With Team Rose left in the dust in the last Team Sonic Racing Overdrive, the race is down to Teams Sonic and Dark! Dastardly deeds, pestering Egg Pawns, and the real superpower of teamwork are all that remain to separate the winners from the losers.
The second half of the animated tie-in to the upcoming Team Sonic Racing — produced by the team that brought you Sonic Mania Adventures — has finally dropped on the Sonic the Hedgehog social channels today, pitting Sonic against his greatest rival in Shadow once more. Give Part 2: “Eyes on the Prize” a watch above, and share your comments on this miniseries with us down below!
Team Sonic Racing launches on May 21st for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
SEGA’s classic Sonic franchise will be making the jump to the silver screen on November 15th. Reactions to leaked images of Sonic’s new look have been mixed, to say the least, but we’ve yet to see the Blue Blur in action. That could be changing soon, however, as some attendees of CinemaCon 2019 were just shown the first footage.
Two trailers were unveiled at the convention, the first focusing on protagonist Sonic the Hedgehog and the second on the villainous Dr. Robotnik. In the first, Sonic speeds by at 700 miles per hour while listening to Gangsta’s Paradise, apparently on the run from the government. James Marsden’s Sheriff character takes Sonic down with a tranquilizer gun. Sonic asks the Sheriff to help him save his planet, which is under attack by robots. The game’s iconic gold rings are introduced as some sort of teleportation device in this movie.
Jim Carrey then appeared on stage to introduce the next trailer, as he plays the role of Dr. Robotnik in the upcoming film. Robotnik is seen arguing with military officers, saying such lines as “I was spitting out formulas when you were spitting up formulas.” Marsden’s character reportedly replies to this with, “I was breastfed.” Slashfilm describes his scenes as “incredibly over-the-top, and painfully unfunny.”
Early impressions of the humor and story have not been good, but the general public has yet to see the footage. As for the visuals, SlashFilm describes Sonic’s finished look as being similar to Detective Pikachu, but “lackluster” in comparison and with an added emphasis on fur.
First revealed at last year’s SEGA Fes, SEGA had announced that they would be releasing a SEGA Mega Drive Mini (or Genesis Mini in North America) by the end of 2018, but the year has come and gone with little fanfare or details on their own retro plug-and-play console. It took another SEGA Fes for word to finally come on the delayed legacy system, as the company finally gave eager fans at Akihabara an inside look at the anticipated platform.
Packaged with 40 classic games, you’d best mark your calendars and start saving up, as the SEGA Genesis Mini will finally launch globally later this year on September 19.
This isn’t SEGA’s first crack at a throwback console, having released the SEGA Mega Drive Classic and Genesis Flashback HD in partnership with AtGames. Those consoles were nigh universally panned, however, with critics citing poor emulation and shoddy hardware. While AtGames was initially meant to collaborate with SEGA again on the Genesis Mini, it appears that partnership has dissolved, with SEGA now working on the system internally alongside developer M2.
M2 is the same studio responsible for a lot of enhanced retro ports of classic games we see on modern platforms nowadays, such as the SEGA 3D Classics for Nintendo 3DS and the SEGA Ages games for Nintendo Switch. As such, the Genesis Mini is already shaping up to stand on par with Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classics when it comes to quality. Streets of Rage composer Yuzo Koshiro is also working on the Mini, having composed the menu music for the system.
As for the games lineup, SEGA has announced that Japanese Mega Drive Mini will include the following among the confirmed 40 titles:
Madou Monogatari Ichi (Story of Sorcery 1)
Puyo Puyo 2
Space Harrier II
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Meanwhile, the North American Genesis Mini will include the following, among others:
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Ecco the Dolphin
Sonic The Hedgehog
Space Harrier II
ToeJam & Earl
As an added bonus? On top of save states, some games will come with regional variations that you can choose to play from. It’s certainly a nice touch to those who might appreciate some of the minute differences between certain localizations and outright changes between international versions of the same game.
The console will release in two variations in Japan. One edition will come with a single six-button Mega Drive Mini USB controller, with an MSRP of ¥6,980, while the second version comes with two controllers retailing at ¥8,980. This won’t be the case in North America, as the U.S. version will launch with two three-button Genesis-style controllers, totaling to $80.
Would you consider picking up a SEGA Genesis Mini later this year? What other games would you like to see packaged with the retro system? Personally, just give me Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles and I’m good, but share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comments below!
Gaming’s greatest rivals are about to go head-to-head once again, now that the Olympics are coming to their home turf. Having reclaimed the video game licensing rights just in time for the occasion, SEGA has announced that their own Sonic the Hedgehog and Nintendo’s Mario will pick up where they left off in Rio with the upcoming Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The reveal dropped at this year’s SEGA Fes with a big announcement trailer, with the next Mario & Sonic at the Olympics game set to launch this winter in Japan for the Nintendo Switch. As previous entries’ western release windows weren’t too distant, the same should be expected internationally, pending official word from Nintendo or SEGA.
The “Play 2020” trailer also featured other Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games tie-in titles published by SEGA. On top of the main Nintendo Switch game, SEGA also announced a Mario & Sonic at Tokyo 2020 arcade game for next year, a separate Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for mobile devices, and the Tokyo 2020 game for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch for Asia this summer and worldwide in 2020.
SEGA retained the license for tie-in video games for every edition since the Beijing 2008 Olympics, back when the Mario and Sonic crossover sports games first began, with new entries every two years on contemporary Nintendo platforms. At least, this was the case until 2018, when Ubisoft got the license for the Winter 2018 Olympics-themed expansion for Steep.
The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9 next year. Japan is the home to a ton of beloved pop culture icons and franchises renowned around the globe and spread out across innumerable manga, anime, and games. The country prided itself on these during the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony, showing off the likes of Hello Kitty!, Doraemon, and Mario himself, among others. While I can’t claim to have 2020 vision, the returning Mario & Sonic franchise might just be the tip of the media crossover iceberg on the horizon.
Are you looking forward to picking up Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the Switch? What kind of otherwise impossible crossovers would you like to see happen during next year’s sporting festivities? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Yesterday’s Sonic the Hedgehog panel at SXSW 2019 was all about Team Sonic Racing, Sumo Digital’s racing spinoff set to release on all platforms on May 21. As the panel went along, we learned more about vehicle customization, the game’s soundtrack and the all-star team of artists behind the music, and the animated miniseries Team Sonic Racing Overdrive premiering with specially-themed merchandise.
While the focus stayed on Sonic’s immediate future, series director Takashi Iizuka did close out the panel by confirming that the next mainline Sonic title is indeed currently in development at Sonic Team.
Though the advent of a new Sonic game is hardly a surprise and no additional details about the game were teased, I’m personally approaching the news with cautious anticipation. Going by the last Sonic Team-developed entry, 2017’s Sonic Forces wound up being “an ultimately average experience that does little to advance the series or build upon the successes of its predecessors,” with “all of my excitement [amounting] to an underwhelming at worst, moderate at best, game.” It held a lot of early promise which it failed to live up to, what with it being branded as “From the team that brought you Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations,” i.e. Sonic’s better 3D forays over the last ten years.
Tangent aside, here’s to hoping Sonic Team steps up their A-game for Sonic’s next run. What would you want to see in the next core Sonic the Hedgehog game? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Just like Sonic Mania Adventures before it, a new Sonic animated miniseries has arrived to mark the upcoming release of Team Sonic Racing. It’s brought to you once again by Tyson Hesse and Neko Productions.
Team Sonic Racing Overdrive was unveiled at SXSW 2019’s Gotta Go Fast panel yesterday as a two-part webseries based on the anticipated racer, featuring high-speed shenanigans between the rival Teams Sonic, Dark, Rose, Vector, and Eggman. What was promised as a 15-second tease of the webseries quickly turned into a premiere of the entire first episode, with the unlikely spotlight shining on a familiar amphibian enthusiast! Check out “Part 1: Dangerous Distractions” above! Part 2 is expected to arrive later in April.
Like Big, you too can sport your love of all things Froggy with brand new Froggy-themed merchandise now available off the SEGA Shop! Namely, the Froggy hat and shirt featured in the Overdrive short can be yours, as well as a Team Sonic Racing pin, a TSR lanyard, a Sonic and Shadow TSR tee, and a Carnival Night Zone Barrel coffee mug pulled straight from Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
In related news, SEGA also dropped some surprise Sonic Boom news at the panel, announcing that a second volume of DVDs—titled “Go Team Sonic!”—for the animated spinoff is coming in June. Season two of Sonic Boom is now available on iTunes, Amazon Prime, and the Xbox digital store as well—sorry, Boom Believers, no season three reveals here.
SEGA of America’s social media madman Aaron Webber also notes that Paramount may be dropping some Sonic the Hedgehog movie news in the coming days, so keep your eyes peeled!
With a deeper insight into the inner machinations of Team Sonic Racing at SXSW 2019 came additional details about the upcoming racing title’s own music. Jun Senoue of Crush 40 fame has confirmed that the TSR original soundtrack—appropriately titled Maximum Overdrive—will be dropping worldwide with the release of the game, and it will be a behemoth of an anthology to collect at that.
The Maximum Overdrive OST will launch physically in a three-disc collection featuring a rough total of 130 tracks, with the crux of Team Sonic Racing‘s music split between remixes of old favorites and brand new tracks. For those who prefer the convenience of downloads, the soundtrack will also be available for purchase via popular digital outlets such as iTunes, Amazon Music, and Google Play, as well as streamable via the likes of Apple Music and Spotify.
At the panel, Senoue spoke at length to fans about the production process behind the music from Team Sonic Racing, most notably with a particular emphasis on the keyword “Team.” The Sonic sound director went on to describe the collaborative effort in producing the soundtrack with a number of special guests involved outside of SEGA’s own sound team.
One such artist was introduced to the Gotta Go Fast panel via a brand new song reveal, this being a remix of a fan-favorite track pulled straight out of Bingo Highway from 2003’s Sonic Heroes. TORIENA, an esteemed chiptune composer and performer based in Kyoto, Japan, has lent her talent to the project by joining forces with Senoue in “Bingo Party,” which you can jam to above! If you liked what you heard, you can also check out TORIENA’s website for her complete discography, social media links, and more.
TORIENA is but one of many names we know are involved with Jun Senoue in producing Team Sonic Racing‘s music, with the soundtrack building up to a real ensemble cast of Sonic music greats:
Crush 40 returns with vocalist Johnny Gioeli through the theme track “Green Light Ride.”
Tee Lopes, a longtime Sonic remixer who rose to prominence within the community in composing the entire soundtrack to Sonic Mania Plus, contributed to “Boo’s House” (feat. violinist Tei Sena) and “Sand Road” (feat. bassist Takeshi Kaneda).
The SEGA-hosted “Gotta Go Fast” panel at SXSW 2019 was all about Sumo Digital’s Team Sonic Racing, the next multiplatform Sonic the Hedgehog racer coming to consoles in the next two months. Fans were treated to a deeper dive into what the upcoming Sonic title has to offer, with expectations high following the studio’s All-Stars Racing Transformed in 2012. If what was shown at the panel was of any indication, TSR is shaping up to be quite the treat for longtime fans.
One extensive preview of the game showed off the vehicle customization feature, where players can swap out parts, paint jobs, vinyls, and horns to make their car their own. Check out the trailer above, backed with a tasty “Crank the Heat Up!! …for Final Egg” remix from Sonic Adventure!
So yes, you can have the brooding Shadow drive a hot pink car while the content Big the Cat pilots a disastrously edgy ride, though you’ll need to put in some elbow grease to earn new swappable parts. You can earn more parts for your vehicles by nabbing in-game currency, though whether the parts are purchaseable, randomly earned like Rare Blades in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, or unlocked through a total currency count like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is not yet known.
Team Sonic Racing comes to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 21.
SEGA recently released Yakuza spin-off Judgment into the wild, but the game’s availability has since been halted. Actor and musician Pierre Taki plays the role of Kyohei Hamura, a prominent character in the game, and he was recently arrested by Japanese police for cocaine use. Japan takes the use of illegal drugs extremely seriously, and SEGA has responded by pulling the game off store shelves and digital storefronts.
So what’s next for Judgment? Will the game simply be dead and buried? And what of its planned worldwide release this June? At this time, SEGA is still weighing their options, and they haven’t officially voiced plans.
It’s possible that SEGA will recast the character, recreate the scenes with the new model and voice, and resume selling the game. They took similar steps when Yakuza 4 HD actor Hiroki Narimiya promptly retired after pictures surfaced allegedly showing him using cocaine. Taki is also slated to voice Olaf in the Japanese release of Frozen 2 (as well as Kingdom Hearts 3), and Disney is currently looking to replace him in that role.
Here we go again! The long-expected Sonic the Hedgehog movie is finally becoming a reality on November 15th. Officially SEGA has only released a teaser image showing a shadowy outline of the Blue Blur’s new design, but there have been numerous leaks since then. Recently, some promotional materials gave us a good look (if you can call it that) at Sonic’s redesign, and now another image has surfaced.
The image (below) appears to be Sonic racing along a road, perhaps in pursuit of a vehicle. Tails’ Channel claims they have been able to contact a Paramount employee and confirm that this is a legitimate image from the upcoming movie. The source of the leak isn’t clear, but it appears to be from another promotional document.
SEGA has been planning a live-action/CG movie adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog for years, and it’s now well into production, with a release date of November 15th, 2019. Earlier teaser images hinted at a redesigned, more humanoid version of the titular hedgehog, and fans and developers alike have expressed criticism. Today we may finally have our first full look at the new Sonic.
The Super Sonic Zone has acquired images that they claim come from a (probably leaked) film style guide. The style guide describes the Blue Blur as “irreverent and sarcastic,” “heroic and adventurous,” “confident and competitive,” “likable,” and “mischievous but not malicious.” As previously reported, Sonic is now depicted with two eyes instead of the single, large eye he sports in the games.
Update:The Super Sonic Zone now reports that these images come from Hollywood marketing firm Hamagami Carroll. The page where the images were found was quickly removed. The Super Sonic Zone is fully convinced of their legitimacy. Although there’s no confirmation from SEGA at this time, these appear to be the real deal.
Sonic the Hedgehog has had a lot of great cartoon adaptations over the years. The most recent iteration, Sonic Boom, was written like a comedy, and that resonated really well with fans of the series. However, the era of Sonic Boom seems to be over, and a new cartoon featuring our favorite blue hedgehog might be just around the corner.
While showing off some new toys from Jakks Pacific based on popular Sonic characters, ToyShiz mentioned that a new Sonic cartoon is coming later this year. Now, this could just be misinformation since we haven’t heard anything official, but maybe a new show is in the works.
Either way, I’m always excited to see more animated shows featuring Sonic. I personally like the comedic tone that Sonic Boom went for. What would you like to see in a new Sonic cartoon? Let us know in the comments below!
SXSW 2019 is just around the corner, and that means gaming panels. SEGA often likes to highlight the Sonic franchise at these events, and this year is no exception. When SXSW kicks off on March 8th, SEGA will be there, and a little later in the week they’re holding a panel titled “Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel.”
The panel will be held on March 16th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on the first level. It will feature special guests Aaron Webber (SEGA of America), Jasmin Hernandez (SEGA of America), Jun Senoue (SEGA), and Takashi Iizuka (SEGA of America). This group will discuss “the latest for the blue blur and his next steps for 2019 and beyond,” and the official description teases that there’s “almost always a special announcement or two to be had.”
In the past, SEGA has used SXSW to announce things like Sonic Mania Plus, so hopefully we’re in for a treat. What would you like to see next from the Sonic franchise? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
The Sonic franchise hasn’t always achieved success and critical acclaim since making the switch from 2D to 3D, but one 3D title that’s near and dear to the hearts of many fans is Sonic Adventure. The Dreamcast classic featured six playable characters, a more detailed story than ever before, voice acting (for better or worse), and the delightful Chao Garden.
Sonic Adventure was more ambitious than any previous title in the franchise, and it was generally well-received at launch. That said, it’s really starting to show its age after 20 years, and the game’s developers have taken notice. In fact, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka is so acutely aware of both its potential and flaws that he’d love a chance to remake it.
“It was the first highspeed 3D action game that also featured a scenario highlighted with six different stories, the A-life Chao, six unique styles of gameplay – it is a unique game offering even 20 years after its release. At the time, it also wasn’t just a solitary software release, it was the title to bring people to the Dreamcast and we were given the budget to make something to showcase the hardware. However, it was the very first 3D game that we worked on and looking at it now I can see the rough edges it has, which really makes me want to remake it again.” — Takashi Iizuka
This is far from a confirmation, of course. But to hear the man at the top express interest in a remake is certainly exciting, and it’s something fans have wanted for a long time. How would you like to see Sonic Adventure revisited? What upgrades or changes should it feature? Sound off in the comments!
2018 is coming to a close real soon, but not without a Christmas miracle from the team behind Sonic Mania Adventures! The animated miniseries tie-in for Sonic Mania Plus wrapped up back in July, with Part 5 ending with a climactic showdown between Team Sonic and Doctor Eggman for the Master Emerald. Once again, it’s back to the drawing board for the nefarious Doctor after suffering yet another humiliating loss to his blue nemesis, so who is left to turn things around for him this holiday season?
Tune in to Part 6 of Neko Productions’ Sonic Mania Adventures, “From A. Rose,” above, and share your thoughts on this surprise Christmas special with us below!
Before 2016, Niantic was a small startup at Google with little name recognition and a modestly successful game called Ingress. That all changed when Niantic teamed up with The Pokémon Company to create Pokémon GO, catapulting the company to unparalleled success in the mobile space.
It’s been over two years since then, and Pokémon GO is still one of the most profitable mobile games in the world. As such, Niantic’s value has reached impressive new heights. According to The Wall Street Journal, Niantic has begun the process of raising another $200 million in investments from venture capitalists, driving the company’s market cap to a staggering $3.9 billion.
So how does that compare to other companies? As pointed out by Kantan Games CEO and analyst Dr. Serkan Toto, this puts Niantic above prominent third-party publishers like Capcom ($2.08 billion), Square Enix ($3.327 billion), and Sega ($3.8 billion), despite the fact that they have much richer libraries stretching back for decades. For a young mobile developer, that’s a pretty incredible statistic.
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Pokemon Go company Niantic is said to be raising $200 million on a $3.9 billion valuation now.
We’re about a year away from the Sonic movie hitting theaters and early promotional materials have started to surface. The movie’s first official poster features a more humanoid Sonic with fur and longer legs than we’re used to seeing on the famous hedgehog. The reaction online has been harsh, to say the least, and recently some members of the Sonic Team have also expressed some concern.
SonicJPNews has compiled a series of quotes from various sources detailing the thoughts of former Sonic developers. This includes Sonic designer Naoto Ohshima, Sonic Unleashed character designer Gurihiru, Sonic Team writer Shiro Maekawa, and Sonic creator Yuji Naka. You can read their reactions below.
“Sonic is a fairy of hedgehog, so he doesn’t need to be designed closer to a real hedgehog even in a live action. Mickey doesn’t become a mouse in live action, does he? Because they are fairies who can live on when people believe in them.” — Naoto Ohshima
“I’ve heard that Sonic movie was going to be a mixture of live action and animation, but I haven’t expected this…” — Gurihiru
“Wooow, they made a totally unexpected arrangement there *rofl* ” — Shiro Maekawa
“From the comments here, it looks like it’s very badly received. I wonder if the movie is actually good when you watch it. I see many movies based on Anime or games are unpopular. I wonder why that happens…” — Yuji Naka
Reactions from former developers spanned from confusion to shock to laughter. Naka seems to be attempting to keep an optimistic mindset, but he’s well aware that most of the world isn’t doing the same. Here’s hoping the movie proves us all wrong.
Given Hollywood’s track record when it comes to video game movies, there hasn’t been much optimism surrounding the upcoming Sonic film, and concerns from fans only multiplied when the first official poster for the movie featured a more humanoid (and disturbing) look for the famous hedgehog. Now a second movie poster has allegedly surfaced at a movie theater, and it’s probably not going to do anything to help calm the fears of fans.
The new poster, shared on Twitter by MocciMu, was reportedly seen and photographed at the Century Walnut Creek theater in Walnut Creek, California. AV Club has reached out to the theater for confirmation of its legitimacy, but they haven’t yet heard back. The poster is from Sonic’s point of view as he sits perched on the Golden Gate Bridge with his long, furry legs stretched out in front of him.
To say the internet is unimpressed with these early looks at the Sonic movie would be a massive understatement. It’s still about a year until it debuts in theaters, but I’m not sure if there’s enough time in the world to save this project from being critically panned.
We’re just under a year away from the launch of the live-action/CGI hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog film. To say that Sonic fans are feeling a little apprehensive about the project would be an understatement. Both Sonic and game-based movies have been horribly mismanaged in the past, and combining the two seems like a dangerous proposition. The first teaser for the film, in the form of a moving poster, has not assuaged those feelings.
The short clip released today shows the Blue Blur speeding around to collect a few rings before coming into focus, revealing a re-imagined look for the hedgehog. The new look for Sonic includes fur and a more humanoid body type. Reactions from fans on social media have been less than kind and optimistic. A chat with executive producer Tim Miller reveals that Sonic will also have two separate eyes now, although they aren’t visible in the teaser.
One of the most fun looking announcements of 2018 for me has been the reveal for Team Sonic Racing. I’m not a die-hard Sonic fan or anything, but I’ll be damned if Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed isn’t one of the most enjoyable kart racers on the market. It’s not exactly in the same vein as the Mario Kart games, but it holds its own pretty well due to its competitive and cooperative nature. That’s why this particular news is a bit of a letdown: because we’ll have to wait until May to get our hands on it.
The game was originally scheduled for a Winter 2018 release, but SEGA recently said the following to IGN:
“Team Sonic Racing is the ultimate blend of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing, featuring your favorite characters and environments from across the Sonic Universe. To deliver the highest quality experience to fans, SEGA has decided to delay the launch of the title. During this additional time, SEGA and Sumo Digital will continue to hone the title to enhance the player experience to ensure Team Sonic Racing delivers the best gameplay experience possible. We understand that many fans were looking forward to a Winter release and apologize for any inconvenience caused. We’re confident that with this additional time our teams will ensure delivering an unforgettable experience that fans can enjoy for years to come. Team Sonic Racing is now set to be released on May 21, 2019.” — SEGA representative
I can always appreciate a delay for the sake of quality, and since previous games that came out of Sumo Digital and SEGA’s partnership haven’t wronged me yet, I’m sure Team Sonic Racing can bring the hedgehog’s arcadey, fast-paced racers to a new generation in a proper, polished way.
How do you feel about this delay? Are you excited for this new Sonic racing game? Hit up the comments below to let us know!