[UPDATED] Data Discs to release Sonic Mania soundtrack vinyl

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Announced via a press release sent out on Sonic the Hedgehog’s 26th anniversary, Data Discs will be releasing a vinyl soundtrack for Sonic Mania! The exclusive vinyl is another SEGA release from the vinyl record company, and Sonic Mania is NOT the next in their numbered series of vinyls. The company has confirmed there will be no OBI (that paper strip found on the edge of other Data Disc releases) and the catalog number is DATA-S. The album will feature select tracks from composer Tee Lopes and exclusive gatefold art in the classic style of Sonic, Tails and Knuckles in the remixed Green Hill Zone. Three variations will be released: blue, black and a limited edition version. Pre-orders start in mid-July, and the album will include a download code of the album tracks in both lossy and lossless formats.

After the break check out the press release and the cover art!

Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary comes to an end as the blue blur turns 26

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Happy Birthday, Sonic – now give us our presents! Today marks Sonic the Hedgehog’s 26th anniversary, which officially signals the end of Sonic’s 25th. While the past year has been light on games, the biggest moments for the franchise has been a change in focus in several areas. Sonic Boom has seen a massive downgrade. Originally a multimedia alternate branch from the main Sonic franchise, featuring games, toys, comics, an animated show and a big fan event in New York in 2014; now only the animated series remains. As of this moment, no season 3 is confirmed and less than twenty season 2 episodes have yet to be aired. Could Sonic Boom be on the way out? Funnily enough, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice was the only Sonic game to release during the 25th anniversary timeframe, making it technically the 25th anniversary game. A Japan only special edition with 25th anniversary swag supports this.

Galloping Ghost Arcade celebrates 600 games with SEGA’s Star Wars Arcade

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I really lucked out when I ended up buying a house 15 minutes away from the Galloping Ghost Arcade. Opened in 2010 in Brookfield, IL, Galloping Ghost Arcade has fast become the largest arcade in the world with 599 games available to play. Yesterday, that total hit 600 with a Mystery Monday reveal of SEGA AM3 and LucasArts’ Star Wars Arcade. This Model 1 game released in 1993 to Japanese arcades and remained an exclusive. Few machines are known to exist, with only three listed on Aurcade as being publicly playable in the US. The game is best known for its SEGA 32X port, which is a faithful home version of the game. However, having now played both I have to say that the arcade version feels much bigger and livelier, with a higher polygon count, more ships and more hazards. Interestingly, I did not notice the Y-Wing as being playable in the arcade version, with the one and two player co-op modes both piloting the X-Wing fighter.

SEGA News Bits: Sonic Runners Adventure Leaked

Sonic Runners Adventure has leaked by way of a very limited early release in select territories. Despite the game technically being released, SEGA remains quiet… but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it! On this SEGA News Bits, George and Barry discuss the reworked Sonic Runners, what is different, what is the same and what we think of the new version of the game.

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SEGAbits at E3 2017 Interview: Sam Mullen – Yakuza Kiwami & Yakuza 6

Our E3 coverage continues with an interview with Sam Mullen, Senior Localization Producer of SEGA products at Atlus U.S.A., who has worked on Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. We talk to Sam about these upcoming games in the Yakuza series and what both longtime fans and newcomers can expect.

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SEGAbits at E3 2017 Interview: Aaron Webber – Sonic Mania & Sonic Forces

Our E3 coverage continues with an interview with Aaron Webber, PR and Social Media Manager for Sonic the Hedgehog. SEGAbits swingin’ reporter Kori-Maru asks Aaron about the upcoming Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, including questions about the recently revealed villains trailer and the mysterious Infinite.

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Forces E3 Gameplay Reaction

New Sonic Forces gameplay footage has been revealed ahead of E3, detailing the demo content visitors to SEGA’s booth can expect. In this SEGA News Bits, George and Barry discuss the new Classic Sonic, Modern Sonic and Custom Hero gameplay video. How does it compare to past 3D Sonic games? How about that Custom Hero?

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SEGA sends us a love note and a retro SEGA Forever mixtape

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I think SEGA wants to date us. I mean, they sent us a SEGA mixtape and included a love note. We’re not going to say no, we are a fan site of course! Actually, the mixtape and included note and pen are a clever way to launch the upcoming SEGA Forever, which we guessed to be a retro SEGA games collection for mobile which will include arcade and SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive titles. As the SEGA Forever social media accounts hint, Comix Zone will be the first title with Crazy Taxi likely being grandfathered in. There is no evidence, yet, that this is a subscription service and we’re sure to learn more late this week or early next. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at the tape and note (and pen)!

[Updated] E3 2017: Sonic Forces trailer reveals the ultimate villain team-up

The E3 trailer for Sonic Forces has landed, and for the most part there is nothing new to be seen. Clips of the recently revealed demo stages appear and then… what’s this!? It turns out not only is Eggman the villain, but so too are Shadow, Metal Sonic, Chaos, Zavok and a brand new villain and an infinity symbol! Who is this red square tossing bad guy? I guess we have a whole lot more to chew on before the game releases holiday 2017.

From the team that brought you Sonic Colors and Generations, comes the next exciting title in the Sonic franchise: Sonic Forces. Experience fast-paced action as Modern Sonic, thrilling platforming as Classic Sonic, and utilize powerful new gadgets as your own custom Hero Character. Help Sonic fight back to reclaim the world from Dr. Eggman and a powerful, mysterious new villain.

After the break, read the full press release from SEGA and view new art!

SEGA News Bits: Sonic Mania Chemical Plant Zone & Green Hill Zone Act 2 Boss Revealed

E3 is upon us, and with it comes new Sonic Mania details! In this SEGA News Bits, Barry and George discuss the recently revealed Chemical Plant Zone and the reveal of the Green Hill Zone boss. Also discussed is the game’s length, SEGA’s marketing efforts and more!

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E3 2017: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life trailer

Releasing early 2018 to PlayStation 4 and playable at SEGA’s E3 booth, the much anticipated Yakuza 6: The Song of Life has an official E3 trailer!

Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima (and the main protagonist of SEGA’s long-running Yakuza franchise) will find out exactly how much people are willing to sacrifice for family – be those ties through blood or bond – when Yakuza 6: The Song of Life releases in the West. The game is coming to consoles only on PlayStation 4, and thanks to the new “Dragon Engine,” is the most advanced Yakuza title to date. From the unparalleled realism of the new setting of Onomichi, a beautiful, sleepy port town in Hiroshima Prefecture, to the latest evolution of Kamurocho, the biggest red light district in Tokyo, Yakuza 6 is the ultimate iteration the game’s blend of gritty crime story, hyper-explosive combat, and all the vices and distractions those locales have to offer. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be localized by SEGA and published in the Americas and Europe in physical and digital formats in early 2018.

SEGAbits is attending E3 2017, so be on the lookout for our impressions on the game soon!

Analysis: SEGA Forever reveal incoming, hints at a mobile retro SEGA games lineup

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Last week George and I discussed what SEGA Forever possibly could be based on an iOS release of Comix Zone in the Philippines. Now, the social accounts for SEGA Forever (created back in November 2016) have become active and are teasing what we guessed SEGA Forever could be. The Twitter account teases the title screen to Comix Zone, while the Facebook account shows art from the same game.

E3 2017: Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania bosses and additional gameplay revealed

The Twitch E3 2017 Pre Pre Show had Aaron Webber on as a guest to preview what Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania content will be playable at SEGA’s booth. The segment, which can be seen in full here, showed off the previously unseen Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone Act 2 boss which turned out to be Dr. Eggman’s giant end boss mech from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Meanwhile, Sonic Forces showed off the Classic Sonic Green Hill Zone boss which turned out to be modern Eggman swinging a giant saw blade before bringing out the Egg Dragoon, previously seen in Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Generations.

Also showcased was a modern Sonic Sonic Forces stage. Worth noting, the Sonic Forces world map classifies the stages as “Sonic Stage”, “Classic Stage” and “Avatar Stage”. Also, during the classic Sonic boss battle in Sonic Forces, modern Eggman refers to classic Sonic as being from another dimension. Uh-oh, is Iizuka messing with canon again?

SEGA News Bits: What Is SEGA Forever?

You asked and we’re attempting to answer: What is SEGA Forever? On this SEGA News Bits, Barry and George dig through what we know about the mysterious SEGA Networks project titled “SEGA Forever” and attempt to guess that could, or could not, end up being. Have your own theories? Let us know in the comments below!

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