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.

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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”.

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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!

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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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Sonic OVA Production Demo OST Released

A 30 minute production demo of the Sonic OVA has just been released via YouTube, thanks to the efforts of Illuminor, the same Sonic fan who was able to obtain and release the full version of the OVA’s main theme, Look-a-Like, last week.

Illuminor received this demo from the same person who sent him Look-a-Like, after asking if they had any other tracks from the production. This demo features numerous tracks from the OVA spliced together, including the long-coveted South Island theme. Many of these tracks are different from what was featured in the OVA, which leads Illuminor to believe that this is likely from before these tracks were completed. The demo also features roughly ten minutes worth of music never featured in the final production. Illuminor’s contact isn’t sure if all of this music was originally created for the OVA, as it may have been mixed in from other projects.

You can check out the production demo in its entirety below, or go to the YouTube page for time stamps of the individual tracks. Illuminor will be releasing the source files for both Look-a-Like and the production demo via the Russian Sonic fan twitter account Sonic & All Characters at a later date.

[UPDATED] Toywiz Lists Wave 3 of Jakks Sonic Figures, Includes “Gold Chao” and Mighty!

The third wave of Jakks Pacific figures have appeared in listings on action figure shop Toywiz – including what appears to be an interesting Chao variant!
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Preview for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #31 Revealed

We’re approaching the end of the Metal Virus crisis next week, but there’s still some cleanup to do!

A three-page preview has been released for Sonic the Hedgehog #31, and things are starting to settle, to an extent. In the first part of the Metal Virus arc’s epilogue, both heroes and villains alike are looking to the future after recovering from the disaster. Some are starting on rebuilding the world, others are planning for the long run. But amongst all this, there’s still a certain hero missing. How is he faring in the aftermath, and how can Blaze help out? Find out in this issue.

It’s all led to this… the thrilling two-part epilogue to the Metal Virus Saga. The world has changed. Heroes and villains plan for the future as reconstruction begins. But one hero remains missing…

Sonic the Hedgehog #31 is due out next Wednesday, on September 2nd. Make sure you clean up your own knowledge and find out how this saga ends!

Source: Apple Books (apple)

Get Some Rare In-Game Sonic Item Cards For Pre-Ordering The Launch Edition Of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2

A reveal of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 was probably not what you were expecting today, but it’s here. And a pre-order bonus that includes in-game Sonic item cards was probably even more of a surprise to you. Not only are both real, but you only have a few months to wait before the game releases.

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The 2020 Sonic Hacking Contest Website Is Now Open To Submit Entries

If you have been in the mood to try out some Sonic ROM hacks, 3D mods, 2D PC mods, and more, then get ready. The 2020 Sonic Hacking Contest begins in just 2 months, and the contest’s website is now live for people to enter their submissions.

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GameFly also lists a ‘Sonic Forces + Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz – HD Double Pack’ for Switch (Update)

Update @ 9:33PM EST 08/26/2020: Canadian retailer Video Games Plus has also put up the listing, alongside a HQ box which you can see above. They also put up a listing for the Sonic Mania + Team Sonic Racing Double Pack as well, now with similar bilingual packaging.

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The double packs just doubled up! Following the earlier finding of a Sonic Mania + Team Sonic Racing Double Pack for Switch, this time retailer GameFly has put up the same listing, but also added a Sonic Forces + Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz – HD Double Pack for Switch as well. Sadly there is no accompanying box art this time, but the other pack’s box art will give you an idea of what to expect.

While the Sonic Mania + Team Sonic Racing pack is dated for October 26th, 2020 on Amazon for $39.99 USD, there’s no firm date yet for the Sonic Forces + Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD pack. However GameFly lists both for a placeholder October 31st, 2020 date. Perhaps both will release on the same day, possibly also for $39.99 USD?

Once again, when more shows up, we’ll let you know!

Knight of the Wind! Excalibur Sonic is the Latest Special Character for Sonic Force Mobile

Hold on to your swords, because SEGA HARDlight is about to unleash the Knight of the Wind in its multiplayer Sonic Forces game. To prepare for an upcoming event, players are being tasked with collecting Special Excalibur Sonic cards. These may be key to unlocking Sonic’s form in Sonic and the Black Knight as a playable character. Continue reading Knight of the Wind! Excalibur Sonic is the Latest Special Character for Sonic Force Mobile

Sonic the Hedgehog collaboration coming to Ninjala for Switch

If you’ve been following things, you may remember that this was leaked via a datamining of the game Ninjala for Nintendo Switch (these things tend to happen) where references to the Sonic franchise were found. Anyway, Ninjala makers GungHo finally revealed the existence of the collaboration with our fav blue Hedgehog. Only, that’s all for now! We’ll have to wait and see what the collaboration will actually be about. When that time comes, we’ll let you know!

Ninjala for those who don’t know is a free-to-play competitive action game that’s out right now worldwide exclusively on Nintendo Switch (from the director of Dissidia Final Fantasy on PSP, I am not kidding). So if you have a Switch, you can try it out now (find your regional store page on the official site) and see if it’s your thing, and it’ll hopefully give you an idea on what to expect from this collaboration.

Via GungHo’s Youtube Channel (at 6:10).

Amazon.com lists a ‘Sonic Mania + Team Sonic Racing Double Pack’ for Switch

So this just popped up. It’s been reported that Amazon.com now lists a double pack of Sonic Mania (the vanilla version it appears) and Team Sonic Racing for Switch. There aren’t any listings of the pack for other platforms yet upon checking. Also it’s not clear if this is yet another of those “put two boxes in a cardboard sleeve” type of releases that Sega do occasionally, as opposed to cramming both games into one cartridge/disc.

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Concept Animation Video of the Sonic Movie Hits the Internet

A cool pre-visualisation video of the CG effects used in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has surfaced online. The short clip shows off a variety of different scenes which show how the blue blur would interact with different characters on screen. Continue reading Concept Animation Video of the Sonic Movie Hits the Internet

The Next Special Sonic Dash Character is Elite Agent Rouge

Did you manage to get the OVA-tastic Treasure Hunting Knuckles in Sonic Dash, hat and all? Well, if you just missed out, maybe this will help take the sting out. HARDlight has announced that starting today you can work to unlock the next special character, Elite Agent Rouge. Continue reading The Next Special Sonic Dash Character is Elite Agent Rouge

Covers and Solicitations Reveals for IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog #35 and Bad Guys #3

IDW have released their solicitations for November, and there’s a chill in the air…in more ways than one!

In Sonic the Hedgehog #35, the Chao races are still going on, but there’s trouble brewing in White Park when a hooded baddie is spotted lurking around. Rouge calls Sonic and Tails for backup, and the shadowy figure they found in Eggman’s base is along for the ride. Can Sonic and Tails trust them to keep things going smoothly, or is there foul play afoot? Find out in “Chao Races and Badnik Base”; part 3.

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Please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times, this is going to be a bumpy one! Rogue calls on Sonic and Tails for backup after the appearance of a hooded villain at White Park. The recently-revealed shadowy figure from Eggman’s base tags along, but can they really be trusted? All will be revealed in “Chao Races and Badnik Bases,” part three!
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Meanwhile, in Bad Guys #3, there are trust issues amongst the villains as well. Zavok and Mimic learn that trusting anyone in a band of villains is bound to lead to trouble. And Dr Starline is struggling to keep the control over the group of miscreants as baddies tend not to be the best team workers! This is “Trust Issues”.

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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 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Both of these issues currently have a November release date, so make sure to keep an eye out. As always, we will have the latest updates if anything changes, and the previews closer to when they release!

Source: Bleeding Cool

 

Sonic 2’s Hidden Palace Zone Rediscovered in Cancelled Mega Drive Prototype ‘Astropede’

Former SEGA Technical Institute artist Craig Stitt has revealed that assets from Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s long lost Hidden Palace Zone were re-used in a prototype Mega Drive/Genesis game that was pitched to SEGA of America in the 1990s. Continue reading Sonic 2’s Hidden Palace Zone Rediscovered in Cancelled Mega Drive Prototype ‘Astropede’

IDW Sonic Issue 30 Retailer Incentive Cover Builds on Metal Virus Montage

Surprise! We thought we were done with special cover artwork for IDW Sonic #30. But today the issue’s ‘Retailer Incentive’ edition was revealed. Not only does it look amazing in its own right, but it builds on the last issue’s RI cover in a really cool way. Continue reading IDW Sonic Issue 30 Retailer Incentive Cover Builds on Metal Virus Montage

Meet “Treasure Tails”, A Genesis/Mega Drive Pitched By SEGA Technical Institute

Sonic’s history is a tale of high and lows, twists and turns, and lots of mysteries. Sonic’s Classic era particularly has been a constant gold mine of information and surprising stories. For example, SEGA Technical Institute once pitched a SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive spin-off game called “Treasure Tails”.

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The Mystery Behind Gas Stations Using Sonic Sound Effects

If you’ve ever stopped for a snack at a local gas station convenience store, chances are you’re familiar with that jingle that plays every time the clerk scans your item. You might also be familiar with it if you’re a Sonic fan, because they both use the sound byte whenever a golden ring is collected.

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Johnny Gioeli Joins Fan Call for Crush 40 to Feature in Sonic Movie Sequel

While we can all agree that the 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog movie was jam-packed full of fantastic fan-service, one notable omission has been a talking point since its release – the lack of Sonic Adventure theme song group Crush 40 in the movie’s soundtrack. Today, a group of fans has launched a petition to encourage Sonic director Jeff Fowler to fix this for the newly-announced sequel, and singer Johnny Gioeli is very publicly on board with the idea. Continue reading Johnny Gioeli Joins Fan Call for Crush 40 to Feature in Sonic Movie Sequel

Giant Japanese Sonic Statue Beautifully Restored By Owner’s Bereaved Family

Remember the (now solved) mystery of the Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog statue in the woods? Well, when we last saw it, the 2-metre tall piece was in a huge state of disrepair – but this week, the family of the man who owned it has given it a wonderful restoration that brings it back to its former glory. Continue reading Giant Japanese Sonic Statue Beautifully Restored By Owner’s Bereaved Family

Retrospective: Sonic Colors Ten Years Later

It may be hard to believe, but Sonic Colors, the Sonic Team game exclusively for Nintendo consoles that supposedly sparked a minor renaissance of sorts for the series, has been on the scene for a decade now!

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Aaron Webber Is SEGA of Japan’s New Director Of Strategy, Studio & Community Relations

Aaron Webber, also known as RubyEclipse, has received a promotion! Two months after announcing his departure from the Sonic public relations team, he’s announced his new position within the ranks of the company: SEGA of Japan’s Director Of Strategy, Studio & Community Relations.

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New Genesis Is Phantasy Star Online 2, But It Isn’t

For those of you confused about Phantasy Star Online 2’s upcoming update “New Genesis,” you’re in good company, because it’s connected to PSO2, but also it’s its own thing, but… Okay, you know what, let’s just break it down:

According to the PSO2 official news blog, New Genesis will release in place of a new episode next year and targets bringing the 8-year-old game to fit modern tech and design expectations. It features a new world, new enemies, a new combat system, a more open map (though it’s premature to call it true open world yet), and significant visual upgrades.

The news post refers to the setup as “twin universes,” noting that you can you can swap between playing original PSO2 and New Genesis. New Genesis’ PC requirements will be a step above PSO2, but your created characters and emotes can shift between the two games. Both remain free-to-play and use the same account. Further, your weapons, units, and Mags can move over from PSO2 to New Genesis…with some significant caveats.

You will effectively have to treat the two as separate games, as you can’t bring over most of your items and basic character progression (your level/EXP, skills, arts, etc…). Weapon stats may change, and you may not be able to use certain weapons at all until the required class is put in the game (which may imply some current classes won’t be available at launch of New Genesis). Same with Units, but they will not be visible on your character. Mags will… exist, but they won’t impact your gameplay or character, suggesting they could be cosmetic only.

Much like Final Fantasy 14 and A Realm Reborn, this mid-life drastic shift is a high risk move with potentially high rewards, especially if PSO2 continues to grow outside of Japan. At the moment, only Xbox One and Windows 10 are the confirmed platforms with the statement “If PSO2 is added to new platforms, we plan to make PSO2: NGS available on those platforms as well.”

Sonic Movie Writer isn’t Sure When Filming Will Start

Moviemaking can be difficult, especially in the middle of a pandemic. While answering a fan question on Instagram, Sonic movie writer Josh S. Miller said that he “wasn’t sure when filming would start,” and that the purely animated elements can be worked on first.

Filming in live action movies can be done much faster then CGI special effects, which take far longer to produce. The first Sonic movie’s principal filming took place over roughly a month, from mid-September to mid-October, with additional filming being completed later in October.

Stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for further developments on Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s production!

Sonic Movie Sequel Gets April 2022 Release Date

Amid the slew of movie delays being caused by the United States’ coronavirus spike, Paramount has dated Sonic’s return to theaters: April 8, 2022.

Nothing else is known about Sonic’s next film at the moment, although the people behind the movie have dropped some hints over the last few months.