Portfolio Reveals Sonic Classic Collection Had More Content Planned, Crazy Taxi 4 Pitch

Sonic Classic Collection 2

It appears Sonic Classic Collection for Nintendo DS was originally going to be a much bigger collection at one point, with more games and content. The Sonic Stadium has found images on the portfolio of former SEGA Studios Australia employee Brooke Luder that reveal Sonic Spinball, Sonic 3D Blast (aka Sonic 3D Flickies’ Island) and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine were all part of the collection during development. This would explain why sprites from Sonic Spinball and Sonic 3D Blast can be seen in the credits roll.

Another image shows that video content was planned too, though no examples are given. You can check out more images in the gallery at the bottom of this article.

SONIC CLASSIC COLLECTION

SEGA Australia had the good fortune (WOOO!) of acquiring the Sonic Classic Collection port to Nintendo DS.

I created all the UI artwork for the port. This included recreating all the game logos as Sega no longer had the original editable logos. It also involved designing and creating the in-game assets for all the front end menus and ingame menus that weren’t part of the original game play and creating sprite sheets for the EFIGS language conversions.

Studio: SEGA Australia
Fun Factor: OMG!
Publisher: SEGA America
Release Date: 2010
Platform: Nintendo DS
Position: Senior UI/UX Artist
Software: Photoshop, Illustrator
Skills: Graphic Design/Layout

Crazy Taxi 4

In non-Sonic news that will no doubt disappoint a lot of SEGA fans, Luder’s portfolio reveals that a Crazy Taxi 4 pitch was made by SEGA Studios Australia. No information about the pitch unfortunately, but we’re shown the above piece of concept art at least.

CRAZY TAXI CONCEPT ART

A concept piece created for the Crazy Taxi pitch from SEGA Australia. Illustrated in Photoshop and logo design created in Illustrator.
Studio: SEGA, Australia
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Software: Photoshop, Illustrator
Skills: Illustration, Logo Design

London 2012 Olympic Games 1

Luder has also shared some concept art of SEGA Studios Australia’s official video game for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS CONCEPT ART

I was involved in early stage graphics prototyping for SEGA’s London 2012 Olympics game. As part of this experience I created some of the early stage pitch art for game play prototyping.

Studio: SEGA Australia
Fun Factor: Gold!
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Position: Senior UI Artist
Software: Corel Painter
Skills: Illustration, Concept Art

Brooke Luder’s portfolio: Sonic Classic Collection, Crazy Taxi 4, London 2012 Olympic Games

Sonic Classic Collection Coming to PSN Next Week?

Whilst everybody has been getting excited over ASRT and Sonic the Fighters, it seems something has slipped under the radar. Website PSNStores.com who list sneak peeks of what will be on the Playstation Store in the coming weeks are claiming that a ‘Sonic Classic Collection’ will be coming to the PSN next week.

This is… rather strange. Mainly because whilst Xbox 360 owners have been able to enjoy more or less all the main classic Sonic titles via the Xbox Live Arcade, PS3 owners have only had Sonic 1 & 2 since 2011 with no sign of Sonic 3 or Sonic & Knuckles.

Continue reading Sonic Classic Collection Coming to PSN Next Week?

Win a Sonic Classic Collection Limited Edition Box Set with Sonic Wrecks!

So while TSS takes a break from competitions for a moment, our friends over at Sonic Wrecks are taking up the reins! In fact they’ve got an extremely tasty morsel to give away in the form of the Sonic Classic Collection Limited Edition Collectors Tin set, containing a copy of Sonic Classic Collection on the Nintendo DS, 5 glossy postcards of classic art, and a First4Figures mini Sonic statue. This isn’t available outside of Spain and Australia, so this is a must-have for you die-hards outside those regions!

All you have to do is simple:

THE TASK

Sonic Classic Collection brings the classic quintet of Sonic’s original Mega Drive outings to the Nintendo DS for the first time, but what we want to know is something completely bogus. That’s right, I want your best entirely ficticious Sonic The Hedgehog “facts”!  The best one wins… simples!

If you’re stuck for ideas, here’s an example: “The idea for the character of Knuckles the Echidna came about from one of Yuji Naka’s anecdotes, in which he claims to have defended himself against an army of Nintendo fanboys in a bar fight, using only an anteater “.

Ok, so my mind works in wonderful ways. Lucky for you, I’ve already got one. It’s very nice.

Anyway, the competition is open until the 26th of March 2010, so get yer thinking caps on; a crackers fact could bag yourself a lovely piece to add to your collection!

Check out Sonic Wrecks for full details and to enter!

Sonic Classic Collection and Second Full Week ASR UK Sales Charts

Jut a quick heads up, Chart Track have today unveiled last weeks UK video game sales chart for the week ending 13th March. Final Fantasy XIII has taken the top spot of the all-formats chart but how have Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing and Sonic Classic Collection fared?

All-Formats Top 40:
ASR down from 5th to 7th place
Sonic Classic Collection 35th

Individual Formats Top 40:
ASR –
Wi version down from 12th to 15th
DS version down from 17th to 21st
Xbox 360 version down 19th to 36th
PS3 version down from 27th to 40th.

Sonic Classic Collection 32nd

PS3 Top 30:
ASR down from 6th to 10th place

PC Top 20:
ASR hasn’t placed in full price or budget charts

Xbox 360 Top 40:
ASR down from 6th to 8th

DS Top 40:
ASR down from 1st to 2nd
Sonic Classic Collection 6th

Wii Top 40:
ASR stays at 2nd place

It appears all versions of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing minus the DS version have dropped a little in the charts though remaining in the top 10 is still a positive to say the game has some heavy competition in games like Final Fantasy XIII, Heavy Rain and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Will Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing be able to stay put in the top 10? We’ll let you know next week.

Sonic Classic Collection Launch Trailer & Press Release

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Sonic Classic Collection bringing Sonic’s legendary Mega Drive titles to a portable platform has just been released today in Europe for Nintendo DS and to mark the occasion SEGA Europe have issued a press release and a launch trailer showcasing the game in action.

SONIC CLASSIC COLLECTION OUT NOW!
LONDON (12th March, 2010) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® America, Inc., are pleased to confirm that Sonic Classic Collection™ is now in stores. For the first time ever, the original games from legendary gaming icon Sonic The Hedgehog™ – Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles – will be playable on the Nintendo DS™!

Sonic Classic Collection allows fans both old and new to speed through the much loved zones of the four original Mega Drive adventures, in a bid to collect the chaos emeralds and save the world. Optimised to take full advantage of the Nintendo DS system, Sonic Classic Collection will feature a new save anywhere feature, a first in this original series, meaning that the games can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime!

For more information please visit www.sega.com/sonicclassic. For press assets please visit www.sega-press.com

Thanks to Sonic Wrecks owner and SEGA Europe Community Manager ArchangelUK for the heads up!

Press release at Sonic Wrecks
Launch trailer direct link at SEGA Europe’s YouTube Channel

Sonic 4 Interview In Latest Nintendo Power & Game Informer


UPDATE 3:
More info from the same NeoGAF member

Some more info…

While Sonic 4 will have shields, Episode 1 will only include the one hit shield. Just enough to help get your rings to the end of the stage.

Izuka says the reason they went episodic is that the game is too big to smaller hard drives (Wii and iPhone likely?) to fit in all at once and he didn’t see players paying $60 for a 2-D Sonic game on disc. (Hellllooo. New Super Mario Bros Wii anyone?!!)

Thanks to Dusk the Biohazard Keeper at the SSMB for the heads up.

UPDATE 2: Game Informer screenshots confirm the reports at NeoGAF and also reveal tunnels from the classic series are back thanks to JasonTheJackass for sending us the screenshots.
UPDATE: We’ve got word in that Game Informer magazine also have a Sonic 4 interview with Takashi Iizuka according to a member at NeoGAF who claims to have a copy –

Game Informer interviewed Izuka who gave some new info on the game. Highlights include..

What about Tails and Knuckles you ask? “Fans will be very pleased with the cast in episode 2.”

Episode 1 is a prologue.

Moves include: Spin Dash, Rolling Attack, homing attack and a new move yet unknown.

About homing attack: “I wanted the user to enjoy an easy-to-play feeling by the attack sequence that this [homing attack] allows, and find the fun routes in the air.”

Classic special stages make a return.

Hornet Badnik. (Forget his name. Not Buzzbomber) Shown in screen shots.

Other screenshot shows Sonic smash though a wall that becomes a bunch of checkered bricks.

Another screenshot shows Sonic grabbing a handrail which goes across a wire. (Very Advance)XP

No floaty LBP physics. Classic Sonic Gameplay, classic Sonic speed. Says Izuka.

Not 3-D, but all CG pre-render.

Gamers will get classic “try again” ending if not successful at getting all emeralds. If you get all emeralds, you get cliffhanger ending for episode 2.

“If Sonic 4’s return to form (there they go again. ) is the Sonic experience you have been waiting 16 years for, then we strongly encourage you to try this.”

Thanks to Doctor Eggman at the SSMB and JasontheJackass in this articles comments for the heads up.

Original article below –

According to subscribers of Nintendo Power the U.S. official Nintendo magazine the latest issue contains an interview about Sonic 4 but no details further than that have been given as of yet. A scan of the magazine cover supports the fact it does indeed contain something Sonic 4 related. If you have the issue we’d appreciate it if you could send us any new information revealed to shadzter@sonicstadium.org and we’ll credit you in this article.

In other news the magazine has reviewed Sonic Classic Collection for DS and given it a score of 7/10.

Source: GoNintendo

First Footage Of Sonic Classic Collection

UPDATE: The same YouTube user has posted game play from Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic 2. Thanks Eggman123 and Pearl for the heads up.
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Original article below –

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Thanks to YouTube user RondoOfBloodX fans of Sonic’s Mega Drive/Genesis series who are on the wall about purchasing Sonic Classic Collection on Nintendo DS can now rejoice as from this footage we can see everything is running perfectly smooth, graphics are fine and the sound seems to be fine too. Check it out in the above video and let us know if its a yes or a no from you in the comments.

Direct link to video

Thanks to sagagadego09 at the SSMB for the heads up!

Nintendo Power Previews Classic Collection, Notes Framerate Issues

Nintendo Power have just released their preview of Sonic Classic Collection in their latest issue (#252) and give an expectedly straightforward preview.  It mentions everything that you thought that it would, thanks to the recent string of media that hit the net last week.  One thing that sticks out is the preview’s mention of “framerate issues.”  Nintendo World Report’s preview also made light of hiccups in the collection’s framerate.

What has yet to be determined is whether these framerate issues are old or new.  Yeah, when you had a lot of rings and lost them all, for instance, the originals chugged, but are there new framerate issues as a result of porting?  We will find out soon enough.

Check out the scanned image of the preview below:

29 Clean Sonic Classic Collection Photos Hit the Blognik

AAUK has provided TSS with the link to more Sonic Classic Collection images.  This time, however, the images are not mocked onto a DS.  You can see them in their full 2D glory.

The bottom screen’s purpose is outlined much better in this batch of screenshots as well.  It looks like it will be the home of saving/loading, pausing and a small description on each game.  Check out our gallery below:

[via Sonic City Blognik]

[UPDATED – FIXED SCREENS] 27 Sonic Classic Collection Screenshots Released

Thanks to Fred D. for sending us this tip!

French Sonic fansite Eversonic has uploaded 26 high resolution photos of the upcoming Sonic compilation (UPDATED – now we have the high res greatness).  It looks like the top screen shows the game and the bottom screen has a “load/save” feature with some fun facts.

Also, the game’s boxart says “4 games in 1,” featuring Sonic 1 thorough Sonic 3 & Knuckles, but there is a screenshot of Sonic 2 & Knuckles.  Lock-on play is coming to this collection!  Check out our gallery below:

[NEW UPDATE] Limited Edition of Sonic Classic Collection Confirmed for Spain, Australia Only

Not only is Spain getting different boxart (here’s the U.S. version), it’s also getting a special edition!  The special edition of Sonic Classic Collection will come in a tin case.  In addition to the game, players will receive 5 illustrations (boxart for Sonic 3, Sonic Chaos and a pair of Sonic Screen Saver images) and a classic Sonic figurine.  If only the Sonic on the boxart could follow suit.

Will this super cool package come to the rest of Europe and/or the U.S.?  Who knows.

[via GoNintendo]

UPDATE: EB Games AU has put up a listing for the limited edition now (in English, too).  Their listing also includes an “O ring sleeve:”

  • Limited Edition Tin
  • O-ring sleeve
  • 5 x postcard – exclusive imagery
  • 2D styled – 3D Classic Sonic Figurine
  • Game Case

The price that EB Games lists is $58.  Fiddy-8 Aussie Bucks.

[via EB Games AU]

UPDATE 2: AAUK has confirmed at the Sonic City Blognik that this limited edition of Sonic Classic Collection will ONLY be for Spain and Australia.

Why those two countries?  I don’t know.  It is what it is.

SEGA Europe Reveals Sonic Classic Collection Release Date

Under all the Project Needlemouse mania SEGA Europe have quietly updated the product page for upcoming portable retro-fest Sonic Classic Collection. The page now displays a 12th March 2010 release date.

SEGA’s Australian product page for the game has also received an update with the same 12th March 2010 release date, a day later than SEGA Australia originally had it down for in a recent schedule sent out to press. SEGA of America’s product page still has the game down for a March 2010 release but nothing specific yet, we’ll let you know when a solid date is announced.

The BBFC list the full features of the game as follows –
n/a SONIC CLASSIC COLLECTION
n/a SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (GAME)
n/a SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 (GAME)
n/a SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3 (GAME)
n/a SONIC & KNUCKLES (GAME)
n/a KNUCKLES IN SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 (GAME)
n/a KNUCKLES IN SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3 (GAME)
00:00:45:00 SONIC CHRONICLES – THE DARK BROTHERHOOD (VIDEO)
00:03:05:00 THE HISTORY OF SONIC (VIDEO)
n/a SONIC ART (IMAGE GALLERY)
00:05:15:00 SONIC CLASSIC COLLECTION CREDITS
n/a GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE

Do you plan on picking up the game and enjoying some portable classic Sonic gaming? Speak out in the comments.

Sonic Classic Collection Australian Release Date, ASR Delayed?

SEGA Australia have issued a release schedule to press and in it we see Nintendo DS compilation Sonic Classic Collection has been given a release date of 11th March 2010. Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing is also in the schedule but not at the 26th February date seen on SEGA’s website, it instead has a date of 4th March for Wii and DS. Could we be seeing a small delay at least in Australia? We’ll try to find a release schedule for the other 3 formats and we’ll update when we’ve got some official clearance on this news.

Source: SEGA Australia release schedule at GoNintendo

Sonic Classic Collection Releasing March 2nd In U.S.?

Sonic Classic Collection U.S. Box Art

We all know retailers love to speculate release dates for future games well the fun has begun with Sonic Classic Collection on Nintendo DS that SEGA confirmed to be launching March 2010. Amazon.com are now listing the game and have it down for a March 2nd 2010 release in U.S. shores so they have their month right at least. Price is also listed at the very fair $29.82.

Amazon also confirm Sonic & Knuckles will lock-on with Sonic 2 and 3 but there is no mention of Sonic 1 so the Blue Sphere game that’s been present in past collections may be absent in this one.

Here’s Amazon’s product info –
* All of the best original Sonic games in one fantastic compilation
* These much-loved classics come complete to the handheld arena for the first time. Now you can experience the games that defined a genre anywhere, anytime
* For the first time in Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic The Hedgehog 2, players can saved their progress at any point while playing so that you miss none of the non-stop action

Sonic The Hedgehog, one of the world’s most recognized and successful video-game characters returns to the Nintendo DS in this new collection of his original adventures. Sonic Classic Collection is the complete compilation of the original SEGA Genesis Sonic titles, consisting of the following genre-defining games: • Sonic The Hedgehog • Sonic The Hedgehog 2 • Sonic The Hedghog 3 • Sonic & Knuckles It also features two extra lock-on modes from the originals whereby Knuckles becomes a playable character in both Sonic 2 and 3 to complete the full experience. For the first time the best of classic Sonic comes to the Nintendo DS for a new generation of gamers!

More Sonic Classic Collection U.S. Details And Box Art

Sonic Classic Collection U.S. Box ArtBox Art

SEGA of America have revealed more on the U.S. version of Sonic Classic Collection on the game’s product page including the U.S. box art which contains a very different background compared with the European artwork. Also on the website is the game’s ESRB rating of E for Everyone and the release date that has been updated from Spring, 2010 to March, 2010 which means the game will hit the U.S. the same month as Europe.

U.S. Press Release
U.S. product page

So, which box art do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.

What Up With That?: Sonic Classic Collection

Ooooooooooo weeeeeeee… what up with that?

It’s official… Sonic Classic Collection is coming to the Nintendo DS (I’m surprised that SEGA has not run out of names for their Sonic compilations).  The Genesis games have been whored-out onto every console and gadget, including my grandfather’s pacemaker and the Atari 2600.  It was inevitable  that Nintendo’s best-selling handheld would get in on the action.

Today on “What Up With That?,” we’re not going to ask why SEGA keeps repackaging the Genesis Sonic games (because it has been made perfectly clear that they love to make money through exerting minimal effort), but looking at these screenshots that they have put out with their press release.  Questions have been floating around many a Sonic forum over the past day or two, so hit the break to recap all the weirdness: Continue reading What Up With That?: Sonic Classic Collection

[UPDATE] SEGA EU Unveils Sonic Classic Collection For DS

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UPDATE:
Sega of America have also set up a product page for the game and list a release of Spring 2010 for the U.S./UPDATE END

SEGA Europe have officially unveiled Sonic Classic Collection for Nintendo DS, a game most in the community have known about since it’s appearance at the BBFC website we reported on. We also revealed the game was headed for Nintendo DS after it appeared at the OFLC website.

Martin-the fat ninja who works on the Sonic City Blognik with ArchangelUK has revealed a press release and screenshots for the game this afternoon. We have the press release and screens for you below –

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (XX November, 2009) — SEGA Europe Ltd and SEGA of America, Inc. today announced that, for the first time ever, the original games from legendary gaming icon, Sonic The Hedgehog™ will be coming to the Nintendo DS™ system early 2010. Sonic Classic Collection™ gathers together the first four Sonic The Hedgehog adventures – Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles – introducing some of the most influential Sonic titles to a whole new generation of gamers exclusively for the DS.

Sonic Classic Collection allows fans both old and new to speed through the much loved zones of the four original Mega Drive adventures, in a bid to collect the chaos emeralds and save the world. Optimised to take full advantage of the Nintendo DS system, Sonic Classic Collection will feature a new save anywhere feature, a first in this original series, meaning that the games can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime! Gamers will also be given the chance to expand their knowledge with a wealth of extras including video and collectable pictures that are sure to be fan favourites.

“The phenomenal successes of the original Sonic games are the pillar of today’s Sonic brand recognition” commented Gary Knight, European Marketing Director SEGA Europe. “Sonic Classic Collection for DS will allow a new audience to enjoy a timeless collection of games, whilst older Sonic fans can revel in the nostalgia of playing their favourite Sonic titles. It’s a perfect amalgamation of heritage and new generation entertainment”

Sonic Classic Collection for the Nintendo DS™ system will hit stores in March 2010.

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Thanks to bolt7 at the SSMB for bringing the news to our attention.

SEGA Europe also have the press release at their website and a product page set up with the game’s box art.

Sonic Classic Collection Rated By BBFC

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Seem’s SEGA have another Sonic collection title on the way as if we haven’t been given enough already. SEGA Europe submitted Sonic Classic Collection to the BBFC on the 11th November where the BBFC have today given it a U rating and have made no cuts.

The following content is what they rated –

n/a SONIC CLASSIC COLLECTION
n/a SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (GAME)
n/a SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 (GAME)
n/a SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3 (GAME)
n/a SONIC & KNUCKLES (GAME)
n/a KNUCKLES IN SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 (GAME)
n/a KNUCKLES IN SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3 (GAME)
00:00:45:00 SONIC CHRONICLES – THE DARK BROTHERHOOD (VIDEO)
00:03:05:00 THE HISTORY OF SONIC (VIDEO)
n/a SONIC ART (IMAGE GALLERY)
00:05:15:00 SONIC CLASSIC COLLECTION CREDITS
n/a GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE

With a Sonic Chronicles video features could we be seeing this game hitting the DS? We’ll keep you up to date if and when more information is made available. For now, check out the full rating here.