Artist Reveals Concept Images of Canceled Sonic Racing Game for GBA

Yesterday, to celebrate Sonic’s 28th anniversary, former Backbone Entertainment artist Arvin Bautista released images from a never-before-seen pitch of a Sonic racing game for the Game Boy Advance: Sonic EXTREME!

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Sonic Advance 3 heading to Wii U VC in Japan on May 25th

Nintendo have just announced on their Japanese website that like Sonic Advance 1 and Sonic Advance 2 before it, Sonic Advance 3 will also be released on the Wii U VC in Japan on May 25th. Also like the first two games, Sonic Advance 3 will cost ¥702. Continue reading Sonic Advance 3 heading to Wii U VC in Japan on May 25th

Sonic Advance 2 Heading to the Wii U VC in Japan on Feb 24th

Yep. After the first Sonic Advance from the Game Boy Advance made its way onto the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan back on Feburary 18th last year in 2015, it’s been announced that Sonic Advance 2 is next in the series to make it to the Wii U VC in Japan next week on February 24th for ¥702, same as Sonic Advance 1. Continue reading Sonic Advance 2 Heading to the Wii U VC in Japan on Feb 24th

Pocket Gamer’s Handheld Sonic Retrospective

With Sonic 1’s arrival on the iPhone, popular handheld gaming website, Pocket Gamer UK, released a short, two-part retrospective on the hedgehog’s adventures on mobile devices.  From the Game Gear, Game Boy Advance, and mobile phones, Pocket Gamer touches base with all the hits and misses with a brief synopsis and review.

It’s a fun read and a quick trip down memory lane.  Oh, Sonic Labyrinth, we all love you thiiiiiis much.

Part 1 of PCUK’s Retrospective

Part 2 of PCUK’s Retrospective

Sonic the Hedgehog coming to the GBA

This year is truly a year of celebration for Sonic fans. With Summer of Sonic in full swing, many Sonic fan projects taking off, Sonic the Hedgehog coming to MS and Sony’s next gen consoles this November, and Sonic Rivals marking Sonic’s long awaited debut on PSP, things are looking swell for our little blue dude with a tude.

But apparently, Sega has yet ANOTHER present for the blue dude’s devout fan base: a true tribute to his first appearance, a re-release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog for the GBA.

The game is a little more then a simple re-release, though. The game comes complete with a full blown spin dash, AND a save function for those who could never get through the whole game before.

The game will be titled “Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis”, in remembrance of Sega’s classic 16 bit console that our spiky blue friend debuted on, and will retail for $19.95. An exact release date has yet to be announced, but we can certainly expect sometime during the holiday season.

PAL Sonic Advance Double Packs

Last week we brought you news of upcoming Sonic Advance GameBoy Advance double packs, which were all until now confirmed only for their US and Japanese release. In a press release just hours ago from THQ it was confirmed these packs would be released shortly in PAL territories. The clincher for the deal, and what is sure to frighten even the most hardened of collectors is that no less than six different double packs, seven if you consider ChuChu Rocket, all to be released during November.

The seven different combinations are:
Sonic Advance + Sonic Battle
Sonic Advance + Sonic Pinball Party
Sonic Advance + ChuChu Rocket!
Columns Crown + ChuChu Rocket!
Sonic Pinball Party + Sonic Battle
Sonic Battle + ChuChu Rocket!
Sonic Pinball Party + Columns Crown
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Sonic Advance packs go crazy crazy Japanese

In a follow-up to the news reported early this month that revealed Sonic was to have his ‘Advance’ outing bundled into a 2-pack consisting of ‘Sonic Advance’ and ‘Sonic Pinball Party’, now comes the news that SEGA are bringing these packs to Japan.

The original pack was part of a THQ range, whereby THQ bundled together games of a similar topic or franchise to sell to the public, a GBA ‘Platinum/Classic/Players Choice’ range if you like.

THQ also added to the range yet another pack: the Sonic Advance & ’Sonic Battle’ pack

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Japanese Sonic Adventure DX and Pinball Party Release Dates Confirmed

New Sonic the Hedgehog games are arriving (seemingly worldwide) in the Summer, but Japanese fans are the first to know when exactly those games will drop. Sonic Adventure DX on Gamecube will hit stores in June 2003, with the GBA’s Sonic Pinball Party arriving the month after.

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UK Sonic Advance 2 Release Date Delayed for Game Boy Advance SP

Any UK Sonic fans looking forward to Sonic Advance 2’s launch today? Well our day is about to be ruined, sadly, as online retailers have announced a delayed release date for the game. It will now be hitting stores a week from now – Friday 28th March.

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North America Release Dates for Sonic Adventure DX and Sonic Pinball Party Revealed

Shortly after confirming a Spring release for Sonic Advance 2, SEGA of America has issued a new press release announcing that Sonic Adventure DX and Sonic Pinball Party are set for a Summer 2003 launch in North America.

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Sonic Advance 2 US Release Date Revealed

An official press release from SEGA has revealed that Sonic Advance 2 will release in North America in Spring 2003. No specific date was announced, but it does fall in line with our recently-reported UK release date of March. so perhaps the US and Canada will get to play the new GBA game at the same time.

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Amy Revealed As Unlockable Character in Sonic Advance 2

Sonic Advance 2 hasn’t even been released yet in the West, and Sonic Team is already spilling the beans on the secret unlockable bonuses you can find in the game. Alongside some expected modes such as a Super Sonic final stage, sound test and Tiny Chao Garden, comes a surprise – Amy Rose is in fact a secret playable character!

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Sonic Pinball Party Preview: Mind My Balls

Pinball. Ah, that craze during 1980s/1990s. How fun it was slotting in some coins (oi, easy!), shooting that last ball into the table and frantically trying to flip that bastard up to get that high score. Of course, when video game developers caught onto the coolness of this, they decided the inevitable. And hence, pinball video games were never really… well, any good really.

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First Screenshots of Sonic Pinball Party and Sonic Adventure DX Emerge

The first Sonic Adventure DX and Sonic Pinball Party screens have been released, courtesy of Sega Japan! Take a look at the selection of images in this post, as well as some detail on these recently-announced titles.

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UK Retailer Points to March Releases of Sonic Mega Collection and Sonic Advance 2

Spring is going to be a busy season for us Sonic fans in the UK! According to a retailer listing on online site Amazon.co.uk, both the Gamecube compilation package Sonic Mega Collection and GBA platformer Sonic Advance 2 will be available to buy in March 2003.

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‘Sonic Adventure DX’ for Gamecube Officially Announced; Sonic Pinball Party for GBA

SEGA has officially revealed the name for its previously-announced Sonic Adventure remake for the Nintendo Gamecube. ‘Sonic Adventure DX’ will release on the console later this year. But the company also announced that a new Game Boy Advance spinoff, Sonic Pinball Party, will also release in 2003.

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TSS REVIEW: Sonic Advance 2

The original Sonic Advance was a good starter for the blue hedgehog on a ‘rival’ handheld console. Many Sonic purist fans however, spat it out after a fair old play, claiming that it harks little back to the good old days of the Mega Drive/Genesis. Well, fear no more, my pretties, because Sonic Advance 2 is in the house, and it Spin Dashes right back to its roots, and then some!

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Sonic Advance 2: We’ve Seen It In Action!

It’s almost here! Sonic Advance 2 is just about a week away in Japan, and The Sonic Stadium is here to let you in on yet MORE exclusive information on the game. After we stumbled across a video promoting the game for this year’s TGS a month or so ago, you’d wonder why we never covered it beforehand. Well, we could say that we were waiting for the right moment… erm? Either way, we’re the first to tell you about it! Watch the trailer in full after the jump!

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SEGA Plans Autumn ‘Game Party’ Events for November in Japan

Summer might be over, but SEGA is still planning to continue its ‘Game Party’ series of events throughout Japan. Following a successful ‘Sonic Party’ in August, the publisher will be hosting a number of shows starting on 2nd November focusing on its upcoming Gamecube and Game Boy Advance lineup.

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Yuji Naka Reveals That PSO’s GBA Unlockables May Need to Be Downloaded

Sonic Team is stuffing a bunch of special Game Boy Advance mini-games into the Gamecube version of Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, but besides one special bonus item it seems that you will need to be connected to the internet in order to truly enjoy them. Yuji Naka recently stated that these bonuses will, for the most part, not come included on the GC disc.

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Special Tails Chao Unlockable Hidden Within PSO Episode I & II on Gamecube

There’s an extra incentive to pick up a copy of Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II on Gamecube for Sonic fans. By playing the game, you can unlock a special Tails-style Chao which you can transfer to your GBA and import back into Sonic Adventure 2 Battle.

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Sonic Advance 2 New Character: Cream the Rabbit!

Woah woah woah WOAH. Stop the presses, people. I SAID, STOP IT! Good. ^_^ We were kinda hoping nothing big would happen while we were ‘under’, but so has been the case and hence the date of writing this Update up. The non-appearance of Amy had us all gearing up for something big at ‘Stadium Towers, and now we know what that big thing is.

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Sonic Advance 2 Preview: What We Know So Far

No sooner had Dimps accomplished the very nice Sonic Advance for the GBA, that Sonic Team announce that a sequel was in the works, and is nearly ready for release. This must have meant that Sonic Team has been working on this game for some considerable time if this’ll be released by Christmas, which is what the development company are indeed promising.

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Sonic Advance 2 and Sonic Mega Collection Releasing on the Same Day in Japan

It’s going to be a big day for Sonic fans in Japan when Sonic Mega Collection releases on Gamecube, because the Game Boy Advance title Sonic Advance 2 will also hit store shelves on the same day.

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Phantasy Star GBA Collection Will Feature New Improvements

Phantasy Star Online not quite giving you that sci-fi RPG fix you need? Well then, you’re probably looking forward to the classic Phantasy Star Collection on Game Boy Advance then! THQ has shared the first images of the compilation, and revealed some more details on how these games will be presented.

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Free SEGA GBA Demos Available to Japanese Shoppers This Summer

Japanese Sonic Team fans are being treated very well this Summer! Not only do they have a Sonic Party to look forward to, but according to a new report SEGA will be offering trial versions of GBA games at various Tokyo-based department stores so they can get a taste of Sonic Team magic. Continue reading Free SEGA GBA Demos Available to Japanese Shoppers This Summer

Watch the First Sonic Advance 2 Footage Here

Over the weekend, we discovered the first footage of Sonic Advance 2! We suspect this video was taken during one of the recent Japanese events that showcased the new GBA game. It shows Sonic darting through the first Zone, Leaf Forest, and features new enemies, faster gameplay and new running animations. Continue reading Watch the First Sonic Advance 2 Footage Here

Sonic Team Shares New Sonic Advance 2 Stage Details and Screenshots

We got our first taste of Sonic Advance 2 just the other day with some screenshots of the game’s opening stages, but today Sonic Team has launched the official Sonic Advance 2 minisite with some more images and bit more info.

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First Sonic Advance 2 Screenshots and Details Revealed

The first details on Sonic Advance 2 have just been unleashed, courtesy of Famitsu magazine in Japan. We have a few screenshots of the opening stages of the Game Boy Advance sequel, along with the Zone names to boot. Continue reading First Sonic Advance 2 Screenshots and Details Revealed

US Sales: Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Rank High on Chart

The USA game sales charts are in, and the results are good for Sonic games on Nintendo platforms. According to the latest data, Sonic Advance is the second-best selling GBA game from January – July 2002, while Sonic Adventure 2 Battle is the best-selling Gamecube game during the same period. Continue reading US Sales: Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Rank High on Chart

Sonic Adventure 1 Coming to Gamecube, SA2 Battle & Sonic Advance Ship 1 Million

SEGA keeps coming out with the hits this month, and it’s only the 2nd of July! The company has revealed that Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and Sonic Advance have shipped over one million units. Because of the two games’ success, a version of the original Sonic Adventure will now also be released for Gamecube. Continue reading Sonic Adventure 1 Coming to Gamecube, SA2 Battle & Sonic Advance Ship 1 Million

Sonic Mega Collection and Sonic Advance 2 Announced!

Hold on to your butts – SEGA has announced not only a sequel to Sonic Advance on the Game Boy Advance, but also a special compilation of classic Sonic games on Gamecube called ‘Sonic Mega Collection’! Continue reading Sonic Mega Collection and Sonic Advance 2 Announced!