[UPDATE]Archie Sonic Comic #0, #1 & #2 Now On EU & U.S. PSP PS Store

UPDATE 2: Archie Sonic Comic #2 has been added to the PSP PlayStation Store at the usual £0.79.
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UPDATE: Archie Sonic Comic #1 has now been added to the PSP PlayStation Store weighing in at 12MB at just £0.79p.
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Looks like DLC for Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing isn’t the only Sonic related content released on the PlayStation Store today as Archie have also released the first ever issue of their Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series for PSP’s Digital Comic’s reader. This has been released in Europe as well as the U.S. so for the first time ever European Sonic fans can now enjoy this series without importing the comic’s in for the low price of £0.79p rated 3+.

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PlayStation Blog U.S.

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)
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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

Sonic Rivals 1 & 2 and Genesis Collection Now On U.S. PlayStation Store

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For those not in the know Sony have released the latest model in the PSP family, the PSP Go today and to celebrate the launch SEGA have released a bunch of their classic PSP games on the PlayStation Store.

The U.S. store has received the following titles –
* Alien Syndrome ($15.99)
* Super Monkey Ball Adventure ($15.99)
* Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars ($15.99)
* Iron Man ($19.99)
* Sonic Rivals ($15.99)
* Sonic Rivals 2 ($29.99)
* Full Auto 2: Battlelines ($15.99)
* Sega Genesis Collection ($15.99)
* Crush ($15.99)

If you are after a classic Sonic fix on Sony’s handheld Sega Genesis Collection has Sonic 1 and 2 on it among all the classic Genesis titles also worth buying the collection for.

Europe has received only a few titles –
* Full Auto 2: Battlelines (£11.99)
* Crush (£11.99)
* Iron Man (£11.99)

No Sonic love for Europe but we’ll be checking next week’s PlayStation Store update so stay tuned to TSS!

Sources:
U.S. PS Blog
European PS Blog

Sonic Rivals 2 to enter Greatest Hits range

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Sony has announced that the second title in the PSP Sonic series Sonic Rivals will be one of a new group of games to enter their ‘Greatest Hits’ range in the U.S.

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No this isn’t a brand of video game nostalgia music albums but a range of classic games released on Sony’s consoles. To enter the ‘Greatest Hits’ range a game has to have sold over 250,000 units and be out for 9 months. The game will now retail in the U.S. for $19.99 from April 5th.

The ‘Greatest Hits’ range is very similar to the ‘Platinum’ range Sony has over here in Europe where Sonic Rivals is already among titles in the range so should we expect to see Sonic Rivals 2 enter the ‘Platinum’ range soon? I’d say so, we shall let you know if it does. Until then you can pick the standard copy up pretty cheap in both the U.S. and Europe if you shop around. Go on, you know your PSP is begging for some Sonic.

Source: Kotaku

UPDATE:
Sonic Rivals 2 is already in the Platinum range in Europe. So, if you want a new Sonic game for your PSP on the cheap during the credit crunch go get it now! Thanks to BADavid in the comments section for the heads up.

TSS is now PSP Friendly

I was bored one day and decided ‘Hey, why don’t I make the site somewhat accessible for people who like to browse stuff on their consoles?’ So, ignorant to the fact that it probably wasn’t worth my time to work on something like that for the kind of person who does that sort of thing (which includes, er, me), I’ve tweaked the design of The Sonic Stadium for Sony PlayStation Portable users.

Accessing the site is now a piece of piss, as I was made aware that it was bone-grindingly slow today. Upon recognising the PSP Browser, TSS auto-switches to a custom made theme that suits the 400-odd pixel wide screen. There’s no sidebar, and a lot of the heavy duty stuff is cut, but the exact same content and stuff is all there. So if you fancy a little fiddle, crack open that PSP and let us know what you think in the SSMB (although the forums are still PSP unfriendly at this time, so use your PC for that).

You can also sign up to the RSS on your Sony handheld too, by clicking the RSS link at the footer of the page. Swish.

SEGA Announces Advertising Campaign

While avid Sonic fans are entertaining themselves with their newly acquired games for both the PSP and XBox 360, SEGA has begun to step a bit further into comsumer space to advertise these games (Sonic the Hedgehog on XBox 360 and Sonic Rivals on PSP) to a more expansive audience via Microsoft’s own advertisement network.

On the fourth of December, an agreement was signed with Microsoft to launch a theme pack for Windows Live Messenger, that allows users to easily and effectively have their conversation windows remind them of the blue blur himself.

The Head of Marketing at SEGA UK, Tina Hicks, also had a comment regarding the newly signed agreement: “We have a wide audience to reach and converse with. The MSN theme pack enables users to interact with the Sonic brand in a way that is not possible with standard online advertising or rich media, which can be a far more passive way of talking to consumers.”

From the description of the theme pack given, it sounds as if it will feature a complete Live overhaul – this, of course, includes winks, emotions, and backgrounds. A release date for the theme pack and starting date for the advertising campaign has yet to be announced.

New Sonic tidbits galore!

If you’ve been hanging around the Sonic Rivals board on the SSMB, you may have noticed this by now, but if you haven’t, well… pictures speak better than words, right?

Recently revealed in GameSpot’s screenshot section for the new PSP Sonic title Sonic Rivals are screenshots of the elusive mystery 5th character pictured on the character select screen in existing screenshots of the game. Well, that “mystery” character isn’t such a mystery anymore: Continue reading New Sonic tidbits galore!

More Sonic on PSP?

Yep, that’s right! Sonic is not only on the PSP in the form of Sonic Rivals, the new upcoming 2D/3D hybrid multiplayer Sonic game set for release later this year on Sony’s portable system, but now Sonic is making another appearance on the PSP, in the form of Sega Genesis Collection.

The new collection game — a common practice by Sega, if you’ve been paying attention — will feature 30 classic Sega games featured on the Megadrive. Of course, what is a classic Sega collection without Sonic? Continue reading More Sonic on PSP?

SEGA reveal new information about Sonic Rivals

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A very nice read in store for you. SEGA have revealed some very interesting bits of information concerning the PSP title, Sonic rivals. They include some concept art, a insight into the storyline of the game and some fascinating looks into the characters that star in this amazing looking game.

First of all, the story that concerns Sonic the hedgehog involves Sonic going on a mission to save his good friends Amy Rose and Miles “Tails” Prower, who by some as of yet unconfirmed mysterious power/character have been turned into cards. The information points to the nefarious Dr Eggman being behind this deed but nothing more has been confirmed. Continue reading SEGA reveal new information about Sonic Rivals

E3 2006: SEGA announce Sonic Rivals for PSP

The lead up to E3 never fails to disappoint us fans on the Sonic front, and it seems 2006 will be no exception. SEGA today announced what could be the first of more brand new Sonic titles, Sonic Rivals, for the Sony PSP. Much has been revealed in this first Sonic-related E3 2006 press release from SEGA, including game details, the story background and even some early screenshots. Continue reading E3 2006: SEGA announce Sonic Rivals for PSP

AFD 2006: Sonic The Movie Goes Portable

TSS and SONIC NEWS were contacted exclusively by ADV Films early last week for a sneak preview of the upcoming release of Sonic The Hedgehog: The Movie on UMD Video format. ADV confirm the UMD will be launched alongside some of their other popular Anime licenses in a test market, Australia. These UMD will be available down under before the end of the month with a RRP of AU$24.99 at all major PSP retailers. Continue reading AFD 2006: Sonic The Movie Goes Portable

TSS: What to expect at E3 2005

As The Sonic Stadium is to be covering E3 2005 almost from the inside out, SONIC NEWS has made room for a TSS article to collate everything that’s already been said, what’s been confirmed, what’s been rumoured. E3 can be a very confusing and somewhat dangerous place for those who haven’t been catching up, so allow this article to hand you all the current information we have, so you get some background knowledge on what Sonic Team has and might be offering.

First of all, let’s base things on SEGA’s Official E3 Lineup. On the Sonic Team side, you have two titles; Phantasy Star Universe and Shadow the Hedgehog.

Phantasy Star Universe is, as the name suggests, the true sequel to Phantasy Star Online. It’s the “next generation” of PSO games. Sonic Team first revealed ‘PSU’ at E3 2004, but raised more questions than answers.

Continue reading TSS: What to expect at E3 2005

Pre-E3: SEGA’s Lineup

In a press release sent to us by SEGA, the house of Sonic is fast preparing its offering for the E3 2005 event. Most interesting of note is that two BRAND NEW Sonic the Hedgehog games are set to be announced.

SEGA is also fully supporting PC, handheld, and current-generation users with AAA titles like Spartan: Total Warrior (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube), Shadow The Hedgehog, Virtua Tennis: World Tour (PSP portable gaming system), and Phantasy Star Universe (PlayStation 2, PC). And on the first day of E3, SEGA will announce two new additions to the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise.

Shadow the Hedgehog has already been mentioned on the SEGA Press Release list, so this opens up some doors. We already know that the Nintendo DS Sonic the Hedgehog game is to be revealed in a near final form, so this will no doubt be one of the two ‘new’ games announced.

Continue reading Pre-E3: SEGA’s Lineup

Sonic coming to the PSP?

The rumors and tidbits have been coming in fast this week with all kinds of pre E3 speculation and believed leaks. The newest obscurity to be found is a page on GameStop for an upcoming Sonic game on the PSP, with little details other than likely to be wrong release date and price. The speculated release date is the first of November this year, its accuracy is yet to proven however.

Interestingly enough, the game is listed as an Action/Adventure/Racing game, could the recent Sonic R Extreme rumors actually be true? We’ll let you decide on that one until further information is released.

Special thanks to Hogfather at SSMB for posting the link. Be sure to stay with SONIC NEWS for future developments in this story.