SEGA Japan to Demo Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric in Livestream Event June 30th

Sonic Boom Logo

SEGA Japan has announced that they will be demoing some of their upcoming games via a livestream event over at NicoVideo Monday June 30th at 9pm JST (1pm BST). Among the games present will be Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U for its first public demonstration in Japan. Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka will also be on hand for a Q&A with viewers, so we may see some new details come to light. We’ll pass along any new media and information that comes out of the presentation.

Source: NicoVideo

Sonic 4: Episode 2 Japanese Website Now Open, New Screenshots

SEGA Japan has today opened their official website for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, which features character profiles, a Zones section, a co-op play section and more. In the Zones section there are twenty four new screenshots covering all three Acts of Sylvania Castle Zone and White Park Zone showcasing platforming and puzzle elements as well as the return of snowboarding.

You can view all twenty four screenshots after the jump.
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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

Thanks to Intrepid Goat at the SSMB and lolwut in our comments section 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.

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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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Sonic Generations Picnic Image, 3DS Casino Night Zone Screen, Emerald Coast Revealed?

3 new images of Sonic Generations have been released by SEGA Japan today. One gives us our first look at the previously revealed picnic scene from the opening of the game, and the other 2 give us our first look at Sonic Generations 3DS’ Casino Night Zone, as well as a previously unknown stage, which looks to be Emerald Coast from Sonic Adventure. Apart from some Mega Drive/Genesis stages, the Nintendo 3DS version has been said to celebrate the Sonic the Hedgehog series’ handheld history, so for a Dreamcast era stage to be in there is quite odd.

Check out the screenshots below and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Source: Sonic Scene – Link 1, Link 2

Thanks to Woun for the heads up!

Teaser Image of Sonic 20th Anniversary Statue Appears

SSMB forumer Woun has kept their finger to the pulse with SEGA Japan’s 20th Anniversary twitter feed, who treated followers to a sneaky peak of a piece of official 20th anniversary merchandise we will be hopefully able to get our merch mittens on soon! There’s no indication of sizes, costs or availability yet, so I all of you fans hungry for some anniversary goodies will have to wait for more details to come to light. Still, gotta love that nice shiny base!

Stay tuned for more details!

UPDATE 1: Looks like this item will be a Japan UFO catcher figurine, roughly 18cm tall, and will be released i late June.

Sonic 20th Anniversary Tokyo Joypolis Commercial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjNLgU5iT1s&feature=player_embedded

A new Japanese commercial has hit the net showcasing SEGA Japan’s plans to celebrate Sonic’s 20th Anniversary. As well as Sonic Generations launching this year, it appears SEGA might be holding an event at Tokyo Joypolis. The publisher also doesn’t want fans to forget that Wii and DS game Sonic Colours is on store shelves, if you don’t own it already.

Source: Sonic Scene

Thanks to Woun for the heads up!

SEGA Japan Planning Special Surprise For Sonic’s Birthday?

Brazillian Sonic fansites Power Sonic and Sonic Zone are reporting that SEGA Japan has revealed news to press that the company will be bringing lots of Sonic content on our favourite blue hedgehog’s big 20th Birthday. SEGA is said to be adding lots of items to its official Sonic Channel website, some news to its official Sonic Generations website and unveiling a surprise. Could this surprise have something to do with the Sonic Generations demo that was recently approved at the Australian Classification Board’s website or the possible Nintendo 3DS version of the game in the works? I guess we’ll find out June 23rd.

Sources: Power Sonic and Sonic Zone

Sonic Generations Japanese Website Open, 2 New Screenshots

SEGA Japan has opened an official website for Sonic Generations. There’s not much there right now apart from the game’s trailer and six screenshots, but there’s bound to be more added in the coming months. Two of the screenshots are new and show us more of Classic Sonic speeding through the Green Hill Zone. Check them out and share your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Sonic Generations official Japanese website

Thanks to Woun at the SSMB for the heads up and for grabbing the screenshots!

Sonic Drift 2 & Sonic Triple Trouble Coming to Japan’s 3DS Virtual Console

Following yesterdays news of Game Gear games coming to the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, SEGA Japan has announced the first games they will be bringing to the service, including two Sonic titles.

Sonic Triple Trouble
Sonic Drift 2
The GG Shinobi
Dragon Crystal
Columns

No release dates or price points are given, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see them available at the eShop’s launch in late May. There’s also no word on whether these games will come to the U.S. and European Virtual Consoles. We’ll pass along more information when it’s made available.

Source: SEGA Japan (via Inside-Games.jp)

Thanks to Woun at the SSMB for the heads up!

Check Out SEGA Japan’s New Year’s Card

8-4.jp has posted up scans of various New Year’s postcards that they’ve received from various companies in the gaming industry and one such company is SEGA Japan, who sent out the above post card featuring new artwork of Sonic in a snazzy white tuxedo alongside the 20th Anniversary emblem.

What do you think of the postcard? Do you like Sonic’s posh threads? Should Sonic wear trousers? Speak out in the comments.

Source: 8-4.jp (via GoNintendo)

SEGA Teases Sonic 20th Anniversary “Projects”, Teaser Site Live


It’s already 2011 in Japan and so SEGA Japan has seen fit to kick-start Sonic the Hedgehog and the Puyo Puyo series’ 20th Anniversary year off with the tease that they have a variety of projects in the works to celebrate this milestone for the blue blur and its popular puzzler. What these “projects” are is anyone’s guess for the time being, but we’ll keep an eye out for new info and media in the year ahead. For now, you can check out a teaser website for Sonic’s 20th that is now live, though there’s not much to see at the moment.

What would you like to see for Sonic’s big 20th Anniversary? Speak out in the comments.

Source: Andriasang

New Sonic Free Riders Japanese Trailer and Screenshots

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-V3ItAjmZM&feature=player_embedded

The official Japanese Sonic Free Riders website has received a makeover today, along with new updates that include the above new trailer and some new screenshots. In the screens and trailer we see more of Dolphin Resort and Rocky Ridge played in both single player and co-op modes, in which one mode sees you synchronized with another player. The trailer also acts as a tutorial to show you how the game is controlled, including the stage specific elements such as swimming, steering a minecart and riding a newly revealed bobsleigh. It looks like there is plenty of physical interaction involved in the game to keep players fit.

Source: Official Japanese Sonic Free Riders website

Thanks to Woun at the SSMB for the heads-up!

8 New Sonic 4 Casino Street Zone Screenshots

SEGA Japan has updated their official Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 website with eight new screenshots of the new stage revealed yesterday, Casino Street Zone. The screens give us a look at the card flipping bonuses that Sonic can obtain, which include extra lives and rings. Check out the screenshots below and let us know what you think of the Zone so far in the comments.

Source: Official Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 website

Thanks to HunterTSF at the SSMB for the heads-up!

Gamespot Interviews Morimoto-San On Sonic Free Riders

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqxn8pTSrK8

Gamespot has posted up an interview they held at the Tokyo Game Show with Sonic Free Riders Producer, Kenjiro Morimoto. Gamespot’s Laura Parker kicks things off by asking “What is it about the Sonic Riders series that lends itself to Kinect?” Morimoto-San explains that they felt the running in a traditional Sonic game would be too difficult to make user friendly and that the hoverboard riding gameplay style was a better fit for Kinect. Morimoto-San then speaks about the level-up system, another staple for the series, where you can upgrade your Extreme Gear’s abilities in a race by collect a certain amount of rings. Finally, Morimoto-San says you will be able to customize your Extreme Gear with parts that will give you various abilities to use on the track.

Source: Gamespot

Thanks to Woun at the SSMB for the heads-up and YouTube conversion.

Sonic Free Riders TGS Trailer, Now In High Quality

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu801S53aDM&feature=player_embedded

SEGA Japan has updated their Sonic Free Riders official site with a MUCH higher quality version of the games Tokyo Game Show trailer, which was originally revealed on their USTREAM account. Now you can view it without the blurry mess and get a better look at the game in motion. View it in widescreen at YouTube or the games website at the below link.

Source: Japanese official Sonic Free Riders website

Thanks to Woun at the SSMB for the YouTube conversion.

New Sonic Colours Art & Videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCuW_iQm0I4&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJYfUg19im4

UPDATE: A video of a new DS level and a video of Planet Wisp, both previously only seen in screenshots are now available above. We think the new level is the Starlight Carnival stage mentioned in SPOnG’s Takashi Iizuka interview. /UPDATE END

SEGA Japan has updated their official website for Sonic Colours and included some artwork of characters and Wisp powers, as well as some DS Sweet Mountain and Tropical Resort maps. The Sonic and Yacker renders you may have seen before in various other pieces of artwork, but this is the first time they’re available solo. Among the unseen art is a new render of Tails and what looks to be concept art for Tropical Resort. You can check out the art and maps below.

Tutorial videos for each version have also been released:
Basic Wii tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KTCBXjMBWg&feature=player_embedded
Basic DS tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yd2yEoTvIM&feature=player_embedded
Lazer Wisp tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-jCLlZGECU&feature=player_embedded
Drill Wisp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yorC9nUp1IY&feature=player_embedded

Source: Official Japanese Sonic Colours website

Thanks to Woun at the SSMB for the heads-up and obtaining the content.

8 More New Sonic Free Riders Screenshots

Following the announcement of the games release date in Japan, SEGA Japan have added nine Sonic Free Riders screenshots to the game’s website, of which eight of them are brand new and one of them a clean version of a screen we posted this morning. It appears SEGA still aren’t ready to show any new tracks, but these screens do appear to be from a graphically improved build with a full HUD intact. You’ll notice there is a green icon ability, which looks similar to the one in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity that allows players to run on foot for a short time and attack nearby players. SSMB Member, Woun has come across images of a blue character on the games site, which looks to just be a tutorial dummy.

Thanks to Woun at the SSMB for the finds!

SEGA Japan’s Sonic Free Riders Site Now Live, First 3 Screenshots

After yesterdays official reveal of Kinect for Xbox 360 title Sonic Free Riders SEGA of Japan have now launched their official website for the game which gives us our first look at the game via 3 screenshots and a background image on the site showing one of the tracks. The screens show how the game is played via a silhouette displaying body actions for steering, balancing and collecting rings. Nothing else is shown on the site apart from already seen artwork of Sonic and Jet but no doubt the site will expand as time goes by.

Thanks to Sweet Mountain Zone at the SSMB for the heads up and thanks to Woun also at the SSMB for grabbing the screens and background!

Japanese Sonic Channel Now Even More Shiny

Just in time for Christmas Sega of Japan has seen fit to spruce up the Sonic Channel website. While no significantly new content has been added some English has crept onto the site for everyone not fluent in Japanese and everything is looking quite a lot better than it did before.

New content you can check out now include some festive fan art and if you haven’t seen it already Silver The Hedgehog has gotten the Sonic Channel Wallpaper treatment for the month of December. A new Sonic pose has been posted as line art for your colouring pleasure and Sega have also included some great little Sonic scribbles in the form of a letter set and book cover for you to print off.

If you’ve not checked the site for a while of if you’ve never heard of it now’s your chance. I’ll give you a tip though; all the fun stuff is in the ‘Enjoy’ section of the site. Happy hunting!

Credit: Yong of the SSMB (for posting about it first)