SHQ Fexusfanqa - Year 2016

Off to a new server and more updates

We've made all around optimizations to the site.

  • Moved to a new server
  • Rewritten Music section
  • Comics section optimizations
  • Other misc UI updates

This should hopefully mean more exciting updates in the future as well.

From the depths of SHQ's archives

SHQ has received a lot of various "rumors" over the years. Mostly in the past. Considering it's now been over 10 years since these "reports" were submitted, I figured to shed some light on a few. I won't be showing the names. Just the title and content. These were all submitted to SHQ's older news feed.

Sonic 25th Anniversary Party - Sonic Mania, Project Sonic 2017 and more!

Sega held their Sonic 25th anniversary party at the House of Blues in San Diego last night. As expected, there were many announcements. Two of which were new games.

  • Sonic Mania - For long time Sonic fans, this is what we've been waiting for. A sprite based Sonic game akin to old Genesis/Megadrive days. It's being led by Taxman and Stealth, also known for their spot on ports (and enhanced) of Sonic CD, Sonic 1 and Sonic 2.
  • Project Sonic 2017 - We don't have an official name yet but it includes modern and classic Sonic, similar in nature of Sonic Generations. We're told it's not a sequel, so it's not a Sonic Generations 2. This likely means it's an all new adventure and based upon the trailer it definitely appears to be.

Other notable announcements include:

Sonic Runners - Last Chance!

Sonic Runners

Sonic Runners is coming to a close pretty soon. On July 27 at 9AM UTC. (5AM EDT, 2AM PDT) the servers for the game will be shut down and you will no longer be able to play the game. At All! The app requires a constant connection so even when July 27 comes and goes, while the app will still remain on your device, it will likely throw an error.

Enter our initiative to get you the most out of the app before it's done. We've created this Facebook community. Head over and we'll see what we can do for you!

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...