Wait, before you get too excited, it's only wallpaper. :)
Yes Sonic Team have created a new backdrop for you to use on your Windows or Mac desktop. There was also one released on the 1st of July, but I don't know if that was reported or not. Anyway, you can get them both from this page.
EMULinks will be a large non-profit directory of emulation and gaming-related sites. It will be dynamically-generated, allowing far greater complexity than you could find on a hand-made directory page.
Andy Wolan, owner of emulationzone.org, who hosts sonichq.org and gave us the domain name, has written this press release:
As part of our on going commitment to the emulation scene and to video gamers alike, the Emulation Zone is proud to announce EmuLinks.Com . The goal of this new web site is to pick-up where many search engines, like Yahoo, leave off by offering a complete database of links geared toward emulation and video gaming. Since it's coded, owned and operated by us, a non-profit organization, you can be sure that we will strive to offer our viewers an unbiased service they can depend on.
What makes our site unique from many "link sites" on the web is that our site is completely automated. This allows us to do things to our database of links unimaginable or too difficult to incorporate on site that are edited by hand, such as real time user feedback.
The site is currently in its final beta testing phases, but just about all the bugs have been ironed out. I would like to cordially invite everyone with a related web site to on stop on by and submit a link to your site. Our team of reviewers will go through the link submission and review the sites accordingly.
If you don't have a web site, we would like to welcome the public to play around with the site, add links to their favorite related home pages and give feedback on what they think of the place.
Wait, before you get too excited, it's only wallpaper. :)
Yes Sonic Team have created a new backdrop for you to use on your Windows or Mac desktop. There was also one released on the 1st of July, but I don't know if that was reported or not. Anyway, you can get them both from this page
From Knux of Australia:
The Big Breakfast, a morning cartoon show in Oz has been canned. As a result, the repeat showing of Sonic Underground has been cut short. The show was part of a reshowing of the most popular cartoon shows voted for. This probably means Sonic Underground including the rumored "Lost episodes" will never be seen again as after Agro's Cartoon connection was cancelled, there was a 3 year gap before a show like it came out. Channel 7 has declined to explain why the show has been axed.
The last issue of "Sonic the Comic" to feature an original story is now on sale. It will be available until 11 July 2000. This is effectively the death of the comic. Future stories will feature an original cover by Richard Elson, accompanied by reprint material selected by current Managing Editor Steve MacManus.
COVER (features spoiler): http://freespace.virgin.net/ed.reynolds/stc/stc184a.jpg
POINT OF NO RETURN
Script: Nigel Kitching
Art: Richard Elson
Lettering: Ellie De Ville
Robotnik has lured the terrible Chaos creature to his mountain retreat and gathered the Chaos Emeralds allowing him to grow into the almighty Perfect Chaos. Despite the pleas of assistant Grimer, it is clear that Robotnik has NO PLAN - he has gone completely insane and believes he is setting up the end of the world. He may be right. Sonic, Knuckles, Tails and Amy seemed to be at the mercy of Perfect Chaos when Super Sonic and Ebony arrived. A far cry from his days as a world-destroying demon of incredible Chaos energy, Super Sonic's energy is now almost up and he needs the Chaos Emeralds to regenerate. He leaps into Perfect Chaos, a clash of the Chaos creatures that need the Chaos Energy to survive. PICK UP THE LATEST ISSUE FOR THE STUNNING CONCLUSION! Not to mention some BIG surprises!
WIN SONIC ADVENTURE ACTION FIGURES! Courtesy of Bandai UK, the STC folk have 30 Sonic action figures, and thirty additional figures of either Knuckles or Tails models to give away.
SONIC VS SUPER SONIC Past cover artwork from script-hume Nigel Kitching reproduced in full 'widescreen' view. Previously seen in part on the cover of issue 86.
KNUCKLES: TOTAL CHAOTIX Part 6 Concludes today! Nack has betrayed Knuckles and Chaotix to the sinister Brotherhood of Metallix, but finds that the Brotherhood are just as treacherous than he is. (Script: Nigel Kitching; Art: Richard Elson; Lettering: Elitta Fell - originally printed in issue 58)
TAILS: SMALL CHANGE Tails is shrunk to the size of an ant when Grimer's jealous cousin Slimey uses his shrinking ray. How can Tails stop Slimey's enormous robot from destroying the village when he's busy avoiding dewdrops? (Script: Lew Stringer; Art: Bob Corana; Colour: Steve White; Lettering: Tom Frame - originally printed in issue 88)
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: DIY DANGER Comedy story in which Sonic encounters Rodger Bodge, a rabbit obsessed with DIY. It soon becomes clear that it's worth Sonic's attention when Bodge's fixed-up bridges and Troopers become a danger to himself and others! (Script: Lew Stringer; Art: Bob Corana; Colour: Nigel Dobbyn; Lettering: Tom Frame - originally printed in issue 103)
And - Data Zone flashbacks for new readers! Graphic Zone readers' art - Printed pictures win a Sonic digital watch!
More 'Sonic the Comic' information is available at: STC: STEM
Say hello to Sonic 89's color cover, just released! And from the look of things - the rumors may be true and someone may be getting the boot out of Knothole Village...
"Thicker Than Water"
"Return To Albion - Part Two"
Writer(s): Karl Bollers & Ken Penders
Penciler(s): James Fry & Steve Butler
Inker(s): Andrew Pepoy & Pam Eklund
The heroes deal with the disastrous results of last issue's major turmoil, and in the process face their own inner turmoil as well. Princess Sally is among the hardest hit, keeping a vigil for her ailing father, King Max - while Sonic blames himself for King Max's condition. Meanwhile, Doctor Robotnik has returned to see the damage his headquarters has suffered. Marshaling forces of Shadow Bots and Robians, he plots his revenge, even as Sonic ponders the Sword of Acorns' alleged ability to restore the Robians' own free will....And in the backup story, Knuckles and friends return to Albion, where many surprises await them - including Antoine discovering his roboticised father, General D'Coolette there.
Credit:Worlds of Westfield
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In response to the article below, Sonic Underground is still being shown on Canada's Teletoon network regularly.
It seems also that they usually show the cartoons in the correct order.
The SU Rumor mill is stirring and it seems Sonic Underground may be poised to make a return - but sadly, for its American and English fans, the American version may not be coming back anytime soon...
The Sonic Underground mailing list has been getting reports that either 40 new episodes or the myserious "Lost 25 Episodes" as noted by Ben Hurst earlier in its inception may be in production for a premier in South Africa and POSSIBLY in Australia. These two countries are the only two currently showing it regularly as its only shown in the US sporadically on Toon Disney and on again off again on Diggit in the UK and YTV in Canada. South African commercials are supposedly saying that a new season is on the way - where the toon is said to have had its best popularity. Ben said months ago that there were 65 written episodes, but only 40 showed here in America (65 is the regular syndication packet for a show, 40 for syndicators that want it cheaper). The remaining episodes were dubbed by SU fans as "the Lost 25", and if theres any full truth to the story - then the Lost 25 would be in the new season. We'll see when South Africa does its premieres. ^_^
We havent heard from Ben Hurst on the situation, but then again he may not know. We'll send him an email asking him - but overall it would be a decision made by DiC and Sega. The policy of not premiering a cartoon in the origin of the country it was produced in (SU was produced in France, so it would make more sense to premiere it in France or Europe altogether) is not practiced very often, but it has been known to be done before. We'll keep you posted more on the subject as we find out. And if this does mean the premier of "the Lost 25" in another country it brings up much questions concerning the new rumored Sonic cartoon as well as the status of SU in America and England....
We'll keep you posted! ^___^
Source: Sonic Underground Mailing List
In lieu of recent events concerning Sega's ANYTHING BUT ad campaign - it seems Sega is going back to the good old humor of thier old ads.
People had recently complained that Sega's ads just werent cutting it. Sonic Adventure and Resident Evil got decent coverage ad wise, but it had seemed that on Television and other ads of print medium, Sega had been giving its games the short shrift - specifically with the recently realeased Space Channel 5 and upcoming Seaman.
After Space Channel 5, only two 'In the Box' ads remain, World Series Baseball 2K1 and Seaman; the new commercials, beginning with NFL 2K1's this fall, will retain the trademark Sega humor, but will focus on the gameplay and quality of Sega's wonderful lineup. Sega acknowledges that two to three seconds of in-game action just isn't enough, and plans to sort out a mix of around 50% gameplay, 50% new ad concept per thirty-second spot. Naturally, the company's hesitant to reveal its new concept so early, but it's said to be flexible enough to keep the comedy for some games but approach others straightforward. Case in point--Sega already plans to sell Shenmue more like a movie than an actual game, sporting perhaps a trailer-esque mix of voiceovers, in-game action and cut-scenes.