New Preview Revealed for IDW Sonic’s Bad Guys #3

The preview is out for Bad Guys #3, and things aren’t going so well for Dr. Starline. He thought he had the other baddies in the palm of his hand, but taking control of other connivers to get rid of them isn’t exactly an easy feat. When Zavok and Mimic discover what Starline has planned for them, they are rightfully pretty mad and get to work concocting their own counter-plans. Starline’s going to learn how hard keeping order can be in “Trust Issues”.

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
Who can you trust in a group of bad guys? Zavok and Mimic find out the hard way in “Trust Issues,” and are… less than happy. Meanwhile, Starline is struggling to maintain control of the rowdy group of villains.
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Bad Guys #3 will be out on November 25th. You’ll want to pick this up if you want to see some evil egos put in check!

Source: Comic Watch

Sonic Movie Nominated in Critics Choice Super Awards

The Critics Choice Association announced their nominees for their first ever Super Awards, which included nominations of Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog for Best Superhero Movie, Jim Carrey and Ben Scwartz for Best Actor in a Superhero Movie, and Jim Carrey for Best Villain in a Movie. The awards will broadcast on The CW networks on January 10, 2021.

But we need to back up a bit because, if you’re like me, you’re asking questions such as “What is the Critics Choice Association?” and “What are the Super Awards?” and “Why should I care?”

Critics Choice is an association of various film entertainment critics spanning internet, radio, and local TV networks. The association holds a yearly award ceremony shuffled among A&E, VH1, E! Entertainment, and The CW, which the BBC describes as “unashamedly populist.”  2020’s ceremony was pushed to March to allow for a larger window for movies and TV series to be considered.

Enter the Critics Choice Super Awards, a separate award show specifically dedicated to movies and television shows in the genres of action, animation, superhero (including media based on comics and games), horror, and sci-fi/fantasy. Kevin Smith and Dani Fernandez are slated to host this award show for 2020-released media.

To editorialize a bit, while one can appreciate the recognition of non-prestige genres, this kind of feels like separating out the nerd-awards-for-nerds so that they don’t have to get in the way of the big-boy genres. Critics Choice Association already has a low bar for entry and a reputation akin to the Golden Globes. To separate out a “Super” award emblazoned with superhero silhouettes comes off as either patronizing or pandering.

At any rate, Sonic will be up against Birds of Prey, so good luck to it.

Sources: Critics Choice Association

Production of Sonic Movie 2, Codename ‘Emerald Hill’, to Start in March 2021

We now have the first concrete details of the Sonic Movie sequel’s active production, after Paramount confirmed in May that it was being worked on. According to newly-filed documents with a Canadian film board, Sonic Movie 2 – codenamed ‘Emerald Hill’ – will start production from March 2021.

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Revisit The Adventure Era With Some Never-Seen-Before Concept Art

The Sonic Official Extra Life 2020 charity livestream that had been recently held had a special treat for Adventure fans. For the first time, fans got to see a handful of concept art from three 3D Sonic games.

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SEGA Celebrates Sonic R’s Anniversary With New Artwork From Sonic the Comic’s Rich Elson

Egmont Fleetway’s ‘Sonic the Comic’ may have been dead for nearly a decade, but it still has its die-hard fans. It would seem some of those fans are alive and well within SEGA – to celebrate today’s anniversary of Saturn racer Sonic R, the company has kept things appropriately British by enlisting the help of STC artist Rich Elson to design some new artwork.

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Yakuza Dev Wants to Work on Sonic

During an interview with SEGA Europe during SEGA’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Yakuza developer Daisuke Sato expressed an interest in working with the Sonic IP.

When asked which SEGA IP he’d like to work on if given the chance, Sato said it would be Sonic, because “after all, when you hear SEGA, you think of Sonic.” He went on to say, “I’d like to get involved once at least,” and if he were to do it, he wouldn’t do Sonic as it was, but instead “I would make a completely different Sonic.” For the full interview, check out the video below. The Sonic question is asked at the 5:40 mark:

Sato is well known for having worked on numerous SEGA IP, including Super Monkey Ball and Yakuza. He has been involved in the latter IP since its inception, having steadily moved up from chief designer, to director, and finally a producer for the later titles.

Would you like too Sato’s version of Sonic? Let us know in the comments below!

Preview Released for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #34

All’s fair in chao and war!

The full preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #34 has been revealed, and behind the cutesy veneer there’s skulduggery afoot! Amy, Cream and Rouge are still competing to help Omega and keep Cheese away from mean-spirited champion Clutch, but something seems a little…off. Meanwhile, Sonic and Tails keep investigating Eggman’s base, unaware they’re being watched by a figure as yet unknown. And how does Shadow’s own mission tie into everything? Find out in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”; part 2!

(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Abby Bulmer
It’s off to the races with Cream, Cheese, Amy, and Rouge! They have to keep up their winning streak or surrender Cheese to Clutch’s evil… clutches! Meanwhile, Sonic and Tails are being watched by a mysterious figure in Eggman’s seemingly abandoned base and Shadow investigates a mystery!
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #34 is out November 11th in all good comic outlets and on digital platforms. If you want adorable Chao antics mixed with mysteries, this might be the one for you!

Source: Comic Watch

Xbox Series X/S Launches Today – These Are The Sonic Games You Can Play Right Now

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, we don’t mean Christmas – pfft! – but instead Next-Gen Console Day! This month sees the launch of two new platforms in the Xbox and PlayStation family of gaming systems, and we couldn’t be more excited about both. Today, Microsoft formally releases the Xbox Series X and S, and with backwards compatibility a major factor we decided to dig into the archives and check which Sonic the Hedgehog titles you can play from Day One.

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Sega Sammy Closes Arcade, Sells Majority of Arcade Division, and Retires Employees Amid Financial Troubles

What once was a force in the Japanese arcade industry, Sega Entertainment, the arcade division of Sega Sammy has taken several drastic actions following significant losses. It’s been a whirlwind of unfortunate events, so consider this a summary of what has occurred:

The Akihabara Sega Arcade closed Spring through June in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions. In June, Sega hoped to give a boost to the ailing arcade industry with “Fog Gaming,” a process by which networked arcade cabinets can be used for cloud computing functions. Despite this, the Akihabara Sega Arcade permanently closed on August 30th.

A month after this closure, Sega Sammy Holdings proceeded to significantly reduce its stock, staff, and costs regarding Sega Entertainment, opting to sell the majority of the division to Genda Inc, a company specializing in arcade machine rentals. Sega Sammy will retain only 14.9% of their stock, and anticipates losing ¥20 billion following the sale by March. It is believed that this move equates to Sega Sammy leaving the industry of owning and operating arcades in Japan; however, Sega Games (the game development division) confirmed that surviving arcades can continue to use the Sega name.

As a consequence of the sale, Sega Sammy is offering voluntary retirement with “payment of extraordinary retirement allowances and reemployment support for applicants” to 650 full time employees, while management and executives across divisions will have a significant pay cut ranging from 10% to 30%.

Despite the slow decline of Japanese arcades over the last decade, Sega remained a strong and iconic presence throughout. Whether you’ve visited one of Sega’s arcades in person or through the Yakuza series, they stand as a reminder of Sega’s legacy across the history of gaming. Our sympathies go out to all those whose livelihoods are impacted by these events, and our hopes remain that Japanese arcades can weather these difficult times.

Sources: Sora News 24, Ars Technica, GameIndustry.biz, Anime News Network, Kotaku

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Preview Out for IDW Sonic’s Bad Guys #2

The full preview has been revealed for the next step in Dr Starline’s nefarious scheme to get back at Eggman! He’s brought together the brutality of Zavok, the cunning of Mimic, and the relentless determination of Rough and Tumble. Together with his intellect, destroying his former boss’ Badniks and securing the power for their own purposes should be a breeze…as long as they don’t destroy each other first! This is “Smash & Grab”.

From Sonic veterans Ian Flynn and Jack Lawrence comes “Smash & Grab,” an exciting story jam-packed with bad guys and badniks!
Some of Sonic’s worst enemies are back and badder than ever! Dr. Starline, Dr. Eggman’s former-right hand, has brought together Mimic, Rough, Tumble, and Zavok and promised them even more incredible power… if they can stop fighting each other and start fighting badniks to get to it!
In Shops: Nov 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Bad Guys #2 is out on November 4th, so make sure you look out tomorrow for more of their dastardly exploits!

Source: Comic Watch

The Votes Are In! Here Are The Winners Of The 2020 Sonic Hacking Contest

The 2020 Sonic Hacking Contest has come to an end. After a week of live streams, videos, and articles, it is time to hand out trophies to the winners. These entries stood out from the crowd and achieved the highest in quality. Some of them even managed to win multiple trophies.

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20 Years of TSS: The Biggest Sonic Stories of the Last Two Decades

What’s that? You want Sonic the Hedgehog news, sonny? Well, it just so happens that we’ve got a whole LIBRARY’S worth of news stories and features covering the last twenty years! We could tell you when Archie Sonic #117 hit comic store shelves… or we could tell you something interesting instead. How about the biggest Sonic stories to hit the internet since The Sonic Stadium opened its doors in 2000?

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20 Years of TSS: Twelve Ways We Were More Than Just a Website

It’s true that for the last two decades, we’ve been on top of the latest and greatest Sonic the Hedgehog news. But I wanted The Sonic Stadium to be more than just an information resource. My goal has been to create meaningful contributions to expand and enrich the online Sonic community. Which is why you might remember Sonic Stadium just as much for its list of wacky projects as you might for news and opinion.

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20 Years of TSS: A Short History of The Sonic Stadium

Two decades is a long time for most people. For Sonic the Hedgehog, it’s probably an absolute eternity, actually. On 24th October in the year 2000, I launched the very first iteration of The Sonic Stadium. I was fifteen years old, a year away from my high school finals and the worst of what we called the ‘World Wide Web’ was still only being foreseen by the late and great David Bowie. It truly was a different time.

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Sonic Stadium’s 20th Anniversary! Special Features, Discord, Twitch Channel and More!

Twenty years. That’s how long this humble little Sonic the Hedgehog fan site has been kicking around for. The Sonic Stadium launched on 24 October 2000 and hasn’t taken a break (server crashes aside) ever since, making it possibly the oldest, longest-running Sonic site still active to this day. Over the next couple weeks, we will be celebrating our anniversary in style with special Twitch and Discord channel launches, special features and more!

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate 9.0.0 Update Buffs Sonic Stats – Send Mario Straight to Minecraft

Being a Sonic fan in a Nintendo world is tough. Especially in Nintendo Switch brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where playing as the blue blur has always felt a little… held back. Well, today brings a new update to the fighting party game – introducing new character Steve from Minecraft as well as improving Sonic’s combat statistics!

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Mysterious Sonic Twitter “3” Might Be Tease or Mistake

Put on your tin-foil hats, and let’s dig into some weirdness tonight.

Yesterday (October 7), the official Sonic Twitter posted this:

Keen eyed observers picked up on a hidden “3” in the third circle of this Fibonacci spiral, sparking speculation that the social media account was trying to tease something, the most prominent theory being a third numbered Sonic Adventure game.

Then, Mike Pollock got in on… whatever is going on by replying with Schoolhouse Rock’s 3 Is a Magic Number.

Later on, a user found what might be the original Shutterstock image of the Fibonacci spiral, including matching number for each associated radius within the spiral.

So now we’re stuck with a series of unusual questions: Was this on purpose, or was it an accident? And if it was on purpose, what does this “3” mean?

It’s not new for the Sonic Twitter to drop weird hidden codes with no clear purpose, but this situation is particularly tricky due to the plausible deniability of it simply being a Photoshop mistake. It seems a bit weird to miss every other number except the three, but it is a scenario that has to be considered.

There have been quite a few rumors of a possible Sonic Adventure 3 (or whatever qualifies as a Sonic Adventure game in 2021). While the three could point to it, it would be somewhat meaningless to start teasing so vaguely unless an announcement was forthcoming. If Sega intends to announce its 2021 game plans this calendar year, priming the audience now makes sense. If we hear neither tease nor announcement by January, the effectiveness of a teaser like this starts getting a bit suspect.

Further, a random three in the context of Sonic can mean any number of things other than a sequel to the Dreamcast series: It could refer to a date, 3 meaning March, or the third day of a month. It could refer to a Sonic-Heroes-esque team structure. It could directly refer to Sonic 3 (&/or Knuckles), a game they don’t re-release often and would make for a pretty special occasion if they did. We know 2021 is supposed to have multiple Sonic game releases, there could be three of them.

So, you can take those tin-foil hats off now, my point in about 400 words is that this was a thing that happened on Twitter, but it’s probably not worth getting riled up yet. There’s too much doubt to assume significant meaning in a single number hidden in a joke tweet.

Source: GoNintendo

SEGA Shop Launches Awesomely Spooky Halloween Merchandise Range

Getting ready for Halloween? No? Yeah, neither have we – there’s just not been a reason to, you know? Until now, that is. SEGA Shop UK/Europe has launched a new range of merchandise that features Sonic, Tails and Eggman in appropriately spooky wear! Continue reading SEGA Shop Launches Awesomely Spooky Halloween Merchandise Range

Preview Released for IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog #33

The preview has been revealed for Sonic the Hedgehog #33, and the next phase of the story is off to an unusual start! While the Metal Virus may be gone, its effects aren’t quite over yet. Omega has no body after it was torn apart, so he turns to Sonic, Tails and their friends for help in rebuilding a new one. The only way to do that? Trade for parts with a mysterious champion on the Chao racing circuit. Seems simple enough, but not when there’s some shady business going on just beneath the surface! This is “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”; part 1.

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Gigi Dutreix
Hold on to your chili dogs, Sonic fans! Long-time artist Evan Stanley takes over as writer with an action-packed, friendship-fueled new arc: “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”, The perfect jumping-on point for new readers!
The Metal Virus is gone, but things aren’t quite back to normal. Omega is damaged and his allies turn to Tails and Sonic for help. The only way to rebuild him is to trade parts with a mysterious champion Chao racer… but things aren’t what they seem.
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $3.99

This issue marks the first time Evan Stanley takes the helm as head writer for the comic, so it’ll be interesting what changes that brings to it! Sonic the Hedgehog #33 is out October 14th, assuming no delays occur. Now would be a perfect time to dive into a new adventure!

Source: Apple Books (apple)

Preview for Bad Guys #1 Released

It’s time for the more minor villains to take the stage in this new miniseries!

IDW have released a preview for Bad Guys #1! Dr Starline is eager to get back to evil schemes after the Metal Virus saga made a mess of everything, but it’s not going to be easy. The base he chose to devise a plan turns out not to be abandoned at all, and there’s no way he could take on Eggman’s security alone! If he wants to get anywhere, he’s going to need a team, and he’s willing to bring in some villains we all know and…well, know how treacherous they can be. What could go wrong? Find out in the first part of the miniseries!

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
The mastermind behind the Metal Virus isn’t done yet. Ian Flynn returns to answer: What happened to Dr. Starline?
The Shadowy Scientist is back to his evil antics in Bad Guys! And what better place to concoct nefarious plans than one of Dr. Eggman’s abandoned bases? But that is easier said than done when badniks are guarding the entrance! Dr. Starline knows he can’t do it alone, so he decides to recruit some familiar and not so friendly faces.
In Shops: Oct 07, 2020

Bad Guys #1 is due out October 7th in comic stores and on digital platforms, a suitably creepy month to start these villainous shenanigans. If you want to walk on the bad side for once, make sure you pick it up!

Source: Apple Books (apple)

Preview Released for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #32

The Metal Virus Saga finally wraps up with one last clash with the man who started it all!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #32 has been released, and even though the ordeal is concluding, it doesn’t mean our heroes get to rest! Sonic is still MIA, so naturally Eggman chooses to unleash a desperate assault on the ones left to rebuild. Omega’s still got to be rescued, there are other smaller baddies crawling out of the woodwork to think about their next moves, and there’s still room for some funny business from the main hog himself. Catch it all in the second half of the Metal Virus epilogue!

The second half of the Metal Virus Saga epilogue. With all the chaos of the recent past still fresh in everyone’s minds, Dr. Eggman launches a new assault-determined to take down his enemies once and for all.
In Shops: Sep 23, 2020

While it’s currently slated to be released on September 23rd, that is still currently a tentative release date, so it’s subject to change. Regardless, if you want to see the culmination of over a year of heartache and trauma for our heroes, you won’t want to miss this!

Source: Apple Books (apple)

Solicitations Revealed for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #36 and Bad Guys #4

IDW have revealed their solicitations for December, and there’s a batch of arc endings on the horizon as we see what’s coming in the future!

Firstly, in Sonic the Hedgehog #36, the cold, wintery hills are playing host to red hot action! There’s an avalanche heading towards the White Park chateau, and it’s going to take all the heroes present to stop the guests from being snowed under! Not only that, but the cloaked figure is making off with Tails! Can Sonic and co. pull off controlling both situations at once? Find out in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”; part 4.

(W) Evan Stanley (A) Evan Stanley (CA) Reggie Graham
Strap on your snowshoes, an avalanche is headed straight for White Park Chateau! Sonic and gang are going to have to act quickly if they want to save the White Park guests and stop the hooded figure from getting away with Tails! Join Evan Stanley for the action-packed conclusion of “Chao Races and Badnik Bases”!
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

This month also marks the end to the latest mini-series as Bad Guys #4 sees Dr Starline take his rowdy rabble to the final stages of his plan. But Eggman isn’t going to sit there politely; once he catches on that there’s dissent, he goes on the attack! Can the troop of villains stick together long enough to stick it to the good doctor? Or is the glue binding them together going to prove brittle under force? This is “No Honor Among Thieves”.

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Aaron Hammerstrom
Dr. Eggman vs. the Bad Guys! Astonishingly, Dr. Starline’s managed to hold together his motley crew of criminals long enough to almost achieve his goal and see his plan to fruition. Unfortunately, when Dr. Eggman gets wind of their activities, he sets his sights on them. Will the Bad Guys stay together to scramble Eggman or will they crack? Find out in “No Honor Among Thieves,” the thrilling conclusion to Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys!
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Both of these issues are currently scheduled to come out on the same day before Christmas, but this is always subject to change. Make sure to keep an eye out for updates, you wouldn’t want to miss either of these conclusions!

Source: Previews World

Huge “First Wave” of Sonic 30th Anniversary Merchandise Announced, Coming in December

Although the 2020 hasn’t been… great… so far, SEGA is intent on making the most of the rest of the year, with the announcement that a large number of new Sonic branded merchandise is heading to stores from December to celebrate the blue blur’s 30th anniversary. It’s going to be a Sonical Christmas!
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Sonic x Ninjala Collaboration Details Revealed – Costumes, Eggman Utsusemi and More!

Don’t blink! New details on the Ninjala and Sonic the Hedgehog collaboration have just been announced. The ninja-based battle royale developers revealed that between September 23 and October 21, players will be able to unlock cool Sonic outfits as well as emotes and a new Dr. Eggman Ustusemi. Continue reading Sonic x Ninjala Collaboration Details Revealed – Costumes, Eggman Utsusemi and More!

Find Tikal’s Lost Chao in New, Fan-made Sonic Adventure Dreamcast DLC

The Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure has received its first brand new downloadable content in nearly twenty years, thanks to the efforts of the Dreamcast community. This new DLC, called “Tikal’s Challenge,” has players traveling back to the past as Sonic to find five chao lost in the ancient echidna city. They’re tasked with finding the chao as quickly as possible, and bringing them to the Master Emerald shrine.

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Sonic’s 30th Anniversary Under Way with New Games! European Licensing Magazine Confirms

With the world in a state of disarray during a pandemic and nary a drop of news regarding the next big Sonic game (for very understandable reasons), there may have been some concern among the community that there wouldn’t be much of a celebration for Sonic’s big 30th anniversary in 2021. Thankfully this isn’t the case after spotting an advert on a Licensing Magazine.

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SAGE 2020 Starts Today!

The 20th edition of the Sonic Amateur Game Expo, SAGE 2020, has officially launched! The long running online fan event will have a whopping 250+ games this year, including loads of Sonic fan games, mods, and original titles. This massive selection shows just how far this event has since its inception as a small Sonic community event back in 2000.

Unfortunately, the website is currently experiencing technical difficulties, but you can find alternate download links for some of SAGE’s projects on Twitter, here.

Be sure to stay tuned to Sonic Stadium throughout the event for coverage of some of the events games! You can already see our coverage of one of the games here.

Unseen Original Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Artwork Hits the Internet

Some more archive SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis era material has come to light today, courtesy of former SEGA Technical Institute artist Craig Stitt. The latest drop comes in the form of some awesome original Sonic the Hedgehog 2 artwork, drawn by the creator of Miles ‘Tails’ Prower, Yasushi Yamaguchi. Continue reading Unseen Original Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Artwork Hits the Internet

SAGE 2020: Sonic Triple Trouble 16-bit is Looking to be a Quality Remake of a Portable 8-bit Classic

Out of all of Sonic’s 90s offerings, Sonic Triple Trouble is probably the most under-appreciated. Featuring some of the best levels, bosses, and music outside of the series’ core offerings, Triple Trouble is the apex of Sonic’s 8-bit entries. It built on the unique quirks of those games, while also coming the closest out of all of them to matching Sonic’s 16-bit releases. This makes it all the more frustrating that the game hasn’t seen an accessible re-release since it hit the 3DS eShop 8 years ago. Hopefully, this will be corrected soon, but until then, we’re set to get something much better: Sonic Triple Trouble 16-bit.

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