SHQ News - Year 2019

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!