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Sonic Team News - That Loveable Chu Chu Madness!

by WB

Chu Chu Rocket

Once unvieled to the masses - Sonic Team's Chu Chu Rocket, one of the "Enjoy 4" titles, left the populace dazed and confused as no one knew just what the heck it was. And to top that - we got that really weird Japanese commercial with bloody mice, an odd 2D cat, pencil drawings, and blank looks from many that saw it.

Well today, Gamefan Online and IGN DC have gotten thier hands on the finished version of the Japanese game and both have surmised that Sonic Team has yet another hit on thier hand

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Sega is STILL gonna make Hardware!

by Joey McKlay

Sega Sets The Record Straight! A competitor's site posted a story about Dreamcast being Sega's last console, but they were in error. Read the official response! Earlier today, Videogames.com posted a story about a Sega executive, Isao Okawa, saying that Dreamcast was Sega's last console, and that the future of the company was in software and the Internet. We even ran the story ourselves! However, something smelled off about the whole deal, and Sega Web got curious...especially when it led to a rumor that Sega was about to be bought out by Microsoft! Considering Microsoft is facing some serious consequences of being found to be a monopoly by the US government, we could resist no longer and called up our contact at Sega for the ful

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Sonic: The Movie Released in Australia

by Rlan

Yes, the Anime has come to Australia & New Zealand. I am not quite sure of the date of it coming out, as the video says Oct 25th, but the site says Oct 11th.

Anyway, It was brought here by Madman Entertainment, the same people who brought Neon Genisis: Evangelion to our shores.. But at least Australians can now get it.

If you were wondering why it says Rlan at the top well thats because I'm the newest member of the HQ team thats why ^_^.

Source: Madmans Sonic Page

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BREAKING NEWS: Bad News for Sega Fans?

by Tristan

GameSpot reported earlier this week that Isao Okawa, chairman of Sega Enterprises Ltd., commented on the Dreamcast's future, and said, when translated from Japanese to English, that the Dreamcast would be the last major piece of hardware from Sega, and that the company would focus on software and the Internet. Several web site reports falsified this, except Daily Radar, who has written up an 'interview'. Here is an excerpt from it:

Daily Radar: You've got ambitious sales goals: two million units by March, six million by end of year 2000. Can you meet them? What happens if you don't?

Isao Okawa: Well, I can't really comment on that, but I will say that the future doesn't necessarily lie in the hardware business. I think in the future there is the possibility of Sega becoming a software-only company. I think, if you look to the future, after e-commerce, the next trend after that will be e-services. I want Sega to be there, and I think games may be one of the major reasons for that trend to take off, so we will still be making a lot of efforts in games and entertainment! But that role may be redefined in time.

DR: So, if Dreamcast doesn't sell, you will make a shift to being a software-only company?

IO: Well, even if Dreamcast does sell, we will make that shift! Online and networked entertainment is the future, and that is how we will compete in the future. It really doesn't matter how fast we sell hardware in regard to the speed with which we transition ourselves into the new networked century. And the Dreamcast machine has a huge competitive edge right now for this.

Sega of America has denied this, and several fans are very confused as to the credibility of this story. Sonic HQ News will keep you posted on this, including a Special RA Edition this Saturday, with the public's thoughts on this situation.

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Sonic Pocket Adventure - Get The Ring!

by WB

SNK announced that Sonic Pocket Adventure for NGPC will have two new versus modes, which enable two players to battle over the link cable. The two VS modes are Get the Ring and Sonic Rush, in Get the Ring you try to collect as many rings in a given time, and Sonic Rush is a "racing" game in which you try to run to the goal as fast as you can, the stages will have different paths, obstacles and stunts. Sonic Pocket Adventure is scheduled to release in Japan on December 16.

Dreamcast To Be Awarded By Popular Science

by WB

The Dreamcast has been selected to receive the "prestigious", Popular Science Magazine's 12th annual "Best of What's New" Award. The editors of the magazine consider thousands of new products, technology developments and scientific achievements for the award, and only select 100 of them as "The Best of What's New." The Dreamcast will be featured in the upcoming December awards issue of the magazine.

"Sega Dreamcast is honored to be recognized as a revolutionary technological development by Popular Science Magazine," said Peter Moore, senior vice president, Sega of America. "Through its evolutionary architecture, Sega Dreamcast will continue to expand the way people play by growing and changing to match advances in the industry and

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Spaz Does Sonic , Crash, and Pikachu...

by WB

In his latest cover for Gamefan, Archie Comics cover artist Patrick Spaziante lends his impressive anime stylings once again on Sonic, and newcomers Crash Bandicoot (on his motorcycle no less), and even that ever annoying little yellow-rat Pikachu. ^_^

We've decided to start archiving Mr. Spaziante's Gamefan covers in our Image Downloads section. Check back later tonight for the archive to begin. And when the newer covers are released, check here so you can know when we've archived it.

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Sonic Fan Game has CIH Virus?

by Tristan

On the Sonic Fan Games HQ, Rlan, the webmaster, made a terrible discovery about one of the games that was up at his site- it may have had a virus.

Sonic Y2K Extreme is the game, and an alert player caught it on his Virus Scan console. Rlan has re-uploaded the game, CIH free, at least one can hope.

If you have downloaded this game before today, we suggest you run it through a Virus Scan, and delete the file immediately. As some may know the CIH virus can erase your entire hard drive. Watch out!

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Breaking News - The Official Sonic Sequel Confirmed!

by WB

During multiple speeches yesterday at the 9th Annual Toy and Interactive Entertainment Conference, Sega of America revealed a few interesting tidbits regarding the future of both their software line-up and their Online itinerary:

Peter Moore revealed that the Dreamcast is currently slated to have over 160 titles available by the end of the year 2000, which is a shot up from the previous estimate of 140 given by then COO Bernard Stolar earlier this year. Sega's Charles Bellfield informed IGN that several 3rd party developers attended the conference, where they gave analysts a peek at the future, with informal announcements regarding over a dozen yet-to-be revealed Dreamcast titles, though there is no word on what titles were show

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