During Sega Fes 2019 in Tokyo, a new Mario & Sonic game was announced, “Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics”. If that news was not big enough for fans of this franchise, it will be coming to not just the Nintendo Switch, but PS4, Xbox One, mobile devices, and arcades.
Check out the trailer below:
There looks to be a great variety of sports you can play in this game, and should be a lot of fun if you are playing with the Joy Cons on the Switch.
It’s unavoidable. Sonic the Hedgehog is getting a movie, and much like the titular character, there is no stopping his speedy impending arrival. Today, we have an idea of what the blue blur will look in the film, and it’s a doozy.
It reminds me very much of how the Detective Pikachu characters look, but not as realistic or smooth. It’s not terrible, far from it. Without more context about the rest of the environments he will inhabit, it definitely is a bit jarring.
Crazy of all, Sonic has long arms and legs, which is the biggest departure from how he has always been presented in the past. Final verdict from us – face is not too bad, but ‘dem legs…
A trailer for the movie is expected much later this year, so we will see if Sonic still looks this way by then.
The film will star Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog and Jim Carrey as Sonic’s nemesis Dr. Robotnik, alongside James Marsden as Tom Wachowski, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally, and Neal McDonough.
IDW Publishing and SEGA of America, Inc. are proud to announce Sonic The Hedgehog Annual 2019, an oversized comic book extravaganza that showcases Sonic’s spectacular supporting cast!
Arriving in March 2019, the 48-page annual features the odd couple of Tangle the Lemur and Whisper the Wolf in the lead story, teaming up to save a friend in need. Additional stories see Sonic and Tails taking the Tornado out for a spin, Silver and Blaze planting a garden, the Sonic Fan Club holding their first official meeting and Rouge the Bat hunting for treasure!
To commemorate their first year of Sonicpublications, IDW welcomes three comic book creators to work on Sonic for the very first time: James Kochalka (of Johnny Boo fame), Cavan Scott (Star Wars Adventures), and Jack Lawrence (Transformers: Lost Light). Returning Sonic talents Ian Flynn, Evan Stanley, Caleb Goellner, Jonathan Gray, Jennifer Hernandez, and Diana Skelly, plus newcomer Gigi Dutrieux, round out the creative team.
James Kochalka said, “Between playing the games and reading the comics, my mind has been living in the world of Sonic The Hedgehogfor several decades, so it’s wonderful to finally be able to actually contribute to that world.”
Ian Flynn said, “It’s been thrilling to be part of IDW’s run-away hit Sonic The Hedgehog, and I’m super-excited to spend more time with the brand-new fan favorites Tangle and Whisper!”
Sonic The Hedgehog Annual 2019 will be available with three variant cover artists: Jennifer Hernandez, Nathalie Fourdraine, and – as a special treat for fans of the Sonic games – Yuji Uekawa of Sonic Team, celebrated as the visionary behind the look of “modern” Sonic The Hedgehog!
“I am really happy to draw IDW’s original characters altogether with Sonic and his friends, as I had never imagined that I would draw these characters as official artwork,” said Uekawa. “As with many IDW Sonicseries fans, I personally love Tangle and Whisper, and I am very much looking forward to seeing their further adventures with Sonic, as well as seeing original characters in future issues!”
Today, SEGA® released brand new Infinite battle footage from Sonic Forces™, showcasing the Bird Hero Character battling with the Lightning Wispon, and the Cat Hero Character attacking with the Cube Wispon. Players can take advantage of two different Hero Characters’ abilities and Wispons thanks to the “Rental Avatar” Hero Swapping feature.
The new free “Rental Avatar” feature allows access to Hero Characters built by players around the world, granting them the ability to use their Wispons and swap between their character and the “Rental Avatar” at any point in the level. Besides seeing some gorgeous and/or hilarious characters as a result, this feature will let players utilize two different Wispons in a single level to find secret paths and overcome any obstacles in their way.
From the team that brought you Sonic Colors™ and Sonic Generations™, Sonic Forces has players experience fast paced action as Modern Sonic, catapult past perilous platforms as Classic Sonic, and use powerful gadgets as their own Custom Hero Character. The game will be available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 7. Both Digital and Physical Bonus Editions of the game can be pre-ordered on sonicthehedgehog.com.
SEGA of America is pleased to announce the launch of its long awaited e-commerce store, SEGA Shop, which is live for the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand. The online store features products from current and classic SEGA brands including Sonic The Hedgehog, SEGA Genesis, Golden Axe and more titles to roll out in the upcoming months. Visit shop.sega.com today for new and exclusive products for the ultimate SEGA fan!
Sonic the Hedgehog™ and IDW Publishing are excited to reveal today that fan favorite scribe, Ian Flynn, has come on board to take the blue blur and his friends in a fresh, exciting direction.
“I’ve been a SEGA® kid for life, and Sonic has been my career for over a decade,” said Flynn. “I’m overjoyed to keep running with the little blue hedgehog, and especially excited to be expanding my relationship with IDW at the same time. I can’t wait to show you what I’m made of as we reach for the stars and explore the endless possibilities!”
“Ian has a strong connection with both the character and the fans so there was no hesitation in bringing him on to launch this new Sonic series,” said Sonic the Hedgehog editor Joe Hughes. “Not only is he a great writer, but he genuinely loves these characters. His pitches have been nothing short of amazing and we are very excited to get this out to the Sonic community who have been supportive from day one.”
“When we partnered with IDW a couple months back, Ian was undoubtedly our first choice to take the helm and scribe the new comic series,” said Michael Cisneros, Licensing Specialist at SEGA of America. “His uncanny knack for capturing the spirit of Sonic is evident not only in his work, but in the hearts of our very vocal and devoted fan base. We couldn’t be more pleased to have him setting the stage for many years of compelling storytelling.”
A new era of Sonic comics will begin next April with a four-week event. IDW will be moving at Sonic-like speeds to publish the first four issues of the new series in the span of four weeks. Those issues will be written by Flynn with a team of artists joining him to be announced at a later date.
Today, SEGA announced that Competition Mode will be an additional mode in its upcoming game, Sonic Mania™. The reveal of Competition Mode comes hot off the heels of last week’s announcement of another mode in Sonic Mania, Time Attack.
Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles are all playable characters in Sonic Mania’s Competition Mode. Winners are determined by a few factors: clear time, score, number of items acquired, number of rings acquired when clearing the level, and total number of rings acquired throughout the level. Players can adjust the rules of each match by adjusting items in the item boxes and number of rounds that take place.
Check out the trailer for this new mode below:
Sonic Mania is developed by SEGA of America in collaboration with Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games. It will be available August 15 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC.
Today SEGA® revealed that Sonic the Hedgehog™ and his friends have joined forces with IDW Publishing, the leading publisher of licensed comic books, to begin a thrilling new chapter in the Blue Blur’s adventures in 2018.
Creative teams are currently being formed, and a publishing plan is now underway with more details to come at a later date. Writers and artists will be bringing their considerable talents to the comic book world of Sonic.
“We’ve been speaking with beloved Sonic fan-favorite creators and new creators alike, and are excited to be able to spread specifics about our plans for the comic in the near future,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer.
“We are ecstatic about this partnership with IDW,” said Ivo Gerscovich, Chief Brand Officer for Sonic the Hedgehog. “We know they’ll serve as a good home for the new adventures of Sonic, his friends, and foes.”
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Kidrobot, the world’s premiere designer and retailer of limited edition art toys and apparel, and SEGA, the leading interactive entertainment company, have teamed up to present an all-new Sonic the Hedgehog™ vinyl mini series and keychain series in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the original SEGA Genesis game. The new series is now available for purchase on Kidrobot.com and in stores everywhere.
“We’re proud to team up with SEGA to produce a series that celebrates the fun, entertaining and high-speed experience Sonic the Hedgehog™ offers,” said, Allen Richardson, Vice President of Product and Marketing at Kidrobot. “With Kidrobot’s distinctive design and Sonic the Hedgehog™’s widespread appeal, fans can enjoy and collect a unique lineup of characters from the original SEGA Genesis game.”
Blind box mini series including 14 unique game characters each mounted on a golden ring as seen in the original game.
Blind box keychain series including 18 figural keychains comprised of characters from the game and classic consoles each containing a detachable clasp for zippers — the perfect accessory for backpacks and jackets!
Medium Sonic the Hedgehog™ figure straight from Christmas Island available in original colorway and a Kidrobot exclusive metallic colorway, limited to 200 pieces world-wide!
Considered one of the most popular video games of the 1990s, Sonic the Hedgehog™ is a video game produced by SEGA centered on a series of speed-based platform games featuring the main character Sonic, a blue hedgehog. Sonic embarks on high-speed adventures with friends including Tails, Amy and Knuckles and battles against evil facing villains such as Doctor Eggman.
Transformers never really had a good video game tie-in in the US, and barely had a good one in Japan, probably until the last few years. They also never had a tie-in with a video game, until now.
Seibertron has reported that at Wonderfest 2014 in Japan, Takara has revealed a brand new Megatron figure that transforms into a Sega Genesis.
In reality, it is the Sega Mega Drive console (different name, but same system), and is an official product from Takara Tomy licensed by Sega. Unfortunately, Megatron (maybe we should call him Segatron) will not be able to be plugged in and played Alex Kidd, but the resemblance is uncanny between the console and a video game system has never looked so menacing (except for the demonic Virtual Boy).
No release date or price is known yet, but I will be picking this up immediately. I got addicted to the Transformers Masterpiece series thanks to Soundwave, and it is truly a gateway drug into buying more Autobots and Decepticons. Here is hoping that we get a Super Nintendo version of Optimus Prime!
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