This is hardly news, but isn't everyone tired of seeing "SPA Costs" with nothing new? Anyways, EGM issue #125 (Has a pic of Donkey Kong's arm on it) has included stickers of all the heroes of Sonic Adventure and Robotnik. Get 'em while you can! Yeah, yeah, yeah, its not news, but lately, not much has been going on for Sonic and the gang.
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Sonic The Hedgehog #11
"The Battle for Angel Island," Part Three! Sonic and Knuckles are on the ropes as their foe uses the power of the Master Emerald to become a far more formidable threat! Meanwhile, the rest of the Resistance faces off against the entirety of the Eggman Empire's Fleet... but can they win?
Team Sonic Racing
Sonic's been taken to another world and entered into a race unlike any other! With a little help from his friends Tails and Knuckles, he'll race to win the competition and get everyone home! BUT! Before that, check out a comics exclusive story straight from the world of Team Sonic Racing!
Sonic The Hedgehog #12
"The Battle for Angel Island," Part Four. The thrilling conclusion to the Battle of Angel Island saga! As Sonic and his friends work to restore Angel Island, two questions remain: is Neo Metal Sonic truly defeated, and what other trouble is brewing?
Sonic The Hedgehog #13
Time for a break! Sonic can finally take some time to catch his breath, secure in the fact that the day's been saved and his old greatest foe is... Wait. He's gone?! What does that...? Well, that smells like trouble...
Sonic The Hedgehog #14
A helpful tip leads Sonic and Silver to an abandoned Eggman base suddenly teeming with activity. As the two investigate the action, an old foe returns and a new foe comes face-to-face with Sonic for the first time...
Team Sonic Racing
For fans that are just getting up to speed, Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing with nostalgic characters and environments from across the Sonic Universe. Play solo or with up to 12 drivers online as Sonic, Shadow, Tails and other beloved characters in thrilling single and multiplayer game modes, including Grand Prix, Time Trial, Team Adventure. Throughout the race, players will be able to utilize various team mechanics including Item Transfer, Slingshot, Skim Boost and more to assist your teammates throughout the race to secure your spot atop the podium while having the option to customize their vehicle to suite their racing style.
Sonic the Hedgehog (Movie)
A cop in rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him.
>From: "michael silberkleit"
>Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 17:09:39 +0000
>Subject: Re: Knuckles Petition
> >From: Self
>To: Katrice Georges
>Subject: Re: Knuckles Petition
>Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 12:42:59
>While we appreciate the petition and your concern,
>we had to suspend Knuckles because it is losing
>money on each issue. It just doesn't make sense
>for us to continue losing money. While I am sure
>that there are many many loyal fans like you,
>there just are not enough buying the comics each
>month at the news stand. In the comic book
>business, a publisher has to sell a certain amount
>of copies in order to" break even" after paying
>for the stories and art, the separations and the
>printing and shipping. Unfortunately, sales of
>Knuckles are far from breaking even and we have no
>choice but to stop publishing it. I can really
>understand your disappointment and hope you
>understand our position. Hope you enjoy Sonic
>Sincerely, Michael Silberkleit
The petition is not being ignored, but I need more names than I have now to make them consider changing their minds. The total is at 80, which isn't bad for only a month of operation and considering I have gotten several emails from people who swear I'm making up the Knuckles cancellation.
If you signed the petition and gave me your email address, I sent a copy of the email I to you. The email is also posted at my site, Save Our Knuckles.
BTW, I'm planning on organizing a procott, but I'll need some help, a lot of it, for it to work. If anyone else has any other ideas or suggestions, they're welcome. One last thing, the petition isn't over, it's just beginning. The petition is continuing until one of two things happen:
1) Knuckles is published again
2) I sense a lack of interest (I really hope this never becomes the case)
I think that the best thing to do now would be to organize a buying campaign (as well as signing the petition). If they're losing money on the comic, then it will take A LOT of signatures to get them to change their minds. I think that everyone interested should get as many friends as possible into the comic and buying issue #32. In fact, buy as many copies as possible and try to get your friends to help. You should still sign True Red's petition, but the biggest thing that could get Archie to change their minds would be a large profit on the recent Knuckles issues.
Sega of Europe announced today that they have formed an exclusive sponsorship alliance with
Reebok to promote the European Sonic Speed Challenge with Reebok DMX, a European-wide online
Sonic Adventure competition running from December 1st to January 14th, 2000.
Sonic Adventure players throughout Europe will be able to download a specially-designed Emerald
Coast course from the Sonic Advenure website. In this special course, players are required to collect
five pairs of Reebok DMX shoes which Dr. Robotnik has stolen from Sonic's closet. Those with fast
times may wish to upload their finishing ratings to the Sonic Adventure for ranking. The winners will be
those with the fastest time! The prizes offered are as follows:
Dreamcast Pod, Trophy (6ft high display unit featuring television monitor, console and controllers),
?1,000 of Reebok clothing, including a pair of Reebok DMX shoes
2nd, 3rd & 4th Runners Up:
Framed Gold Sonic Disc, ?200 of Reebok clothing plus a pair Reebok DMX shoes
5th - 10th Prizes:
Framed certificate and a pair of Reebok DMX shoes worth 50
11th - 50th Prizes:
Exclusive European Sonic Speed Challenge Reebok T-shirts
J-F Cecillon, Chief Executive Officer, Sega Europe, had this to say, "The European Sonic Speed
Challenge with Reebok DMX, the first on-line Sonic Adventure competition targeted specifically at
Sega's European audience, is the next step to creating Dreamcast's on-line community. Reebok's
support both in-game and for our consumers make this a truly stimulating competition. "
Sega has officially sold one million consoles in the US, and we're not even to Thanksgiving as of yet! Sega has announced this on their web site, and several experts in the field are rather shocked that this came early. Normally, figures like this take over 3 months to show up.
Currently, Sega is expecting loads of consoles to be sold during the holidays, and when looking at these figures, and hopeing that Sega can keep up with demand, it might very well be done, and the company might reach its goal of 2 million sold earlier that expected. Stay here during the holidays to keep tabs on the situation.
I have spoken through the customer service at resaurus.com about the SA toys and he had this to say:
"Production has been pushed back until mid to late December, but we will be taking orders in about mid December."
There is no exact date to when they will be released in America, just December Sometime. He also didn't know when they are likely to appear in Europe or Australia. but those living there can order online at ReSaurus when they are released.
Is it really possible? well...actually no. This is a hacked Gameboy ROM called Sonic Adventure. The hack is of "smurfs 3" Unfortunately, If you've played The Speedy Gonzales Hack "Sonic 6" you've played this. It isn't terribly good, But it was worth a mention. It was donated to Andre by The Chaos Emerald
Also worth noting is that Andre Dirks Sonic Roms Page is Back! Goto the link below.
Source: Andre Dirks Sonic Roms
The next Sonic game due for release: Sonic The Hedgehog: Pocket Adventure finally has a SLEW of information out on it! Marking the first return of Sonic on a handheld since the days of Game Gear, STHPA is playable on the Neo Geo Pocket Color and is due for a release in two weeks. Features include:
Next to Sonic and Tails (the two playable characters) somehow making a return in the game will be Amy Rose, Knuckles The Echidna, Doctor Robotnik, Silver Sonic (Metal Sonic prototype from S2), the Flicky birds whom you must rescue at the end of an act, and Super Sonic upon a gathering of all Chaos Emeralds! The game is simple, at least in description: Get Sonic from the start of the level to the end in order to save the Flickies from the evil Dr. Robotnik. Each level works on the gameplay of the previous 2D Sonic games: springboards, corkscrews, loops, etc.
What's interesting to note however is that while this game is "original" to an extent, it can also be described as an amalgamation of all the Sonic games that were released. Some levels look like they were ripped from Sonic 1, others from Sonic 2, and few here and there from Sonic 3 And Knuckles...The game will even feature the cool half-pipe bonus level from Sonic 2! One of the most promising features of Sonic Pocket Adventures is the link cable support. The game will have two modes of play for two players -- one player takes Sonic, the other Tails. The first is a race to see who can get from the start of a level to the finish. The other is a race to see who can collect the most rings.
Click on the link below and you'll be able to see the entire 30 second TV spot for the NeoGeo Pocket Color that began airing on November 16th on MTV, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, Fox Family, E! and other cable networks. The commercial is in Realmedia format (if you don't have the player, you'll have to get it by going to https://www.real.com), and also features gameplay footage from SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millenium and Bust-A-Move. It's less than a megabyte in size, so it's not that long a download BUT you must download it to your HD first, then view it in Real Player.
Once you finish looking at that - you can peruse the 60+ screenshots that Gamefan and IGN have so graciously put up. ^_^
NeoGeo Pocket Color Ad - RealVideo Format - 876k (00:31min)
Screenshot Selections - Gamefan
Screenshot Selections - IGN DC