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. The titles and their prices (plus links for each US page) are below:
As a matter of disclosure, the author of this article has invested in the Smach Z Indiegogo campaign.
When I first heard about the Smach Z (initially revealed as the Steam Boy) back in 2014, I knew it was something I wanted. In addition to being a Sonic fan, I’m also a big portable gamer, so a console that could allow me to take some of my favorite Sonic games (and some other titles like NiGHTS and Witcher 3) on the go for the first time immediately caught my interest. Unfortunately, the reality has been a bit more complicated then what the initial pitch promised. Since its announcement, the system’s price has more than doubled, from $300 to $699, to accommodate more ambitious hardware (though it is currently possible to pre-order the console for $629). The system has also had to change its internal hardware twice. This and other development issues have caused the system to be delayed for nearly two years so far. But now, the console may finally be hitting the home stretch, with hardware that is supposedly on the verge of being finalized and a planned September shipping date for backers. As the company revs up for a planned 2018 holiday launch, it invited both press and backers to check out a prototype during E3.
So when I was offered the chance to check out the hardware myself, I had one question on my mind: how does it run Sonic Generations? The Smach Team was willing to indulge my curiosity when I went to check out the Smach Z prototype in a small room situated right across the street from the LA Convention Center at Hotel Figueroa. While I don’t have the best eye for things like frame rate, my fellow Sonic Stadium staffer Jason Berry does, and luckily he was with me to help me determine exactly how well the Smach Z hardware handled the game. These impressions are based off of a prototype of the 8GB “Pro” SKU, connected to an external display and played with a Steam controller.
So how did Sonic Generations perform? Pretty well. We first tried the game out at its default settings: 1080p resolution, FXAA anti-aliasing, letter box display mode, v-sync, and low shadow and reflection quality. At these settings, the game managed 30 fps with occasional frame skips. At basically the same frame rate as the 360 version, that may not seem too impressive…until one considers that the Xbox 360 achieved this frame rate at a resolution of 720p, and that the PC version was actually rather demanding when it came out in 2011. As someone who was fine with the frame rate on the Xbox 360 original, I was happy with this result. Things got even better when we decided to go into the settings and drop the resolution down to 720p. This allowed the game to hit a silky smooth 60 fps.
So this portable is capable of running Sonic Generations pretty well, which means it should also be quite capable of running many of the other Steam games I was hoping to play on it, such as NiGHTS into Dreams and Sonic Adventure 2. From a performance perspective, the Smach Z looks like everything I was hoping it would be. But does that mean I’d recommend you go out and pre-order right now? Well…no.
For one, despite the system’s expected September shipping date, Smach Team still doesn’t have a fully functional portable prototype available to show to the press. The prototype I got to see was connected to a flatscreen TV and operated with a mouse, keyboard, and Steam controller. This means I have little to say about the system’s comfort or build quality. The Smach Team did have a 3D printed mold of the final casing on display, which was fairly comfortable to hold, but being comfortable to hold and comfortable to play are two different things.
Team Smach told us that they intend to demonstrate a fully functional Smach Z prototype at Gamescom in August. As it stands, I’ll be surprised if the console meets its planned September shipping date to backers. While I don’t buy into talk that the Smach Z is a “scam” or that the people behind it are crooks, hardware development is expensive and complex, and there isn’t technically a real guarantee that this thing will even make it to production.
The Smach Z is, on paper, everything I’ve wanted from a portable device for a long time, and then some. It will be able to not only run games like Sonic Generations, NiGHTS into Dreams, and a variety of other officially released SEGA games on Steam, but it will also be capable of running a variety of PC emulators (the Smach Team confirmed Dolphin to us, though I can’t vouch for it myself), and supposedly even current triple A PC titles at medium to low settings. Users will apparently even be able to customize the Smach Z’s button layout with “z-pads,” circular button inputs that will “click into” the two circular touch pads on either side of the device. These z-pads have been shown taking the form of directional pads, a second analog stick, and even different console button layouts. As a concept, it has a lot of potential, but it remains to be seen how well the Smach Z will be able to fulfill that potential, or if it will even be able to do it at all.
The specs for two of the Smach Z SKUs are posted in the image below:
In addition to the regular and Pro SKUs, there is also an Ultra SKU with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB of SSD. All three SKUs can currently be pre-ordered from the website for 10 percent off retail price at $629, $809, and $989 respectively. Pre-orders can be canceled, according to the website.
I’ve heard of “timed exclusivity,” but seven years is a little overkill, isn’t it? Ah well, better late than never!
Sonic Generationsfinally hit Xbox One backward compatibility last week—with the added bonus of Xbox One X enhancements—and now it seems fans who hadn’t preordered the game on Xbox 360 seven years ago (or who don’t own it on Steam) can finally enjoy the complete experience at no additional charge.
Microsoft held their second episode of Inside Xbox yesterday, in which they share a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s inner workings, and today’s livestream held a special announcement regarding backward compatibility on Xbox One.
The gaming giant revealed that a handful of backward compatible Xbox 360 games will become Xbox One X-enhanced, a beefy update through which last-gen titles receive a substantial performance boost on the most powerful home console on the market, after the presentation. Among them is none other than Sonic Generations, which also means that the 20th anniversary title celebrating Sonic’s history has also been finally retrofitted for the Xbox One family of systems as of today!
Episode 2 of Inside Xbox also revealed a ton of new original Xbox games being added to the backward compatible library, including SEGA’s own Panzer Dragoon Orta.
Among the bevy of VGM cover artists I follow on the web, one standout artist in particular shines with his rock/metal arrangements of classic gaming themes in the form of “GaMetal.”
Week by week, Jonny Atma wows the scene with all sorts of fantastic VGM covers featuring his trademark solos, covering nearly every song under the sun from the popular to the obscure, and fan-favourites from the Sonic series is no exception. While he has covered a handful of tracks from the franchise in the past, Atma wrapped up the month of February with not just one, but two remixes of some of the best boss tracks Sonic the Hedgehog has to offer.
Disclaimer:The views in this piece may not reflect the views of TSS or other writers on the staff team. The intention of The Spin is to promote debate and discussion of an issue or something that’s happening in the fandom or the world of Sonic.
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.”
My Nintendo have announced today a tie-in promotion to celebrate the Sonic Forces’ release on Switch. The promotion comes with 50% off offers (that cost gold or platinum coins) on most Sonic titles on Wii U and 3DS, plus a couple of bonuses.
Anyone who’s ever wanted to own every Sonic game on Steam is in luck today: from now until 1 p.m. EST/6 p.m. BST tomorrow, every Sonic game on the service will be on sale for 75 percent off.
For those of you who have never bought a Sonic game on the service before, Steam has an even better deal for you: a bundle that not only includes Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, but also gives you Sonic Generations and its Casino Nights DLC completely free.
The Sonic Games Collection Steam bundle is currently going $28.24/£19.49. The Collection usually goes for $112.99/£77.99. You can check out the bundle and individual games here.
Crisis City was once a shining and prosperous metropolis before Iblis was unleashed upon the world, and the immortal Flames of Disaster turned the city to ruin and brought all life in the world to its knees. The apocalyptic city appropriately set the tone for the rest of the plot in Sonic ’06, and not even it being wiped from canonical existence prevented its return in Sonic Generations five years later.
For today’s Mash-Up Monday, we take another look at the music of Crisis City across its ’06 and Generations incarnations, all composed and arranged by Tomoya Ohtani. YouTuber Aeon Eric already mashed the original, Classic, and Modern themes up together in the past, but a remastered edition was produced not long after. As a bonus, keener listeners might pick up on a Kingdom Hearts-related surprise towards the end of this mashup.
This past Thursday, Sega released 4 new Sonic themes for the 3DS Theme Shop in NA. One of the which, the 25th Anniversary theme, is free to download! The other three can be bought individually for $2 USD each (sadly I can’t find the CDN prices) or in a 3-theme bundle for $4.99 USD or $6.49 CDN.
The 4 themes with their names and songs are:
Sonic series: 25th Anniversary (Music: Sonic Heroes “System Screen: Team Select”)
Sonic series: Sonic Style (Music: Sonic Generations: “System Screen: Option Menu”)
Sonic series: Classic Style (Music: Sonic the Hedgehog 3: “System Screen: Character Select”)
Sonic series: Boom Style (Music: Sonic Boom: “Main Theme”)
Today in this week’s NA Nintendo Downloads PR, it was announced that various Sonic games are on sale on the NA eShop on both Wii U and 3DS, and there’s quite a few games to choose from. You can view the entire list below.
I don’t think I’ve seen so many Sonics together in a single photo before…
In the last few minutes, First 4 Figures released 5 images of their upcoming Sonic Generations Diorama piece originally revealed back in November on their Facebook page, and it looks to be nearing completion.
First 4 Figures has confirmed that the statues are now complete and ready to be boxed up in preparation for shipping, and has been given a rough delivery schedule of mid-late August for delivery to collectors.
Is yours in amongst all of this lot..?
We’ll be sure to provide an in-depth look once we get ours!
Steam’s Autumn sale is currently underway and among the savings is an incredible offer for the entire Sonic collection – just £9.99 for 14 games, old and new, along with their respective DLC in the case of Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Generations, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
For under a tenner you can get all of the following:
Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Sonic 3D Blast
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
Sonic Adventure DX
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
Individually, the price of these games would total over £100, so this is an absolutely fantastic deal if you don’t already own the entire collection. You’ll have to act fast though – the sale is only on until tomorrow, so head on over to Steam quickly and splash your cash!
A direct link to the Sonic Hits Collection can be found by clicking here
While we’ve had the Wii U for a full year now, the PS4 and X-Box One have made their debut. Since Sonic Lost World is part of the new generation of systems, I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on the best Sonic games of this past Generation. It was a hard list to make, not because there was a ton of great Sonic games to choose from but because there were so few to be brutally honest. Also, I have one rule to this list, no spinoffs. This means no Mario and Sonic or All-Stars Racing. (I should have been stricter with the staff pics and added no remakes or fan games but too little too late.) I wanted this to focus solely on Sonic. This means there’s a game in here that wouldn’t normally make any top five list. So prepare for the good, the great and the…..meh.
NOTE: This is an opinionated article and everyone’s gonna have their favorites, so if your list is different from mine that’s fine but let’s make a huge fuss over it okay?
Chances are if you wanted one of these you’ve already pre-ordered by now, but here you go anyway. First 4 Figures have opened pre-orders for their Sonic statue, however unlike previous editions, this is part of their new ‘diorama’ range.
The scene depicts modern and classic Sonic skateboarding through the iconic City Escape stage as depicted in Sonic Generations. Whilst the statue may get a lot of you excited, some may end up being priced out of these as they’re VERY expensive!
The standard edition is limited to 1000 units and costs $299.99 (£185)
The ‘exclusive’ edition is limited to 450 units and costs $329.99 (£204)
However, don’t forget those prices do not include shipping, for people living in the UK you’re looking at an extra $30 on top of that.
Also if you are interested in pre-ordering, please be aware of what the statue will actually look like when you get it, the image at the top is very eye catching but it also has a lot of photoshopped effects that will not be on the final statue, this is a more true to life image of what it will look like.
Part of a new Dioramas series of statues (yes that does imply there are more to come), the first in the series is ‘Sonic Generations City Escape’ and shows classic and Modern Sonic skateboarding through City Escape.
No details on price just yet, however pre-orders open up on November 19th (next tuesday) for those who are interested.
Following last week’s North American release, the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations is now available on the European Nintendo eShop. The digital edition of Sonic’s handheld 20th Anniversary game can be yours for £19.99. Just make sure you have plenty of space on your SD card.
And now, for something completely different, here’s a quirky yet pretty cool mash-up TailsChannel put together not too long ago!
When Sonic Generations was formally announced by SEGA through a trailer showcasing Sonics classic and modern in action, many were quick to discover that the track used in the anniversary title’s first preview was Kele’s TENDERONI.
With the trailer to Sonic Lost World gone online via a pre-E3 Nintendo Direct, it was soon pointed out that the tune accompanying the video was none other than Benny Banasi and Gary Go’s Cinema.
I don’t think I have to tell you much else about what we’re showing off for Mash-Up Monday!
Don’t forget to send your mash-up tips over via firstname.lastname@example.org!
Now you can take your blue hedgehogs on the go… on the go!
Sonic Generations 3DS is now up for grabs on the digital market! North American 3DS owners can purchase the handheld edition of the 20th anniversary title for $29.99 via the Nintendo eShop, as announced via SEGA’s Twitter earlier today.
The Blue Adventure version features an entirely different set of stages and bosses, save for Green Hill and the Rival bosses, and an online multiplayer mode compared to its White Spacetime counterpart, so to those who’ve been on the fence on picking up Gen3DS should be pleased to know that they can now pick it up from the comfort of their living room!
If you plan on going digital with your games, make sure you’ve got a sizeable SD memory card!
Combining Tomoya Ohtani’s classicized take on Rooftop Run from Sonic Generations with Zedd and Foxes’s Clarity, XlovesMiku presents a Rooftop Clarity – a rather unique combination what with the bittersweet lyrics playing over a jaunty tune!
Perhaps, to those who tragically missed the SoS waves, maybe this Mash-Up Monday could be your remedy?
…and I am not sorry for that pun. No refunds.
Got a mash-up of your own you’d want featured on TSS? Or have you found one that you believe deserves the spotlight? If your answer is yes to either question, send your submissions or findings our way via email@example.com.
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Rooftop run is one of our favourite levels in both Unleashed and Generations. So when we had to pick a level to challenge the staff at The Sonic Show with, it was obvious what we were going to do.
For the last seven days, The Sonic Show has been going Let’s Play mad with a new LP every day. To round the week off the only solution was to get four of the staff involved in a mad cap race to the finish to see who is the ultimate Rooftop Run…ner?
Sonic Generations has quietly joined the Xbox 360 Classics range this month (March 1st to be precise), a status awarded by Microsoft to games that reach an unknown high sales number. Along with this status comes a budget price; in fact the below UK retailers are selling the game for as little as £12.99, so if you’re still on the fence, there’s no better time to snatch it up.
Some of you might know of an anime/light novel series called Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!… If not, then you might at least know of Rikka Takanashi, one of the lead characters, who has gained some amount of internet fame through a short video featuring her spinning her fingers and shaking her hindquarters to Trina’s Pull Over.
TripleKyun then had the brilliant idea of mashing the entire track with Stardust Speedway Bad Future JP, as it was arranged in Sonic Generations! For Mash-Up Monday, with plenty of finger wagging from Metal Sonic and Rikka, here is Pull Over (That Metal Too Fast)!
If you have a mash-up of your own, or found one you find should have a spot on the front page, you know where to send it! Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org!
After a little over a year in development, Sonic Retro community members Dario FF, Twilightzoney, and Chimera have released what is likely to be the one of the greatest non-Christmas presents PC gamers could ever ask for. For those who own Sonic Generations, start howling with joy, because the Unleashed Project Mod is finally available to the public!
The mod replaces the Generations stages with the daylight levels from Sonic Unleashed! That’s right: Apotos, Mazuri, Spagonia, Holoska, Chun-nan, Shamar, Adabat and Empire City have been successfully ported and beautifully remastered in high definition for your gaming pleasure! Not to mention a brand spankin’ new White Space to go with it, complete with its own Unleashed White Space Medley!
Be sure to thank the Unleashed Project Team, because this is a job well freaking done. Check out the release trailer after the jump!
This weekend, Gamersgate has a HUGE sale on all available Sonic PC Titles. All Sonic games are anywhere from 50%-75% off. This includes Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sonic Generations, Sonic 4, Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 Sonic CD and many Sonic Genesis titles for as little as $1.25 and up! The sale is only for this weekend, so hurry up and nab a huge Sonic collection for your PC!
For all two of you who haven’t bought every Sonic game, here’s a great deal!
Greenman Gaming is selling ten of Sonic’s biggest titles for $26.95 American. Titles included are…
Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing
Sonic 4: Episode 2
Sonic 4: Episode 1
Sonic Adventure 2
Sonic Adventure DX
Sonic 3 and Knuckles
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
That’s pretty much Sonic’s main gaming history not including side games and Colors. Even if you have these games on other consoles, it’d be kinda nice to have them all together on your P.C. Don’tcha think? It doesn’t say when this sale ends, but I’m sure it won’t last too long.
Several community sites have been in discussion about fund raisers, and so thanks to some very kind donations from SEGA and webmasters, several very rare items of Sonic the Hedgehog merchandise are being auctioned off via eBay over the coming weeks.
Below are some of the eBay listings for items in this sale:
In an update to his blog, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson has revealed that Sonic Generations was added to Xbox Live Marketplace’s Games on Demand yesterday. The game is available to download for £24.99/$29.99/29,99€/$49.95AU, with a demo available to try before you buy. Oddly, SEGA hasn’t said a word about this on their blog or social media sites.
If you missed our review, you can check it out here.
UPDATE: The game is up on the PS Store and actually costs £14.99.
SCEE has revealed a list of the first budget PS3 Essentials titles that will be released for download from the EU PS Store later today, and Sonic Generations is one of them. Sonic’s 20th Anniversary game will be available at the cheap price of £15.99.00/€19.99/AU$24.95. Sonic Unleashed and SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collectionhave also been announced for the PS3 Essentials range, but it appears they will be coming at a later date. Gamers who prefer physical media will also be able to pick up PS3 Essentials games in stores.
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