So we got a new Sonic game announcement in yesterday’s Nintendo Direct squarely aired for the Japanese audience (and today a “Micro” Direct aired for NA also showing the game), which is weird since this is very unusual where Sonic games are typically announced mainly in the west and certainly not having a world-first announcement in Japan…. except Sonic Runners just before… are we seeing a new trend?
UPDATE: I just found out and added that Marvelous (then known as MarvelousAQL) helped with Mario & Sonic London 2012 3DS!
Hello again! 🙂 Over the past while I’ve made lookbacks covering two Sonic games on Nintendo systems, specifically Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity and Sonic Unleashed, both for Wii, and I thought, you know what, why don’t I just cover the whole history? Of course, the opinions in this article reflect my own thoughts and may not reflect the thoughts of the other Staff members. With that, let’s start from the very beginning…
A rivalry past, comes friendship to last
Pleasing news for SEGA this morning is that their venture into the mobile phone game sphere has paid off well, with Sonic the Hedgehog spinning his way into the #1 spot on the official Mobile Phone Charts.
ELSPA, the British association founded as a voice for the games industry, holds the latest charts figures in the UK every week, and their official mobile phone chart reveals that Sonic has shoved Tetris into second place, after the block-busting puzzler pipped the hedgehog to the post in February’s tot-up.
Even though Sonic the Hedgehog mobile was only half of the Mega Drive version of Sonic 1, mobile fans seemed to lap it up, obviously experiencing shots of nostalgia when playing the game.
In other chart related news, in an unsurprising twist Sonic Riders is still selling extremely well on the Nintendo Gamecube, maintaining the #1 spot since it was pretty much released. Its success may be pushed aside this week however after sales of the newly released FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 is added up over the last 7 days.
Earlier today IGN published an article disclosing what sources close to them indicate will be the hidden games to be featured as unlockable bonuses. The games rumored to be appearing include the classic Genesis/Mega Drive Streets of Rage series, a port of SEGA’s classic Bonanza Brothers and additional titles undisclosed at this point in time.
Sonic Gems Collection is expected to launch later this year on Playstation 2 and GameCube. At this point in time SEGA have also announced in the US the title will be a GameCube exclusive, however have not yet specified if this also applies to the games PAL release.
Stay with SONIC NEWS for the newest information on Sonic Gems Collection.
Thanks to Okura from SSMB for the link.
For those concerned as to the rumours regarding Sonic Gems Collection being exclusive for Nintendo Gamecube, well we have some good/bad news. Sonic Gems Collection is exclusive to Nintendo Gamecube. Sort of.
It appears that Ninty caught exclusive rights to the title in the USA, while SEGA’s press release specifies that a PlayStation 2 version is in the works, but only for Europe. We don’t know yet whether the exclusive deal for Gamecube is temporary, like Sonic Mega Collection, but if SEGA doesn’t shift on the issue, gamers looking for that tasty Sonic the Fighters urge will be forced to consider a Gamecube purchase; or a Nintendo Revolution when it appears sometime next year.
Earlier today SEGA’s Japanese page for the upcoming Sonic Gems Collection was launched providing a host of new information about the game, all of which can finally be set in concrete thanks to it coming directly from an official source.
The site, which is laced with some beautiful new-classic styled artwork provides us with the following. The game will be released in August this year on Playstation 2 and GameCube. Finally, what everyone has been waiting for, the list of games to be included in this compilation.
Woo, this is the calm before the storm. The E3 event’s yet to start (Wednesday), but the major companies are spewing forth their latest consoles and it’s exciting to see! SEGA have been on form though for next gen, and SONICTEAM’s creativity certainly lives on! We’ve just seen a trailer for a new Yuji Project, called Fifth Phantom Saga. Check SONIC NEWS for the first info, and check out the new TSS Game Page for the title. AND, Sonic Gems Collection IS A REALITY. We’ve only seen a Gamecube stand for it though, which fires up the rumours that Gems will be a Nintendo exclusive. SONIC THE FIGHTERS and SONIC CD are the only titles known to be on the Gems Collection at this point. Yuji does love us.
It’s only been a day and all this has spewed forth – remember, only at The Sonic Stadium and SONIC NEWS can you catch the SONICTEAM E3 information and media first. We’re not the #1 Sonic Resource for nowt you know. 😉 Nintendo’s conference is later on, and more SEGA surprises are apparently in store, so we’ll let you know on any breaking details.
Sketchy details have surfaced once again for Shadow the Hedgehog, the latest are hinting at Shadow not being the only playable character in the upcoming title.
Nintendo Insider tell us . .
More details have surfaced regarding SEGA’s GameCube title, Shadow the Hedgehog. According to Jeux France, Shadow won’t be the only playable character in the game, but Shadow will also be aided by Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and the infamous Dr. Eggman. Furthermore, the game features a unique time travel mechanism that allows players to alter their path in the game.
Whilst these details cannot be confirmed at the moment, if they are a sign of things to come could this turn around many of the negative responces and outcry of Sonic fans?
Earlier today Nintendo Now posted an image from Nintendos E3 display for Sonic Gems Collection for the Nintendo GameCube, which sports the controller layouts for Sonic the Fighters and Sonic CD. Details at the moment are at a bare minimum, although this is definite solid evidence that these two games will indeed be appearing in Sonic Gems Collection and playable at E3.
The photo can be found under the media links. Stay with SONIC NEWS for more E3 2005 updates.
Nintendo Power have promised on their website (see “Source” link to the left) that the next issue will:
“… reveal emerging details about under-wraps thriller Geist, and preview Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Donkey Konga 2, Need for Speed Underground 2, Advance Wars DS, an all-new Sonic game for GCN and a bevy of blockbuster superhero games.”
Nintendo Power magazine is the American magazine based on the famous video game company. Subscribers should get the June edition well in advance of June, so if anyone can aquire and submit a scan it would be greatly appreciated.
Sonic Heroes has finally been released at a budget price, also becoming a “Player’s Choice” title for the Nintendo GameCube. The game has been re-released for $19.99 for GameCube, PS2 and Xbox.
“The tremendous retail success of Sonic Heroes across all platforms makes it clear that everyone’s favorite hedgehog is still at the top of his game,” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Entertainment Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. “And this value-priced re-issue is just the beginning; Sonic has a handful of other big surprises in store for gamers throughout 2005.”
Sega has announced that Shadow The Hedgehog will be making its way to all 3 major video game consoles, the Microsoft Xbox, Sony Playstation 2, and Nintendo GameCube. The game will be released this winter and will be developed by Sega Studios USA.
“Since we first introduced him in [2001’s] Sonic Adventure 2, we have wanted to feature Shadow in his own game,” said Takashi Iizuka, game director, SEGA Studio USA. “We maintained Shadow as a mysterious character and now fans can control his destiny…”
Below is from Planet Gamecube:
It seems Sega is slowly lifting itself out of the gutter. Thursday Sega announced a profit of 1.89 billion yen, or 15.8 million dollars, and 42.4 billion yen ($353 million) in sales between April and June. Although it is hard for analysts to make projections on the rest of Sega’s year, as this is Sega’s first quarterly earnings report publicly released, it is safe to say any profit is good for the company, whose reports have historically been in the red.
Sega attributes this pleasant surprise to key titles such as Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut, an updated GameCube port of the signature Dreamcast title, and the quirky Let’s Make a J-League Soccer Club 3 for the PS2, both of which sold above Sega’s expectations. Sega reports it is still on track to meet its goal of 7.5 billion yen ($1.6 billion) in profit by the end of March 2004.
Looks like the ports are selling well, makes you think what the sales for Sonic Heroes will be…
This is the official list from Sonic Team’s Mega Collection site, the compilation game will include Sonic 1-3, Sonic and Knuckles, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic Spinball, and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine. The list from before was either fake or another mistake. Click the link below for official screens.
Finally, Sega has corrected themselves again. Sonic Adventure will be ported over to Gamecube. But don’t start crying because its not a new game. Remember, Sonic Team has yet to announce their brand new Sonic game which will be revealed in 2 weeks at the Japanese game show.
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
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.
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”
Sonic Team announced that they have postponed the release of Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II for GameCube in Japan from spring to sometime in the summer.
The JATE (Japan’s Approval Institute for Telecommunications Equipment) has certified the use of the GameCube modem in Japan. The GC modem will be released within the next few months in Japan, alongside the launch of Phantasy Star Online. On top of that, it seems Sega has announced that the GameCube and X-Box versions of Phantasy Star Online will be able to communicate with each other; allowing people from both camps to possibly team up and save your people!
You might have read about the GameJam2 festival in Tokyo already, seeings as Sonic Team made a pretty big splash there. But some more details have come from the event, with Sonic Team head Yuji Naka revealing the final details for the Gamecube version of Phantasy Star Online. Continue reading Final Details for Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II on Gamecube Revealed
We’re not entirely sure if this isn’t an early April Fools gag or not, but if it’s not we’re incredibly jealous of this special Sonic Advance/Sonic Adventure 2 Battle download being offered at Japan’s GameJam2 festival, where Sonic Team is providing fans with a special Knuckles Chao! Continue reading Sonic Team Offering Special Knuckles Chao Download for SA2 Battle at Japanese GameJam2 Festival
In news that would most likely baffle any hardened 1990s console warrior, Sonic the Hedgehog is for the second month running topping the sales charts on a Nintendo console! Continue reading Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Leads US Gamecube Chart For Second Month Running
Sonic Team seems to be doing its best to bring everything it has in its portfolio to Nintendo’s Gamecube, but if Yuji Naka’s words recently are any indication there could be trouble in paradise, with the developer saying that its upcoming port of Phantasy Star Online may not actually come with the… well, ‘Online’ part. Continue reading Phantasy Star Could Be Offline on Gamecube
It’s been a while since we’ve reported on any new Phantasy Star Online info, right? Well, that might well change very soon as the rumour mill starts up on the upcoming Nintendo Gamecube release, which will apparently include a few more features over its Dreamcast counterpart. Including a new stage… Continue reading Phantasy Star Online for Gamecube Could Include Brand New Stage
Looks like that rumour about Sonic the Hedgehog being in the next Smash Bros game has reared its head again, only this time you should probably not take too much notice. This latest ‘news’ comes as part of an early prank in the April issue of US magazine EGM. Continue reading Heads Up! Electronic Gaming Monthly’s Sonic Smash Bros Hoax
It sounds like Amazon helped give us some clues as to the popularity of Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, because the official sales charts are in and according to SEGA of America, the blue blur’s latest game is currently the best-selling title on the Nintendo Gamecube. Continue reading Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Tops Gamecube Sales Chart in US
Ever since Sonic Adventure 2 was confirmed for Gamecube, we have heard a number of rumours about how Mario and Sonic will one day join forces in the same game. And now we get a fresh tease, only this time it’s come from a more official source: Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto himself! Continue reading Shigeru Miyamoto Teases Sonic in Mario Kart
With the release of Sonic Adventure 2 Battle fast approaching (in Europe; it’s already out in the US), t’is be the season for floods of new screenshots and video captures of the game in action courtesy of various gaming websites. Fresh images featuring the rival karting mode and some of the later levels in the game have been shared by the good people at Gamespot. Take a look below. Continue reading Watch Eggman Go Karting in New Batch of SA2 Battle Screenshots
It might have got a bit of a kicking in early reviews, but the Gamecube port of Sonic Adventure 2 nevertheless seems to be doing really well in terms of sales. If Amazon’s listings are anything to go by, it’s actually selling better than anything else right now! Continue reading Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Rides High on Amazon Sales Chart
English-speaking Sonic fans will now be able to understand all the hype surrounding Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, as SEGA has finally launched the official US website for the game. Continue reading SEGA Launches English Language Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Website
Initial reviews have come in for Sonic’s very first releases on Nintendo hardware – Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on Gamecube and Sonic Advance on Game Boy Advance. Will they set the tone for the general reception for these games? And how did they rate, anyway? Read on and find out. Continue reading Review Scores for Sonic’s First Nintendo Releases Are In!
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!
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
SEGA must be ringing in the new year, because this past week there’s been a lot of updates surrounding the upcoming US release of Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. There’s been age ratings (which means a release date must be close), new screenshots and videos, and even official site launches. Exciting! Check out the whole shebang after the jump. Continue reading SA2 Battle: SEGA Launches New Website, New Screens and Videos Emerge
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