Check out Sonic Origins: Speed Strats Series; An Informative Series Covering Past Sonic Titles to Newcomers

SEGA recently published two episode of Sonic Origins Speed Strats by Strategy Guide PR, bringing players up to speed on all things Sonic Origins, the remastered multi-game collection of the original Sonic titles. The series covers the original Sonic collection with information on each game on lore, objectives and game play mechanics featured exclusively in Sonic Origins.

This series also will help newcomers understand the original roots of the Sonic the Hedgehog series which I think is perfect timing after the release of Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie. If you missed the first episode, you could check out the video here.

Sonic Origins will launch digitally, starting at $39.99 USD on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch™ family of systems and PC on June 23.

The Unofficial SEGA-centric Fan Event Returns After 4 Years; Sonic & SEGA Fan Jam REMIX Event & Kickstarter Pre-Sale Dates Details

After four years of absence, Sonic & SEGA Fan Jam returns for another exciting gaming event celebrating the legacy of SEGA video games and will be the essential experience for fans of Sonic the Hedgehog, Yakuza, Persona, Virtua Fighter, Super Monkey Ball and other SEGA games old and new! As always, there will be games, special guests, artists, content creators, panels, contests, and much more. It is a not-for-profit event and this year’s theme will be inspired by SEGA’s focus on revitalizing classic IPs for the modern audience, hence the term “REMIX” in the title. While previous events took place in Savannah, GA, over the years, this year’s event will take place in Marietta, Georgia at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta & Conference Center on Saturday, November 12th with a Kickstarter badge pre-sale launching on Tuesday, May 17th with amazing reward tiers.

Here are the guests announced for the event so far:

Industry/Voice Actor Guest

Corey Marshall (Shenmue)
Eric Kelso (Virtua Fighter, Shenmue, F-Zero GX)
Lisle Wilkerson (Virtua Fighter, Crazy Taxi, Shenmue)

Sonic & SEGA Fan Community/Content Creators

Sam Procrastinates (Sonic Community)
Chaomix (Sonic Community)
SomeCallMeJohnny (YouTube)
AntDude (YouTube)
Skye Rocket (Music)
Victor McKnight (Music)
TreasureHuntingSonic (Sonic Community)

More guests to be announced soon. You have questions regarding the event or like to receive updates, you can follow the event through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

SEGA and Gamefam announces Sonic Speed Simulator for Roblox

UPDATE: Check out gameplay footage on GameFam Studios Twitter

Today, Gamefam and SEGA announced Sonic Speed Simulator for Roblox, bringing the iconic blue blur to the platform for the first time ever. This marks the first time a world-renowned AAA gaming character has been officially featured on the platform.

Sonic Speed Simulator is the fastest game in Roblox and players will be able to level up and gain speed by running through multiple unique worlds while racing against friends to earn rewards. Players can also expect regular weekly updates and earn an exclusive community Sonic the Hedgehog skin once the game has received 10,000 “likes” from players.

Hit the jump to view the press release and screenshots.

The House of the Dead: Remake Review – A Decent, Yet Deadly Fun Remake (Nintendo Switch)

The House of the Dead series has been regarded as one of SEGA’s successful arcade franchises over the years with the first title debuting in arcades worldwide in 1997. What makes this series so special to many of us SEGA fans are the following things: Horror elements with blood & gore, fast paced action, and of course, its cheesy voice acting; most notably, The House of the Dead 2 being the most popular titles in this long running franchise. Many of The House of the Dead titles have seen near arcade perfect ports on multiple consoles from Dreamcast to PlayStation 3 with the exception of the original game that started it all, which was only ported to the SEGA Saturn and Windows PC in 1998. 

New House of the Dead: Remake reveals new gameplay footage and release date

It’s been quite some time since the announcement of The House of the Dead Remake published by Forever Entertainment, the same publishers behind the Panzer Dragoon Remake. Today, Forever Entertainment released a new trailer for the upcoming arcade light gun remake that reveals new gameplay footage featuring cutscenes, creatures, and the infamous voice acting from the original game remade from the ground up. The trailer also revealed the release date of the game which is set for April 7th with pre-orders opening on March 31st for the Nintendo Switch.

What did you think of the new trailer of The House of the Dead: Remake? Let us know in the comments below.

SEGA Announces Partnership With JAKKS Pacific For Netflix Series Sonic Prime

SEGA announced a partnership with JAKKS Pacific, Inc. for the animated Sonic Prime Netflix series, continuing a long history of collaboration between the two companies. This new Sonic Prime line will bring action figures, playsets, vehicles, plush and other collectibles to life inspired by the Blue Blur’s next adventure, along with accessories produced in tandem with Disguise, Inc., available in 2023.

Hit the jump to read the full press.

SEGA Announces Sonic the Hedgehog x Tesla Partnership

SEGA has announced that the company will be partnering up with Tesla to bring the original Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) to Tesla’s in-car gaming console for older and newer models. Passengers will be able to play the classic title that started it all on the SEGA Genesis in all Tesla models around the world via the built-in display screen in conjunction with a handheld controller connected through the car’s USB ports. Here is the press email description on the Sonic the Hedgehog x Tesla partnership:

“Get ready, Sonic fans! SEGA has just announced a partnership with Tesla to bring Sonic the Hedgehog 1, the game that started it all, to Tesla’s in-car gaming console for both existing and new models. Passengers turn into players as they race at lightning speed across classic zones to defeat enemies on a mission to save the world from the evil Dr. Eggman, all in the comfort of their own car!

SEGA is excited to partner with Tesla to bring this iconic Sonic title to their extensive gaming library. Sonic the Hedgehog 1 will be available in all Tesla models around the world via the built-in display screen in conjunction with a handheld controller connected through the car’s USB ports. Now no matter where you travel, Sonic can come along with you!”

Let us know what you think about the Sonic the Hedgehog and Tesla partnership on the comments below!

Sonic Frontiers revealed at The Game Awards 2021

We finally received news at the Game Awards with not only the announcement of the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie trailer, we also got a quick look at Sonic Frontiers which is set to be released this Holiday 2022 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Here are the details on Sonic Frontiers:

“Worlds will collide in Sonic the Hedgehog’s newest adventure. An experience like never before, accelerate to new heights and experience the thrill of high velocity open-zone freedom. Battle powerful enemies as you speed through the Starfall Islands – landscapes brimming with dense forests, overflowing waterfalls, sizzling deserts and more! Planned for Holiday 2022.

According to Game Informer, Frontiers is an open-world game developed by Sonic Team Japan and led by Sonic Forces/Sonic Lost World director, Morio Kishimoto. Sonic embarks on an adventure to the Starfall Islands, a collection of forests, deserts, waterfalls, among other biomes. It’s unsure what to expect, but based on the trailer, Sonic has some titanic opposition standing in his way. Ian Flynn has also been announced that he will pen the story for the title.

Hit the jump to check out the screenshots.

Yakuza Collaboration DLC Pack coming to Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown on December 8th

On the recent Virtua Fighter esports Official Broadcast, Seiji Aoki provided new information on the next upcoming downloadable content for Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown.

The upcoming downloadable content will be collaborating with the Yakuza series celebrating the series 16th anniversary featuring 650 items, 19 costume types, 19 costumes of the iconic characters from the Yakuza franchise such as Akira Yuki with Kazuma Kiryu clothes. The DLC will also feature 20 BGM from the Yakuza series, 20 Virtua Fighter 3 BGM (Arranged), and new 40 stamps.

The Yakuza Collaboration DLC pack for Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown will be released on December 8th for $10.

 

Sakura Wars characters to appear in Super Robot Wars 30 as part of the first DLC pack

Bandai Namco Entertainment recently released a new trailer for Super Robot Wars 30, a popular tactical RPG series that brings characters and robots from a variety of mecha anime together to battle their mutual foes, with mainline Sakura Wars key characters (Ichiro Ogami, Sakura Shinguji, Erica Fontaine, Shinjiro Taiga and Gemini Sunrise) will appear as part of the first DLC pack under the Deluxe Edition. What a way to continue to support Sakura Wars series beyond its 25th anniversary!

Super Robot Wars 30 will be available for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam on October 27th.

 

 

After 20 years, the manga version of “Skies of Arcadia” will be published electronically in 2022 only in Japan

Today, October 5th 2021, marks the 21st anniversary of Skies of Arcadia (aka Eternal Arcadia) in Japan and former Map Designer of the game, Kenji Hiruta, made an announcement that the Skies of Arcadia manga will be published electronically in 2022 only in Japan.

The short-lived serialization was a tie-in to the video game of the same name released in 2000. Illustrated by the game’s concept artist, HOSHI Itsuki, and written by the game’s official story consultant, FUJIMOTO Junya, it was briefly published in Gekkan Magazine Z, and was never collected in tankoubon format.

With the support from fans and Kenji Hiruta long journey in negotiating with SEGA and the publisher along with finding the mysterious person who was involved with the serialization, a tremendous miracle was achieved.

You can read his entire blog post on the process on how Kenji Hiruta was able to get the manga version of Skies of Arcadia published here. Fingers crossed if he can get the English version published for the western audience.

 

Lost Judgment DLC announced; featuring Extension Packs and Story DLC, The Kaito Files

It’s finally September and Lost Judgment, the sequel to Judgment, is around the corner. For those who purchase digital deluxe & ultimate editions of the game will be treated with tons of extra content. The contents will include:

Digital Deluxe – Detective Essentials Pack & School Stories Expansion Pack which will include extra detective dogs, Master System games, additional girlfriend, battle Super Shin Amon and more.

Digital Ultimate – The Kaito Files which will feature 10 hours of story content and the chance to play as Kaito.

Get Early Access from September 21st by pre-ordering the Digital Deluxe and Digital Ultimate Editions now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. Standard editions of Lost Judgment will be released on September 24th.

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Monster Rancher’s Suezo rolls into Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania as DLC!

SEGA has announced another newcomer entering the Super Monkey Ball World. The magical worlds of Monster Rancher and Super Monkey Ball collide as Suezo rolls into Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania! Collect CDs as Suezo as you blast through multiple puzzling worlds.

Suezo will be a post-launch DLC character, launching October 19th for $4.99 will be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S|X when Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania launches on October 5th, 2021.

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Hello Kitty joins the gang in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania as DLC!

An unexpected guest character has entered the world of Super Monkey Ball as pop culture icon, Hello Kitty will be joining the cast in Banana Mania as DLC for $4.99. While playing as Hello Kitty, you will be able to collect apples around each level as you progress.

The Hello Kitty DLC will be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S|X when Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania launches on October 5th, 2021.

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Phantom Thief, Morgana, joins the Monkey Gang in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania as post-launch DLC!

An announcement was made at this year’s Gamescom Opening Night Live that some of you might have never seen coming as Persona 5’s Phantom Thief, Morgana, will be joining the Monkey Gang in Super Monkey Ball as a post-launch DLC character and will feature the ability to collect treasure boxes across numerous stages. The feisty Phantom Thief will arrive on November 2nd for $4.99 USD (or equivalent) across all platforms. Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania will be available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S|X on October 5, 2021.

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