SHQ News - Year 2004

Fox Box's Sonic X contest to win SMC+

FoxBox is having a third Sonic X promotion this Saturday. Grand Prize Winners will win a free copy of Sonic Mega Collection Plus for Playstation 2 and (probably) Xbox.

Source: FoxBox and Sega

SonikuUK

Thats right folks, the long awaited final 13 episodes [40-52] begin airing on New Years Day in the UK!

As usual its on Fox Kids, but from Jan 1st FK will be known as Jetix. Same channel, different name.

I dont know the time X will air though or how many episodes. But dont miss it! ^-~

Sonic X Last Episode Airs in Australia

Australia's popular kids program Cheez TV that airs every Weekday morning between 7:30 to 8:30 on channel 10 Australia is broadcasting the last episode of Sonic X (episode 52) tommorow morning (Thursday 14th December Aust. East Timezone) at 7:30am.

Source:Cartoon Central Australia

Sonic #147 Spoilers

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #147, ships 3/9. 32-page, full color comic, $2.19 US.

THE MOST ANTICIPATED... AND DREADED... STORY IN SONIC HISTORY CONTINUES! "The Good, the Bad and the Unknown: Ignition" Part 2 of 4: The cover says it all: Sonic vs. Shadow vs. Metal Sonic! One of the biggest, baddest battles ever just got even bigger and badder! Can Sonic and the rest of the freedom fighters stand up to this ultimate onslaught? With the evil Dr. Robotnik and E-102 in the mix, can anyone stand up to this villainy? Don't miss the fight of Sonic's life as things go from bad to worse for the blue blur! SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Ken Penders (inks). "The Fox & the Hound": What do Tails and Sonic's dog Muttski, two of Sonic's best friends, do when Sonic leaves them behind to go save the planet again? Goof-off and play games all day, of course! Until things turn dangerously deadly, that is! SCRIPT: Romy Chacon. ART: Al Bigley (pencils) and Ken Penders (inks). "Off-panel: This Side of Parodies": Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes between artists, writers and Sonic? Well this is the scoop you've been waiting for. You'll learn of evil robot retirement homes, super powers, monkeys, and more.. all of it true... maybe! SCRIPT: Mike Gallagher. ART: Dave Manak (pencils) and Rich Koslowski (inks).

Source: Archie Press Release

Sonic Back in Happy Meals!!

Beginning December 3rd and lasting until December 27th, McDonald's will be including handheld gaming devices based on Sega franchises an Happy Meal toys. Back in 2003, the fast-food and video game giants teamed up for a similar promotion, but this year they've thrown in something different.

2,500 children may receive a silver handheld, and out of those, 25 will receive $2,500 to spend on video games and systems. The remaining winners will receive either a copy of Sonic Heroes or Sonic Mega Collection Plus.

The corporation hopes the promotion will be as large as the primary one was, which Jonni Hegenderfer, a spokeswoman for McDonald's, decribes as "extremely popular".

Source: CNN Money

Sonic Walks the Walk

Guess who else won an election this year...
Rejoice, all you true-blue fans! I just checked on the Walk of Game (which took in votes all last month), and lo and behold: Sonic has been inducted into the Walk of Game, alongisde with characters Mario and Link, the game Halo, and lifetime achievers Nolan Bushnell and Shigeru Miyamoto.
Congratulations to everyone who voted.

Sonic Heroes Ships for PC

Flagship Icon is Bargain Priced and has Never Looked Better

SAN FRANCISCO (November 17, 2004) - SEGA® of America today announced the launch of Sonic Heroes™ for the PC – the first Sonic The Hedgehog™ PC game to be set in a true 3D landscape. Bargain priced at $19.95 MSRP, this is the sharpest looking version of Sonic Heroes yet, and it offers up all the replay and entertainment value of its console counterparts. Sonic Heroes challenges gamers to control three characters simultaneously, each offering the unique individual ability of speed, power or flight. Multiple teams follow their own unique story paths across 14 massive stages. Their combined objective: to thwart the plans of Sonic's arch nemesis, the nefarious Dr. Eggman.

More on http://pc.gamezone.com/news/11_17_04_08_35PM.htm

Sonic X CCG.

From: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/5889.html

Sonic X CCG from Score In 2005
October 21, 2004

A Score representative told us at the recent ACD Game Days that the company will produce a Sonic X CCG for release in 2005. Score is getting its feet wet with the property by producing a series of Sonic X Trading Cards, for release in mass channels only, this fall. The videogame and comic title are the other two most well-known uses of the property.

Sonic #146 Spoilers

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #146 ships 2/9. 32-page, full color comic, $2.19 US.

THE MOST ANTICIPATED... AND DREADED... STORY IN SONIC HISTORY BEGINS HERE! "The Good, the Bad and the Unknown: Prototype" Part 1 of 4: It's all been leading up to this: Shadow is back and he's looking for a showdown with Sonic As if that wasn't enough, other threats both old and new are lurking in the darkness... and with an event this big rocking Sonic's world, could the attention of Dr. Robotnik be too far off? Don't dare miss what may be the direst situation Sonic has ever faced! SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) & Jim Amash (inks). "Out of Your Shell": Shadow isn't the only one back; in this story, Tommy the Turtle also makes a return appearance- but can he find his place with Sonic and the Freedom Fighters? Prepare to be "Shell"-shocked once again! SCRIPT: Romy Chacon. ART: Ron Lim (pencils) & Rich Koslowski (inks). "Circuit Me": Princess Sally always has her super intelligent device from the future, N.I.C.O.L.E. with her. But when a lab accident goes wrong will N.I.C.O.L.E. leave Sally trapped for a chance at life? SCRIPT: Romy Chacon. ART: Al Bigley (pencils) & Mike Higgins (inks).

Source: Archie Comics Press Release

New Sonic X episodes on CITV

The episodes of Sonic X scheduled to start on November the 15th on CITV continue from where it finished last time - not repeats. Also they are showing an episode every week day. Source http://www.radiotimes.com/

Sonic x back on citv?

I emailed citv to ask when sonic x would be back.
they replied that it would be back on monday 15th of november!

Sonic wins character of the year

Sonic has won the character of the year award - and thus the ultimate gaming hero -, at the annual Golden Joystick awards. The award was voted by readers of The Sun newspaper.

Source:Golden Joystick Results

Sonic X goes 4 episodes a day in the UK!

if you check either the TV Times magazine or the Sky Guide. From Monday Sonic X goes 4 episodes a day.
7-8AM - double bill.
3:30-4:30PM - double bill.

Though, next saturday theres no Sonic in the morning.

Wether this is new episodes or just repeats is not known. Fox havent advertised new episodes or the double bills.

anyway, check it out this Monday on Fox Kids!!!

Sonic T-Shirts Available at Hot Topic.

While browsing the net I noticed that Hot Topic has a few new T-Shirts available.

After years of peddling 8-bit era clothing to us, Hot Topic finally wisens up and offers a few Hedgehog pieces of clothing. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 art on a T-Shirt? Count me in!

http://www.hottopic.com/store/searchSKU.asp?LS=0&DOIT=YES&SSTR=Sonic

Mega Collection Mini Game

Sega of America has a new Sonic Mega Collection Plus mini game available. Basically its a Flash version of Green Hill with some level changes.

http://www.sega.com/games/game_temp.php?game=sonicmegaplus

Adventures of STH on GMTV2: UP ON THE ROOF

On ITV2 in the UK, during weekdays, The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon will be shown at the time of 7:00am starting next week (Note: You must have Sky, Cable or Freeview to get ITV2).

Sonic Nominated for Walk of Game

The Second Biggest Election of the Year, and Guess Who's Up!

Everyone point your browsers to www.walkofgame.com. It seems that our eternal blue fire has been nominated for a spot on San Francisco's Walk of Game, which honors gaming icons and creators.
So how about it? If you're a true-blue Sonic fan, then go right ahead and cast a few votes for Sonic the Hedgehog, and some for Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki.

The last Sonic X episode aired in France

The french TV channel "TF1" aired this morning the last Sonic X episode (#52).
The episode title was "souvenirs, souvenirs".
France is the second country to air every Sonic X episodes; Japan being, of course, the first.

Free Sonic X DVD on Saturday (UK)

In Saturday's (23rd) The Sun newspaper, there will be a voucher for a free Sonic X and Digimon DVD. It will be redeemable at your nearest Blockbusters or Gamestation.

New Archie Artist

This comes from Ken Penders:

"Check out this piece which will be appearing as the Frontispiece for SONIC #145. It was colored by a fan now turned pro named Amber Greenlee, who's up to this point worked on her own stories for various online comics websites. Amber has colored several pieces for me prior to this, and I suspect you'll be seeing more of her work in the months ahead."

Source: Ken's Message Board

Sonic #145 Spoilers

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #145, ships 1/12. 32-page, full color comic, $2.19 US.

"Shadows of Hope": Shadow returns in what is sure to be one of the most explosive Sonic epics ever! Shadow continues watching over young Hope Kintobor, who he believes is the missing piece to discovering his history. Meanwhile, a familiar Echidna lurks in the background believing Shadow is the missing piece to finding his family! When these two titans clash will anyone survive? SCRIPT: Ken Penders ART: Ron Lim (pencils) and Al Milgrom (inks). "Training Day": Ever wonder what it's like to be a Swatbot in Dr Robotnik's employ? Here's your chance to find out: it's training day and the Doctor is in! SCRIPT: Karl Bollers. ART: Al Bigley (pencils) and Mike Higgins (inks). "Harbinger": A loud, devastating explosion in the distance, and ever-closer tremors that rock Knothole's foundations can only mean one thing for Sonic and the Freedom Fighters: Shadow is coming! Is this just the beginning of the destruction to come?! SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Dawn Best (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks).

Source: Archie Comics Press Release

Jon Gray (Sonic Artist) Signing At Comic Books ETC

This was posted by Knux Five over at ToonZone:

"Hey guys.

This Saturday from 12:00-3:00, our very own Jon "WB" Gray, artist for Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comic, and Georges Jeanty, currently the artist on Marvel's Gambit, will be signing at Comic Books ETC in Woodstock, Georgia.

Comic Books ETC can be found online at www.comicbooksetc.com (You can order from us), and in Woodstock in Georgia. They'll be signing comics, doing sketches, and so forth.

It is also CBE's 1-year anniversary, so expect some other goodness going on as well."

Source: ToonZone

Sonic X in Australia

According to this site, Sonic X will be premiering on Australian TV on Monday, September 13th. It'll be on Cheez TV (Channel 10) at 7:30am, Monday to Thursday.

Sonic Heroes PC Website

Sega of Japan's Sonic Heroes PC Website is up and running. It has screenshots, new information and suggests a November release date for America, while Japan has a winter release date. The game will feature enhanced graphics compared to other versions, but sadly won't feature any new extras.

Source: TSSZ News

Date for Sonic X Season 2

I called 4Kids Entertainment to found out when the Second season of Sonic X will begin and the second season will start on September 18, 2004 Saturday on the Fox Box, mark your calendars!
Another thing I just realized is that the second season of Sonic X premieres on the same day where that is Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) 11th Anniversary!

Sonic Underground boxset... more info

To add to the previous news post, the Sonic Underground boxset is also available on Play.com with this information.

A 10 disc box set including Underground Masquerade, Tangled Webs, The Deepest Fear, Who Do You Think You Are?, Wedding Bell Blues, To Catch A Queen, Mobodoon, The Price Of Freedom.

It will be £22.99 with free delivery. There's also a picture on the site.

Here's the URL
http://www.play.com/play247.asp?source=675&page=title&Cur=257&r=R2&title=185696

Sonic #144 Spoilers

Sonic #144 CoverSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #144
Ships 12/15, 32-page, full color comic, $2.19 US.

"Mobius: 25 Years Later - Moment of Truth": The popular series-within-a-series... and the very future itself... takes center stage as our heroes valiantly try to repair the ripped rift in time! Using a long departed evil doctor's greatest unused device, can even the combined might and intellect of King Sonic, Guardian Knuckles, and the scientific geniuses Rotor and Cobar, be enough to fix time .. in time?! And what part does a mysterious stowaway have to play in this saga? No fan of the Sonic mythos should miss this one! SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks). "Love and Loss": Sonic and Sally, Antoine and Bunnie Rabbot romantic upheavals have worried fans more than wondering when the next Dr. Robotnik or Dark Legion attack is coming. Now with their future uncertain, where does that leave our heartbroken Freedom Fighters? These questions of love, loss and yes, laughter will finally be addressed in this poignant, charming tale. SCRIPT: Romy Chacon. ART: Jon Gray (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks).

Sources: ComiX-Fan & Comics Continuum

Possible Sonic DS Release Date?

I was browsing around Ebgames and found a page for Sonic DS and they have a release date for the game. It states the ship date will be March 1, 2005. It's unoffical and all but maybe we can see the game come out around that time.

Sonic DS Page @ Ebgames

Sonic Mega Collection Plus for Xbox

Sonic Mega Collection Plus is on its way to Xbox for a November 2nd release and will retail at $19.95. It appears to be the same package as the PS2 version.

Source: http://xbox.ign.com/articles/537/537786p1.html

More Sonic X DVDs on the way! (US)

Sonic X Vol. 3 & 4
Reported by: Anthony Lizarraga
August 04, 2004 (02:31am)

Funimation announces the street date for the next two volumes in the Sonic X series. Details are still unavailable, but if these volumes follow the formula from Vol. 1 & 2, then expect 4 episodes per disc.

Source: DVD Toons

Sonic Mega Collection Plus for PS2 Info

This expanded collection is the perfect compliment to the recently released Sonic Heroes action game. In Sonic Mega Collection Plus, players of all ages will enjoy working through Sonic s early adventures, experiencing the classic titles that turned the blue dude with a tude into one of the first videogame superstars.

-Includes seven of the most-loved Sonic games of all time, including: Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball and Dr. Robotnik s Mean Bean Machine, plus three Sonic lock-on games (from Sonic & Knuckles)

-Unlockable SEGA Genesis games include The Ooze, Comix Zone, Flicky, and Ristar

-Six hidden SEGA Game Gear games: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Chaos, Sonic Drift, Sonic Labyrinth, Dr. Robotnik s Mean Bean Machine, Sonic Blast

-Re-designed interface and additional all-new bonus materials.

Release: November 2, 2004

Source: EB Games

SatAM is coming to the UK

SatAM is coming to the UK on monday the 2nd of August. It comes on at 7:35am, 1:00pm and 4:00pm on POP which is on 619 on sky.

Mega Drive Plug and Play System

A new Plug and Play system has been relised in the UK featuring 6 Mega Drive (Genisis) Games including Sonic the hedgehog 1 and Dr Robotniks mean bean machine

Confirmation:

Link

Sonic #143 Spoilers

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG # 143

Ships 11/17. 32-page, full color comic, $2.19 US.

"The Original Freedom Fighters" Part 2 of 2: All good heroes have their own heroes, and this story tells the tale of the heroes Sonic and the Freedom Fighters looked up to. It's a tale of inspiration but also deception... the story of a traitor from within... and a potential warning for our heroes of today! SCRIPT: Romy Chacon. ART: Art Mawhinney (pencils) and Jim Amash (ink). "Father's Day": The latest installment of the popular "Mobius 25 Years Later" series-within-a-series. In perhaps the most emotionally charged chapter of the series so far, the story of Locke and Knuckles is explored. How will their relationship affect Knuckles' daughter, Lara-Su; Mobius, and the future of the Guardians? SCRIPT AND ART: Ken Penders.

Source: ComiX-Fan

McDonalds Sonic Ads

Not really news but if anyone is interested, the commercials for the McDonalds Sonic Happy Meals are freqently aired between 4 and 5pm on ITV (UK, channel 3)on weekdays. It appears to feature the Sonic Heroes CG model and Sonic's official voice actor.

WB talks about Archie's latest comic

WB's Post

I figured I should link this for those who don't frequent the forum. WB reveals the correct dialogue for page 14, the origin of General Kage, and character designs.

Sonic Advance based game.

At Arcadetown.com/ There's a game Based on Sonic Advance 2(Thanks to Master of Power for Finding the Game).

Source: Arcade Town.

Vec: I'm not sure this counts as news since the game was released in 5/04, but this is VERY impressive for a fan-made flash Sonic game.

Sega Happy MealsToys in UK

The Sega handheld toys that McDonlads gave away with Happy Meals last year in the US will be available in the UK from 16th July according to store displays.

Sonic Underground Volume 3+4 Release Dates

Volumes 3 and 4 of the Sonic Underground series will be released in the UK on DVD on August 30th. It seems that 2 volumes will be released every 3 months

Sonic Team keeping its name?

Link

While Sonic Team is being re-absorbed into Sega along with all the other development groups, and the site says Sonic Team 2000-2004, Gamespot says the name Sonic Team will still be used. There's also a contest for pins on Sonic Team's site, but I checked and it's limited to residents of Japan.

Jun Senoue Details

More from Raxel:

Jun is going to be in the Geneon USA booth at noon on 7/4 (Sunday) to coincide with the Sonic Heroes soundtrack announcement.

Other-M Back from Hiatus

After months of behind-the-scenes work, the fandom's longest running fan-comic resumes course at last with Other-M #26, and the next few issues looking to be ready to follow in short order.

Resume the legend here!

Jun Senoue at Anime Expo 2004

From Raxel Van Schred of the official Jun Sunoue fan site:

I recieved word from Jun that he will be making an appearance at the Anime Expo 2004 this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. If you're in the LA area, or are a fan that is wlling to travel, go and say hello!

The 13th Annual Anime Expo starts on Friday July 2nd and ends on Monday July 5th. Opening hours and other details can be found on the official website for the convention.

There are more details regarding the specifics to come, stay tuned!

Sonic #142 Spoilers

Sonic #142 CoverSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #142

Written by Romy Chacon and Ken Penders, art by Art Mawhinney, Jim Amash, Steve Butler.

"The Original Freedom Fighters" Part 1 of 2: Not only does the tyranny of Dr. Robotnik go back as far as anyone on Mobius can remember... but there have always been heroes to fight that evil. This is the story of those heroes... Sonic's heroes... who gave rise to Sonic and the Freedom Fighters as we know them today. "Moment of Truth": the latest installment of the popular "Mobius 25 Years Later" series-within-a-series. Lobar and Rotor, the greatest scientific minds of the future, present King Sonic and The Guardian Knuckles their solution to save Mobius: they must return to the past! There's a catch, however: in order for Mobius to be saved, there's no guarantee that the lives they have led will unfold the same as before.

32 pages, $2.95, in stores on Oct. 20

Source: Comics Continuum

STOP CONTACTING ANCHOR BAY

Kanshisha of The SatAM Network posted this on his site and FUS:

I got up this morning to recieve an email from Anchor Bay webmaster. Not sure how he got my site address since I never posted on the forum yet. but anyways. he told me and I quote.

"We do not have the UK DVD rights to SatAM. Can you please stop the continual bombardment of our forums and PMs with these requests? It is extremely annoying."

He also said if I know who handles the SatAM right to let him know. So I gave him alot of information about that and who to contact and stuff so please don't go emailing him about who has the rights and stuff. We don't want him to get even more annoyed with more emails of the same stuff and probably half of it is wrong information. So please stop posting on the forum because the more you annoy them the less of a chance we have to get it back. But if they are interested in getting the right like he sounded we may have a chance. So please stop bothering the man.


Well... looks like FUS and TSN were heard... a bit too loud though. I didn't think we were being annoying, but... like I said we were heard. All we can do now is watch and wait and see if they will release it. The ball is in their court, let's keep our fingers crossed.

Also if a mod or whatever could edit the previous post by me and take out the links so we don't annoy them even more, please. That'd be great ^_^;

Want to see SatAM on DVD? Here's how to help

As you know, Disney is being stupid and not allowing DiC or any company to release/air SatAM here in the US because they suck. Anyway, one of the fans (Sonicus Prime) suggested asking Anchor Bay to release SatAM, as they've all ready released several SU DVDs that have sold successfully. Anchor Bay is known for listening to their fans and even has a suggestions forum on their site. I don't know the whole history, but apparently they've also had fans of other shows they've released create extras. Since I, at FUS have some model sheets and what not and so does the SatAM Network, we could probably help in that department ;)

Anyway, we need to let them know there IS a fan base out there so sign up on their forums and help us out by posting in this topic that Sonicus Prime made:
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When you sign up on the board, the admin has to validate you and it's kind of a pain. You can email him by clicking this link after you've signed up:
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Now before ANYONE tries to complain about how they won't be released in America (because they won't as DiC doesn't have the rights nor does anyone else) I don't want to hear it. This is a big chance for FUS. Anchor Bay would probably release all the episodes on DVD, and no matter what country it is, it would truely be a huge victory. A lot of UKers didn't whine when the original DVD was only released in in the states, in fact several of them order it from Amazon. So please, if you're a SatAM fan, no matter where you live, help us out. If you don't help out because you don't care that it's only in the UK then you suck and you are not a true SatAM fan.

Sonic X Mini-DVD for Sale June 15th

TVShowsOnDVD.com has reported on a June 15th release date of four mini-DVDs by Funimation, each priced at $3.99 and containing a single episode of one of four shows: TMNT (the new one), Dragonball GT, Yu-Gi-Oh, and our friend Sonic X. The episode each DVD contains is not an exclusive one, though, simply one picked for promoting the series. Look for these at Target stores and 7-11s, and other similar retailers.

You can read the original story and see an example shot of the TMNT disc here.

Sonic #137 and more on sale

Archie's Sonic The Hedgehog #137 is on sale in comic shops starting today. The following back issues might also be found in select comic shops: Sonic's Friendly Nemesis Knuckles #1-3 (the original Knuckles mini-series), Knuckles: The Dark Legion #1-3 (the second Knuckles mini-series), Knuckles The Echidna #4, and Knuckles The Echidna #5.

Source: Diamond Comics

Sonic X Episode 14 Shown in UK today

Today at 4pm on Fox Kids and 5pm on Fox Kids+, the 14th episode of Sonic X was shown, indicating that the run of the new series has started. There will be a new episode every weekday at 4pm (and again at 5pm on FK+), and the concluding episode (#26) will be shown on Thursday 24th of June.

Sonic X Saga 2 UK

Sonic X Saga 2 UK
Hot News for UK'ers.

Hi gang, this is Cosmic, Guardian of the Time Stones of the Micro Planet, keeping you upto date on the latest Sonic happenings in the UK.

Fox Kids (609) on UK Satellite, is showing saga 2 of Sonic X eps 14-26 of Sonic X, NOW, as I write this episode 14 is playing right now.

I'm recording them now, and I'm sure we all can't wait for a decent encode of ep 26 (for those that download them).

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Cosmic
Time Stones Guardian
Micro Planet

Sonic X on GBA

Yes folks! Sonic X is now out for GBA. 2 eps on one cart. You can purchase your copy of Sonic X at Kay-bee toys or at Electronic Boutique. Price $19.99

Sonic #140 Preview Cover

Sonic #140 CoverSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #140

"The Return to Angel Island" Part 3 of 4: The struggle to free Angel Island from the Evil Dr. Robotnik and protect the Master Emerald continues! Can Sonic, Knuckles and The Chaotix stand together, or will their petty differences divide them? Meanwhile, the fate of the Guardians hangs in the balance! SCRIPT: Karl Bollers. ART: Jon Gray (pencils) and Mike Higgins (inks). "A Difference of Opinion": When King Sonic and the Guardian Knuckles have a late night discussion of the possible end of Mobius, much of the "past" is revealed in the future! Don't miss their surprising predictions in this far-flung tale! SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks).

Source: Westfield Comics

Sonic #141 Preview w/cover

Sonic #141 CoverSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #141

Written by Karl Bollers and Ken Penders, art by Jon Gray, Mike Higgins, Steve Butler and Jim Amash.

"The Return to Angel Island" Part 4 of 4: The thrilling conclusion to this turbulent tale could spell the final conclusion for our heroes. Will the combined might of Sonic, Knuckles and the Chaotix be enough to end the tyranny of Dr. Robotnik and keep their lives from hanging in the balance? "Scenario": the latest installment of the popular "Mobius 25 Years later" series-within-a-series. King Sonic and The Guardian Knuckles must work with Rotor and Cobar to create a plan of action to correct the time anomaly that threatens the future as they know it. Can they possibly stop what was set in motion years ago?

32 pages, $2.19, in stores on Sept. 22.

Source: Comics Continuum

Sonic X on DVD This week

Tuesday, the first two US Sonic X DVDs will be released. However, some stores like Best Buy, have gotten them early, so start looking.

Sonic Underground DVD's to be released tomorrow

A Quick reminder that tomorrow (31/05/2004) is the day that the Sonic Underground DVD's volumes 1 and 2 are released in the UK. The RRP is lower then previously mentioned. Lowest price I have seen is £4.99 on MVC. The DVD is released under the Anchor Bay label.

Sonic Advance 3

Sonic Advance 3 shipped earlier this week in the United States and should be avalible for purchase at wherever it is your crazy kids buy your video games now a days.

Sonic Advance 3 is a 2D Sonic game for the Gameboy Advance System that retians the general formula while adding a few new twists, such as a hub world and an interesting partner system.

Go check it out!

Sonic Heroes Sells 1.42 Million Units!!!

IGN has released an article, the State of Sega, revealing that Sonic Heroes has sold a grand total of 1.42 million units (150,000 for Japan, 850,000 for North America and 420,000 for Europe).

Other standouts in North America include Sonic Adventure DX and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle for the Gameube.

Sega to Merge with Sammy

Sega Corp., the maker of ``Sonic the Hedgehog'' games, plans to merge with Sammy Corp., its biggest shareholder, forming a games maker with sales forecast at 501 billion yen ($4.41 billion) in the current business year.

Click Here to read the whole article

Source: Bloomberg.com

MegaMan Update

This site isn't updated often, so every week or two, i'll fill yall in for the latest and greatest in the MegaMan universe...

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>To start off, the MegaMan Battle Network has been gaining alot of popularity lately, with the start-up of the new season of MegaMan NT Warrior TV show on Kids WB, the soon-to-be-released MegaMan NT Warrior Trading card game, the new translated MegaMan NT Warrior manga books from Viz, the future line of action figures from Mattell, and two new MegaMan Battle Network games in the works(MegaMan Battle Network 4:Blue Moon and Red Sun), to be released this summer. This is just a start, so I am looking foward to the bright future of this series.

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>At E3 last week, Capcom announced MegaMan X8 (PS2), and MegaMan Zero 3(GBA). Not much info has been released, but I do know that X8 will reture to the side-scrolling gameplay of X6 and before, with 3-d backgrounds and cut scenes. And MegaMan X Command Mission is an RPG adventure for both PS2 and GameCube, and will i9ntroduce 4 new characters along with X, Zero, and Axl.

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>MegaMan Anniversary Collection is scedualed for summer release, and it will be released for PS2, Nintendo GameCube, and the Game Boy Advance. For the GameCube and PS2 versions, it will feature MegaMan 1-8, and the 2 Japenese Arcade games (multiplayer games), and bonus features that very by the version. THe GBA verion will have the original 6 GameBoy MegaMan games and some Artwork gallerys...

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>That is about it for now, so if you have questions, email me at sonicmon123@hotmail.com with MEGAMAN HQ in the subject line. Also, check out Capcoms' E3 page.

Yuji Naka Talks Sonic

IGN recently had the opportunity to sit down and discuss upcoming games in the Sonic series with the man himself, Yuji Naka.

Source: IGN Cube

Sonic E3 Demo

A demo simply titled "Sonic E3 Demo" is being shown at the E3 trade show for the Nintendo DS. It isn't an actual game, but it shows Sega's interest in the new handheld. No images of the demo have appeared as yet.

Source: IGN.com

Free Sonic X DVD in UK

On Thursday, in the UK's Daily Express newspaper, is a promotion with Fox Kids where you get 3 free DVD's a day. On Thursday, you can get a free DVD of an episode of Sonic X alongside 2 other DVD's. You need to buy Thursday's Daily Express, and cut out the voucher - and bring it to your nearest Woolworths store, where the voucher can be exchanged for the Sonic X DVD as well as the others.

This goes on all week (and begun today) to make a total of 18 free DVD's. Other shows in the promotion include 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles', 'Robot Wars' 'Digimon' etc

Not-So-New Sonic Games

From Kikizo Games:

"Sonic Mega Collection Plus (PS2) - SEGA finally shows it has the common sense to release such an excellent value compilation on a more viable format. All of your favourite Sonic games are back in the most entertaining Sonic compilation ever - Sonic the Hedgehog 1,2,3, Sonic & Knuckles, Dr. Robotnik's Meanbean Machine - with additional game content, including character illustrations, movies and comic book covers."

"Sonic Heroes (PC) - The all-formats console game comes to PC. If you missed our coverage, slap yourself around the face, and click here."

Source: Kikizo Games

SU Storyboards on Ebay

The storyboards for A Hedgehog's Home Is Her Castle and When In Rome are on sale on Ebay. The sale ends on May 5 at 7:53pm Eastern Time (4:53pm Pacific Time) for A Hedgehog's Home Is Her Castle. The sale ends on May 5 at 7:55pm Eastern Time (4:55pm Pacific Time) for When In Rome.

Note from seller: Another Storyboard from Sonic Underground, signed by Pat Allee & Ben Hurst. Other than paper clip marks and a few storage wrinkles, it's in perfect condition. NOTE: I ONLY SHIP WITHIN US - AND FEDEX ONLY

More Sonic X CITV stuff...

Since Doctor Sonic emailed CITV, I too have also sent them an email about the recent editing Sonic X has received. I said about the 20Min time slot, fans not being happy about this, and also that Not all fans have access to Fox Kids [where apart from EP3 every other episode has been UNCUT].
And those fans are missing out and want to see episodes uncut, not with bits missing.

I received a reply earlier this week...

Sonic #139 and #140 Spoilers

Sonic #139SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #139

"The Return to Angel Island: Avatar" Part 2 of 4: Sonic, Knuckles, and The Chaotix not only go face-to-face with the deadly Dark legion, but must contend with a slew of old and new faces as well! The action never lets up in this frantic tale! SCRIPT: Karl Bollers. ART: Jon Gray (pencils) and Mike Higgins (inks). "Slumber Party": The popular "Mobius, 25 Years Later" saga continues! lara-Su, Sonia and a couple of Lara-Su's friends have a sleepover while Sonic and Sally are on Angel Island. Naturally, Manik can't help but make a pest of himself. Meanwhile, more hints of the approaching danger are revealed! SCRIPT: Ken Ponders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks).

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #140

ships 8/18. 32-page, full color comic, $2.19 US. "The Return to Angel Island" Part 3 of 4: The struggle to free Angel Island from the Evil Dr. Robotnik and protect the Master Emerald continues! Can Sonic, Knuckles and The Chaotix stand together, or will their petty differences divide them? Meanwhile, the fate of the Guardians hangs in the balance! SCRIPT: Karl Bollers. ART: Jon Gray (pencils) and Mike Higgins (inks). "A Difference of Opinion": When King Sonic and the Guardian Knuckles have a late night discussion of the possible end of Mobius, much of the "past" is revealed in the future! Don't miss their surprising predictions in this far-flung tale! SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks).

Sources: Westfield Comics & ComiX-Fan

Sonic Day also on Pop

For those of you that would rather have some classic Sonic rather than Sonic X. Pop will be showing Adventures of Sonic the hedgehog all day on the 3rd

Pop plus (Channel 619 on Sky I think) will also be devoting a entire day to Sonic like Fox Kids. Also Pop is giving away Sonic Underground DVD's every half-hour.

Sega's Explosive E3 Announcement

Hi everyone, if you're a Sonic and Sega's Fan, you should check this out !!

"Sega's Explosive E3 Announcement
By Bryan Dawson -- Staff Writer
Published 2:44 PM CDT, April 29, 2004

Start the rumor mill, Sega has just announced a mystery briefing at E3 that could shock the world.

In less than two weeks time, on Wednesday, May 12, Sega will surprise the gaming world with an announcement from their booth at E3. According to an e-mail sent out to various media outlets this morning, the announcement will take place at 10:00 AM PST, and last for approximately 30 minutes. Sega is calling it an "Explosive Announcement Event".

In addition to the big announcement, the mystery briefing will also unveil the latest titles from Sega. Many people have speculated that Sega will announce Shenmue III exclusively for the Xbox, but the sheer magnitude of this event seems to point to something bigger. Stay with us as we'll have coverage of the event from the E3 show floor. "

Must be a very important thing !! Maybe some sonic stuff ? ;)

Source : *Game Feed*

Sonic X Day!

Fox Kids may have butchered the series, but here's a big surprise to all Sonic X fans.

New Sonic Team Eye-Toy Game

Sonic Team has confirmed that they are making a new game for Sony's Eye-Toy. It will contain mini games from Virtua Fighter, House of the Dead, Sonic and Samba De Amigo.

Source:
Games Radar

Sonic runs past the half million mark!

Well, today has been a slow news day, so I figured I'd post the NPD numbers for Sonic Heroes.

Gamecube: 58,582

Xbox: 19,960

PS2: 52,699

Total: 131,241

Add that to the sales of the last two months (396,180), and the total sales of the US version of Sonic Heroes are: 527,421. Not bad for our cool blue heroe. We may see him it over a million by the end of the year if this keeps up.


Source: ~DcD~

Sonic X repeats on CiTV episodes 1-10 only.

A few days ago I sent my third email to CiTV. The email was to make sure episodes 10-13 would be shown unedited on the repeat run, as they all had nearly 2 mins cut out on their first showing. Unfortunately the reply I got says they will only be repeating the first 10. Here is the reply:

Sonic X on CiTV

Last week I sent a second email to CiTV about the edits they have been making to Sonic X. As well pointing out how noticeable the edits are & asking if the repeats they are showing would be uncut, I also asked if they would be getting the second set of Sonic X episodes (The Chaos Emerald Saga). I recently received this reply:

SatAM's Drood Henge Storyboard On Ebay

"Drood Henge" is on Ebay with a starting price of $500.00. Bidding ends on April 21 at 8:41pm Eastern Time (or 5:41pm Pacific Time).

Drood Henge is the 2nd to last episode in 2nd Season Satam where the gang disovers the deep power stones. Cover has a few wrinkles from clip and storage - the rest of the pages are in perfect condition. Signed on various pages by Pat Allee & Ben Hurst.

Sonic X edits on Citv

Sonic X viewers in the UK:

As you may be aware a few weeks ago Citv started editing the Sonic X episodes it shows: (these edits started at episode 10: "Fight! Sonic's Baseball Team"). The edits mean that as much as 2 mins is missing from the episodes (on top of the edits made by 4 kids entertainment). The edits can also be very noticeable as it will suddenly jump from one scene to another. I (and I presume many of you) are concerned about this, so 2 weeks ago I sent an email to Citv asking them not to edit the episodes – and a few days ago I got a reply.

Sonic Advance 3 video

A new Sonic Advance 3 video is up at THQ.co.uk. Like the first, you need to sign up to view it, but I suspect a site like IGN will have it themselves in a few days if you don't want to.

CiTV sees the errors of its ways...

(SHQ note: The 5 minute difference in the schedule does not necessarily mean that the episodes are uncut.)

It appears that CiTV have seen the errors of their ways, and are due to repeat the first episodes of Sonic X again, but in their entirity.

Radio Times (run a search for 'Sonic X', I can't paste the code here).

No 3D Sonic at E3? Six brand new Sega games anounced, Sonic Heroes continues to sell....

No Sonic at E3?


As the title clearly states, Sega will be presenting six brand new, currently unknown games at this years E3. It has been confirmed from the top business eggheads at Sega that a new Sonic game will not be among them. Quite a change from last years "Sonic Year" proclamation from Sega. It is rumored that at least some of these games will be the first Sega games to come to the upcoming PSP and Nintendo DS handhelds, but this has not been confirmed. "You'll have to wait and see." said the spokesperson. So, in other words, we'll have more info from Sega when E3 starts.

Sega has confirmed, however, that they will be showing no Sammy games at E3. "There are currently no plans for Sammy Japan titles at E3," said the spokesperson. "It's mainly an SOE and SOA show. Sega Japan is distributing for Sammy, and at the moment we're only distributing for Sammy in Europe."

The lack of a 3D Sonic game is most certainly not because of poor sales on Sonic Heroes part, however. The game has managed to move 400,000 units in it's first two months on all three platforms in the United States, and the game has retained itself in the top four in the UK since it's launch on January 27th. This definetly equals a lot of incoming income on Sega's part.

We will have more info when DcD goes to E3, which starts next month.


Looks like we may not be seeing a new 3D Sonic game this year. Oh well, at least we're getting Sonic Advance 3, eh?

Source: ~DcD~

Sonic Advance Series Hits 1 Million in Sales!

Sega reports that the Sonic Advance series (Both games) have sold 1 million units worldwide. To celebrate this accomplishment, Sega is re-releasing both at a low price of 3420 yen in Japan. Also, they have new packages as seen HERE

SOURCE: www.tssznews.com

More Sonic X Stuff

Acid and VCP have found more info on the new season of Sonic X.

Acid:

I think Vec seems to be mistaken. It's not Sonic who would be actually fighting with Chris and company but Sonic's grandson Speedster who would be carrying on the torch since Sonic will be too old to fight. All the other furries' grandchildren will also aid in the fight and have wacky adventures together.

I also think they are renaming it Sonic X: Next Generation.

VCP:

And you both forgot to mention one of the new villains, Dr Eggkid, Eggman's smart-mouthed son whose number one goal in life is to prove himself as the "coolest kid in the universe", which is why he has such a great rivalry with Speedster and Flyboy (Tails' three tailed grandson).

Sonic #140 Full Preview

Sonic #140SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #140

"A New Love...?" With Sonic and Sally at odds, and Mina having problems with Ash, the two girls turn to each other for comfort... and become aware of something they never considered before. SCRIPT: Karl Bollers. ART: Jon Gray (pencils) and Mike Higgins (inks). "Search the Past" Rutan decides to find out just who his father is, but Lien-Da isn't saying much. What is she hiding? Also, Rotor reveals some more slightly new information. The implications could affect the balance of the very universe! Or maybe they won't... SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks).April Fools ;)

Sonic Adventure 2: Battle For PC

SA:DX isn't the only Sonic Adventure game headed for PC. Sega is porting SA2:B (again). This version will support online features like its Dreamcast counterpart, and new character skins will be released online.

Sonic X Details

A few details about the new 26 episodes of Sonic X have been revealed. Eggman has used Chaos Control again. Sonic tagged along, but this time he has none of his friends to help. It's up to Chris, Danny, Frances, and some of their new friends to help Sonic oppose Eggman's schemes for world conquest. New characters include Maynard, a small boy with an incredible talent for machines, and Danny's sister, Vanessa, who claims she's the key to stopping Eggman.

Sonic X premieres on scandinavian fox kids

Scandinavian Sonic fans, rejoice! Sonic X will begin airing on Fox Kids on April the 5th, 15:50 (GMT+01:00), dubbed to Swedish, Norweigan and Danish. I also checked out some of the other european Fox Kids-sites (http://www.foxkidseurope.com), and it seems that some countries have already aired the show (like France), while others haven't - yet (like Germany).

It's only my guess, but I think basically every country will get to see Sonic X dubbed in their own language.

Fox Kids UK Sonic X mini site & launch date

Sonic X finally lauches on Fox Kids next Saturday [3rd April] at 4PM.

For info go to Fox Kids little mini site [it seems to use flash, or something similar]

www.foxkids.co.uk/sonicx

they have ep info for up to ep08. further episode info will more than likely be added as they are screened.

Very Best of SEGA Release Date, Demos and Free Tracks Online

OneUp Studios recently announced that the release date for its newest album entitled "The Very Best of SEGA" w ill be on April 6th 2004. This compact disc features remixes of music from popu lar SEGA franchises including Sonic The Hedgehog, NiGHTS into Dreams, Shenmue, S kies of Arcadia, Panzer Dragoon, and more. Aside from demos of the included fif teen tracks on the CD, OneUp Studios is making available from its Web site the f ull version of three cut (and thus unreleased) tracks free of charge. "The Very Best of SEGA" will retail for $17.99. Track listing follows.

Sonic battle reviewed on X-Play!

Sonic battle was reviewed on X-Play!

http://www.techtv.com/xplay/reviews/story/0,24330,3640479,00.html

Preview info for Sonic # 139

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG # 139,

Ships 7/21. 32-page, full color comic, $2.19 US. "The Return to Angel Island: Avatar" Part 2 of 4: Sonic, Knuckles, and The Chaotix not only go face-to-face with the deadly Dark legion, but must contend with a slew of old and new faces as well! The action never lets up in this frantic tale! SCRIPT: Karl Bollers. ART: Jon Gray (pencils) and Mike Higgins (inks). "Slumber Party": The popular "Mobius, 25 Years Later" saga continues! lara-Su, Sonia and a couple of Lara-Su's friends have a sleepover while Sonic and Sally are on Angel Island. Naturally, Manik can't help but make a pest of himself. Meanwhile, more hints of the approaching danger are revealed! SCRIPT: Ken Ponders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks).

Sonic Advance 3 Ending Screens

Screens Sonic Cult has a ton of screens from the ending (yes, that's right) of Sonic Advance 3. Obviously, this link has major SPOILERS for both story and gameplay.

The Doomsday Project deleted scenes.

I have posted pictures from The Doomsday Project storyboard of things cut out of the episode. If you would like to see things cut out you can go here:

http://www.lightspeed.cx/sonic/index2.html

I have other Sonic the Hedgehog (Sat-AM) Storyboards that I will be posting online soon. (The whole storyboard) Like I am doing with the No Brainer storyboard.

Sonic Heroes hits 400,000 in total sales!

Source ~DcD

The Febuary numbers and in, and they're looking sweet. Yes, Sonic Heroes continues to be the driving force behind Sega's console line up, with Kunoichi (or Night Shade, as Sega of America likes to call it) not even touching the top 20. While the sales for Sonic Heroes on GC have gone down signifigantly since since January, PS2 and Xbox sales more than pick up the slack. Here is a list for sales on all three platforms for Febuary:

PS2: 84,098



Gamecube: 76,506



Xbox: 36,544

This adds up to: 197,148 units.

After doing some more simple math, adding the January sales of 199,032 units, the total amount of Sonic Heroes units sold in it's first two months is: 396,180 units. In other words, Sonic Heroes sold a loooot of games, as that is nearly half of what Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, one of the best selling games of all time, has sold since it launched. It should prove interesting to see how Sonic Heroes fairs on all 3 major platforms in the coming months. Who knows, it might be the first 3D Sonic game to sell over 1 million at this rate. Of course, that's just a wild hope.

This information was gathered by NPD Funworld.

Sonic Heroes is #1!

Sonic Heroes is the #1 best seller for Nintendo Gamecube and Sonic Battle is #2 for Gameboy Advance. Sonic Heroes is selling better on Nintendo Gamecube than on the other platforms.

Source: Nintendo Game Rankings

New character for Sonic Advance 3

Sonic Team has finally gotten around to posting some information on Sonic Advance 3. The site has several new screens and information on the 'ultimate fighting robot'. Sega.co.jp's put up a Sonic Advance 3 page too. There doesn't seem to be any new screens there, but there is a better picture of the character art.

Source: Sonic Team.com

Sonic X on GBA

The GBA's new player will have Episodes of Sonic X released on it. Here's the full story from IGN.

March 11, 2004 - Majesco has revealed that it has entered a three year deal with 4Kids Entertainment to publish several cartoons on Majesco's upcoming GBA Video format.

The company will produce 12 different volumes of individual episodes this May, including episodes from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Sonic X. Additional terms of the deal call for the promotion of the titles on 4Kids Entertainment's FOX BOX programming block and FOX BOX Web site.
Majesco's new video compression technology presently allows viewing of approximately 45 minutes of quality color video with the capability to view 90 minutes of color video under development. The technology fits in a standard Nintendo-manufactured, Game Boy Advance cartridge and incorporates standard "DVD-style" player controls. The technology features color video across 100 percent of the screen.

The company previously announced a deal with Nintendo that brings SpongeBob Squarepants, Fairly Oddparents, and Jimmy Neutron to the cartridge format.

-- Craig Harris

Source: IGNGameboy

Sonic Anime is back!

The Sonic Anime site is back and better than ever!

Source: www.sonic-x.tv

SatAM's "Doomsday Project" Storyboard on Ebay

"Doomsday Project" is on Ebay with a starting price of $700.00. Bidding ends on March 14 at 10:00pm Eastern Time (or 7:00pm Pacific Time).

The final episode of the 2nd Season of Satam. Like the others, this one has a few wrinkles on the cover, but is otherwise in excellent shape. Signed on multiple pages by Pat Allee & Ben Hurst. This is the last of the Satam boards and items for awhile. Next will be SU items with lower starting prices.

SatAM's "Game Guy" Storyboard on Ebay

"Game Guy" is on Ebay with a starting price of $500.00. Bidding ends on February 28 at 9:04pm Eastern Time (or 6:04pm Pacific Time).

Storyboard from "Game Guy," the episode where Sonic first learned about the Void and met Ari. Cover has some slight wrinkles - the rest are in perfect condition. Signed on pages 50, 75 and 100 by Pat Allee & Ben Hurst.

Sonic #138 Spoilers

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #138, Ships 6/23. 32-page, full color comic, $2.19 US.
"The Return to Angel Island" Part I of 4: Sonic, Knuckles and the Chaotix go back to the magical island to find it a far worse place than last seen. Overrun by Robotnik, Dingos and the Dark legion, one can only wonder: have the Guardians faltered and can the island ever be the same?! Find out in this epic tale. SCRIPT: Karl Bollers. ART: Jon Gray (pencils) and Mike Higgins (inks). "My Dinner with Sonic": The popular "Mobius, 25 Years later" saga continues! When old, friendly nemeses sit down for what's supposed to be a cordial meal, it seems like there's less humble pie on the menu than steamed egos! SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks).

Source: ComiX-Fan

Sonic X - Cancelled?

Sonic X soon to be no more. I found this link on Sonic Cult

Sonic Advance 3 Screenshots

The Sonic adventure continues with Sonic Advance 3 where gamers experience ever-changing game play by teaming up with other Sonic characters in a quest to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman.

The game is scheduled to be released this Spring on the GBA. Until then, you can view 20 new screenshots just released by THQ at Gaming Chart.

SEGA under new management

Sammy has finally done it.

Sega revealed today a reshuffling of its upper management that includes a few ousted directors and a brand new chairman. Taking the role of chairman and representative director of the company as of Feburary 17 is Hideki Satomi, president of Sammy. Current chairman Hideki Sato will now hold the position of vice chairman and director. Hisao Oguchi remains the president and representative director.

Hideki Satomi founded Sammy in 1975 and became its CEO in 1980. Following Sammy's purchase of 22.4% of Sega from CSK in December of 2003, Sammy became the largest shareholder in the company, with Satomi becoming a special advisor.

In addition to Satomi's appointment, a couple of changes were made to the Sega board. Two board directors, Masahiro Aozono and Makoto Kaneshiro, both connected with the CSK side of Sega's investment partners, resigned as of February 16. Meanwhile, Sammy's Yoshiharu Suzuki became a board director.

What does this mean for Sega's fortunes in the game business? We'll have to wait and see.

Source: IGNCube

Sonic Eraser

I bet you all think I'm here to post some SatAM news, well I'm NOT! Actually, I'm here to talk about a Sonic game pretty much unknown to the Sonic fandom until PACHUKA of Sonic Cult and his 1337 hacking crew discovered it. As he says below:

We're also very proud to be the first site to bring you the long lost game: Sonic Eraser. Sonic Eraser is the 2nd ever Sonic game no one knew exsisted. It was brought to my attention by our friend Sparkster. Sega put their old Sega Modem games up on their emulator service. (Japan only) So, in the late hours, with my money, Ryoga's knowledge of Japanese, and the hacking skills of Nemesis, we managed to bust open Sega's program and extract the ROM. So we proudly present: Sonic Eraser!

The game is a puzzle game similar to Tetris, each piece that falls is made up of several symbols that you have to line up to get combos... and... well, it's hard to explain, but it can be found at Sonic Cult, along with pictures and information on the game. Also some of you may have notice that the CulT has been down recently, remodeling, well it's finished! So be sure to check it all out.

Source: Sonic Cult

Radica TV Games!

Radica Games, famous for its TV games, are releasing a TV Games Sega series with Sonic The Hedgehog!

Sonic Advance 3 Revealed

Preview at 1up.com

Pics at 1up.com

Sonic Advance 3 Features:
  • 2-character team gameplay
  • CUSTOMIZABLE TEAMS!
  • Giant rings (for the special stage?)
  • Keys (for the special stage?)
  • You can pick up your partner
  • 4 known playable characters (and hopefully more - the Chaotix and Rouge would be great)
  • 4 known zones - Route 99, Sunset Hill, and 2 unnamed zones
  • A zone "map" level where you can find entrances to hidden stages
  • 2-player cooperative mode where both players explore different parts of a level

    Notice that the characters are not defined by formation - Tails and Cream are on the same team in 1 shot.

    You don't actually play as both characters, but your choice of partner affects where you can go and what your abilities are.

    Thanks to Project Blue Gale for finding this.
  • SatAM's "Drood Henge" Storyboard on Ebay

    "Drood Henge" is on Ebay with a starting price of $500.00. Bidding ends on February 20 at 11:08pm Eastern Time (or 8:08pm Pacific Time).

    As with the others, slight wrinkle marks on the cover from the paper clip - otherwise in excellent condition. Starts on page 12 - due to script cut from earlier drafts because of time. Signed on cover page, page 50 & page 100 by Pat Allee & Ben Hurst.

    SatAM is coming back to syndication this May on UPN!!!!

    I was in the Message Boards on Toonzone.net. I came across this one Post with Great news for Sonic fans! A screenname got an E-mail from UPN 9 that airs "Sonic Underground" that The Orginal Sonic Cartoons series from 1993 are coming back to syndication this May on UPN. Here's what they had to say....

    SU's "Friend Or Foe" Storyboard on Ebay

    "Friend Or Foe" is on Ebay with a starting price of $50.00. Bidding ends on February 12 at 9:41pm Eastern Time (or 6:41pm Pacific Time).

    Storyboard from the Sonic Underground Series. Signed by Pat Allee & Ben Hurst on pages 50, 75 & 100. Cover has the usual "paper clip" marks and slight wrinkles, but the rest is in excellent condition.

    Interesting Iizuka Interview

    Thanks to Big Smile of the GHZ Newsboard for pointing this interview out.

    In 2003, Sega's hyperactive mascot was nearly as overexposed as Bennifer: Sonic starred in two GBA games, milked his back catalog with a GameCube rerelease of Sonic Adventure, headlined a hit cartoon on the Fox network, and even hawked McNuggets to tykes via a successful Happy Meal promotion. All that hoopla, however, paled in comparison to this January's triple-console launch of Sonic Heroes -- an all-new 3D platformer, and his first on both the Xbox and PlayStation 2.

    We spoke with Sonic Heroes director Takashi Iizuka (who's headed up nearly every Sonic game since Sonic 3 on the Genesis) about the hog's latest title.

    AOSTH returns to the UK!

    This applies to those of you who have Satellite TV. If you have "Free view" or cable, check to see if your get the channel.

    Sonic Heroes Soundtrack info

    Information regarding the 'Heroes OST', here are links with some info on either the details or the artists:

    Sonic Heroes Music Site
    Jun-Senoue

    For the First link: In Japanese, but talks about both the vocal track AND an upcoming OST for the in-game music.
    For the Second: The Official Fansite for Sonicteam/Wave-Master's top Composer.

    Yet again---spiffy.

    Source: Sonicteam

    SatAM "Dulcy" storyboard on Ebay

    "Dulcy" is on Ebay with a starting price of $500.00. Bidding ends on February 9 at 7:00pm Eastern Time (or 4:00pm Pacific Time).

    Production Storyboard used by Pat Allee & Ben Hurst on the SATAM series 2nd Season. Signed by both on pages 50, 75 and 100. Cover page has rust marks from paper clip and some wrinkles. The rest of the pages are in excellent condition.

    Sonic the Hedgehog #137 Cover and Info

    Sonic #137 CoverSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #137

    Written by Romy Chacon and Ken Penders, art by Steve Butler, Jim Amash, Penders, Al Bigley and Mike Higgins.

    "Robodyne Systems." Without the consent of the King, Sonic and the Freedom Fighters infiltrate the center of the Eggman Empire deep in the technological monstrosity of Megapolis. However, they are not there to take down Robotnik's latest scheme but rather to save a friend. "Trouble in Paradise." The popular "Mobius, 25 Years later" saga continues! King Sonic, Queen Sally and their kids make the journey to visit Knuckles, Julie-Su and Lara-Su on Angel Island... but some of them are not happy with it! Is there trouble in paradise? "One Part Oh-la-la, Two Parts Treachery" starring Antoine. As Antoine get ready for his new assignment, he remembers a simpler time dealing with the loves of his life. It's a lesson in romance he has never forgotten. But will it help him now?

    32 pages, $2.19, in stores on May 26.

    Source: Comics Continuum

    Pre-Order the Sonic X Animation OST at Yesasia.com Now!

    You can pre-order the Official Sonic X Animation Soundtrack at Yesasia.com now.

    I highly recommend this site because it has a lot of Asian imports (hench the site's name-Yesasia) at very affordable prices (most imports i've noticed online are at least $45-50 at a minimum price), and because the shipping is very speedy, usually within 1-2 days if in stock.

    Sonic X Animation OST Info Only $23.99 at Yesasia.com.

    Better to pre-order now than have it sold out later. =P

    Source: Yesasia.com

    Sonic Heroes Has Shipped for the PS2 and Xbox

    Sega announces the North American release of both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of Sonic Heroes.

    Sega of America has [on January 27th] announced the North American release of Sonic Heroes for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The game, which was released for the GameCube on January 6, marks the first time that Sonic the Hedgehog has appeared on either console.

    "We are proud to see our marquee franchise reaching the largest possible gaming audience and running at Sonic speed onto PlayStation 2 and Xbox for the first time," said Scott Steinberg, vice president of entertainment marketing at Sega of America. "We look forward to quickly establishing as strong a marketing presence on PlayStation 2 and Xbox as we have on Nintendo GameCube."

    Sonic Heroes challenges players to control three characters simultaneously as they negotiate 14 stages en route to a confrontation with the evil Doctor Eggman. For more information, check out our previous coverage of the game.

    By Justin Calvert


    Source: Gamespot

    Robotnik Number One

    In the February issue of "Boy's Life" Dr. Robotnik/Dr. Eggman made the number 1 videogame villan. Dr. Wily came in second.

    sonic heroes spoilers

    I know what you get when you collect all the emblems and emeralds.

    SatAM "No Brainer" storyboard on Ebay

    "No Brainer" is on Ebay with a starting price of $500.00. Bidding ends on January 29 at 4:37pm Eastern Time (or 1:37pm Pacific Time).


    Production storyboard used by Pat Allee & Ben Hurst. Signed by both
    on three pages: 50, 75 and 100. Very good condition with some minor
    wrinkles on cover page and mark from large paper holder

    MegaMan NT Warrior Trading card game.

    Decipher has announced to the public, after receiving the license from ShoPro Entertainment, that they will be releasing a Mega Man NT Warrior trading card game on May 26th. The series of 130 cards will be sold in starter decks and booster packs, like most modern-day trading card games.

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    >News source=MegaMan Trading Card Game website

    Will SVT Die in 2005?

    SVT.Comics, the Sonic fandom's only dedicated site for fancomics faces the possibility of a shutdown in 2005, along with The Sonic Stadium (TSS) and Sonic Anime (SA.net). Financial difficulties are being handled but are still there. With the lack of donations, it appears there's a need for concern. Shayne Thames, owner of the server in which both SVT and TSS reside on, is single-handedly paying the server costs. However, she won't be able to pay next year.

    The concern is mimimal since we have an entire year to raise funds for the server. However, it is somewhat important to let everyone know that we are indeed facing a situation, and we ask that when we run donation ads through our sites that we hope for a little generous help. I personally will be offering commissions for drawing and part of the money will go to me, while the rest to the server. My commission rates are located in my DeviantArt Journal. All info will be released on their respective sites when they return (which should be another week). We hope we will be able to provide you with the best Sonic fan entertainment in 2004 and beyond! However, it might require a bit of YOUR help to do it!

    Source: SonicVerse Team Comics

    Sonic X - After "Week 16"

    I got a reply to my e-mail today and the CiTV Webmaster told me...

    Sonic X Confirmation

    I sent an E-mail to the CITV webmaster to confirm Sonic X's times.

    Never Mind The Bollers

    Karl Bollers, the writer for Archie's Sonic The Hedgehog, has a his own message board. He has set up a topic where fans can ask him questions about the series and even get answers.

    Sonic X UK start date and time!!

    Sonic X will definitely air in the UK on the 28th January.

    It will be on every Wednesday on CiTV (childrens ITV/Carlton) at 3:40pm.

    Source: Radio Times Online

    Curiously though, the first episode to be aired is Infiltrate Area 99, not Enter the Supersonic Hedgehog, which most know is the first episode in the series. Not sure as to what the reason is, but I am trying to find out.

    Edit: Someone has reported seeing an advertisement for Sonic X to air on CiTV on Wednesday, January 21 at 3:40pm in the UK. So this upcoming Wednesday may be the true starting air date.

    Sonic X New Time

    Starting next Saturday (Jan. 24), Sonic X will be on at a new time. Check foxbox.tv for the exact time in your location.

    Sonic X Soundtrack (And About Time.)

    SONIC X ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
    Date: March 3, 2004
    Catalog No.: WWCE-31021
    Price: ¥2,381

    There's little detail but.....it will exist. Spiff.

    Source: TeamArtail

    OneUp Studios Opens Pre-Orders for "The Very Best of SEGA"

    Best of SEGA coverOneUp Studios has recently announced that it has opened preorders for its newest album "The Very Best of SEGA." TVBoS features remixes from

    • Sonic The Hedgehog (series)
    • Phantasy Star (series)
    • Skies of Arcadia
    • Streets of Rage 2
    • and many more

    The complete tracklist will be release January 15th, 2004. Preorders and a special Green Hill Zone pre-release track are available here.

    Totally Sonic cofirmation

    I contacted DiC (by phone) and spoke with the distributer of DVDs and VHS. According to her, she said:

    "There are no future plans for releasing Sonic the Hedgehog at this time. If youd like more information about DVD/VHs releases please try the following sites.

    www.dvdtoons.com
    tvshowsondvd.com
    uaz.com

    ....Im unware of what occured at MIPCOM, but all I know is that the Sonic the Hedgehog you mentioned will be airing on TV sometime this year. ...Internationally meaninging all over the world, but again we have no specific release date"

    Hmm, interesting. It seems odd that DiC is oblivious to their own annoucement they made. You wouldve thought they had some sort of feedback form MIPCOM. But, at least we know that Totally Sonic will be a TV release, and NOT a DVD release at this time.

    Archie Sonic Comics Survey

    A new survey, the year in review, is now up. Give your take on the best and worst stories, art, among other things, in 2003 concerning the Archie comics. It'll be open until February 15.

    Sonic Heroes spoilers

    Yo Sonic fans. Me and my bro. beat Sonic Heroes with all the Chaos Emeralds. We've got all the spoilers here for all of you Sonic fans. (We're fans too.)

    New PC Sonic Adventure DX Demo released

    Sega.co.jp has released a new demo for the PC version of Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut.

    This demo features one level for each character - Amy in Twinkle Park, Big in Emerald Coast and Gamma in Windy Valley, along with Sonic, Tails and Knuckles' levels from the previously released demo (being Sonic in Emerald Coast, Tails in Windy Valley and Knuckles in Red Mountain).

    The demo is about 110 Megs, click on the link called "sadx_trial_a.exe" to download it. The previously released demo (featuring only Sonic, Tails and Knuckles) is under "sadx_trial_b.exe". Bare in mind the demo is in Japanese.

    Source: Sega.co.jp

    Sonic Battle Has Been Shipped

    Sega announces the North American release of its latest Sonic the Hedgehog title for the Game Boy Advance.

    Sega of America has today announced the North American release of Sonic Battle for the Game Boy Advance. The game, which is being published by THQ, is essentially a 2D fighter in which players can pit a number of characters from previous Sonic the Hedgehog titles against one another.

    "We're thrilled to be working with Sega to bring another high quality handheld title to Sonic fans, building on the continued success of the Sonic brand," said Peter Dille, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ. "Game Boy Advance owners are in for another action-packed Sonic experience with this year's offering."

    "With THQ's handheld publishing expertise, we have had tremendous success leveraging the Sonic brand on the Game Boy Advance platform," said Hide Irie, president and COO, Sega of America. "We're pleased to bring Sonic Battle to the expanding Game Boy Advance marketplace."

    For more information on Sonic Battle, check out our previous coverage of the game.

    By Justin Calvert


    Source: Gamespot

    Sonic Heroes Ships For Gamecube

    Sega announces the North American release of Sonic Heroes for the GameCube; PS2 and Xbox versions to follow.

    Sega has today announced the North American release of Sonic Heroes for the GameCube. The game is Sega's first original Sonic the Hedgehog title in three years, and it challenges players to control three players simultaneously as they progress through 14 stages en route to a confrontation with the evil Dr. Eggman

    "Sonic Heroes represents a milestone in the history of Sega as the first entertainment title launching across all three next-generation console systems," said Hide Irie, president and chief operating officer of Sega of America. "We are excited to deliver what we feel is the best Sonic game yet to the largest possible gaming audience."

    PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of Sonic Heroes are currently scheduled for release on January 27. For more information, check out our previous coverage of the game.

    By Justin Calvert


    Source: Gamespot

    Happy New Year From Karl Bollers

    Karl Bollers wished Sonic fans a happy new year and informed of an editorial decision involving Mobius 25 Years Later:

    "Hey, Sonic fans! Just wanted to say Happy New Year and thanks for your loyal support during this past year and in previous ones.

    Hope you're enjoying the new direction we've taken beginning with issue #130. We at Archie hope to make Sonic even bigger and better in 2004 than it was in 2003.

    Sonic Editor J.F. Gabrie and I had a lengthy story conference this weekend to discuss upcoming storylines in the current SONIC series.

    Regarding the continuity of Mobius 25 Years Later, it was decided by Justin and myself that even though the future depicted will be the one seen in the SONIC: IN YOUR FACE SPECIAL it is indeed an ALTERNATE future, similar to DC's Elseworld series.

    That isn't to say that it won't be action-packed entertainment. Believe us when we say that M:25YL is going to really deliver!

    And, sure, Sonic and Sally might not end up being king and queen in the future.

    But who knows...

    ...they just might!

    Peace

    KB"

    Edit: You can follow the story and the reaction here.

    Sonic #134 & #135 Full Preview

    Sonic #134 CoverSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #134
    "Home, Epilogue: Say You Will" : The poignant aftermath to this epic tale's climactic finale. With the present crisis abated last issue, Sonic finally has the chance to catch up to those near and dear to him, especially one Princess Sally Acorn. SCRIPT: Karl Bollers. ART: Jon Gray (pencils) and Michael Higgins (inks). ALSO: "In Transit": the "Mobius, 25 Years Later" series continues as lord Rotor returns to the Kingdom of Knothole, while Knuckles consults with the Brotherhood of Guardians at Haven II. SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Ken Penders (inks).



    Sonic #135 CoverSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #135
    Three titanic tales in one issue! "Anonymous": Dr. Robotnik has a new enemy to contend with, and it isn't Sonic. This enemy has left a special present for Robotnik and signed it... you guessed it... "Anonymous"! SCRIPT: Romy Chacon. ART: Art Mawhinney (pencils) and Jim Amash (inks). "Agent from K.N.O.T.H.O.L.E.": Sonic receives a mysterious message prompting him to travel incognito to meet someone in the middle of the Eggman Empire... someone who should be dead! Can this be a trap? SCRIPT: Romy Chacon. ART: Ron Lim (pencils) and Nelson Ribeiro (inks). "Dealing With the Devil": The next exciting installment of our popular series of tales depicting "Mobius: 25 Years Later" continues! SCRIPT: Ken Penders. ART: Steven Butler (pencils) and Ken Penders (inks).



    Sources: ComiX-Fan & Westfield Comics