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The Sonic Statue in the Japanese Mountains Has Finally Been Restored!

It all began on December 20, 2015, when a Japanese biker found a mysterious Sonic statue in the Japanese mountains. Since then, Sonic fans have been trying to figure out where the statue is located. After years of searching for the statue, BxB-Meister, a user in the Sonic Stadium forums, located the statue and posted an image of it on March 29, 2018. But due to the fear of vandalism, the location was shared only to a few people. The user did, however, give a few hints as to where it may be.

Sonic Mania Now On Origin Access Premier

Sonic Mania can now be downloaded for free if you're an Origin Access Premier member. We should note this doesn't include the DLC Encore. Sega's press release is below:

SEGA’s Sonic Mania™ Speeds To Origin Access Premier 

Get ready Sonic fans — Sonic Mania™, SEGA’s critically acclaimed, 2017 Sonic the Hedgehog platformer experience is now available for all Origin Access Premier members on PC. 

Developed by Christian Whitehead, Headcannon and PagodaWest Games in collaboration with SEGA of America, Sonic Mania™celebrates the best of Classic Sonic, pushing the envelope forward with stunning 60 FPS gameplay and pixel-perfect physics. Players can experience explosively fast speeds as Sonic, soar as Tails, or power through tough obstacles with Knuckles’ brute strength. With an exciting new twist on classic zones, players can relive their favorite Sonic moments while fighting new bosses and Dr. Eggman’s evil robot army.

Origin Access Premier members can download Sonic Mania™ now, and those seeking a membership can spin-jump their way to these perks when they join today:

  • Get unlimited access to all of Origin’s best games and brand new releases - with pro-level rewards and player content

  • Get premium editions of Origin’s best games with all the added extras including in-game rewards, Season Passes, and premium player content

  • Get early access to select new games before they’re released to the public

  • Save 10% on your Origin digital purchases including game downloads, Season Passes, points packs, and DLC

Sonic Mania™ is also available for purchase on Origin today. And stay tuned, SEGA's hit titles Two Point Hospital and Endless Legend will also be coming to Origin Access Premier soon!

Sonic Hoaxes (Featuring Big the Cat from Big's Big Fishing Adventure)

Who doesn’t love a good joke? I sure do and that’s exactly why I stay away from Smash Bros. leaks which are usually made up of text in 4chan. But some of the more fun leaks or hoaxes are the ones where people actually put effort into them to make them seem real like the Rayman leak by Artsy Omni

Sonic the Hedgehog has its fair share of hoaxes as well. From fake prototypes of games, a sequel to Shadow the Hedgehog, to Big the Cat DLC for Sonic Mania. Did You Know Gaming has just posted a video concerning these hoaxes voiced by Caddicarus. Here is the video*:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2qu43dJLac

 

*Knuckles Chao Cooking Lessons not included

SatAM Retrospective: Episode 3

 

As the leader of the Freedom Fighters, Sally Acorn is one of the core members of the organization. But what would happen if she was replaced by a robot? This idea has been explored in episode three of SatAM, “Sonic and Sally.” The episode aired on Sept. 25, 1993, and was written by Pat Allee and Ben Hurst.

SatAM Retrospective: Episode 2

After discussing the pilot episode for the SatAM series, it’s time we look at the first episode that aired for the series: “Sonic Boom” written by Len Janson which first aired on Sept. 18, 1993.

"Sonic the Hedgehog" (SatAM) Retrospective: Episode 1 "Heads or Tails"

War….War never changes. This was the tone Sonic Forces was going for with its attempt to have a darker tone with Sonic and company fighting against Dr. Eggman. But Forces wasn’t the only Sonic related story to have a darker theme with Dr. Eggman already conquering the world. We must go back to 1993 where DIC Entertainment, a film and tv show company, started airing two Sonic shows around the same month.

Aaron Webber has Departed From the Social Media Position

Aaron Webber has been working for Sega since April 2008. He began as a “Game Master” in which he would manage gaming communities and work with the development team in Japan. Eventually, he began interacting with the communities of Sega franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, and Valkyria Chronicles. He became an associate brand manager for the company and was responsible for the marketing of the companies games. 

On June 27, 2014, Aaron Webber left Sega to participate in charity. 

His absence from Sega didn’t last long, however. In March 2015, he returned as the Social Media Manager for the Sonic franchise. Thanks to him, the Twitter account of Sonic the Hedgehog grew thanks because of the humor and friendly personality he brought to the account. In fact, now the Sonic the Hedgehog account has as many followers as Pokemon. 

Unfortunately, Webber is now leaving his position. He will be passing the torch to Katie, Justin, and others. 

This does not mean he is leaving Sega, far from it. He is moving to a new position in the company. We don’t know what exactly but it’s probably for the best. 

Good luck, Webber. We hope your next adventure is way past cool.

Sega reveals the Game Gear Micro??

Today marks Sega's 60th anniversary, and to commemorate it, they've announced... the Game Gear Micro...! It comes in 4 different colors, each with (only) 4 different games:

  • Black: Sonic the Hedgehog, Puyo Puyo Tsuu, OutRun, Royal Stone
  • Blue: Sonic & Tails (aka Sonic Chaos), Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale, Baku Baku Animal
  • Yellow: Shining Force Gaiden, Shining Force Gaiden II, Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict, Nazo Puyo Arle no Roux
  • Red: Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible, Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special, The GG Shinobi, Columns

The screen measures in at a microscopic 1.15 inches. The unit runs on 2 AAA batteries, or can be powered by USB. It has a mono speaker, but includes a headphone jack for stereo sound. It was developed by the Genesis Mini team, including M2.

The Game Gear Micro will launch on October 6 and retails for 4980 yen (roughly $50 USD). There seems to be a couple different collector sets, and preordering all 4 units will net you... the "Big Window Micro"... a miniaturized screen magnifyer that allows you to actually see the screen!

This is totally goofy, and totally gimmicky, but as someone who likes tiny electronics, I still find it pretty charming. I'm doubting it'll see a western release (at least not with these game lineups). If you're thinking of importing one, I'd say the blue one would have the smallest language barrier.

Official Japanese website