Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice Japanese Pre-Order Items Are Very Tempting


It seems that SEGA of Japan will be having some really tempting Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary themed pre-order items for the upcoming Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (called Sonic Toon in Japan) on the Nintendo 3DS. The Japanese site (You can buy the set on Play Asia outside of Japan) has two versions Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, one being just a pre-order for the game and a Sonic 25th Anniversary set  which comes with the following:

  • Flat acrylic cut outs of Sonic the Hedgehog doing random poses and even has one of him sleeping. There are 7 patterns in total and it comes with a stand to display the cut outs (one at a time of course). Perfect to put around your desk. Note: while it looks like classic Sonic, he still has green eyes.
  • Sonic 25th Anniversary Mug which is a blue wrap around design featuring a white outline of Sonic’s head. On the other side of the mug we have a small cute, chubby classic Sonic.
  • Sonic 25th Anniversary 3D Crystal which looks pretty awesome (video of how it looks below). It is a crystal cube with 3D stereoscopic laser engraving of classic Sonic doing his famous finger wage pose and the Sonic 25th Anniversary logo in the back. The crystal changes color depending on the angle as well! The item is 50 × 80 × 50mm in size.
  • Sonic 25th Anniversary Nintendo 3DS theme. This digital theme will cycle through eras of Sonic’s 25 years as you select things in the Nintendo 3DS main menu. So far this digital Nintendo 3DS theme has only been shown for the Japanese release. You can see that in motion after the jump.

So how much is this all going to cost you? The Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice 25th Anniversary pre-order set costs 9,504 yen not including shipping (about $95 USD) and comes with all the items pictured here along with a copy of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice. The set won’t ship until the games Japanese release date of October 27th, 2016. Of course since the Nintendo 3DS is region locked, that a Japanese copy of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice would be useless but look at the sweet 3D crystal! Want to see more of that Sonic 25th Anniversary 3D crystal in action? Hit that jump.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night announced for Playstation Vita

Atlus announced a bunch of new Persona games today, one of which is a game funky student would be proud of called Persona 4: Dancing All Night. This game is developed by Dingo, a developer known for the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva games for PSP.

This game will be coming out exclusively for Playtation Vita sometime in 2014 in Japan.

A look at SEGA’s Hero Bank promotional items, including branded toilet paper


Hero Bank is the latest project by Yakuza Team head Toshihiro Nagoshi (Yakuza, Super Monkey Ball), a 3DS RPG. Above is toilet paper that SEGA will be giving out as part of a swag bag at the ‘Next Generation World Hobby Fair’. Yes, toilet paper, what a way to set expectations for your upcoming game by giving people paper to wipe their ass.

The package also comes with a poster, stickers, Yen notepad, and a handy bag. Check out the photos below.

Live from the SEGA E3 Booth

Hi guys, I’m writing this from the SEGA booth right now. Nothing too newsworthy, but I thought I’d give you guys an update on what’s going down.

Aliens: Colonial Marines is playable for the first time without having to wait in a massive line. It’s still multiplayer only, and I can still only play marines, but you can bet it’ll be written about here.

Joe Musashi is playable in the ASR demo as well, and we also have Jet Set Radio lanyards!

Finally, someone from the Monkey Ball team is at the booth, and it’s not Toshihiro Nagoshi. Does the name Jun Tokuhara ring any bells? He’s been with the series since the beginning, and he is here now for the Vita entry.

Sonic Boom shirt and button winners are…

[This is what the post would have been like in the early ’90s]

We have now picked three winners for our Sonic Boom shirts and buttons contest, which actually went online the day of Sonic’s 20th birthday. Isn’t that a neat fact. So who won?

  1. Jermaine Taris (boondocksamurai)
  2. Sara (Saraluna23)
  3. Bex

If you won, contact us with the subject line “Sonic Boom shirt & buttons winner”. Specify if you want the merchandise signed, the size of shirt desired, and your mailing address. Winners have a week to get their information to us. If not, we will give away the prizes to someone else who entered.

Didn’t win? We have 2 more shirts to giv eaway. How do you get them? WE WILL GIVE YOU DETAILS ON THE SWINGIN’ REPORT SHOW PODCAST THIS FRIDAY!

Sonic Boom t-shirt and buttons giveaway

Celebrating Sonic’s birthday? We are too, by giving away some Sonic Boom swag for those of you that didn’t make it to the event. Here’s what we have to give away:

  • 3 Sonic Boom shirts
  • 3 Sonic Generations buttons
(Winner gets one of each item. Contest open worldwide. Shirt sizes available: S, M, L, XL. Contest closes on Wednesday.)

How do you enter? We want to hear your Sonic story. Tell us how you were introduced to the blue blur and what made you fall in love with the franchise. You can send your e-mails here. Also, make the email subject “Sonic 20th anniversary contest.”

The SOA staff said they are willing to sign the swag. If you win, whether you want your swag signed will be up to you. Thanks to all the SOA people for supporting this site and contest by giving fans sweet swag. We love it.

Japanese Sonic 20th Anniversary swag is awesome

Here are some of the plushies, chocolates and other items Japanese consumers will be able to grab up this year to celebrate Sonic’s 20th birthday.

If you hit the source there are other food-related items and a shirt. Everyone likes shirts, right?

[Source: Famitsu]

Want to donate to Japan relief and get some cool SEGA swag?

Well, you still can. It looks like SEGA Of America is about done auctioning off their items, having raised thousands of dollars by selling rare merchandise on eBay the past couple of weeks.

Well, they still have a few items up. If you’re into cosplay, two Valkyria Chronicles uniforms are up for grabs, as well as some Aliens Vs. Predator games, a rare Sonic & Tails 1992 SEGA watch, and more.

Get them while you still can, and help out a truly noble cause.

[Source: SEGA]

Sonic Colours Limited Edition comes with toys

OK, so we here in the US we get a Sonic scalp if pre-order. The  lucky sons of Britain get a Limited Edition version with action figures? Why, SEGA why?! Actually seems that the Limited Edition packaging will be coming out for Pal buyers, not just the UK.

Well, maybe I can send like 34 whiny letters to SEGA Europe’s community team, want to see them sort through that! The game comes out November, got your pre-orders in?

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

SEGA 16-bit console war dog tags

SEGA used “Pirate TV” as a advertising campaign for the SEGA Mega Drive (US: Genesis) in Britain. The dog tag above was given to a UKR reader by SEGA during a event to try out the Mega CD  and Sonic 2.

This is where I talk about how in my day, console wars where fought on the playground, not behind a computers.  You get the idea.

The Resonance of Fate winner is…

So it is time to announce the winner for the Resonance of Fate giveaway, the winner is… Joseph Carter. Funny thing, he is one of the few people to actually get the comparison right. If you didn’t know, there were 4 things wrong with the photo.

  • Sonic Team logo in the left, top corner. (you did not have to say it was a Sonic Team logo. Just that there was something)
  • Leanne ‘s flower is missing in the doctored shot.
  • Leanne’s necklace is missing in the doctored shot.
  • One of Zephyr’s buttons is missing from his coat.

The items will be shipped out tomorrow (this includes the Valkyria Chronicles ones as well). Talking about tomorrow, we will also have a BIG prize to give away. Details posted tomorrow.

Giveaway: Valkyria Chronicles game, artbook and strategy guide

What do you have to do to win the above? Simple. Just look at the original and doctored photo below, contact us (header: VC contest) with the differences and you will be entered to win.

Original | Doctored

The contest will run for 1 week, ending on May 17th, 2010. The contest is open to anyone in the world. One submission per person. 3 runner ups will get a Sands of Destruction wrist bands and Resonance of Fate sampler cds.

Another contest will start next week. To get information on that follow us

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