The Hut Group Offering Sonic Generations Pre-order Gifts and Combo Deals

The Hut Group is now listing some Sonic Generations pre-order bonuses and game combo deals for the UK across all of their retailers. With the Xbox 360 version you get a set of three Avatar costumes, including Sonic, Super Sonic and Classic Amy Rose. With the PS3 version you get a Dynamic Theme featuring Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic.

You can get your pre-order(s) in at the links below:
The Hut
Xbox 360 (with bonus Avatars): £34.85
PS3 (with bonus Dynamic Theme): £34.99

Zavvi
Xbox 360 (with bonus Avatars): £34.85
PS3 (with bonus Dynamic Theme): £34.85

Woolworths Entertainment
Xbox 360 (with bonus Avatars): £34.99
PS3 (with bonus Dynamic Theme): £34.99

The combo deals available allow you to get SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection (PS3 & Xbox 360), SEGA Mega Drive Classic Collection: Volume 1 (PC) and Super Monkey Ball 3D (3DS) at a discount when purchased with Sonic Generations.

You can get your pre-order(s) in at the links below:
The Hut
Xbox 360 (with SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection): £34.95
PC (with SEGA Mega Drive Classic Collection: Volume 1): £14.95
3DS (with Super Monkey Ball 3D): £34.95

Zavvi
Xbox 360 (with SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection): £35.85
PS3 (with SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection): £35.85
PC (with SEGA Mega Drive Classic Collection: Volume 1): £17.95
3DS (with Super Monkey Ball 3D): £35.85

Woolworths Entertainment
Xbox 360 (with SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection): £37.97
PC (with SEGA Mega Drive Classic Collection: Volume 1): £19.97
3DS (with Super Monkey Ball 3D): £37.97

Their help section says they deliver to all countries outside of the UK except to the below:

Russia
Brazil
Syria
North Korea
Iran
Cuba
Sudan
Myanmar
Libya

Thanks to Hogfather, 06 Inferno and MarcelloF for the heads up!

Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition Back in Stock at Online Commerce Group

UPDATE: All of the Xbox 360 and PS3 copies are now sold out at the Online Commerce Group. Grainger Games still has PS3 copies, though.

We’ve got word from SSMB member Dyne that both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition are now back in stock at the Online Commerce group of retailers. The price is the same as last time at £99.99 with free delivery offered in the UK.

Base.com
PS3: £99.99
Xbox 360: £99.99

DVD.co.uk
PS3: £99.99
Xbox 360: £99.99

101cd.com
PS3: £99.99
Xbox 360: £99.99

Blahdvd.com
PS3: £99.99
Xbox 360: £99.99

The group’s help section says they deliver to most countries around the world.

Q. Where do you deliver to?
A. United Kingdom this includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, Channel Isles and all BFPO addresses.
We also ship to the following countries – Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia And Herzegovina , Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, Vatican City

The PS3 version is also still available at Grainger Games for £98.99.

Thanks to Dyne at the SSMB for the heads up!

SEGA Japan Shows Sonic Generations’ Collection Room

SEGA Japan has today opened the ‘Collection’ part of their Sonic Generations website. The update shows four screenshots of a room featured in the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC versions of the game which holds all of the bonuses you unlock in the game, like character profiles, concept artwork, music and cutscenes. An update for the same feature in the Nintendo 3DS version has also been made. This version contains 3D character models for players to view.

Here are Google translations from the page:
Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

Collected in the play “Character Profiles” and “illustration” “BGM” you can enjoy the collection room.
And development of concept art, fan, etc. lots of content past the title BGM happy! In addition, this collection room, which appears only in the private collections of the password! ? The password is coming soon so enjoy!

Nintendo 3DS

Missions by collecting 100 coins in the game and miss communication,
different content is added. Art and history, BGM successive title,
and 3D models of characters, the fans can watch a nice content.

You can view all of the new screenshots below.

Source: SEGA Japan’s Sonic Generations website [HD version, 3DS version] (via Sonic Paradise)

GAME Group “Put Off” By Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition’s RRP

UK Sonic fans interested in the Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition may wonder why this set of items hasn’t been made available with retailers in the GAME Group (GAME, GameStation and Gameplay) who usually always stock these kinds of things across a variety of game genres. Well, The Sonic Stadium can reveal that the problem is the Collector’s Edition’s £99.99 RRP.

A GameStation staff member spoke to this reporter in a local store this afternoon and stated that, like myself, he was puzzled as to why they weren’t stocking this edition of the game. He then told me he had previously contacted head office to enquire about this and was informed that the GAME Group isn’t stocking the Collector’s Edition because they were “put off” by its £99.99 RRP (Recommended Retail Price).

We then talked about the rival retailers who have stocked it, such as Amazon and ShopTo. I told the GameStation staff member how even the more obscure of online retailers like 365games.co.uk and PropelGamer.co.uk have sold out of pre-orders for it (the latter at an inflated £149.99), to which he disappointedly replied “I guess we missed a trick there.” Indeed.

IGN Streams Sonic Generations PS3

IGN has shared some of its playtime with the PS3 version of Sonic Generations via a live stream this evening. Team members Jack and Brian show off some of the game’s missions, Speed Highway, Crisis City, the Perfect Chaos battle and even the game’s intro.

You can watch the archived video over at Justin.tv.

Thanks to Hogfather, Jordonguy247, Thomas, fluttersoard and interface for the heads up!

New Sonic Generations HD & 3DS Screenshots, Including Both Shadow Rival Battles

SEGA Japan has released many new screenshots of both the HD and Nintendo 3DS versions of Sonic Generations. The screenshots include Speed Highway, Radical Highway and both versions of the rival battle with Shadow the Hedgehog.

Check out all of the screenshots in the gallery below.

Source: Siliconera

Thanks to Will, Denilson, Luke and Indigo Generations at the SSMB for the heads up!

New Sonic Generations Screenshots & Artwork

UPDATE: We also have the above piece of new artwork from CBBC Newsround. (Thanks to SSMB member Neon for the heads up!)

Original story:
As well as story intro spoilers for Sonic Generations, SEGA Japan has today also released some other new assets, including new artwork for Rival character Silver the Hedgehog and new enemy Time Eater, new Xbox 360/PS3 & PC screenshots for Sky Sanctuary Zone and new 3DS screenshots for Emerald Coast.

You can view them all in our gallery.

Source: SEGA Japan’s Sonic Generations website

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SEGA Japan Releases Sonic Generations Intro Details & Cutscene Images

SEGA Japan has given a big update to their Sonic Generations website and among the additions are 15 new images from the game’s story introduction scene. The game opens with a picnic Sonic’s friends are holding for his Birthday, before new enemy creature Time Eater comes along and sucks up Sonic and his friends into warp holes spread out across Sonic’s 20 year history.

Take a look at the images in our gallery.

Details of the story introductions from the HD version and the 3DS version have also been revealed and we have English translations of those courtesy of San.ake from Sonic Retro.

PS3/Xbox 360/PC version

Today is Sonic’s Birthday.
A party is about to start, full of treats Sonic’s friends prepared.

Or so it was supposed to…
A mysterious monster attacks out of the blue,
Sonic’s friends are absorbed into a vortex,
and Sonic is left helpless.

Nothing but a white world in front of his eyes…
What is this place? Where are his friends?
Everything remaining a mystery,
an adventure that crosses both space and time starts!

3DS version

Sonic is invited to a birthday party Tails organized.
With a chili-dog in hand, Sonic is in a good mood. However…

A mysterious monster attacks out of the blue
Tails is absorbed into a vortex
and Sonic is left helpless.

Nothing but a white world in front of his eyes…
What is this place? Where is Tails?
Everything remaining a mystery,
an adventure that crosses both space and time starts!

Source: SEGA Japan’s Sonic Generations website

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SEGA France to Demonstrate ‘New’ Sonic Generations Stage at Paris Games Week

SEGA France has unveiled all of their Paris Games Week offerings via The Blue Room (their blog). Attendees will be able to go hands-on with the PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS versions of Sonic Generations, both Wii and Nintendo 3DS versions of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the upcoming digital download port of Sonic CD and Virtua Tennis 4 for PlayStation Vita.

The creator of the Yakuza and Super Monkey Ball franchises Toshihiro Nagoshi will also be there to give the first public presentation outside of Japan for his latest game Binary Domain and Sonic fans will get their first public demonstration of a new stage from Sonic Generations by Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka. As we’ve seen all of the game’s stages in trailers, this stage won’t be completely “new”, but there are still four stages we’ve not seen very much of, like Speed Highway, Crisis City, Rooftop Run and Planet Wisp, so it will likely be one of those stages.

Here’s the full schedule for the presentations and autograph sessions below:

Saturday 10:15: Presentation of a new level of Sonic Generations
Saturday 10:45: Autograph session of Iizuka san to Space Dedications

Saturday 16h30: Presentation of Binary Domain Conference Room
5:00 p.m. Saturday: Autograph session of Nagoshi san to Space Dedications

Sunday 13h15: Presentation of Binary Domain indoor demo
1:45 p.m. Sunday: Autograph session in the Space Nagoshi san Dedications

Sunday 14h00: Presentation of a new level of Sonic Generations
Sunday 14:30: Autograph session in the Space Iizuka san Dedications

Will you be attending the event? Which Sonic Generations stage are you hoping to see? Let us know in the comments section below.

Sources: The Blue Room (aka SEGA France’s blog) and SEGA Mag

If you are attending and are able to to film the Sonic Generations demonstration, we’d greatly appreciate if you could send us your footage/photos to contact@sonicstadium.org or tweet us at @dreadknux or @Shadzter. We’ll give you full credit on the site in our report.

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!

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!

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CNET’s Sonic Generations Video Preview Shows Lots of New Gameplay Footage

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SEGA’s Aaron Webber (aka RubyEclipse) stopped by at CNET recently to demonstrate the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC version of Sonic Generations on their preGame show, and to answer questions about the game. The video preview includes new gameplay footage of both Classic and Modern Sky Sanctuary Zone and Seaside Hill stages, as well as another playthrough of the Death Egg Robot boss.

Do you like what you’ve seen of Sky Sanctuary Zone and Seaside Hill? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: CNET

Thanks to Anon7906 for the YouTube upload and thanks to STrainer for the link to said video!

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Sonic Generations: New Bosses & Rivals Trailer

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A new trailer showcasing the various Bosses and Rivals in the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC version of Sonic Generations has slipped out onto the net. SEGA Europe just uploaded it to their YouTube account and quickly set it to private. But fortunately, YouTube user MaddZekrom999 grabbed it and uploaded it for everyone to see in 720p.

The new video gives us our first look at the Egg Dragoon boss from Sonic Unleashed, as well as our first gameplay footage of Perfect Chaos. We also get to see a peek of another cutscene at the end.

Thanks to Jetronic at the SSMB for the heads up!

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Gaming Clerks’ Sonic Generations Preview Shows Death Egg Robot Boss

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German gaming website Gaming Clerks has released a nearly 12 minute long video preview of the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC version of Sonic Generations. In the video we see another playthrough of Classic Sonic’s Sky Sanctuary stage, as well as Green Hill Zone. Most interesting, though, is what we see at the 08:50 mark – the previously teased Death Egg Robot boss battle.

Check out the footage while you can, as we don’t expect it to stay on YouTube for long if SEGA sees it.

Thanks to BlueHedgehog92 at the SSMB for the heads up!

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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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Grainger Games Now Taking Pre-orders For Sonic Generations’ Collector’s Edition

UPDATE: Gareth from Grainger Games has confirmed in our comment section that the retailer is unable to ship this item outside of the UK due to its high weight. It appears the price has increased to £98.99 now too.

UK video game specialist Grainger Games is now taking pre-orders for both versions of the Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition. The retailer is charging £88.99 and offers free delivery within the UK. We’ve checked their terms and conditions, but there is no indication of them shipping to other countries, so if you live outside of the UK, we suggest you try to order and see if they accept or not.

You can get your pre-order in at the links below.
Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition (PS3): £98.99
Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition (Xbox 360): £98.99

We don’t know whether Grainger Games is taking pre-orders for Sonic Generations’ Collector’s Edition in-store or not. If you would like to enquire about it with your local store, you can find their phone number at their website here.

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Sonic Generations Preview Round-up, More Info & Gameplay Footage

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It appears SEGA’s embargo that IGN mentioned before has now lifted, as gaming websites SPOnG, CVG, Videogamer.com and GamesRadar have all just unleashed new previews of a near-final build of Sonic Generations, which give us some new nuggets of information. CVG has also provided new gameplay footage of Classic Sonic’s Sky Sanctuary Zone stage.

SPOnG’s preview is written by this website’s very own Svend Joscelyne/Dreadknux and tells us more about the game’s missions. Two new Speed Highway screenshots are also included.

Inbetween these stages, you’ll get the opportunity to play optional missions. There are five missions for both Classic and Modern Sonic in each zone, and will mix up the core stage in some form. Other characters will take an active role in helping you out, but for now we only know of Tails’ involvement in these levels. A mission called ‘Way Past Fast’ sees you race against the Tornado plane, piloted by the two-tailed fox

Other missions include Doppelganger races, against another Sonic, and a mission called ‘Look Out Below’ which challenges you to complete a remixed Green Hill Zone stage with breakable platforms. In each of these, the main elements of the core stage remains the same, but enemy placements will change and you may even explore completely different looking areas than you would in the main level

In Videogamer.com’s preview, there is an example of what part Sonic’s friends play in gameplay:

You don’t actually play as, say, Knuckles, but in one mission you can take advantage of the red echidna’s fists, where a tap of the button sends him burrowing into the ground for rings. As well as this there are time attacks, high speed challenges and doppelgänger races, which has you racing against the ‘other’ Sonic. Considering modern Sonic has homing attacks and the such, the odds are always stacked against his older, squatter counterpart – which is half the fun.

GamesRadar gives a bit more information about the opening of the game’s story:

The game’s plot is told through deliciously self-referential cut-scenes. Sonic eats chilli dogs while holding Amy at arms length literally with his whole hand over her face as she runs on the spot trying to get to him. But just as it’s getting all cosy, a vortex opens up in the space/time continuum and all of Sonic’s buddies (which include some Chaotix members) get sucked into it. Some cynics would likely be happy to leave the game there, having solved the most irksome problem of the past 19 years, but they’d be missing out on some gorgeous gameplay, so let’s carry on.

GamesRadar also previews the 3DS version and praises the 3D effect:

The 3DS version of Sonic Generations is very different compared to the ‘big’ game, but at the same time very similar in that the more platform-centric Classic Sonic levels are countered by faster, more dazzling Modern Sonic levels. But they all look great in 3D. I played for a long while with the 3D slider up full and it didn’t feel strained on my eyes, which was good. It can look a little simplistic in the over-the-shoulder Modern sections, but that’s to keep the speed and fluidity up, which is obviously vitally important.

All four previews are extremely positive, which is very good to see this close to release when reviews will soon be due. Will Sonic Generations be critically acclaimed? We’ll have to wait and see…

To read the full previews, head over to the links below.

Sources: SPOnG, CVG, Videogamer.com and GamesRadar [PS3/Xbox 360 & 3DS]

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New Sonic Generations PS3/Xbox 360 & 3DS Screenshots

Courtesy of Andriasang, we have some new screenshots and artwork from both PS3/Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS versions of Sonic Generations. Some of the screens and artwork are old, while others are new, so we’ve picked out the new ones for you and shared them here. In the images, we get a look at of the other areas of Seaside Hill (PS3/Xbox 360) and Casino Night Zone and Mushroom Hill Zone (Nintendo 3DS).

You can view all of the screenshots and artwork below.

Seaside Hill (PS3/Xbox 360)

Casino Night Zone (Nintendo 3DS)

Mushroom Hill Zone (Nintendo 3DS)

Artwork

Source: Andriasang [PS3 & Xbox 360 screens, Nintendo 3DS screens]

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Sonic Generations’ Release Pushed Forward in Japan

It seems SEGA, like Sonic, is getting a little impatient to get the blue hedgehog’s new title Sonic Generations into stores, as Andriasang reports that the game will now launch in Japan December 1st, instead of the previously scheduled date December 8th. Great news for our fellow fans in Japan!

Source: Andriasang

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Sonic Generations: New Speed Highway Screens, Radical Highway Officially Revealed

SEGA Japan has updated their official Sonic Generations website and with it dished out some new screenshots of Speed Highway in the Xbox 360 and PS3 version, as well as officially unveiling Radical Highway from Sonic Adventure 2 for the Nintendo 3DS version. Speed Highway in particular has seen a big transformation and is filled with more little references for you to spot.

You can view all of the screenshots below.

Speed Highway (Xbox 360/PS3)

Radical Highway (Nintendo 3DS)

Source: SEGA Japan’s Official Sonic Generations website

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More UK Retailers to Stock Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition?

The Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition will be made more widely available in the UK according to an e-mail that reader Matt received from SEGA yesterday following a query about the item’s availability. Currently, the Collector’s Edition is only available at Amazon in the UK and it’s now sold out, so for more stock to be available anywhere would be a very welcome move for fans who missed out.

SEGA says in the e-mail (below) that a list of retailers that will be stocking the Collector’s Edition will be revealed on their website by the end of this week. This means we could find out as soon as tomorrow.

After consulting our Sales Department, I can confirm that the Collector’s Edition of Sonic Generations will soon become available from other retailers apart from Amazon.co.uk.
The list of retailers offering this Collector’s Edition will be revealed on our website by the end of the week.
Please keep an eye on our website:
http://www.sega.co.uk/news/

As of the time of this article, no other UK retailers are offering the Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition, but when/if it’s made available elsewhere, we’ll let you know.

If you live outside of the UK and are interested in the Collector’s Edition, check out our worldwide list of retailers that are stocking it and the prices they’re offering it for here.

Thanks to Matt for sending this information in to us!

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Sonic Generations Playable at New York Comic Con

SEGA has revealed via their Twitter feed that Sonic Generations will be playable at this year’s New York Comic Con, which is set to take place from October 13th-16th at the Javits Center. SEGA says attendees will find the game located at the Archie Comics booth, but it’s currently unclear which versions of the game will be there and what stages will be playable. We’d expect at least the console version to be there with Green Hill Zone and City Escape playable like at other recent events.

If you’re interested in attending, tickets start at $35. You can buy them from the event’s official website here.

Source: SEGA’s Twitter

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Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition Sold Out in the UK

Following today’s price drop, Amazon, the UK exclusive carrier of the Sonic Generations Special Edition, has now sold out of the item on both platforms, thus rendering it sold out in the UK. But don’t worry if you missed out, you can still get it imported from one of many retailers worldwide. Check out our list of retailers and price here.

Thanks to Blue Blood at the SSMB and Rogodre in our comments section for the heads up!

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Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition Gets Near £10 Price Drop at Amazon UK

UPDATE: Both Xbox 360 and PS3 versions have now sold out.

Amazon UK has today dropped the price of the Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition by £9.56 from £85.52 to just £75.94. The Xbox 360 version remains sold out, but you can still place an order for the PS3 version. Those who have already pre-ordered either version will notice their orders haven’t been updated and no e-mails have been sent out about the price cut. But rest assured that with Amazon’s ‘Pre-order Price Guarantee, you’ll pay the lowest price when your item is despatched.

Pre-order Price Guarantee: order now and if the Amazon.co.uk price decreases between the time you place your order and the release date, you’ll be charged the lowest price. Here’s how (terms and conditions apply)

Don’t forget that you can still order the Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition from many other retailers around the world. Check out our list of retailers and prices here.

Thanks to frokenok3 at the SSMB and Cogniferous in our comments section for the heads up!

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Sonic Generations to be Showcased at Micromania Games Tour

French SEGA fansite SEGA Mag reports that Sonic Generations will be one of the games showcased in next week’s Micromania Games Tour. The tour is run by retailer Micromania and will be held in four cinemas across France. The event operates like an E3 presentation for the public, with about three hours worth of game demonstrations and videos showcased on the big cinema screen.

Other games being shown include Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Forza Motorsport 4, Battlefield 3, Need For Speed The Run, Mass Effect 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, Saints Row: The Third, Batman Arkham City, RAGE, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, NBA 2K12, Dance Star Party and Dance Central 2.

LYON, October 4 at CGR Brignais / 19h
MARSEILLE, October 5 at Pathé Plan de Campagne / 19h
LILLE, October 6 at Kinepolis Lomme / 19h
PARIS, October 7 at the Grand Rex / 19h

Tickets cost €5 and are already sold out for the October 4th-6th shows, but you can still grab one at Micromania’s website for the October 7th show in Paris.

Source: SEGA Mag

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GamePro Germany Previews Sonic Generations, More Sky Sanctuary Footage

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GamePro Germany has posted up a new preview of the Xbox 360/PS3 version of Sonic Generations. From what we can make out in the Google translation, the website appears to be positive about the game, from the physics to the level design. In this preview, we also finally find out how the ‘hubs’ work. By a simple button press, players can switch between Classic and Modern versions of the stages.

Whether the levels in 2D or 3D, plays depends on what you choose for Sonic: Sonic the chubby little retro (for the 2-D version) or the large, hip Sonic for the three-dimensional interpretation (hence the “Generations” in the title). By pressing a button, we switch to the upper world between the two generations, and thus also between the dimensions back and forth. An exchange in the level itself is not possible because the sections are fundamentally different.

There is also a video version of the preview, which shows us more of Classic Sonic’s Sky Sanctuary stage, where there’s even a nod to the beginning of the original Mega Drive/Genesis level.

You can read the full preview over at GamePro Germany. (Google Translate)

Thanks to ForgeCircuit at the SSMB and Thomas Jones in the TSS comments for the heads up, and thank to Dusk Golem at the SSMB for the YouTube conversion!

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New/Old Sonic Generations Screenshots, Including Emerald Coast

We’ve got a collection of screenshots from both console and handheld versions of Sonic Generations for you today, including some you may or may not have seen from Tokyo Game Show 2011 that slipped our notice and some more recently released Emerald Coast screenshots, which show the stage’s whale is just as passionate about attacking Sonic as it ever was.

You can check out all of the screenshots below.

3DS: Emerald Coast

3DS: Various stage screens from Tokyo Game Show 2011

PS3/Xbox 360: Various stage screens from Tokyo Game Show 2011

Sources: Sonic Scene, GameSpot [ PS3/Xbox 360, 3DS]

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Sonic Generations Gameplay Footage and Impressions From GAMEfest 2011

Video game retailer GAME held the first UK edition of their GAMEfest event last weekend and SEGA was in attendance with all 3 versions of Sonic Generations and both versions of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Community members TrueBlue471 and Hogfather attended and have shared footage and impressions of the games, which we have for you below.

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TrueBlue471 has sent in the above video, which contains footage of both Modern and Classic Sonic City Escape Acts in the console version of Sonic Generations and Classic Sonic’s Green Hill Zone Act in the Nintendo 3DS version.

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Hogfather has sent us his impressions of all versions of Sonic Generations and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, together with the above video of SEGA’s booth.

You can read all of Hogfather’s impressions below.

Sonic Generations (3DS)

We’ve all seen the early screenshots, we’ve all seen the early shaky cam footage of it in action and it didn’t impress at all. Unfortunately it still has a lot to prove.

Whilst visually the game has improved tremendously from the original build we saw, praise must go to Dimps for actually doing something that so many people have asked for a great many years… Re-create the classic stages exactly as before only with updated visuals.

Playing through Mushroom Hill zone you can’t help but at least admire Dimps for the effort that’s been put in to making the game look true to the original stages.

But… whilst the stages look nice, the build I played did have its fair share of problems, try doing a spin dash with the analogue stick thing on the 3DS, it can’t be done, you must use the d-pad to play. The build also had a few issues with actually rendering the level, at times during Mushroom Hill Act 1 the paths didn’t appear to load/render when you were moving through the level at speed.

With regards to the 3D effect. It’s dreadful, just turn it off. It looks terrible in every stage I played and offers utterly nothing to the game.

However, if you care about these kind of things, you will be happy to know that the game plays more like the classics and less like Sonic 4… … .. So if you don’t want to learn how to play a new game or want to moan about little things, this one’s for you!

Sonic Generations (PS3/Xbox 360)

I played on both the PS3/Xbox 360 version for both stages of Green hill and… City Escape.

The build I played of the Green Hill is a lot different to that of the demo we had on XBLA and the PSN. One tiny change which might make some people happy is that the issue of where sonic hit an enemy in relation to how high he bounces appears to have been fixed. Controls seem to be much more responsive, even when boosting as modern Sonic, you can make small precise movements when heading down a straight.

Whilst Green Hill Zone is a relatively easy stage to beat, mastering it is going to take some time. However due to the number of times you run into Omachoa who gives you… advice, one could claim that Green Hill is designed to be a tutorial kind of stage, it’s easy yes, there’s lots of advice given, but at no point do you think ‘this is a tutorial’ and to master the stage, it’s going to take a number of playthroughs.

City Escape.

For those who said ‘this looks easy’ or… you can just boost through it… I point at you and laugh, you are in for a shock! City Escape is a tricky stage which COMMANDS great platforming skill, you CANNOT boost through it as modern or classic sonic, there are open areas for modern sonic which means boosting is impossible, well it’s not impossible… you will boost, for 3 seconds, after which you crash into a wall.

As both classic and modern Sonic, relying on boosting or spin dashing through this stage will result in you completing the stage in a very long time, mastering this stage will not be an easy task, you have to time your jumps just right and be at a good enough speed to actually make them when they do.

The Gun Truck sequence… to quote Robin Williams from the movie Jumanji…

“A hunter from the darkest wild, makes you feel just like a child.”
“What is it?”
“The Gun Truck!”

Ok maybe a bit too dramatic, but there’s just something about this sequence that gets the blood pumping, maybe it’s that the Gun Truck destroys homes to get you, it follows you relentlessly throughout the stage, if you have a 3D TV it even comes out at the screen to get you the player. Maybe I quoted the wrong movie; Terminator has a more appropriate line. “It can’t be reasoned with, it can’t be bargained with! It doesn’t feel pity! Or remorse! Or fear! And it absolutely will not stop EVER! Until you are dead!”

Whilst the Gun Truck sequence is a relief from a demand of platforming, don’t let the trailers or the this sequence fool you. City escape is a tricky stage, it DEMANDS precision platforming and it’s a VERY impressive stage at that.

I played both the Xbox 360/PS3 versions of Generations, whilst I didn’t have any problems with lag input on the PSN demo I played back in the summer, if there was any truth to this claim back in the summer, it certainly doesn’t exist now, both versions play equally and look equally stunning. Maybe if you care enough to test them in near laboratory conditions you might find a difference, otherwise it’s only going to be something that 3 people might argue about enough to convince themselves that everybody else secretly does care… yet we’re too busy playing a very well made game.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii)

I only played the canoe game, and surprisingly… this was a lot of fun, the controls did indeed match up with a canoe motion, the game was responsive and I actually felt like I was playing it and making my characters move as they should. As with previous Mario & Sonic games the key was finding a rhythm and maintaining that only to go crazy near the end of the race.

As strange as it sounds for me to say, the game was actually enjoyable, but then again, maybe it’s because I was sat in a canoe whilst playing the game instead of sitting in my room with a flicker light?

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (3DS)

The 3DS version is… a little disappointing, there were a series of minigames to play ranging from Judo to the ‘walking race.’ Judo was amazingly poor, it’s basically a QTE minigame, whilst I don’t mind QTE’s this one is let down by the design of the 3DS itself, holding the D-pad button and one of the normal buttons is not the easiest thing to do in the speed that the game demands, as crazy as that sounds. But it does look quite cool when the game borrows Marvel Vs Capcoms hyper combo screens as Mario or Luigi did a leg sweep… and another… and another… and another… I guess nobody told the devs that in Judo you can do more moves than leg Sweep?

Maybe they designed this section after watching the Karate Kid?

The walking race, just a case of sliding the stylus from left to right in a set speed for the entire minigame… … boring.

The 3D effect… as with Generations 3DS, terrible and pointless. Turn it off.

Big thanks to TrueBlue471 and Hogfather for the gameplay footage and previews!

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Sonic Generations: New Seaside Hill Screenshots

German gaming website PlayFront.de has released seven new screenshots from the Seaside Hill stage in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Sonic Generations. In this batch, we get another peek at Classic Sonic in the new underwater section. We can also see a new section where Modern Sonic will have to dodge past rolling rocks through a narrow path.

Check out all seven of the new screenshots below:

Source: Play Front

Thanks to Neon at the SSMB for the heads up!

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More Retailers Listing Sonic Generations’ Collector’s Edition, Steelbook Limited Edition Revealed

We have some good news for those still looking to grab the Europe and Australia exclusive Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition. More retailers now have it available to pre-order, so there is plenty to go round.

International

First, Kaleidoscope at the SSMB informs that Mighty Ape New Zealand, who ship worldwide, is stocking both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. They’re selling it for $199.99 NZ.

German fans can still pre-order both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions for EUR 99.99 at Amazon Germany. Amazon Germany deliver to most countries around the world.

Finally, we’ve got word from reader Frack that Australian retailer JB Hi-Fi has both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions available for $169 AU, and they ship internationally.

Bear in mind these these are PAL versions. PS3 has no region lockout, but some Xbox 360 games do and so may not work in an American or Asian system.

Europe

UK fans can still pre-order both the PS3 version for £85.52 at Amazon UK. Unfortunately for those in the US, they don’t ship video games outside of Europe, and they’ve now sold out of the Xbox 360 version.

Australia

GAME in Australia is listing both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions for $169.95 AU. Only problem is, they don’t ship outside of Australia.

Jix Hedgehog tells us at the SSMB that EB Games in Australia is listing both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions for $168 AU. Oddly, it seems those outside of Australia will have to just plain try their luck and see whether their order is accepted or not. Their terms and conditions say: “We retain the right to either approve or deny any overseas transaction at our discretion.”

Netherlands

TimmiT over at Sonic Retro spotted that Dutch retailer NedGame.nl is stocking both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions for € 129; however, they don’t ship outside of the Netherlands.

HeatPhoenix and kjeldoostra tell us Game Mania is stocking both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions for € 129.98.

WebstyleCenter tells us that All4Games.nl is stocking both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions for €109.74. All4Games.nl ship to the Netherlands and Belgium, but the latter will cost you.

WebstyleCenter also tells us that Wehkamp.nl is selling both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions for €107.00. The retailer only ships within the Netherlands.

Greece

frokenok3 has informed at the SSMB that fans in Greece can pre-order the Collector’s Edition from their local Plaisio store. Oddly though, frokenok3 says his local store is only getting the PS3 version in and it isn’t available on their website yet.

France
Tikitiwa tells us that Amazon France is selling the PS3 version for EUR 99,99. They say to “sign up to be notified” when the Xbox 360 version will be available. Unfortunately, they don’t ship outside of Europe.

In other news, SSMB member Woun has found a Steelbook version of both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the Sonic Generations Limited Edition at Australian retailer JB Hi-Fi for $109 AU. The retailer ships internationally.

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New Sonic CD Screenshots, Plus New Details For iOS and WM7 Editions

SEGA Europe has opened a product page on their website for their new re-release of Mega CD/SEGA CD title Sonic CD. On the page the publisher has release five new screenshots from the console/PC version version and the iOS/Android/Windows Mobile 7 version, which we’ve shared for you here.

There are also new details revealed about the iOS and Windows Mobile 7 versions. The iOS version will feature Retina Display and GameCenter support for achievements and leaderboards, while the Windows Mobile 7 version will have Xbox Live trophies and leaderboards.

As for a release date, there is still nothing clearer than ‘Late 2011’.

You can check out the full product description and screenshots below:

It’s time to usher the past into the future in this enhanced recreation of Sonic CD!

At the end of a long adventure, Sonic travels to the distant shores of Never Lake for the once-a-year appearance of Little Planet – a mysterious world where it is said that past, present, and future collide through the power of the Time Stones that lie hidden within it.

Sonic arrives with a star struck Amy Rose in tow only to find the once beautiful world chained and imprisoned beneath a twisted metallic shell. Sonic’s nemesis, Dr. Eggman (a.k.a Dr. Robotnik), has come for the Time Stones and with them, will soon have the power to control time itself!

The fate of the world is determined by the choices you make throughout your adventure! Fight through the past, recover the Time Stones, and defeat the evil Metal Sonic in order to save the future from Dr. Eggman’s nefarious schemes!

Features:

Classically Updated:
Sonic CD has been restored to bring you a classic gaming experience in 16:9 native widescreen with gameplay optimized for today’s consoles and mobile platforms!

Play at Home…
And earn Xbox Live Achievements, PSN trophies or Steam Achievements!

Or On the Go!
Featuring GameCenter achievements, leaderboards, and Retina Display for iOS and Xbox Live trophies and leaderboards for WM7

By Popular Demand
Sonic CD now features the original, acclaimed Japanese soundtrack!

Source: SEGA Europe’s Sonic CD product page

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Leaderboards and DLC Confirmed For Sonic Generations

An update to Sonic Generations‘ product page at the official Xbox website Xbox.com has confirmed the Xbox 360 version’s Xbox Live features. The game will feature online leaderboards and support downloadable content, though whether the downloadable content support will extend beyond the Casino Night Zone pinball mini-game being given away through pre-orders in the US and via Special and Collector’s Editions in Europe is unclear.

Source: Sonic Generations Xbox.com product page

Thanks to SSMB member K.K. Driller for the heads up!

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SEGA Japan Updates Sonic Generations Website, New Screenshots

SEGA Japan has given a major update to their Sonic Generations website, and while there’s no new media for the console version outside of a single Rooftop Run screenshot, there are plenty of new screenshots for the portable Nintendo 3DS version.

PS3/Xbox 360

Nintendo 3DS

*Possible final boss spoiler below*

SSMB member Solofiveo also found a small image hidden in the website’s coding of what could be Sonic Generations’ final boss ‘Time Eater’, which SEGA has now removed. If you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t click the below image link.

Link

Source: SEGA Japan’s Sonic Generations Website

Thanks to Woun at the SSMB for the heads up on the website update and to Solofiveo, also at the SSMB, for finding the boss pic.

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ESRB Rates Sonic Generations, Reveals A Couple More Details

The ESRB, the US ratings board for games, has rated the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Sonic Generations, indicating the game’s development is now complete. The game has been given an E for Everyone rating, and in their write-up they’ve revealed a couple of interesting tidbits about the game.

*Possible spoilers ahead*

It appears the mysterious enemy force that sends Sonic back in time is actually trying to alter Sonic’s universe’s timeline. But why they are trying to alter Sonic’s timeline isn’t clear. The write-up also states the game includes a handful of boss fights and one in particular sees you “defeating a giant serpent creature by crashing into its weak points”.

You can check out the full rating write-up below:

Sonic Generations

Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Rating: Everyone

Content descriptors: Cartoon Violence

Rating summary: This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of Sonic the Hedgehog as he attempts to stop a mysterious force from altering his universe’s timeline. As players zoom across fantastical landscapes, they collect gold rings and power-ups while using spin attacks to knock over enemies (e.g., insect- and animal-like robots); enemies disappear amid smoke puffs, and Sonic blinks and loses rings when hit. The game includes a handful of boss-fight sequences (e.g., defeating a giant serpent creature by crashing into its weak points); explosions, shrieking sounds, and close-up spin attacks accompany these battles.

Source: ESRB

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