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.
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.
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.
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.
What if [Sonic Triple Trouble] became a Genesis/Mega Drive game?
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!
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:
On the latest episode of Ian’s BumbleKast series, we were let in on a little more info regarding the canon of IDW Sonic. IDW Sonic will have the “two-worlds canon”. This means that, in IDW Sonic canon, there will be the human world that we see in the Adventure games, as well as Sonic’s world.
Sonic the Hedgehog Battle Racers, the boardgame kickstarter by Shinobi7, has been fully funded reaching several of its stretch goals! It achieved $138,351 of its $50k goal, nearly triple what was being asked. Its stretch goals that have been funded include: Token Bag, Shadow, Blaze, Espio, Plastic Rings, Silver, Sticks, A Deluxe Box, Cream and Cheese, Rouge, Charmy, Wave, Jet, A Ring Stacker, and Deluxe Insert.
Ready, Set...Sonic! Burst into action with Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers! Select your racer, choose your route, and fight your way to the finish while avoiding opposing racers and a variety of dangerous obstacles. Control your speed, use your abilities, and activate your special powers to collect as many rings as you can in an amazing race.
The board game is for ages 9 and up, 2-5 players, and includes: 64 race cards, 50 ring tokens, 40 badnik tokens, 16 track selections, 16 Dr. Eggman boss cards, 15 rock tokens, 5 minatures, 5 racer profiles, 5 speed tokens, 4 badnik reference cards, 1 Dr. Eggman boss profile, 1 track reference card, and 1 rulebook. The game is tentatively set to release this October! Discover more at their website: Shinobi7 Website
Awww yeah, some recognition for a Sonic game. Sonic Mania has been nominated for 3 awards from the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers! Let us know what your favorite thing about Mania was in the comments!