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.

Sonic to Make Appearances in PSO Throughout June

Check this out – Sega has released brand new screenshots of Phantasy Star Online featuring characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Seems like Sonic Team wants to hype up the blue blur’s 10th Anniversary as much as possible! Continue reading Sonic to Make Appearances in PSO Throughout June

Papped: Yuji Naka Enjoys Pikmin

E3 is a long, hard, punishing show. So it’s nice when developers get the chance to escape from the PR room and enjoy some gaming of their own. Sonic Team chief Yuji Naka was able to do just that at Nintendo’s booth this week, enjoying a round of strategy game Pikmin. Continue reading Papped: Yuji Naka Enjoys Pikmin

Naka: Gamecube PSO Port Took A Single Month to Make

Sonic Team leader Yuji Naka was at the E3 conference this week showing off Phantasy Star Online on the Nintendo Gamecube, and he mentioned that developing for the console has been a breeze so far. Continue reading Naka: Gamecube PSO Port Took A Single Month to Make

New Sonic Adventure 2 Trailer Released

It’s more Sonic Adventure 2 video footage! Moving pictures! New moves! New stages! Excitement! The trailer below was published by IGN this week, as SEGA unveils more details on the game ahead of its official release date. Check it out below! Continue reading New Sonic Adventure 2 Trailer Released

SA2 to Ditch Adventure Fields; Will Use World Map

This just in – we just learned that Sonic Adventure 2 will use a world map in order to progress from stage to stage. This marks a change from its predecessor, which saw players travel between Zone markers using an Adventure Field. Continue reading SA2 to Ditch Adventure Fields; Will Use World Map

Sonic Advance Will Let Sonic Grind on Rails, Features Tails and Knuckles

It looks like Sonic’s Game Boy Advance debut will not simply be a blast from the past. The blue blur will also be able to grind down rails, in a gameplay mechanic clearly borrowed from upcoming Dreamcast swansong Sonic Adventure 2. Continue reading Sonic Advance Will Let Sonic Grind on Rails, Features Tails and Knuckles

Shadow Dominates E3’s LA Convention Centre

E3 is the gaming industry’s superbowl; so it’s little wonder that various companies are prepared to spend loads of money on marketing their biggest titles in outrageous ways. Sega is no exception – to promote Sonic Adventure 2, the publisher has placed an absolutely massive Shadow poster across the outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Continue reading Shadow Dominates E3’s LA Convention Centre

SA2: Special 10th Anniversary Box Set Revealed

Big news about Sonic’s 10th Anniversary and we’re here to bring it to you! Sega has just announced a special Sonic 10th Anniversary CD, book and gold coin, which will all be sold together! It’ll be sold with a copy of Sonic Adventure 2, but only for limited time of two days. Continue reading SA2: Special 10th Anniversary Box Set Revealed

Rumour: Sonic Dreamcast Bundle Coming Soon?

The Sega Dreamcast will be getting a special Sonic-themed bundle soon, according to a listing on US retailer EBGames. You can see the pack here, which comes with a special packaging and will apparently include a blue VMU memory card and copies of Sonic Adventure and Sonic Shuffle, along with a demo for Sonic Adventure 2. Continue reading Rumour: Sonic Dreamcast Bundle Coming Soon?

SEGA Reveals E3 2001 Lineup

Sega has revealed their core line-up of titles that will be showcased at E3 2001. It looks like the company wants their foray into third party development to start with a bang, as a swathe of Gamecube and Game Boy Advance titles have been announced, alongside a rather large number of Dreamcast games. Continue reading SEGA Reveals E3 2001 Lineup

Ken Penders Archie Chat: The Original Robotnik is Never Coming Back

Ken Penders has been kind enough to sit down with a bunch of avid Archie fans and chat with them about the latest news in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book world. We’ll just bring you the highlights from the chat in bite-size form, below. All highlights listed below are quotes from Penders during his chat. Continue reading Ken Penders Archie Chat: The Original Robotnik is Never Coming Back

Sonic Team Cracks Down on PSO Pirates

Seems like Sonic Team is getting serious with Phantasy Star Online hackers and pirates. Following a series of mishaps, including the hijacking of a live event, the developer is introducing a ‘three strikes’ penalty policy on offenders. Continue reading Sonic Team Cracks Down on PSO Pirates

Will Sonic Advance Be A Japan-Only Release?

Sonic Advance could be limited to a Japan-only release, according to information currently published on the official Game Boy Advance website. If that’s the case, it would be really maddening – and it wouldn’t be a great way to kick off Sonic’s third-party venture either. Continue reading Will Sonic Advance Be A Japan-Only Release?

SA2: ‘Green Forest’ Stage Revealed

Another of Sonic’s stages in Sonic Adventure 2 has been revealed – called Green Forest, the stage sees the blue blur tasked with racing through a treacherous jungle environment within an eight-minute time limit. Once the timer hits zero, the entire level blows up! Extreme. Continue reading SA2: ‘Green Forest’ Stage Revealed

Yuji Naka Wins Best Programmer Award for PSO Innovations

Sonic Team’s lead producer, Yuji Naka, has won an award for Best Programmer at the annual high profile Association of Media in Digital (AMD) Awards in Japan. Congratulations Naka-san! Continue reading Yuji Naka Wins Best Programmer Award for PSO Innovations

Rumour: PSO Version 2 Could Get Global Launch

Could PSO Version 2 also see a global release? That’s the current chatter happening in the Sega community this week, with suggestions that Sonic Adventure 2 will just be the first of many games that will enjoy a co-ordination worldwide launch. Continue reading Rumour: PSO Version 2 Could Get Global Launch

‘Mega Drive 21’ Handheld Console to Launch in Japan

The Mega Drive lives on! In Japan and Asia at the very least – word on the street is that a new handheld device will be made available that comes pre-loaded with over twenty 16-Bit games. It’s called the ‘Mega Drive 21’ and will be on store shelves April 27. Continue reading ‘Mega Drive 21’ Handheld Console to Launch in Japan

PSO Version 2 Confirmed for North American Release

It’s official – Phantasy Star Online ver 2 will indeed be hitting North American Dreamcast consoles, as well as Japan. Sega confirmed the existence of the Western release when announcing server downtime for the original Phantasy Star Online. Continue reading PSO Version 2 Confirmed for North American Release

Sega America Holds SA2 Sweepstakes

Sega of America has unveiled a couple of new promotional events to hype Sonic the Hedgehog’s upcoming tenth anniversary! The “Sonic Adventure 2 T-Shirt Giveaway” will put up for grabs 300 limited-edition commemorative shirts, which show off a new character from the game. Registration will run on the site link below from today through May 18, with winners being announced May 23. Continue reading Sega America Holds SA2 Sweepstakes

Sega Europe Plans Dreamcast Parties at Sports Cafe and Wacky Warehouse

No, that’s not the name of a weird new Sonic zone. Sega Europe has reportedly teamed up with a chain of popular bars and restaurants to promote upcoming Dreamcast games to kids and adults alike in the UK. Continue reading Sega Europe Plans Dreamcast Parties at Sports Cafe and Wacky Warehouse

SEGA’s E3 Details Revealed

Sega is preparing to show off a lot of titles at this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo. Among the confirmed games on the show floor will be the upcoming GBA titles Sonic Advance as well as ChuChu Rocket from Sonic Team, but Sega titles on Xbox will also be revealed. Continue reading SEGA’s E3 Details Revealed

SEGA Reveals Third Party Plan: Sonic Team to Make Home on Nintendo Gamecube

Sega officially announced its commitment to third party development in a huge news conference this morning. The company outlined which of its development studios would align to which console, noting that Sonic Team, AM2 and Amusement Vision will largely focus their efforts on Nintendo’s Gamecube. Continue reading SEGA Reveals Third Party Plan: Sonic Team to Make Home on Nintendo Gamecube

PSO Version 2 to Feature More Monsters, Grave Markers

Fresh info straight from PSO World, involving markers indicating a player’s death spot, new dialogue trees, more accessible co-op play and a range of interesting new creatures that can help mix up an online game. Hit the jump for full details of the changes. Continue reading PSO Version 2 to Feature More Monsters, Grave Markers

Sonic Cartoons Coming to DVD, Courtesy of DiC

DiC Entertainment, the animation company responsible for the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons in the 1990s, has recently broken free from former parent company Disney. And now that it is an independent once more, it plans to re-release a number of Sonic shows on DVD in time for the company’s tenth anniversary. Continue reading Sonic Cartoons Coming to DVD, Courtesy of DiC

PSO X-Buns – Easter Hits Sonic Team’s Online RPG

Easter has arrived on Phantasy Star Online, and that means special in-game events! Giant Easter Eggs and Fireworks on the Pioneer 2 are expected to be added to the game, along with special music whilst in the lobby area.

It’s rumoured that certain special items, and even new enemies, will be making a temporary presence in the ultimate Easter egg hunt. Be careful of giant attacking bunnies!

Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #100

The solicitations for Archie Comic’s Sonic the Hedgehog #100 have been released. Featuring two stories – ‘Reunion’ and another Knuckles story – it’ll launch on 32 pages and ships on July 27 for $1.99. Hit the jump for the full cover scan. Continue reading Comic Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #100