Sonic Talk 44: Schrodinger’s Sonic

Right now, Archie Sonic is much like Schrodinger’s Cat. Until we get an official confirmation, he is both cancelled and not-cancelled. In this week’s Sonic Talk, we discuss Sonic’s apparent comic cancellation and what this means for the future of non-game Sonic media. We also discuss what recent games we’ve been playing and the flat level design of the Green Hill Zone in Sonic Forces. All that, and more so stay tuned! Sadly, this was recorded just before the news broke about the third character.

Also, sorry about the title screen. I was going for something and it didn’t work out that well. I know it’s kinda ugly, but this took me forever to edit. My hard drive got wiped out so I had to red-download all of my editing tools.

New Sonic Mania Zone Leaked?

It’s the licensing expo in Vegas this week, once again Sega is in attendance.

Only this time they might have leaked an unannounced stage in Sonic Mania.

In both an advert for a licensing meeting and on Segas booth itself there are a number of screenshots from Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania including one which appears to be from an unannounced level.

After a few other images were posted a few Sonic fans played around with the images and came up with the following.

It appears to be a gothic castle like stage with a water motif.

Sega have yet to comment on the stage but odds are that will change soon now it’s been discovered.

Oh and until we get word otherwise, I’m calling this stage ‘CastleMania Zone.’

Sonic Mania is Now ESRB-Certified for All Platforms Except Nintendo Switch

Receiving news about a delay for a video game is a bittersweet occasion. On one hand, it means having to wait all the longer for a game’s already highly anticipated release as its launch is pushed further ahead, but on the other hand, one can’t really complain about extra polish to ensure greater quality from the final product.

Such was the case with Sonic Mania when the Sonic Team panel at SXSW 2017 revealed that the game wouldn’t be launching this spring as originally envisioned, and has since been pushed towards a summer launch. Turns out that the wait might be over sooner than we think, as the ESRB has just recently published on their website that the game will be rated “E for Everyone” once it launches on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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New Footage and Screenshots of Flying Battery Act 1 Released for Sonic Mania

Like a bolt from the blue, a minute of new footage and some screenshots of Sonic Mania have been released. The new video gives us our first proper look at Flying Battery Zone act 1, which for a while only had little snippets to tease at what could be to come. Follows Knuckles as he scales both inside and outside the ship;

On top of that, there are three new screenshots showing Sonic, Tails and Knuckles in action. You can view them in the gallery below. All in all, it looks like quite a spiffy remaking so far!

With E3 around the corner, there’s bound to be more snippets like this coming our way. Also bear in mind that this is just act 1, who knows what act 2 will bring to the table.

Source: Gematsu (Youtube), Gematsu

UPDATE: Amazon Points to ‘September’ Release Date for Sonic Mania

It looks like we might have an idea as to when Sonic Mania may be released – and for those of you banking on a ‘Summer’ window as described by SEGA America recently, you may want to try asking Father Time to re-adjust the seasons so that Summer also includes September 4. Continue reading UPDATE: Amazon Points to ‘September’ Release Date for Sonic Mania

Official Japanese Sonic Mania Website Launches

SEGA Japan’s official Sonic Mania site has launched this week, complete with slick animations and rammed with information on characters, stages and other game content.

While the site only contains information that is already general knowledge, it will no doubt be a source of information in the near future.

Additionally, the placeholder site for the Official Sonic Forces Japanese site is also active, depicting two giant Eggman robots attacking a city, and the phrase “join the resistance”.

As always, we will keep you up to date on 2017 Sonic title announcements as they come.

Official Sonic Mania Japanese Website

Official Sonic Forces Japanese Website

 

Rumour: Sonic Mania to Include Animated Cut Scenes?

Sonic Mania continues to build levels of excitement in our senior staffers not seen since the nineties; we’ve adored every little element and reveal of what is set to be a fitting homage to Saturn/Genesis/Megadrive-era Sonic, lovingly crafted by the Mania team.

Among many speculations, fans have suggested that Sonic Mania may include animations akin to those book-ending Sonic CD. Last week, our eagle-eyed SSMB members spotted this WIP short animation above, posted and then quickly removed from the tumblr of Max Collins. The scene depicts an exchange between Sonic and one of the yet-to-be-seen Hard Boiled Heavies (the character having only been partially revealed in Mirage Saloon’s background). Collins resume includes work for Studio Yotta and Cartoon Network, leading to the postulation that they may have been recruited to develop animations for the game.

While the animation could easily be dismissed as a fan tribute, IndyCotton on the Sonic Retro forums gives even more compelling evidence, by drawing a comparison to the HBH model and the Heavy Gunner silhouette reveal from SXSW, as seen below. This would seem to suggest the artist has heavily inferred the model from this silhouette (including features such as the cape and head crest), or more likely has access to the final character model of this particular HBH (“His Boiled Highness”, perhaps?).

While this is all purely hype and hearsay, we certainly hope there is truth, even if just elements, as this would be a wonderful addition to the game.

As always, Sonic Stadium will keep you up to date on all Mania updates as they happen!

Props to Maxtiis (SSMB) and IndyCotton (Sonic Retro) for their evidence!

Check Out Tee Lopes’ Fresh New Sonic Mania Remix for Green Hill Act 2

It’s no secret by now that Sonic Mania will be borrowing many classic elements from the Blue Blur’s genesis years to shape up for one hell of a throwback experience. One of these elements that will no doubt delight Sonic 3 & Knuckles fans is how Tee Lopes has been composing the game’s soundtrack, as SEGA already confirmed that each Act of a given stage will be given a unique musical score.

Today, we are finally given a taste of how the OST for Mania will be shaping up with this detail in mind. Surprise footage from the official Japanese Sonic channel on YouTube featured new gameplay for Green Hill Zone Act 2, and a brand new theme to accompany it. That said, mind the hosts’ commentary, but give it a listen below!

The new remix certainly reminds me of Palmtree Panic from Sonic CD, but what do you guys think of Tee Lopes’ new take on the classic theme? Do you dig it, or are you also as disappointed as I am that the footage coyly cuts off before revealing the Zone’s boss? Share your thoughts with us below!

Source: SONICMOVIECHANNEL

Sonic Talk 43: Switching Forces

In this month’s Sonic Talk, it’s all about the Nintendo Switch. We go into our obsession with Zelda and our overall thoughts on the system. We then discuss the upcoming Sonic Forces along with the fact that Sonic Boom seems to only be on Boomerang now. This and a whole lot more. Just strap it to your veins!

Sonic Mania Will Feature Levels Inspired By Scrapped Mega Drive Stages

SEGA has revealed that the team working on Sonic Mania has been given access to a wealth of scrapped levels from past 2D Sonic games, opening the possibility of seeing levels like Dust Hill Zone and Genocide City in a completed form for the first time. Continue reading Sonic Mania Will Feature Levels Inspired By Scrapped Mega Drive Stages

AFD 2017: SEGA Reveals Big the Cat as Sonic Mania’s Fourth Playable Character

The cat is out of the bag! SEGA has announced that the happy-go-lucky purple feline, Big the Cat, will be a playable character in retro 2D platformer Sonic Mania as part of a cross-promotion with officially-sanctioned fan game Big’s Big Fishing Adventure 3. Continue reading AFD 2017: SEGA Reveals Big the Cat as Sonic Mania’s Fourth Playable Character

Sonic Mania Trailer Music Artist Headlining EGX Party in London

If you thought one of the best things about the Sonic Mania reveal trailer was the 8-bit music, then you’ll love this (assuming you live in the UK) – Nitro Fun, the artist behind those chiptune beats, will be headlining a special gaming-themed party in a couple weeks’ time during London-based show EGX Rezzed. Continue reading Sonic Mania Trailer Music Artist Headlining EGX Party in London

Sonic Mania OST to be released on vinyl?

While not 100% confirmed, it was put to the audience at SXSW today by SoA Sonic Community Manager Aaron Webber to whether fans would be interested in owning the Sonic Mania soundtrack on vinyl! At the moment this appears to be a WIP, but we will keep you up to date on whether or not this item makes it to production!

Thanks to TheEmuEmi on twitter for the image!

SXSW not streaming Sonic panel. Here’s how you can watch it!

SXSW revealed yesterday that they would not be livestreaming their panels tomorrow, including their Sonic panel. Luckily, Tails Channel is streaming it! You can watch it in the embedded video below:

If you can’t watch the video for whatever reason, we will be posting up news on the front page as it comes in!

 

Sonic Mania will will launch same day across all platforms, at the same price

According to a new interview with Sonic Community Manager Aaron Webber, no platforms will be getting any preferential treatment from Sonic Mania when it finally hits. According to the interview, conducted by Nintendo World Report, the game will be hitting the Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC at the same time and at the same price, although no further details were given on what the release date and price will be.

Webber also almost-sort-of confirmed that Sonic Mania will probably be utilizing the Switch’s Pro controller, although he cautioned that this should not yet be taken as a complete confirmation.

To watch NWR’s entire interview, just click the video below.

New Enemy Character and Green Hill Zone 2 Revealed for Sonic Mania

The Sonic the Hedgehog social media pages have revealed the origin of yesterday’s teaser image of a leg, with the owner of the appendage being a new Badnik on the Block, named Heavy Gunner. HG is part of the Hard Boiled Heavies, who while no further detail was given, will no doubt be antogonists of Sonic and friends in the new game. The stipulation that he is a member of this team alludes to there being more egg-shaped robots to face-off against throughout Mania, possibly akin to the Egg Robot in Sonic & Knuckles.

Additionally, a video was also released today showing off some of Green Hill Zone Act 2 (see below), in which the zone takes place against a vista backdrop paying homage to the Green Hill Zone beta design.

We continue to look forward to hearing more information on Sonic Mania (and the accompanying music to this zone) – and as always, stay tuned!

Sonic Talk 42: The End of Archie Sonic?

Our first all video episode! Stare in despair at Jason’s fat mug and incredibly messy room! Delight at GX’s poor haircut and massive Wii/WiiU collection! Watch as……Alex is too shy to show his face, so he just appears as an icon of Vyse from Skies of Arcadia.

In this month’s episode, we bitch about Switch, regale about Sonic Mania retail, say our peace about One Piece (GOLD) and discuss in phonic about the possible end of Archie Sonic. With the inability to subscribe online and issues being delayed, is the end of Archie Sonic near? All this and much more!

UK Retailer Claims Sonic Mania to Get “Physical Copies for All Platforms”

For the past month we’ve had a lot of retailers listing what appears to be a physical edition of Sonic Mania on the switch, so far Sega has been completely silent on the subject despite multiple retailers listing the game for pre-order.

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Sonic Mania, Project 2017 Reveals Coming To SXSW 2017

SXSW 2017 have announced they’ll be hosting a second Sonic panel for this year’s event, set to reveal news about the upcoming Sonic Mania and Project Sonic 2017.

Gotta Go Fast: The Official Panel of Sonic the Hedgehog will be hosted by Takashi Iizuka (Head of Sonic Team), Roger Craig Smith (Voice of Sonic), Mike Pollock (Voice of Eggman), and everyone’s favourite social media manager Aaron Webber.

The panel, set to be an hour long, confirms that we’ll be seeing a new behind-the-scenes look at the new Sonic titles debuting this year — and a few more surprises could be in store.

Dive into the world of Sonic the Hedgehog in this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at both Sonic Mania and the upcoming Sonic 2017! With presenters from SEGA and Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka, this panel will answer questions about both games, showcase a new reveal for each title, and will discuss Sonic’s resurgence in the world of gaming since the reveal of both games. Of course, with Sonic involved, who knows what other surprises might be in store?

SXSW 2017 takes place March 10th to March 19th in Austin, Texas. Gotta Go Fast: The Official Panel of Sonic the Hedgehog will begin at 5:00pm CST (23:00 GMT) on March 16th. Get excited!

Source: SXSW 2017

ToyWorld: “Solid Roadmap of Sonic Games for Next Few Years”

The January 2017 issue of Toy World Magazine contains two interesting bits of Sonic related news, first we have an article which not only comments on Sonic Mania and Project 2016, but also that Sega apparently have a roadmap for Sonic games for the next few years, suggesting that plans for 2018 and even 2019 are already on the drawing board (though honestly that’s not really too surprising). Continue reading ToyWorld: “Solid Roadmap of Sonic Games for Next Few Years”

Rumour: New Nintendo Switch ‘Sonic’ Game Discovered in Gamestop Listings

We already know that ‘Project Sonic 2017’ will be heading to Nintendo’s next home console, Switch. But if this supposed photo of a retailer’s March release schedule is any indication, there might be another Sonic game heading to the platform. Continue reading Rumour: New Nintendo Switch ‘Sonic’ Game Discovered in Gamestop Listings

UPDATE: New Sonic Mania Footage Reveals a Familiar Desert Zone, and Tails and Knuckles Playability

UPDATE Oct. 27: Additional commentary-free footage of Mirage Saloon, Tails, and Knuckles has been added to the original story, courtesy of Polygon and GameSpot.

At the 25th anniversary party, the debuting Sonic Mania trailer confirmed that Tails and Knuckles would be returning as playable characters for the retro celebration title. Today, we finally have footage of the pair, along with the reveal of a brand new desert-type Zone, seemingly inspired by the cut Desert Dazzle stage from the Sonic CD remaster.

See Mirage Saloon Zone in action in Kinda Funny Games’ playthrough—featuring Sonic Mania producer Lola Shiraishi—as well as additional gameplay below!

Continue reading UPDATE: New Sonic Mania Footage Reveals a Familiar Desert Zone, and Tails and Knuckles Playability

HoL’s Musings: Sonic’s Future and Potential on the Nintendo Switch

What seemed to be an eternity of waiting since its announcement on March 17th, 2015 has finally passed on October 20th, 2016, as Nintendo had at long last lifted the curtain on the “NX,” or should I say the Nintendo Switch. Even before that day, Sega officially announced that Sonic would indeed be making an appearance on the system. It won’t be just any game, but the even longer-awaited next main game from Sonic Team called Project Sonic 2017provided the Switch version is the same as the PS4/XBO/PC versions. Continue reading HoL’s Musings: Sonic’s Future and Potential on the Nintendo Switch

Sound Test Saturday: See the Sights! Experience the Sounds! Visit Amazing Studiopolis!

Ladies and gentlemen, it is good to be back.

Long time readers might remember an old weekly feature called “Sound Test Saturday,” where I highlight Sonic music remixes from across the vastness of the Internet—either found by me or submitted to the site by you—bringing you double the audio goodness alongside Mash-Up Monday. I’m happy to announce that this feature is a-go once again!

Tcommemorate this occasion, we’re kicking things off with two unique takes on the theme for Studiopolis Zone, composed by Tee Lopes from the upcoming Sonic Mania. First up below is a freestyle rap by Smooth4lyfe over the original song, with catchy lyrics that I can guarantee you won’t be able to listen to the song again without!

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Freak-Out Friday: Sonic Mania Gets the Highest Quality Rip Treatment There Is

The Internet changed forever in November 2014 when Vinesauce made the great discovery that was GRAND DAD, and thus, SiIvaGunner and their bed-rocking high quality rips were born. In July, SEGA celebrated Sonic’s 25 year-legacy by revealing the throwback 2D title Sonic Mania to the world with a hype-inducing debut trailer, accompanying music “Checkpoint” courtesy of Hyper Potions and Nitro Fun.

Now, put them together and what do you get?

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Sum-Up Sunday: Bricks, Booms, and Mania, Oh My!

News concerning all things fast and blue over the past few weeks has started to pick up quite a bit, and since a lot has transpired following the release of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, I think it’s fair to say that a quick recap of recent events is in order!

Read on below for the full breakdown of our Sonic coverage since the Fire & Ice launch:

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UK Pre-orders Now Open For Sonic Mania Collectors Edition With Amazon

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[UPDATE 4 – Oct. 18] The CE is back in stock again, hopefully for good this time.
[UPDATE 3 – Oct. 17] The Collector’s Edition is now out of stock. As a note, this happened with the North American listing as well shortly after availability, so this may open up again in the near future.
[UPDATE 2 – Oct. 17] Pre orders have returned at Amazon, to coincide with the official announcement.
[UPDATE 1 – Oct. 16] Links to the pre-orders have been removed – we will keep you up-to-date when they return! Amazon is currently still honouring all orders placed. Original story follows:

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Amazon Prime Members in Canada Can Now Save 20% Off Preorders and Newly Released Games

Sonic Mania Collector's Edition

So it’s no great secret that the Canadian dollar has flopped quite a bit over the past decade, with prices on imported goods having seen a major increase in order to make up for the drop in our currency’s worth. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime members in the US of A have enjoyed their exclusive 20% discount on the latest and upcoming hits in gaming while their northern neighbours wondered why they were still subscribed to this service in the first place if no such incentive was available to them.

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Sega Announces Sonic Mania Collectors Edition for North America

Earlier today the Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter announced the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition for North America.

Sonic Mania Collector's Edition

In addition to a download code for the game itself (of course!) on a metallic collector’s card, the pack features a 12 inch statue of Sonic standing on a Sega Genesis console – with added “Sega!” chorus when you flip the power switch – and a mock Genesis cartridge for Mania that opens up to reveal a golden ring. It’s about at close as we’ll get to an actual Sonic Mania cartridge!

The Sonic Mania Collectors Edition is priced at $69.99 ($89.99 in Canada), and is now available to pre-order at Amazon US/Ca:
Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition (Xbox One) (Canada)
Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition (Playstation 4) (Canada)
Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition (PC) (Canada)
The PS4 version briefly appeared as sold out, so supplies may be limited.

The Amazon listing also mentions a release date of May 31st 2017, which I believe is the first indication we’ve had of a solid release date. Time will tell if it turns out to be true.

No word on what (if anything?) the rest of the world is getting, but I can only hope it looks as good as this pack does!

Three Weeks Remain for Limited Edition Sonic Mania T-Shirts on Amazon

Sonic Mania keeps looking better the more we see from it, and all the more so with every little bit of footage sprinkling forward towards its Spring 2017 release. With that in mind, what if we looked better the more Sonic Mania we have on ourselves? Your dreams can come true today, as SEGA is selling a pair of official Mania T-shirts through Amazon – a Studiopolis Zone-based shirt and a “Triple Theat” tee starring icons of the game’s three playable characters.

However, this promotion is running for this month only, up until September 30th, and at the moment is only available through Amazon US. The Studiopolis tee, as well as a Triple Threat design with the Sonic Mania logo printed on it, were previously available on Amazon UK, though their listings appear to have vanished.

Have a closer look at the shirts themselves in the gallery below!

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