Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have announced a “Sonic Anniversary sale“ on digital downloads via the eShop, Playstation Store, and XBox live for Sonic the Hedgehog titles, including Team Sonic Racing!
Eagle-eyed Badnik Mechanic Dave Luty on Twitter has spotted something amiss with an Unofficial Sonic the Hedgehog fact book “We Love Sonic”, set for release through Carlton Books this summer.
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
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.
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.
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
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)
– Javelin Throw
– Rugby Sevens
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.
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!
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.
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
SEGA Japan surprised an entire globe of fans today by casually revealing that its upcoming Mega Drive Mini micro-console will launch alongside several decorative add-ons that replicate the Mega CD, 32X and Sonic & Knuckles’ lock-on technology! Continue reading SEGA Reveals Mega Drive Mini CD, 32X, Sonic 1 and Sonic & Knuckles Decoration Models
If you’ve had a hankering for a Sonic the Hedgehog breakfast cereal since Golden O’s made an appearance in the Team Sonic Racing infomercial launch trailer, Funko will soon be producing a Sonic-themed edition of FunkO’s, complete with blue rings!
SEGA Sound Director and Crush 40 guitarist Jun Senoue will release his third compilation album “The Works III” on June the 19th, 2019 release via Wavemaster Entertainment.
Have you played Sonic Mania yet? If not, what’s keeping you!? It’s been hailed as one of the best Sonic platformers to date, and soon it’ll be available for free on PlayStation Plus! Continue reading Sonic Mania is Speeding Its Way to PlayStation Plus in June
The official soundtrack to Team Sonic Racing, dubbed ‘Maximum Overdrive’, is about to release worldwide on May 29th! And we can’t wait to finally get to listen to Jun Senoue’s latest series works while at the office/bus/plane/pit stop. We can reveal the full track listing on this whopping THREE-CD OST release, so you can prepare for an epic listening session tomorrow (both physical and via streaming services). Continue reading Team Sonic Racing’s ‘Maximum Overdrive’ Tracklist Revealed
Sumo Digital’s latest kart racing spinoff title, Team Sonic Racing, has burst out of the starting grid in the UK to take the top position in this week’s All Format Games Sales Chart!
Continue reading Team Sonic Racing Speeds to #1 in the UK Games Chart
The Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie has just been delayed. The Paramount Studios-produced flick will now release on 14th February 2020. Continue reading Sonic Movie Delayed to 2020
A group of passionate art and animation professionals have launched a Patreon campaign to try and finish telling one of the greatest Sonic stories never told – that of Sonic the Hedgehog’s Saturday AM (SatAM) long lost third season. Continue reading Dedicated SatAM Fans Crowdfund ‘Season 3’ Production
It says a lot about Sumo Digital’s developing competence when the team can create a sequel to a much-loved racing spinoff series, nearly seven years after the last entry, on (seemingly) a much tighter budget, and yet still manage to find ways to make the experience appear like a full-priced premium package. Continue reading TSS Review: Team Sonic Racing
Team Sonic Racing is officially out tomorrow, and everyone is super-excited to get behind the wheel with the blue blur once again. But perhaps the person most excited about the game’s release is Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka, who will now get to fully enjoy playing multiplayer kart racing games with his son. Continue reading TSS Interview: Takashi Iizuka Hints At Dodon Pa’s Return as ‘Master of Ceremonies’
With the release of Team Sonic Racing, the Sonic voice cast appears to have gotten its first major shakeup since 2010. Six characters have been recast with new voice actors, including Zavok, Omega, Blaze, Omachao, Silver, and most notably, Knuckles. Continue reading Team Sonic Racing Debuts New Voice Actors for Several Sonic Characters
In an interview with Gaming Bible on Team Sonic Racing this week, Sonic Pillar head Takashi Iizuka also spoke briefly about SEGA’s involvement in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie by Paramount Pictures.
Over the past week, the internet has been all a buzz over the first trailer for the upcoming Sonic movie. Well three people in particular have offered some words regarding the film, all of which Sonic fans should recognize.
Jeff Fowler, Director of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, has today acknowledged the largely negative feedback the movie trailer has received over the last 48 hours.
In a tweet today, Fowler states
“Thank you for the support. And the critisism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be…”
Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019
It is currently unclear as to what extent the character will, or indeed can be changed, with less than 8 months left until the film releases.
This is not the first time that a movie character’s design has been altered in a movie due to fan backlash; the first Michael Bay Transformers movie received similar treatment in which Megatron, the main antagonist of the movie, saw alterations after complaints from fans that his appearance was too far from the source material (thanks for the reminder, @TransistorSynd on twitter!).
More Sonic the Hedgehog movie news as it comes!
Sumo Digital has been a close partner of SEGA’s for many years, ever since the Sheffield-based studio worked on a console port of OutRun2 back in 2003. But in recent years, the developer has worked on several racing games featuring Sonic the Hedgehog – Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which were released to critical acclaim.
For the third outing, the company’s new Nottingham studio has taken a brand new direction with the series, focusing on Sonic’s friends and co-operative teamwork. We caught up with Derek Littlewood and Ben Wilson to find out more about the creative process that went into making Team Sonic Racing! Continue reading TSS Interview: Sumo Digital on Team Sonic Racing
We were invited this month to attend SEGA’s Team Sonic Racing Preview Event, hosted deep in the heart of London’s Shoreditch, and get our hands on the game’s latest build! What happened was an action-packed day filled with tournaments, time trials and a LOT of gameplay impressions. So, let’s get right to it!
Stop the presses! The first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has finally been revealed to the public. With all the commotion surrounding the film – with trailer details published in advance by the press and Jim Carrey’s look as Eggman being leaked, curiosity and anticipation for what the ‘Real Life Sonic’ will look like has hit an all-time high. Check out the trailer below. Continue reading BREAKING: First Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer and Poster Unveiled!
We may finally be getting our first look at the Sonic movie today! Earlier, SEGAbits posted an image of Jim Carrey’s Robotnik that is supposedly from the movie’s first trailer. SEGAbits also said that the trailer could hit as early as tomorrow. Continue reading UPDATED: Still of Sonic Movie’s Robotnik leaked, trailer incoming
The Official Sonic Twitch channel had a surprise guest appearance last week, as Sonic Community Manager Aaron Webber introduced Ex-Sonic Team artist Hiroshi Nishiyama to the stream, announcing his return to SEGA. Continue reading Ex-Sonic Team Sonic Adventure Artist Hiroshi Nishiyama Rejoins SEGA
SEGA released the second part of their Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive animated short series earlier today. Directed by Tyson Hesse and animated by Neko Productions, the short sees Team Sonic and Team Shadow battle for first place. Which team will prevail? Find out in the video below! Continue reading Sonic and Friends Battle it Out in Part 2 of Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive
Sonic 2 Prototypes and Betas have become the stuff of legend and folklore, with numerous tales of lost and stolen versions circulating amongst the community for years alongside of nearly 10 versions which have been discovered to date.
Even now – 27 years after the game’s debut – new and unseen development material is still surfacing, and this time courtascy of a chance meeting at a garage sale!
The next ten games have been announced for the upcoming Sega Mega Drive Mini, and – despite the fact that SEGA recently polled for only one game per series to be included – Western versions of the micro-console will be able to enjoy Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as well as the 1991 prequel. Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Will Be Included in Western Sega Mega Drive Mini
Nintendo just uploaded a surprise video detailing the anticipated 3.0 update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Among other things discussed was the reveal of the returning Mii Fighter costumes for Tails and Knuckles.
These costumes debuted in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. In Ultimate, these can be purchased on the eShop for 75 cents USD each. Note that these do NOT come with the Fighters Pass and must be purchased separately.
The 3.0 update and all its contents, including the Mii Fighter costumes, will release tomorrow on April 17th.
Alongside the release of “MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE”, the 130-track soundtrack to the soon-to-be-released Team Sonic Racing, comes Sonic Sound Team Director Jun Senoue‘s third installment of “The Works” compilation album series.
Although we, the dwellers of the internet, are yet to see any footage from the up-and-coming Sonic the Hedgehog movie starring James Marsden and Jim Carrey, twitter has been buzzing with news coming from those attending the event and the two teaser-trailers shown there.
Here are the most important pieces of information we have learned from CinemaCon so far! Continue reading 7 Facts We Learned About the Sonic Movie From CinemaCon
Update (April 2nd, 2019 at 10:25PM ET):
Sega of America took down the trailer, so I rehosted it for your convenience!
Update (March 30th, 2019 at 2:32PM ET):
Sega just released the HQ assets, including transparent PNG logos, HD versions of the two primary Switch screenshots, as well as the HQ version of the trailer with less compression. I made new screencaps from the HQ version of the trailer.
Update (March 30th, 2019 at 9:16AM ET):
Sega have just announced the western release of the games. The Mario & Sonic game for Switch is now called Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The arcade game of course is titled Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – Arcade Edition. Finally, the mobile game is titled Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020.
For some reason, the Tokyo 2020 branding is missing from the logos, but the games are titled as such on the website as well as by Sega in their announcement tweet. All seem to still be published by Sega in the west (a first since London 2012), in fact Sega are publishing the games worldwide, which is a first in Japan where Nintendo published the Mario & Sonic series to date prior. Also, the arcade and mobile games are now dated for Summer 2020 in the west, rather than just the generic 2020 date in Japan. Check out the western website here.
At the SEGA FES 2019 event it was announced that the Mario & Sonic series will return with Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for Switch. Not only that, a separate arcade game, simply titled Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Arcade Game, was additionally revealed, alongside a Sonic-only mobile game for both iOS and Andriod; Sonic at the Olympic Games.
SEGA previously announced back in October 2016, that they had secured the gaming license for the Tokyo 2020 games, but no confirmation was made that the Mario & Sonic series would be returning alongside Sega’s other more photorealistic Olympic video games to tie in with the event.
The title will be the 6th Olympic game title to feature Mario and Sonic following the Olympic game and Winter Olympic game titles.
Via the official Olympic Video Games website, the Switch game is due to release in Japan in Winter 2019. The arcade game is due sometime in 2020. Finally the mobile game is also due in 2020.
Here are the logos of each game plus two high-quality screenshots of the Switch game. I also included screencaps of the trailer, with all but the last being the Switch game, with the last being the mobile game:
Are you excited to see the return of the Mario & Sonic Olympic series? let us know in the comments!