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StH: Tangle & Whisper #4

This is it! Whisper's ready to confront her old foe, and Tangle's more than happy to back her up! Of course, if the bad guy knows he's walking into a trap, he's going to be prepared, right? Maybe this won't be so easy, since he's got a Badnik army backing him up! The final fantastic issue of the first Sonic the Hedgehog mini-series in almost two decades!

Sonic The Hedgehog #24

As the Metal Virus spreads, Tangle's hometown of Spiral Hill Village stands as one of the last strongholds of the uninfected. Sonic, Tangle, and the remaining heroes of the Restoration make a stand, but will it be enough?

Sonic The Hedgehog #25

The world has fallen to the Metal Virus. Heroes, villains, and civilians have become Zombots. There's only one place left to hide and the few survivors-good and bad alike-find themselves up against a new threat commanding the Zombot hordes. Who will Sonic turn to for help in his most desperate hour? Find out in this extra-length issue!

Sonic the Hedgehog (Movie)

A cop in the rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him.

Sonic The Hedgehog #26

This is it. The few remaining fighters from the Restoration and their allies are ready to launch a final assault to reclaim the Chaos Emeralds and finally eliminate the Metal Virus. Can they defeat the Chaos Emeralds' new protectors, or will they all fall-and why isn't Sonic part of the fight?

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Yuji Naka was asked to cast in the Sonic Movie

Not only has Yuji Naka, former head of Sonic Team, voiced his concern (like almost everyone else) of Sonic's movie design (and feeling partially responsible for some reason - It's not your fault, Yuji!) but apparently he was also asked to be cast into the movie however it looks like something fell through.

Translated into English roughly with Microsoft:

Hollywood Sonic's design is unpopular and I was reminded by chance, the CG of this movie is like making, the predecessor of the Marza, Sega's Visual entertainment department because I made I felt sorry for my responsibility. https://www.marza.com/news/article/764/
Speaking of which, I was asked to make an extra cast in the movie, but it seems to have been forgotten. Because it was long ago, I also forgot. I wanted to appear in a Hollywood movie.

As we already saw earlier, it looks like we can expect more people that were involved with Sonic in the past to be in the movie in some way or another.

Voice of Grounder/Robotnik returns in Sonic Movie!

Yesterday the Sonic movie trailer finally released to the public to mixed criticism. We already had some of the more obvious Easter eggs uncovered but people have been quick to point out more.  One of the military generals seen at the discussion table around 0:39 is the one and only Garry Chalk! You may not know who he is but he was the voice actor of Grounder in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Robotnik in Sonic Underground.

He is in the picture above to the far left with Grounder looking at him. It's pretty neat that they did anything like this for the movie and who knows how many more Easter eggs will be uncovered or found in the final movie. It'll be interesting to see what else is found(and if they fix Sonic's design hehe).

Watch the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer

It's finally here, the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer for the upcoming movie! Not going to lie it looks better than I was expecting. Let us know what you think in the comments/forum.

 

Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive - Part 2!

Part two of Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive has released and it's awesome! I like it better than the first one, let us know what you think in the comments and/or forum! Check it out below.

New Sonic 2 assets uncovered!

Throughout the many years since Sonic 2 was released we have gotten little details into the development of the game and very interesting info about scrapped portions and assets. Very notably the time travel mechanic as seen in Sonic CD was once going to be in Sonic 2. Now thanks to MegaBites Blog we have new info on unseen badniks, unreleased Mega Drive/Genesis games and GENOCIDE CITY ZONE. Where did this info come from? Jason Moorhouse (the owner of California-based retro video game store, Nostalgia Alley) met with Sonic 2 Level Artist Tom Payne at a garage sale and got a box full of Genesis era development leftovers.

Jason: He had one small box of stuff left from his days at Sega and LucasArts including paper design specs of level lay outs, character designs, floppy disks with lables that read ‘B-Bomb’ and ‘Sonic Enemies’ among others, CD-Rs of the game ‘Yoda Stories’, a SNES prototype of ‘Big Sky Trooper’, a few awards he was given while at Sega, employee jackets and enamel pins. He gave me a few of these items including all the floppy disks, the ‘Big Sky Trooper’ prototype, Yoda Stories CD-Rs, and one of the awards from his work on ‘Sonic Spinball’.

That's just a little snippet of the information revealed. If this kind of stuff interests you, you can see more pictures and info at MegaBitesBlog . 

Ten more Genesis Mini titles revealed

Sega tweeted out an update on the Genesis Mini and... boy is it a big'un. Sonic 2 was confirmed, which I sorta predicted in the previous post.

On the third party front we got Contra: Hard Corps (hell yeah) and Earthworm Jim (woah, whaaat). Other highlights include Shinobi III and Streets of Rage 2 (two must-haves), Thunder Force III (nice), and Landstalker (a great action-RPG).

But the REAL stunners here are... both Castle AND World of Illusion, two classic Mickey Mouse platformers. I'm actually shocked. Never would I have expected anything Disney on here. Could this mean... Aladdin actually has a real shot at being included on this thing?? I feel like anything's possible at this point!

And hey, Sega has the license to Tetris for that Puyo Puyo crossover. And Japan got a home port of their Tetris arcade game... but let's not got ahead of ourselves.

The lineup for this thing looks absolutely STACKED, and only half of it has been revealed. Scope out the official website for all 20 games confirmed so far. With this and M2 handling the backend, Sega really ain't playin' around here, y'all.

Tails and Knuckles Mii costumes coming to Smash

Nintendo dropped a surprise Smash Direct last night, and the news everybody's talking about are these two new Mii Fighter costumes!! It's a Tails outfit for the Mii Gunner and a Knuckles outfit for the Brawler. They'll be on sale for 75 cents each... um, whenever the 3.0 update drops... tonight??

Of course, being Mii costumes probably deconfirms them as potential DLC characters. But that's okay, right?

Oh yeah, there was also info on some Joker guy. Whatever.

New Fanart Gallery, Sonic Instablast

Hello everyone, we've installed a gallery where you may upload your fanart. It's connected to the forum but you don't need to be registered to upload art there, you do however need to be registered to edit, delete, or leave comments. We have categories for general fan art, fan comics, wallpaper/banners, userbars, signatures, sprites, and a random category. Let us know of any other categories you may want added. 

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Sonic 3 A.I.R: The Definitive Sonic 3?

Sonic 3 is in a rather complicated situation. With more than a few of it's music tracks being surrounded in a sea of legal and licensing troubles, that seems to be the popular reason why Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley were never allowed to remaster it as they did the other Classic Sonic titles. Among that, it may also be why Sonic & Knuckles on its own appears on far more compilations and Sega Genesis clone consoles than Sonic 3 has in many years. So, when the officials can't provide, the fans must step up to the plate.

Enter Sonic 3 Angel Island Revisted, or, Sonic 3 A.I.R for short. This is a project that's been making the rounds for a while now, and only recently saw a full release. Developed by Eukaryot, Sonic 3 A.I.R introduces a 16:9 aspect ratio, 60 fps, a Time Attack mode in which you can race against Ghost Replays, and other quality of life improvments that make an already great game even greater.

Perhaps the best additions, beyond the preformance updates and bug fixes, is the added Drop Dash from Sonic Mania, and the ability to play as Knuckles and Tails together. More welcomed additions include Super cancel and being able to cancel Tails' flight and in-game achievements. Completing these achievements is how you unlock the three secrets in the game, being the Drop Dash, Knuckles and Tails, and another that I myself have yet to unlock.

Sonic 3 A.I.R sets out to improve Sonic 3, and, in just about every regard, it succeeds. But those of you who follow the Sonic modding community may remember Sonic 3 Complete, another modification that sets out to improve Sonic 3 and adds more customization options than possibly any Sonic game or mod to come before it. How does A.I.R compare? Well, one important thing to note is that A.I.R also hasn't had a final release yet, as Eukaryot is constantly taking feedback and suggestions on Twitter and will be implementing them in future updates. Sonic 3 Complete was finished years ago and likely won't see any updates again.

It may, perhaps be too early to say, since I've only done an all Super Emeralds run with Sonic and Tails, and have only started my Knuckles playthrough, but I would venture so far as to call this the definitive way to play Sonic 3, and the closest we'll come to a TaxStealth remaster. Sonic 3 Complete, as it stands, offers a bit more, but what A.I.R does offer sets it over the top. Perhaps one day Sega will work out whatever trouble they're having and we can have the best of both worlds. That's the dream, isn't it?

Sonic HQ Old Enough To Drink!

The site is now 21 which in the US is the legal age to be able to drink alcohol. Not sure why I felt compelled to share that. Anyway, I'll use this opportunity to share some of the upcoming features that have recently been implemented and some that are planned down the road.

Recent Updates

In case you haven't noticed, on the left side bar, the "upcoming comics" is no longer just comic releases but also games, movies (even if just the one for now haha), and other misc events like the SXSW panel that we had last month. It will also be kept up to date. You can also toggle off the entire sidebar using the button in the top menu bar.

Future Updates

Comics

We're looking into giving this section a major overhaul at some point this year. We'll have more details if everything (hopefully) all comes together

Games

You like games? Yes? Of course! We're hoping to bring this section back also this year. Once again, we'll let you know when we have more information to share.

Q&A

Should we bring this back? Let us know!

More Content

You will be seeing new content in general being posted (which we've already started to work on)

We've started a little mini comic series you can check out

There will also of course be new general sitewide improvements. Stay tuned!

Anything else you want to see here? Please let us know in the comments!