Mario & Sonic’s US and European Release Dates Revealed, Now Up for Pre-load

Nintendo at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany have announced that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will release on November 5th in the US and on the 8th in Europe. It’s also up for pre-load right now on the EU & US eShops, clocking in at 6.3GB of space and costs 59.99€ / £49.99 / $59.99. It also supports the following languages; English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch, and Russian.

Nintendo are also scheduled to release a new trailer for the game sometime today as well. We’ll be sure to post it as soon as they do!

Via Perfectly Nintendo.

Sonic Talk 62: Copyrights, Shmopyrights

Forgive the lateness of our podcast as we recorded this one a few weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s not chock full of Sonic-ey goodness! In this episode we discuss Jason’s trip to E3, the fan revival of Sonic Runners, Sonic Revolution 2019, Funko Pop Sonic cereal, an unofficial Sonic book that uses fanmade images and much, much more. Because hey, who needs copyrights when you can just slap a bunch of images together, right?

Special Note: We used the cover from the plagiarized Carlton Sonic book for this month’s podcast image. That render on that plagiarized book was created by Deviant Art user FinnAkira, and you can find it here.



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Tangle and Whisper SDCC Pins Coming to the Sega Shop

Tangle and Whisper fans rejoice! There is some official merch coming your way care of the Sega Shop website. Everyone’s new favorite femme fatales are getting their own, exclusive pins. For $14.95 (US Dollars) each, you can pick from the excitable and carefree Tangle or the introvert assassin, Whisper. 

Despite saying SDCC (AKA San Diego Comic Con), these pins do not seem to be available at the convention as they are not listed at IDW’s merchandise booth. The pins are available for preorder now at shop.sega.com and are due to ship on July 30th.

Tokyo Joypolis Hosting Sonic 28th Birthday Party & Ohtani DJ Set on 23 June

Can you believe that in three days time it will have been a whole 28 YEARS since the original Sonic the Hedgehog game launched on Sega Mega Drive? To celebrate, SEGA Japan is throwing a massive party at its Tokyo Joypolis arcade, on Sunday 23 June – and there will be special music events as well as awesome merchandise to collect. Take a look at what’s in store – you’ll want to check back on this page to check a livestream on the day too!
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Become Sonic’s Master During Monster Super League’s Collaboration Festival

Free to play mobile RPG game Monster Super League will be crossing over with SEGA’s famous blue hedgehog during his birthday week in an upcoming “Collaboration Festival!”

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Pre-order the New Sonic Pizza Cutter!

Have you ever baked a pizza, taken it out of the oven, and imagined that Sonic the Hedgehog was slicing it for you? I don’t mean like an underpaid Pizza Hut employee, I mean actually curling into his legendary spin attack and rationing out that cheesy goodness? …no? Just me? Well, maybe these fantasies will no longer be so niche, as SEGA has catered to the food utensil market with their upcoming Sonic-themed Pizza Cutter!

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TSS @ E3 2019: The Sega Genesis Mini (and not-so Mini) Hands-On

While a good chunk of Sega’s booth was dedicated to Mario and Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, there was a corner showing off some of Sega’s other properties slated for release later this year. Among them was the Sega Genesis Mini, Sega’s answer to the NES and SNES Classic. I sat down in a bean bag (which means my fat rump had a hard time getting back up) and sampled SEGA’s miniaturized console.

The first thing you’ll notice when playing the demo at E3 is that the part of the booth you’re at looks like a living room, complete with a bean bag to sit in. Much like the virtual living room in some of the recent Genesis compilations, there are posters of Genesis games everywhere, along with with old VHS tapes with cheesy labels like “Cartoon collection! Do not erase!!” on them. They really went all-in on the “90’s bedroom” aesthetic.

The nostalgia doesn’t stop with the booth aesthetic, as the mini console itself gets a lot right. Its controller has an ergonomic feel and shape that perfectly replicates the original, and the console itself is a faithful, shrunk-down recreation of SEGA’s 16-bit system. Once you boot the mini console up, you’re treated to a screen filled with about a dozen Genesis titles, with the rest coming into view as you scroll down. I don’t know if I care for this, as it shrinks down the box art and makes each game feel less important. Hopefully, the interface can customized in the final product.

Despite the September release date, the console already feels ready for release, as all 42 games were playable on the show floor. I went with Mega Man: The Wily Wars and Road Rash 2 for this preview. Both played great and judging by Road Rash 2 alone, are identical to their original versions. The emulation is perfect.

Holding start for five seconds brings up a menu where you can make a save state and exit back to the main menu. There’s your usual options such as screen filters and what aspect ratio you want the game in, but one of the most interesting features is the language menu. You can set the game menu to many different languages and the games will play in their original language as well. Going back to aspect ratio, another neat feature is that many of the games feature a more natural 16:9 aspect ratio by zooming in on the game while keeping the UI in place. Sonic 2 was shown off as an example of that. It keeps the sprites from looking stretched, but at the cost of zooming in on the picture a bit.

Overall, with a great controller, cool menu features and pixel perfect emulation, the Sega Genesis Mini is something to get hyped for. It blows the old AtGames Genesis consoles out of the water in every way, and should definitely be worth picking up come September.

Adam Tuff on SEGA’s giant controller

In addition to the regular kiosks, SEGA also had a Genesis Mini running on a giant, 5-foot-wide Genesis controller that folks could play Streets of Rage and Sonic 2 on. When I tried to play Sonic 2’s Chemical Plant level, I had to stretch my arms out and punch the A button with my first just to get around. While it was a neat novelty, it wasn’t exactly the most wieldy controller, since I couldn’t even spindash with it.

 Still, even on this giant cumbersome monstrosity, I was able to get enough rings to enter the special special. As I began maneuvering Sonic and Tails through the half-pipe, a crowd formed around me. Despite the massive controller, I made it through and even got a small amount of applause! Here’s hoping SEGA’s booth features and equally cool gimmick next E3.

TSS @ E3 2019: Mario and Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Hands-On Impressions

Three years after they last went head to head, Sonic, Mario and friends are finally back at the Olympics with Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. SEGA is making sure everyone is aware of this, as the two mascots are not only on the E3 badge insert this year, but take up a huge chunk of real estate in the LA Convention Center’s West Hall. To anyone entering the West Hall, the booth leaves a heck of an impression. It not only shows the game on giant screens, but has a climbing rig for attendees to try out. With Sony and Microsoft doing their own thing, this is the first time in over 20 years that the West Hall belongs mainly to Nintendo and Sega. Continue reading TSS @ E3 2019: Mario and Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Hands-On Impressions

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 on Switch releases in November

As part of Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct, we got a new look at Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 for Switch. We got to see new footage of numerous events, as well as the release month of November 2019.

Sega also opened the website for the game showcasing the numerous events they’ve announced so far, starting with four new ones:

– Surfing – Snow Board
– Karate – Kumite
– Sport Climbing
– Skateboarding – Park

And returning ones including:

– Gymnastics – Floor Exercise
– Swimming – 100m Freestyle
– Equestrian – Jumping
– Canoe Double (C-2) 1000m
– 110m Hurdles
– Football (Soccer)
– Archery
– Badminton
– Boxing
– Javelin Throw
– Rugby Sevens
– Fencing

Sega also confirmed numerous characters, all returning from the previous games so far. The website displays Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Bowser from the Mario series, and Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Amy, and Eggman from Sonic’s series. However, others were shown in the trailer, including Donkey Kong and Silver.

Sega also confirmed the return of online multiplayer for the first time since Sochi 2014, though to what extent is not currently clear.

The trailer may also briefly features retro graphics for one of the events. Whether this is simply a flourish for the trailer, or a legitimate game mode is currently unknown.

Finally there are a few new screenshots to check out below:

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 releases on Switch this November.

First look at Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Mobile Title

Sega revealed their plans for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the recent Sega Fes 2019 event, revealing the line up would include Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 for both Switch and Arcade (likely two different games), a more traditional Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games title- The Official Video Game for Switch and PS4. The last title, Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 for the mobile platforms iOS and Android was also announced – the first Olympic title to feature Sonic characters alone.

Today, the first screenshots of Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 were shown!

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Mario & Sonic’s Tokyo Olympics Will Be Playable At E3 2019

SEGA has revealed its E3 2019 show floor lineup, and ‘Mario & Sonic’ fans who have been itching for a new entry since 2016 will be psyched to hear that the upcoming Nintendo Switch-exclusive Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 sequel will be playable. Continue reading Mario & Sonic’s Tokyo Olympics Will Be Playable At E3 2019

SEGA Reveals Mega Drive Mini CD, 32X, Sonic 1 and Sonic & Knuckles Decoration Models

SEGA Japan surprised an entire globe of fans today by casually revealing that its upcoming Mega Drive Mini micro-console will launch alongside several decorative add-ons that replicate the Mega CD, 32X and Sonic & Knuckles’ lock-on technology! Continue reading SEGA Reveals Mega Drive Mini CD, 32X, Sonic 1 and Sonic & Knuckles Decoration Models

SEGA Reveals 59th Anniversary ‘Vision’, Vows To Be A ‘Game Changer’

SEGA celebrated its 59th anniversary yesterday in style, publishing a flashy new corporate video that recalls the company’s history and promises plenty of exciting projects for the future – alongside a pledge to earn its status as a ‘game changer’ in the entertainment industry. Continue reading SEGA Reveals 59th Anniversary ‘Vision’, Vows To Be A ‘Game Changer’

TSS Preview: Team Sonic Racing

We were invited this month to attend SEGA’s Team Sonic Racing Preview Event, hosted deep in the heart of London’s Shoreditch, and get our hands on the game’s latest build! What happened was an action-packed day filled with tournaments, time trials and a LOT of gameplay impressions. So, let’s get right to it!

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Will Be Included in Western Sega Mega Drive Mini

The next ten games have been announced for the upcoming Sega Mega Drive Mini, and – despite the fact that SEGA recently polled for only one game per series to be included – Western versions of the micro-console will be able to enjoy Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as well as the 1991 prequel. Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Will Be Included in Western Sega Mega Drive Mini

(Update) Two new Tokyo 2020 games announced as Mario & Sonic for Switch and Arcade, Sonic-only game for mobile

Update (April 2nd, 2019 at 10:25PM ET):

Sega of America took down the trailer, so I rehosted it for your convenience!

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Update (March 30th, 2019 at 2:32PM ET):

Sega just released the HQ assets, including transparent PNG logos, HD versions of the two primary Switch screenshots, as well as the HQ version of the trailer with less compression. I made new screencaps from the HQ version of the trailer.

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Update (March 30th, 2019 at 9:16AM ET):

Sega have just announced the western release of the games. The Mario & Sonic game for Switch is now called Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The arcade game of course is titled Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – Arcade Edition. Finally, the mobile game is titled Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020.

For some reason, the Tokyo 2020 branding is missing from the logos, but the games are titled as such on the website as well as by Sega in their announcement tweet. All seem to still be published by Sega in the west (a first since London 2012), in fact Sega are publishing the games worldwide, which is a first in Japan where Nintendo published the Mario & Sonic series to date prior. Also, the arcade and mobile games are now dated for Summer 2020 in the west, rather than just the generic 2020 date in Japan. Check out the western website here.

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At the SEGA FES 2019 event it was announced that the Mario & Sonic series will return with Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for Switch. Not only that, a separate arcade game, simply titled Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Arcade Game, was additionally revealed, alongside a Sonic-only mobile game for both iOS and Andriod; Sonic at the Olympic Games.

SEGA previously announced back in October 2016, that they had secured the gaming license for the Tokyo 2020 games, but no confirmation was made that the Mario & Sonic series would be returning alongside Sega’s other more photorealistic Olympic video games to tie in with the event.

The title will be the 6th Olympic game title to feature Mario and Sonic following the Olympic game and Winter Olympic game titles.

Via the official Olympic Video Games website, the Switch game is due to release in Japan in Winter 2019. The arcade game is due sometime in 2020. Finally the mobile game is also due in 2020.

Here are the logos of each game plus two high-quality screenshots of the Switch game. I also included screencaps of the trailer, with all but the last being the Switch game, with the last being the mobile game:

Are you excited to see the return of the Mario & Sonic Olympic series? let us know in the comments!

SEGA’s Mega Drive Mini Will Include Either Sonic 1 or Sonic 2 – You Decide!

You may have heard in recent months that SEGA is working internally on a Mega Drive Mini console, after a partnership with AtGames for the project went sour. Now it sounds like we’re a little closer to the micro-console’s release, and SEGA is polling fans on which titles they’d like to see included. There’s a catch, though… Continue reading SEGA’s Mega Drive Mini Will Include Either Sonic 1 or Sonic 2 – You Decide!

Team Sonic Racing Achievement/Trophy List “Leaked”

Updates to the Steam Database has revealed what appears to be the achievement list for Team Sonic Racing.

Obviously this contains a few spoilers so we won’t be posting the list in full here, but in terms of you trophy and achievement hunters, it doesn’t look anywhere near as difficult as ASRT’s trophy list was.

You can find the full list right here.

 

Sonic Talk 56: In Good Spirits

Oh…..My….God! An episode of Sonic Talk that’s up just days after being recorded rather than weeks?!! That’s insane!!

Join Jason, Alex, GX and our special-guest-maybe-new-fourth-chair Queen Misty Lakes as we discuss the latest games, Sonic’s upcoming movie and his cameo in Ralph Breaks The Internet. We also discuss the delay of Team Sonic Racing and how everyone in the Sonic Universe might have a slight cameo in Super Smash Bros Ultimate thanks to the new spirit mode. Listen in and join the fun!

Amazon Italy lists a Sonic Double Pack for Switch/PS4/XBO

Amazon Italy has recently put up a listing for a Sonic Double Pack for Switch, PS4, and XBO. All we know so far is that one of the games included will be Sonic Mania Plus (including its artbook and reversible cover), while the other is described to be a Sonic game characterized by innovative 3D graphics. Continue reading Amazon Italy lists a Sonic Double Pack for Switch/PS4/XBO

Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog for Switch coming out in the west on September 20th

Sega of America’s Sam Mullen confirmed to The Sonic Stadium that the Sega Ages games will indeed release worldwide at the same time. Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV are the first two games in the line-up and are both releasing on September 20th. Continue reading Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog for Switch coming out in the west on September 20th

Sega Genesis Classics announced for Switch

Just two days before the Sega Ages games start rolling out in Japan, Sega in the west have announced the d3t-developed Sega Genesis Classics (Sega Mega Drive Classics in EU) for Switch. This was released earlier this year for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Continue reading Sega Genesis Classics announced for Switch

SEGA AGES: Sonic the Hedgehog for Switch launches on September 20th in Japan

Surprise! We finally got a launch date for the first two Sega Ages games on Switch via Famitsu. Sonic the Hedgehog and Thunder Force IV will launch on September 20th in Japan for the Switch eShop.

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SEGA AGES TGS Event Announced, Major Reveals Planned

Sega have announced their line-up for this year’s Tokyo Game Show event in Japan (which includes Team Sonic Racing). Alongside it, they’ve announced a special stage event will be taking place on September 22nd at 15:10-15:40 that will be all about their Sega Ages line-up for the Switch eShop. The stage event promises updates including “major title-related announcements”. Continue reading SEGA AGES TGS Event Announced, Major Reveals Planned

Various Sonic games for Xbox 360 are on sale worldwide for up to 50% off

Microsoft just held their weekly sale and among the games on sale are a bunch of Sonic’s titles for Xbox 360 for up to 50% off. While the games below have their US prices listed, the sale should be available worldwide and presumably the same discounts should apply. The sales for these games below shouldn’t require XBL Gold as well. Continue reading Various Sonic games for Xbox 360 are on sale worldwide for up to 50% off

Sonic Talk 54: Party of Four

Wow!! Am I late with this one!! So Sorry about that. Check out our hands-on impressions of Team Sonic Racing, our discussion of Sonic Revolution, the end of Sonic Boom, The Sonic toys at Subway (which I have yet to find a Subway in my area that has them) and much, much more!! Continue reading Sonic Talk 54: Party of Four

New TSR Video Shows off Team Racing Mechanics

This morning, Sega put out a new video for Team Sonic Racing that highlights the different team gameplay mechanics including skimboost, slingshot, item swapping, Team Ultimate and more. Highlighting the video is gameplay from not only the Planet Wisp stage, but the new ice level first shown at San Diego Comic Con along with some Big the Cat and Amy Rose gameplay.

Team Sonic Racing is available this winter.

 

Sonic Mania Plus Proves Popular In UK on Nintendo Switch

Following the worldwide release of Sonic Mania Plus last week, the first data indicates that the Nintendo Switch version accounted for 52% of all sales in the UK last week. The PS4 version accounted for 34% while the Xbox One version made up the remainder.

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Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog for Switch releases in Japan in August for 925 yen

As announced back at the Sega Fes 2018 event back in April, Sega and the developer M2 will be releasing individual classics on the Nintendo Switch eShop as part of their Sega Ages line. This succeeds the Sega 3D Classics line from the Nintendo 3DS (also by M2), and one of the first two games to launch with the line is of course; Sonic 1 (the other being Thunder Force IV on Genesis). Continue reading Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog for Switch releases in Japan in August for 925 yen