New Sonic Avatars Added to JP Playstation Network

An entire package of Sonic the Hedgehog avatars have graced the Japanese Playstation Network server!

It is currently unknown when these avatars will hit the European and North American marketplace.

Special thanks to Woun from the Sonic Scene for the tip! Head on after the jump for additional pictures!

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SEGA Releases New Sonic Adventure 2 Screenshots, Press Release

Thanks to the eagle eyes of our friends over at Sonic Paradise, we have two more screenshots and an hi-resolution logo from the upcoming HD port of Sonic Adventure 2 headed to the PlayStation Store (PS3) and Xbox Live Marketplace later this year. The screenshots give us a glimpse of Tails in Mission Street and Knuckles in Death Chamber. SEGA has also issued a press release which, along with the screens, you can view after the jump.
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Sonic 4: Episode 2 Teaser Trailer Unveiled at GameSpot

As stated yesterday, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 has been officially announced today over at GameSpot with a teaser trailer that reveals a new playable character. Unexpected though, an interview with Ken Balough came with it revealing more details about this episode. Balough says SEGA has listened to fan feedback from Episode 1 and in response they have added a new graphics engine, a new physics engine and fixed the uncurling.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 will be released in 2012 on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Nework, iOS, Windows Phone 7 and Android devices. Yes, it doesn’t appear to be coming to any Nintendo platforms, unfortunately.

Source: GameSpot

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Sonic Generations PS3 Themes & Xbox 360 Avatar Items Available This Week

SEGA has revealed that they will be releasing some Sonic Generations themed content for sale to style your PS3’s XMB and Xbox 360 Avatar with this week. On December 7th (tomorrow), European PS3 fans can purchase a Classic Sonic and a Modern Sonic Dynamic Theme, each costing £1.59/€1.99. On December 8th, Xbox 360 owners worldwide will be able to buy items to dress their Avatar with, each ranging from 80 MSP to 240MSP.

Super Sonic Avatar Costume – 240 MSP
Classic Sonic Avatar Costume – 240 MSP
Classic Amy-Rose Avatar Costume – 240 MSP
Sonic Generations T-Shirt – 80 MSP
Sonic Generations Cap – 160 MSP

You can find two videos of the PS3 Dynamic Themes at the SEGA Blog link below.

Source: SEGA Blog

Will you be downloading any of this content? Let us know in the comments section below.

Sonic CD Gets Second Playable Character, Out December, Today on GameStop Tablets

SEGA has just given some big news on their blog regarding the upcoming Sonic CD re-release. From today, those who purchase a GameStop branded Android tablet will get Sonic CD as a pre-installed game way ahead of the game’s newly announced December release on all platforms. Finally, SEGA has revealed that Sonic’s two-tailed friend Miles “Tails” Prower will be an unlockable playable character. Players will be able to take control of Tails and his flying ability on their second playthrough of the game.

SEGA also released 9 new screenshots of the game, which we have for you below.

Sonic CD will be re-released in December on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, PC, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Android Phones and Windows Phone 7.

Source: SEGA Blog

Second Sonic Generations Demo Now Available on EU PS Store

After a mistaken report from SEGA stating the European PS3 version of the second Sonic Generations demo would land on the PlayStation Store yesterday, the demo is now available to download. As with the Xbox 360 version, this demo comes in both Modern and Classic Sonic flavours of Green Hill Zone, so you can try out how both hedgehogs play before the game’s release in a couple of weeks. The PS3 version of the demo weighs in at 665 MB.

The EU PS Blog says it’s available across all European locales.

Thanks to CobraRoll at the SSMB for the heads up!

Sonic CD Port Gets Second Trailer

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SEGA Europe has released a new trailer for their upcoming port of classic Mega CD/SEGA CD title Sonic CD. Like the last trailer, this one teases a connection to the Sonic the Hedgehog 4 saga, but doesn’t give any new hints away. There’s also still no clearer release date than ‘Late 2011’.

We’ll pass on more details as and when we get them.

Source: SEGA

Thanks to fluttersoard and SSMB member Scott for the heads up!

SEGA Confirms Second Sonic Generations Demo For October 18th

UPDATE: It appears SEGA made a mistake with the earlier date for Xbox Live and EU PSN users. In an update at the SEGA blog and the SEGA Twitter feed, community manager Clumsyorchid says the demo will release tomorrow, not Wednesday.

Original article:
Following SEGA France’s announcement, SEGA Europe and SEGA of America have re-affirmed a second demo for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Sonic Generations. The demo will consist of both Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic’s Green Hill Zone acts and will be available to download October 19th via PlayStation Store in Europe and Xbox Live Marketplace in Europe and the US. SEGA of America has revealed via the SEGA Blog that US PS3 fans will get the demo October 25th. The publisher has also re-affirmed a late November release for the Nintendo 3DS version and the retail version of the PC version.

Check out the press release below.

SONIC GENERATIONS™ CONTINUES TO CELEBRATE SONIC’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH DEMO #2!

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (October 17, 2011) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. & SEGA® America, Inc., today confirmed that a second demo is being released prior to the launch of the highly anticipated Sonic Generations™ game for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

The first demo, released on June 23rd 2011 – the anniversary of Sonic’s 20th year – allowed fans to play as Classic Sonic only. Now the second demo means fans can finally play as Modern Sonic – as well as Classic Sonic again – in the stunning environments of the iconic Green Hill level from Sonic Generations™. Demo #2 for the game will be available via XBLA and PSN on 19th October for Europe.

Gamers will be able to get their hands on the full game on the 4th November when Sonic Generations™ finally hits stores for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC digital download. Sonic Generations™ PC boxed product and the Nintendo 3DS™ system will be released later in November 2011.

Source: SEGA Press

SEGA France Announces New Sonic Generations Demo, Coming October 19th

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UPDATE: French Sonic fansite Eversonic has also confirmed the translation, so we’re now reporting this as confirmed.

Original article:
SEGA France has reportedly confirmed a new demo for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Sonic Generations during their public presentation at last week’s Micromania Games Tour in France we told you about last month. YouTube user bastien061301 was there and recorded SEGA’s Sonic Generations demonstration and we’ve been told that the SEGA rep on stage confirms (at 06:13 in the video) that a new demo is coming to PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on Wednesday October 19th.

Astalavista at the SEGA Forums has the full translation:
French

Il y aura une autre demo qui va sortir le 19 octobre sur ps3 et xbox 360 …

English

There will be another demo of Sonic Generations in the 19 october for the PS3 and Xbox 360

Source: bastien061301 at YouTube

Thanks to nick1996 for the heads up and to Astalavista for the translation!

Got a news tip? Send it in to thesonicstadium@googlemail.com, shadzter@sonicstadium.org or via Twitter at @Shadzter and we’ll credit you for the find.

Sonic 4: Episode 1 Gets Permanent Price Drop on Xbox 360 & PS3

Following our report on yesterday’s random discount on the Xbox 360 version of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, SEGA has announced early this morning on their blog that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game have been/will be given permanent price drops. The Xbox 360 version has already received its 400 MSP cut worldwide from 1200 MSP to 800 MSP and the PS3 version will drop from £9.99/€12.99/AU$19.95 to £6.29/€7.99/AU$12.95 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa later today. The PS3 version will also get a price cut in North America next week on Tuesday October 18th.

Source: SEGA Blog

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Sonic CD Port Officially Announced, Coming This Holiday To Many Platforms

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Four days later and the new port of Sonic CD revealed on Monday has been made official. The Mega CD/SEGA CD title will be making its way to many platforms this Holiday season, which include Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, PC Download, Windows Phone and Android Phone.

The game is said to feature widescreen graphics, the original Japanese soundtrack, special iOS features, Xbox LIVE Achievements, PSN Trophies, PC Achievements and more. Interestingly, SEGA also says this game is a prequel to Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. A trailer, press release and artwork have also been released, which we have shared for you here.

Check out the press release below:

METAL SONIC! AMY-ROSE! ROBOTS! IT CAN ONLY BE SONIC CD

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO — 25th August, 2011 —SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that Sonic CD™ will debut on mobile phones and consoles everywhere. Originally released for the MEGA CD™ system in 1993 and with Metal Sonic and Amy Rose making their introduction, Sonic CD is coming to digital platforms with music from the original Japanese soundtrack. The beloved prequel to Sonic The Hedgehog 4 ™ Episode I is coming to iPhone® and iPod® touch, iPad®, Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation® Network, PC Digital Download, Android and Windows Phone 7 and will be available for download this winter.

“Ask any Sonic fan to name their favourite games, and Sonic CD always ranks near the top of their lists,” said Haruki Satomi, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA. “Sonic CD marks an important chapter in Sonic’s history, bridging the gap between his oldest adventures and his new digital exploits like Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I. We’ve made sure the re-mastered edition has everything that Sonic fans want to see with all of the original colourful classic zones.”

Following the classic story of the original, Sonic CD sees Dr Eggman plan to cause chaos and take control of the future by stealing Times Stones from the Little Planet. Sonic must speed through levels and travel through time whilst fending off Eggman’s robots to recover the Time Stones, and save Amy Rose from his mechanical twin, Metal Sonic! This fast-paced game will return with brand new features including enhanced widescreen graphics, iOS features, Xbox LIVE Achievements, PSN Trophies, PC Achievements and more.

For more information on Sonic CD, please visit http://www.sega.com/

Source: SEGA Blog

Thanks to Jemma in our comments section for the heads up and to Woun for the YouTube upload!

3 Sonic Generations Themes Hitting EU PSN Today, E3 Trailer Now on PSN & XBL

In today’s ‘‘Heads-Up’ Game Store Update’, the EU PS Blog has revealed that three new Sonic Generations themes will be made available free of charge today on the EU PS Store for you to decorate your PS3’s XMB with. The themes are listed under the Dynamic Themes section, so they should be more than just background wallpapers.

Sonic Generations
* Sonic 20Th Anniversary (free)
* Sonic 20Th Anniversary Modern Theme (free)
* Sonic 20Th Anniversary Poster Theme (free)

The Sonic Generations E3 City Escape trailer is also now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace and US PS Store. EU PS3 users will be able to download it later today when the EU PS Store updates.

Sources: EU PS Blog, US PS Blog and the Xbox Live Marketplace

Sonic Sale on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and PC Download

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In celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog’s 20th Anniversary, SEGA’s offering discounts on digital Sonic titles for a limited time only on the Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Network and the company’s own PC Download service.

Here’s the full lineup, prices and dates of availability:

Xbox®LIVE Arcade

Available from 23 – 28 June

Sonic the Hedgehog™ – Was 400 points Now 240 points
Sonic the Hedgehog™ 2 – Was 400 points Now 240 points
Sonic the Hedgehog™ 3 – Was 400 points Now 240 points
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG™ 4 Episode 1 – Was 1,200 points Now 800 points
Sonic & Knuckles™ – Was 240 points Now 120 points
Sonic Adventure™ – Was 800 points Now 400 points
Sonic Adventure™ DX upgrade (add on) – Was 400 Now 240
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing™ add-on offers:
Metal Sonic & Death Egg Zone (add on) – Was 560 points Now 320 points
Ryo Hazuki / Forklift Truck (add on) – Was 320 points Now 240 points
Unlock All Characters & Tracks (add on) – Was 400 points Now 240 points

PlayStation®Network

Sonic 20th Anniversary bundle only £13.99/$19.99 /€17.99
Available from 23 June to 12 July

Sonic the Hedgehog™
Sonic the Hedgehog™ 2
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG™ 4 Episode 1
Sonic Adventure™
Sonic Adventure DX Upgrade
Dynamic Theme for SONIC THE HEDGEHOG™ 4 Episode 1

PC Download

Sonic 20th Anniversary bundle only £11.97/$14.97/€13.47
Available from 23 – 30 June

Bundle includes:
Sonic 3D Blast™
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine™
Sonic Spinball™
Sonic the Hedgehog™
Sonic the Hedgehog™ 2
Sonic 3 & Knuckles™

UK Store
U.S. Store
France Store
Germany Store
Spain Store

Sources: SEGA of America’s website and the official Sonic Facebook page

Sonic Generations Demo Now Available on Xbox Live & PlayStation Network

The Sonic Generations demo has been made available for Xbox 360 and PS3 users today on Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store. As reported yesterday, just Classic Sonic is playable and only in one Act of Green Hill Zone, but with plenty of routes to explore, it will keep you busy for a few replays. Don’t forget, the demo will only be available for 20 days and all downloaded copies will expire after 20 days too. As with all retail game demos, Xbox 360 users will need an Xbox Live Gold Membership to download the demo for the first week. Free Members will get the demo next week.

The Sonic 20th Anniversary bundle has also been made available for purchase on the PlayStation Store today. An Xbox 360 equivalent is nowhere to be seen, so it appears this is a PS3 exclusive. The bundle includes Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, Sonic Adventure (and DX add-on), and the Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 dynamic theme. The bundle will be available for 20 days at the reduced price of (£13.99/€17.99/$19.99).

Have you tried out the demo? Share your thoughts on it in the comments.

Sonic Generations PSN/XBLA Demo Announced

In an update to their Twitter feed, SEGA reports that Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka has announced a demo for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Sonic Generations at the SEGA of America’s Sonic Boom event. No details have been revealed as to when we can expect the demo to arrive on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace or what stage is included, but when that information is made available we’ll pass it along.

Source: SEGA’s Twitter Feed
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BlueTube: PSN Down? Go Outside and Grab Some Rings!

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The recent hack attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network may have been no joke, but Channel 4’s news team still saw fit to throw in a bit of light-hearted spin on the crisis – by turning to Sonic the Hedgehog, of course.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is available to download on the PlayStation Network, and was used as the primary example of playing games on the PS3. Bit of a strange choice really, but we’re certainly not complaining – especially as the report goes a bit ‘Brass Eye’ at the 3:00 mark.

Benjamin Cohen concludes his report by stating that the PSN downtime is allowing gamers to go outside and grab some sunshine, before cheesily running across the screen in a park collecting rings. It’s… well… it’s rubbish really, but it’s also awesome because it’s so rubbish. Keep shining, Channel 4.

Classic Mega Drive Titles Coming To PSN, Sonic 1 Now Available

After being exclusive to PS Plus members for four weeks, Sonic the Hedgehog was made available to purchase from the PS Store for non-subscribers yesterday in Europe, and Tuesday in the U.S. The game costs £3.99/$4.99 and continues to be free of charge for PS Plus subscribers for another week. Trophy hunters will be pleased to hear the game does indeed include Trophies; 12 of them to be exact.

Bronze
* Centurion – Get 100 or more rings
* Clear Green – Clear the Green Hill Zone
* Fast Green – Beat Green Hill Zone Act 1 in under 35 seconds
* Fast Marble – Beat Marble Zone Act 1 in under 80 seconds
* Star Light Zone – Get to the Star Light Zone
* Spring Yard Zone – Get to the Spring Yard Zone
* Labyrinth Zone – Get to the Labyrinth Zone

Silver
* Chaos Emerald – Get one Chaos Emerald
* Chaos Master – Get all the Chaos Emeralds
* Win – Beat the game
* Fast Win – Beat the game in under 40 minutes

Gold
* Perfect Win – Beat the game without dying

SEGA’s Digital Campaigns Manager Mike Kebby took to the EU PS Blog yesterday and announced the release schedule for three of five other SEGA Mega Drive titles making their way to the PlayStation Network.

* Sonic 2 – free for PS Plus users on April 6th, released onto PS Store on April 20th
* Streets of Rage 2 – free for Plus users on May 4th, released onto PS Store on May 18th
* Golden Axe 2 – free for Plus users on June 1st, released onto PS Store on June 15th

Altered Beast and Comix Zone will be released afterwards, but unfortunately SEGA’s not set dates for those titles yet.

As yet we can’t confirm the release dates for Altered Beast and Comix Zone, but they will be rounding up our Mega Drive Classics schedule.

Source: EU PlayStation Blog

[UPDATE] Sonic 4 PS3 Dynamic Theme Coming To PlayStation Store

UPDATE: ArchangelUK of SEGA Europe and Sonic Wrecks has received European and Australian pricing and release date information from SCEE. The theme will be available Wednesday 19th January for free to PlayStation Plus members, and cost €1.99/£1.59/$AU3.45 for everyone else.
Source: Sonic Wrecks/UPDATE END

SEGA’s RubyEclipse has revealed that a Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Dynamic Theme will soon be available on the PlayStation Store for PS3 owners thanks to a joint effort from SEGA and Sony. This theme is based on the game’s first stage Splash Hill Zone and features Sonic running and spin-dashing around, with an appearance from Dr. Eggman every now and then. Another cool feature is the ring sound effect we’ve all grown to know and love that will trigger when toggling around the XMB.

This Dynamic Theme will be a part of this coming Tuesday’s PlayStation Store update in the U.S. and will be released shortly after in Europe, so maybe Wednesday’s European PlayStation Store update, if we’re lucky? The theme will cost $2.99 in the U.S. and for a limited time will be available free to all PlayStation Plus members. No European prices were given.

If you missed the announcement, SEGA added exclusive Sonic 4 Avatar items to the Xbox Live Marketplace for Xbox 360 owners in December.

Source: SEGA of America Blog & Sonic City Blognik

Thanks to CobraRoll at the SSMB for the heads up!

Will you be downloading this theme? Let us know in the comments.

SEGA Cutting Sonic 4 & Sonic Adventure Prices in PSN Sale

UPDATE: SEGA of America has announced that the U.S. PS Store will also see discounts. Check the list below for items and prices. /UPDATE END

Sony’s PlayStation Store Team has announced this week’s European PlayStation Store update two days early, and in it we can see all sorts of festive goodies from not only Sony, but a variety of third-party publishers, including SEGA. Sonic fans who haven’t yet bought Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, Sonic Adventure or its Sonic Adventure DX Add-On Pack are in for a treat, because SEGA will be dropping the price of all three items.

Here’s a full list of content SEGA are discounting and their upcoming prices –
EU and U.S.:

* Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode One(was – £9.99/€12.99/$14.99 now – £5.49/€6.99/$9.99)
* Sonic Adventure (was – £6.29/€7.99/$10 now – £3.19/€3.99/$5)
* Sonic Adventure DX Add-on Pack (was – £3.19/€3.99/$4.99 now – £1.19/€1.49/$1.99)
* After Burner: Climax (was – £7.99/€9.99/$9.99 now – £3.99/€4.99/$4.99)
* Valkyria Chronicles 2 (PSP) (was – £27.99/€34.99/$39.99 now – £13.99/€17.99/$15.99)
* Phantasy Star Portable 2 (PSP) (was – £19.99/€34.99/$39.99 now – £13.99/€17.99/$15.99)

U.S. only:

Gunstar Heroes (PS3) (was – $4.99 now – $2.99)
SEGA Genesis Collection (PSP) (was – $15.99 now – $9.99)
Iron Man 2 (PSP) (was – $19.99 now – $15.99)

These discounts will only be available during Sony’s Christmas sale, which runs from December 22nd until January 5th, so grab them while they’re there.

Sources: EU PlayStation Blog
SEGA of America Blog

Will you be taking advantage of these great offers? Let us know in the comments.

Sonic 4 Speedrun, Out Now On XBLA & EU PSN

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GamesRadar’s Justin Towell, who gave Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 a 9/10 in his review has put out the world’s first speedrun of Splash Hill Zone Act 1 and it’s a very impressive run at 40.79 seconds. Towell currently holds the Guinness World Record for the Xbox Live Arcade version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s Emerald Hill Act 1.

Source: GamesRadar

UPDATE: The game is now available on the European PlayStation Store for £9.99/€12.99 and weighs in at 197MB. /UPDATE END

In other news, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 has just been released on the Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points and weighs in at 191MB. If you want to give the game a try before you buy, a demo is available. The PS3 version will release in Europe on the PlayStation Store later today. We’ll update when that goes live.

Source: Xbox Live Marketplace
(The game is not immediately visible right now. You’ll need to look under the ‘Top Rated’ section to find it.)

Will you be buying the game today? Do you think you can beat Justin Towell’s time? Let us know in the comments.

Sonic Adventure Now Available On EU & U.S. PSN

A week after the Xbox Live release, Dreamcast classic Sonic Adventure is now available to purchase and download on the PS3’s PlayStation Store, for £6.29/€7.99/$9.99 and weighs in at 1.52 GB. It was made available yesterday in the U.S. and just minutes ago in Europe. If you’re in the U.S. and you’re after more content for the game, a DLC pack that upgrades the game to Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut with extra missions and Metal Sonic character (after obtaining 130 emblems) is available for $4.99 and weighs in at 173 MB. Europe will have to wait until at least possibly next week for the DX DLC pack, according to Sony Europe’s Mike Kebby at the EU PlayStation Blog.

> It looks like the Sonic Adventure DX Upgrade is out next week, though don’t hold me to this just yet.

Will you be downloading the game? Let us know in the comments.

Full PS Store updates for this week:
Europe
U.S.

[UPDATE]DLC and More Revealed For Sonic Adventure XBLA/PSN

UPDATE: I’ve been informed by fellow staff member nuckles87, that the DLC pack is already available on Xbox Live Marketplace and I too can confirm it is available. Edward@Sega officially confirms this on the SEGA of America blog, along with some details:

Final piece of news: there is also a DLC pack available for the game — if you wish, you can download it and convert this original Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure into the “Director’s Cut” version, Sonic Adventure DX! Sonic Adventure DX was the enhanced version released on the Nintendo GameCube, and includes 60 additional missions as well as Metal Sonic as a playable character.

/UPDATE END

SEGA Japan has confirmed today that Sonic Adventure‘s Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network ports will be released there September 29th. Not only that, downloadable content will be simultaneously available, that when purchased will upgrade the game to Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut. This extra content will be priced at ¥500 (about £3.74) on PSN and 400 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live. No word on whether the rest of the world will see this content on the same date or not.

SEGA also revealed the Xbox 360 version will support Avatar Awards and the PS3 version will support Home Rewards, but the company hasn’t revealed what those Awards and Rewards actually are. With the Xbox 360 version out in the U.S. and Europe today, we’ll likely see the Avatar Awards revealed soon.

What Avatar Awards and Home Rewards would you like to see? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Andriasang

Sonic Adventure Out Now On XBLA, Hits PSN Sept 22nd

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UPDATE: SEGA Europe has issued a press release and a launch trailer for the game at the Sonic City Blognik. /UPDATE END

Sonic Adventure‘s downloadable re-release is now available to Xbox 360 owners from the Xbox Live Marketplace, but in an update on Twitter, SEGA has stated that the PS3 version won’t be hitting the PlayStation Store until next week on September 22nd. A SEGA staff member had previously stated a 15th September release for both versions, so we assume some wires got crossed.

The game is priced at 800 Microsoft Points and weighs in at 1.49GB. If you would like to give it a try before you hand over your points, a trial is also available to download and 10 new screenshots are available to view in the Marketplace too. The game supports online leaderboards and downloadable content, which leaks of the game revealed will be features from Sonic Adventure: DX.

Will you be downloading the game? Let us know in the comments.

IGN & 1UP Review Sonic Adventure XBLA/PSN

Gaming media giants, IGN and 1UP have given their opinions on the downloadable port of Sonic Adventure that is due to hit Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network today. It appears both of reviewers didn’t have a lot of fun with the game, just look at the scores, IGN’s Arthur Gies gives the game a 3.5/10 and 1UP’s Ray Barnholt a D.

Why such a low score and a low-grade? Both put an emphasis on complaints about poor controls, a bad camera, outdated graphics and sections that don’t require any player input. IGN’s Gies goes so far as to say the game borders on unplayable:

The game was so fast, in fact, that you probably didn’t even realize how broken it actually is. Sonic Adventure is so fundamentally flawed that it borders on unplayable – the sections that move the fastest, that work most, that are even slightly interesting, require the least input from the player. In fact, in many of these sections, input from the player will result in death or catastrophe, and there’s really no way to know which until you either fly through not completely sure what happened or die, also not completely sure what happened.

1UP’s Barnholt also seems very frustrated and think the developers should have implemented some improvements to the game:

But the thing is, Sonic Adventure DX wasn’t all that improved over the original version, so all of the questionable physics and maddening controls are still here; not once re-evaluated, not even thought to be improved. If you remember getting Sonic caught on loop-the-loops or practically begging Amy to jump a little higher over one little ledge, you’ll experience all of it in the same spots. If levels like the Sky Deck drove you insane with its narrow walkways that were so easy to fall from, prepare to go crazy again. And while the game was already somewhat touchy, it also feels like it wasn’t even tuned for the Xbox 360 controller and its analog sticks. Listen carefully and you can hear the shattering of rose-tinted lenses.

For the full reviews, head over to IGN and 1UP.

Do you agree with IGN and 1UP’s opinion’s? Do you plan on downloading the game today? Let us know in the comments.

Sonic Adventure PSN Release Date Revealed

According to a post made on SEGA’s Twitter account on Friday during a giveaway event, the PS3 version of Sonic Adventure will be hitting PlayStation Network the same day as the Xbox 360 version, which was announced a couple of weeks ago to be available for download from September 15th on Xbox Live Marketplace.

The post reads:

We are all out of shirts! Congrats to @evilslash13 and all our winners today! Reminder – Sonic Adventure on PSN / XBLA on 9/15/10!

Will you be downloading this Dreamcast classic? Let us know in the comments.

Source: SEGA’s Twitter

Full 1080p HD Visuals Confirmed For Sonic 4 PS3/Xbox 360

Good news for fans of pretty visuals in their games as the Official PlayStation Europe site and the Official U.S. Xbox site have confirmed that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 will play in 1080p HD via the games product pages at both sites. Now you’ll be able to get your classic Sonic fix in glorious full HD, Splash Hill Zone should be a treat with it’s brightly coloured environments and water falls. No other info such as a release date are listed at the moment but we’ll keep an eye out.

Sonic LBP DLC Out Now In Europe & U.S., Lots Of Sonic Price Reductions On PSN

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UPDATE: The LBP Sonic DLC is now available in the U.S.
LittleBigPlanet Sonic Costume, Tails Costume, Knuckles Costume, Dr. Eggman Costume, Werehog Costume ($1.99 each)
LittleBigPlanet Sonic Costumes and Stickers Kit ($5.99)
Source: U.S. PlayStation Blog
/UPDATE END

Today is the day for the Sonic themed LittleBigPlanet items you may remember we reported about last week. The items are out now in todays PlayStation Store update but that’s not all as alot of other Sonic related goodies including a price drop on PSP title Sonic Rivals 2 from £11.99 to £6.29, the first Sonic Rivals hasn’t received a price drop but is still pretty cheap matching Rivals 2’s price at just £6.29. DLC for Sonic Unleashed and Sonic ’06 has also been reduced in price.

Here’s the full list of Sonic items up for grabs –

Sonic Rivals (PSP) (£6.29/€7.99)
Sonic Rivals 2 (PSP) (was – £11.99/€14.99 now – £6.29/€7.99)

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Sonic the Hedgehog Costume Kit (£4.79/€5.99)
Sonic the Hedgehog Costume (£1.59/€1.99)
Dr. Eggman Costume (£1.59/€1.99)
Knuckles Costume (£1.59/€1.99)
Tails Costume (£1.59/€1.99)
Werehog Costume (£1.59/€1.99)

Sonic Unleashed
Apatos and Shamar Adventure Pack (was – £2.39/€2.99 now – £1.19/€1.49)
Holosaka Adventure Pack (was – £2.39/€2.99 now – £1.19/€1.49)
Spagonia Adventure Pack (was – £3.99/€4.99 now – £2.39/€2.99)
Chun-Nan Adventure Pack (was – £3.19/€3.99 now – £2.39/€2.99)

Sonic The Hedgehog
Very Hard Sonic Mission (was – £1.99/€2.99 now – £1.19/€1.49)
Very Hard Shadow Mission (was – £1.99/€2.99 now – £1.19/€1.49)
Very Hard Silver Mission (was – £1.99/€2.99 now – £1.19/€1.49)
Boss Attack Sonic (was – £1.99/€2.99 now – £1.19/€1.49)
Boss Attack Shadow (was – £1.99/€2.99 now – £1.19/€1.49)
Boss Attack Silver (was – £1.99/€2.99 now – £1.19/€1.49)
Team Attack Amigo (was – £1.99/€2.99 now – £1.19/€1.49)

SEGA fans will also find lots of reductions for other SEGA published PSP games too.

Source: PlayStation Blog Europe

SEGA Holding 40% Off Mega Sale on PSN(U.S. Only) And Wii V.C.

SEGA of America and SEGA Europe are having a 40% Off Mega Sale in the spirit of the holidays on PlayStation Network(U.S. only) and on Wii Virtual Console. Wether it’s classic games, PSP games or DLC SEGA have got you covered.

There’s no mention on the SEGA Europe blogs or the PlayStation Store Update on the PlayStation Europe blog of a PSN sale in Europe so we’re left to assume the sale is only on the U.S. PSN. If we hear any different we’ll update this article and let you know.

Playstation Network (U.S. Only) –
PS3:
Sonic Unleashed Apatos & Shamar Adventure Pack
Sonic Unleashed Chun-nan Adventure Pack
Sonic Unleashed Empire City & Adabat Adventure Pack
Sonic Unleashed Holoska Adventure Pack
Sonic Unleashed Mazuri Adventure Pack
Sonic Unleashed Spagonia Adventure Pack
SONIC: Very Hard Shadow Missions
SONIC: Very Hard Silver Missions
SONIC: Very Hard Sonic Missions
Valkyria Chronicles Edy’s Mission “Enter the Edy Detachment”
Valkyria Chronicles Hard EX Mode
Valkyria Chronicles Selveria’s Mission “Behind Her Blue Flame”

PSP:
Alien Syndrome
Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars
Crush
Full Auto 2: Battlelines
Gunstar Heroes
Iron Man
Sega Genesis Collection
Sonic Rivals
Sonic Rivals 2
Super Monkey Ball Adventure

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Wii Virtual Console(All regions):
Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Sonic The Hedgehog 3
Gunstar Heroes
Toe Jam & Earl
Puyo Puyo 2
Shining Force
Golden Axe
Altered Beast
Streets Of Rage 2

Sources:
SEGA Europe Blog & Sonic City Blognik

SEGA of America Blog(Wii V.C.)
SEGA of America Blog(PSN)

Sonic Rivals 2 and SEGA Mega Drive Collection Hit European PlayStation Store

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A week after the U.S. received them SEGA Europe have released Sonic Rivals 2 and SEGA Mega Drive Collection to the PlayStation Store for you to buy and download to your PSP. However, unlike the U.S. SEGA Europe haven’t released the first Sonic Rivals game alongside the second. We’ll check back next week and update you if it gets released.

Sonic Rivals 2 is priced at a fair £11.99 and SEGA Mega Drive Collection that contains Sonic 1 and 2 can also be purchased for the cheap price of £11.99. SEGA fans might also want to check out Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars which is also priced at £11.99.

European PlayStation Blog

Rumour: Leaked Document Reveals ‘Sonic Anniversary’

megatonMany different news sources are reporting that a SEGA America FTP bungle has resulted in a communication with Sony Computer Entertainment America being leaked on the Internet. The document, appearing to be notes from a meeting dated 5th August, include mention of special console-specific DLC characters for Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing, a new ‘Sonic Anniversary’ title to arrive on PS3 and multiple ways of SEGA offering exclusive content to Sony’s home console – including an introduction of classic Dreamcast titles on the PlayStation Network.

Of most note to Sonic fans, the ‘Sonic Anniversary’ project appears to be a new title – either in development or consideration – that aims to collect “all Sonic games on one BD [Blu-Ray Disc] disc”. The document ponders a retail price point of $99, which may be reasonable depending on whether it really is an entire collection of Sonic titles. Most intriguing is a note that says: “SCEA would love PSN exclusive power ups/different game modes (like Castlevania’s flip it over/backwards)” – raising hopes that such a collection would be in the vein of Sonic Jam more than simple emulations like Sonic Mega Collection. Spin Dash in Sonic 1 once again?

Speaking on Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing, special non-SEGA characters could make an appearance in the form of DLC with the following note; “Open to DLC to differentiate PS3 SKU – not ratchet and clank but other characters… maybe characters from Rare or Fable universes”. The latter two franchises suggest that the same sort of DLC is planned for the Xbox 360 version too, although who would we see? Kameo? Joanna Dark? The dog from Fable? A shame that Ratchet and Clank is ruled out (probably something Sony said), as it sounds like a good fit for the game.

According to the document, Sony also has intentions to sell PS2 games on the PlayStation Network, referencing an unnamed Sonic game and GTA Vice City as examples. SEGA also muses the possibility of Dreamcast digital titles, stating a possible exclusivity deal with Sony; “If we provide a list of DC titles SCEA will let us know which ones they’re interested in having exclusively… If we give them a long period of exclusivity they’ll give us more marketing support.”

If true, it all seems to be very exciting news for both SEGA fans and Sony PS3 owners alike. It also means that this is the latest in several incidents where SEGA America’s FTP team has leaked documents by uploading them publicly by accident. You can see the entire thing at Sonic Retro.

PS3 Version of SSASR to be Playstation Network Only

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SEGA Europe and SEGA of America have updated their format listings on their Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing game pages. The Playstation 3 version’s listing has been changed to Playstation Network indicating that format will now only receive a downloadable version of the game on the Playstation Store. This version is still listed for release in Early 2010, so the change hasn’t affected the release date period.

With the early unveiling of PSP GO (the newest PSP model which can only play games downloaded from Playstation Networks Playstation Store), could this sudden change mean there is now a PSP version on the way to help support PSP GO? SEGA have always supported PSP so it’s possible.

SEGA of America’s game page also lists a PC Download version of the game for an Early 2010 release which has been listed there and in the trailer since the games unveiling but is still absent from SEGA Europe’s game page. We’ll let you know if/when this version gets announced for Europe.

SEGA granted PS Home development license

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Sony Computer Entertainment have revealed 24 third party companies who have been granted development licenses to support Sony’s community focused virtual world PlayStation Home and among those 24 names is SEGA. PlayStation Home is currently available via PlayStation Network in BETA form but with all of this third party support should soon be on track to being complete.

The full third party support list is shown in the above slide shown at a press event but if you’d like a written list here it is –
Atlus
Activision
Acquire
Irem
EA
SNK
AQ Interactive
GungHo
Games Republic
Q Entertainment
Capcom
Koei
Hudson
Sega
Disney
D3
Spike
Genki
Nippon Ichi
Ubisoft
Bandai Namco
Paon
Tecmo
Konami

Big names missing are –
Square Enix
THQ
Atari
Midway
LucasArts
Rockstar
Take-Two

No info or media has been revealed as to what these third party companies plan on adding to PlayStation Home yet due to them only just getting their development licenses but it should certainly be interesting with the ability for these companies to be able to develop rooms themed around certain games as shown a while back with Sony’s titles.

Could we see a Sonic themed room with rings, item boxes and Chao decorated around the room. Sonic 1 playable arcade machines in the corner? Maybe it could be like Sonic’s room on Sonic Shuffle? Either way, make it happen SEGA!

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Would you like a Sonic room in PlayStation Home? What other SEGA franchises could have a good home in Home? *dodgy pun* Let us know in the comments

Yakuza 3 Demo on PSN

Popular German gaming site ‘Gamefront’ reported earlier today that SEGA are planning to release a downloadable demo of the highly anticipated PS3 exclusive Yakuza game sometime this January.

The game is set for release in Japan on March 6th of this year and the demo has not yet been confirmed it’ll be showing its face on the US or EU Playstation Network.

Those unfamiliar with the series can check out the Japanese website for the upcoming game here or brush up on your knowledge of the previous titles at Wikipedia.

Yakuza has become a big franchise for SEGA, with promise that this third title in the series will not disappoint.