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 (GBA) heading to the Wii U VC in Japan on Feb 24th

Sonic Advance 2 Japanese Wii U VC

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.

Sadly we still have no news to report on either of the two games being released in the west.

Via Nintendo’s Japanese page of the game.

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
Continue reading PAL Sonic Advance Double Packs

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

Continue reading Sonic Advance packs go crazy crazy Japanese

Sonic Advance, SA2 Battle sales ranking

Sonic Advance is the second best selling GBA game from Jan – July 2002, and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle is the best selling GC game during the same period. Also, just to remind you from a former report, Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle have reached the one million mark in sales worldwide. Continue reading Sonic Advance, SA2 Battle sales ranking

Sonic Games on Gamecube and GBA

This article comes from Gaming Age:

Nintendo seems to be the company of choice for Sonic Team’s blue hedgehog hero; Sega has announced titles spinning the critter onto the hardware maker’s platforms. Sonic Adventure (the original) and Sonic Mega Collection are headed to the GameCube and Sonic Advance 2 for the Game Boy Advance.

Japan will be receiving Sonic Mega Collection and Sonic Advance 2 at the end of the year, while Sonic Adventure does not yet have a release date. The contents of the proposed collection or what types of upgrades we can expect from the Sonic Adventure port have not yet been announced, nor has any prospective US releases.

Get excited, 3 more Sonic games, don’t forget that mystery title as well! Keep visiting The Sonic Stadium for more news.

Downloadable Mini-Games in PSO

From an IGN News Story:

“A demo area set up in Nintendo’s booth to demonstrate the connectivity of the GameCube and GBA revealed that Sega has some great tricks up its sleeve regarding Phantasy Star Online on the Nintendo console. By connecting a GBA unit to the GameCube, players can actually download supplied GBA minigames from the Phantasy Star Online server.

This was demonstrated at Nintendo’s “Get Connected!” section of its booth, where gamers familiar with the Phantasy Star Online interface could head into the N-Port section and grab minigames for the Game Boy Advance, including Puyo Pop and Nights into Dreams: Score Attack. Since we’ve already played Puyo Pop, we went right for the goods and played around with Nights. The game is, essentially, a 2D conversion of the 3D game released on the Saturn system several years ago. The GBA version features scrolling bitmap backgrounds instead of a full polygonal world, but the flying action was pretty faithfully converted on the digital GBA pad.”

Exciting, huh? Click below to find screens and footage of NiGHTS in action.

Source: IGN “Article”

IGN Sonic Scores

IGN has posted review on Sonic Advance (9.1).

IGN Insider also gave a review on SA2 Battle, giving it a very low 6.9 rating. Heres a paragraph of what they had to say:

“This is not Mario’s platformer equivalent. This game has been overrated for far too long. Only recommended to hardcore Sega and Sonic fans. Everybody else should definitely rent this one and see if it’s worth pursuing before slapping down the cash for a permanent investment.”


Source: IGN

Sonic Team-Signed SA2 Battle Up For Grabs in Nintendo Sweepstakes

Sonic Adventure 2: Battle is out soon on Nintendo Gamecube, which is great – but what would be even better is if you got it for free, right? Well, Nintendo’s official website has you all sorted – they have a Super Sonic Sweepstakes going right now, where you can win a Sonic Team-signed copy of the Gamecube game, as well as a copy of Sonic Advance and a Nintendo Gamecube – Game Boy Advance Cable to connect the two systems together. Go here to enter – good luck!

THQ Ships Sonic Advance to US Retailers

The day has finally come for US fans – Sonic Advance has been shipped to retailers, courtesy of THQ. You might remember that SEGA signed a deal with THQ to publish a number of Game Boy Advance titles; Sonic Advance is among them. Read on for the full press release, fired to the media by THQ. Continue reading THQ Ships Sonic Advance to US Retailers

Sonic Spinball Coming to GBA via New Sega Smash Pack

The 16-Bit pinball-platformer mashup, Sonic Spinball, is heading to Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance, according to a press release announcing a new version of SEGA’s Smash Pack compilation made specially for the handheld system. Continue reading Sonic Spinball Coming to GBA via New Sega Smash Pack

US Release Dates for Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Revealed

The wait is almost over for Nintendo fans in the US – the very first Sonic the Hedgehog titles for the Game Boy Advance and Gamecube have been given a North American release date. Do you usually like February when it rolls around every year? You will now. Continue reading US Release Dates for Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Revealed

TSS REVIEW: Sonic Advance

Sonic makes his first appearance on the Game Boy Advance, and it’s about flippin’ time! Everybody’s been waiting… anticipating this release since Nintendo’s handheld launched. And now, I can finally tell you how it plays. People might think that a return to 2D platforming isn’t a great idea for Sonic – especially once you account for how good Sonic Adventure 2 is. Well, don’t even think about comparing the two, as they are meant to work together – on GBA and GameCube! Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Advance

‘Nuisance Sonic’ Causes Miracles in Japanese Sonic Advance Commercial

‘Nuisance Sonic’. Well, that’s what we’re calling him, anyway. This fast-moving maniac can be found gallivanting around Japan in this brand new TV commercial for Sonic Advance, the Game Boy Advance platformer that just released in Japan last week. Continue reading ‘Nuisance Sonic’ Causes Miracles in Japanese Sonic Advance Commercial

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

Check Out the North American Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Box Art

Well, we’ve seen the Japanese covers for Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and Sonic Advance, but what about the North American versions? Will they look any different? Thanks to an eager retailer, we now know and the answer is… not really. Sort of. Take a look below to see what we mean. Continue reading Check Out the North American Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Box Art

Brand New Sonic Advance Screens Revealed

Sonic Advance is only a few weeks away from release in Japan, but we’ve already got some hot new screenshots of the game that features all four playable characters (Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy) in the first stage. Read on to see a selection of these new images, which even shows off the boss that you’ll encounter in ‘Neo Green Hill Zone’. Continue reading Brand New Sonic Advance Screens Revealed

Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Japanese Box Art Revealed

SEGA Japan has just updated its official website and revealed the box artwork for the next two Sonic game releases in the process. Read on to see the rather colourful covers for the Nintendo Gamecube re-release of Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Advance, Sonic’s first foray onto Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance. Continue reading Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Japanese Box Art Revealed

A Guide to Sonic Advance’s Tiny Chao Garden

The latest in the line of Chao Breeding come from the depths of the beautiful Sonic Advance. It comes in the form of ‘Tiny Chao Garden’, and is a much more sophisticated version of the Chao Adventure game found on the VMUs we all knew and loved (but wasn’t very good). Along with Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on the GameCube, Sonic Advance will take the place of the VMU, and rightly so. Prepare for the greatest Chao breeding in the palm of your hand… Continue reading A Guide to Sonic Advance’s Tiny Chao Garden

Tokyo Game Show: See How Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Connect in This New Video

Fresh from the Tokyo Game Show, SEGA has released a promotional video showcasing how Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on Gamecube and Sonic Advance on Game Boy Advance connect with one another. It’s all for the greater good of the Chao! Watch the video after the jump. As soon as any new media comes out of TGS, we’ll report it right here. Continue reading Tokyo Game Show: See How Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Connect in This New Video

Yuji Naka: Sonic Titles to Appeal to Younger Audience

SEGA recently held a Consumer Conference in Japan, which featured a number of high-level developers and executives speaking about the future of the publisher’s franchises. Yuji Naka was among the speakers, and presented an overview of the upcoming Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and Sonic Advance, concluding that future titles will look to appeal to younger audiences. Continue reading Yuji Naka: Sonic Titles to Appeal to Younger Audience

Official Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Websites Launch

Sonic Team has launched official Japanese websites for Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. Each site features a bunch of gameplay info and screenshots ahead of their joint release on December 20 (no release date has been formally confirmed for the US or Europe yet). Check out the websites by clicking the links below.

Details and Screenshots Emerge on Sonic Advance’s Petit Chao Garden

We recently learned that Sonic Adventure 2 Battle will connect with Sonic Advance for portable Chao raising. But today we have more details on what exactly that entails, as well as screenshots of the special Chao Garden mode in action. Continue reading Details and Screenshots Emerge on Sonic Advance’s Petit Chao Garden

Sonic Advance Will Feature Chao Connectivity With Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Interesting news – it sounds like Sonic Adventure 2 on the Gamecube will interact in some ways with Sonic Advance on Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance. From what we understand, this will come in the form of a unique way to raise Chao on the move. Continue reading Sonic Advance Will Feature Chao Connectivity With Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

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

Take A Look at These Tasty New Sonic Advance Screenshots

Sonic Advance is nearing release, and a whole bunch of new screenshots have been released to tempt us all to get a Game Boy Advance. Some of these screens are old demo images, but others show off Knuckles and Amy, as well as new stages. Continue reading Take A Look at These Tasty New Sonic Advance Screenshots

Puyo Puyo Advance Announced, Launching October

Sonic Team’s puzzle game series, Puyo Puyo (released on Mega Drive in the West as Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine) is getting a portable version for Game Boy Advance! The blob-busting strategy game will be released in Japan on October 18th for 4,800 Yen. Continue reading Puyo Puyo Advance Announced, Launching October

Sonic Advance to Stay True to Mega Drive Classics

Those of you wondering whether Sonic Advance will stay true to the classic Mega Drive titles or be something else entirely can be rest assured that the blue blur’s GBA adventure will play just like the original games, with excellent level design. Continue reading Sonic Advance to Stay True to Mega Drive Classics

First Look at Sonic Advance Screenshots

The first Sonic move in Sega’s multi-platform conquest, and it’s shaping up to be an excellent title. Having only been given the BETA Screenshot earlier, new screens have been released into the world, and new evidence shows that Nintendo could be very happy with Sonic Team’s offering. Continue reading First Look at Sonic Advance Screenshots

TSS Update: Sonic Advance Hype Train Gathers Steam

I’ve been flipping through recent Nintendo mags and other sources, and have uncovered a bunch of new screenshots of Sonic Advance for Game Boy Advance. You can check them out in the preview of Sonic Advance. Meanwhile Sonic Adventure 2, the other most important Sonic release this year, is nearly with us in Europe and is looking the bomb! We’re nearly there, fellow fans, don’t fret…

Press Release Update: Sonic Advance, Sonic Adventure 2, ChuChu Rocket GBA and PSO Version 2

SEGA has just released official information on a a whole bunch of titles that they will be releasing this year. Read on for all the press release details for Sonic Advance, Sonic Adventure 2, ChuChu Rocket on Game Boy Advance and Phantasy Star Online Version 2. Continue reading Press Release Update: Sonic Advance, Sonic Adventure 2, ChuChu Rocket GBA and PSO Version 2

Sonic Advance Will Let Sonic Grind on Rails, Features Tails and Knuckles

It looks like Sonic’s Game Boy Advance debut will not simply be a blast from the past. The blue blur will also be able to grind down rails, in a gameplay mechanic clearly borrowed from upcoming Dreamcast swansong Sonic Adventure 2. Continue reading Sonic Advance Will Let Sonic Grind on Rails, Features Tails and Knuckles