Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps – Part 2 features Metal Sonic versus Sonic the Hedgehog

SEGA has released the second – and FINAL – Sonic Colors Ultimate Rise of the Wisps animated web short, which promises more Metal Sonic, more Jade Ghost wisp and a resolution to the story kicked off in part 1. Instead of spoiling the plot, I’d ask you to watch the video above! Here’s hoping SEGA produces more animated web shorts to promote their upcoming Sonic games, and uses this animation style for future projects.

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Sonic and Tails speed their way to Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania as playable characters

To celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary, roll around puzzling world and collect rings as Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles “Tails” Prower in their classic iterations from the Sega Genesis (Sega Mega Drive) days by unlocking them in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania for free on all platforms through normal gameplay when the game launches for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S|X on October 5, 2021!


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Fans celebrate 30 years of Sonic the Hedgehog in community spotlight video – Hey, there’s us!

SEGA has released a 30+ minute video celebrating Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th anniversary by spotlighting those in the fan community who have a passion for and, in many cases, contributed to the legacy of the character through events, interviews, videos and more. At 12 minutes and 20 seconds, yours truly appears sharing memories of Sonic and looking ahead to the future. Also featured, at 33 minutes and 38 seconds, is SEGAbits contributor and longtime community member Kori-Maru. Check the video out for yourself, and after the break you can see the fullscreen video of our own contribution.

Thank you to SEGA for highlighting the community and fan sites and please, please do more of this stuff!

New described details on modes and features showcased in Sonic Colors Ultimate Japanese Website

The official Japanese website for Sonic Colors Ultimate has been updated with descriptions on the new modes and features that will be included in the upcoming remaster which were also shared on the spotlight video that was uploaded by the official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube Channel. Hit the jump for screenshots and descriptions on each mode and features coming to Sonic Colors Ultimate.

Sonic & Friends Join Minecraft as DLC pack to celebrate 30th anniversary

If you are a hybrid Sonic and Minecraft fan, SEGA and Microsoft have a big announcement for you! It looks like you’ll be able to get stage decorations for both Green Hill Zone and Chemical Plant Zone. It also seems like you’ll be joined by Sonic’s friends including Tails, Knuckles and Knuckles.

Check out the screenshots to see more. It also seems that Microsoft will have a special server event for Sonic’s birthday, which is set to last two weeks! With something special happening one of those weekends.

You’re Already Dead! Try out Sonic the Hedgehog in Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE collaboration event on June 19th

If you own Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE for IOS and Android devices, there will be a collaboration event held on June 19th and will feature Sonic the Hedgehog as a playable character to celebrate the Sonic series 30th anniversary. In order to have him in your team, you would need to obtain Sonic the Hedgehog Fragments during the event to earn the collaboration character UR, “Sonic the Hedgehog”.

This will be one of Sonic’s few appearances in Mature rated games starting with Phantasy Star Online 2 and Lost Judgment which will feature Sonic the Fighters as an arcade minigame. Check below for artwork and in game screenshots of Sonic the Hedgehog.

SEGA Talk #72: Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Comics Retrospective (Issues 0-38)

Sonic the Hedgehog turns 30 this month, and we jump all the way back to November 1992 when Archie kicked off their long running Sonic comic series on this SEGA Talk! Those early years were very different from the days of the notorious Ken Penders and the reboot artist Ian Flynn. Learn about the inception of the comics, the original mini-series and highlights from the first 38 issues.

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Sonic Central: Free in-game Sonic the Hedgehog characters and items coming to Two Point Hospital and Tokyo 2020

Sonic Central announced that in celebration of Sonic’s 30th anniversary, there will be free in game items coming to Two Point Hospital. The items include Sonic costumes, SEGA arcade machines and more! Also revealed, the upcoming Tokyo 2020 video game will feature Sonic as a playable costume. But not just any Sonic, the body costume seen at live events! Check out a screenshot after the break.

Roger Craig Smith RETURNS – Sonic the Hedgehog Voice Actor Reassumes Role

Back in January, we shared the sad news that Roger Craig Smith was leaving the role of Sonic the Hedgehog. Today, on May 26th, Roger Craig Smith announced that he will be returning to the role. Something seemed up when yesterday’s Unstoppable trailer featured the familiar voice of Roger, without the Sonic inflection, as the narrator. Said Roger in a Tweet: “I can’t fully express my gratitude for the @sonic_hedgehog
crew and community. I hope to honor your support and passion as I’m officially back voicing #SonicTheHedgehog in games. Can’t wait for ya to see what we have planned! THANK YOU…from the bottom of my blue heart.”

While the fanbase will no doubt debate why Roger left and returned, this is great news for fans of his portrayal and a great decision by SEGA and Sonic Team as we enter the 30th anniversary. Welcome back, Roger!

Unstoppable: Sonic The Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Trailer Releases – May 27th Digital Event Announced

SEGA has kicked off Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th anniversary with a new trailer, titled Unstoppable, as well as the announcement of an online event. The trailer showcases Sonic’s impact on kids over the past 30 years, and how those kids grew up to be influenced by the franchise. Nothing real meaty is revealed, but it’s very well produced and a nice way to start the celebrations.

If you want spicy news, look no further than Sonic Central, a digital event planned for May 27th, 2021 at 9am PT, 12pm ET. The event takes place on the Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube and Twitch channels featuring SEGA’s Sonic Team joined by special guests to reveal upcoming projects, partnerships and events spanning the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and beyond.

Has SEGA Ever Officially Called Sonic the Hedgehog “Sonic 1”?

I want to talk about Sonic 1. Specifically, the term “Sonic 1”.

Following the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in 1992, fans began to call the first game “Sonic 1”. The name is an easy way to differentiate the original 1991 game from Sonic the Hedgehog the comic series or the junior novel or OVA or 2006 game or 2020 movie or even the character himself. Fans have even given the Master System and Game Gear Sonic the Hedgehog the name “Sonic 8-bit” to make things less confusing.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie News: Knuckles, GUN and Robotnik Revealed!

The sequel to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is currently shooting in Canada and those lucky enough to be living in or visiting Fort Langley have been seeing a lot of what will end up on screen. We’re a bit late to the news, so I figured a roundup of what has been revealed is in order. First up, as seen above, Knuckles is confirmed to be in the movie as revealed via CGI stand-ins used for lighting and framing references. Designs for Sonic and Tails appear to be retained, and it also appears that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be using the Sonic Boom rule of Knuckles being taller than all the other animal characters.

IDW announces Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Deluxe Edition

You hungry for some Sonic news? IDW has announced Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Deluxe Edition, an anniversary collection featuring classic Sonic and friends in a new story from Ian Flynn as well as additional stories from “some of Sonic’s biggest fans” and bonus content. Who are these “biggest fans”? My hope are guest artists and writers from other IDW projects, but we’ll see!

The hardcover 96 page book is due to release October 5, 2021, and will be priced at $19.99. You can find pre-order links at Penguin Random House’s website.