TSS Interviews: SEGA Speaks On The Intense Work Improving Sonic Colours

The critically-acclaimed Sonic Colours is getting a fresh chance to Wispon its way to hearts old and new with a remaster hitting modern platforms later this year. This time, the game will be free from strictly-Nintendo hardware, appearing on PlayStation and Xbox consoles as well as the Switch, and on PC to boot. For SEGA producers Aaron Roseman and Calvin Vu, this presents an opportunity to introduce the fanbase to a game that may have passed them by when it was originally released exclusively on the Wii in 2010. But it also presented a hefty challenge.

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TSS Previews: Sonic Colours Ultimate Feels More Right Than Ever Before

Ah, Sonic Colours. How we’ve missed you. When it arrived on Nintendo Wii in 2010, it offered a real breath of fresh air for the Sonic franchise; we were turning a corner from all the doom and gloom of previous games and were heading straight for a vibrant, punchy new platformer with environments, enemies, music and gimmicks that felt much closer to the spirit of the original Mega Drive titles than any 3D Sonic game that came before it.

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Jun Senoue Joins Roster of Remixers For Sonic Colors Ultimate

The Sonic the Hedgehog social media channels today announced that Sonic Sound Director Jun Senoue will be joining the cohort of composers involved in reworking tracks for the soundtrack of Sonic Colors Ultimate!

A sample of one of Senoue-san’s hard-hitting remixes, “Vs. Rotatatron & Refreshinator), was also shared on Youtube, which you can listen to below!

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania’s New Trailer Contains A Speedy Blue Teaser

Did you check out the new Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania trailer that SEGA released today? If so, you may have noticed an interesting teaser at the end of it. And it features a familiar face we know all too well.

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The STRAY RATS Sonic The Hedgehog Line Has Been Revealed, and It Is Amazing

Not so long ago we reported on the teaser from boutique clothing brand STRAY RATS about an up-and-coming line that promised to be full of that wonderful 90s aesthetic we Sonic fans love so much. They did not disappoint!

Today, STRAY RATS have revealed the full range via their website – and it is nothing short of fantastic! The line draws upon a style not seen since the early days of Sonic, with many items paying testament to classic titles such as Sonic CD…and even Sonic the Fighters!

Some of you might also recognise the immense Sonic the Hedgehog collection in the backdrop as none-other than that of TreasureHuntingSonic!

Fang the Sniper or Nack the Weasel? Character Creator TOUMA Explains The Two Names

Depending on which region you grew up in, you might have come to know one of Sonic Triple Trouble’s main antagonists as either Fang the Sniper in Japan or Nack the Weasel in the west. But why the two names? Character creator ‘TOUMA’, explained to fans via twitter this week as to the origin of the two aliases, amongst other bits of character information!

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Happy Japanese 30th Anniversary, Sonic the Hedgehog!

Did you know that Sonic the Hedgehog technically has TWO anniversaries? That’s right – even though SEGA’s blue blur first landed on the Mega Drive and Genesis on June 23rd, 1991, that was only in Europe and North America. In Japan, the original Mega Drive release of Sonic the Hedgehog was a month later, on July 26. That makes today Sonic’s official 30th Anniversary in his creators’ homeland!

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Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Features New ‘Star Light Zone’ Musical Arrangement

It might seem obvious to most that, being the country best known for video games, Japan would reference a game or two during its hosting of the Olympic Games. But it’s nonetheless surprising to hear a new orchestral arrangement of Sonic the Hedgehog’s ‘Star Light Zone’ during the Games’ Opening Ceremony, which is taking place right now.

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Full Preview Released for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #42

The full preview has been revealed for Sonic the Hedgehog #42, and if you thought this would be a straightforward scrap you can think again! Zavok has reunited with the rest of the Deadly Six and they’re out to cause mayhem. Jewel, now leader of the Restoration, has brought in Sonic, Tails and the Chaotix to interfere with their fun and stop the destruction! But they’re not the only wedge in the works; Dr Starline has taken fascination in a certain puppet, and him learning the secrets of the Tinker creations would be no fun for anyone! This is “Zeti Hunt”; part 2.

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Adam Bryce Thomas (CA) Priscilla Tramontano
Zeti Hunt, part two! Now that Zavok has his pack, it’s time for them to make a big move. But Jewel the Beetle, newly appointed Restoration leader, has called on Sonic, Tails, and the Chaotix to run interference. Will they be able to stop the Zeti and make it home in time for spaghetti!?
In Shops: Jul 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #42 will be available from all good comic retailers tomorrow, July 21st. If you want to make sure you’re up to date with the building mystery (and maybe even watch some lovable detectives get into shenanigans), give this issue a look!

Source: Comic Watch

IDW Sonic 30th Anniversary Comic Con Cover Brings Back PAL Mega Drive Nostalgia

As if we needed any more reason to be excited about IDW’s Sonic 30th Anniversary comic, we now have a high quality version of the one-shot comic’s cover artwork. And it beautifully references the PAL box art of the original Mega Drive Sonic the Hedgehog box art.

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TSS Roundtable: Our Favorite NiGHTS Memories

As our weeklong celebration of NiGHTS’ 25th anniversary comes to an end, it feels appropriate to end on a feature all about reflecting on moments from those twenty-five years. It didn’t feel right to run this celebration without hearing from certain people, so we decided to reach out to TRiPPY and DiGi Valentine, two prominent members of the NiGHTS community who run nightsintodreams.com, which is a superb resource for the franchise.

So here you are: four NiGHTS memories from the staff of two websites. Feel free to share your own in the comments!

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NiGHTS into Sonic (Team): A Brief History of NiGHTS Cameos

Before NiGHTS into Dreams… became widely available with its HD release in 2012, many people (including myself) first encountered the series through its copious amount of cameos, largely in Sonic Team games.

I don’t think any celebration of NiGHTS would be complete without an overview of the character’s many, many cameos in other SEGA properties. This is hardly a complete list, of course, but we’re at least touching on many of the character’s more notable appearances!

Sonic Adventure

Released in 1998, Sonic Adventure’s NiGHTS pinball game in Casinopolis is the franchise’s earliest cameo, and how many of us were first introduced to it. Players knock the pinball around the table, trying to collect cards which feature numerous NiGHTS characters. Collecting more then one of the same card nets a load of rings, and opens up a portal to a second, Nightmare themed pinball table. 

Between the tables, cards, and two neat looking animations that showcase the NiGHTS world, this remains one of the coolest NiGHTS cameos SEGA has done.

It was also possible to create NiGHTS chao by giving them flying animals. 

Shenmue

When Ryo couldn’t find sailors, he could at least find capsule toys

NiGHTS made a brief appearance as two of a multitude of capsule toys that could be collected in SEGA’s 1999 open world game, Shenmue. 

Sonic Shuffle

Image from Sonic the Hedgeblog

NiGHTS popped up again in SEGA’s Sonic party game, Sonic Shuffle, released in 2000. When the Dreamcast’s clock was set to December 24, NiGHTS would replace Lumina as the game’s guide in multiplayer matches. Sonic Shuffle also takes place in a dream world, and Lumina herself bears some visual similarities to NiGHTS, which is probably why Hudson Soft included the easter egg.

Sonic Adventure 2

The NiGHTS cameos are way less noticeable in Sonic Adventure 2, but they are there. NiGHTS decorated a few levels, such as Radical Highway and City Escape. The game also features NiGHTS-inspired Chao like the first game.

Sonic Pinball Party

When Sonic returned to pinball in 2003 with Sonic Pinball Party for the Game Boy Advance, it was only fitting NiGHTS was brought along for the ride. Featured as one of the game’s three pinball tables, this one drew significantly more inspiration from NiGHTS into Dreams… then the table from Sonic Adventure.

This table aims to replicate NiGHTS in pinball form. The pinball needs to be hit into an ideya palace three times to dualize with NiGHTS. From there, it needs to be knocked into the ideya to get it. After all four ideya are collected, the player can then face the boss, which appears in the upper right corner of the table.

With a total of 12 table designs based on the game’s first six levels and bosses, this is one of the most extensive NiGHTS appearances outside of the franchise’s games.

Billy Hatcher & the Giant Egg

NiGHTS was one of several Sonic Team characters to appear as an “egg animal”  in the developer’s 2003 platformer Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg. Like all those characters, NiGHTS is both difficult to obtain and severely overpowered. Unlocking NiGHTS requires collecting 180 “chick coins.” Once that’s done, NiGHTS can be hatched from a Sonic egg found in Giant Palace’s fourth mission.

Billy Hatcher also had an unlockable downloadable mini-game for the GBA, NiGHTS Score Attack. This game could also be downloaded from Phantasy Star Online Episodes I&II.

Sonic Riders

NiGHTS appeared in 2006’s Sonic Riders and its sequel, Zero Gravity, as a flight-type character. Unlocking NiGHTS in the first game required the completion of all missions, while getting them in the sequel only required beating all story missions. In addition to NiGHTS, Sonic Riders also had a track with an area based on NiGHTS.

SEGA Superstars/Sonic & All-Stars

SEGA Superstars, a 2004 PS2 mini game collection made for Sony’s Eyetoy camera, had a NiGHTS mini game. In this, you waved your arms around to control NiGHTS as they flew through rings. This is arguably NiGHTS’s first playable cameo.

Years later, in 2008, NiGHTS and Reala would both appear as playable characters in SEGA Superstars Tennis, along with a court based on Journey of Dreams’ Aqua Garden. In 2010, NiGHTS would appear as a flagman in Sumo Digital’s second SEGA crossover game, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing. In 2012’s Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, NiGHTS and Reala appeared as playable vehicles, driven by a Nightopian and Nightmaren respectively.

Sonic Lost World

The Wii U version of Sonic Lost World came with free NiGHTS DLC in its early physical copies, labeled “The Deadly Six Edition,” and would later be included in all PC versions of the game. This DLC was essentially a boss rush, featuring all of the bosses from the first NiGHTS game (aside from Reala) teaming up with the Deadly Six to fight Sonic. There were also brief auto-running sections where Sonic could home in on blue chips and go through rings from NiGHTS.

The battles were easy, and mostly just variations of the Deadly Six’s original boss battles, but it did give us Wii U-quality HD models of all of NiGHTS into Dreams’ Nightmaren bosses for the first time, which is neat.

Sonic Forces

NiGHTS became the basis for an unlockable costume set in what is currently Sonic Team’s latest Sonic game, Sonic Forces. This set included headgear, body gear, and footwear.

And so…

A few Nightmaren enemies briefly popping up at the start of IDW’s Sonic 30th Anniversary comic

NiGHTS has a pretty long history of appearing in Sonic Team’s games, as well as the occasional title from SEGA’s other developers. With NiGHTS tied so closely to SEGA’s blue mascot, that could continue to keep the character around even if they never get another game. Here’s hoping they pop up in Sonic 2022!

Rumor: Team Sonic Racing Getting 30th Anniversary Release, Packaged With Artbook

It’s happened again. Another Sonic 30th anniversary game has popped up on French retailer SoGamely: Team Sonic Racing 30th Anniversary Edition.

The retailer has the game listed for both Nintendo Switch and PS4, with a release date of October 27. You can check it out for yourself here.

People have already begun speculating that this release might have some sort of extra content, but another listing from the website G3 Great Games hints at something somewhat more mundane: a free artbook. The website, which lists the game for €29.99, also features a shot of the box art, which features a logo detailing a Sonic 30th anniversary artbook and nothing else. You can find the box art below. You can see the listing yourself here.

As always with rumors, the information could be wrong or incomplete. It’s possible that…for whatever reason, this listing is wrong and the product doesn’t exist, although the box art and multiple website listings are pretty compelling evidence.

It’s also possible that this is real and there could be more to this then just and artbook. Finally, it’s also possible that this is an EU exclusive release, meaning that people in other regions won’t be getting it. Whatever the case, this is listed for October, so we’ll probably know soon.

Special thanks goes to Josiahblaze from our discord for the news tip!

Race Against Metal Sonic With Customised Gear in Sonic Colours Ultimate

We all love Sonic Colours (and if you don’t, you’re a heathen). And no doubt we will all love Sonic Colours Ultimate even more – SEGA has released a Spotlight video that aims to highlight the improvements and features of the upcoming remaster – including a special ‘Rival Race’ feature and unlockable customisations for Sonic.

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IDW Publishing Comic Mini Series Will Be Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie Prequel

A listing on Penguin Random House’s website reveals that IDW comics are planning to release a mini series covering Sonic’s adventures between the first and second movies!

According to the pre-order page for the Official Movie “Pre-quill” (this listing is for a collection of what will comprise the comic series in it’s entirity), the 4-part mini series will cover the antics of Sonic, Tom, and Maddie, in the run-up to the second movie, due out in 2022.

From the source:

Catch up with Sonic and friends—if you can!—in this exclusive prequel to 2022’s most anticipated family film!

Life is good in Green Hills for Sonic the Hedgehog. Maybe too good. He’s starting to get bored, and when Sonic gets bored, things become a lot less boring for everyone else—fast!

Quicker than you can say “Chili Dog,” the Fastest Thing Alive is saving the day and causing all sorts of chaos along the way! Can Tom and Maddie help him keep his secrets now that he’s gotten a taste for heroics? Plus, new and returning characters starring in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 take the lead in stories of their own! 

Source: Penguin Random House

Thanks to VisionaryofSUPER for the heads up!

How NiGHTS Won Me Over

NiGHTS into Dreams… is my favorite Sonic Team game. As much as I love running around as the blue blur or slaughtering monsters online in PSO, its their purple androgynous dream jester that I keep closest to my heart. But it wasn’t always that way for me. For years, I just didn’t like it. NiGHTS’ journey to becoming one of my favorite games is a somewhat long and windy one, but something I want to share to help other people who don’t see the appeal understand why this game is so special to some of us. 

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Dreams Come True Releases Its New Green Hill Vocal Remix on Youtube

Back during the Sonic 30th Anniversary Concert, Sonic 1 & 2 composer Masato Nakamura revealed that his band, Dream Come True, would release a new Green Hill remix featuring vocals written and performed by Miwa Yoshida.

Today, Dreams Come True officially released the single, “On the Green Hill,” on their Youtube channel. You can check it out below:

Shadow & Super Shadow F4F Statues Fully Revealed, Coming Q2 2022

That livestream from First4Figures that was announced last week ended earlier today, and with it we’ve got details on their new Shadow and Super Shadow resin statues, including prices. And no…they aren’t cheap!

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7 Days of NiGHTS: NiGHTS Turns 25 Today, and We’re Celebrating All Week!

Sonic isn’t the only game franchise with an anniversary this year! His other, less popular younger sibling has one too! Twenty-five years ago on July 5, 1996, Sonic Team’s NiGHTS into Dreams… launched for the SEGA Saturn, and we’re celebrating that all week with a series of seven articles, 7 Days of NiGHTS. These articles will explore various aspects of the NiGHTS franchise, as well as my own personal experience with it.

In addition to articles, we will also be running NiGHTS streams at 5PM EST on our Twitch all week, running daily NiGHTS tweets on our Twitter, and we’ll be featuring a bunch NiGHTS track or two on this week’s SEGASonic Radio.

NiGHTS is a character that has long had connections to Sonic via cameos and easter eggs, so if you’ve ever been curious about the games behind it all, we hope you’ll enjoy this!

And also stay tuned for more Blue Blur Legacy articles, which will be coming back soon, and running through the year!

Come back to this article, or keep an eye on the front page, for the articles running throughout the week!

Monday:         25 Years of NiGHTS (Part 1)

Tuesday:           25 Years of NiGHTS (Part 2)

Wednesday:     How NiGHTS Won Me Over

Thursday:         NiGHTS into Merchandise: A Brief Overview of NiGHTS Merch

Friday:         The Spin: NiGHTS Journey of Dreams is Sonic Team’s Most Underrated Game

Saturday:          NiGHTS into Sonic (Team): A Brief History of NiGHTS Cameos

Sunday:            TSS Roundtable: Our Favorite NiGHTS Memories

First 4 Figures Super Shadow Statue Launch Stream Set For July

Video game and cult IP statue maker First 4 Figures is set to finally reveal their latest figure in the Sonic the Hedgehog range – Super Shadow!

Computer generated renders of the statue were shown off several months ago, however this will be the first occassion the actual statue will be shown off, complete with Shadow throwing a Chaos spear.

The launch stream, after which the staute will be available for preorder, will take place on Tuesday the 6th of July 2021, at 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM BST.

Rare SEGASonic Cosmo Fighter Ride with English Translation Found

Possibly one of the rarest Sonic the Hedgehog arcade cabinets, a SEGASonic Cosmo Fighter Galaxy Patrol children’s ride which includes an English translation, has been found by a fan!

SEGA Arcade aficionado IAMAMAZING100 on twitter recently shared images and footage of their recent acquisiton of the ride-in space ship, including footage of the cabinet up and running:

The children’s ride was made as part of the Waku Waku children’s line in Japan which is where many cabinets were deployed, with a limited deployment in predominently English speaking countries (for example, a unit was based at SEGA World Sydney).

There are also several subtle differences, besides the language, between the two versions such as sprites used in the game:

The ROM of the English translation for the game has yet to be dumped and shared, making this an exciting find for arcade buffs.

We’d love one ourselves…though we think it might be difficult to fit in one now!

Source: IAMAMAZING100 via Twitter

Exclusive Interview: Takashi Iizuka Talks Colours, Origins, 2022 and Sonic’s Legacy

There is perhaps nobody more eager or proud to be wishing Sonic the Hedgehog a happy 30th birthday than Takashi Iizuka. Having been deeply involved with the franchise since Sonic 3 & Knuckles, the Sonic Team leader’s hands have touched every single era of the blue blur’s legacy. From designing stages for the Mega Drive classics, to directing fan favourites like Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2, to producing the fine-tuned boost-era titles Sonic Colours and Sonic Generations – he’s seen it all.

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Concept art shows first images from Sonic Prime

From Patrick Horan’s Artstation page comes the first-ever images of Netflix’s Sonic Prime. Patrick was a concept artist on the series. “I was responsible for cleaning up the layouts and color.”

From what we can see from the images below, Sonic’s design adds new gloves and some funky, red shoes. Looks like Sonic will be dealing with a large group (a carton?) of Eggmen, a cavewoman Amy, and a kitsune Tails. Check out the other images below.

Exclusive: Sonic Origins “Won’t Be Running Off Emulation,” More Classic Sonic Games May Be Remastered

Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka has confirmed to The Sonic Stadium that the recently-announced Mega Drive/Genesis classics compilation, Sonic Origins, won’t be a simple emulation job – opening up the possibility for games like Sonic 3 & Knuckles to include reworked visuals and gameplay features.

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Exclusive: Takashi Iizuka Hopes 2022 Sonic Game Will Lay Foundation For Future Titles

Takashi Iizuka has revealed that his goal with the 2022 Sonic game is to create a landmark title in the franchise that will lay the foundation for future titles – much like Sonic Adventure did 20 years before it.

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Blue Blur Legacy: Celebrating Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary

Thirty years. SEGA’s plucky blue hedgehog has been running for three whole decades. For some of us 1990s kids who grew up playing the original game on Mega Drive/Genesis, it seems absolutely crazy to think that not only would we still be playing Sonic games, but that the SEGA mascot’s popularity is stronger than ever in 2021. For those that grew up in the 2000s, the fact that Sonic Adventure 2 released twenty years ago may make you feel similarly ancient.

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Sonic and Tails Playable Character Art Discovered in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania Website

Character artwork for Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails have been found buried within the official website for SEGA’s Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, suggesting that the two furry heroes are planned to be (as-yet-unannounced) playable characters in the game.

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Sonic 2 Movie Spoilers: We Have Our First Spoken Dialogue From the Hawaii Shoot (UPDATE)

SPOILER WARNING: Don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled, you have been warned!

In new footage just leaked over Twitter, we have what is definitely a spoiler for the Sonic 2 movie: Sonic crashing Tom and Maddie’s Hawaii honeymoon, with what appears to be Tails and bad weather in tow. Well, specifically, he appears to be talking to Tails over some sort of radio. If I had to guess, this is from the start of the movie’s third act, and the point at which Tom and Maddie re-enter the plot.

It’s hard to make out exactly what is being said, but it seems that Sonic is “in trouble” with Tom (presumably something to do with the snow), Sonic is explaining that Robotnik is back, and as we said earlier, is talking to Tails over a radio.

We’ll work on getting our own recording in case this tweet gets deleted, but for now, here it is:

UPDATE: It appears the video was removed by Paramount. So it seems we’ve reached the limit of what media they’ll let float around! Of course, content like this is difficult to scrub from the internet (even we grabbed it, though we’re not posting it right now), so it’s probably still possible to find if you dig around for it.

We might attempt to update this post with a transcription, but for now we’ve at least got a screenshot from the video. It shows Tom and Maddie stumbling through the snow, right before Tom yells at Sonic and Sonic delivers his info dump:

Submit Your Questions for Mike Pollock and Johnny Gioeli for Race for Good 2021

Do you have a burning question to ask legendary voice actor Mike Pollock? Or perhaps you want to know what Crush 40 vocalist and rock star Johnny Gioeli’s perfect Sunday is? Well, you now have the perfect opportunity to ask! As part of the Race for Good 2021 event, Mike and Johnny will be available to answer your questions in a Q&A on June 26th – and from today you can submit your questions for them both.

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