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

Tokyo Game Show: PSO Version 2 Coming to Xbox

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.

Halloween Costumes Unveiled for Sonic Adventure 2

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

THQ to Co-Publish Six SEGA GBA Games in the West

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

Karl Bollers Reveals Sonic Comic #105 Details

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

SFC News: Moogle Cavern Text Adventure to take Different Approach

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

Details and Screenshots Emerge on Sonic Advance’s Petit Chao Garden

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

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Release Date Rumoured

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…

Fleetway’s Sonic the Comic #223 Will Be The Last

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!

‘Eggrobo Toujou’ Race Track Released for Sonic Adventure 2

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.

Resaurus in ‘Suspended Animation’; New Sonic Figures Placed on ‘Indefinite Hold’

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’

New Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Screens Surface

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

R-MIX Official Sonic Store Updates its Clothing Range

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

SFC News: Roareye treats us to Secret Fan Game

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

Sonic Advance Will Feature Chao Connectivity With Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Interesting news – it sounds like Sonic Adventure 2 on the Gamecube will interact in some ways with Sonic Advance on Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance. From what we understand, this will come in the form of a unique way to raise Chao on the move. Continue reading Sonic Advance Will Feature Chao Connectivity With Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Sonic Amateur Games Expo Kicks off Second Show of 2001

The Sonic Amateur Games Expo has opened once again for a 2001 showing. This is the place where all kinds of Sonic the Hedgehog fan games come together and show the community what they’re made of. This is the third SAGE to ever take place; the first happened last year, which we missed, but we were able to report on SAGE 2 back in March – you can read that here. Check out the new show by going to the SAGE website.

Exclusive 10th Anniversary Merchandise Available at Sonic Team Store

Sonic Team has just opened up their ‘Sonic Factory’ store online, and revealed the first exclusive set of products to be sold from the outlet; a statue, a silver ring and a crystal cube with a wireframe model of Sonic etched inside. These classy items aren’t your usual Sonic action figures. Read on for more details and pictures! Continue reading Exclusive 10th Anniversary Merchandise Available at Sonic Team Store

SA2: Dr Eggman Theme Available for Download

Sonic Team has released a small update for players of Sonic Adventure 2 on Dreamcast. It’s the Dr. Eggman theme, which you can download and use as a menu screen voice/background for the game. As you sweep across various menu items, you’ll hear Eggman speak to you in his gravelly tones. If you want it go to the SA2 Dreamcast website and download to your VMU.

Sonic Adventure 2 OST and Vocal Album Now Available to Buy

You can now buy the Sonic Adventure 2 soundtracks – the Vocal Album that we’ve covered before, and the Original Soundtrack called Multi-Dimensional – online. You can get the Vocal Album, titled Cuts Unleashed, for around $24 and it comes with 16 tracks. The Original Soundtrack includes main themes, action stage music and more in a DOUBLE-CD package and will set you back about $30.

Both can be purchased from either CD Japan (Japanese site) or Tokyopop.

Get Your Japanese SA2 Special Edition Right Here

Are you having trouble sleeping at night, because you couldn’t get the Sonic Adventure 2 Special Edition pack on Dreamcast? Well, trouble yourself no more, as we’ve discovered that online store NCSX still has some copies left for you to import straight from Japan. Continue reading Get Your Japanese SA2 Special Edition Right Here

SEGA Launches Redesigned Official Website

SEGA has redesigned its official website with a whole host of things to drool over. There’s a swish new design featuring Sonic’s head in the background, new sections for each gaming platform and pages for the latest and upcoming games. There’s even a news post currently online talking about new Sonic Team collectibles. Continue reading SEGA Launches Redesigned Official Website

See the First Footage of Sonic Adventure 2 on Gamecube

First footage of Sonic Adventure 2 on the Gamecube has been released by SEGA from the Space World show. Check it out after the jump; it seems to be pretty similar to the Dreamcast original, so any changes that Sonic Team may have added aren’t very apparent. We’ll have to wait and see what exact changes are in store for us, if any. Continue reading See the First Footage of Sonic Adventure 2 on Gamecube

Yuji Naka: Nintendo’s Gamecube Will Revitalise Gaming Industry

At Space World, Sonic Team head Yuji Naka spoke about the state of the games industry today, and how Nintendo’s strategy with the Gamecube fits in with the current landscape. In particular, he explained why SEGA as a company has been such a key third party partner for the platform – and it’s because he feels that Nintendo has the ability to inspire players. Continue reading Yuji Naka: Nintendo’s Gamecube Will Revitalise Gaming Industry