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Sonic Forces - Moment of Truth

Chapter 1 titled “Moment of Truth” features Sonic Forces’ Custom Hero Character and the Chaotix as they prepare for battle against Dr. Eggman’s sinister robot army.

Sonic Forces - Stress Test

In Chapter 2, "Stress Test", Knuckles and Silver are confronted by a dangerous old foe.

Sonic Forces - Looming Shadow

In chapter 3, "Looming Shadow", Team Dark’s mission does not go as planned.

Sonic Forces - Rise of Infinite

In chapter 4, "Rise of Infinite", Eggman discovers a mysterious red gem with even more mysterious powers.

Sonic The Hedgehog #1

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Sonic The Hedgehog #2

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Sonic The Hedgehog #3

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Sonic The Hedgehog #4

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Sonic's 25th Anniversary!

It's interesting isn't it?

It's a testament to the oldness feeling and it's very real.

It feels like just yesterday it was Sonic's 10th Anniversary, celebrating with Sonic Adventure 2. I remember getting that along with the collector's edition which had that nifty coin. (Unfortunately now I can't find it). 

We then celebrated Sonic's 15th anniversary with Sonic 06. AHEM, moving on...

For the 20th anniversary we got a treat with Sonic Generations.

Now here we are with today being Sonic's 25th anniversary. We don't have a game announcement yet but that's expected to be next month. I think everyone is in agreement that Sega should in no way rush the development of this game. You may be asking however, did Sega drop us anything? There is this nifty retrospective they posted on their youtube found below.

Here's to the next 25 years. Never stop going fast, Sonic.

Humble Sonic Bundle

The Humble Sonic 25th Anniverary Bundle is live, featuring lotsa Sonic games and comics on the cheap.

Sonic joins Lego Dimensions

Sonic Lego Dimensions

Sega announced via their official Sonic twitter account today that Sonic would be joining in with Lego Dimensions. He will be part of wave 6, an expansion pack, expected to release this coming September. Sonic accompanies 15 other franchises for this wave. In total there will be 30 franchises as of wave 6.

If you're unfamiliar with Lego Dimensions, it's an adventure game developed by Traveller's Tales. You can find out more about Lego Dimensions here.

Site Optimizations

We've made several site optimizations across the site over the last week or so. The music section most notably looks better and the entire site as a whole should render better on mobile devices. It's still not perfect though. (Nearly 40% of our traffic is mobile!)

Please let us know any features you would like to see!

Groupees Archie Comics Bundle

The bundle site Groupees is running an Archie comics bundle, including the likes Sonic, Mega Man, and, well, Archie. It'll be running for two weeks as of this writing. Bonuses for the $1 tier will be unlocked along the way as more bundles are sold.

The $1 tier includes:

  • Sonic Boom #1
  • Sonic Boom #2
  • Sonic Boom #3
  • Sonic Boom #4
  • Sonic Boom #5

The $10 tier includes:

  • Sonic: Genesis
  • Sonic Comics Spectacular: Speed of Sound

The $20 tier includes:

  • Best of Sonic the Hedgehog Comics: Ultimate Collection
  • Sonic The Hedgehog Vol. 1: Countdown to Chaos

Check out everything on offer and pick it up here.

Huffington Post on Michael Jackson and Sonic 3

One of the biggest mysteries shrouding Sonic history is Michael Jackson's work in the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 soundtrack. While it was hypothesized he was involved in some way, there are conflicting reports about why he departed and whether his music survived the final release.

Well, the Huffington Post recently published a rather nice article regarding all that, titled The Michael Jackson Video Game Conspiracy.

It details the history of the conspiracy, leading into new interviews with some of the people involved with the game. Jackson's team insists their music did make it into the game. Though their stories imply they really did work on it as a team, rather than Michael composing solo.

Of course that last point was pretty much confirmed with the recent discovery of a previously unreleased song by The Jetzons, Brad Buxer's former band. That song being "Hard Times" from 1982, which sounds identical Ice Cap Zone.

One detail that caught my attention was that Jackson's team turned in around 41 songs to Sega. Now imagine if Sega could release those tracks like they did the demos recorded by Masato Nakamura for the Sonic 1&2 soundtrack. Just a thought...

Sega 3D Classics Collection coming to America

This is the second collection released in Japan, now coming to America under the name Sega 3D Classics Collection.  It's set for release on April 26 for just $30.

It contains five arcade games (Fantasy Zone II W, Galaxy Force II, Power Drift, Puyo Puyo 2, Thunder Blade), two Genesis games (Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog), plus two Master System games (Fantasy Zone II, Maze Walker).

Power Drift and Puyo Puyo 2 haven't been released on the eShop as solo games, so they'll probably be exclusive to this collection for a bit.

Official Site

Hey, maybe if this one sells well, they'll release the first collection as Sega 3D Classics Collection 2! Wouldn't that be confusing...

You can now emulate a Sonic popcorn machine

If you need proof that the world is beautiful and miracles can indeed happen, look no further. The SegaSonic Popcorn Shop has been dumped and will soon be emulatable in MAME!

As the name implies, this is a Sonic-themed popcorn machine complete with a little video screen, released in Japan in 1993.

The machine has a crank that you can turn for a little bit of interactivity while you wait. In this case, you have to help Sonic get away from a prancing Eggman who is trying to crush him (and your popcorn!!) with a giant mallet. Then you help Sonic actually cook your popcorn...? Of course, you'll still get it whether you actually touch anything or not.

Unfortunately, while you can emulate software, you cannot emulate actual food.

Recently, another obscure Japanese Sonic arcade rarity was dumped and preserved -- Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car. Essentially a glorified kiddy ride, Sonic drives around in a police car and obeys the laws of the road. Fun!

Sonic Lost World coming to Steam

Yeah, you read that right. In an announcement that came completely out of left field, Sega revealed that the (formerly) Wii U exclusive Sonic Lost World will be launching on Steam on November 2nd.

The Nightmare DLC will also be included. It's probably safe to assume the Zelda and Yoshi themed DLC won't be.

The game will sell for $30 and is up for pre-purchase now. Pre-purchasers also get a free copy of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (which is pretty much one of the greatest kart racers ever, y'know).


And if this news doesn't get you hype, here's a quote from the press release:

“This is the latest in a string of high quality PC ports of past SEGA titles that we will be building on in the coming months and years.”

So if you're not interested in Lost World, this hopefully means more Sega-published classics will be coming to PC soonish. Like maybe Jet Set Radio Future, Shenmue, Virtual-On, Vanquish, Bayonetta, Rez HD, Guardian Heroes HD... or maybe Sonic 2006. Well, you never know.