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!

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Happy 30th Anniversary, SEGA Genesis!

Today marks 30 years since the SEGA Genesis (known as the SEGA Mega Drive elsewhere, the name was changed in North America due to trademark issues) made its debut!

This name would turn out to be quite fitting, as the SEGA Genesis became the system that would not only make SEGA and many of its franchises household names on the continent, it would also serve as the birth place for the company’s most successful character: a blue hedgehog named Sonic!

Continue reading Happy 30th Anniversary, SEGA Genesis!

Giant Sonic Statue and More to Appear in Phantasy Star Online 2 for Sonic’s Birthday

Any PSO2 players out there? This one’s for you! If you sign in to help save the universe this week, you’ll find that there’ll be a giant blue hedgehog looking at you in the lobby, and this isn’t the old one that was found in a Japanese forest.

Continue reading Giant Sonic Statue and More to Appear in Phantasy Star Online 2 for Sonic’s Birthday

Jun Senoue’s Sonic Adventure Music Experience Performing in Tokyo on June 22

If you thought SEGA was just stopping with a party at Tokyo Joypolis to celebrate Sonic’s 28th birthday, you’re sorely mistaken. Sonic series sound director (and author of the incredible Team Sonic Racing soundtrack) Jun Senoue will also be performing live with his band ‘Sonic Adventure Music Experience’ in just a few days time. Continue reading Jun Senoue’s Sonic Adventure Music Experience Performing in Tokyo on June 22

Iizuka: 2021 Will Be A Big Year For Sonic, Drop-Dash Will Be A Mainstay

In an interview with Game Informer, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka made some exciting comments regarding the future of Sonic, particularly regarding the upcoming 30th anniversary, as well as some other details about the series!

Continue reading Iizuka: 2021 Will Be A Big Year For Sonic, Drop-Dash Will Be A Mainstay

Tokyo Joypolis Hosting Sonic 28th Birthday Party & Ohtani DJ Set on 23 June

Can you believe that in three days time it will have been a whole 28 YEARS since the original Sonic the Hedgehog game launched on Sega Mega Drive? To celebrate, SEGA Japan is throwing a massive party at its Tokyo Joypolis arcade, on Sunday 23 June – and there will be special music events as well as awesome merchandise to collect. Take a look at what’s in store – you’ll want to check back on this page to check a livestream on the day too!
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Sonic Forces Speed Battle Updates with a new Rival League Event

While it doesn’t have as large of a user base as the original Sonic Dash, Sonic Forces Speed Battle is still being regularly updated with bug fixes and special events, and this time we’re looking at a Baseball-themed Rival League! Continue reading Sonic Forces Speed Battle Updates with a new Rival League Event

Unreasonably Cute Sonic Stickers now Available on LINE!

When you think of Sonic the Hedgehog’s iconic design, two words usually come to mind: cute and cool. While Sonic’s known as being the cool dude with a ‘tude, in Japan they really focused on how adorable the little blue hedgehog can be. Well, that tradition continues in full force with these new digital LINE stickers, which are so adorable that I’ve become tempted to watch the opening to Shadow the Hedgehog to even things out.

Continue reading Unreasonably Cute Sonic Stickers now Available on LINE!

Sonic Dash celebrates Sonic’s Birthday with Metal Sonic and more!

SEGA’s most downloaded mobile game just won’t quit! Sonic Dash has been the most frequently updated Sonic game on mobile devices, and that’s not changing anytime soon, as SEGA HARDlight announced on Twitter that they’re planning on celebrating Sonic’s Birthday, and a certain popular villain will be making an appearance!

Continue reading Sonic Dash celebrates Sonic’s Birthday with Metal Sonic and more!

TSS @ E3 2019: We’ve got SEGA E3 Booth Photos! UPDATED

Can’t make it to E3? Don’t sweat it! We here at Sonic Stadium are at the event right now, and we’ve got some pictures. It may not be the same as being there…but it’s something, right?

Check out the photos, taken by our E3 team, below:

In case you can’t tell, that last image shows the genuine rock climbing wall SEGA has set up at the booth.

Also, check out this bonus photo of the shirt people get for playing the Mario & Sonic demo:

UPDATE: We’ve got more photos, this time of the SEGA Genesis Mini booth, taken by Dreadknux. The last one has a surprise cameo of SEGAbit’s own Kori Maru, dressed up as Virtua Fighter’s Akira! Check them out in the gallery below:

Also, Dreadknux was able to meet Hiroshi Nishiyama, artist for the Sonic Adventure series:

We may be updating this post with additional photos of SEGA’s booth throughout the event, so stay tuned.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 on Switch releases in November

As part of Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct, we got a new look at Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 for Switch. We got to see new footage of numerous events, as well as the release month of November 2019.

Sega also opened the website for the game showcasing the numerous events they’ve announced so far, starting with four new ones:

– Surfing – Snow Board
– Karate – Kumite
– Sport Climbing
– Skateboarding – Park

And returning ones including:

– Gymnastics – Floor Exercise
– Swimming – 100m Freestyle
– Equestrian – Jumping
– Canoe Double (C-2) 1000m
– 110m Hurdles
– Football (Soccer)
– Archery
– Badminton
– Boxing
– Javelin Throw
– Rugby Sevens
– Fencing

Sega also confirmed numerous characters, all returning from the previous games so far. The website displays Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Bowser from the Mario series, and Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Amy, and Eggman from Sonic’s series. However, others were shown in the trailer, including Donkey Kong and Silver.

Sega also confirmed the return of online multiplayer for the first time since Sochi 2014, though to what extent is not currently clear.

The trailer may also briefly features retro graphics for one of the events. Whether this is simply a flourish for the trailer, or a legitimate game mode is currently unknown.

Finally there are a few new screenshots to check out below:

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 releases on Switch this November.

Phantasy Star Online 2 finally coming to North America for Xbox and PC

Today’s Microsoft press conference had a surprise for long-time SEGA fans: Sonic Team’s Phantasy Star Online 2 is finally coming west, exclusively to PC and Xbox One. The game is scheduled for release in the US and Canada Spring 2020. The game has not yet been confirmed for release PAL regions. Check out the reveal trailer below:

Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free-to-play, with no level caps or microtransaction-only weapons, although microtransactions will still be available for players who “need additional help,” according to SEGA’s press release.

This announcement came after a seven-year long wait. PSO2 was first released in Japan in July of 2012, with a western release confirmed for 2013 shortly afterward.

Stay tuned for future Phantasy Star Online 2 details, including whether or not it will ever come to the rest of the world.

SEGA Reveals Mega Drive Mini CD, 32X, Sonic 1 and Sonic & Knuckles Decoration Models

SEGA Japan surprised an entire globe of fans today by casually revealing that its upcoming Mega Drive Mini micro-console will launch alongside several decorative add-ons that replicate the Mega CD, 32X and Sonic & Knuckles’ lock-on technology! Continue reading SEGA Reveals Mega Drive Mini CD, 32X, Sonic 1 and Sonic & Knuckles Decoration Models

SEGA Reveals 59th Anniversary ‘Vision’, Vows To Be A ‘Game Changer’

SEGA celebrated its 59th anniversary yesterday in style, publishing a flashy new corporate video that recalls the company’s history and promises plenty of exciting projects for the future – alongside a pledge to earn its status as a ‘game changer’ in the entertainment industry. Continue reading SEGA Reveals 59th Anniversary ‘Vision’, Vows To Be A ‘Game Changer’

Ex-Sonic Team Sonic Adventure Artist Hiroshi Nishiyama Rejoins SEGA

The Official Sonic Twitch channel had a surprise guest appearance last week, as Sonic Community Manager Aaron Webber introduced Ex-Sonic Team artist Hiroshi Nishiyama to the stream, announcing his return to SEGA. Continue reading Ex-Sonic Team Sonic Adventure Artist Hiroshi Nishiyama Rejoins SEGA

Yuji Naka Says Goodbye to SEGA’s Old Headquarters

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.

Check out Yuji Naka’s tweets and photos below:

As a bonus, here’s another tweet with some additional photos of the building’s exterior:

You can check out some additional photos of the the building, as well as get a look at SEGA’s new offices, over at our source for the tweet translations, Kotaku.

 

 

Giant Japanese Sonic Statue Mystery Solved! New Photos & Details!

You may recall around this time last year, we reported that a strange Sonic the Hedgehog statue had been discovered in the remote woodlands of Japan, some years ago. Now, a TSS reader has managed to travel once more to the exact location and take some more pictures of the statue in situ! Take a look. Continue reading Giant Japanese Sonic Statue Mystery Solved! New Photos & Details!

Happy Birthday Naoto Ohshima!


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:

Naoto Ohshima Concept Art. Source: Sonic Retro

 

Sonic’s original design. He could throw items from his ears. Source: Sonic Retro
Dr. Eggman’s original concept art, when he was originally proposed as a game protagonist. Source: Sonic Retro
Dr. Eggman concept art from Naoto Ohshima. Source: Sonic Retro
Ohshima designed NiGHTS. Back in 2017, Ohshima posted this new piece of art of NiGHTS on his Twitter.
Blinx the Timesweeper concept art from Ohshima’s Twitter account

Sonic Panel For SXSW 2019 Confirmed!

Yesterday we brought you the news that SXSW were teasing a Sonic related announcement.

Well that announcement has just been made and we can now reveal that there will be another Sonic Panel at this years SXSW! The initial details for the panel are as follows.

Date/Time: March 16, 2019, from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.

Panellists:

  • Aaron Webber (SEGA of America),
  • Jasmin Hernandez (SEGA of America),
  • Jun Senoue (SEGA),
  • Takashi Iizuka (SEGA of America)

Nothing has been confirmed or even teased with regards to announcements, but… and I stress this is my pure speculation here…

I’d like to think that since the panel is close to TSR’s release, there will be some new information on that, especially since Jun is… if you’ll excuse the pun… instrumental with the music for that game.

Jasmin Hernandez was also the production manager for Sonic Mania Adventures, could get confirmation of Season 2?

And you know that with Aaron and Iizuka on the panel, Aaron will do all he can to pry any secrets from Mr Iizuka on the day!

What do you think? What do you think will be announced or talked about, let us know in the comments.

 

Source: SXSW

SXSW Sonic Announcement Coming Tomorrow

Despite there being no evidence that Sega would be at this years SXSW, news has started to spread that the speakers database for the 2019 even has been updated to include various Sega personalities such as Takashi Iizuka and Aaron Webber.

Whilst this could have been a mistake, the official SXSW twitter account made the following tweet.

See you all tomorrow!

A Little Look At 27 Years of Sonic Costumes

Just over a month ago, I set myself a little personal project, I decided to research the various official Sonic Mascot costumes which have been used over the years, I wanted to see how they changed, if there was any relation in design to the games, as well as how other regions created their mascots.

It was supposed to be a short project, I thought ‘there can’t be ‘that many, this will probably be just a 5 min video at best’, I was very wrong. Not only did this project take a full month to complete, it ended up being one of the strangest research trips I have ever undertaken. You can view the full end result video at the end of the article.

For now, enjoy these highlights.

If you’ve ever attend any video game convention or event, chances are you’ll see at least one official mascot, every big publisher tries to have one near their stand. They’re like people magnets, you put a mascot at your stand, people go over to it, it’s a great way to get people to look at your game who may have otherwise past it by.

Sega knows this well, and with nearly 30 years of Sonic games, there has been nearly 30 years of these official Sonic Mascot costumes… And some of them are wild…

The Classic Era (1990 – 1995)

During the madness which was Sonic 2’s release, Sega created a Sonic & Tails mascot in the UK. The costumes appeared numerous times in the pages of Sonic the Comic but also appeared in video form on Bad Influence’s 1992 Christmas Special. The Mascots also entertained visitors to the Future Entertainment show in 1992 as well as the 1992 Sega Championship Finals.

The United states also had their own Sonic & Tails mascots at this time, whilst the Sonic was similar in design, their Tails took a different approach, it was still huge but was much less furry and and was a different colour tone.

Japan had a few costumes around this time, but this is the most infamous of the lot, because it hung out with Michael Jackson during the promotion of Sonic 3.

The costume has a very friendly look to it and a “Nice smile” but what you might not realise, the smile is actually a vital part of the design… it’s where the performer looks out of.

Adventure Era (1999 – 2005)

At the 1999 E3 expo, Sega debuted an entire cast of new costumes, Sonic, Tails, Amy and Knuckles all got the mascot treatment. Whilst this was a major E3 for Sega, there exists very little media of the costumes at the event.

However, the costumes were so good and popular that they also appeared at several events in Japan and were even brought back into service when Sega were promoting both Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic X and even Sonic Battle!

Over time, Sega increased the number of characters to go along with this line, such as Rouge, Shadow, Eggman and even Cream! Cream made her only appearance at the 2002 Worlds Hobby Fair in Japan and from all accounts has never appeared at any other event since.

Shadow and Sonic’s costume was brought back temporarily to help promote Shadow the Hedgehog, but the other cast would remain dormant until eventually re-designed for later events.

Joypolis (? – Present Day)

This is probably the longest running Sonic costume in history, probably because it’s so good! Tokyo Joypolis has had this guy entertaining guests for at least 10 years, he’s normally available daily for photos at the park and during special occasions like Halloween and Christmas, Sonic will often dress up to get into the spirit of things.

Sega Republic (2009)

Sega Republic was Dubai’s answer to Tokyo Joypolis, a huge indoor theme park with Sega themed rides and attractions. To help promote the park, they had three mascots based on Sonic, Tails and Amy.

Whilst Tails and Amy were reserved for media events, Sonic was a daily sight in the park, guests could get a photo with him and he would even attend birthday parties which you could book at the park itself!

Sonic Boom (2014 – Present Day)

Regardless as to what you may think of Boom, a lot of effort went into these creations, Tails and Amy especially since they’re completely original. Whilst the Sonic was based off the main Sega Sonic costume used at the time, they still went to the effort to give him new shoes and accessories.

Modern Era (2010 – Present Day)

Chances are you are more than familiar with these two costumes, they have been used at almost every video-game event since 2010, the above one has been a regular feature of Summer of Sonic.

The modern design has slimmed down the costume from the more bulky ones seen in the 90’s and in Japan, this means the performer is able to make more energetic motions, at Summer of Sonic this costume was even seen dancing with Crush 40 on stage and even attended the Alton Towers Sonic Spinball launch event and entertained guests with a number of recognisable poses.

It was used worldwide up until very recently… until this costume replaced it…

 

This costume uses much higher grade materials which means it still looks really good after a long days use. The shoes are much higher quality and it has a ‘nice smile’ instead of the creepy Sonic Heroes grin that the other costume has.

The Werehog

It was only ever used for one Tokyo Game Show, yet… look at it! They made a Werehog costume to help promote the launch of Sonic Unleashed, despite the size of the costume the performer is able to move very easily in it.

What little video exists shows the costume jumping, waving their arms in the air, walking quickly with confidence and even pulling some of the Werehog poses from the game

And from what I can tell… it was used for less than a week at one event, despite being one of the best costumes Sega have ever made!

…And The Rest

This was just a little look at some of the better and most iconic costumes which span the 27 years (technically 28) in which Sega have been promoting Sonic. There are many more and some of them….

…Are certainly unique…

Check out the video below if you’re interested and want to see the full history since it’s quite in depth.

Dude… Why is There a Giant Sonic Statue In China?

Update: Apparently this building is where Sega’s Joypolis China is located! So that might explain it, but if it’s not that makes this story even better!

Original Article: We don’t know why. But there is a giant statue of Sonic just sitting on a building in Qingdao, Shandong province China. It’s been there since August of last year and… that’s all I can find out about it.

So don’t ask questions… Just sit back and enjoy giant Sonic waving at the little people.

Maybe make the odd Attack on Titan joke or giant related pun… But for now, just sit back, relax and wave.

*waves*

Source: Shutterstock

Sonic Talk 56: In Good Spirits

Oh…..My….God! An episode of Sonic Talk that’s up just days after being recorded rather than weeks?!! That’s insane!!

Join Jason, Alex, GX and our special-guest-maybe-new-fourth-chair Queen Misty Lakes as we discuss the latest games, Sonic’s upcoming movie and his cameo in Ralph Breaks The Internet. We also discuss the delay of Team Sonic Racing and how everyone in the Sonic Universe might have a slight cameo in Super Smash Bros Ultimate thanks to the new spirit mode. Listen in and join the fun!

Happy 30th Anniversary to the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis!

Thirty years ago, SEGA launched the SEGA Mega Drive in Japan, starting a 16-bit revolution. Less than a year later in August 1989, that system would come to American shores as the SEGA Genesis. A year after that, in September of 1990, the Mega Drive would finally reach Brazil and PAL regions, building on the success of its predecessor the SEGA Master System. Continue reading Happy 30th Anniversary to the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis!

Sonic-Themed Puyo Revealed for Puyo Puyo eSports

SEGA Japan is moving hard into competitive sports, using its popular puzzle franchise Puyo Puyo as a means to tap into the market. And as a little treat to hook in Sonic fans, the company has announced that the blue blur and his pals will feature in the newly-released Puyo Puyo eSports. Continue reading Sonic-Themed Puyo Revealed for Puyo Puyo eSports

SEGA AGES Close To Bringing Dreamcast to Nintendo Switch

SEGA AGES has already provided us with some fantastic retro Sonic goodness on Nintendo Switch, with the original Mega Drive classic Sonic the Hedgehog available on the eShop. But, if a new Famitsu interview is any indication, it seems that developer M2 could be on the cusp of being able to deliver Dreamcast titles on the hybrid console too. Continue reading SEGA AGES Close To Bringing Dreamcast to Nintendo Switch

SEGA Holding 24-Hour Charity Livestream For Gameblast18

Charity gaming event Gameblast18 kicks off this Friday 23rd of February, and to help launch three days of festivities, SEGA will be hosting a 24-hour stream, starting at 6pm UTC (6pm GMT). Those wishing to tune in can do so via the SEGA Europe YouTube channel.

Highlights of the stream are set to include:

  • Yakuza 6 and the PC version of Puyo Puyo Tetris, ahead of their release
  • Sonic Mania, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Adventure 2
  • An SOE staffer will be transformed into a Space Marine on Friday
  • Midnight Alien Isolation
  • Bayonetta, with a very special guest from 2pm on Saturday

The stream will be raising funds for the great cause of helping thousands of people with physical disabilities enjoy video games through specially designed games controllers. You can donate to the cause through the SEGA Gameblast18 JustGiving page.

Takashi Iizuka and Tyson Hesse to Star in SXSW 2018 Sonic Panel

If you were planning on going to South by Southwest this year, you’re in luck: SEGA is returning to the event with another Sonic panel. Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel, will feature several prominent behind the Sonic the Hedgehog brand, including Sonic Team Head Takashi Iizuka, Sonic Social Media Manager Aaron Webber, Sonic Western Product Development Director Austin Keys, and Sonic comic artist/Sonic Mania Animation Director Tyson Hesse. Continue reading Takashi Iizuka and Tyson Hesse to Star in SXSW 2018 Sonic Panel

Sonic Stars in New Sega Slots Game for iOS and Google Play

 

Sonic has his first game of 2018 and it’s not what you’d expect.

Introducing Sega Slots. A new game for iOS and Android. It’s a gambling simulator slot machine game. One of many kinds you can find on mobile devices. In Sega Slots you start with Sonic Slots only and level  your way up to Shinobi, Golden Axe, Super Monkey Ball and more. The top level game at 101 is Classic Sonic in Casino Night Zone (makes sense). It includes mini games as well as the regular slot machine games.

Sega Slots is available on iTunes and Google Play for your Apple and Android devices now if you feel like taking a gamble and trying it out.

It’s Official: John Carpenter is a Sonic the Hedgehog Fan

What do you think the legendary horror movie director John Carpenter does to unwind and relax? Well, as it turns out, the visionary behind Halloween, The Thing and They Live has one major vice that he’s been unable to shake off for twenty years straight – Sonic the Hedgehog games. Continue reading It’s Official: John Carpenter is a Sonic the Hedgehog Fan

EB Games Australia Offers Shadow DLC Skin With Sonic Forces Pre-Order

Looks like we’re not done with pre-order news yet! EB Games Australia has just put up a pre-order offer on top of Sega’s. If you pre-order from their stores, you will get a Shadow the Hedgehog costume for your avatar. It looks just like him! Albeit a bit skinny. Before everyone gets outraged at possible exclusive content, it should be noted that no where does it say that it’s exclusive. This means that there’s a good chance the costume is available in-game, so I wouldn’t worry just yet Shadow fans.

There’s some other things of note. It says it also includes “13 more in-game outfits and items and accessories” and “four Sonic Forces Art Cards”. These extra bonuses may be replacing the controller skins in Australia as there is no mention of them on the page.

Now since EB Games is an offshoot of Gamestop, chances are we may be seeing a similar offer in the US or UK. Time will tell.