Launches With Brand New Art

Sonic Team has begun its online marketing blitz for the Nintendo Gamecube version of Sonic Adventure 2, by launching the game’s official microsite (different to the TGS website that launched in October). It’s only available in Japanese right now, but there’s already a wealth of images and detail in there, including artwork of characters that will appear in 2P Mode. Hit the jump for all the images, and the link for the official site! Continue reading Official SA2 Battle Microsite Launches With Brand New Art

‘Legends of Mobius’ Promises Authentic Sonic MMORPG Experience

If you’re itching for a fresh Sonic gaming experience, made by fans, then keep an eye on this upcoming project – a group called Maim Entertainment are reportedly hard at work on an MMORPG (Mass Multiplayer Online RPG) that focuses entirely on the blue blur’s world. Continue reading ‘Legends of Mobius’ Promises Authentic Sonic MMORPG Experience

Check Out the North American Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Box Art

Well, we’ve seen the Japanese covers for Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and Sonic Advance, but what about the North American versions? Will they look any different? Thanks to an eager retailer, we now know and the answer is… not really. Sort of. Take a look below to see what we mean. Continue reading Check Out the North American Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Box Art

Brand New Sonic Advance Screens Revealed

Sonic Advance is only a few weeks away from release in Japan, but we’ve already got some hot new screenshots of the game that features all four playable characters (Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy) in the first stage. Read on to see a selection of these new images, which even shows off the boss that you’ll encounter in ‘Neo Green Hill Zone’. Continue reading Brand New Sonic Advance Screens Revealed

Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Japanese Box Art Revealed

SEGA Japan has just updated its official website and revealed the box artwork for the next two Sonic game releases in the process. Read on to see the rather colourful covers for the Nintendo Gamecube re-release of Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Advance, Sonic’s first foray onto Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance. Continue reading Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Japanese Box Art Revealed

Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #107

It’s time for another Comic Preview, and it looks like Archie Sonic #107 will see the continuation of two hot stories for both Sonic and Knuckles. In Crouching Hedgehog Hidden Dragon, the blue blur is battling his way through the Hidden City of the Ancients, while in Reunification Knuckles will deal with the outcome of restoring his family and friends to the Floating Island. Read on for more! Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #107

Shadow Named Villain of the Year

The moody and broody Shadow the Hedgehog has made an impact on various video game outlets, as illustrated by the second annual Wizard Video Game Awards. Sonic’s doppelgänger was named the Best Villain of the Year. “Packing more ‘tude than the blue dude himself, this evil hedgehog’s killer look and dreams of world conquest had fans loving him more than hating him,” said the magazine. For more, pick up a copy of Wizard #124 and turn to page 104.

Sonic Balloon to Rock Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

It’s nearly Thanksgiving! And what better way to celebrate this American holiday than with the age-old tradition of heavy commercialism? Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Parade is taking place again in New York City tomorrow, and Sonic the Hedgehog will be there in giant balloon form. Continue reading Sonic Balloon to Rock Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Dated for US

Fresh from SEGA’s official website, we now know the release date for Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on the Gamecube for the US. According to the site, the game will hit store shelves in January 2002, which is a month after its release in Japan. That should be enough time to get all the localisation ready, from voices to extras, right? Time to get excited!

Report: SEGA and Microsoft Were in Talks to Merge Companies

SEGA’s commitment to Microsoft’s Xbox console might be down to more than just a ‘platform-agnostic’ view of developing titles for the right machine. According to a new report, Bill Gates and his team in Redmond were in talks to merge the Microsoft gaming division with SEGA – or buying them outright – to gain a foothold in the growing console space. Continue reading Report: SEGA and Microsoft Were in Talks to Merge Companies

Sonic 1 Concept Art Reveals ‘Sonic the Hedgehog Band’

A new discovery within the Sonic community has unearthed new concept art for the original Sonic the Hedgehog game on Mega Drive that features the blue blur in a band, along with a host of new characters that would have predated Miles ‘Tails’ Prower as the hero’s sidekicks. Continue reading Sonic 1 Concept Art Reveals ‘Sonic the Hedgehog Band’

Phantasy Star Online Earns Accolade from BAFTA

And the awards just keep on coming for Phantasy Star Online. Sonic Team’s innovative console RPG has been honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in this year’s Interactive Entertainment awards. This is a big deal, as BAFTA is the leading arts group in the UK. Continue reading Phantasy Star Online Earns Accolade from BAFTA

Tokyopop Officially Announces US Release of Sonic Adventure 2 OST

We’ve been waiting patiently for any kind of Western release of the Sonic Adventure 2 soundtrack CDs for quite some time now. But now it sounds like our prayers will finally be answered – Tokyopop has announced that it will be publishing a domestic US version of the soundtrack this coming February. Continue reading Tokyopop Officially Announces US Release of Sonic Adventure 2 OST

Penders Selling Original Prints of Archie Sonic ‘Beat The Clock’ Story on eBay

Archie writer and artist Ken Penders has announced that he is auctioning off some rare comic collectibles on eBay, including the complete (and intact) five-page story ‘Beat The Clock’ and some Sega Data pages from past issues. Continue reading Penders Selling Original Prints of Archie Sonic ‘Beat The Clock’ Story on eBay

Tokyo Game Show: See How Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Connect in This New Video

Fresh from the Tokyo Game Show, SEGA has released a promotional video showcasing how Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on Gamecube and Sonic Advance on Game Boy Advance connect with one another. It’s all for the greater good of the Chao! Watch the video after the jump. As soon as any new media comes out of TGS, we’ll report it right here. Continue reading Tokyo Game Show: See How Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Connect in This New Video

PSO Getting ASCII Controller, Xbox Broadband Support

Sonic Team head Yuji Naka revealed at SEGA’s Consumer Conference that the Gamecube release of Phantasy Star Online will be accompanied by a third-party controller by ASCII that features a small keyboard. On the Xbox, PSO will be unique in that it will support the broadband features of Microsoft’s console, as opposed to Dreamcast and Gamecube’s modem connectivity.

Read more on these, as well as the news coming from other SEGA developers and executives from the Consumer Conference, in Gamespot’s report.

Yuji Naka: Sonic Titles to Appeal to Younger Audience

SEGA recently held a Consumer Conference in Japan, which featured a number of high-level developers and executives speaking about the future of the publisher’s franchises. Yuji Naka was among the speakers, and presented an overview of the upcoming Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and Sonic Advance, concluding that future titles will look to appeal to younger audiences. Continue reading Yuji Naka: Sonic Titles to Appeal to Younger Audience

Official Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Websites Launch

Sonic Team has launched official Japanese websites for Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. Each site features a bunch of gameplay info and screenshots ahead of their joint release on December 20 (no release date has been formally confirmed for the US or Europe yet). Check out the websites by clicking the links below.

Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog 106

New details have come in for the next issue in the mainline Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. Sonic the Hedgehog #106 will feature stories written by Karl Boller and Ken Penders, art by Ron Lim, Pam Eklund, Andrew Pepoy and Ken Penders, and a cover designed by Spaz. Details of story, release date and cover after the jump. Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog 106