Sonic Dash S races onto Japanese iOS and Android

screen568x568Talk about a bolt from the blue! Completely out of nowhere, a brand new version of Sonic Dash, curiously titled Sonic Dash S, has hit iOS and Android devices in Japan. While it doesn’t appear to differ too heavily from the current edition of the game available elsewhere across the globe, this iteration does bring with it some new features and refinements.

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First up, Sonic Dash S actually seems to have some sort of plot to it. No longer is Sonic just aimlessly running for the sake of running – now he’s on a high speed chase to stop Dr. Eggman, who has once again made off with the elusive Master Emerald (Knuckles just can’t catch a break, can he?). Sonic Dash S also sees the return of the Chao who, in a similar fashion to their appearance in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, provide Sonic and his friends with special abilities to boost their skills. That’s not the only thing bumping up the blue blur’s stats in this version either – you can upgrade the characters themselves by acquiring bonuses and levelling up. Essentially, it sounds like the same Sonic Dash experience, but padded out with a few additional elements to spice things up.

SSMB member SwiftWinds also notes that characters have their own special abilities when they reach a certain level – for instance, Tails can fly out of a pit, Knuckles can overcome bombs and spikes, Amy increases your banked ring count, and Shadow increases the rings you earn at the end of a run. Additionally, characters can be unlocked using normal rings in Sonic Dash S rather than the red rings that are otherwise required in the standard version of Sonic Dash.

There is no word yet on whether Sonic Dash S will hit any other regions, be it as a brand new download or as an update to the existing game – but stay tuned to TSS and we’ll keep you in the loop! Thanks to SSMB member Woun for bringing it to our attention in the first place.

What are your first thoughts on Sonic Dash S? Let us know in the comments!

TSS REVIEW: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (iOS)

I’m sure I am not alone when I say I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve purchased Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in various incarnations, be it through a port to a 7th gen console or a compilation release over the last decade. Yet, SEGA keep coming back to these classic titles in order to capitalise on those still reminiscing of a golden age, and indeed I keep coming back to these epitomes of gaming on the Megadrive. I might have been apprehensive in purchasing this game once more, had it not been for the involvement of the now legendary Taxman and Stealth in this port, and going off their incredible rebuilds of Sonic 1 and Sonic CD for iOS and Android I couldn’t resist. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (iOS)

Sonic Dashes Onto Android Phones At Last

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Negative Nancies and Debbie Downers need not speak ill of the lack of Sonic Dash on Android devices as of today, for SEGA and Hardlight Studios have finally released the endless runner onto the Google Play store for free!

The app’s surprise release follows the tease SEGA had spread from its social media networks just yesterday, and players will be pleased to know that they won’t be missing out on certain events that went down on the iOS version of the game any longer, such as the ongoing Zazz boss battle event tying in with the recent Wii U/3DS release of Sonic Lost World.

If you are reading this from your Android phone, I think you know what you have to do!

Zazz Joins The Brawl… er… Dash!

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In a surprising new update to coincide with the release of Sonic Lost World, you can now fight Zazz from the Deadly Six in a brand new boss battle in the mobile-exclusive Sonic Dash.

As can be seen in the trailer above, you’ll be facing off with the crazed Zeti atop his Moon Mech, dodging his star attacks until you get the chance to show him who’s boss and homing attack him into oblivion. It appears you’ll encounter Zazz at random as opposed to a set place in any of the stages.

The new update also includes a Deadly Six Card Collection Challenge where players from all around the world have to collect a set number of cards that can be found throughout the stages – once a certain total is reached, participants will receive some Lost World themed prizes!

You can download the Sonic Dash update now for a limited time only on the iOS. There is still no news on the game arriving on Android devices, though you can be sure we’ll let you know as soon as anything is announced.

What do you think about Zazz making an appearance in Sonic Dash? Would you like to see some of the other Deadly Six show up at a later date too? Let us know in the comments!

ASRT’s Fact Sheet Details New Features & Hints New Characters?

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Just over a week ago, Sega confirmed that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed would be headding to mobile devices and that the game wouldn’t just be a port of the console or handheld versions.

Few details or specifics were given, however, Sega have released a fact sheet which does go into some details as to what new features will be included as well as one interesting note about characters.

You can find the full fact sheet at the end of this update, however, the most interesting points are as follows.

Social/Facebook connectivity: You can see your friends facebook pictures on the courses as you play.

Daily & Weekly challenges: odds are these will be similar to Sonic Dash/Jumps challenges.

But here is the most interesting point. The game has only 10 characters to start with. Which is in line with the console versions, now, aside from the PC exclusives which were included from the start or via updates, every other character could be unlocked via world tour mode (exceptions are Alex Kidd and Metal Sonic). But the Fact Sheet claims many more All-Stars coming soon! Suggesting that there will be more characters included at a later date?

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™

Platforms: iOS, Android

Release Date: December 2013

Publisher: SEGA

Developer: Sumo Digital

Genre: Racer

Players: 1 – 4

It’s Not Just Racing… it’s Racing Transformed!

 Race as Sonic and a host of legendary All-Stars and prepare to transform! Speed across land, sea and air in a high velocity battle to the finish line, as your amazing transformable vehicle changes from car to boat to plane mid-race.  Racing on mobile will never be the same again!

This sequel to the hit 2011 mobile game Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing™ brings all the critically acclaimed land, sea and air racing gameplay from its console counterpart to mobile with a host of new features and improvements:

Legendary Racers

Race as 10 legendary racers at launch each with their own unique transformable vehicle. Plus many more All-Stars coming soon!

Dynamic Tracks

Take to land, sea & air as you race through dynamically changing courses. Discover alternate routes, find new power-ups and avoid emerging hazards as you race to victory – every track feels different.

designed for mobile

A brand new World Tour designed for gaming on the go, plus all-new Daily and Weekly Challenges to test your racing prowess.

ultimate Mobile multiplayer

Take on your friends in ultracompetitive 4-player races, both online and locally. Plus challenge your friends’ best times to show them who’s best.

SOCIALLY CONNECTED

Comprehensive Facebook integration – see your friends’ profile pics on the track.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID ABOUT THE CONSOLE VERSION

“The Savior of arcade racers” 9/10

Eurogamer

“Fun, challenging and easily enjoyable” 8.7/10

Gametrailers

“The metamorphosis of the kart racer” 8.6/10

IGN

“Fast, fun and easy to get into” 8.5/10

Gamespot

Sonic 2 Remastered Will Include ‘Exclusive Content’

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Just over a week ago, Sega announced that Sonic 2 remastered would be released as early as November of this year. A few people speculated that the game might include bonus or extra content since Sonic 1 remastered include a lot of features cut from the game as well as additional characters.

This however was speculation… Until now.

In a fact sheet posted on their Press Vault site, Sega have confirmed that Sonic 2 Remastered will include exclusive content for the mobile release, however they’ve not gone into details regarding what the content is.

They’ve also re-confirmed the release date to be November 2013, and stated that this will be a 1 player experience only… so no 2 player online Vs mode?

Sonic The Hedgehog 2™

Platforms: iOS, Android

Release Date: November 2013

Publisher: SEGA

Developer: SEGA

Genre: Platform

Players: 1

One of the greatest videogames of all time re-mastered for mobile devices!

Speed back in time to rediscover the game that first united Sonic the Hedgehog with his legendary flying sidekick

Miles “Tails” Prower. Revisit iconic levels packed with enemies and hazards as you zoom along loop de loops in your

mission to destroy the devious Dr. Eggman. This definitive remake for mobile devices has been fully built from the

ground up, featuring re-mastered graphics and audio, a silky smooth frame rate and exclusive game content.

A CLASSIC ADVENTURE

Race as Sonic and Tails through legendary environments such as Casino Night and Chemical Plant. Destroy Dr.

Eggman in epic boss battles or aim for the high score in Sonic 2’s iconic half pipe Special Stage.

REMASTERED FOR MOBILE

Rebuilt from the ground up, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 on mobile offers upgraded graphics, including widescreen display

and a smooth 60fps frame rate, plus a re-mastered soundtrack.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID!

“An absolute gem of a game which your Mega Drive will be screaming out for.”

96%

Mean Machines, Nov 1992.

“Without doubt, it’s SEGA’s best game ever!”

96%

Mega Zone, Jan 1993.

Obviously this means people are going to speculate as to what the exclusive content is… do I dare dream of a Hidden Palace?

Source: Sega Press Vault.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing arrives on Android

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While owners of Android devices across the Sonic fandom have been busy celebrating the news that endless runner Sonic Dash will indeed be coming to their mobile platform of choice very soon, it seems SEGA have quietly released another little (and belated) surprise on the Google Play store. That’s right, the original Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing – released in 2010 on home consoles and a little while back for iOS devices – is now available to download for Android!

This madcap racer from Sumo Digital stars 13 characters from across SEGA’s history and allows you to compete in 25 missions and 4 grand prix cups. The game costs just £1.60 and you can purchase it from the Google Play store here.

Thanks to SSMB member LukA8 for the find!

Will you be downloading Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing for Android? Or are you holding out for Sonic Dash instead?

Source: Google Play Store

Sonic Dash Coming to Android Devices

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Sonic Paradise reports that SEGA Europe representative Megan Davis has informed them that popular iOS title Sonic Dash will soon be making its way onto Android devices. According to Davis, we can expect an official announcement soon once SEGA has decided on a release date in their upcoming software schedule.

“There will be an Android version of Sonic Dash, we’re just reviewing our release schedule to accommodate it, but you can expect an announcement very soon”

When the official announcement is made, we’ll be sure to bring you all of the information here.

Are you excited to finally hear this news? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Sonic Paradise

Mega Drive Classic Sonic 1 Coming to iOS & Android, Sonic 2 Also Planned

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SEGA has announced at GDC 2013 that the classic Mega Drive title that kickstarted their mascot’s career Sonic the Hedgehog will be released for iOS and Android in April. The game will cost $2.99, run at 60FPS and will include a new time attack mode, widescreen support and a completely remastered soundtrack. Android Police reports that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is also planned for release on Android too, but SEGA didn’t give any details.

Christian Whitehead, who made the recent Sonic CD port, made this tweet to a follower on March 23rd. (Thanks, TimmiT)

Those feels, I’m preparing a build for GDC and I won’t even be there.

Could he be behind this port?

Hit the jump to check out some screenshots of Sonic the Hedgehog on iOS & Android.
Continue reading Mega Drive Classic Sonic 1 Coming to iOS & Android, Sonic 2 Also Planned

SEGA’s Website Confirms Sonic Dash for Android

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Android users rejoice, as SEGA has finally confirmed that Sonic Dash is headed to Android devices. SEGA has added the game to its website today and is listing Android as one of the platforms. No news on when the Android version will launch, unfortunately, but as soon as a date is revealed, we’ll let you know.

Sonic Dash is now available on the App Store for $1.99, AUD$1.99, £1.49, €1.79 on iPod® touch, iPad® and iPhone®.

Source: SEGA’s official website

Sonic Finally Jumps Onto Android!

It’s taken a good couple of months of rumours and speculation, but at last we can finally put aside the doubts that have been surrounding an Android release of Sonic Jump, SEGA’s mobile-exclusive digital title. As revealed on the official Sonic the Hedgehog Facebook page, the blue blur has now leapt his way onto Google Play – better late than never!

Continue reading Sonic Finally Jumps Onto Android!

Sonic Jump on Android: Failure To Launch, or Botched Take-Off?

In a rather confusing turn of events, SEGA has seemingly dashed the hopes of Android-owning Sonic fans across the globe who were eagerly anticipating the release of Sonic Jump, as the official product page for the mobile-only game – which only a week ago revealed a November release date for Google Play – has since been updated to list only the iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) that the game is currently out on.

So, at first glance, one can assume that the Android listing was a mistake in the first place and the game was always intended to be iOS exclusive. But look a little further than the “available on” section of the page and there are still glimmers of hope for Android users.

Continue reading Sonic Jump on Android: Failure To Launch, or Botched Take-Off?

Sonic Jumping Onto Android in November!

Are you a Sonic fan with an Android phone? Then prepare to jump for joy!

In news that will no doubt please many, it has been revealed that the recently released Sonic Jump game for mobile – originally believed to be exclusive to iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad – is set to leap its way onto Android devices in November.

The revelation was made via SEGA’s official product page for Sonic Jump which now lists an Android release date in addition to the iOS devices, all of which are available now.

Stay tuned to TSS for all the latest on the Android release of Sonic Jump, but if you can’t wait until November, you can of course download it right now from the App Store for $1.99 US/£1.49/1,59 €. First impressions of the game seem to be positive thus far, so for all the Android users out there, it sounds like it’ll be worth the wait!

Source: SEGA

Sonic 4: Episode 2 Out Now on Android & Tegra

Earlier today, Sega announced that the Android version of Sonic 4: Episode 2 is now available to download on… things that can run android stuff? Please don’t ask me to explain what an Android device is, I’m still trying to figure out predictive text!

But if you do own an Android device and don’t have Episode 2, you can now download the game for your Android device here for £5.27, or if you own a Tegra system you can download that here for £5.38.

Furthermore, Sega announced that they would be at the Developer Sandbox conference to talk about episode 2 and answer questions about the game.

Source: Sega Blog.

 

Sonic 4 Episode 2 Mobile to Feature Two Exclusive Levels

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A new preview of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 from GDC 2012 has appeared over at Droid Gamers, and in it we learn that the mobile version of Episode 2 will contain two exclusive bonus levels.

The Android version will also come with two exclusive bonus levels that you will have to hunt down.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 contained two Acts that were different in the console version, but whether the situation is the same here or not remains to be seen. Droid Gamers also shared a full demonstration of White Park Act 1, which you can view in the above video. You can read Droid Gamers’ full hands-on preview at the below link.

Source: Droid Gamers

Sonic 4: Episode 2 Teaser Trailer Unveiled at GameSpot

As stated yesterday, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 has been officially announced today over at GameSpot with a teaser trailer that reveals a new playable character. Unexpected though, an interview with Ken Balough came with it revealing more details about this episode. Balough says SEGA has listened to fan feedback from Episode 1 and in response they have added a new graphics engine, a new physics engine and fixed the uncurling.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 will be released in 2012 on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Nework, iOS, Windows Phone 7 and Android devices. Yes, it doesn’t appear to be coming to any Nintendo platforms, unfortunately.

Source: GameSpot

Continue reading Sonic 4: Episode 2 Teaser Trailer Unveiled at GameSpot

Sonic CD Coming to Xperia Play

After earlier uncertainty, SEGA has confirmed to Pocket Gamer that Sonic CD is coming to Sony’s Xperia Play. The publisher says the port of the Mega CD classic will be optimized for the device and take full advantage of its capabilities.

“We weren’t quite ready to announce the details yet,” SEGA told Pocket Gamer, “but we’ve had our development team working hard to make sure we take full advantage of the Xperia Play’s unique capabilities.”

“Sega is glad to officially announce today that Sonic CD will fully support the Xperia Play when it hits the Android Marketplace.”

Sonic CD is planned for release this month on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, PC, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Xperia Play and Windows Phones.

Source: Pocket Gamer

Thanks to SSMB member XD375 for the heads up!

Sonic Advance Now Available on Android Devices in Japan

Siliconera reports that Sonic’s first Game Boy Advance title Sonic Advance is now available on Android devices in Japan. The game was released on the Android marketplace on Friday, and is absolutely free of charge. It’s currently unclear if this port will be released outside of Japan.

Source: Siliconera

Thanks to SuperGuzzi for the heads up!

Vocals Dropped for Sonic CD Port’s Soundtrack

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Sonic Retro forum member RGamer2009 has revealed that SEGA’s digital download Sonic CD port does not feature the vocals in its soundtrack that were present in its original Mega CD release. RGamer2009 recorded the above footage from the GameStop Android tablet version, and at the 40 seconds mark you can see the game’s animated intro with just an instrumental version of Sonic – You Can Do Anything.

Christian Whitehead aka “The Taxman” followed the discovery up with the below message at the Sonic Retro forums suspecting legal rights issues.

I know it’s a bit of a bummer that the vocals had to be left out. It’s definitely not something due to laziness or something silly. I couldn’t tell you the circumstances, but at least from my understanding there are some rights associated with the lyrics themselves.

My guess is that since Casey Rankin is no longer alive, there might be problems negotiating the use of the lyrics outside of Japan. Please, don’t take this as gospel though since I don’t work in legal

Sources: RGamer2009 and The Taxman at Sonic Retro

Thanks to Sean at the SSMB for the heads up!

What are your thoughts on this development? Let us know in the comments.

Sonic CD Gets Second Playable Character, Out December, Today on GameStop Tablets

SEGA has just given some big news on their blog regarding the upcoming Sonic CD re-release. From today, those who purchase a GameStop branded Android tablet will get Sonic CD as a pre-installed game way ahead of the game’s newly announced December release on all platforms. Finally, SEGA has revealed that Sonic’s two-tailed friend Miles “Tails” Prower will be an unlockable playable character. Players will be able to take control of Tails and his flying ability on their second playthrough of the game.

SEGA also released 9 new screenshots of the game, which we have for you below.

Sonic CD will be re-released in December on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, PC, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Android Phones and Windows Phone 7.

Source: SEGA Blog