Amazon Italy lists a Sonic Double Pack for Switch/PS4/XBO

Amazon Italy has recently put up a listing for a Sonic Double Pack for Switch, PS4, and XBO. All we know so far is that one of the games included will be Sonic Mania Plus (including its artbook and reversible cover), while the other is described to be a Sonic game characterized by innovative 3D graphics.

Which really only means Sonic Forces since well, that’s the only other Sonic game out right now on any of the three consoles at retail (basically not including Sega Ages Sonic 1 on Switch, etc). And I very much doubt it’d be Team Sonic Racing since that isn’t even out yet anywhere.

What I theorize is that it’s nothing more than a sleeve/box with both game cases inside, which Sega have done on numerous occasions throughout the years. Just recently they released a 2 Hits Pack containing both game cases of Sonic Forces and Puyo Puyo Tetris in one sleeve/box on Switch for instance. Also it’d be hard to have Sonic Mania Plus‘ reversible cover otherwise.

So far that’s all we know. There’s no indication if this pack will even be released elsewhere.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

Via Nintendolife.

Team Sonic Racing Delayed?

Delays happen in game development and Team Sonic Racing may be speeding towards one, if a pamphlet from the IgroMir Expo is to be believed. A pamphlet from IgroMir, which is a Russian computer and gaming expo, was posted by Sonic fan twitter account @SAAC_RUS. It gives the game, which is currently scheduled for a winter 2018 release, a 2019 release date:

Of course, there could be other explanations for this pamphlet other then a delay. The game could be getting a delayed release in Russia, or the date on the pamphlet could just be an error. The lack of a concrete release date for a 2018 game less than three months before the end of the year is certainly unusual, however.

Whether the game is soon to get an official release date, or a delay, stay tuned to TSS and we’ll let you know!

Comic Previews: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #12 Released

It’s the end of the battle, but certainly not the end of the fight!

The December solicitations have been released, and with it the first taste of the end of the year for the new IDW Sonic comic! Sonic and his band of resistance allies are finally taking control and clawing back Angel Island from Neo Metal Sonic. But can they take him down and out for certain, or does he have more tricks to play to see the day out? And what about the one face that’s been conspicuously absent during all this? This is “The Battle for Angel Island”; part 4.

Sonic the Hedgehog #12—Cover A: Evan Stanley—SPOTLIGHT
Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a & c)
“The Battle for Angel Island,” Part Four. The thrilling conclusion to the Battle for Angel Island saga! As Sonic and his friends work to restore Angel Island, two questions remain: is Neo Metal Sonic truly defeated, and what other trouble is brewing?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Sonic the Hedgehog #12—Cover B: Gigi Dutreix—SPOTLIGHT
Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a) • Gigi Dutreix (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!
Bullet points:
The cap on IDW’s first year of Sonic the Hedgehog adventures—and the lead-in to season two!
An old foe returns…

As always, we will have more news on this issue closer to the time of release. In the meantime, make sure you don’t miss the other parts before it so you can be primed for the arc finale!

Sources: Bleeding Cool, Amazon

Team Sonic Racing @EGX 2018 Hands On Impressions

Approximately one year ago, I wrote a very lengthy hands on impressions about my experience playing Sonic Forces at EGX 2017 and boy oh boy it set the cat amongst the pigeons didn’t it?

One year on, a new EGX has come and a new very different Sonic game is on the horizon, as I did a year ago, I went to the expo and played a lot of Sumo Digital’s Team Sonic Racing.

Continue reading Team Sonic Racing @EGX 2018 Hands On Impressions

Metal Sonic/Eggman Spotted in Team Sonic Racing

Over in Birmingham, the annual EGX Expo is currently underway giving UK fans the chance to try out Team Sonic Racing for the first time.

Well our very own writer Dave was there and during his time on the Planet Wisp course spotted a Metal Sonic billboard on the side of the track while playing the game!

This all but confirms Metal Sonic will be a playable racer in Team Sonic Racing.

“The track ends with a jump/drop to the start line. On the final lap I noticed the the starting grid goes quite a distance under the jump. So I turned around and followed the route to see what was there. That’s when I noticed Metal Sonic billboards… everywhere. But you can see them from the start line clear as day.”

Ironically, it’s rumored that this billboard may have been in the demo since E3, we’ve confirmed that these billboards were in the Gamescom demo and no one caught it. It’s also been reported that Dr. Eggman was spotted during the Tokyo Game Show stream. Does this mean that there’s an unannounced “Team Eggman”? Eh, probably, but we’ll have to wait and see for sure.

Team Sonic Racing speeds it’s way to store shelves this winter.

SEGA Shop For Europe Coming Soon

Europian SEGA and Sonic merchandise collectors will be pleased to hear that they will soon be able to spend to their heart’s content at Europe’s very own SEGA Shop!

While details are sparse at the moment, a “Coming soon” teaser banner has appeared at the Numskull & Geekstore stand at this year’s EGX currently taking place at Birmingham’s NEC arena. The banner at the event indicates that the shop will be powered by official videogame merchandise producers Numskull, who have to date already created a whole host of cool SEGA and Sonic related merchandise.

While the site is yet to officially launch, those interested can sign up to the mailing list at www.segashop.co.uk or www.segashop.eu.

We can’t wait to see what goodies are in store soon!

As always, keep up to date on all Sonic merchandise news with TSS!

Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog for Switch coming out in the west on September 20th

Sega of America’s Sam Mullen confirmed to me on twitter that the Sega Ages games will indeed release worldwide at the same time. Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV are the first two games in the line-up and are both releasing on September 20th.

For now, you can check out a gameplay video above of Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog by Nintendaan who shows off the many options the game offers. Options include display modes (including a CRT mode called “Vintage”), custom button-mapping, save states, etc!

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #9

The fight for Angel Island officially begins!

IDW have released the preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #9, and the stakes have been kicked into high gear! Metal Sonic starts his attack on Angel Island, hoping to get it to power his world-dominating schemes! Sonic and friends are hot on the tail though, teaming up to stop him before he can wreak havoc. With such an all-star cast of heroes, they’ll surely be able to put an end to things before they can get out of control…won’t they? This is “The Battle for Angel Island”; part 1.

IDW PUBLISHING FIRST LOOKS — SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #9
Written by: Ian Flynn.
Art by: Tracy Yardley.
Covers by: Lamar Wells, Tracy Yardley, Nathelie Fourdraine.
Description: “The Battle for Angel Island,” Part 1. One of the greatest threats Sonic has ever faced descends upon Angel Island, home of the mystical Master Emerald, seeking to take the Emerald’s power and control the world. Can Sonic and his friends stop the attack on the island-or is it already too late?
Pages: 32.
Price: $3.99.
In stores: September 19.

Sonic the Hedgehog #9 is out in stores and on digital platforms September 19th, which is tomorrow. If you want to be on top of the action as it starts, make sure you pick this one up!

Source: Comics Continuum

 

Sega Genesis Classics announced for Switch

Just two days before the Sega Ages games start rolling out in Japan, Sega in the west have announced the d3t-developed Sega Genesis Classics (Sega Mega Drive Classics in EU) for Switch. This was released earlier this year for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

The collection features over 50 games, and six Sonic games are among them; Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic Spinball, Sonic 3D Blast, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, and Flicky. The Sega Ages line right now is getting Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, with the former being a launch title for the line-up on September 20th in Japan.

Sega have still not announced final plans for the Sega Ages line for the west yet.

Sega Genesis Classics for Switch launches this winter in NA and EU at both retail and on the eShop.

SEGA AGES: Sonic the Hedgehog for Switch launches on September 20th in Japan

Surprise! We finally got a launch date for the first two Sega Ages games on Switch via Famitsu. Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV will launch on September 20th in Japan for the Switch eShop.

Continue reading SEGA AGES: Sonic the Hedgehog for Switch launches on September 20th in Japan

SEGA AGES TGS Event Announced, Major Reveals Planned

Sega have announced their line-up for this year’s Tokyo Game Show event in Japan (which includes Team Sonic Racing). Alongside it, they’ve announced a special stage event will be taking place on September 22nd at 15:10-15:40 that will be all about their Sega Ages line-up for the Switch eShop. The stage event promises updates including “major title-related announcements”. Continue reading SEGA AGES TGS Event Announced, Major Reveals Planned

Team Sonic Racing – The Gamescom Preview

For all of Sumo Digital’s noise about wanting to develop a relatively simple and accessible game, there is a surprising amount of depth to be found during a race of Team Sonic Racing. Certainly more so than in pseudo-predecessor Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Continue reading Team Sonic Racing – The Gamescom Preview

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Release Date Moved Forward

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie just got a little bit closer this week, with the release date having been moved forward one week to Friday, November the 8th 2019.

The move appears to have been in response to the shift in release date of Terminator 6, which has also been moved forward one week to the 15th of November 2019. This may be to due to avoid clashes in opening weekends, or down to commitments of Tim Miller who is both directing Terminator 6 and is an Executive Producer on the Sonic Movie.

As always, stay tuned to TSS to keep up-to-date on all Sonic movie news as it comes!

Source: Movieweb

Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog Delayed

SEGA have announced that the SEGA AGES release of Sonic the Hedgehog, along with the accompanying release of Thunder Force IV has been postponed until September.

According to the post on the Japanese SEGA Twitter account, the delay is down to work to further quality improvement, and apologised to fans anticipating these titles.

The first two SEGA AGES titles will now be available on Nintendo Switch next month, and scheduled to be followed by other classic SEGA titles such as Phantasy Star and Alex Kidd in Miracle World.

Source: Siliconera.com

Comic Previews: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #11 revealed

The end of the year approaches…but is it the end of the line for our heroes?

IDW have released their solicitations for November, and the attack on Angel Island is ramping up! In Sonic the Hedgehog #11, Sonic and Knuckles are still facing off against the invading villain, but with the Master Emerald under his control he’s in position to overpower them with sheer force. Speaking of force, the entire force of the Eggman Empire’s fleet is being confronted by the rest of the resistance, but will they be able to fight back? This is “The Battle for Angel Island”: part 3.

Sonic the Hedgehog #11
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a) • Jon Gray (c)
“The Battle for Angel Island,” Part Three! Sonic and Knuckles are on the ropes as their foe uses the power of the Master Emerald to become a far more formidable threat! Meanwhile, the rest of the Resistance faces off against the entirety of the Eggman Empire’s Fleet… but can they win?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Nathalie Fourdraine!

We will have more on this issue closer to the time of the release. In the meantime, next month will see the release of the first part of this epic battle, so make sure you watch out for the preview!

Source: Major Spoilers

Sneaky New Team Sonic Racing Character ‘Dodonpa’ Revealed in Famitsu

Some new details on Team Sonic Racing’s story mode has been revealed in the latest issue of Japanese games magazine Famitsu – and we now have a better idea about who the mysterious raccoon-like character is as well. Continue reading Sneaky New Team Sonic Racing Character ‘Dodonpa’ Revealed in Famitsu

New ‘Market Street’ Track Revealed for Team Sonic Racing, Riffs Rooftop Run

SEGA announced a brand new track for Team Sonic Racing at Gamescom this week, and for those of you with steely-eyed nostalgia for Sonic Unleashed you’ll be pleasantly surprised as madcap city stage Rooftop Run is represented in the colourful ‘Market Street’. Continue reading New ‘Market Street’ Track Revealed for Team Sonic Racing, Riffs Rooftop Run

Sonic Comics Coming To Nintendo Switch Via InkyPen

Fresh off the press from Gamescom 2018, Gamespot are reporting the announcement of InkyPen, a Nintendo Switch app that provide users the ability to read comics and graphic novels on their console, including Sonic comics!

Continue reading Sonic Comics Coming To Nintendo Switch Via InkyPen

Silver, Blaze and Vector Are All Coming to Team Sonic Racing

SEGA revealed three new characters to the roster of Team Sonic Racing – and to anyone who’s a fan of the last fifteen years of Sonic games, this is going to be very good news. Sonic 2006’s Silver the Hedgehog, Sonic Rush’s Blaze the Cat and the Sonic Heroes’ reboot of Vector the Crocodile will all be speeding their way to your hearts. Continue reading Silver, Blaze and Vector Are All Coming to Team Sonic Racing

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #8

A stealth early release, perfectly fitting for this new character.

IDW have decided to release Sonic the Hedgehog #8 early, and with that comes an early preview! In this issue, after the failed data capture in the Egg Fleet, Sonic is assaulting the Arsenal Pyramid. Silver is there to help him out, but there’s someone else inside the base. Why do they call them the guardian angel? And why are they so secretive to boot? You can find out here!

Sonic the Hedgehog #8
Ian Flynn (w) • Evan Stanley (a & c)
Hush! You hear that? It sounds like Sonic’s racing off to another adventure and he’s not alone! But who is this “Guardian Angel” and why does everybody talk about her in a Whisper?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #8 is releasing tomorrow. Make sure to remember the early date so you can wolf down more Sonic comic content as soon as it comes out!

Source: Graphic Policy

The Summer of Sonic Convention is 10 Years Old – Happy Anniversary!

On Saturday August 9 2008, three young British figureheads in the Sonic the Hedgehog community opened the doors to the very first Summer of Sonic convention, welcoming over 300 people into a tiny hall with nothing but a SEGA Mega Drive in the corner and some cupcakes to entice them in. Continue reading The Summer of Sonic Convention is 10 Years Old – Happy Anniversary!

‘Parks & Rec’ Star Ben Schwartz Cast as Sonic in 2019 Movie

‘Gotta Go FaaaaaAAAAAAaaaaaAAASSSSTTT!’ Fans of Parks and Recreation will be excited to learn that Ben Schwartz, famous for playing edgy entrepreneur Jean Ralphio Saperstein in the US TV sitcom, has been cast as the voice actor for Sonic the Hedgehog in the upcoming Hollywood movie. Continue reading ‘Parks & Rec’ Star Ben Schwartz Cast as Sonic in 2019 Movie

New Team Sonic Racing Track and Teams Playable at Gamescom 2018

SEGA today announced their line-up for Gamescom 2018, which is set to include among other titles such as two Persona dancing titles, First of the North Star, and Team Sonic Racing, which will be showcasing new features:

Team Sonic Racing, developed by award-winning studio Sumo Digital, is the ultimate arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing experience, featuring your favourite characters from across the Sonic Universe. Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to race on an all new track, Ice Mountain, and experience two brand new playable teams.

Stay tuned to TSS for more details on these teams as the news comes!

 

“Green Hills” Image From Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Emerges

More images are emerging from the set of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, currently filming in British Columbia:

The image, purportedly from Pitt Lake near Vancouver, shows a town sign for the fictional location of “Green Hills” (which although is cut off in the image is also written on the side of the police cruiser in the background). Note the extra “s”, in the location, likely a bit of creative license on the writer’s part rather than a nod to the lesser-known zone of the same name from the Master System version of Sonic 2.

The sign also comes with the town motto of “The little town with a big heart”, along with the town’s population and elevation above sea level (although they missed a trick with the population – should have been 1991, not 1981!).

If this image is anything to go by, it is probably a good indicator we will see more nods and references to the game throughout the movie.

Stay tuned to TSS for more Sonic the Hedgehog movie news as it comes!

Source: https://twitter.com/cartoonmoo/status/1024810780707844097?s=19

See A Playable Build of Cancelled Arcade Puzzler SEGASonic Bros in Action

A playable version of unreleased arcade puzzle game SEGASonic Bros has been spotted in the wild this past weekend, as a build was discovered at US classic gaming enthusiast show California Extreme. Continue reading See A Playable Build of Cancelled Arcade Puzzler SEGASonic Bros in Action

Comic Previews: Solicitations for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #10 and Team Sonic Racing Revealed

That is, Team Sonic Racing the comic. Not the game. Maybe.

IDW have released their solicitations for October, and not only does it feature the next part of the climactic battle, it also features the official tie-in comic to Team Sonic Racing! And perhaps a little more than that…

In Sonic the Hedgehog #10, the resistance are working hard to liberate Angel Island from the vying claws of the Egg Fleet, with Tails and Amy leading the charge, but some heroes have a little more work to do. Blaze has to face off against an army all by herself, and she’s going to need some real fire power to do it! Meanwhile, Sonic and Knuckles are working together to take out a very powerful enemy, but will their combined efforts be enough? Find out in “The Battle for Angel Island”: part 2.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #10 CVR A THOMAS
AUG180797
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Tracy Yardley (CA) Adam Bryce Thomas
“The Battle for Angel Island,” Part 2. As Amy and Tails lead the Resistance fighters to free Angel Island from the Egg Fleet, Blaze must face an army all by herself. Meanwhile, Sonic and Knuckles find themselves face-to-face with a Super-powerful enemy. Will they be able to beat their foe, or will they just get beat?
The stunning second part of the first-year finale!
In Shops: Oct 24, 2018
SRP: $3.99
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #10 CVR B YARDLEY
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #10 10 COPY INCV FOURDRAINE

Meanwhile the Team Sonic Racing tie-in comic, announced at SDCC, actually seems to be quite mysterious. We’ll get plenty of racing shenanigans that lead into the game, sure, but the plot seems to be the synopsis for the game as opposed to the comic. Do you want to see Sonic get himself out of a scrape in a strange world with the help of some fast cars and the superpower of teamwork? You might just be in luck!

TEAM SONIC RACING (ONE-SHOT)
AUG180800
(W) Caleb Goellner (A/CA) Adam Bryce Thomas
Sonic’s been taken to another world and entered into a race unlike any other! With a little help from his friends Tails and Knuckles, he’ll race to win the competition and get everyone home! BUT! Before that, check out a comics exclusive story straight from the world of Team Sonic Racing!
Leads into the upcoming game, Team Sonic Racing, available Winter 2018!
Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails team up in this exciting adventure!
Special extra-long one-shot!
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Whether you want to see a test of power or prefer some red hot speed, it looks like October will have you covered! We will have more info on both of these issues closer to their release.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #7

Who’s ready for a good ol’ helping of spoilers today?

The full preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #7 has been revealed after SDCC has been and gone, and what it reveals is quite the doozy! In this issue, Sonic wants to bring the badniks down at the heart of operations after the mystery of Mr Tinker is somewhat cleared up. But if Sonic thought it would be easy, he’d be mistaken; there’s more brewing under the surface, and other powerful enemies set to make their move. This is “Meet the New Boss”.

Sonic the Hedgehog #7
After the dramatic events of the last two issues and the secret of Dr. Eggman, Sonic races off to shut down the organized Badniks at the source. Unfortunately, there’s more at play than Sonic has realized—and more powerful players…
Ian Flynn (w) • Adam Bryce Thomas (a) • Kieran Gates (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #7 is due to release tomorrow. If you want to be the ultimate Sonic comic fan, you won’t want to miss this one!

By the way, if you don’t want comic spoilers, you may want to leave the preview until you get the comic…

Source: Comic Crusaders

 

 

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie: First Pictures of James Marsden on Set

With the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie entering production, the first images from the set are beginning to emerge. Just Jared have posted images of James Marsden on the set of the Sonic Movie dressed as a police officer ‘Tom the Cop’.

Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog Movie: First Pictures of James Marsden on Set

Team Sonic Racing Prequel Comic announced

Team Sonic Racing will be getting a prequel comic from IDW this October. Revealed at IDW and SEGA’s “Way Past Cool Sonic Panel” at San Diego Comic Con, the comic will feature Sonic and his friends “facing an old foe” while racing across an alien planet.

The comic will be written by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles scribe Caleb Goellner and feature art from veteran Sonic comic artist Adam Bryce Thomas. You can check out the comic’s cover art, also drawn by Thomas, below:

Sonic Mania Adventures Part 5: The Finale!

To celebrate the release of Sonic Mania Plus, the conclusion of Sonic Mania Adventures is now out for your viewing pleasure!

Will Sonic and Tails be able to defeat Dr. Eggman? Will Ray and Mighty showdown with Metal Sonic? Will Knuckles ever retrieve the Master Emerald? Check out the finale below!

You can also watch all 5 episodes back-to-back:

TSS REVIEW: Sonic Mania Plus

Last year’s explosive release of Sonic Mania wasn’t just about a game that ended up thrilling both new and old blue blur fans. It was also proof that a brand new, ‘classic’ style 2D Sonic title will sell – and sell it most certainly did, cementing itself in the annals of hedgehog history. But, while widely regarded as one of the most critically-acclaimed Sonic titles in recent memory, there were some clear presentation omissions and missing elements in the base game – elements that you would think Christian Whitehead and co would have included, if they were just given more time to bake it in.

Enter Sonic Mania Plus. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Mania Plus