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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Report: Sonic Tops SEGA’s Third-Party Game Sales in 2002

If you needed any proof that Sonic the Hedgehog was SEGA’s biggest franchise, then maybe this recent report will confirm it. A calculation of SEGA’s third-party game sales were made for the year of 2002, and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on Gamecube is currently the top-selling game of all of SEGA’s products.

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PSO Episode I & II Gamecube Will Cost $8.95 A Month to Play Online

SEGA has confirmed that there will be a subscription fee to play Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II in North America. The online service will cost $8.95 a month from October 29, but the company is sweetening the deal by giving active players exclusive downloadable quests to expand the game.

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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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Yuji Naka Originally Planned to Include Sonic CD in Sonic Mega Collection

Sonic Mega Collection looks like an interesting package of retro titles, focusing on the blue blur’s original adventures on Sega Mega Drive. But according to Sonic Team head Yuji Naka, the plan was to also include Mega CD add-on platformer, Sonic CD.

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Opinion: Not-So-Mega Collection?

Dear me. Deary, deary me. Sonic Team are all over the shop about this one. Let’s start where it all began… a few months ago, Sonic Team announced (along with Sonic Advance 2) that they would be making a Sonic the Hedgehog compilation game for the Nintendo Gamecube. Fans of the blue hedgehog jumped for joy – and rightly so.

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Now People Are Cheating in Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II

In news that surprises absolutely nobody, it seems that a bunch of people are already cheating in the newly-released Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II game on Gamecube. The game only came out last week in Japan and yet Sonic Team has already received hundreds of complaints from players about the situation.

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Sonic Mega Collection USA Release Date and Bonus Games Revealed

The release date has been revealed for Sonic Mega Collection. The compilation will arrive on Nintendo Gamecube on November 12 in the US, and on December 19 in Japan. But more interestingly, the disc will come with two more Mega Drive games!

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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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Sonic Mega Collection Will Have ‘Dozens of Unlockable Surprises’

If you were feeling a little disappointed about the selection of games in Sonic Mega Collection, maybe this will make you feel better – according to a new report, Sonic Team intends to pack the compilation with loads of extra bonus content and ‘unlockable surprises’ to give more bang for your buck.

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Rumour: Sonic Adventure Gamecube Will Feature More Improvements Than SA2 Battle

We know now that Sonic Team intends to port the original Sonic Adventure to Nintendo’s Gamecube console, following the success of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. But according to a new report, the developer intends to put a lot more effort into adding new features than they did with SA2.

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Sonic Mega Collection Confirmed for Western Release

SEGA of America has announced that Sonic Team’s latest Mega Drive game compilation, Sonic Mega Collection, will indeed be coming to the West later this year on Nintendo Gamecube. The company also revealed a shortlist of games that will come on the disc, confirming the list we previously reported.

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SEGA to Close Some Dreamcast PSO Servers Soon

Looking forward to Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II? Well, hopefully you’re planning on jumping across from the Dreamcast version because according to SEGA, some legacy servers will shut down once the next-gen port arrives on Gamecube and Xbox.

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Here’s the Official Sonic Mega Collection Game List

Sonic Team has announced the official list of games that we can expect to find on Sonic Mega Collection. And if you were expecting a lot of Sega Mega Drive titles, well… you’d be right! Continue reading Here’s the Official Sonic Mega Collection Game List

Are These The Games We Will Get With Sonic Mega Collection?

A list of games that are apparently included in the upcoming Sonic Mega Collection have been published on a number of websites. Intensity Mag and Gamecube-Europe have reported on a tip from SEGA of Japan and have shared what they heard. Check it out below. Continue reading Are These The Games We Will Get With Sonic Mega Collection?

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!

PSO Hacker Inadvertently Breaks Gamecube Trial Version, Blames Sonic Team

Well, that was quick. Seems like criminal punishments aren’t doing much to deter hackers from getting their sticky fingers on Sonic Team’s Phantasy Star Online, as the Gamecube version’s trial has already been compromised in Japan. And the user behind the original vulnerability break has blamed the developer for negligence. Continue reading PSO Hacker Inadvertently Breaks Gamecube Trial Version, Blames Sonic Team

PSO Episode I & II Finally Releases in Japan in August; Level Cap Raised to 200

It feels like we’ve been waiting f-o-r-e-v-e-r for Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II to come out on Nintendo Gamecube, but it seems that we’re finally turning a corner on it. According to a new report, the game will finally launch in Japan on August 8 – and come bundled with more improvements than we originally thought. Continue reading PSO Episode I & II Finally Releases in Japan in August; Level Cap Raised to 200

Sonic Team Has PSO E3 Models Stolen

Oh no! Remember when we reported on Sonic Team developing a new episode in the Phantasy Star Online series? The studio had a display for this ‘PSO Card Battle’ game, with some model figurines on show. Those prototype models have been stolen! Continue reading Sonic Team Has PSO E3 Models Stolen

New Phantasy Star Online Card Game Announced By… Nintendo?

Surprise! If an upgraded version of Phantasy Star Online on Gamecube isn’t enough to satisfy your Sonic Team RPG appetite, Nintendo has decided to let everyone know that a brand new entry in the series is in development. This one, though, involves playing cards! Continue reading New Phantasy Star Online Card Game Announced By… Nintendo?

NiGHTS and Puyo Puyo Minigames Unlockable on PSO Gamecube

Missing Sonic Team’s Saturn classic, NiGHTS into Dreams? Yeah, we are too. Puyo Puyo too. Well, if you’re planning to pick up the Gamecube version of Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, you will be able to play micro-sized versions of both games on your Game Boy Advance!
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PSO Episode I & II Will Require a Subscription, Cross-Platform Play Killed

Some disappointing news in the Phantasy Star Online universe, depending on how you were hoping to play and whether you have deep pockets. SEGA has confirmed that the upcoming Episode I & II game on Gamecube and Xbox will require subscription payments – and no, you won’t be able to play between the different consoles either. Continue reading PSO Episode I & II Will Require a Subscription, Cross-Platform Play Killed

Gamecube Network Adaptors and PSO Episode I & II Pinned for Fall Release

Looks like we’re all one step closer to enjoying Phantasy Star Online on the Gamecube, as Nintendo has today revealed its plans for the console’s network adaptors in the US. Continue reading Gamecube Network Adaptors and PSO Episode I & II Pinned for Fall Release

PSO Servers to Undergo Maintenance in May to Prep for Gamecube Version

If you’re an avid Phantasy Star Online player, you should be aware that on one particular day this month you may not be able to access the online RPG at all. It’s all in preparation for something greater, trust us… Continue reading PSO Servers to Undergo Maintenance in May to Prep for Gamecube Version

TSS REVIEW: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

This game is (or rather, was in the US) getting quite a reputation for itself recently. Sure, it may only be an upped version of Sonic Adventure 2 on Dreamcast, but what really excited everyone was the fact that Sonic was appearing on a Nintendo console… for the first time! Practically every Sonic fan in the known universe has been wanting this title since, and yes, even though it is just a DC port. Amazing, huh? But, it’s out in the US, toted for GC’s European Launch in May, and yet all the yankie video games mags, and even some UK Import mags, are ripping on it. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Nintendo Gamecube – And Sonic Adventure 2 Battle – Launch in Europe

Well, it’s about bloomin’ time! After launching in Japan in September and in North America in November, Nintendo has finally launched its latest console, Gamecube, in UK and rest of Europe today. Only took them seven months!
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PSO Features in SEGA’s E3 2002 Lineup – But No Sonic

SEGA has unveiled its E3 2002 showcase lineup, and it looks like Phantasy Star Online will get a fair bit of attention on the Sonic Team side of things. But, unless there’s a sneak announcement happening during the show, it appears that Sonic himself won’t be showing up in any form.
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Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Releases EARLY in the UK!

Well, this is a nice and very confusing surprise! Sonic Team’s port of Sonic Adventure 2 for the Nintendo Gamecube was meant to release on the console’s launch day in the UK – a week from now on May 3rd. But it’s actually hit store shelves country-wide today, a week early!
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