Sonic Runners Adventure ‘Feature Phone’ Footage Emerges

Sonic Runners Adventure might be strutting its stuff on Android app stores right now as a full-blown smartphone game, but if a new video is to be believed then we may well see the endless runner appearing on less powerful ‘feature phones’ as well. Continue reading Sonic Runners Adventure ‘Feature Phone’ Footage Emerges

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 Generations (3DS) and more are on sale on the NA Wii U and 3DS eShop

Nintendo today released the PR of their weekly NA eShop update. Among the releases of this week’s games and weekly sales, was the news of four Sonic games being discounted on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Games and prices are below. Continue reading Sonic Generations (3DS) and more are on sale on the NA Wii U and 3DS eShop

Sonic CD Coming March 31st for Apple TV

So Sonic 1 & Sonic 2 got released on the Apple TV recently, why not add the other remastered title? Sonic CD (the good/updated version) is to be released on the Apple TV platform in the next few days, March 31st to be exact.

Now can we please get Sonic 1 & 2 Taxman editions on console? That would be nice.

New Sonic Toys Spotted At London Toy Fair

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Last week was London Toy Fair and with Tomy in attendance there was a lot of speculation as to if they would have the Sonic Boom toys, as well as ‘what toys would they bring?’ London Toy Fair is the place for toy makers to show off their products to retailers and perspective buyers for 2015. So with the toyline out in America, would Tomy bring the whole line over? Or just the best sellers?

With many merch collectors in the UK waiting to see, this is quite important news… well… they brought the lot over, including some new lines.

It looks like Tomy are willing to sell the entire line to potential retailers, this is very good news for collectors and fans of merchandise here in the UK. However if the whole line will make it to retailers remains to be seen. However more interesting are the new toys we’ve spotted including one very cool addition, what appears to be wearable power shoes!

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Now this is obviously just a concept image, but the fact it’s on show suggests it is in development, don’t forget, Jazwares also had temporary boxes on display for their toys at these events, many of which did see a release.

Of the new toys on show, we spotted the following.

  • Sonic Power Sneakers.
  • Sonic Saves the Day pack – includes crystals and 3 figures (sonic, Tails & Eggman).
  • Sonic with a hover board.
  • A new mini plush with a grip.
  • Tails & Sticks wearing commando/camo paint.

There might also be a new Knuckles figure as well as a new sized figure but I’m unsure on that one.

No release dates yet for the toys either in America or the UK, but it looks like the toys are on their way to EU shores.

Source: Idle Hands.

Steven Butler Returning to Comics

Shayne Thames posted this about Steven Butler Returning to the Sonic Comics:

I went to MegaCon in Orlando yesterday, and found out Steven Butler was there, so after circling the artists tables like 3 times in an hour, I finally found him (YAY). He was telling me that he was fixing to leave Powermark and come back to working on the Sonic comics, though he says he doesn’t know exactly when. The interesting part is that Powermark is gonna be took over at the pencils by, get ready for this, James Fry. Interesting tidbit. Anyhoo, he did a commission for me and I got his e-mail, plus a quickie interview which I’ll be playing on my radio later this week. Its great to know that the comic will be in the safe hands of 3 fantastic artists! (Butler/Axer/Best)

IGN Sonic Scores

IGN has posted review on Sonic Advance (9.1).

IGN Insider also gave a review on SA2 Battle, giving it a very low 6.9 rating. Heres a paragraph of what they had to say:

“This is not Mario’s platformer equivalent. This game has been overrated for far too long. Only recommended to hardcore Sega and Sonic fans. Everybody else should definitely rent this one and see if it’s worth pursuing before slapping down the cash for a permanent investment.”


Source: IGN

10th Anniversary Merchandise Now Available in North America

Time to take a break from being jealous of Japanese Sonic fans! Remember those special 10th Anniversary products that SEGA released to mark the launch of Sonic Adventure 2 last year? Well, it looks like some of them have made their way across the Pacific and are available to purchase in North America. Click here to grab the Sonic Ring and click here for the Sonic Figurine, which you can buy on Amazon. Thanks for the heads up, Swirlvision!

SEGA Reveals Archie Comics’ AoStH Beginnings

To celebrate the 100th issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie comics, SEGA’s official web portal has written up a rather nice feature about the book’s history. Did you know that originally, the Sonic comic was meant to lean more heavily on Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog than the Saturday morning Sonic cartoon (SatAM)? Continue reading SEGA Reveals Archie Comics’ AoStH Beginnings

Rouge the Bat is Coming Back to the Archie Sonic Comics

We haven’t seen an awful lot of Rouge in the Archie Sonic comics, have we? That could be about to change, if a message from comic writer Karl Bollers is any indication. According to a post on Ken Penders’ message board, the Bat Girl will be making a re-appearance later this year in the mainline comics. The last time Rouge was spotted in print was during a cameo in the Sonic Adventure 2 adaptation back in Sonic #98, so this is welcome news! More on this as we get it.

Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #111

There’s an awful lot of swashbuckling and arrow-flinging action happening in the next upcoming issue of Archie Comics’ Sonic the Hedgehog: as the Sword of Acorns is under threat from a shadowy ninja clan in the main story; and the side story focuses on Rob o’ the Hedge roughing it up with the former high sheriff of Snottingham General D’Coolette. Read on for more, plus cover.
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US Release Dates for Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Revealed

The wait is almost over for Nintendo fans in the US – the very first Sonic the Hedgehog titles for the Game Boy Advance and Gamecube have been given a North American release date. Do you usually like February when it rolls around every year? You will now. Continue reading US Release Dates for Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Revealed

Ken Penders: Knuckles’ Story Will See Major Developments in Sonic #106

The latest community chat with Archie Comics artist Ken Penders has just wrapped up, and as usual it did not disappoint with the juicy teasers and details. For a start, Penders discusses more about the death of one key character in the mainline comic story (and why he wanted to go in this direction). He also hints at changes happening to the Knuckles series starting in issue #106. Read on for more (warning: potential spoilers ahead). Continue reading Ken Penders: Knuckles’ Story Will See Major Developments in Sonic #106

SA2 Battle: SEGA Launches New Website, New Screens and Videos Emerge

SEGA must be ringing in the new year, because this past week there’s been a lot of updates surrounding the upcoming US release of Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. There’s been age ratings (which means a release date must be close), new screenshots and videos, and even official site launches. Exciting! Check out the whole shebang after the jump. Continue reading SA2 Battle: SEGA Launches New Website, New Screens and Videos Emerge

Sonic Adventure 2 US Soundtrack Now Available to Buy

Just a quick Public Service Announcement on this – following our initial news on Tokyopop producing a US release of the Sonic Adventure 2 soundtrack, it appears that the CD is already available to buy (it was originally reported to come out in February). The Sonic Adventure 2 Official Soundtrack features 26 tracks on one CD, handpicked by lead musician Jun Senoue and including exclusive US-release remixes. You can pick it up for $14.98 via Tokyopop’s website here.

J. Axer Confirmed as Second Fan Hire for Archie in Sonic #109 and #110

The solicitations for both Sonic #109 and Sonic #110 have been published by Archie Comics, and within them reveals a little surprise – hot on the heels of Dawn Best comes a second fan artist to formally join the fold. Talented artist J. Axer will be involved in pencilling a number of the Sonic stories going forward. Details of what those stories entail are included after the jump.
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Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #108

Archie’s bringing the thunder with the upcoming Sonic #108, as it’s managed to build in three stories in one issue. As the front cover suggests, this will be quite the dramatic book as the main story focuses on the return of one former belligerent Robotropolis dictator! Knuckles also gets a continuation of his current arc and the supporting Sonic cast also get a look in with a dramatic side story. Check out the details, straight from Ken Penders, below. Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #108

Official SA2 Battle Microsite Launches With Brand New Art

Sonic Team has begun its online marketing blitz for the Nintendo Gamecube version of Sonic Adventure 2, by launching the game’s official microsite (different to the TGS website that launched in October). It’s only available in Japanese right now, but there’s already a wealth of images and detail in there, including artwork of characters that will appear in 2P Mode. Hit the jump for all the images, and the link for the official site! Continue reading Official SA2 Battle Microsite Launches With Brand New Art

‘Legends of Mobius’ Promises Authentic Sonic MMORPG Experience

If you’re itching for a fresh Sonic gaming experience, made by fans, then keep an eye on this upcoming project – a group called Maim Entertainment are reportedly hard at work on an MMORPG (Mass Multiplayer Online RPG) that focuses entirely on the blue blur’s world. Continue reading ‘Legends of Mobius’ Promises Authentic Sonic MMORPG Experience

Shadow Named Villain of the Year

The moody and broody Shadow the Hedgehog has made an impact on various video game outlets, as illustrated by the second annual Wizard Video Game Awards. Sonic’s doppelgänger was named the Best Villain of the Year. “Packing more ‘tude than the blue dude himself, this evil hedgehog’s killer look and dreams of world conquest had fans loving him more than hating him,” said the magazine. For more, pick up a copy of Wizard #124 and turn to page 104.

Sonic Balloon to Rock Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

It’s nearly Thanksgiving! And what better way to celebrate this American holiday than with the age-old tradition of heavy commercialism? Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Parade is taking place again in New York City tomorrow, and Sonic the Hedgehog will be there in giant balloon form. Continue reading Sonic Balloon to Rock Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Dated for US

Fresh from SEGA’s official website, we now know the release date for Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on the Gamecube for the US. According to the site, the game will hit store shelves in January 2002, which is a month after its release in Japan. That should be enough time to get all the localisation ready, from voices to extras, right? Time to get excited!

Sonic 1 Concept Art Reveals ‘Sonic the Hedgehog Band’

A new discovery within the Sonic community has unearthed new concept art for the original Sonic the Hedgehog game on Mega Drive that features the blue blur in a band, along with a host of new characters that would have predated Miles ‘Tails’ Prower as the hero’s sidekicks. Continue reading Sonic 1 Concept Art Reveals ‘Sonic the Hedgehog Band’

Phantasy Star Online Earns Accolade from BAFTA

And the awards just keep on coming for Phantasy Star Online. Sonic Team’s innovative console RPG has been honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in this year’s Interactive Entertainment awards. This is a big deal, as BAFTA is the leading arts group in the UK. Continue reading Phantasy Star Online Earns Accolade from BAFTA

Tokyopop Officially Announces US Release of Sonic Adventure 2 OST

We’ve been waiting patiently for any kind of Western release of the Sonic Adventure 2 soundtrack CDs for quite some time now. But now it sounds like our prayers will finally be answered – Tokyopop has announced that it will be publishing a domestic US version of the soundtrack this coming February. Continue reading Tokyopop Officially Announces US Release of Sonic Adventure 2 OST

TSS UPDATE: Fan Club and Radio Updates

Sonic Fan Club NewsDesk has news of online comics and a fan game, The Games section has had a complete overhaul, The Mega Drive Sonic Games pages have been changed at the moment, go see them, they look awesome!

Cyber Sonic and Welsh Sonic has been added to the Sonic Hoaxers Club, and more links added to the Sonic Directory. Also, Sega Sonic Radio is now a member of The ‘Zone Radio Network!

Penders Selling Original Prints of Archie Sonic ‘Beat The Clock’ Story on eBay

Archie writer and artist Ken Penders has announced that he is auctioning off some rare comic collectibles on eBay, including the complete (and intact) five-page story ‘Beat The Clock’ and some Sega Data pages from past issues. Continue reading Penders Selling Original Prints of Archie Sonic ‘Beat The Clock’ Story on eBay

Tokyo Game Show: See How Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Connect in This New Video

Fresh from the Tokyo Game Show, SEGA has released a promotional video showcasing how Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on Gamecube and Sonic Advance on Game Boy Advance connect with one another. It’s all for the greater good of the Chao! Watch the video after the jump. As soon as any new media comes out of TGS, we’ll report it right here. Continue reading Tokyo Game Show: See How Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Connect in This New Video

PSO Getting ASCII Controller, Xbox Broadband Support

Sonic Team head Yuji Naka revealed at SEGA’s Consumer Conference that the Gamecube release of Phantasy Star Online will be accompanied by a third-party controller by ASCII that features a small keyboard. On the Xbox, PSO will be unique in that it will support the broadband features of Microsoft’s console, as opposed to Dreamcast and Gamecube’s modem connectivity.

Read more on these, as well as the news coming from other SEGA developers and executives from the Consumer Conference, in Gamespot’s report.

Yuji Naka: Sonic Titles to Appeal to Younger Audience

SEGA recently held a Consumer Conference in Japan, which featured a number of high-level developers and executives speaking about the future of the publisher’s franchises. Yuji Naka was among the speakers, and presented an overview of the upcoming Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and Sonic Advance, concluding that future titles will look to appeal to younger audiences. Continue reading Yuji Naka: Sonic Titles to Appeal to Younger Audience

Official Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Websites Launch

Sonic Team has launched official Japanese websites for Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. Each site features a bunch of gameplay info and screenshots ahead of their joint release on December 20 (no release date has been formally confirmed for the US or Europe yet). Check out the websites by clicking the links below.

Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog 106

New details have come in for the next issue in the mainline Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. Sonic the Hedgehog #106 will feature stories written by Karl Boller and Ken Penders, art by Ron Lim, Pam Eklund, Andrew Pepoy and Ken Penders, and a cover designed by Spaz. Details of story, release date and cover after the jump. Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog 106

NiGHTS Gamecube Teased as SEGA Announces New Global Content Strategy

In a keynote address at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, newly-third-partied SEGA unveiled its new global strategy that it says will make the company the #1 independent game publisher in the world. And if its slides are anything to go by, Sonic Team classic NiGHTS into Dreams could be a part of that strategy. Continue reading NiGHTS Gamecube Teased as SEGA Announces New Global Content Strategy