Petit Hedgehog is probably one of the more notable entries at this year’s SAGE, with a refined version from last year’s expo being showcased for 2018. Created by Chengi, Petit draws upon influences from the Sonic Advance era, as well as translating elements from the Sonic Adventure formula into a 2D environment. Continue reading SAGE 2018: Petit Hedgehog
2010 was the year Sonic the Hedgehog came back. Yes, we all heard the stories about how the franchise had declined not long after the jump to 3D, how gaming news outlets and critics even now would begin their pieces with some variation of “Sonic has had a rocky history,” and how every new Sonic game released around the “dark ages” period couldn’t shake off the dreaded “Sonic Cycle.” Continue reading The Spin: How SEGA is Ignoring the Middle Children of Sonic’s Legacy
Sonic Advance, the first in a trilogy of Sonic GBA platforming adventures will be available to purchase on the Japanese Nintendo eShop as of next week. The 200MB game will officially launch on February 18th for the price of ¥702 (Approx $5.90/£3.90). Continue reading Sonic Advance Heading to Japanese Wii U eShop Next Week
My readers, this day is what all true Sonic fans strive for!
Yes, today is June 23rd, and you all know what that means! The Blue Blur himself, Sonic the Hedgehog, is celebrating his 21st birthday today!
So, let’s have a bit of an extravaganza ourselves! 21 is the magic number, so why not go for that many tracks, just for today? A great number of these tracks have been tipped by you guys, and I thank you all for your contributions!
Due to the sheer amount of music to be featured beyond the jump, I’ll refrain myself from commenting on each track. Instead, I will leave you all with this. If everything goes according to plan here, Sound Test Saturday will be moved to SEGASonic: Radio next week. Yes folks, SS:R will return sooner than you think! And with the big move, we will introduce a new feature on our weekly music column: interviews! First ones up are Freen in Green, followed by xTrickyWolfy and Ring Energy should all go well!
If there is any particular artist you would want featured on a future Sound Test Saturday, if there are any remixes, covers, or originals you want to share, if you have work of your own you would like to see up on the site, then do not hesitate to notify me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
That being said, Happy 21st Anniversary, Sonic the Hedgehog! Still unstoppable after 21 years!
Siliconera reports that Sonic’s first Game Boy Advance title Sonic Advance is now available on Android devices in Japan. The game was released on the Android marketplace on Friday, and is absolutely free of charge. It’s currently unclear if this port will be released outside of Japan.
Thanks to SuperGuzzi for the heads up!
2009’s almost out. That means we’ve enjoyed a whole decade of Sonic the Hedgehog goodness in the last ten years, from 2000’s Sonic Shuffle (for Americans, we didn’t get it until the year after, damn SEGA) to 2009’s Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. So, rather than just round up the games of the year, The Sonic Stadium crew have taken to list their Top 10 Sonic games of the decade!
This is how we’ve done it. A bunch of TSS Staffers wrote over their unique Top 10 (which will be listed at the end of this article). Along with it, a short paragraph as to why they ranked each game the way they did. When bunching all of these lists together, we formed an average by giving points to each game’s placement on each staffer’s countdown (so a #1 position would get 10 points, and a game in 10th place would get 1 point). Add all the points up, and we have our own, not-so-scientific average. What game will get TSS’ #1 Sonic Game of the Decade? Read on, dear reader… Continue reading The Top 10 Sonic Games Of The 2000’s
Level design has changed with Sonic’s ever-increasing emphasis on speed. Some people have enjoyed blowing through levels at 300-miles per hour, while others have disliked the new levels’ lack of actual platforming. Along the lines of last week’s Crossfire segment, this iteration presents the choice of whether or not the level design of Sonic games needed to change. Are the more linear designs of the Rush series or the upcoming Unleashed title make it stand out in the vast sea of 3D platformer games or are they hardly considered those at all and are labeled as cutscenes that we occasionally get to control?
Before we start the point/counterpoint part, I present to you a diagram that a friend of mine showed to me a few weeks ago. It is so true that it is funny. Continue reading The Crossfire: Level Design
Last week we brought you news of upcoming Sonic Advance GameBoy Advance double packs, which were all until now confirmed only for their US and Japanese release. In a press release just hours ago from THQ it was confirmed these packs would be released shortly in PAL territories. The clincher for the deal, and what is sure to frighten even the most hardened of collectors is that no less than six different double packs, seven if you consider ChuChu Rocket, all to be released during November.
The seven different combinations are:
Sonic Advance + Sonic Battle
Sonic Advance + Sonic Pinball Party
Sonic Advance + ChuChu Rocket!
Columns Crown + ChuChu Rocket!
Sonic Pinball Party + Sonic Battle
Sonic Battle + ChuChu Rocket!
Sonic Pinball Party + Columns Crown Continue reading PAL Sonic Advance Double Packs
In a follow-up to the news reported early this month that revealed Sonic was to have his ‘Advance’ outing bundled into a 2-pack consisting of ‘Sonic Advance’ and ‘Sonic Pinball Party’, now comes the news that SEGA are bringing these packs to Japan.
The original pack was part of a THQ range, whereby THQ bundled together games of a similar topic or franchise to sell to the public, a GBA ‘Platinum/Classic/Players Choice’ range if you like.
THQ also added to the range yet another pack: the Sonic Advance & ’Sonic Battle’ pack
SEGA confirmed earlier today the existence of yet another Sonic title headed for the GBA, which curiously enough has managed to slip under the radar for nearly a month. No, it isn’t another Advance outing, but a combo pack containing the now somewhat classic Sonic Advance and Sonic Pinball Party.
Further details about the actual contents of the package at this stage are at an absolute minimum; however we have managed to snatch a copy of the box art for this title. Continue reading Sonic Advance and Pinball Party Combo Pack
Impressions are coming in of Nokia’s part mobile phone, part game console N-Gage, and along with them some confirmation of the nature of SEGA’s ‘Sonic-N’ project for the device. Turns out this will be a version of the Game Boy Advance game Sonic Advance, adapted for Nokia’s screen in a few ways.Continue reading ‘Sonic-N’ is a Mobile Phone Version of Sonic Advance
There’s an extra incentive to pick up a copy of Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II on Gamecube for Sonic fans. By playing the game, you can unlock a special Tails-style Chao which you can transfer to your GBA and import back into Sonic Adventure 2 Battle.Continue reading Special Tails Chao Unlockable Hidden Within PSO Episode I & II on Gamecube
The USA game sales charts are in, and the results are good for Sonic games on Nintendo platforms. According to the latest data, Sonic Advance is the second-best selling GBA game from January – July 2002, while Sonic Adventure 2 Battle is the best-selling Gamecube game during the same period. Continue reading US Sales: Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Rank High on Chart
SEGA keeps coming out with the hits this month, and it’s only the 2nd of July! The company has revealed that Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and Sonic Advance have shipped over one million units. Because of the two games’ success, a version of the original Sonic Adventure will now also be released for Gamecube. Continue reading Sonic Adventure 1 Coming to Gamecube, SA2 Battle & Sonic Advance Ship 1 Million
The Sonic sales train keeps charging ahead at full speed, as SEGA has announced that sales of both Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle have passed some significant milestones. Continue reading Sonic Advance Sales Hit 1.7 Million
We’re not entirely sure if this isn’t an early April Fools gag or not, but if it’s not we’re incredibly jealous of this special Sonic Advance/Sonic Adventure 2 Battle download being offered at Japan’s GameJam2 festival, where Sonic Team is providing fans with a special Knuckles Chao! Continue reading Sonic Team Offering Special Knuckles Chao Download for SA2 Battle at Japanese GameJam2 Festival
Initial reviews have come in for Sonic’s very first releases on Nintendo hardware – Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on Gamecube and Sonic Advance on Game Boy Advance. Will they set the tone for the general reception for these games? And how did they rate, anyway? Read on and find out. Continue reading Review Scores for Sonic’s First Nintendo Releases Are In!
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle is out soon on Nintendo Gamecube, which is great – but what would be even better is if you got it for free, right? Well, Nintendo’s official website has you all sorted – they have a Super Sonic Sweepstakes going right now, where you can win a Sonic Team-signed copy of the Gamecube game, as well as a copy of Sonic Advance and a Nintendo Gamecube – Game Boy Advance Cable to connect the two systems together. Go here to enter – good luck!
The day has finally come for US fans – Sonic Advance has been shipped to retailers, courtesy of THQ. You might remember that SEGA signed a deal with THQ to publish a number of Game Boy Advance titles; Sonic Advance is among them. Read on for the full press release, fired to the media by THQ. Continue reading THQ Ships Sonic Advance to US Retailers
The wait is almost over for Nintendo fans in the US – the very first Sonic the Hedgehog titles for the Game Boy Advance and Gamecube have been given a North American release date. Do you usually like February when it rolls around every year? You will now. Continue reading US Release Dates for Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Revealed
Sonic makes his first appearance on the Game Boy Advance, and it’s about flippin’ time! Everybody’s been waiting… anticipating this release since Nintendo’s handheld launched. And now, I can finally tell you how it plays. People might think that a return to 2D platforming isn’t a great idea for Sonic – especially once you account for how good Sonic Adventure 2 is. Well, don’t even think about comparing the two, as they are meant to work together – on GBA and GameCube! Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Sonic Advance
‘Nuisance Sonic’. Well, that’s what we’re calling him, anyway. This fast-moving maniac can be found gallivanting around Japan in this brand new TV commercial for Sonic Advance, the Game Boy Advance platformer that just released in Japan last week. Continue reading ‘Nuisance Sonic’ Causes Miracles in Japanese Sonic Advance Commercial
Christmas has come, in more ways than one! Not only is it literally Christmas in a couple days time, but Sonic Team has also figuratively brought the festivities to Japanese fans by releasing not one, not two, but three games this past week! Continue reading Christmas Comes Early for Japan as Three Sonic Team Games Release
Well, we’ve seen the Japanese covers for Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and Sonic Advance, but what about the North American versions? Will they look any different? Thanks to an eager retailer, we now know and the answer is… not really. Sort of. Take a look below to see what we mean. Continue reading Check Out the North American Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Box Art
Sonic Advance is only a few weeks away from release in Japan, but we’ve already got some hot new screenshots of the game that features all four playable characters (Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy) in the first stage. Read on to see a selection of these new images, which even shows off the boss that you’ll encounter in ‘Neo Green Hill Zone’. Continue reading Brand New Sonic Advance Screens Revealed
SEGA Japan has just updated its official website and revealed the box artwork for the next two Sonic game releases in the process. Read on to see the rather colourful covers for the Nintendo Gamecube re-release of Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Advance, Sonic’s first foray onto Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance. Continue reading Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Japanese Box Art Revealed
The latest in the line of Chao Breeding come from the depths of the beautiful Sonic Advance. It comes in the form of ‘Tiny Chao Garden’, and is a much more sophisticated version of the Chao Adventure game found on the VMUs we all knew and loved (but wasn’t very good). Along with Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on the GameCube, Sonic Advance will take the place of the VMU, and rightly so. Prepare for the greatest Chao breeding in the palm of your hand… Continue reading A Guide to Sonic Advance’s Tiny Chao Garden
Fresh from the Tokyo Game Show, SEGA has released a promotional video showcasing how Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on Gamecube and Sonic Advance on Game Boy Advance connect with one another. It’s all for the greater good of the Chao! Watch the video after the jump. As soon as any new media comes out of TGS, we’ll report it right here. Continue reading Tokyo Game Show: See How Sonic Advance and SA2 Battle Connect in This New Video
SEGA recently held a Consumer Conference in Japan, which featured a number of high-level developers and executives speaking about the future of the publisher’s franchises. Yuji Naka was among the speakers, and presented an overview of the upcoming Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and Sonic Advance, concluding that future titles will look to appeal to younger audiences. Continue reading Yuji Naka: Sonic Titles to Appeal to Younger Audience
Sonic Team has launched official Japanese websites for Sonic Advance and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. Each site features a bunch of gameplay info and screenshots ahead of their joint release on December 20 (no release date has been formally confirmed for the US or Europe yet). Check out the websites by clicking the links below.
American third-party publisher THQ has announced a partnership with SEGA that will see it co-publish six SEGA-developed and ten co-developed Game Boy Advance games throughout 2001, 2002 and 2003, including Sonic Advance. Continue reading THQ to Co-Publish Six SEGA GBA Games in the West
We recently learned that Sonic Adventure 2 Battle will connect with Sonic Advance for portable Chao raising. But today we have more details on what exactly that entails, as well as screenshots of the special Chao Garden mode in action. Continue reading Details and Screenshots Emerge on Sonic Advance’s Petit Chao Garden
Interesting news – it sounds like Sonic Adventure 2 on the Gamecube will interact in some ways with Sonic Advance on Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance. From what we understand, this will come in the form of a unique way to raise Chao on the move. Continue reading Sonic Advance Will Feature Chao Connectivity With Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
Sonic Advance is nearing release, and a whole bunch of new screenshots have been released to tempt us all to get a Game Boy Advance. Some of these screens are old demo images, but others show off Knuckles and Amy, as well as new stages. Continue reading Take A Look at These Tasty New Sonic Advance Screenshots
Looks like the cat is out of the bag – according to a listing on US retailer EBGames, Sonic Advance will be hitting stores on November 16th. Continue reading Sonic Advance US Release Date Revealed?
Those of you wondering whether Sonic Advance will stay true to the classic Mega Drive titles or be something else entirely can be rest assured that the blue blur’s GBA adventure will play just like the original games, with excellent level design. Continue reading Sonic Advance to Stay True to Mega Drive Classics