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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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
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!
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’
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
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
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!
EXCLUSIVE: Super Sonic Fan #1 has truly taken a shine to games developing, as his first and most ambitious Fan Game proves. Here’s the info from the e-mail straight from SSF#1… Continue reading SFC News: Super Sonic Fan #1’s Game – New Details
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Good news for potential Xbox owners – Sonic Team has revealed at this year’s Tokyo Game Show that a version of Phantasy Star Online version 2 will be coming to Microsoft’s big black box. As Microsoft is intending to move into the online gaming space, it makes sense for SEGA to think about the Xbox as a viable platform for PSO. No more details were revealed, so we’ll have to wait and see what form it takes.
Sonic Team has released another download for Sonic Adventure 2 on Dreamcast! This time, to celebrate Hallowe’en, the studio is offering players the chance to give each character in 2P mode a spooky makeover. Sonic will don a pumpkin suit, while Rouge will be wearing a witches’ outfit. See some images after the jump, and check out the download page on the Sonic Adventure 2 Dreamcast webpage to get it. Continue reading Halloween Costumes Unveiled for Sonic Adventure 2
American third-party publisher THQ has announced a partnership with SEGA that will see it co-publish six SEGA-developed and ten co-developed Game Boy Advance games throughout 2001, 2002 and 2003, including Sonic Advance. Continue reading THQ to Co-Publish Six SEGA GBA Games in the West
It’s not coming out for another couple of months, but Archie author Karl Bollers has posted a short preview for Sonic the Hedgehog Issue #105. The issue includes ‘Touch of Evil’, by Karl Bollers and Ron Lim, and here’s the accompanying synopsis: “Sonic returns to Robotropolis on a top secret mission that may prove to be his last! Plus, the final fate of Snively!” Cover can be seen in full after the jump. Continue reading Karl Bollers Reveals Sonic Comic #105 Details
EXCLUSIVE: After announcing a text adventure of the Moogle Caverns’ top online story – The Battle Of Cowkey – Dreadknux has canned the project entirely. BUT, don’t worry, the text adventure idea has instead been replaced with an online comic. Continue reading SFC News: Moogle Cavern Text Adventure to take Different Approach
EXCLUSIVE: Friendly online guy, and Dreadknux’s best online buddy H Hog, has made a winner. Online comics don’t come close to this – enter Mayneeyah, an online comic with a difference. Continue reading SFC News: H Hog’s Gone Mayneeyah! Wibble Wabble Quack Quack!
EXCLUSIVE: BIG fan of the Sonic Stadium, SuperSonicFan #1 has released details of his new Sonic Fan Game. He has explained that it will be in 3D, much like Sonic Robo Blast 2, in development also (and for a very long time). Continue reading SFC News: Super Sonic Fan #1’s Fan Game
We recently learned that Sonic Adventure 2 Battle will connect with Sonic Advance for portable Chao raising. But today we have more details on what exactly that entails, as well as screenshots of the special Chao Garden mode in action. Continue reading Details and Screenshots Emerge on Sonic Advance’s Petit Chao Garden
Rumours are flying around that a Japanese release date has been set for Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for Nintendo Gamecube. These unconfirmed reports speak of the game hitting store shelves on December 20th. SEGA hasn’t yet confirmed or denied the rumour, and there’s no word on any US or European date. We’ll have to wait and see how this pans out…
Sad news for UK Sonic fans. Fleetway’s Sonic the Comic will soon be gone for good, as the publisher is winding down its series of reprints. The comic stopped producing original stories from Issue #185, and Issue #223 will be the final ever issue, according to the company, and will likely be released to shops in December. No word as to whether the final issue will be a reprint or contain a unique Sonic story, but given that there are only six or seven more issues left to go, it could be a reprint of ‘The Evil Empire’.
You had a good run, STC. Farewell!
Sonic Team has released a new piece of downloadable content for Sonic Adventure 2 on the Dreamcast. Called ‘Eggrobo Toujou’, the VMU file contains a skin for Sonic in the Kart Racing mini-game that changes him into a classic Egg Robo from Sonic & Knuckles. The download also comes with a special ‘E’ shaped track, which when played features the ‘E.G.G.M.A.N.’ theme in the background.
You can pick up the file from the official SA2 website here.
It seems that talk of figure maker Resaurus closing down has been exaggerated somewhat. After reports that the company will be shutting down following a huge ‘going out of business’ sale, a new article sheds some light on the situation behind closed doors and states that what’s happening now is nothing but a hiccup. Continue reading Resaurus in ‘Suspended Animation’; New Sonic Figures Placed on ‘Indefinite Hold’
SEGA has released a whole heap of new screenshots for Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on Nintendo Gamecube. In them, you can see the slight graphical upgrade that’s been given to the environments and character models, illustrated by Sonic strolling about in Green Forest, Metal Harbor, City Escape and Pyramid Cave. You’ve even got Shadow cruising in Sky Rail. Check out the new screens after the jump. Continue reading New Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Screens Surface
It’s been a couple of months since the amazing Sonic Store at R-Mix has been open, and today we’ve heard word that the clothing lines on sale has had a bit of a seasonal update! Long-sleeved t-shirts, Parker jackets and baseball shirts all adorning the blue blur’s name can now be found in the Osaka-based retailer. Continue reading R-MIX Official Sonic Store Updates its Clothing Range
Moogle Cavern regular (and webmaster of affiliate website SharkAttack Chaos) Roareye has let slip a few of his plans for his very own Fan Game. No actual details have been spilled yet about the game, but it is said that it is based around the characters that he has created: including himself; dragons called Karldes and Robtres; and other fictional characters. Continue reading SFC News: Roareye treats us to Secret Fan Game