While at Comic Con last week, I managed to grab a SDCC exclusive copy of Tangle and Whisper issue number one, The very first IDW spin-off mini series based on comic exclusive Sonic the Hedgehog characters. Written by Ian Flynn with art by Evan Stanley.
Yes, it’s that time of year again – Sonic the Hedgehog officially turns 28 years old on this day, 23rd June 2019. I mean, he doesn’t -really- turn 28 because Sonic is not real (sorry), but today was the day, 28 years ago, that the original Sonic the Hedgehog game was released on Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. So, that makes Sonic (and Dr. Eggman, technically) the same age. Continue reading Happy Birthday Sonic the Hedgehog! 28 Years Old Today!
The tie-ins won’t stop! Japanese mobile RPG game Idola: Phantasy Star Saga is running a special promotion where you can grab a “Special Soul Symbol” based on the recently released racing spin-off title Team Sonic Racing.
In a recent interview with Japanese gaming website 4Gamer, Takashi Iizuka, the head of Sonic Team, answered some questions regarding Sonic’s future. The following excerpts from that interview were translated by Nintendo Everything.
When asked about Sonic’s upcoming 30th anniversary in 2021, Iizuka said that “planning would need to begin now,” and that he’d “really like for us to take on some sort of new challenge for it though.”
On the subject of Sonic in eSports, Iizuka was ambivalent, saying that because Sonic is primarily an action platformer, going into eSports “might not be feasible.” However, he did express a willingness to take on new genre challenges, bringing up the recently released Team Sonic Racing as an example. He indicated that “there’s always the chance that something suited to eSports might come out of those different projects.” The Sonic franchise is no stranger to spin-offs in other genres, so it would appear that an eSports focused Sonic spin-off is at least a possibility, albeit a remote one.
While this likely has nothing to do with Sonic’s still-far-off 30th anniversary, Iizuka did confirm that a new 3D Sonic title was in development earlier this year at SXSW’s Sonic panel.
As part of Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct, we got a new look at Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 for Switch. We got to see new footage of numerous events, as well as the release month of November 2019.
Sega also opened the website for the game showcasing the numerous events they’ve announced so far, starting with four new ones:
– Surfing – Snow Board
– Karate – Kumite
– Sport Climbing
– Skateboarding – Park
Sega also confirmed numerous characters, all returning from the previous games so far. The website displays Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Bowser from the Mario series, and Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Amy, and Eggman from Sonic’s series. However, others were shown in the trailer, including Donkey Kong and Silver.
Sega also confirmed the return of online multiplayer for the first time since Sochi 2014, though to what extent is not currently clear.
The trailer may also briefly features retro graphics for one of the events. Whether this is simply a flourish for the trailer, or a legitimate game mode is currently unknown.
Finally there are a few new screenshots to check out below:
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 releases on Switch this November.
We didn’t want to wait until the end of the month to talk about this one. Recorded the day after the trailer’s release, Jason, Alex and Chris discuss their opinions on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer. We may have seen leaked images early, but we weren’t going to pass judgement until we saw the hedgehog in motion. Well we did and…..it’s even worse than we thought. Join us and listen to what we thought of Sonic, James Marsden, Jim Carrey and more.
Video game legend and former Sonic Team character designer Naoto Ohshima turned 54 today. Ohshima is best known for designing Sonic the Hedgehog and Dr. Eggman, as well as directing Sonic Team classics like Sonic CD, NiGHTS into Dreams and Burning Rangers. After leaving Sonic Team following the completion of Sonic Adventure, Ohshima formed Artoon, where he would go on to create Blinx the Timesweeper (an attempt at creating a platforming mascot for the original Xbox) and act as a producer for a few Yoshi games.
These days, Ohshima serves as the Vice President of Arzest, a Japanese video game studio he helped form after leaving Artoon in 2010.
From all of us here at the Sonic Stadium, happy birthday Naoto Ohshima!
Yesterday we brought you the news that SXSW were teasing a Sonic related announcement.
Well that announcement has just been made and we can now reveal that there will be another Sonic Panel at this years SXSW! The initial details for the panel are as follows.
Date/Time: March 16, 2019, from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.
Aaron Webber (SEGA of America),
Jasmin Hernandez (SEGA of America),
Jun Senoue (SEGA),
Takashi Iizuka (SEGA of America)
Nothing has been confirmed or even teased with regards to announcements, but… and I stress this is my pure speculation here…
I’d like to think that since the panel is close to TSR’s release, there will be some new information on that, especially since Jun is… if you’ll excuse the pun… instrumental with the music for that game.
Jasmin Hernandez was also the production manager for Sonic Mania Adventures, could get confirmation of Season 2?
And you know that with Aaron and Iizuka on the panel, Aaron will do all he can to pry any secrets from Mr Iizuka on the day!
What do you think? What do you think will be announced or talked about, let us know in the comments.
Less than 24 hours after the first teaser poster for the upcoming Sonic movie was released, a second posted was spotted at a movie theatre showing Sonic sat on top of the Golden Gate Bridge displaying his hairy legs and the graffiti ‘Sonic Wuz Here.’
Well, a second photo has emerged of this poster at another theatre putting to rest claims that it was in fact a hoax, it is very real, so behold Sonic’s hairy legs!
In this month’s Sonic Talk, we talk about Shenmue and how sometimes nostalgia isn’t enough. More on Team Sonic Racing, our final thoughts on Sonic Mania Plus, the Sonic movie, GX’s distain for Funko Pops and much, much more! Continue reading Sonic Talk 55: Funko Pooped
Just two days before the Sega Ages games start rolling out in Japan, Sega in the west have announced the d3t-developed Sega Genesis Classics (Sega Mega Drive Classics in EU) for Switch. This was released earlier this year for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Continue reading Sega Genesis Classics announced for Switch
Sega have announced their line-up for this year’s Tokyo Game Show event in Japan (which includes Team Sonic Racing). Alongside it, they’ve announced a special stage event will be taking place on September 22nd at 15:10-15:40 that will be all about their Sega Ages line-up for the Switch eShop. The stage event promises updates including “major title-related announcements”. Continue reading SEGA AGES TGS Event Announced, Major Reveals Planned
Recently, there was a charity racing event in which several game studios took part, including Sumo Digital and Sega’s HARDlight studio. Each studio brought a special customised car, and HARDlight’s car was themed on Sonic Dash.
Well the event is over, and most (if not all) of the cars are now up for sale!
Yes, you can now own an official Sonic car!
Currently, the vehicle is at £360, which is a lot cheaper than some other pieces of Sonic merch! The vehicles are local pickup only, but all the money raised will go to Special Effect, so check out those bus times if you happen to put in the winning bid.
Sumo Digital are also selling their vehicle too, a Sumo Digital branded Subaru Impreza Turbo.
Remember how I wrote a month ago about what exactly do we do with all these epic promotional items? Well, now is your chance to save something quite epic and a genuine one off! The links to both auctions can be found at the end of this article. We wish Special Effect all the best with their auctions.
Growing up in the 90’s, I can remember seeing adverts for a very unique toy, Stretch Armstrong, he was a super hero who in the adverts would stop crime by using his powers to stretch, bit like Mr Fantastic from The Fantastic Four, only he later got a Dog and then a dedicated villain. Continue reading TSS Review: Sonic The Hedgehog Stretch Armstrong Toy
At the end of 2015, twitter user and bike enthusiast 250moriyuki wanted to test out his new bike around some of the more remote parts of Japan, on his journey he documented the trip and posted a number of images showcasing the sights on his adventures.
Including the following…
One of three images showing a giant Sonic statue, standing on what appears to be a snowboard held in place against two trees.
Only a handful of Sonic fans had seen this, at the time only a single blog entry showing a low quality image of it existed online which again didn’t give an exact location.
Given the lack of information and the significance of the find, many users on our forums including myself attempted to find the statue. We knew that it was in the Mie Prefecture and on the day moriyuki posted his original images, he mentioned the Soni Village, so we knew the rough area it was in.
However, despite efforts to pin point the location, that region is huge, with hundreds of roads, it was going to take a long time to find searching manually.
Since then, other images of the statue have surface, but again, no location posted.
Since August 2016, the trail had gone cold. Until last night…
SSMB user BxB-Meister posted a single image from what appears to be a google street view search showing the statue! Following a conversation with BxB, he agreed to give me the exact address of the statue on one condition.
That condition is to keep the exact location a secret for now.
The reason being is that the statue is in a very remote location and people are worried that once the location is fully revealed, the statue’s days are numbered, there is a risk of vandalism or even theft.
Until someone can go out there, and document this statue with the intention of taking high quality photographs and even video, it’s exact location should be kept secret.
Now that said, I will gladly give out the location of the statue if someone is able to go out there and document it. So here is the only hint as to where it is.
By car, it’s between 15-30min away from the Kindai University Technical College located in Nabari. So if you are capable of getting to that location, it should be very easy (even by foot) to get to the statue.
If you do happen to live in Japan can get to this area and are willing to go on an adventure, contact me via the SSMB forums and I will give you the address if you be worthy! Yup, I’m treating this exactly like a quest, because let’s be honest! This is as close to an RPG quest as we’re going to get!
So until the day comes where someone fully documents this statue, let’s hope it has many years ahead of it as it cheers on riders and other adventures!
Diamond Select Toys have been responsible for some very well done toy lines based on pre-existing licensed products such as Ghostbusters and Marvel. Well with New York Toy Fair just a few days away they have just announced that they will be making a new line of Sonic toys.
The first products will be on display at the International Toy Fair in New York City, with a focus on the core Sonic characters — the speedy hedgehog Sonic, the energetic Amy, Tails the two-tailed flying fox, Knuckles the powerful Echidna, Shadow the anti-hero hedgehog, Metal Sonic the evil robot hedgehog, and the mustachioed mastermind Dr. Eggman. Product categories include Gallery PVC dioramas, Minimates block figures, Vinimates vinyl figures and PVC mini-figures with collect-and-connect racetracks.
I’ll let you guys decide if you want to add that racetracks bit to the racer game rumour pile.
The company goes on to say
“It’s an honor and a challenge to develop products based a world with such a long history and distinctive style,” said Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira. “The Sonic Universe has so many possibilities that we are excited to explore – in our established categories, like Vinimates, Minimates and Gallery PVCs, but also the PVC mini-figure category, which we are diving into for the first time!”
So we have, diorama style figures, miniture block figures, mini figures and racer figures!
The toys are due for release around Christmas 2018, but they will apparently be on display at the New York Toy Fair which is next week.
We’ll update you as soon as we get more information.
With Sonic Force’s release now just three weeks away, SEGA is now finally showing off new parts of the game. Today’s trio of videos center around the game’s Avatar character, a boss battle and a somewhat new stage: Space Port.
I say somewhat because Space Port is technically the frozen-over Chemical Plant level we got our first screenshots of last week. It would appear the plant has been converted into launch base of some sort, with the chemicals now frozen solid in their tubes and vats. The “Rental Hero” feature allows you to rent other player’s heroes, and switch to them mid-level. SEGA also showed off a boss battle between the Avatar character and Force’s new antagonist, Infinite.
Sega revealed today that another old stage would be returning for Sonic Forces. This time the Chemical Plant is making an icy return.
Hinted at previously through in-game dialogue this is the first time we’ve seen the Chemical Plant Zone in Sonic Forces. However, unlike it’s incarnation in Generations and Mania, the Chemical Plant is a little chilly, it’s been frozen over with ice.
So far only screenshots showing the Avatar have been made available. But given the track history with Forces so far, odds are Classic and Modern Sonic will also see action in this stage.
If you’ve been into any videogame store recently, odds are you will have seen a line of figures called ‘Pixel Pals’ if not, here is what one looks like.
Just small little figures to sit on your desk and look at you whilst you do your homework. Well… it looks like Sonic might be joining the line.
A listing has appeared on Amazon.se which shows a listing for a ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Pixel Pal. No pictures of the product have been released, but a release date of November 15th 2017 and a price point of just under 15 Euros was in the listing.
As usual keep checking TSS as we’ll let you know additional details as and when we get them in.
Can you believe it’s been 26 years to the day that the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game was released on Sega Mega Drive? The blue blur is now way too far gone for any ‘old enough to drink/drive (though not at the same time)’ jokes. In fact, he’s well on his way to being old enough to starting a mortgage and a family. Continue reading Happy 26th Birthday, Sonic the Hedgehog!
European Playstation owners aren’t the only ones getting a Sonic sale! Starting today, Nintendo fans can also get in on the action. Sonic games on both the 3DS and Wii U platforms will be on sale for up to 60 percent off in both America and Europe. The sale will last until June 29th. For a full list of games on sale, please check the list below.
Special note: Virtual Console Game Gear Games are not a part of this sale in the United States.
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (SEGA EUR) – €19.99/£17.49/$14.99 (normally €39.99/£34.99/$29.99)
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (SEGA EUR) – €19.99/£17.49/$19.99 (normally €39.99/£34.99/$39.99)
Sonic Lost World (SEGA EUR) – €19.99/£17.49/$14.97 (normally €39.99/£34.99/$29.95)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (SEGA) – €15.99/£11.99/$11.98 (normally €39.99/£29.99/$29.95)
Sonic Generations (SEGA) – €9.99/£7.99/$11.99 (normally €24.99/£19.99/$29.99)
3D Sonic The Hedgehog (SEGA) – €2.24/£2.04/$2.99 (normally €4.49/£4.09/$5.99)
3D Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (SEGA) – €2.49/£2.24/$2.99 (normally €4.49/£4.49/$5.99)
Sonic The Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (SEGA, GG VC) – €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.49/£4.49)
Sonic Drift 2 (SEGA, GG VC) – €1.99/£1.79 (normally €3.99/£3.59)
Sonic Labyrinth (SEGA, GG VC) – €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.49/£4.49)
Sonic Blast (SEGA, GG VC) – €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.49/£4.49)
Sonic The Hedgehog (SEGA, GG VC) – €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.49/£4.49)
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (SEGA, GG VC) – €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.49/£4.49)
PSN’s EU store is having a sale on all its Sonic franchise titles, starting today and ending on July 5. Every single one of Sonic’s games on the store are available for at least 50 percent off. For a full rundown on the current prices, check the list below:
Sonic 1: £1.69
Sonic 2: £1.69
Sonic the Fighters: £1.69
Sonic Unleashed £4.99
Sonic Adventure: £1.69
Sonic Adventure 2: £2.49
Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (PS3 & Vita): £5.75
Sonic 4 Episode 1: £2.49
Sonic 4 Episode 2: £3.99
Sonic Generations: £5.79
The store also has a variety of SEGA games for sale, including Virtua Fighter 5 and Fighting Vipers.
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.
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