SHQ News - Year 2019

Cartoon Network’s OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes Gets a Visit from Sonic

Cartoon Network has announced that SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog will guest star in a special upcoming episode of the animated series, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes. In the episode titled, “Let’s Meet Sonic,” the iconic hedgehog visits the plaza, teaming up with KO to save the day!

“Let’s Meet Sonic” will premiere on Sunday, August 4 at 4:45 pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. The episode will also be available on the Cartoon Network app.

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes follows K.O., an endlessly optimistic kid attempting to be the greatest hero he can be in a video game inspired world set in Lakewood Plaza Turbo. Created by Ian Jones-Quartey and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes delivers a powerful punch of humor and action filled with touching moments and heartwarming characters working together to build a strong community. Every person is a hero to look up to, every challenge is a chance to grow stronger and every success or failure is just another stepping stone to becoming the ultimate hero.

Ian JQ used to be member here at SHQ at the older forums. Now we have Sonic and Tails guest starring in his cartoon. How wild is that?

  • Sonic Graphic 1
  • Sonic Graphic 1
  • Let's Meet Sonic

SONIC MOVIE PRODUCER ON REDESIGN: “FANS WILL BE PLEASED”

Sonic the Hedgehog movie producer Tim Miller has spoken out about his experience regarding the backlash of Sonic’s intial movie design, and hints at his opinion of the redesign via Variety.

Via an interview for Terminator: Dark Fate, Miller was asked about the negative response to the first Sonic movie trailer. To his credit, Miller agreed that Jeff Fowler, the movie’s Director, had made all of the right moves in regards to his response, as seen in this excerpt:

You’re an executive producer on “Sonic the Hedgehog,” which was also due out in November but pushed to redesign the main character after fans protested. How was that experience?

When “Sonic” arrived, the director, Jeff Fowler, was the best guy to do it. The redesign? Look, I was with fans and so was Jeff. This is a franchise, and it has to be great. When the s–t hit the fan, I went over there and said, “The most important thing to do, man, is say, ‘I f–ked up.’” He’d already sent a tweet out an hour before I got there. He’s a good man. It was exactly the right way to handle that. The fans have a voice in this too. There’s a right way to listen.

Have you seen any of the character redesign?

In fact I have. And I think the fans will be pleased.

Stay tuned for more Sonic the Hedgehog news as it comes.

Iizuka: Sonic Team/Pillar Wants To Take On A New Challenge For 30th Anniversary

2021 will be a big year for Sonic, as the character and the franchise as a whole will be turning 30 years old. According to Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka, the team wants to take on a new kind of challenge for the the series’ big milestone.

Iizuka shared that news in a recent interview with 4Gamer. During the same discussion, he was also asked about the possibility of Sonic crossing over into eSports territory. Given the nature of the main games, Iizuka believes it’s unlikely. Other genres may be a better fit for the idea, however.

 

Here’s the full exchange between 4Gamer and Iizuka:

Sonic Mania now free for PS Plus members.

PS4 owners who subscribe to PlayStation Plus now are able to download Sonic Mania at no additional cost. 

The likelyhood of anyone who visits this site and hasn’t already played this game is probably close to zero but if you have friends who may not have been convinced to buy it and have PS+, now’s the time to tell them to download it. 

And if you haven’t tried it and are reading this and subscribe, what are you waiting for?

Final Genesis Mini games revealed

Sega tweeted out the last 12(!) games for the Genesis Mini. No Sonic games this time around. That means no S3&K, which I sort of predicted. But it also means no 3D Blast... take that as you will.

Third party highlights on the western side include Strider, Road Rash II, and the particularly rare hidden gem Alisia Dragoon. One odd choice is often-overlooked Light Crusader, the black sheep of Treasure's Genesis output. Another nice surprise is the excellent Monster World IV, which got its first English release (worked on by M2) on the Wii Virtual Console in 2012.

But the big left-field surprises come from two additional games. One is a port of the classic Taito shmup Darius. The sequel got a release back in the day, but this port of the first game is... brand new?! The second game is... Tetris! This port of Sega's arcade version was slated to be released for the Genesis/Mega Drive, but a whole mess of rights issues held it back. It's rumored that only around 10 copies of the game made it out the door, making this probably the rarest game on the console.

Japan had another livestream with the team behind the project. As usual, their lineup differs quite a bit from the western one. They got a few RPGs and shooters, many of which never got an western release to begin with. They also showed off the menu with all 42 games. It looks pretty clean, though I'm sure that tiny Fanatsy Zone box will annoy some (lol).

The stream also revealed the bizarre and hilarious "Mega Drive Tower Mini" accessory set, including a miniature Mega CD, 32X, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic 1 cartridges. Build the tower of your dreams.

With all 42 games revealed, I'm sure everyone will have a few games they're disappointed to see omitted. I thought for sure Rocket Knight Adventures and Ristar would be shoe-ins. But the lineups are pretty solid all around (though personally I find the western selection a little underwhelming in comparison to the Japanese). It's certainly an eclectic selection of games, and Sega really went above and beyond what anybody expected with this thing.

Official websites: US | JP

UK: Team Sonic Racing topped the charts more than doubling the launch week sales of its predecessor

The results are in for Team Sonic Racing in the UK and it has surpassed Sonic and Sega All Stars Transformed by more than double after seven years in the garage! According to the UK Boxed Charts report for the week ending May 25th, Team Sonic Racing toped the All Formats Chart, more than doubling the launch week sales of its predecessor, 2012's Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. In fact, this is the first time a Sonic the Hedgehog game has topped the charts since Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games managed that feat in 2008.

Remember, as of now we only have physical data in the UK so with digital there's no doubt it's way higher as digital has significantly risen since 2012.

Source

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Delayed

Director Jeff Fowler just announced the news on Twitter. Fowler says the team is taking time “to make Sonic just right.” The new release date is February 14, 2020. That’s a little more than three months after the original release date. It also means that Sonic will no longer hit theaters during the lucrative holiday season. However, it will probably have less competition in its new February slot.

Many fans had wondered if they could fix the CGI that quickly and the answer was no. Reception was mostly negative when the original trailer was released. Even the creators of Sonic, Yuji Naka and Naoto Oshima weren't happy with the designs. Now we can have assurance that they are really going to take the time necessary to fix the design of Sonic. It won't get that sweet holiday slot anymore, however it's likely to do better in February with less competition for cinema dollars.

And as always, stay tuned to Sonic HQ for all of the latest Sonic-related news!

Fans keeping SatAM alive!

The same people behind the Sea3on fan comics(Fans United For SATAM) who answer the question, "what if the story in SatAm didn't stop so abruptly?" are now working their hardest to make an animated version of "Sea3on." Sea3on tells the continuing struggle of the Freedom Fighters, now up against new enemies and on new adventures as if the story never ended! They have recently acquired lots of talent to help with this project. They have found an amazing story board artist for the project, a VA director,  past and current S3 staff, as well as a handful of industry professionals that have also expressed interest in getting an animated episode up and running ranging from background painters to music composers.

They have launched a patreon to help with funding for the animation(as it can be costly) as well as to provide a place where you will be getting updates, story boards, animation bits (Including a promo animation we pushed out) and much more.

Check out the press release on their site. They also have a Twitter account to follow updates. Let us know in the comments and/or forum if you would like to see this become a thing and also let us know if you've followed their fan comics.

Another 10 Genesis Mini titles revealed

Sega just revealed the next 10 games to be included in their new Genesis/Mega Drive Mini console.

Sonic Spinball is making its way to the English side. Not a game I personally would've selected, but I know it has its fans. That's four Sonic games for the English console, including Sonic 1, 2, and Mean Bean Machine.

Capcom has officially thrown their hat into the ring with Street Fighter II, Ghouls'n Ghosts and... Mega Man: The Wily Wars! The compilation of the first three Mega Man games (plus a cool original fourth game) was (in)famously a Sega Channel exclusive in the US, never receiving a physical release. Other highlights include the excellent Beyond Oasis and Phantasy Star IV. Nothing too surprising, overall.

Over in Japan, however, there was a livestream that did bring a few surprises. It turns out you can use a USB hub to get some 4-player action going! They announced a few 4P-compatible games, most definitely Japan-exclusives, the big one being... Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makyou Toitsusesn!! An amazing fighting game from Treasure based on the famous anime/manga. It's been a highly requested game based on Japanese polls, and it's stupidly expensive to boot. It's one of my favorite games on the system and I'm a bit sad knowing there's probably no chance of it being included in our version.

The final 10 games will be announced on June 4th, so get ready for that.

[Official site - US | JP]

A quick look at early fangames in Dreams!

I decided to take a quick look at some early Sonic fangames made in Dreams. If you don't know what Dreams is, it's by the creators of LittleBigPlanet, and is essentially a tool that allows you to create games, art, music, movies and has almost no limitations unlike LittleBigPlanet. Dreams allows users to create their own physics as well assets, all with easy-to-use creation tools. Basically if you can dream it, you can make it!  I can see this opening up opportunties to make fangames for people who don't have the knowhow of making their own engines or modding existing engines.

The game hasn't fully launched yet and has been in early access less than a month so I was surprised so much content has been made with Sonic in it. I decided to capture a bit of footage from various projects. Not all of them are polished and some have a number of bugs but what they were able to accomplish in less than a month is quite impressive. Who knows what we'll have several years from now. Read on further for a look at all of the levels.

Lad Bible Interview With Takashi Iizuka

Lad Bible has done an interview with Sonic Team's Iizuka and it has just been published. We will highlight segments here but please go read the full interview.

When talking upcoming Sonic games:

Team Sonic Racing comes out for the expected platforms on 21 May, and might not be the only Sonic game we see in 2019. Perhaps it’s a quirk of translation – Iizuka-san speaks Japanese, I don’t, so we converse through a very helpful middleman – but he makes a reference to there being Sonic titles, plural, in development right now.

On the upcoming movie:

 “It’s not a SEGA movie – we’re not making it, or anything – and I’m only an advisor, really. But I do get shown things, and the [movie team] ask for my opinion. I’m also listening to what the fans are saying, and I’ll feed that back to the director – he, and the producers, are very interested in receiving that feedback. At the end of the day, it’s up to the team at Paramount to make something successful, but we’re all looking forward to seeing the finished movie.”

Four cancelled Sonic movies!

In light of the new movie trailer and hubbub that has surrounded it, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at past movie projects. To many seasoned Sonic veterans, this won't be anything new. However, I suspect a good deal of new fans and/or less hardcore fans have never heard of these cancelled movies. YouTuber PatMak does a great job of compiling all of this information into one video. It starts out with Sonic the Hedgehog: Wonders of the World which is pretty similar to the movie we have now where Sonic comes into the human world. Next is Sonic Armaggeddon based on the show SatAM. He goes on into the OVA and then the Sony Pictures version of Sonic the Hedgehog. Watch the following video for more indepth details.

We finally have a movie coming out after so many abandoned projects. Do any of the older projects sound good to you? How would your dream Sonic movie be directed? I'm sure everyone has their own idea for the "perfect" Sonic movie.

 

Here's Sonic X-Treme at E3 1996

kukun kun has been uploading tons of rare old Japanese gaming TV shows and personal game recordings. This recently-uploaded episode of Famitsu's "Game Catalogue II" program covers E3 1996. The coverage of Sega's booth (starting around 9 minutes) shows some footage of the extremely ill-fated Sonic X-Treme. It looks pretty but there's not much to it. We see Sonic running around a flat room with a spiral of rings in the center.

Immediately after we get a look at the first level of Sonic 3D Blast for Genesis. It seems to just be called "Sonic Blast" at this point. A demo unit for the GameGear version seems to be sandwiched between two units for the Genesis game.

The channel has tons of interesting rarities. Here's a playlist of vintage gameplay from the Sega Game Library, a service somewhat similar to the Sega Channel, much of which has been lost to time. There's also footage from Nintendo's Satellaview service, and plenty more gaming-related TV shows. Give it a look!

Free Comic Book Day this Saturday!

On May 4th, Free Comic Book Day rears its head again. It includes previews, original content and reprints of popular stories. If you wish to find a store near you that participates on this day, the official website has a tracker you may use to locate such stores. Also, Tangle And Whisper #0 isn't a part of it, but it is so close to it that some stores are saving issues for it so good luck! Let us know what you nabbed in the comments/forum! 
https://www.freecomicbookday.com/StoreLocator

Sonic to See Redesign in Movie...Again?

The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie trailer dropped on April 30th and was met with heavy backlash, particularly regarding Sonic's design. However, it would seem the criticism has not fallen on deaf ears, as film director, Jeff Fowler, responded with this:

What those changes will be and how drastic they'll be, we're still not sure. Sonic HQ will keep you updated as it happens.

Yuji Naka was asked to cast in the Sonic Movie

Not only has Yuji Naka, former head of Sonic Team, voiced his concern (like almost everyone else) of Sonic's movie design (and feeling partially responsible for some reason - It's not your fault, Yuji!) but apparently he was also asked to be cast into the movie however it looks like something fell through.

Translated into English roughly with Microsoft:

Hollywood Sonic's design is unpopular and I was reminded by chance, the CG of this movie is like making, the predecessor of the Marza, Sega's Visual entertainment department because I made I felt sorry for my responsibility. https://www.marza.com/news/article/764/
Speaking of which, I was asked to make an extra cast in the movie, but it seems to have been forgotten. Because it was long ago, I also forgot. I wanted to appear in a Hollywood movie.

As we already saw earlier, it looks like we can expect more people that were involved with Sonic in the past to be in the movie in some way or another.

Voice of Grounder/Robotnik returns in Sonic Movie!

Yesterday the Sonic movie trailer finally released to the public to mixed criticism. We already had some of the more obvious Easter eggs uncovered but people have been quick to point out more.  One of the military generals seen at the discussion table around 0:39 is the one and only Garry Chalk! You may not know who he is but he was the voice actor of Grounder in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Robotnik in Sonic Underground.

He is in the picture above to the far left with Grounder looking at him. It's pretty neat that they did anything like this for the movie and who knows how many more Easter eggs will be uncovered or found in the final movie. It'll be interesting to see what else is found(and if they fix Sonic's design hehe).

Watch the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer

It's finally here, the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer for the upcoming movie! Not going to lie it looks better than I was expecting. Let us know what you think in the comments/forum.

 

Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive - Part 2!

Part two of Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive has released and it's awesome! I like it better than the first one, let us know what you think in the comments and/or forum! Check it out below.

New Sonic 2 assets uncovered!

Throughout the many years since Sonic 2 was released we have gotten little details into the development of the game and very interesting info about scrapped portions and assets. Very notably the time travel mechanic as seen in Sonic CD was once going to be in Sonic 2. Now thanks to MegaBites Blog we have new info on unseen badniks, unreleased Mega Drive/Genesis games and GENOCIDE CITY ZONE. Where did this info come from? Jason Moorhouse (the owner of California-based retro video game store, Nostalgia Alley) met with Sonic 2 Level Artist Tom Payne at a garage sale and got a box full of Genesis era development leftovers.

Jason: He had one small box of stuff left from his days at Sega and LucasArts including paper design specs of level lay outs, character designs, floppy disks with lables that read ‘B-Bomb’ and ‘Sonic Enemies’ among others, CD-Rs of the game ‘Yoda Stories’, a SNES prototype of ‘Big Sky Trooper’, a few awards he was given while at Sega, employee jackets and enamel pins. He gave me a few of these items including all the floppy disks, the ‘Big Sky Trooper’ prototype, Yoda Stories CD-Rs, and one of the awards from his work on ‘Sonic Spinball’.

That's just a little snippet of the information revealed. If this kind of stuff interests you, you can see more pictures and info at MegaBitesBlog . 

Ten more Genesis Mini titles revealed

Sega tweeted out an update on the Genesis Mini and... boy is it a big'un. Sonic 2 was confirmed, which I sorta predicted in the previous post.

On the third party front we got Contra: Hard Corps (hell yeah) and Earthworm Jim (woah, whaaat). Other highlights include Shinobi III and Streets of Rage 2 (two must-haves), Thunder Force III (nice), and Landstalker (a great action-RPG).

But the REAL stunners here are... both Castle AND World of Illusion, two classic Mickey Mouse platformers. I'm actually shocked. Never would I have expected anything Disney on here. Could this mean... Aladdin actually has a real shot at being included on this thing?? I feel like anything's possible at this point!

And hey, Sega has the license to Tetris for that Puyo Puyo crossover. And Japan got a home port of their Tetris arcade game... but let's not got ahead of ourselves.

The lineup for this thing looks absolutely STACKED, and only half of it has been revealed. Scope out the official website for all 20 games confirmed so far. With this and M2 handling the backend, Sega really ain't playin' around here, y'all.

Tails and Knuckles Mii costumes coming to Smash

Nintendo dropped a surprise Smash Direct last night, and the news everybody's talking about are these two new Mii Fighter costumes!! It's a Tails outfit for the Mii Gunner and a Knuckles outfit for the Brawler. They'll be on sale for 75 cents each... um, whenever the 3.0 update drops... tonight??

Of course, being Mii costumes probably deconfirms them as potential DLC characters. But that's okay, right?

Oh yeah, there was also info on some Joker guy. Whatever.

New Fanart Gallery, Sonic Instablast

Hello everyone, we've installed a gallery where you may upload your fanart. It's connected to the forum but you don't need to be registered to upload art there, you do however need to be registered to edit, delete, or leave comments. We have categories for general fan art, fan comics, wallpaper/banners, userbars, signatures, sprites, and a random category. Let us know of any other categories you may want added. 

Sonic Instablast

Sonic HQ Old Enough To Drink!

The site is now 21 which in the US is the legal age to be able to drink alcohol. Not sure why I felt compelled to share that. Anyway, I'll use this opportunity to share some of the upcoming features that have recently been implemented and some that are planned down the road.

Recent Updates

In case you haven't noticed, on the left side bar, the "upcoming comics" is no longer just comic releases but also games, movies (even if just the one for now haha), and other misc events like the SXSW panel that we had last month. It will also be kept up to date. You can also toggle off the entire sidebar using the button in the top menu bar.

Future Updates

Comics

We're looking into giving this section a major overhaul at some point this year. We'll have more details if everything (hopefully) all comes together

Games

You like games? Yes? Of course! We're hoping to bring this section back also this year. Once again, we'll let you know when we have more information to share.

Q&A

Should we bring this back? Let us know!

More Content

You will be seeing new content in general being posted (which we've already started to work on)

We've started a little mini comic series you can check out

There will also of course be new general sitewide improvements. Stay tuned!

Anything else you want to see here? Please let us know in the comments!

13th anniversary of our forum!

Hello everyone! It is the 13th anniversary of our forum! But wait! Why is the forum not as old as the site and why is it not the one I remember? Let me explain. I, Metallix, started Sonic Blast in 2006 with the ethos that there needed to be a high quality Sonic forum that did the franchise justice. Most Sonic forums either used eye searing colors or just had a few Sonic images plastered on a default skin with no customization. I wanted to make a forum that not only had a high quality design but had Sonic very much integrated into everything as well as having a friendly environment for users. For several years the forum was the most active Sonic forum on the web with 30k posts during some months. Then social media came and ate our lunch but we continued on. We had used InvisionFree which turned into Zetaboards but they recently closed down and got absorbed by Tapatalk and Tapatalk does not allow for much customization which severely hampers our ethos so we had to switch to self-hosted. The old forum's final tally was 1.25 million posts.

Mid 2017 Sonic HQ and Sonic Blast teamed up. I was looking for affiliates and I remembered Sonic HQ. To my amazement it was still up and running. Even being updated! We became affiliates but I thought, "why not join forces so we can finally have a site and Sonic HQ can have a great forum." And thus our partnership began. It has been great so far, I look forward to the future of Sonic HQ and will do my best to make it the best it can be!

Check out the history thread in our forum for a more detailed write up of our history and some pictures of the evolving theme we've had from the start. Hope to see you around!

 

SONIC 3 A.I.R. FULL GAME RELEASED

SONIC 3 – ANGEL ISLAND REVISITED (Sonic 3 A.I.R.) is a PC port of the original Sonic 3 & Knuckles.

Freed from the hardware limitations of the Genesis / Mega Drive, it allows for features you would only expect from a fan game engine, including full widescreen support.​


FEATURES

  • 100% accurate Sonic 3 & Knuckles physics
  • Sonic, Tails, Knuckles fully playable, including Sonic & Tails co-op
  • Widescreen display
  • Additional effects like 360° rotation
  • Optional high quality pixel filter xBRZ
  • Controller support
  • Experimental Time Attack mode
  • Many fixes and small gameplay tweaks
  • Added movement options like Tails Assist and Flight Cancel

Interested in giving it a try? You’ll need the Steam version of Sonic 3 & Knuckles installed, which Sonic 3 A.I.R. is built upon. 

Download via Google Drive (recommended): http://sonic3air.org/downloadgame2.php

Alternative direct download: http://sonic3air.org/downloadgame.php

 

Reminder: Sonic X up for preorder on Blu-Ray.

The good folks at Disctek Media are bringing all 78 english language episodes in one volume. This includes the extras from the DVD version as well as the original pitch video where the world of Sonic X had a lot less humans. It is releasing on May 28th and up for preorder at quite a discount. Keep in mind this isn't in HD, it's SD video on Blu-Ray and hasn't been remastered. This is the first time I've seen this as usually SD discs are put on DVD but the added benefit of these being on Blu-Ray is less discs are needed due to the larger file size.

The Blu-Ray retails for $69.99, but you can pre-order it from rightstufanime right now for $45.47. In case you have forgotten or not aware, jump on this deal while you can!

Team Sonic Racing Team Up Trailer!

Sega just released a new trailer for Team Sonic Racing. This one shows off more gameplay and the delay for this game has really shown for the better. After this trailer I am hyped up more than ever for this game. Are you sold on TSR? Let us know in the official topic!

Genesis Mini details revealed

At this year's Sega Fes, more details were unveiled about the mysterious Genesis/Mega Drive Mini console. If you remember, its release was initially delayed for quality reasons. The initial theory (and fear) was that this was simply going to be a reskinned clone console from the dreaded AtGames. Well, put those fears to rest.

Here's a quick rundown of some significant details:

  • Releases September 19th worldwide
  • Emulation handled by M2! (Currently working on the Sega Ages line for Switch, previously the 3D line for 3DS, and much more)
  • 40 games total (10 revealed so far)
  • Western package includes two 3-button USB controllers, retailing for $79.99 USD
  • Outputs at 720p and 480p
  • Save state support, up to 4 per game
  • New menu music produced by Yuzo Koshiro! (of Streets of Rage fame)

Of the 10 games announced, Japan gets Sonic 2 while the west gets Sonic 1 and Mean Bean Machine. Though, I think it's reasonable to assume Sonic 2 will also be included in the western release. Sonic 3 & Knuckles... um, maybe not.

Other highlights of the revealed lineup include Gunstar Heroes and Castlevania: Bloodlines. This will be the first time Bloodlines has been rereleased since, well, ever. The Japanese version also includes Namco's Wrestleball (aka Powerball in the US). This confirms both Konami and Bandai-Namco are onboard. (Fingers crossed for Contra and Rocket Knight.)

The game lineup seems like it's going to be quite different between Japan and the west. The Japanese lineup includes games that never got an English release, such as Madou Monogatari and Rent A Hero. Not just that, but Japan also gets the 6-button controller in either a one-controller or two-controller package.

For further details, check out the official websites: Japan - US - Europe (And here's the portion of the livestream where it was introduced and discussed.)

Sonic movie tie-in to upcoming game + plot details!

Over the years, Sonic HQ has been at the forefront on Sonic news and rumors. Today we can put rumors to rest and confirm via sources within Paramount Studios that the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie will be a tie-in to the next upcoming mainline game. Read on further for the scandalous details!

Spooky New Team Sonic Racing Track

We were able to get another music track from Team Sonic Racing with "Haunted Castle". It appears to be inspired from Rooftop Run from Sonic Unleashed as seen with the clock tower. Take a listen with the track below.

Featuring Tei Sena on violin, Tee Lopes for composing and performed by S.A.M.E. You can also find a high resolution image from the map here

Update(3/29/19): Fans are working to revive Sonic Runners

The revival attempt is currently in closed alpha, but it's looking like Sonic Runners may yet get a new lease on life. Runners is an official Sonic Team game that's no longer playable today. This is good news for fans who liked the game if it pans out. Click to get all the details!

Rumor: New Sonic cartoon coming this year!

Coming from the Toyshiz instagram, new Sonic toys at the New York World Toy Fair showed up this weekend, where the Twitter account flat out says, these will release alongside "A new cartoon", most likely meaning this new series will be using the modern Sonic designs, rather than the Boom ones. This backs up a leak from Sega themselves last year:


 

It also makes sense to start getting toylines ready for the new series around this time. Sega's annual Sonic panel is happening at SXSW in about a month, so we'll probably find out more soon.

 

 

Have a Sonic Pocket Adventure flyer from E3 1999

Mollie L Patterson has released some scans of flyers advertising various SNK games from E3 1999. Sonic is among them, along with Sega's Puyo Pop and many more. Check out the full lineup of scans on her site.

Sonic Pocket Adventure was a portable outting for SNK's ill-fated Neo Geo Pocket Color. It was the first Sonic game developed for a non-Sega platform. The game is largely based on Sonic 2, with a soundtrack borrowed from S3&K.

Sonic Team boss interested in a Sonic Adventure remake.

Sonic Adventure is now over 20 years old!

It was quite a showpiece for the Dreamcast when it launched and was the first proper 3D Sonic game released that was stunning graphically. I still think it's quite a fun game but it does show its age. Animations are very clunky as games from the 90s were and there are other minor problems such as the camera and glitches. It doesn't look smooth even when bumped up to 1080p like the remastered version for PS3/360 or on PC.

Speaking with Retro Gamer, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka said he believes the first Sonic Adventure “is a unique game offering even 20 years after its release.” At the same time though, he “can see the rough edges it has, which really makes me want to remake it again.”

Iizuka stated:

“It was the first highspeed 3D action game that also featured a scenario highlighted with six different stories, the A-life Chao, six unique styles of gameplay – it is a unique game offering even 20 years after its release. At the time, it also wasn’t just a solitary software release, it was the title to bring people to the Dreamcast and we were given the budget to make something to showcase the hardware. However, it was the very first 3D game that we worked on and looking at it now I can see the rough edges it has, which really makes me want to remake it again.”

I don't think this will happen anytime soon but it does seem like something they may visit in the future. With the recent success of Crash, Spyro, and Ratchet & Clank remakes it kinda is a no brainer they would look into this. Would you like it to be a 1:1 remake like Crash N Sane Trillogy or more of a reimagining like Ratchet & Clank? Let us know in the forum!