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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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Written by Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas

The BLUE BLUR IS BACK from the events of "WORLDS UNITE" and ready to save the world! In "Cold Hearted," Sonic embarks on a quest through the arctic to find and recover the all-important Gaia Keys! Collecting them all is essential for fixing the shattered world. It's a pretty chill mission until Egg Boss Tundra steps in to put the freeze on Sonic's plans! Meanwhile, Dr. Eggman is "Back in Business" as he braves the unknown to find his most treasured killing machine Metal Sonic! Featuring cover art by newcomer Adam Bryce Thomas plus a "HERO" variant with art provided by SEGA!

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Written by Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms

CELEBRATE 275 ISSUES OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG with his good buddy Mega Man and the worlds of STREET FIGHTER, BILLY HATCHER, NiGHTS INTO DREAMS, MONSTER HUNTER and more in this DOUBLE-SIZED ISSUE! “Worlds Unite” Part Eleven: It’s pan-dimensional pandemonium as the unified army begins their attack on Sigma! Sonic, Mega Man and X lead an all-star roster of heroes from across the SEGA and Capcom universes in an all-out assault against the villainous robot from the future! Will they be enough to save all their worlds, or has Sigma already become a god? Featuring a wrap-around cover from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante! PLUS 5 variant covers from Edwin Huang, Lamar Wells, Tracy Yardley, Rafa Knight and part 11 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates! Don’t mi

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Sega is continuing their 3D Classics line and they're bringin' some heavy hitters. They recently announced on their blog Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be getting the 3D treatment, along with Streets of Rage 2 and Gunstar Heroes. Helluva lineup there.

These ports are likely still being worked on by M2, who have been doing a fantastic job with the series, bringing an accurate representation of the original games plus a plethora of bonus options. All while painstakingly bringing these 2D games into 3D bit by bit. They're pretty much the best in the biz when it comes to handling classic games and their passion really shows in their projects. Just read their interviews about the development of each game to see for yourself.

3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is set to release this September.

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