Following the worldwide release of Sonic Mania Plus last week, the first data indicates that the Nintendo Switch version accounted for 52% of all sales in the UK last week. The PS4 version accounted for 34% while the Xbox One version made up the remainder.
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.
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.
Sega has just released the E3 trailer for Team Sonic Racing and its got a rocking new Crush 40 tune to accompany it!
Team Sonic Racing is being developed by Sumo Digital and will be released this winter for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.
Less than a day following leaked images of the cover and in-game images, SEGA have officially lifted the curtain on the Team Sonic Racing. The game is being developed by Sumo Digital, who were behind the previous Sonic and SEGA All Stars titles.
The trailer above only shows demos a CGI introduction to the title, but confirms the name, it’s multi-platform release on Switch, PS4, XBox One, and steam, and a an expected release in Winter 2018. The trailer announces the opening of pre-orders for the game, with a link to www.TeamSonicRacing.com.
Are you looking forward to the game? On which system do you plan to buy the game on? Let us know in the comments below!
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.”
Sonic Forces has popped up for pre-order on Steam, and with that came some new info regarding this version of the game. Like the PC version of Sonic Mania, Sonic Forces will have Denuvo, a controversial anti-piracy program that is unpopular within PC gaming circles.
Sonic Forces on PC also appears to be co-developed by Hardlight Studios, which shares a development credit with Sonic Team on the game’s listing page. Hardlight Studio is a UK developer that specializes in mobile games. It has developed a variety of Sonic mobile games, including the recently released Sonic Forces: Speed Battle.
Like the PS4 and Xbox One versions, pre-ordering the game will net you a Shadow avatar costume and the SEGA pack, which includes avatar costumes for a variety of SEGA characters including NiGHTS and Beat.
The PC version of Sonic Forces is scheduled for release on the same day as the console version of the game, November 7.
After a two-week delay, Sonic Mania finally sees its PC release today on Steam. As a reward for their wait, PC gamers can expect a version of the game that includes several bug fixes that are still present in the console versions, in addition to the Super Sonic transformation that can now be activated via a dedicated button (and allowing continued use of the drop dash once the player has collected more than 50 rings with all Chaos emeralds in their possession). Continue reading Sonic Mania Arrives on Steam With Bug Fixes And DRM
Sonic Mania is out now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and set to release on Tuesday 29th August on Windows PC. Here’s all you need to know about getting a hold of the game on your system of choice, and all the merch we know of!
Continue reading Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition & vinyl soundtrack back in stock; new t-shirts
While SEGA has remained vague about Sonic Mania’s release date, we may finally have an answer. Sonic Mania’s UK and German Steam pages’ new trailer ends with a confirmation of the release date: August 15 2017. Continue reading Sonic Mania’s European Steam trailer reveals a release date
In April, SEGA released the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Classics Hub for Steam, which created a wide-spanning virtual hub that encompasses all retro releases from the company, complete with Steam Workshop support for modders to play around with. The hub became available for free to any Steam user with a Mega Drive game in their library, from Alex Kidd all the way to Wonder Boy, including all of Sonic’s 16-bit outings.
In fact, those who wish to complete their collection can do so for a cheap price this week only, as the all-encompassing SEGA Mega Drive Classics Bundle is now on sale for 66% off the usual price. Internationally, we’re speaking $21.07 USD ($61.99 USD), £16.31 (£47.99), and €20.05 (€58.99). The full list of games is as follows:
Steam have announced that a bunch of Sonic games are on sale on Steam in NA as part of a Weekend Sale until Jan 25th. Discounts range from 50% off to 75% off.
The games and their sale prices are the following:
Sonic Games Collection (with 21 games) ($56.49 USD/$64.99 CDN)
Sonic Lost World ($10.19 USD/$11.21 CDN)
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed ($4.99 USD/ $5.49 CDN)
Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing ($2.49 USD/ $4.24 CDN)
Sonic Generations ($7.49 USD/$8.24 CDN)
Sonic 4: Episode 1 ($2.49 USD/$2.74 CDN)
Sonic 4: Episode 2 ($3.74 USD/$4.24 CDN)
Sonic 3D Blast ($1.24 USD/$1.37 CDN)
Sonic Spinball ($1.24 USD/$1.37 CDN)
Sonic 1 ($1.24 USD/$1.37 CDN)
Sonic 2 ($1.24 USD/$1.37 CDN)
Sonic 3 & Knuckles ($1.24 USD/$1.37 CDN)
Sonic Adventure DX ($1.99 USD/$2.19 CDN)
Sonic Adventure 2 ($2.49 USD/$2.74 CDN)
Sonic CD ($1.24 USD/$1.37 CDN)
Via Steam’s website.
Sonic Lost World, a once exclusive Nintendo Wii U title, is set to arrive on PC via Steam on November 2nd, SEGA have announced.
Initially released as the first of a three game Nintendo exclusivity deal back in 2013, Sonic Lost World introduced a plethora of new gameplay mechanics including a run button, parkour abilities, new colour powers and more. The title was released to mixed reviews from critics, and sold around 710,000 copies as of March 2014.
Lost World saw Sonic taking on a new group of foes named The Deadly Six, as they rise up against Dr. Eggman in a bid to take over the world. Here’s a rundown of the game’s plot from SEGA:
“In his latest plot to defeat Sonic and rule the world, Dr. Eggman has harnessed the power of menacing creatures known as the Deadly Six. However, when the Deadly Six rise up against their new master, Sonic must unite with his arch nemesis Eggman and explore the mystical Lost Hex in order to take them on head-to-head. Use Sonic’s amazing new moves & incredible Colour Powers to speed across a variety of unique terrains, racing inside, outside & upside down in every level.”
The game also launched alongside a 3DS version which sees no sign of being reintroduced, and some exclusive NiGHTS DLC which may be included with the PC version. Other post content for the game included two free levels based off various Nintendo IPs which will almost certainly remain Wii U exclusives.
The title will launch for a discounted price of £19.99, and users who pre-purchase the title before release will also get the PC version of Sonic & SEGA All Stars Transformed included for free. Not a bad price at all for these two games – you can purchase the game at the official Steam page right here.
You can catch our review for the original release of Sonic Lost World here. Are you excited this once exclusive title get a second lease on life on PC? Let us know below.
UPDATE: looks like the price is back to £19.99. Still not bad if you fancy picking up these titles!
Heads up, readers! Humble Bundle is offering the Sonic Hits Collection in their Spring Sale… at the incredible price of just £4.99! The collection includes a range of hits from the classic and modern era of our favourite Hedgehog, including recent titles such as Sonic Generations (+DLC) and Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, plus fan favourite re-releases of Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic CD. The list of games are as follows:
Sonic Hits Collection is a collection of 17 Sonic games from the classics to modern games, all compiled under one bundle.
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
- Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
- Sonic 3 and Knuckles
- Sonic 3D Blast
- Sonic Adventure 2
- Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
- Sonic Adventure DX
- Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed: Metal Sonic & Outrun DLC
- Sonic CD
- Sonic Generations
- Sonic Generations – Casino Nights DLC
- Sonic Spinball
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4 – Episode 1
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4 – Episode 2
Here’s the link to the bundle, which lasts from May 6th until May 21st. Go go go!
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 CD
- Sonic Generations
- Sonic Spinball
- 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
When you think about it Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed has been out for well over a year… yet it still continues to get support and this includes free additional characters… Thats awesome! Hey videogame industry, this is how you get people to buy your future games!
It looks like more DLC is on the way if this steam listing appears to be correct. It would appear that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is to get some new DLC, but whats interesting is that previous character updates have been included in patches and updates, this is the first time that a DLC listing has been made seperately for the title.
Could this be the long rumored petition characters? And will they come to consoles? Erm… I don’t know, I’m not in charge of that stuff.
Stay tuned to TSS for more information as we get it.
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!
Kids, it’s okay to play a game by a company you like… But playing with an unsupported video card on your PC is no good!
To demonstrate, we have a
PSA video provided to us by some of the folks at Sonic Paradox, through their ParadoxPowerPlays channel! RGXSuperSonic races as Blanky Rose in the Blanker Blankgoon stage while Dr. Mack Foxx and TheRunningDafini comment aside.
RGX, HOW ARE YOU EVEN-
Good news, PC gamers! Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has finally been given its own page on the Steam marketplace, revealing a 31st January release date and a special promotional discount for those who pre-purchase the game. If you’ve not jumped onto the track with Sonic and co. on any other console yet, this may be the time for you to start revving up your engines with excitement!
Update: Well it seems that information about the PC version is now flooding out. According to Green Man Gaming we not only have the minimum technical requirements but a release date too.
- CPU: 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
- Ram: 1GB Ram (Windows XP), 2GB Ram (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8)
- Video Card: 256MB with Shader Model 3.0 support
- Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
- HDD: 6.7GB free hard drive space
Release Date: January 31st 2012. That’s a Thursday, which would be accurate if this is the EU/UK release date.
Source: Green Man Gaming
Original Story: So according to the above information, it would seem that the PC/Steam version of ASRT might not be too far away. Dug up by Sonic Scene admin and SSMB user Woun, it would appear that not only is ASRT in the Steam database, but there are several purchase options including a 4-Pack and Gift.
Source: Sonic Scene
“About time!”, a good number of you would say!
The official Sonic the Hedgehog Facebook page has confirmed today that the long awaited PC Digital Download version of Sonic Adventure 2 will finally be distributed online as early as this coming Monday, the 19th of November.
The updated Dreamcast classic will be accompanied by the Battle Mode DLC, which unlocks additional content within the game – additional multiplayer stages and characters, and Chao Karate being noteworthy – the DLC of course being sold separately.
No word yet on the PC port of NiGHTS into dreams… HD.
Special thanks to Danielius on the SSMB for the tip!
UPDATE: HD screenshots are available for your viewing pleasure after the jump! Original article below!
Crusaders of dreams and adventurers of the world, mark your calendars and ready your wallets!
SEGA has just announced the exact dates and prices for the upcoming HD rereleases of both Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS into dreams…! And by ready your wallets, I mean ready your wallets. Both games are set to come out at the same time.
Playstation Network users will find both Sonic and NiGHTS’s returning journeys on their market on October 2nd for 9.99$ (US), while the XBLA versions of the two classics will be available on October 5th for 800 MSP each! No word on the PC version’s release, but gamers on that field might want to prepare themselves in advance.
The Battle Mode DLC, which will compliment Sonic Adventure 2 just as the DX Mode DLC did for Sonic Adventure, is priced for 240 MSP/3.49$ (US). It is here where the multiplayer mode will be fully expanded on, with more maps and playable characters, as well as the unlocking of Chao Karate.
NiGHTS fans will be pleased to know that Christmas NiGHTS will be a packaged bonus for NiGHTS into dreams…!
So, which one of these two highly anticipated titles will you be picking up first? Or will you end up getting both at once? What are you looking forward to the most in both games? Let us know in the comments!
I’m gonna say it right now: Source Filmmaker is one of the greatest things to have ever happened.
The short clip was put together by Chaofanatic using the software and audio from the infamous scene from the Sonic OVA, and it’s absolutely brilliant! Some would say that such a concept would be… strange, isn’t it?
Strange or not, now we get down to the following video!
If you’ve not been awake for the past nine hours, you’ve probably missed the news that Sonic 4: Episode 2 was leaked onto Steam and subsequently downloaded by those who had pre-ordered it, as well as by people rushing to snag an early copy.
However, if you did manage to download it, you might be in for a surprise when you try to re-launch the game.
UPDATE: Steam has fixed the error and the beta can no longer be downloaded.
A beta version of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 has been released on sale just a couple of hours ago this afternoon on PC digital download service Steam. Various Steam users on our SSMB forum have been able to purchase and download the beta and then play through it. At the time of this article we’ve just heard that SEGA has now become aware of the leak and has erased discussion of it over on their official forums. We expect SEGA will plug the leak on Steam pretty soon.
Thanks to the Steam users at the SSMB for the heads up and to Nemain for the image!
Among all of the Sonic the Hedgehog love dished out to PC gamers today, SEGA has also confirmed in their press release that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II will be available for PC digital download later this year. Unfortunately, no other information regarding Episode II was given, but we’ll let you know when SEGA releases more details. In the meantime, PC fans can finally experience the first episode of Sonic the Hedgehog 4. You can purchase and download it from Steam now.
Check out the press release after the jump.
Continue reading Sonic 4: Episode 2 Confirmed For PC Download
According to US ratings board the ESRB, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 will see a release on Windows PC. A rating for the game has appeared on the ESRB’s website recently which lists the game for the platform. Early last month, Episode 1 appeared on the Steam registry, suggesting SEGA is bringing Sonic the Hedgehog 4 to PC users, and with such strong evidence like this, it seems a PC release for both Episodes is all but officially confirmed.
Thanks to TenkoTAiLS in our comments section for the heads up!
The Steam digital distribution service is well known for its good-value game sales. Last month’s release Sonic Generations is part of their latest Holiday Sale, at a price of £6.79 in the UK.
If you were ever planning on getting the PC version of this game, now’s the time to do it. The sale period ends at 10pm tonight.
SSMB member ezodagrom has discovered a new entry for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 on the Steam registry, indicating that a PC port of the game could possibly be on the way. SEGA hasn’t said anything officially about a PC version, but this isn’t the first time news has leaked from the publisher before the official announcement. If/when a PC version is officially confirmed, we’ll let you know.
Thanks to ezodagrom at the SSMB for the heads up!
SEGA has revealed via their official blog today that the Casino Night Zone Pinball DLC that Xbox 360 and PS3 owners of Sonic Generations got with pre-orders and other editions of the game will be available to PC owners later this month. The mini-game will be released December 26th 2011 and will cost USD $1.59, GBP £0.99, EUR €1.59, AUD $2.99.
In response to fans querying future DLC in the comments section, SEGA’s Lods replied “We cannot confirm anything in relation to dlc. Thanks”. If any further DLC is announced, we’ll be sure to let you know about it.
Source: SEGA Blog
Thanks to SSMB member The Dead Snow for the heads up.
PC gamers can now pre-order their digital download copy of Sonic Generations on the Steam service at a much cheaper price than its console counterparts. The game costs £19.99 in the UK and $29.99 in the US. As free pre-order bonuses, you’ll also get Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic 3D: Flickies’ Island/Sonic 3D Blast.
The game will be available to download worldwide November 4th.
Thanks to Kazozza, fluttersoard, Alex and Notification Guy for the heads up!
Add one more big piece of evidence to the “all but confirmed” pile. NeoGAF member DrKirby found this bit of evidence of a Sonic Generations Beta registered to Steam earlier today. This helps prove that there’s a PC version of Sonic Generations being tested currently. Of course, until Sega confirms it themselves it still remains rumor for now.
SEGA have today announced yet another collection of their 16 Bit library, this time in the form of SEGA Mega Drive Classics. This collection is a part of their recently announced focus on digital distribution and will be released for the PC Download market via online store Steam among others. Eleven games are currently known to be on the way with all of them releasing June 1st 2010 priced at £1.99/€2.49/ AUS$3.49, check out the list and their product pages below:
Sonic 3D Blast
Ecco the Dolphin
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
Space Harrier II
LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (May 21st, 2010) –SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. are proud to announce that a wide selection of evergreen games from the legendary SEGA Mega Drive™ platform are making their way on to PC via digital distribution.
The initial group of titles being made available consists of fan favourites such as Golden Axe™, Ecco the Dolphin™, Comix Zone™ and VectorMan™. All these classic SEGA titles will be available from £1.99/€2.49/ AUS$3.49, but for a full list of all available titles and features, please visit www.sega.com.
“It’s exciting to be able to offer these classic games to a new audience” said Nick Pili, Network Business Director at SEGA Europe. “Delivered via our digital partners, every PC owner can now enjoy these timeless masterpieces whenever they want!”
The first set of SEGA Mega Drive games for PC are set to release 1st June on STEAM and other digital distribution networks.
Source: SEGA Europe
What’s the deal with the Steam release?
If you were looking to download the PC version of Sonic and Sonic SEGA Sonic All-Sonic Stars Sonic Racing featuring Sonic yesterday, you might have already seen the date change and have gotten miffed at it. The game’s Steam profile changed the release date, with no announcement whatsoever, to March 2nd.
Previously, the release date was changed to yesterday, the 25th, from its original release date of the 23rd. SEGA and Sumo Digital have not acknowledged the delay at this time and many retailers are listing the PC version “out now.”
[via The Temporal Conduit]