NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams website now online

Last night, Sega opened the official NiGHTS: JoD website. It’s the usual stuff that’s there at the moment: A story synopsis, game features, screenshots, and videos.

One particularly interesting item, though, is a section called “History”, giving information about the original NiGHTS on the Saturn. It mentions the game’s huge fanbase and appearances on “best of” lists, and the “Christmas NiGHTS” expansion pack. There’s even a nod to the diehard fans who kept requesting a sequel all these years!

More information is forthcoming. Stay tuned…

EDIT: Yes, it is “Journey OF Dreams”. Crap. Please don’t flog me, Dreadknux! Anyway, fixed.

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity minisite launched

So for those of you who have been paying attention to the SEGA website recently, you’ll notice that the official minisite for Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity has launched! You can access it here.

Interesting tidbits to note:

  • Release date: Winter 2008 (for both PS2 and Wii)
  • Manipulation of gravity used to both attack enemies and find track shortcuts.
  • A new “Black Hole” move used to gain advantage over your opponents.
  • 16 different courses to race through.
  • Over 40 upgrades, and the ability to switch vehicles mid-race.
  • 18 characters. (Oh god)
  • “Gravity Points” will be used to pull off special moves in game.
  • Wii version will have downloadable ghost data in which to compete against.
  • Multiplayer mode with 4 players at a time.

That’s a good bit of info to chew on, eh?

Stay tuned to Sonic News for further developments! And of course, watch your gravity and all that.

Thanks to Hogfather for the tip!

Sonic Rush Adventure US Site Open

SEGA of America have released the official Sonic Rush Adventure game site today! You can access it though the link in the ‘LINKS’ part of this report. Please be aware that the website is in flash. A lot of information is availiable for viewing, including new zone screenshots, music and general information about the game.Just follow the link road and all shall be revealed. Blaze is confirmed as being ‘playable’ in gameplay.

For those unable to view the site, the stry revealed there is as follows;

One day, a mysterious energy signal appears on Tails’ radar and he quickly grabs Sonic to go and investigate. As they fly further and further, a sudden storm comes and bowls them way off course. Soon after, Tails loses control of the plane and they go into a tail-spin over one of the islands. Continue reading Sonic Rush Adventure US Site Open

New Rivals 2 Footage; Mario and Sonic Site Open

Being that this news is mostly about media, I’ll stow the words and cut to the chase:
Sonic Rivals footage, courtesy of GameSpot:

The link to the Mario and Sonic at the Olympics site: Mario and Sonic Website.

Nothing new here, but be sure to keep an eye on it for future updates.

Sonic Rivals official European site launched

SEGA of Europe have launched their official site for the Playstation portable game Sonic Rivals this week. A fair warning however, the site is in Flash.

The site features many screenshots, 3 interesting movies of gameplay features in this amazing looking game and much information, including the names of each of the race courses and profiles for each of the 4 main characters; Sonic the hedgehog, Shadow the hedgehog, Silver the hedgehog and Knuckles the echidna.

According to the site, the names of the 6 race courses or “Zones” as the site refers to them as (Perhaps a nod to the earlier 2D games in the series and Sonic heroes) are Zone 1 – Forest falls, Zone 2 – Colosseum highway, Zone 3 – Sky park, Zone 4 – Crystal mountain, Zone 5 – Death yard and Zone 6 – Meteor base. 4 bosses of 4 of the zones have also been revealed.

The Egg turtle will be the boss of Forest falls zone, Egg falcon shall be the boss of colosseum highway zone, the Egg lynx will be the boss of crystal mountain zone and the Egg kong is presumed to be the boss of death yard zone. Each have been created by the evil villain Dr Eggman and not only does the player have to land the finishing blow on the contraption to win, he also has to stave off his rivals in order to accomplish this! For all of your characters rivals shall be present and trying to defeat Dr Eggman himself.

Many thanks to Sonic1985 of the SSMB forums for the tip off!

Sonic Site Awards Launches

The Sonic Stadium launched its award ceremony, the Sonic Site Awards, on Thursday, with the nominations phase.

Delayed by the Summer of Sonic event which took place during SSA’s usual dates, the time frame for the Site Awards has been shortened to allow it to end before New Year. Nominations will last two weeks instead of the normal month, for a series of awards cut-down because of the amount of redundant categories in 2005.

Anyone can nominate a site at the SSA official site, so feel free to nominate any site you think deserves an award. To vote for a shortlisted site during Phase 2 later this month, you will require a Sonic Stadium account. To register free you need a valid email address. This requirement was introduced last year to combat mass repeat-voting after voting started using an automated system.

Nominations close on 17th November 2006.

Sonic and the Secret Rings JPN Site Open

The Nintendo Wii title, Sonic and the secret of the rings has had it”s japanese site opened today! You can visit the new site (Be warned, it is in flash) through the link in the “MORE INFORMATION” Box at the bottom of this page. Also of note is that the game’s japanese title is to be “”SONIC to Himitsu no RING”

A newly revealed official render show that Sonic himself is wearing an odd glowing ring on the middle finger of his right hand. It is unknown exactly what this plain yet mysterious looking piece of jewelry is or what it does but one can safely assume that it has a big link to the storyline of the game that is due out some time in 2007.

In other somewhat related news, the gaming site IGN have updated their Sonic and the secret of the rings site with new screenshots of the game in action (Follow the link road in the “DOWNLOADABLE MEDIA” box at the bottom of this page). Adorning the bottom left hand corner of the recent screenshots is a small image depicting the control scheme of the game. Whether or not it is showing the player what to press on the Wii”s controller is anyone’s guess but it seems feasible….

The Summer of Sonic

While plans for Sonic’s 15th Anniversary all seems to be on the quiet side officially, on the Internet blue blur fans from all over the world are preparing to celebrate in their own special way.

The Sonic Stadium revealed some weeks ago to a surprised public that it will be leading one of the biggest fan collaborations in the history of the community, by launching a mini-site that will feature contributions from as many different Sonic fansites and fan creators as possible. Titled ‘The Summer of Sonic’, it aims to be a neutral ground for all fan creators and webmasters to get equal recognition for their hard work, while simultaneously promoting the exciting June 23rd birthday.

The website, once officially launched, will feature written articles on various aspects of Sonic history, a large gallery for all types of fan creation, a guestbook-style birthday card for visitors to sign, along with competitions for sending in photos and video footage celebrating Sonic’s 15th in unique ways. Continue reading The Summer of Sonic

Chris Senn launches X-Treme website

Hurrah I hear you scream, the Sonic X-Treme compendium’s first instalment has been released.

Eversince Chris Senn began spilling the beans on the Sonic X-Treme project on his forums (in mid November) he’s been promising the world in the form of the SXC, and for a while it seemed like that might never have happed. Searching through disks and paperwork, on the now extinct project, was a lengthy task. It’s amazing that Senn has got this far without giving up, despite numerous jabs an insults from the very people he is trying to help. Continue reading Chris Senn launches X-Treme website

Sonic Channel Overhaul

Sonic Channel updates

Sonic Channel has updated in a big way this month. Instead of the usual character related update Sonic Channel has seen a complete overhaul, not longer is the site coded in flash, instead the whole thing is in HTML. This comes as good news to those who have wanted to save artwork and photos from the site, but that’s not all, the layout of the site has been changed too.

The Channel has been crammed with more than you can imagine, one could assume the recent change is in preparation for Sonic’s upcoming 15th anniversary, but either way this is a welcomed surprise. Continue reading Sonic Channel Overhaul