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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Report: SEGA Japan Plans To Turn Sonic into a VTuber, Wants to Open a Sonic Theme Park

We’re not ones to push rumours and hearsay on the blue blur’s birthday, but according to a frequent Famitsu and Weekly Shonen Jump leaker, SEGA Japan appears to have plans to turn Sonic the Hedgehog into a VTuber.

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Sonic Colours Ultimate Gets Amazing Anniversary Special Edition in Japan

We might not have a game that specifically celebrates Sonic’s 30th Anniversary like Sonic Generations or Sonic Adventure 2 before it, but that isn’t stopping SEGA Japan! The company is using the remastered Sonic Colours Ultimate as a vehicle to promote the landmark occasion, with a special edition pack of the game that will make most of us Westerners very jealous!

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Dreams Come True Promote Japanese Green Tea With A New ‘Green Hill Zone’ Arrangement

Japanese green tea company ITO EN has launched a brand new TV commercial for its popular range of bottled ‘Oi Ocha’ drinks, leveraging a new partnership with pop group Dreams Come True. As part of this collaboration, DCT’s Masato Nakamura appears to have introduced a new arrangement of Sonic the Hedgehog’s ‘Green Hill Zone’ for the commercial’s music.

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Fukushima Disaster 10 Years On: Adventurers Explore Abandoned SEGA Games Hall

It has been 10 years sine the devestating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, causing massive loss of life. The folowing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Diachii power plant still has lasting repurcussions, affecting a huge number of lives of those living in and around the Prefecture. A large area around the wrecked power plant – known as the exclusion zone – is still deemed too radioactive to safely live in.

The Youtube channel, Exploring the Beaten Path, spent time in the Fukushima exclusion zone back in 2019, investigating those places that stand frozen in time since 2011. As part of their exploration, a pair of daring explorers has ventured into the ruins of a SEGA Games Hall (with it’s SEGASonic logo still intact on the building) to get a glimpse into life so suddenly brought to a halt a decade ago.

You can check out the video below:

On this sombre anniversary, the thoughts of everyone at TSS are with those who were and still are affected by this disaster.

Article image from @LostHedgie on Twitter.

Everybody is Going Crazy Over This Japanese VTuber Playing Classic Sonic Games

If you’re old (like us) or have been living under a rock (like us), you’re probably unaware of the latest streaming craze that’s swept the internet – ‘VTubers’. And this week, the internet has been going gaga over one particular hyper-popular virtual icon who’s on a quest to play all of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games for the very first time.

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Tokyo Joypolis Celebrates Sonic Colours’ 10th Anniversary With Crossover Halloween Event

This Autumn, the Colours will feel so right spooky and creepy at SEGA’s Tokyo Joypolis amusement park. With Wii classic ‘Sonic Colours’ originally releasing on 11 November 2010 (in PAL territories), Joypolis is throwing a special event to both celebrate both the game’s 10-year anniversary and Halloween. Continue reading Tokyo Joypolis Celebrates Sonic Colours’ 10th Anniversary With Crossover Halloween Event

August’s Sonic 2020 Livestream Promises New Merchandise and Compilation Album

Even though we still haven’t heard much in the way of #Sonic2020 announcements, SEGA’s Japanese Sonic team has managed to keep its ‘Sonic Station Live’ shows ticking. The next broadcast is scheduled for August 28th. We should expect some new goods and music-based merchandise, at the very least. Continue reading August’s Sonic 2020 Livestream Promises New Merchandise and Compilation Album

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

CoroCoro Comics Publish 2000’s Sonic Manga For Free, For A Limited Time Only

If you’re as old as Dreadknux is (he’s turning 35 tomorrow!), you’ll remember that way, way back in 2002 Japanese manga book CoroCoro ran a series of Sonic the Hedgehog gag strips. We thought they’d be lost to time to all outside of Japan, but for a limited time CoroCoro has brought back the entire series for online users to read for free! Continue reading CoroCoro Comics Publish 2000’s Sonic Manga For Free, For A Limited Time Only

Munch on Sonic’s Delicious Face With This Chili Dog-Flavoured Taiyaki

In today’s “Japan gets all the cool stuff” news, SEGA is celebrating Sonic the Hedgehog’s 29th birthday by making sure its arcade-goers don’t go hungry. A select number of Tokyo-based SEGA Taiyaki stores will be selling taiyaki in the shape of the blue blur’s face! Continue reading Munch on Sonic’s Delicious Face With This Chili Dog-Flavoured Taiyaki

Game Gear Micro Full Details: Sonic Games, Colours, Bundles, Pricing and More!

Fresh details have been revealed on SEGA’s teeny tiny handheld remake, the Game Gear Micro – including four versions of the “micro”-console each sporting a different colour, and the inclusion of two Sonic the Hedgehog GG games within a couple of the models. Continue reading Game Gear Micro Full Details: Sonic Games, Colours, Bundles, Pricing and More!

Sonic x Puyo Puyo Japanese Merch Collaboration Begins June 3rd

As well as the awesome limited edition t-shirt to celebrate its 15th anniversary, the official Sonic Channel from SEGA Japan has also announced a new collaboration with bookshop Village Vanguard to release a number of cool new merch items for SEGA’s 60th anniversary. Orders for all of the below will go live on June 3rd. Continue reading Sonic x Puyo Puyo Japanese Merch Collaboration Begins June 3rd

SEGA Releasing Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Stamps and Pin Sets via Japan Post

Finally, the worlds of stamp collecting and SEGA collide! To commemorate the House of Sonic’s 60th anniversary, Japan Post will be selling a limited edition set of postage stamps and pins that are designed around SEGA’s legendary console history. Continue reading SEGA Releasing Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Stamps and Pin Sets via Japan Post

Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics Passes 2 Million Pre-Registrations, SEGA Giving Away Limited Edition Jacket

Sonic’s athletic mobile run hasn’t even had its starting pistol fired yet, and already over two million people have pre-registered to the Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics app. And it’s only been seven days since we last talked about it! To celebrate, SEGA is opening a lottery for fans to win a cool limited edition jacket. Continue reading Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics Passes 2 Million Pre-Registrations, SEGA Giving Away Limited Edition Jacket

Cute Sonic Stamps Are Now Available on the LINE Messaging App

Fancy some new ways to express yourself when messaging your pals? Well, thanks to an ongoing collaboration with Japanese chat app LINE, SEGA has unleashed a fresh set of Sonic-themed stamps that you can use to decorate your conversations. And they’re so cute! Continue reading Cute Sonic Stamps Are Now Available on the LINE Messaging App

Tomoya Ohtani to Guest Star in Sonic Channel’s Next ‘Sonic 2020’ Livestream

SEGA Japan has announced the latest in its monthly programme of Sonic-focused livestreams – and this time, series sound director Jun Senoue and art director Kazuyuki Hoshino have a special guest in attendance. Continue reading Tomoya Ohtani to Guest Star in Sonic Channel’s Next ‘Sonic 2020’ Livestream

SEGA Japan Officially Reveals ‘Sonic 2020’ Initiative With Regular News Blasts

As we originally reported back at the start of the years, SEGA launched a #Sonic2020 campaign to mark the turning of the decade. Today, SEGA Japan further confirmed the launch of its ‘Sonic 2020’ initiative with promises of new Sonic news on the 20th of every month this year. Continue reading SEGA Japan Officially Reveals ‘Sonic 2020’ Initiative With Regular News Blasts

Tokyo Joypolis Hosting Sonic 28th Birthday Party & Ohtani DJ Set on 23 June

Can you believe that in three days time it will have been a whole 28 YEARS since the original Sonic the Hedgehog game launched on Sega Mega Drive? To celebrate, SEGA Japan is throwing a massive party at its Tokyo Joypolis arcade, on Sunday 23 June – and there will be special music events as well as awesome merchandise to collect. Take a look at what’s in store – you’ll want to check back on this page to check a livestream on the day too!
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Giant Japanese Sonic Statue Mystery Solved! New Photos & Details!

You may recall around this time last year, we reported that a strange Sonic the Hedgehog statue had been discovered in the remote woodlands of Japan, some years ago. Now, a TSS reader has managed to travel once more to the exact location and take some more pictures of the statue in situ! Take a look. Continue reading Giant Japanese Sonic Statue Mystery Solved! New Photos & Details!

ThunderBox Launches New Sonic Pop Up Shop

A few months ago, Japanese clothing boutique ThunderBox launched a new exciting range of Sonic inspired clothing and products and they’re not stopping with just one range.

Over the weekend they launched season 2 of their clothing range with a pop up shop in the Laforet Harajuku Department store (It’s in Japan).

Well… check out who paid them a visit!


Yuji Naka himself attended the store with his family! We’re not sure if he made any purchases but based on his social media platforms he really enjoyed his time at the store.

Also, one of our writers was actually in the area and managed to take some photos of the store so you can check out what’s on offer.

The store will be open until November 16th, at which point their online website will start to take orders, and yes folks, they do ship outside of Japan!

Source: Thunderbox

Special thanks to Jonathan Dixon who provided us with some more photos!

Limited Edition ‘SEGA Fair’ Merchandise To Be Made Available in Japan Throughout September

If you’re thinking of travelling to Tokyo, Japan in September, then make sure you take time out to visit the Yokohama store of department outlet ‘TOKYU HANDS’. SEGA Japan has announced a special ‘SEGA Fair’ promotion with the commercial chain, where customers can bag themselves some cool Sonic-themed merchandise for a limited time. Continue reading Limited Edition ‘SEGA Fair’ Merchandise To Be Made Available in Japan Throughout September

Giant Sonic Statue Found In The Woods of Japan!

At the end of 2015, twitter user and bike enthusiast 250moriyuki wanted to test out his new bike around some of the more remote parts of Japan, on his journey he documented the trip and posted a number of images showcasing the sights on his adventures.

Including the following…

One of three images showing a giant Sonic statue, standing on what appears to be a snowboard held in place against two trees.

Only a handful of Sonic fans had seen this, at the time only a single blog entry showing a low quality image of it existed online which again didn’t give an exact location.

Given the lack of information and the significance of the find, many users on our forums including myself attempted to find the statue. We knew that it was in the Mie Prefecture and on the day moriyuki posted his original images, he mentioned the Soni Village, so we knew the rough area it was in.

However, despite efforts to pin point the location, that region is huge, with hundreds of roads, it was going to take a long time to find searching manually.

Since then, other images of the statue have surface, but again, no location posted.

 

Since August 2016, the trail had gone cold. Until last night…

SSMB user BxB-Meister posted a single image from what appears to be a google street view search showing the statue! Following a conversation with BxB, he agreed to give me the exact address of the statue on one condition.

 

That condition is to keep the exact location a secret for now.

The reason being is that the statue is in a very remote location and people are worried that once the location is fully revealed, the statue’s days are numbered, there is a risk of vandalism or even theft.

Until someone can go out there, and document this statue with the intention of taking high quality photographs and even video, it’s exact location should be kept secret.

Now that said, I will gladly give out the location of the statue if someone is able to go out there and document it. So here is the only hint as to where it is.

By car, it’s between 15-30min away from the Kindai University Technical College located in Nabari. So if you are capable of getting to that location, it should be very easy (even by foot) to get to the statue.

If you do happen to live in Japan can get to this area and are willing to go on an adventure, contact me via the SSMB forums and I will give you the address if you be worthy! Yup, I’m treating this exactly like a quest, because let’s be honest! This is as close to an RPG quest as we’re going to get!

So until the day comes where someone fully documents this statue, let’s hope it has many years ahead of it as it cheers on riders and other adventures!

Although, as one mystery ends, the other remains.

Just why is this statue there?

Japan’s Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice Special Edition Is Making Us All Jealous

How do you get people in Japan to buy the American-flavoured 3DS action game Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice? Simple – just chuck in a whole heap of gorgeous-looking, limited edition merchandise! Continue reading Japan’s Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice Special Edition Is Making Us All Jealous

Sonic 25th Anniversary Cafe Open in Japan

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To help celebrate Sonic’s 25th Anniversary, from October 1st until November 13th, there will be a special Sonic themed cafe open at the Suites Paradise Ueno ABAB shop on Japan.

A specially designed Sonic themed menu has been created, including Sonic themed drinks, all meals purchased will come with a special gift (coasters and stickers). Some of the drinks even come in special containers, the Tails themed drink for instance comes in a science beaker.

Some more pictures are available in our gallery and lots more are in the topic on SSMB.

Sonic Advance 3 heading to Wii U VC in Japan on May 25th

Nintendo have just announced on their Japanese website that like Sonic Advance 1 and Sonic Advance 2 before it, Sonic Advance 3 will also be released on the Wii U VC in Japan on May 25th. Also like the first two games, Sonic Advance 3 will cost ¥702. Continue reading Sonic Advance 3 heading to Wii U VC in Japan on May 25th

Sonic Advance 2 Heading to the Wii U VC in Japan on Feb 24th

Yep. After the first Sonic Advance from the Game Boy Advance made its way onto the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan back on Feburary 18th last year in 2015, it’s been announced that Sonic Advance 2 is next in the series to make it to the Wii U VC in Japan next week on February 24th for ¥702, same as Sonic Advance 1. Continue reading Sonic Advance 2 Heading to the Wii U VC in Japan on Feb 24th

It finally happened, Ken Sugimori (Pokémon) has drawn Sonic!

l_55e84605c3550Above you see the cover artwork for the just announced Sega 3D Classics Print 2, a compilation of Sega’s 3D Classics on 3DS, though only five games are confirmed right now, including Sonic 1.

What’s so special is that like the box of the first pack, this was drawn by the main character designer and artist of Pokémon himself; Ken Sugimori.

More surprises are teased, like the blurred out bit above. Any guesses?

The pack is due on December 22nd 2015 in Japan. The first never left Japan, so don’t expect the same for this.

Image and announcement came from Famitsu.

Freak Out Friday: All Aboard the Hype Train!

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Sonic the Hedgehog is now on trains. I’m really not sure what else can be said apart from ‘We gots ourselves a new Hype Train to catch’ whenever the next Sonic game ends up being announced.

This very cute 1/10 scale railcar is running at the brand new SEGA Lalaport in Fujimi, Japan. The attraction known as the ‘Sega Sonic Railway’ allows visitors to ride in the Sonic themed engine seen above on a miniature railway. I’m not afraid to say that I want a ticket. Badly.

A roughly translated transcript of the accompanying post is as follows:

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Japan. Please keep being awesome.

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Sonic R Soundtrack Now Available on iTunes and Amazon Music Worldwide

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UPDATE: It’s now available worldwide on iTunes. In the UK the album will set you back £7.99, while individual tracks are priced at 79p each.

SEGA Japan has today announced that the soundtrack for the SEGA Saturn classic racing game Sonic R is now available via digital download in Japan. You can grab the seventeen track album, which includes fan favourites like Resort Island : Can You Feel The Sunshine? and Super Sonic Racing, for ¥1,600 from iTunes and Amazon Music.

Source: SEGA Japan Twitter