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Written by Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata

SONIC fights FIRE with FURY in “Wings of Fire” Part Two: When Sonic was infected with the Dark Gaia energy, he nearly all lost control of his mutant Werehog form. So what happens when an ancient and powerful phoenix gets turned to the dark side?! It’s a three-way battle as Sonic and Dulcy’s teams battle for their lives against the Dark Gaia Phoenix and Egg Army! Then, in “Shards and Sparks,” Knuckles and Mighty reunite to take on Egg Boss Thunderbolt! Featuring cover art by the terrific Tyson Hesse and a spooky “Horror Movie” variant by the mega-talented T. Rex!

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If you need proof that the world is beautiful and miracles can indeed happen, look no further. The SegaSonic Popcorn Shop has been dumped and will soon be emulatable in MAME!

As the name implies, this is a Sonic-themed popcorn machine complete with a little video screen, released in Japan in 1993.

The machine has a crank that you can turn for a little bit of interactivity while you wait. In this case, you have to help Sonic get away from a prancing Eggman who is trying to crush him (and your popcorn!!) with a giant mallet. Then you help Sonic actually cook your popcorn...? Of course, you'll still get it whether you actually touch anything or not.

Unfortunately, while you can emulate software, you cannot emulate actual food.

Recently, another obscure Japanese Sonic arcade rarity was dumped and preserved -- Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car. Essentially a glorified kiddy ride, Sonic drives around in a police car and obeys the laws of the road. Fun!

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Written by Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata

SONIC is SPEEDING down the Dragon Road in “Wings of Fire” Part One: Sonic and the Freedom Fighters travel to city-state of Chun-nan in search of more Gaia Keys! Dulcy the dragon is bringing all her might to help, but is her fledging team ready for end-of-the-world stakes? Could anyone really be? Then in “Homesick,” Bunnie and Tails come to the aid of a Key Guardian in a time of crisis! Featuring Cover art by the totally-terrific Tyson Hesse and a special Valentine’s Day “Love Struck” variant by the super-expressive Diana Skelly!

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Yeah, you read that right. In an announcement that came completely out of left field, Sega revealed that the (formerly) Wii U exclusive Sonic Lost World will be launching on Steam on November 2nd.

The Nightmare DLC will also be included. It's probably safe to assume the Zelda and Yoshi themed DLC won't be.

The game will sell for $30 and is up for pre-purchase now. Pre-purchasers also get a free copy of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (which is pretty much one of the greatest kart racers ever, y'know).

And if this news doesn't get you hype, here's a quote from the press release:

“This is the latest in a string of high quality PC ports of past SEGA titles that we will be building on in the coming months and years.”

So if you're not interested in Lost World, this hopefully means more Sega-published classics will be coming to PC soonish. Like maybe Jet Set Radio Future, Shenmue, Virtual-On, Vanquish, Bayonetta, Rez HD, Guardian Heroes HD... or maybe Sonic 2006. Well, you never know.

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Written by Ian Flynn?
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata?

Sonic, Tails and Chip head to the Efrikan settlement of Mazuri to find the next set of Gaia Keys—but they’ll have to go through the tough and menacing Axel, the Egg Boss of the Efrika Egg Army, to find them! While deep in the heart of the Gaia Temple, Chip finds something incredible—but you’ll just have to wait and see what it is! Then, in “A Special Occasion,” Sally and Rotor are one girl’s only hope in a family emergency! Featuring awesome cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and an "Altered Beast" variant by the exquisite Erik Ly!??

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Famitsu revealed a second retail compilation of Sega 3D Classics set to release on Nintendo 3DS in Japan on December 23, 2015. Five games were announced to be included, with more to be revealed along the way:

  • 3D Sonic the Hedgehog
  • 3D Galaxy Force II
  • 3D Thunder Blade
  • 3D Altered Beast
  • 3D Fantasy Zone II DX

Like the first collection, the cover art was drawn by Pokémon artist Ken Sugimori. The mosaic is obscuring some ~mystery character(s)~ for games yet to be announced. Who could it be...?!?

And also like the first collection, there's probably not a very good chance it will be released outside Japan. And because of the 3DS's region locking, it won't be import friendly either. Thanks, Obama Nintendo.

But (most) of the games in these collections do get western releases on the eShop. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog is available now, with Sonic 2 coming around the bend.

UPDATE: Heeey, the full cover was revealed, along with more info. Four more previously-unannounced games were shown to be included. Will they be exclusive to this collection? Well, probably the Master System games at least.

  • 3D Power Drift [Arcade]
  • 3D Puyo Puyo Tsuu [Arcade]
  • Maze Walker (aka Maze Hunter 3D) [Master System]
  • Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa [Master System]

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Written by Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata

SONIC is in the FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE in—”Face of the Enemy” Part Two: Sonic and his friends are at the mercy of Egg Boss Nephthys and her Egg Army! They came to rescue a Gaia Key Guardian-but can they manage to escape with their lives?! Then, in the finale to “Hidden Costs,” revelations abound! Sally and Clove both think their plans have succeeded-but at what cost? Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and Sonic CG artist supreme Rafa Knight!

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Written by Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel

SONIC's planet-wide chase CONTINUES! "Face of the Enemy" Part One: Sonic, Antoine and Big head to Shamar to rescue another Gaia Key Guardian! They're calling in the reinforcements and getting some help from the local Freedom Fighters-but will that really be enough to get past the fearsome Egg Army? Then, in "Hidden Costs" Part Two: Get ringside seats to Bunnie vs. Cassia. It's the can't-miss Cyborg fight of the century! Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and a "Maniacal" variant By CG artist Rafa Knight!

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Written by Ian Flynn & Aleah Baker
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata, John Workman

SONIC TAKES THE LEAD in the race to fix the planet! "Thunder, Rain and Lightning": Sonic and the team link up with Lupe to destroy one of Dr. Eggman's super badniks! How does this tie into fixing the shattered world? And just what secrets does Lupe keep? Then, in “Hidden Costs” Part One, Sally and Bunnie hunt down the final Chaos Emerald—which is in the heart of Egg Boss Clove’s forbidden territory! Featuring cover art from jammin’ Jamal Peppers and a “BATTLE!” variant from Sonic comics all-star Tyson Hesse!

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Have you managed to get your hands on a Sonic amiibo? Have you ever even managed to see a Sonic amiibo in person???

Because he and practically every other amiibo (besides the Pokémon for whatever reason) unlock an alternate costume for yarny Yoshi in Yoshi's Woolly World.

There he is! Pretty adorable, right? Right.

A more in-depth look at the game's amiibo functionality can be seen in the video here.

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