TSS Preview: Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020

TSS was given the opportunity at E3 to get a first hands-on look at the Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 mobile title, set for release to coincide with the event next year, and although this date is still some time away, we were permitted to play a few rounds on an early demo of the game! Continue reading TSS Preview: Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020

TSS @ E3 2019: The Sega Genesis Mini (and not-so Mini) Hands-On

While a good chunk of Sega’s booth was dedicated to Mario and Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, there was a corner showing off some of Sega’s other properties slated for release later this year. Among them was the Sega Genesis Mini, Sega’s answer to the NES and SNES Classic. I sat down in a bean bag (which means my fat rump had a hard time getting back up) and sampled SEGA’s miniaturized console.

The first thing you’ll notice when playing the demo at E3 is that the part of the booth you’re at looks like a living room, complete with a bean bag to sit in. Much like the virtual living room in some of the recent Genesis compilations, there are posters of Genesis games everywhere, along with with old VHS tapes with cheesy labels like “Cartoon collection! Do not erase!!” on them. They really went all-in on the “90’s bedroom” aesthetic.

The nostalgia doesn’t stop with the booth aesthetic, as the mini console itself gets a lot right. Its controller has an ergonomic feel and shape that perfectly replicates the original, and the console itself is a faithful, shrunk-down recreation of SEGA’s 16-bit system. Once you boot the mini console up, you’re treated to a screen filled with about a dozen Genesis titles, with the rest coming into view as you scroll down. I don’t know if I care for this, as it shrinks down the box art and makes each game feel less important. Hopefully, the interface can customized in the final product.

Despite the September release date, the console already feels ready for release, as all 42 games were playable on the show floor. I went with Mega Man: The Wily Wars and Road Rash 2 for this preview. Both played great and judging by Road Rash 2 alone, are identical to their original versions. The emulation is perfect.

Holding start for five seconds brings up a menu where you can make a save state and exit back to the main menu. There’s your usual options such as screen filters and what aspect ratio you want the game in, but one of the most interesting features is the language menu. You can set the game menu to many different languages and the games will play in their original language as well. Going back to aspect ratio, another neat feature is that many of the games feature a more natural 16:9 aspect ratio by zooming in on the game while keeping the UI in place. Sonic 2 was shown off as an example of that. It keeps the sprites from looking stretched, but at the cost of zooming in on the picture a bit.

Overall, with a great controller, cool menu features and pixel perfect emulation, the Sega Genesis Mini is something to get hyped for. It blows the old AtGames Genesis consoles out of the water in every way, and should definitely be worth picking up come September.

Adam Tuff on SEGA’s giant controller

In addition to the regular kiosks, SEGA also had a Genesis Mini running on a giant, 5-foot-wide Genesis controller that folks could play Streets of Rage and Sonic 2 on. When I tried to play Sonic 2’s Chemical Plant level, I had to stretch my arms out and punch the A button with my first just to get around. While it was a neat novelty, it wasn’t exactly the most wieldy controller, since I couldn’t even spindash with it.

 Still, even on this giant cumbersome monstrosity, I was able to get enough rings to enter the special special. As I began maneuvering Sonic and Tails through the half-pipe, a crowd formed around me. Despite the massive controller, I made it through and even got a small amount of applause! Here’s hoping SEGA’s booth features and equally cool gimmick next E3.

TSS @ E3 2019: Mario and Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Hands-On Impressions

Three years after they last went head to head, Sonic, Mario and friends are finally back at the Olympics with Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. SEGA is making sure everyone is aware of this, as the two mascots are not only on the E3 badge insert this year, but take up a huge chunk of real estate in the LA Convention Center’s West Hall. To anyone entering the West Hall, the booth leaves a heck of an impression. It not only shows the game on giant screens, but has a climbing rig for attendees to try out. With Sony and Microsoft doing their own thing, this is the first time in over 20 years that the West Hall belongs mainly to Nintendo and Sega. Continue reading TSS @ E3 2019: Mario and Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Hands-On Impressions

TSS @ E3 2019: Sonic and Mario star on the E3 badge insert this year

Every year, a SEGA property is usually featured prominently on the E3 badge. Last year was Valkyria Chronicles 4 and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight. This year, it’s Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the SEGA Genesis Mini. Our own Jason Berry sent us some pictures, take a look!

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.

First look at Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Mobile Title

Sega revealed their plans for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the recent Sega Fes 2019 event, revealing the line up would include Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 for both Switch and Arcade (likely two different games), a more traditional Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games title- The Official Video Game for Switch and PS4. The last title, Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 for the mobile platforms iOS and Android was also announced – the first Olympic title to feature Sonic characters alone.

Today, the first screenshots of Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 were shown!

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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.

Mario & Sonic’s Tokyo Olympics Will Be Playable At E3 2019

SEGA has revealed its E3 2019 show floor lineup, and ‘Mario & Sonic’ fans who have been itching for a new entry since 2016 will be psyched to hear that the upcoming Nintendo Switch-exclusive Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 sequel will be playable. Continue reading Mario & Sonic’s Tokyo Olympics Will Be Playable At E3 2019