Sonic Adventure 2 Avatar Items Coming to Xbox Live June 5th

Xbox Live’s Major Nelson has just posted the latest Xbox Live Marketplace release schedule detailing all games and other items being released over the next couple of weeks. Among them are Sonic Adventure 2 Avatar items planned to be released June 5th, which, conveniently, is when E3 begins. Could SEGA be planning to unveil an Xbox Live Arcade port of Sonic Adventure 2 soon?

The Dreamcast classic was featured in a leaked list of XBLA games back in early April, and as you may recall, that list outed Harmonix’s Rock Band Blitz game before it was announced.

We’ll keep our eyes open for any further developments.

Source: Xbox Live’s Major Nelson’s Blog

Thanks to kmurphy91 on Twitter for the heads up!

Sonic 4: Episode 2 Avatar Items Now Available on Xbox Marketplace

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A selection of Sonic 4: Episode 2 avatars have been put up for sale on the Xbox Marketplace this week. The selection of items include your usual suspects such as clothing and toys. However also included in the selection is an Episode 2 cartridge and Special Stage half pipe avatar prop.

See a full selection of whats on offer after the break.

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No Multiplayer or Co-op in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2?

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 now has a product page on Xbox.com and in it there is yesterday’s trailer up for download to your Xbox 360 console as well as a few more details about the game. It seems the game won’t feature multiplayer or co-op, despite Tails’ inclusion. Online leaderboards are returning and the game will also support full 1080p resolution and in-game Dolby Digital.

The product description reads:

The Sonic 4 Saga continues in Episode II, with the return of Tails and Metal Sonic! In the follow up to Episode I there are surprises in store with the arrival of Sonic’s legendary sidekick Tails! Race across all new zones and defeat the evil forces of Dr. Eggman and fearsome rival Metal Sonic. The wait is finally over when the game releases in 2012

Source: Xbox.com

Sonic Titles on 60% Off Sale Today Only on Xbox Live Marketplace

As part of the Xbox 12 Days of Deals, you can grab a range of Sonic the Hedgehog titles at a whopping 60% off on the Xbox 360 Xbox Live Marketplace for today only. Almost all of Sonic’s Xbox Live Arcade releases are included in the offer, with the exceptions being Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic CD.

Here’s the list of games and discounts:
Sonic 4, Episode 1 Was: 800 Now: 320
Sonic Adventure Was: 800 Now: 320
Sonic Adventure Upgrade Was: 400 Now: 160
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Was: 400 Now: 160
Sonic the Hedgehog Was: 400 Now: 160
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Was: 400 Now: 160

Source: Xbox Live’s Major Nelson Blog

Sonic Generations PS3 Themes & Xbox 360 Avatar Items Available This Week

SEGA has revealed that they will be releasing some Sonic Generations themed content for sale to style your PS3’s XMB and Xbox 360 Avatar with this week. On December 7th (tomorrow), European PS3 fans can purchase a Classic Sonic and a Modern Sonic Dynamic Theme, each costing £1.59/€1.99. On December 8th, Xbox 360 owners worldwide will be able to buy items to dress their Avatar with, each ranging from 80 MSP to 240MSP.

Super Sonic Avatar Costume – 240 MSP
Classic Sonic Avatar Costume – 240 MSP
Classic Amy-Rose Avatar Costume – 240 MSP
Sonic Generations T-Shirt – 80 MSP
Sonic Generations Cap – 160 MSP

You can find two videos of the PS3 Dynamic Themes at the SEGA Blog link below.

Source: SEGA Blog

Will you be downloading any of this content? Let us know in the comments section below.

Sonic Generations Avatar Content Coming to Xbox Live November 8th

According to an Xbox Live Marketplace schedule on Xbox Live’s Major Nelson’s blog, SEGA will be releasing Sonic Generations themed Avatar content next week on Tuesday November 8th. There are no details about what the actual Avatar content is or what the pricing will be, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the above promotional Avatar outfits made available.

We’ll update when we know more.

Source: Major Nelson’s blog

Sonic Generations Avatar Items Now on XBL Marketplace

Is your Xbox Live Avatar feeling a bit left out of the Sonic 20th Anniversary celebrations? Well, today SEGA has released 2 Sonic Generations Avatar items on the Xbox Live Avatar Marketplace to help your Avatar join in the festivities. The first item is a 20th Anniversary Cake prop, and the second is a 20th Anniversary party hat. The cake will set you back 400 MSP, while the hat costs 160 MSP. Both items are available for a limited time only, so don’t hang about if you want to grab them.

Source: Xbox Live Marketplace (via Xbox Avatar Gear)

Sonic Sale on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and PC Download

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In celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog’s 20th Anniversary, SEGA’s offering discounts on digital Sonic titles for a limited time only on the Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Network and the company’s own PC Download service.

Here’s the full lineup, prices and dates of availability:

Xbox®LIVE Arcade

Available from 23 – 28 June

Sonic the Hedgehog™ – Was 400 points Now 240 points
Sonic the Hedgehog™ 2 – Was 400 points Now 240 points
Sonic the Hedgehog™ 3 – Was 400 points Now 240 points
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG™ 4 Episode 1 – Was 1,200 points Now 800 points
Sonic & Knuckles™ – Was 240 points Now 120 points
Sonic Adventure™ – Was 800 points Now 400 points
Sonic Adventure™ DX upgrade (add on) – Was 400 Now 240
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing™ add-on offers:
Metal Sonic & Death Egg Zone (add on) – Was 560 points Now 320 points
Ryo Hazuki / Forklift Truck (add on) – Was 320 points Now 240 points
Unlock All Characters & Tracks (add on) – Was 400 points Now 240 points

PlayStation®Network

Sonic 20th Anniversary bundle only £13.99/$19.99 /€17.99
Available from 23 June to 12 July

Sonic the Hedgehog™
Sonic the Hedgehog™ 2
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG™ 4 Episode 1
Sonic Adventure™
Sonic Adventure DX Upgrade
Dynamic Theme for SONIC THE HEDGEHOG™ 4 Episode 1

PC Download

Sonic 20th Anniversary bundle only £11.97/$14.97/€13.47
Available from 23 – 30 June

Bundle includes:
Sonic 3D Blast™
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine™
Sonic Spinball™
Sonic the Hedgehog™
Sonic the Hedgehog™ 2
Sonic 3 & Knuckles™

UK Store
U.S. Store
France Store
Germany Store
Spain Store

Sources: SEGA of America’s website and the official Sonic Facebook page

Sonic Free Riders Joins Games on Demand on Xbox Live Marketplace

SEGA has today made their first Xbox 360 Kinect title Sonic Free Riders available for download on Xbox Live Marketplace among the Games on Demand range. The game is the third entry in SEGA’s Sonic Riders racing series and features full-body control using Kinect to steer, jump, attack and boost your way through the game’s courses. Sonic Free Riders contains lots of new content, such as new courses, more characters (including Avatar support), more extreme gear, leaderboards and both offline and online multiplayer.

If you’re interested in Sonic Free Riders, you can buy and download it for £29.99/$49.99 from your Xbox 360 console, or you can purchase it from the official Xbox website. If you want to give the game a try, a demo is also available to download.

Source: SEGA of America Blog

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Now Available on Xbox Live Games on Demand

SEGA has announced that last year’s kart racer Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is now available for download from the Xbox Live Marketplace’s Games On Demand service for Xbox 360. The download weighs in at 3.82 GB and will set you back £14.99/19,99 €/$29.99.

SEGA issued a press release, which you can check out below.

SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing™ is now for sale through the Xbox LIVE® Games On Demand platform for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. The hit arcade racing game, starring SEGA’s eclectic ensemble of heroes and villains, is available for immediate download, allowing players to jump right in to frantic, explosive races with up to four local players, or eight online players.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing puts players on the track and in the shoes of a host of popular SEGA characters, from the blue blur himself to AiAi and Dr. Eggman, each with their own unique vehicle. Players must use their driving skills to drift and dodge their way to a checkered flag in a variety of single-player modes, as well as multiplayer races both off and online. The racer is the latest title to appear in SEGA’s growing library of download-ready games through Xbox LIVE Games On Demand, including hits such as Bayonetta™ and Aliens vs. Predator™.

For more information about Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, visit www.sega.com.

You can grab the full game, a demo, DLC and Avatar items at the Xbox Live Marketplace website or from your Xbox 360’s dashboard.

Sources: Gameplay Monthly and MajorNelson.com

Price Cuts on XBLA Sonic Titles, For Today Only

For today only, you can grab Sonic’s various Xbox Live Arcade titles at a discounted price as part of Microsoft’s Countdown to 2011 deals.

The full list of games and prices are:
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Was: 1200 Now: 800 (33% off)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Was: 400 Now: 200 (50% off)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Was: 400 Now: 200 (50% off)
Sonic the Hedgehog Was: 400 Now: 200 (50% off)
Sonic Adventure Was: 800 Now: 400 (50% off)
Sonic & Knuckles Was: 240 Now: 120 (50% off)

Unfortunately, Sonic Adventure‘s DLC isn’t included in this sale like it is in the PSN discounts. If you’re interested in Avatar items, the Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing themed Sonic car prop has also received a 50% discount for today only from 240 Points to 120 Points.

Remember, these deals are available for today only, so grab them while they’re there.

Sonic 4: Ep 1 Avatar Items Now on Xbox Live Marketplace

SEGA has today released a bunch of new items for Sonic fans to purchase and dress their Xbox 360 Avatar’s with on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The items range from clothing and props themed around Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, which was released on Xbox Live Arcade in October.

The items and prices are as follows:

Chaos Emeralds: 240 MS Points



Sonic Plushie: 160 MS Points



Chopper Toy: 240 MS Points


Sonic 4 Ep. I Tee (Women): 80 MS Points



Sonic 4 Ep. I Tee (Men): 80 MS Points



Moto Bug Toy: 240 MS Points



Sonic 4 Cartridge: 160 MS Points

Will you be buying any of the items? Which one’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments.

Sources:
Xbox Live Marketplace
SEGA of America Blog

Thanks to Merry Swissmas at the SSMB for the heads up!

Sonic Free Riders Demo Now Available on Xbox Live Marketplace

If you have Microsoft’s new Kinect device for Xbox 360 and you’re on the wall about whether or not to purchase SEGA’s first Kinect title Sonic Free Riders, then you’ll be glad to hear that a demo for the racer has been released today on Xbox Live Marketplace. The demo, which weighs in at 401.4 MB, lets you play through the game’s first track Dolphin Resort as Sonic the Hedgehog or Jet the Hawk and is currently exclusive to Gold Members, but will likely be available to Silver Members (or Free Members as they’re now called) next week.

Thanks to Yong at the SSMB for the heads up!

New Sonic 4 Screenshots On Xbox Live Marketplace

17 new Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 screenshots have appeared on the Xbox Live Marketplace, which give us more insight into the recently revealed Lost Labyrinth Zone, as well as more of Splash Hill Zone. The screenshots look to be taken from the recent demo being shown to press, since we can see some of the changes in effect, such as Sonic’s speed-induced blurred running animation.

Since these screenshots are currently not available anywhere on the internet, I’ve taken the pleasure of capturing them on camera from my TV, so apologies for the quality. If we see better versions of the pics, we’ll update. If you have an Xbox 360, you can view them on your TV at the games section in the Xbox Live Marketplace. Unfortunately, the screens haven’t been added to the games product page at Xbox.com.

Check out all 17 screenshots below:

Thanks to Nsonic22 at the SEGA Forums for the heads-up!

Sonic Adventure Priced & Dated For Xbox Live Marketplace

UPDATE: SEGA of America have backed this news up with a new blog entry, which contains 8 new screenshots that you can check out at the bottom of this article. /UPDATE END

Microsoft’s ‘Major Nelson’ has today revealed, via his blog, the Xbox Live Marketplace releases for the month ahead, which includes Sonic Adventure for the Xbox Live Arcade. The Dreamcast classic will be available to Xbox 360 owners on September 15th, priced at 800 Microsoft Points. There’s no word elsewhere from Sony or SEGA about the PS3 version, but we’ll let you know when we hear something.

For more information about Sonic Adventure on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, check out the games product page at SEGA’s website.

[New Art & PS3 Info] Metal Sonic & Death Egg Zone Track Now Available On XBLM



UPDATE 7:ArchangelUK has made an entry to the SEGA Europe Blog and Sonic City Blognik with the above new artwork of Metal Sonic in his Metal Booster vehicle aswell as new screenshots of Egg Hangar. Details have also been given as to when PS3 users will get the Metal Sonic and Egg Hangar DLC which is April 22nd. Also revealed is a Premium Theme PS3 owners will be able to decorate their XMB with.

Metal Sonic & Track Pack £4.79 €5.99 $7.99
Premium Theme £1.59 €1.99 $2.49

A statement has also been given regarding the incorrect price issue earlier today –

NOTE: Due to an issue earlier it was being mistakenly priced at 800 points – apologies for this, we put out a warning across the fan boards as soon as we found out. We’re speaking with Microsoft to see if anything can be done for those of you who purchased early. Please make sure its says 560MSP when you purchase it.

UPDATE 6: The price has now been corrected in all countries from 800MSP to 560MSP. Big shout out to thank ArchangelUK for his work on getting this fixed and keeping everyone updated.
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UPDATE 5: From AAUK at the SSMB

Re: Refunds – Yes I’m asking about that, don’t worry. My first concern was that.

I can confirm no PS3 DLC today… when the blog goes up (its being delayed by waiting for the price to change and getting some confirmation on the above) it’ll have the date/prices for PS3.

UPDATE 4: Mike Kebby of the the SCEE PlayStation Store Team has posted his weekly PlayStation Store update on the EU PlayStation blog revealing there will be no ASR DLC released today for EU PS3 version, we’ll keep an eye out for the U.S. PlayStation Store update.

UPDATE 3: WARNING! We’ve just heard from AAUK that there’s a price issue with this DLC so we recommend you hold off just a little until this afternoon.

UPDATE 2: Metal Sonic & Death Egg Zone: Egg Hangar DLC weighing in at 152MB is now available on the U.S. Xbox Live Marketplace and the UK Xbox Live marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points.

UPDATE: We’ve just got word that the patch allows Banjo & Kazooie to be used by the CPU players. Thanks go to FireKingX at the SEGA Forums!/UPDATE END

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing fans may remember a bug-fix and DLC enabling patch was released last Wednesday for the PS3 version before the Metal Sonic and Death Egg Zone: Egg Hangar DLC was released the very next day but then quickly pulled off the PlayStation Store. Well now the same patch has just been released this morning for the Xbox 360 version, if you download it and then check the online multiplayer matchmaking screen you will see a DLC tab which informs players that room is using DLC content meaning you can only enter that lobby if you have the DLC being used in that room. The Ryo Forklift DLC is the only exception to that rule since you only download a key to unlock him on the disc, Metal Sonic and the Death Egg Zone: Egg Hangar and any future DLC is all new content.

The PS3 version got the patch the day before the DLC was released so with tomorrow’s Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store updates we will hopefully see the Metal Sonic and Death Egg Zone: Egg Hangar content released, we’ll let you know if it appears.

Thanks again to Yuluga for the pic!

First Piece of ASR DLC Hits Xbox Live Marketplace

The first piece of downloadable content for the Xbox 360 version of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing at least has hit the Xbox Live Marketplace. Priced at 400 Microsoft Points you get what is essentially a key to unlock all content in the game, so those hoping for characters, tracks or music will have to wait a little bit longer.

The content is described as below –

Race past the competition and speed your way to victory with a whole host of Sonic & SEGA All-Star characters and exhilarating tracks. Unlock all 24 tracks and 22 characters from the start with this exclusive download. Winning has never been so sweet!

In a post at the SSMB Steve Lycett Executive Producer at Sumo Digital has confirmed there is better DLC coming –

Yeah, that’s the boring DLC, it gets better

Laser gates? LOL – yet another one to add to the gaffe list. The Final Fortress tracks used to have laser gates that popped out of the tracks to block you. We took them out as they really slowed the race down – and could pop up right when you least wanted them.

Of course there was a cameo on the Final Fortress tracks too….


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This first piece of DLC hasn’t hit the PS3’s PlayStation Store yet but we’ll keep an eye out for it.

UK Xbox Live Marketplace

U.S. Xbox Live Marketplace

Empire City & Adabat Adventure Pack Hits Xbox Live

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SEGA have today released the Empire City & Adabat Adventure Pack on Xbox Live Marketplace. Like the Apotos & Shamar Adventure Pack this is a double pack for the same 250 MS Points consisting of 5 daytime stages and 4 nighttime stages. The description for the pack reveals that this new pack is the final downloadable pack.

Download all-new Empire City & Adabat adventures! For the final downloadable pack, play five daytime & four nighttime stages that range from a high-rise metropolis to an exotic jungle strewn with ancient ruins.

The Japanese Playstation Store has oddly not received this new pack today but we’ll be checking the European and U.S. Playstation Store’s when they update later today and let you know if we see any new Sonic Unleashed downloadable content there.

Apotos, Shamar Adventure Pack On Xbox – No EU/US PS3 DLC

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Xbox 360 owners and Japanese PS3 users are in for a double whammy as you can now download the Apotos and Shamar Adventure Pack off of Xbox Live Marketplace and the Japanese Playstation Store. The pack weighs in at a massive 795 MB but still only costs 250 Microsoft Points and ¥300. The Xbox Live Marketplace describes the pack to contain five daytime stages and four nighttime stages with three brand new stages and six new missions.

I’ve downloaded the pack and here’s what’s been added:
Shamar consists of
Sonic:
Act 1-2: Get to the goal in time!
Act 3: Find the Chao!

Werehog:
Act 2: Head for the goal
Act 3: Head for the goal!

Apotos consists of
Sonic:
Act 1-2: Head for the goal!
Act 2-2: Head for the goal!
Act 4: Head for the goal!

Werehog:
Act 1-2: Head for the goal!
Act 1-3 Head for the goal!

European and U.S. PS3 users will be getting an update to their Playstation Stores later today, if any Sonic Unleashed DLC gets added we’ll let you know.

UPDATE:
European and U.S. PS3 Playstation Store’s have updated and there’s no Sonic Unleashed DLC to be found on either regions store this week.

Sonic Mega Collection + Rated for XBLM

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European ratings board PEGI have rated the Xbox Original title Sonic Mega Collection Plus for Xbox Live Arcade. We can only assume they mean the ‘Originals’ section of the Marketplace, and not the Live Arcade itself. For those who don’t know, SMC+ is an Xbox re-release of a Gamecube Sonic compilation, with added Game Gear titles as well as a few hidden non-Sonic titles.

PEGI have rated the game 7+, which is odd because they rated the original Xbox version 12+, so could we see some cuts in this port? Another thing that’s odd about this is that the original Xbox version is backwards compatible with the Xbox 360 anyway, the Mega Drive games will soon be released in SEGA’s newest compilation (SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection) and two of those Mega Drive titles are already on the Xbox Live Arcade.

Oh well, if it’s going cheap and people can’t find the original Xbox game and want some added Game Gear action, this will be a good buy for them.

Source: PEGI