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Sonic The Hedgehog #6

Dr. Eggman has been located, but Sonic’s not the only one to find him! When Shadow comes, whose side will Sonic be on?!?

Sonic The Hedgehog #7

Secrets revealed! After the dramatic events of the last two issues and the secret of Dr. Eggman, Sonic races off to shut down the organized Badniks at the source. Unfortunately, there's more at play than Sonic has realized, and more powerful players...

Sonic The Hedgehog #8

Hush! You hear that? It sounds like Sonic's racing off to another adventure and he's not alone! But who is this "Guardian Angel" and why does everybody talk about her in a Whisper?

Sonic The Hedgehog, Vol. 1: Fallout!

Join the Blue Blur for brand-new adventures as he and his friends race around the world to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman's robotic forces!

Sonic The Hedgehog #9

One of the greatest threats Sonic has ever faced descends upon Angel Island, home of the mystical Master Emerald, seeking to take the Emerald's power and control the world. Can Sonic and his friends stop the attack on the island-or is it already too late? *Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.

Sonic Mania Plus Soundtrack Included in Japanese Release

Mania Plus OST bundled in Japan!

Sonic Mania Plus is getting two CDs with the full soundtrack included in the Japanese physical release, according to their Japanese website. What all is included on the soundtrack? It features the full 54 track double CD, which not only includes all of the songs that appeared on the Data Disc's Sonic Mania album release, it also holds all of the “re-imagined” classic stage songs.

If you've been wanting to listen to the soundtrack while relaxing in the tub, the Japanese version is the one for you! Amazon Japan has it for the same price as the western release.

Sonic Mania Plus Release Date, Trailer, and Other Tidbits

Sonic Mania Plus gets a release date!

Sega has announced that the awaited Sonic Mania Plus will release on July 17 this year! A new trailer dropped the release date along with some new gameplay footage that includes the two new playable characters, Mighty and Ray. Mania Plus is an updated edition of a digital release from last year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The physical version includes holographic packaging, a 32-page art book, and a reversible cover that gives it Sega Genesis-style cover packaging. In-game, Sonic Mania Plus adds an Encore Mode and an expanded four-player competition mode, along with the two new characters. Watch the trailer below! 

Additionally there has been an interview with Sonic series producer Takashi Iizuka that sheds more light onto Mania as well as the Plus edition. Was translated by PlayStation Lifestyle.


 

Famitsu: Please tell us the details on how you get to produce Sonic Mania Plus.

IizukaSonic Mania started as a digital-only title at first, but when we tried creating it, we received a lot of requests from both inside and outside the company to “release it physically as well,” so we decided to release it as a gratitude to everyone.

However, since it would be difficult to sell the physical version with the same price as digital, we’ve prepared something as additional values to compensate the price hike, which turns out to be new characters and the Encore Mode.

Famitsu: How did you decide on the additional features?

IizukaSonic Mania’s lifeline is giving stimulus to fans’ curiosities and expectations, so we thought of something that if added would make it the most exciting, and the results were Ray and Mighty. There were people requesting for them, who appeared in the arcade version, to appear again.

Personally to me, they were supposed to be “sealed characters” that would never be planned to be added to games. But in this title we are squeezing in all series materials aimed for specific manias, so the stage for them to appear has already been prepared. In that case, we should unlock that seal (laughs).

Famitsu: How did you decide on the two’s unique actions?

Iizuka: Mighty the Armadillo has a setting of being a strong guy, and he has a hard shell on his back. By making use of that, we made it into a technique to drop vertically to the ground and make it shake.

Also, he can repel enemy bullets with the shell, and when he’s curled up he can prevent damage once. Doing a sudden drop to the ground is a rare action in the classic series indeed.

Famitsu: What about Ray?

Iizuka: Since he’s a flying squirrel, we instantly decided on a gliding action. Although it may be similar to Knuckles’ gliding, Ray can raise up with effort. Depending on the [player’s] technique, he can fly for very long.

Famitsu: What kind of gameplay will Encore Mode have?

Iizuka: The stages themselves are the same as Sonic Mania, but by re-arranging the objects and gimmicks, you can enjoy them with a different sensation. Besides, it also makes Mighty able to make use of his actions more. For example, we’re adding the ability to open holes in the ground with Mighty’s Hammer Drop.

Famitsu: Finally, please leave a message to the fans.

Iizuka: Thanks to everyone who bought the original Sonic Mania, we’re able to continue it to Plus, and we’re really grateful for that. There may be some impressions that Sonic Mania was aimed for people who knew of the Genesis-era games simply because it is a 2D game that feels like the past, but in actuality, people from a very broad age range are playing it.

Especially outside Japan, the highest user demographics of digital downloads came from grade schoolers. This time we’re selling it in a form and price that’s easy to obtain, so to those who haven’t got to play this yet, please kindly get this. I can proudly recommend this title to Japanese grade schoolers as well.

Quick overview of Sonic Battle Racers!

Sonic the Hedgehog boardgame set to bolt onto the scene!

Sonic HQ has been following the progress of Sonic Battle Racers since it was announced on kickstarter. On our previous article on the game, we reported that it had been fully funded and showed off some of the items that would be included with the game. Recently Be Bold Games has done a quick video overview of the game. Please enjoy and remember this game is available now on Indie Gogo and you can secure your copy here: https://bit.ly/SonicBRIGG

 

Sonic HQ Twentieth Anniversary!

You might feel old after reading this post.

Twenty years ago today, this site sprung forth under the moniker "Sonic HQ" (prior to that it was known as Zifei's Sonic Page) with its own domain at sonichq.org. Unfortunately, we lost that domain over the years but now we have sonichq.net.

We're not as popular as we were before but we're not trying to be. Most traffic is for comics information and so that has been our main focus as of late. The recent launch of Sonic under IDW gives a breath of fresh air and so we will follow it and provide a "feed" of upcoming issues along the left side on the main page.

Many also still come here simply for the nostalgia which now sits comfortably in the "Archives" section.

If you have suggestions for what SHQ should have more/less of, please feel free to chime in, in the comments.

In any case, thanks for being a part of Sonic HQ's 20 years! Lets see if we can go for another 20 more (at least).

To celebrate Sonic HQ's 20th, we're bringing back the image rotator from the early 2000s era that had some of the below images that you may remember.

Enjoy!


 

GDC 2018: Sonic Postmortem

Last month at the Game Developers Conference, Hirokazu Yasuhara (game designer) and Naoto Oshima (character designer) gave a talk about the history of creating Sonic and the original game. That talk has just been uploaded to the GDC Vault for free! There's a bunch of neat tidbits in here for fans and developers alike. Look at those dance animations that didn't make it into the game due to space limitations.

Check out the video here!

SEGA reveals Mama Robotnik’s Mean Clean Machine!

Looks like we’re getting another Sonic game this year in addition to Sonic Mania Plus and the still unannounced Sonic Racing game.

Today Sega announced a new mobile game called Mama Robotnik’s Mean Clean Machine! It’s the sequel to Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine which released for the Sega Genesis/Megadrive, Master System and Game Gear nearly 25 years ago. Full press announcement below:

Burbank, California — March 31, 2018 — All of these beans from Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine have spilled all over the place and made a mess and HAVE GOT TO GO! Help Mama Robotnik clean them up!

Match the irons as they fall from above with other similar colored irons. Mama Robotnik's Mean Clean Machine builds upon the previous Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine's game mechanics but with the added twist that you do NOT want to anger Mama Robotnik or else! Leaving too much of a mess will make her furious but you can profusively apologize via your mobile device's microphone to appease her.

Mama Robotnik's Mean Clean Machine will be available for free to download on the iOS App Store and Google Play later this year.

Introducing Sonic Mania Plus!

Sonic Mania goes packaged with Sonic Mania Plus!

Sega hosted a South By Southwest 2018 panel about all things Sonic the Hedgehog, and the panel began with good news for fans! Last year’s Sonic Mania will be getting an expansion! 

The panel noted that Mania's positive reception was tempered by one consistent complaint: that fans wanted a physical disc or cartridge version. So Sega moved forward with a boxed version of the game, and while its boxed version has its own physical perks (32-page art book, "holographic" cover, reversible Genesis-styled cover), the more interesting stuff comes in the form of new gameplay features.

Mighty and Ray join as playable characters, new Encore mode, 4P Competition mode, and more. Releasing summer 2018.

Additional content, which was only briefly teased at SXSW, will include a new "encore" mode of remixed stages and a new version of the original's "competition mode" that will let up to four players race side by side. How exactly those remixed stages will play out was not demonstrated. Sega confirmed that owners of the game's original digital version can pay for an unlock of the Plus content, though the company was not ready to confirm a price.

We will keep you updated as more details unfold.

 

Sega Genesis Collection Coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC

SEGA is planning to release a new Genesis Collection for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on May 29 that will include over 50 games.

It also appears that it will receive a physical release both on the PS4 and Xbox One and will include a double-sided poster. Screenshots and video were uploaded to SEGA’s press site last week but there has been no press release or other product information attached. Meaning we don’t have a full list of the games to be included as of yet, but looking at the box art, there will be the expected popular titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage and Golden Axe, to name a few.


 

Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble 16bit Remake

What if [Sonic Triple Trouble] became a Genesis/Mega Drive game?

Triple Trouble Boxart Remake

Noah Copeland, in collaboration with Overbound Game Studio (the same team of fans responsible for Sonic Time Twisted), asks a question: “What if [Sonic Triple Trouble] became a Genesis/Mega Drive game?” Triple Trouble is, in my opinion, the best 8 Bit Sonic game and one of the few that can be classified as a classic. The often forgotten game is finally getting an overhaul and the much due recognition it deserves. Below shows us some of the things Copeland is doing to update the game along with a reveal trailer. Enjoy!

Sonic Robo Blast 2 celebrates 20th Anniversary this month.

20 years of development!

If you've played just one Sonic fangame, chances are you've tried out Sonic Robo Blast 2 at some point. Based off of the Doom engine, this game has been in development for 20 years this month! 

This month, Sonic Robo Blast 2 celebrates its 20th anniversary. Sitting down to write this post I don’t even know what to talk about. It’s been so long and I’ve spent so much of my life playing or being involved with SRB2. To start, though, we’re celebrating with a preview trailer for 2.2, and I’m sure you want to see that way more than any nostalgic ramblings I can come up with, so let’s get right to it:

 

 

 

Check out their webpage for more details! SRB2 20th Anniversary Post