Unofficial SEGA Magazine: Issue #2

A Sonic Stadium Exclusive! SEGA has been a motivator in the games industry ever since the master system came out all those years ago. SEGA has always done what not other game company has. Since their recent decision to go multi-platform, news about them has been scarce and many fans have been disappointed. The purpose for this unofficial magazine is to help aid those lost SEGA lovers with a something new that can represent SEGA by the fans. This is SEGA Magazine: 100% Unofficial. 100% Free. Continue reading Unofficial SEGA Magazine: Issue #2

SEGA Working With Nintendo and Namco on ‘Triforce’ Arcade Hardware

SEGA may have given up the home console race, but it’s still finding ways to surprise us in the hardware scene. And this latest news may shock you – the company is going to be collaborating with Nintendo and Namco on a unique arcade board called Triforce.  Continue reading SEGA Working With Nintendo and Namco on ‘Triforce’ Arcade Hardware

Sonic Team.com Celebrates 1 Million Visitors With Eggman Clock

Congratulations Sonic Team! The official website for the company that makes our favourite video games has just passed a really big milestone – one million visitors! To celebrate, the team has added a cute little Eggman clock for your computer. Continue reading Sonic Team.com Celebrates 1 Million Visitors With Eggman Clock

Sonic Visits Nintendo Offices for ‘First Day At Work’

Sonic the Hedgehog, reporting in for his first day of work… at Nintendo! Yeah, we thought this bit of PR was a little wacky ourselves, but it’s all in good fun. Nintendo’s official website covered the initiation of SEGA’s mascot, which featured the two characters shaking hands and having a great time. Apparently Sonic is also fast at magazine cover turnarounds too. Continue reading Sonic Visits Nintendo Offices for ‘First Day At Work’

Unofficial SEGA Magazine: Issue #1

A Sonic Stadium Exclusive! SEGA has been a motivator in the games industry ever since the master system came out all those years ago. SEGA has always done what not other game company has. Since their recent decision to go multi-platform, news about them has been scarce and many fans have been disappointed. The purpose for this unofficial magazine is to help aid those lost SEGA lovers with a something new that can represent SEGA by the fans. This is SEGA Magazine: 100% Unofficial. 100% Free. Continue reading Unofficial SEGA Magazine: Issue #1

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

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

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

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

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

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.

NiGHTS Gamecube Teased as SEGA Announces New Global Content Strategy

In a keynote address at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, newly-third-partied SEGA unveiled its new global strategy that it says will make the company the #1 independent game publisher in the world. And if its slides are anything to go by, Sonic Team classic NiGHTS into Dreams could be a part of that strategy. Continue reading NiGHTS Gamecube Teased as SEGA Announces New Global Content Strategy

Tokyo Game Show: PSO Version 2 Coming to Xbox

Good news for potential Xbox owners – Sonic Team has revealed at this year’s Tokyo Game Show that a version of Phantasy Star Online version 2 will be coming to Microsoft’s big black box. As Microsoft is intending to move into the online gaming space, it makes sense for SEGA to think about the Xbox as a viable platform for PSO. No more details were revealed, so we’ll have to wait and see what form it takes.

THQ to Co-Publish Six SEGA GBA Games in the West

American third-party publisher THQ has announced a partnership with SEGA that will see it co-publish six SEGA-developed and ten co-developed Game Boy Advance games throughout 2001, 2002 and 2003, including Sonic Advance. Continue reading THQ to Co-Publish Six SEGA GBA Games in the West

Mario & Sonic Make Friends at Nintendo’s Spaceworld Event

Shock horror! SEGA and Nintendo show that they’re truly working together and that they’ve put the awkward console war of the 1990s behind them, as company mascots Mario and Sonic were seen at Nintendo’s Space World show hugging and shaking hands. Continue reading Mario & Sonic Make Friends at Nintendo’s Spaceworld Event

Phantasy Star Online Heading to PC

Hold on to your butts, PC owners – you’re finally going to get a taste of the online RPG goodness that is Phantasy Star Online. SEGA has confirmed that Sonic Team is working on a home computer version of the award-winning sci-fi adventure, and that graphically it will look about four times better than the Dreamcast original. Fancy that! Continue reading Phantasy Star Online Heading to PC

SEGA Launches Redesigned Official Website

SEGA has redesigned its official website with a whole host of things to drool over. There’s a swish new design featuring Sonic’s head in the background, new sections for each gaming platform and pages for the latest and upcoming games. There’s even a news post currently online talking about new Sonic Team collectibles. Continue reading SEGA Launches Redesigned Official Website

Yuji Naka: Nintendo’s Gamecube Will Revitalise Gaming Industry

At Space World, Sonic Team head Yuji Naka spoke about the state of the games industry today, and how Nintendo’s strategy with the Gamecube fits in with the current landscape. In particular, he explained why SEGA as a company has been such a key third party partner for the platform – and it’s because he feels that Nintendo has the ability to inspire players. Continue reading Yuji Naka: Nintendo’s Gamecube Will Revitalise Gaming Industry

PSO Gamecube to Release Next Year With Nintendo Network

Nintendo has revealed that it will be releasing modem adaptors and launching its online network for Gamecube early 2002 – and Phantasy Star Online will release on the purple box at the same time (March 2002) to take full advantage of it. No pricing plans have been revealed yet, but we’re bound to know more soon as Space World is just around the corner.

Sonic Team Saving a Surprise for Nintendo’s Space World

Seems like Sonic Team has a little surprise up its sleeve for the upcoming Nintendo show, Space World, in Japan. The developer will be showing off four games, three of which we know about (Phantasy Star Online for Gamecube and Sonic Advance and Puyo Puyo for Game Boy Advance). Which leaves one more unannounced title to speculate about. Interesting. Could the Gamecube be getting a Sonic game, perhaps?

Dreamcast Price Cut Official; Get It For $79.95

Now that the Dreamcast is winding down for early retirement, SEGA has confirmed that it will be introducing a price drop for the console in North America. You will now be able to get the little white box for $79.95 (down from $99.95), as well as controllers for $14.95 each. Continue reading Dreamcast Price Cut Official; Get It For $79.95

PSO Hackers to be Charged

Sonic Team will now attempt to press criminal charges against individuals hacking into Phantasy Star Online servers. Hacking into a server is illegal under the Japanese penal code. The ‘Team is working with the police to track hackers inside Japan and out, and in some cases, the International Interpol has been notified.

PSO Earns Another Award

According to Dengeki Online, Yuji Naka’s wonderful multiplayer RPG Phantasy Star Online has won yet another award. At the Sixth Annual Animation Kobe, Phantasy Star Online received the Best Network Media award, adding to it several awards received from various conventions including Tokyo Game Show and Game Developers Conference.

Peter Moore Talks SEGA/Nintendo Collaboration Possibilities

Peter Moore spoke to IGN Cube about two things: the possibility of a joint Sega/Nintendo RPG and the sightings of Sonic in Super Smash Brothers Melee for the Gamecube. While Moore said that both are just wishful thinking right now, it would not surprise him to see something of either calibre be announced. Sega will be at Spaceworld to show their Dreamcast line up and other future projects, The Sonic Stadium will keep you posted.

PSO Will Not Be A Launch Title for Gamecube

Don’t expect the Gamecube version of Phantasy Star Online to be released as a launch title for the console. Yuji Naka has explained that, even though the game is likely to be completed by the time the Gamecube launches, he is considering holding the game back until Nintendo reveals more details about its networking plans. It doesn’t seem like there will be online connectivity straight out of the box, which would make a game like PSO pretty useless.

PSO Version 2 Will Support Dreamcast Broadband Adaptor in US

Even though the Dreamcast is on its way out, there’s no need for you to worry about whether that Broadband Adaptor will continue to be supported. SEGA has confirmed that the US release of Phantasy Star Online Version 2 will indeed support the peripheral. The catch is that, for some reason, the game won’t support PPPoE connections. Still, you’ll be able to get some good broadband play in. The game arrives September 11.

SEGA to Showcase at the Tokyo Game Show 2001

SEGA will be showcasing a whole bunch of games at the Tokyo Game Show this year, according to a new report in Japanese game magazine Famitsu. Sonic Team is celebrating the fact that it will be at the show as a third party developer for the first time, with a cool new illustration to promote TGS. See it below. Continue reading SEGA to Showcase at the Tokyo Game Show 2001

New Artwork Revealed for Puyo Puyo Advance

It’s great that we’re seeing a new Puyo Puyo game appear on the Game Boy Advance. Sonic Team seems to think so too, as it has launched the official website for the upcoming game – and we’ve plucked a bunch of artwork from the site to share with you here. Continue reading New Artwork Revealed for Puyo Puyo Advance

Phantasy Star Online Version 2 is Definitely Coming to the West

You’d think with all the delays that Sega would just cancel developing Phantasy Star Online Version 2 for the West. But according to a story on Gamespot, the Dreamcast online RPG is still very much on track for an English language release. “Definitely coming to the US” was the official line, although the date, server fees and more details are said to be revealed soon. Let’s hope it’s very, very soon.