Did you know that Sonic the Hedgehog technically has TWO anniversaries? That’s right – even though SEGA’s blue blur first landed on the Mega Drive and Genesis on June 23rd, 1991, that was only in Europe and North America. In Japan, the original Mega Drive release of Sonic the Hedgehog was a month later, on July 26. That makes today Sonic’s official 30th Anniversary in his creators’ homeland!
As if we needed any more reason to be excited about IDW’s Sonic 30th Anniversary comic, we now have a high quality version of the one-shot comic’s cover artwork. And it beautifully references the PAL box art of the original Mega Drive Sonic the Hedgehog box art.
Everybody has their favourite Sonic game, but today – on the blue blur’s birthday – it’s without question that the focus should be on the original Mega Drive/Genesis title that started it all. And to celebrate Sonic’s 30th Anniversary, an inspired product designer came close to convincing SEGA to re-produce a special edition of Sonic 1 that would play on original 1990s hardware.
Ahead of its full unveiling later this month, SEGA has shared with us a small preview of its Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary concert. And what fitting choice for an orchestra to pick than Sonic Unleashed?
If there’s one thing we love more than Sonic himself, it’s official Sonic-themed merchandise. Especially if it’s the kind of merchandise that gets really creative with the brand and goes above and beyond just slapping some key art on a t-shirt. That’s why we’ve been in love with SEGA Shop UK’s officially-licensed goods for such a long time – their latest line of goods is available now and further proof of their creativity, with a ‘Japanese Style’ themed range hitting just in time for Sonic’s 30th anniversary! Let’s take a look.
An official press release from SEGA has revealed that the team behind Sonic Forces and Sonic Generations are working on the officially untitled (but also totally caled Sonic Rangers) game due for release in 2022.
In a tidbit missed by many, Noisy Pixel picked up the factoid, confirming that the long-serving team will be making their return in the first major installment of a Sonic title in the 2020’s.
While this new information doesn’t bring to light any further detail regarding the new title, it does reinforce that this game is set to be the next major title in the Sonic series.
Stay tuned for more Sonic 2022 / Sonic Rangers news!
The partnership will produce the official limited run wristwatch (with 3000 being made), currently only scheduled for release in Japan at the RRP of ¥54,780 (currently, about £350 / $500).
While this tag will put many off, or simply price many fans out of the market – the watch is targeted at serious collectors of both Sonic the Hedgehog merchandise, wristwatch collectors, or those simply looking to show of a high-end watch on their person!
Check out more images of this awesome item in the images below!
A wealth of Sonic the Hedgehog products, due for release this year to mark the Hedgehog’s 30th birthday were announced today via the Sonic Central stream.
JAKKS Pacific Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Eggman Robot playset
Recreate the final moments of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in this classic showdown between hog and machine, with Sonic, catapult, and damage-able Eggman mech!
Sonic the Hedgehog jewelry collaboration with King Ice
Styled towards a “Hip Hop” look, the kings of bling King Ice will be making these jewel-encrusted Sonic necklaces available for thosse who really want to look the part.
30th Anniversary Silver and Gold Commemorative Coins from APMEX
Sonic fans wanting to flash their cash will be able to this Summer with these Gold and Silver commemorative coins, created by precious metal perveyors APMEX. Those wanting a real high-end centrepiece in their collection need look no further!
A new slate of retailer listings have uncovered the next set of Sonic the Hedgehog action figures from Jakks Pacific. Among the twenty products on display on the ToyWiz website, toys are planned for Mecha Sonic, Giant Eggman Robot and Silver, along with a 2.5inch Sonic Diorama Set.
During a Tokyo Game Show Stream, SEGA Chief Creative Officer Toshihiro Nagoshi said a few things about the future of the Sonic franchise. First, he confirmed the obvious: that we’ll continue to get mainline Sonic titles, as well as spin-offs like Team Sonic Racing, in the future. He then went on to talk about recent trends like online gaming, and went on to say that he hopes we’ll look forward to “recent, new gameplay styles in future Sonic games.”
At the moment, we don’t really know what any of that means, aside from the possibility that they are exploring bringing Sonic to other genres that are popular right now. This isn’t the first time someone at SEGA expressed an interest in bringing Sonic into new genres, as Takashi Iizuka said something similar last year. Regarding e-sports specifically, Iizuka did not think the Sonic franchise was suitable for it.
The stream was translated by Twitter user @inazumag11 for Sam Procrastinates. For the original Twitter thread and a clip of the TGS stream, go here.
As we approach Sonic’s 30th anniversary, we should start to get much more concrete info on what SEGA has planned. Stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for all the latest!
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