SEGA fans may not be hearing much game news about a certain blue hedgehog, but they are getting a big Phantasy Star Online 2 expansion that is coming in 2021 to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary. It’s called “New Genesis”!
If you were the least bit worried about Modern Sonic being tossed aside for Classic Sonic or vice versa, you can lay those fears to rest. According to Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka, neither are going anywhere, and both will be “taken care of.”
While Tangle and Whisper will be coming to Sonic Forces: Mobile very soon, Tangle herself is available in Sonic Dash today! This lightfooted lemur is the first playable Sonic character taken from the comics and not from the games themselves (Sally and the Freedom Fighters had a non-playable cameo in Sonic Spinball). Tangle is playable by unlocking 500 Tangle tokens in an event going on all this week. Shouldn’t take players too long to unlock her as a good player can nab 20+ tokens per game easy.
The event only lasts a week, so make sure you get in some time on Sonic Dash soon!
UPDATE: Check out footage of Tangle in action below:
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
SEGA Brand Manager Nathan Shabazi has shared a new Sonic billboard. The billboard promotes the #StayHomePlayHome hashtag, which has been utilized by organizations and companies to encourage people to remain indoors during the pandemic. Check it out below:
In his tweet Shabazi thanked Liquid Advertising for getting these up, although it’s not exactly clear where these are going up at the moment.
As you might be aware, it’s Sonic’s 30th anniversary next year. Just in case you were worried that SEGA might forget about that fact, and have absolutely nothing planned, fear not! SEGA America’s Chief Brand Officer for Sonic, Ivo Gerscovich, has teased that they have some ‘exciting’ things to share soon. Continue reading Sonic Chief Brand Officer: Exciting News Coming For Sonic’s 30th Anniversary
Finally, the worlds of stamp collecting and SEGA collide! To commemorate the House of Sonic’s 60th anniversary, Japan Post will be selling a limited edition set of postage stamps and pins that are designed around SEGA’s legendary console history. Continue reading SEGA Releasing Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Stamps and Pin Sets via Japan Post
It’s probably a sign of the times, what with E3 2020 and Gamescom 2020’s physical expos both being cancelled, but SEGA Japan is going to be attending a virtual games event later this month. In VRChat. No, we don’t really know why, either. Continue reading Randomly, SEGA Has a Booth in VRChat’s ‘Virtual Market 4’ Exhibition
To all of you who are working from home during this coronavirus pandemic global lockdown – SEGA Japan wants you to know that it understands you. One of the big cultural shifts of the last few months, as countries experience house-bound isolations, is the rise in adoption of video conferencing apps like Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Many of these allow you to call using custom backgrounds. You can see where this is going. Continue reading Zoom Like Sonic With These Official Video Conferencing Backgrounds
You might be aware of this already, but 2020 marks SEGA’s 60th anniversary – and the company has gone to great lengths to celebrate, including building an awesome-looking microsite covering its long history. SEGA recently revealed a new ‘hero’ called ‘Sega Shirou’, a new ‘mascot’ to promote the publisher in adverts – and a new video has included a truly random twist on the character’s backstory. Continue reading SEGA’s New Human Super Hero Has A SEGA Saturn-Themed Backstory
Sonic at the Olympic Games may be short a certain rival team, but it’s definitely not short of “rivals” in this new boss trailer!
SEGA’s official 60th Anniversary website has now opened its virtual doors to accept messages of support from fans around the world – which means that you now have a perfect opportunity to try and get yourself one of these limited edition SEGA 60th Anniversary chalk bags! Continue reading Send Your ‘Messages to SEGA’ And Win This Cool Sonic Chalk Bag
Some sad news for all of us still holed up in our houses with nowhere to go – SEGA has just announced that its Sonic the Hedgehog panel, originally planned for SXSW, has been indefinitely delayed. Continue reading SEGA America’s Sonic 2020 Panel Has Been Indefinitely Delayed
SEGA Japan has announced the latest in its monthly programme of Sonic-focused livestreams – and this time, series sound director Jun Senoue and art director Kazuyuki Hoshino have a special guest in attendance. Continue reading Tomoya Ohtani to Guest Star in Sonic Channel’s Next ‘Sonic 2020’ Livestream
It’s April 1, so we all know what that means: pranks, jokes, and…just things that aren’t real. For 2020, SEGA Japan has decided to create a brand new character: Tribot, a female counterpart to Orbot and Cubot.
SEGA turns 60 this year, and the company has launched a new website to mark the occasion! Called “GO SEGA,” the website contains a summary of SEGA’s 60 year history, as well as a message from SEGA Group chairman Haruki Satomi. In the message (read here), Satomi talks about the company’s aspirations for the future, the meaning of “GO SEGA,” and promises special content throughout the anniversary.
What exactly that content is, we don’t know as of yet. The website’s “events” section is currently greyed out. In addition to the history lesson and Satomi’s message, the website will also be accepting 100 character messages from SEGA fans about their experiences with the company and its games. These messages will be accepted between April 21 and June 3, and will eventually be displayed on the website. 60 lucky people will even have a chance to win a special 60th anniversary handbag, pictured below:
What are you hoping for from SEGA during it’s 60th anniversary? Let us know in the comments!
With many movie theaters now closed due to the pandemic, Hollywood is taking its theatrical releases like “Onward” and “Trolls 2” and putting them available to download digitally. According to an iTunes listing, Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” will be available to purchase digitally on March 31st. What’s more, it will include bonus features likely meant for the Blu-Ray release, coming May 19th, as well.
We’re still pinching ourselves that an official English-language version of Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to the West (well… North America… *European grumble*), but SEGA doesn’t have time for your disbelief! The game launches on Xbox One in NA on March 17, and to kick things off SEGA is offering players the chance to buy in on a ‘Founders Pack’ that includes a bunch of Sonic-related in-game goodies. Continue reading PSO2 to Launch With Special Sonic Collaboration Pack
South by Southwest has announced that they will be canceling this year’s event. This comes as concerns over the spread of coronavirus has led to the canceling or delay of many conventions and events, to avoid spreading the disease to exhibitors and attendees.
SEGA revealed on Twitter that the content that was planned for their SXSW panel will instead be shown in a “new format” of some sort in April.
Be sure to stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for further details!
Sonic panels have become a tradition at Austin’s South by Southwest event, and this year will be no exception. The panel will take place on March 20 at 3PM, and will feature guests from SEGA and Sonic Team.
The panel description on the SXSW confirms there will be a few announcements. As always, we will be covering the event here at Sonic Stadium, so stay tuned!
As we originally reported back at the start of the years, SEGA launched a #Sonic2020 campaign to mark the turning of the decade. Today, SEGA Japan further confirmed the launch of its ‘Sonic 2020’ initiative with promises of new Sonic news on the 20th of every month this year. Continue reading SEGA Japan Officially Reveals ‘Sonic 2020’ Initiative With Regular News Blasts
Today, SEGA released the final remix in its Tee Lopes/Jun Senoue collaboration, a reimagining of the track from Sonic 2 8-bit’s opening zone, Under Ground Zone. Go ahead and check it out below!
Sonic 2 8-bit was the version of Sonic 2 released for the Game Gear and Master System, and was a common pack-in for The former. Despite having the same name as the 16-bit version of the game, Sonic 2 8-bit was a completely different total with different zones, including the aforementioned Under Ground Zone. The game can still be bought on 3DS’s Virtual Console.
Japan is around 8 hours ahead of the UK, which means that as we write this right now, it’s already January 1, 2020 in the country. Sonic Team and SEGA has wasted no time in celebrating the turn of the new decade, with a cool new graphic and a new hashtag campaign that may be used to promote new Sonic projects over the next year. Continue reading Sonic Team Celebrates New Year With New #SONIC2020 Campaign
After waiting for years and years and years, Phantasy Star Online 2 is finally making it’s way to the west and SEGA will soon have a closed beta available for the popular MMO only on X-Box One.
Take heart, those who have gloomy skies overcast: this official re-imagining by Tee and Mariana Lopes is sure to brighten up your day!
Stop the press! Or, start the press? Press start! We found yet another leaked image of the alleged new redesign of Sonic from the titular “Sonic Movie,” and it’s rather detailed, and wants you to #CatchSonic on social media!
Remember those cool music samples from Sonic 3D Blast? Well, Jon Burton has uploaded another lost demo track onto his GameHut YouTube channel, and fans of Sonic Adventure for the SEGA Dreamcast might find it to be quite familiar!