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SONIC'S RACING INTO A NEW ADVENTURE! After defeating the evil Dr. Eggman's latest plot, Sonic is racing around the world to shut down the robotic Badnik forces that are still attacking villages. But it's a big job for one person-even Sonic the Hedgehog! Fortunately, he'll have some help from his best friend: Tails!

Sonic The Hedgehog #2

Sonic’s new adventure continues, and when he comes across another town in need of saving, his old pal Amy arrives just in time to join the fight! The banter is fun, and the stakes are high, but things get really serious when Amy presents Sonic with a big request: rejoin the Resistance!

Sonic The Hedgehog #3

Sonic and Knuckles team up, and it's just like old times-until two new villains show up. With a group of villagers under attack, will even the combined forces of these two heroes be enough to take down Rough and Tumble???

Sonic The Hedgehog #4

Sonic comes across a town under attack from the biggest Badnik force he’s ever seen. Luckily, help is on the way from his old friend Blaze, as well as a new hero! Get ready for the debut of Tangle!

Sonic The Hedgehog, Vol. 1: Fallout!

Join the Blue Blur for brand-new adventures as he and his friends race around the world to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman's robotic forces!

Meet Rough and Tumble, two brand new Sonic comic villains.

A new era of Sonic comics begins in April, when IDW releases the first four issues of its Sonic the Hedgehog series. The skunk brothers above are Rough and Tumble, a pair of new villains who’ll be causing a stink for Sonic and Knuckles in issue three. Rough is on the left and Tumble is on the right.

Rough and Tumble are the first of a whole host of new characters planned for the new series. Associate editor David Mariotte, speaking about the new characters, said, “They’re independent agents, and more bullies than masterminds, but they’re tough enough to maybe become someone’s henchmen down the line.”

 

Exclusive first look of what comes next at SXSW

Sonic Is Ready To Take 2018 By Storm at SXSW 2018

Sonic returns once again at SXSW, this time he brought our usual friends Aaron Webber and Takishi Iizuka, as well as for the first time, the one and only Tyson Hesse!
This panel will reflect on the past, such as Forces and Mania but the most interesting thing to note is " the world-exclusive first look at what comes next for the fastest blue hedgehog"
This conference shall be held on March 16th and will be on through 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

SXSW Schedule

IDW Sonic solicits and new character Tangle revealed

The solicitations for issues 1-4 are now out and amongst them is the reveal of a brand new character, Tangle the Lemur! First of all, here are the issue summaries:

Sonic The Hedgehog #1 - SONIC'S RACING INTO A NEW ADVENTURE! After defeating the evil Dr. Eggman's latest plot, Sonic is racing around the world to shut down the robotic Badnik forces that are still attacking villages. But it's a big job for one person-even Sonic the Hedgehog! Fortunately, he'll have some help from his best friend: Tails!

Sonic The Hedgehog #2 - Sonic’s new adventure continues, and when he comes across another town in need of saving, his old pal Amy arrives just in time to join the fight! The banter is fun, and the stakes are high, but things get really serious when Amy presents Sonic with a big request: rejoin the Resistance!

Sonic The Hedgehog #3 - Sonic and Knuckles team up, and it's just like old times-until two new villains show up. With a group of villagers under attack, will even the combined forces of these two heroes be enough to take down Rough and Tumble???

Sonic The Hedgehog #4 - Sonic comes across a town under attack from the biggest Badnik force he’s ever seen. Luckily, help is on the way from his old friend Blaze, as well as a new hero! Get ready for the debut of Tangle!

We're still missing some covers and there appear to be mixups on cover artists from the different news outlets. Once everything settles, comic entries will be updated.

According to Newsarama, in addition to Tracy Yardley, Tyson Hesse (who've we've not seen any covers yet), Adam Bryce Thomas, and Nathalie Fourdraine we can also expect covers from Jonathan Gray (WB), Rafa Knight and Kieran Gates! Their covers haven't been released yet.

There is also no mention of the Freedom Fighters from SatAM and Archie. It's very likely they won't appear in this series as IDW has been saying for months that this series is a "new direction." As to why they won't flat out say these characters aren't appearing may just be because of "never say never." We'll just have to wait and see. I'm sure they're monitoring fan reaction.

Onto Tangle.

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Tangle the Lemur will deput in issue 4 along with Blaze. She was designed by Tyson Hesse. From IGN:

“Before she even had a name, we knew we wanted her to be like a lot of other great Sonic characters and have a special ability tied to one of her features. Think Tails or Knuckles,” IDW associate editor David Mariotte told IGN in an email interview. “So, we were brainstorming animals who could do cool stuff and a ring-tailed lemur who could use her tail alternately like a whip or like a fist was too cool to pass up! Throw in her scrappiness, she likes to ‘tangle’ with bad guys, and you have an awesome character!”

As for whether Tangle will appear in any video games, Mariotte couldn't say, as that decision lies exclusively with Sega.

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IDW Sonic will rotate among artists

Not too long ago we learned that Tracy Yardley would be returning for some cover duty. According to Entertainment Weekly, IDW will have different artists for the first four books and then rotate through different teams after that.

We'll also see different Sonic friends be featured along side with Sonic for the first four issues.

IDW’s first ongoing Sonic the Hedgehog comic will debut in April. To celebrate the big kickoff, four whole issues will come out that month, one per week. The series will be written by Ian Flynn, and the first issue will be illustrated by fan-favorite artist Tracy Yardley; check out Yardley’s cover for the issue exclusively above. Each of the next three issues will feature a different artist, and then rotating art teams will take over once the book goes monthly. Each of the first four issues also will feature one of Sonic’s classic allies — first up is Miles “Tails” Prower. But this won’t just be a nostalgia trip; the series is introducing new characters to the Sonic canon.

Here's a look at one of the variant covers for issue 1, drawn by Nathalie Fourdraine:

Full EW Press Release

As a side note, solicitations for the first four issues will drop this Wednesday and we will update the comics listing on the left side on the main page along with the comics page.

Retro-Bit partners with Sega to produce new old console controllers

Brand new, officially licensed Sega controllers and accessories are on the horizon. Retro-Bit showed their fresh lineup of Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast hardware at CES.

Aside from new controllers for the original hardware, Retro-Bit will also be producing wired USB and wireless Bluetooth varieties. Also available will be bluetooth adapters for the various consoles, allowing you to use the wireless controllers on the original hardware... well, wirelessly.

The initial lineup also features standard A/V cables and power adapters, including new VGA boxes for Dreamcast. All in packaging straight out of the 90s.

No word on pricing or release dates yet.

The Saturn controller in particular has long been touted by enthusiasts as one of the greatest 2D controllers of all time. So a high-quality modern equivalent would be very welcome. There were official USB Saturn controllers produced by Sega Logistics Service (SLS) several years ago; however, they've long been out of print and fetch a pretty hefty price nowadays.

Time will tell how well these new products actually stack up to the originals of the 90s. I personally haven't dealth with Retro-Bit, so I can't vouch for their quality. Still... I'm cautiously excited about the prospects.

Tracy Yardley returns for IDW Sonic book

IDW posted on their newly created Sonic Facebook group today announcing that Tracy Yardley, an artist from Archie Sonic book, will be returning for the new IDW Sonic comic. It's not clear if he will only be doing covers but one of the covers for issue #1 was revealed. This also confirms that there will be variant covers. IDW's announcement below:

What's up Sonic Comics Squad?! We're here to show off one of the OFFICIAL covers for issue #1 of IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog comic series, featuring the return of beloved Sonic artist Tracy Yardley!

Tracy Yardley! began his career in 2005 with fellow SCAD alum, Nate Bowden on Tokyopop’s original manga series,“Riding Shotgun.” At the same time, he began his long run (pun intended) on the various “Sonic the Hedgehog” titles published by Archie Comics alongside Ian Flynn, and is currently producing art for Archie’s new “Cosmo” series. He has contributed to “Hero Cats of Stellar City” from Action Lab Entertainment, and has produced scripts and pencils for the forthcoming “Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl.”

Now Tracy is back on board once again with Ian Flynn at IDW Publishing; ready for new and exciting adventures with the blue blur, Sonic the Hedgehog!

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Sonic Runners Adventure out now on Android and iOS

We knew it would be coming soon and now it's finally here. Sonic Runners Adventure is now out for Android and iOS.

You'll have to pay $2.99 but this also means no ads, no stupid roulettes or other freemium junk. This time, it's by Gameloft and not Sega. If you played the original Sonic Runners, you'll be right at home. Sonic has a triple jump, Tails can sorta fly and Knuckles has a mid air dash. It's nearly identical in terms of control. The buddy system for adding companions is also there along with power ups like the magnet and invincibility. No red rings. Most stuff can be unlocked with rings which you get by playing the levels and getting accomplishments or completing chapters.

Levels have an end point but there additional endless runner levels to help you acquire more stars to reach later levels. Some levels will have you "lap" multiple times or have a time limit. Bosses are like before. Dodge some attacks and then Eggman will rush you, allowing you to attack.

Overall, even with a few items lacking such as no cloud save support or leaderboard (you'll want to use an app like Helium if you're on Android to back up your save data if you move to another device) I would say it's worth the $2.99 price.

Sonic 3D Blast Director's Cut (Beta) now out

GameHut AKA Jon Burton, founder of Traveller's Tales, has released his patch to Sonic 3D Blast for the Sega Genesis. Details can be found on Sonic Hacking.

This update includes lots of new features including a new map screen, Super Sonic, time challenge mode (you can skip collecting flickies and go straight to the exit) and more! Video below.

Amazon’s Retro Zone Partners with Twitch Influencers to Host Retro Game Streams and Giveaways

Amazon’s Retro Zone is partnering with four popular Twitch streamers Nov. 14-15 to stream retro games that are available on the Amazon Appstore and compete in speed runs against viewers. Fans who post the fastest speed runs of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 or Metal Slug on each of the streamer’s Twitch pages, linked below, will have the chance to win one of four Fire HD 8 tablets, plus those who visit Retro Zone before November 15 at 11:59 p.m. PST can enter for a chance to win one of four SEGA Flashback Consoles.

Below are the streamers who will be participating: