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March2012

  • Rumour Vectorman May Finally Come to Virtual Console

    Rated Down Under

    Fed up with never completing the epic storyline of SEGA's Vectorman series on Virtual Console? You may be able to play series closer Vectorman 2 on Virtual Console in the near future. The good old Australian Classification Board has rated Vectorman 2 for "multiple platforms". Virtual Console may be included in that — we...

  • News SEGA: "Sonic VC Games Will Stay in Europe"

    Good news, everyone

    Last week we reported that SEGA is dropping four Sonic games from the Japanese Virtual Console, and naturally our thoughts turned to if and how this would affect users outside Japan. We've now heard back from SEGA Europe with good news. A SEGA representative confirmed that these removals "will not affect Europe, only...

  • Feature The Life and Times of SEGA's Game Gear

    Black beauty

    Ask any gamer of a certain age which handheld they grew up with and the overwhelming response will be "Game Boy". Long before the Pokémon explosion of the late 90s, Nintendo's portable dominated the competition — not even closest competitor SEGA could upset the balance with the release of its Game Gear in the early part of...

  • News SEGA Drops Four Sonic Games from Japanese VC

    Are we next?

    SEGA is taking four Sonic games off the Virtual Console in Japan. The Mega Drive/Genesis games Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic & Knuckles will all be removed from sale on 30th March, along with Sonic the Hedgehog on Master System. There's currently no word on whether these games will re

February2012

  • News SEGA AM2's First 3DS Project is Not Virtua Fighter

    No, it's not Daytona or OutRun either

    Legendary SEGA development team AM2 has created some of the greatest arcade games ever: Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA, OutRun and more. So the studio's first game for 3DS has to be something really exciting, right? Well, it is if you like super-deformed vocaloids with blue hair. That's not to say that Hatsune Miku...

  • News SEGA, Capcom and Namco Bandai Tease 3DS Project

    Big names, secret game

    SEGA, Capcom and Namco Bandai are collaborating on a secret Nintendo 3DS project. The game, which Namco Bandai will publish, has no name or genre so far, just a teaser site available. What do you think these three giant companies could be cooking up for 3DS?

  • News Game Gear Games Reach Japan VC Next Month

    Are we far behind?

    The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console service will get its first Game Gear games next month. Andriasang reports the service will get its next new system on 14th March, launching with Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble, Dragon Crystal and Shinobi. The games will cost ¥300 each — that's about £2.40 or $3.75. Ho

  • News See, Kids? Sonic and Mario Weren't Always Friends

    A little history lesson

    Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games might have been SEGA's biggest seller of last year, but don't let it fool you: it's an uneasy alliance. Sonic Wrecks recently posted a video from SEGA's official library that dates way back to 1992, from a time when the plumber-hedgehog rivalry was at boiling point. Just...

  • News CRUSH3D Demo to Hit Europe's eShop This Week

    In your dreams

    We mean it: this week sees a demo of SEGA puzzler CRUSH3D hit the 3DS eShop in Europe. We recently took on the game and gave it a respectable 7/10 in our CRUSH3D review, but you'll be able to see what you think when the demo hits Europe this Thursday. You can check out the full Nintendo Download for 9th February 2012 (Europe).

  • News Mario & Sonic London Olympics Sprints to 2m Sales

    Going for gold

    SEGA's latest — perhaps last — Wii game, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games has sold over two million copies since its November release. The mediocre outing reached 2.39m sales in the last quarter, easily dwarfing sales of the far superior Sonic Generations on PS3, 360, PC and stablemate Sonic Generations on 3DS: across all four versions, Generations managed a..

January2012

  • Rumour Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Sequel for 3DS and Wii U

    Wheelie?

    Some dismissed Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing as a SEGA-themed Mario Kart wannabe, but was obviously superior for including Shenmue protagonist Ryo Hazuki as a playable character (wait, what?). According to a new rumour, there could be a follow-up in the works at developer Sumo Digital. The Sonic Stadium received a tip that claims the series is heading to 3DS and Wii U, with an..

  • News Finally, Shouting at Donkey Kong Makes a Difference

    "You stupid ape!"

    SEGA's Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games uses just about every input the 3DS has to offer, but it's the weightlifting event that looks to make best use of the machine's microphone. As the new trailer below shows, you can shout at your character to give them an extra bit of power. While it might make you look a bit...

  • News CRUSH 3D Delayed Again in North America

    Now due in March

    Poor old CRUSH 3D. SEGA's layer-squashing puzzle title was originally supposed to release in September last year, then was delayed until January 2012 to give the 3DS a chance to build up some sales steam. Now the machine's done just that, it's time for Cru... oh. It's been delayed again. GameStop now lists the game with a 6th March...

December2011

  • News SEGA Confirms No WiiWare Outing for Sonic 4: Episode II

    Sad times

    SEGA's digital brand manager Ken Balough has confirmed that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II will not make it to Wii. In a post on the SEGA forum, Balough confirmed it wouldn't appear on Nintendo's home console: But no - the reason Episode I was on the Wii was because we wanted to bring the Sonic 4 saga to the widest possible audience...

  • News Sonic 4: Episode II Revealed, No Nintendo Formats Mentioned

    No 'Ware in sight

    SEGA finally made Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II official with a teaser trailer, but the first video makes no mention of any Nintendo formats. The teaser's closing screen mentions the following formats: PS3 (i.e. PlayStation NetworkXbox 360 (i.e. Xbox Live)Android MarketWindows PhoneApp Store. Of course that doesn't mean we definitely won't see the game on WiiWare or the 3DS..

  • News Sonic 4: Episode II Teaser Trailer Due Tomorrow

    It's got a nice ring to it

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I seems all but a distant memory now, but SEGA is ready to revitalise your nostalgia for 2D Sonic games by officially revealing Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II tomorrow. Gamespot will have the exclusive teaser trailer tomorrow, with SEGA brand manager Ken Balough keen to emphasise its...

  • News Learn the Story of CRUSH 3D In This Trailer

    It was a dark and stormy night

    SEGA's CRUSH3D is ready to hit 3DS in early 2012, and now you can get a feel for the story that sets the whole thing up. The game is a dimension-squashing puzzler: main character Danny can compress — or "crush" — three-dimensional stages into two dimensions for easy passage. It's a lot simpler than it sounds: a recent CRUSH3D tutorial trailer might make..

November2011

  • News This Is The Sonic Generations Storyline Comic Strip

    Try to keep up

    Sonic Generations is out in Europe today, and what better way to celebrate than a comic strip explaining the game's story? Using still shots from the game's rendered intro — only available in the HD version, sadly — the strip sets up exactly why two eras of Sonic find themselves racing through the same stages. It also contains some very finely detailed digital cookies, if that..

  • News Sneaking, Scoffing and Soccer in Rhythm Thief Trailer

    The game that has it all

    SEGA's Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure is one of the more... original looking titles on the way to 3DS in the coming months, as the new gameplay video below ably shows. From playing football (soccer) in the street to pulling poses to blend in with topiary, the game rivals even Elite Beat Agents for oddness, and looks all the better for it. Excited gamers in North..

  • News Learn to Crush in 3D with New Training Trailer

    We've got a crush

    SEGA's CRUSH3D — the story of an insomniac who compresses three-dimensional space to cure his illness — isn't like other games. That's probably one of the reasons why SEGA just sent over a new trailer showing how you play the game, due out in early 2012. Let the silky-voiced narrator explain (in quite some detail) how to manoeuvre Danny through his nightmarish world, solving..

  • News SEGA Opens Official Sonic Merchandise Store for Europe

    Just in time for Christmas

    Sonic's 20th anniversary may have been five months ago, but the celebrations continue all year round, as SEGA has just opened a new official store dedicated to its mascot. Sonic Merchandise currently serves the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and France with officially endorsed products including t-shirts, toys, posters,...

  • News Online Play Shown Off in Sonic Generations Shots

    Take on the best

    SEGA's just released a stack of new Sonic Generations screenshots ahead of its mascot's first 3DS first appearance this week, showing off the odd stage, boss and WiFi multiplayer too. While we won't spoil the stages or bosses — not that they're new, what with Generations being a compilation of Sonic's best bits and all — we can say the game's online multiplayer pits two Sonics..

  • News Pix'n Love Preparing History of Sonic Book for Early 2012

    Now we're talking

    After the excellent History of Nintendo: Volume 1 book, publisher Pix'n Love is expanding its catalogue to Nintendo's great rival and its legendary mascot. Early 2012 sees the release of The History of Sonic, a 300 page guide to the genesis and development of SEGA's greatest hero, including concept sketches and developer interviews...

  • News Brush Up On Your Shinobi History in New Trailer

    How did we get here?

    3DS platformer Shinobi is the latest entry in one of SEGA's most loved franchises, but if you're new to the whole ninja thing you might find this new history trailer a useful catch-up on the activities of the Musashi clan and evil Zeed. Of course, if you want to know more about the most recent Musashi outing, be sure to read our...

  • News Mega Drive Strider Confirmed For European Virtual Console

    Good news, everyone!

    After yesterday's rumour that Strider is coming to Wii Virtual Console we asked Capcom Europe exactly what's going on. We're now happy to report that the rumours were true: the Mega Drive version of Strider is coming to Virtual Console. Interestingly the game — and fellow westward-bound VC title Super Street Fighter II with...

October2011

  • News Mario and Sonic Have a Valentine's Day Date

    Look away, kids

    SEGA's continuing to support the 3DS strongly with an array of new and revamped games, and the famous publisher has just rubber-stamped release dates for some of its games due in the coming months. Here's the full list: Shinobi — 11th November (Europe), 15th November (North America)Sonic Generations — 22nd November (North America), 25th November (Europe)CRUSH3D — 10th January..

  • News Swimming, Cycling and Spin Attacks in Mario and Sonic Trailer

    It gets weirder

    The first screenshots of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games did indeed blow minds and collapse worlds: from dinosaurs riding horses to Sonic the Hedgehog taking part in a walking race, there were truly incredible scenes. This next trailer can't quite match it, but makes a good effort anyway. Events new to the series include synchronised swimming, volleyball and..

  • News Sonic Generations 3DS Release Dates Finally Revealed

    Not long to wait

    After earlier confirmation that Sonic Generations will indeed see release on 3DS next month, we now have the game's final confirmed release dates in North America and Europe. North Americans get a few days' head start on Europe with a release date set for Tuesday 22nd November, while Europeans can pick up Sonic's adventure the...

  • News Ain't No Party Like a Mario and Sonic London Party

    Just stay away from Soho

    SEGA's next spin on multiplayer sports is just a month away, and to get you all excited for Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games the publisher has revealed a new trailer showing off the game's London Party mode. The minigame mode sees Mario, Sonic and friends take to the streets of England's capital city in...

  • News Sonic Generations Still On Course for Release Next Month

    Delay rumours may be off target

    There's been Internet grumblings recently that Sonic Generations might overshoot its projected November release date and land in 2012. However SEGA has reassured excited fans that the game will still see release next month: Sonic Generations for the Nintendo 3DS system will be released later in November 2011. Of course things can still change and SEGA has put back..

  • News Sonic Generations Japanese Site Opens with New Details

    Some good, some bad

    Sonic Generations — the ultimate celebration of everything fans love about SEGA's iconic hero — just veered dangerously into "uh-oh" territory. The game's official Japanese site just opened and revealed that alongside Sonic, Tails, Dr Robotnik and Metal Sonic, the so-called ultimate life form Shadow the Hedgehog...

September2011

  • News Shinobi's StreetPass Modes Explained in New Trailer

    Are you ninja enough?

    SEGA's Shinobi isn't just the story of a ninja that kills people: Juro Musashi is mortal too, particularly in the new StreetPass Challenge modes revealed today. The details we have so far reveal that StreetPassing other plays unlocks Challenge maps, which are much tougher than the standard game as you'll die after just one hit. If you can unlock all the maps, you get to play..

  • News R-Type Being Removed from Virtual Console

    Sega pulling Master System release

    According to a post on its official blog, SEGA will be removing the Sega Master System version of R-Type from Nintendo's Virtual Console in all regions on 30th September. While no official reason was given, it's believed that licensing issues have forced SEGA to remove the game. R-Type on Turbografx-16 will still...

  • News Take a Trip to Emerald Coast in Sonic Generations Shots

    Open your heart

    While the 3DS version of Sonic Generations wasn't available to play at the recent Eurogamer Expo, SEGA has released a flush of new screenshots showing the classic Emerald Coast stage from Dreamcast launch title Sonic Adventure. The iconic killer whale chase remains intact, and judging from the screenshots will appear in both Classic and Modern Sonic interpretations of the coastal..

  • News New Sonic Generations Shots Are Very Green and Hilly

    What more do you need to know?

    The full level line-up for Sonic Generations is still a closely guarded secret at SEGA, but there's no doubt whatsoever that the first stage is a 3D recreation of where it all began: Green Hill Zone. SEGA just unveiled 23 new screenshots showing Classic and Modern Sonic take on the iconic stage, the former doing little more than running and jumping while his modern..

  • News Shinobi Returns with Brand New Gameplay Trailer

    It's ninja warrior time

    SEGA just sent over some fresh footage of the latest reinvention of its classic franchise: Shinobi for 3DS. The gameplay footage below shows off far more of a combo-based style of gameplay, though it's always pleasing to see Musashi performing the classic mid-air shuriken spin attack. The game's down for a European release on 11th November. Will you be seeking it out on this..

  • News Sonic Generations Shots Show Casino Night Action

    A winner?

    Nintendo UK just let loose a set of new screens and details for Sonic Generations, showing classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 stage Casino Night Zone. The page also reveals you'll be able to use accumulated Play Coins to unlock new challenges, with new missions opened up via StreetPass exchanges with other players. Two owners of the game can face off with the multi-card multiplayer mode to earn..

  • News In Space, Nobody Can Hear This Aliens: Infestation Trailer

    It's just too far away

    SEGA's Aliens: Infestation is sneaking up on its late September launch date like a particularly stealth facehugger, and now we have a trailer showing the game off. Created by Shantae: Risky's Revenge team WayForward, the game looks set to combine shooting with exploration, which will do us very nicely indeed. Check out the...

August2011

  • News Aliens Infest North America on 11th October

    Earlier in Europe, though

    WayForward's homage to the Aliens series should be showing up on your motion trackers soon, as SEGA has announced the game will release in North America on 11th October, with a European release slightly earlier on 30th September. The 2D action shooter boasts WayForward's usual quality artwork, but can the company turn its...

  • News New Stills From SEGA's Emperor Napoleon Rhythm Game

    Sleek beat agents

    The game with the best name ever — SEGA's Japanese 3DS game Rhythm Phantom Thief R: Inheritance of the Emperor Napoleon — just threw a few new screenshots our way with all the panache of a hat flung across the dance floor before landing perfectly on a hat stand. Blending button, touch screen and motion controls, the game looks to blend story, animation and rhythm gameplay to..

  • News SEGA's New 3DS Rhythm Game Has the Best Name Ever

    Are you ready?

    SEGA's supporting 3DS with some of its well-known franchises — Sonic Generations and Shinobi, for instance — but the company is preparing to unleash a brand new series on the console with one of the greatest game names we've ever heard. Are you ready? According to Famitsu, SEGA's readying Rhythm Phantom Thief R: Inheritance of the Emperor Napoleon, a combination of adventure and..

  • News Sonic 4: Episode II Not Due Until 2012

    Will it still hit WiiWare?

    Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka has revealed that the follow-up to 2010 platformer Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 won't launch until 2012 at the earliest. Iizuka cited the anniversary celebrations surrounding Sonic Generations as one of the reasons we won't see the 2D game until next year: This year, 2011, is the...

  • News Gamescom Shinobi Shots are Certainly Stylish

    Living up to the name?

    A lot has been written about Griptonite Games' forthcoming attempt to resurrect the classic SEGA franchise Shinobi for 3DS. Not everyone is on board with the game's graphical direction, but it's certainly looking stylish in these new screenshots below. The game — which is now delayed until November — is the first Musashi outing in eight years, so a lot is riding on SEGA..

  • News Mario & Sonic London 2012 Trailer is Suitably Rousing

    But who put those Flickies on a bus?!

    Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is racing towards the Wii finish line later this year, with a 3DS version due out — perhaps more appropriately — in early 2012. We now have a new trailer for the game, likely to be the introductory video getting you all into the Olympic spirit. Showing off events from volleyball to synchronised swimming,..

  • News Sonic Generations Screens Show Mushroom Hill Zone

    We can hear the music now

    SEGA just dropped a bunch of screenshots for its upcoming 3DS hedgehog romp Sonic Generations showing the evergreen mascot racing through the Mushroom Hill Zone from 1994's Sonic & Knuckles. We got chance to try the game in July, and you can race through our Sonic Generations 3DS preview to read our early thoughts on whether or not this can deliver the much longed-for..

July2011

  • News Mario and Sonic 2012 Gets Release Dates, Yellow Box

    3DS version due February

    Like or loathe the sporting combination of plumber and hedgehog, SEGA's preparing to unleash another round of Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games to coincide with next year's English medal-a-thon. The Wii version hits North America on 15th November and Europe on 18th November, with the 3DS version a little behind in February. For some reason the Wii version..

  • News Collect These Sonic Generations Screenshots for a Continue

    Or a Chaos Emerald, maybe

    We've got some fresh new shots of the special stage from Sonic Generations and we're not afraid to use them. As previously confirmed, the special stage rather resembles the bonus level from Sonic Heroes, with the spiky speedster collecting variously coloured bubbles or balloons to get ever closer to that elusive Chaos Emerald. We went hands-on with an early version of the..

  • First Impressions Sonic Generations

    Making us blue

    June was Sonic's 20th anniversary, and later this year Sega celebrates with Sonic Generations, a project that aims to combine the hedgehog's best and, admittedly, worst moments. 3DS owners get a very different version to PS3 and 360 fans, both for better and worse. Sonic Generations on 3DS joins traditional 16-bit style platforming with more modern Sonic Colours gameplay, with a..

  • News SEGA Finally Makes Aliens: Infestation Official

    Bursting from the chest of secrets

    Retail rumours and ESRB age ratings let us know that Aliens: Infestation was approaching, and now SEGA has finally lifted the lid on its upcoming DS title. Developed by WayForward in conjunction with Aliens: Colonial Marines developer Gearbox Software, the game features typically handsome WayForward sprite work and apparently boasts a cast of nearly 20 playable..

  • News Shinobi on 3DS Remains Hidden Until November

    SEGA producer reveals the game's influences

    SEGA has found itself pushing back the releases of two upcoming 3DS titles lately: CRUSH3D from Zoë Mode and the other being Shinobi from Griptonite Games. The latest press release from the publisher states the new release date as 11th November ― two months later than what was previously planned. Shinobi for the 3DS puts players in the role of Jiro..

  • News Hopes for CRUSH3D to Launch This Year Have Been Crushed

    SEGA announces new release date

    Brighton-based Zoë Mode studio head Paul Mottram recently pointed to the lower-than-expected success of the 3DS as the reason for pushing back the release of the studio's upcoming puzzle game CRUSH3D. Now publisher SEGA has stepped in and announced the revised European release date. CRUSH3D has now been scheduled with a release date of 17th February, 2012. Five..

  • News Crush 3D "Delayed Due to Success of 3DS"

    Or lack of it?

    British developer Zoë Mode is behind upcoming 3DS puzzler CRUSH3D, and studio head Paul Mottram recently revealed the game was delayed for a somewhat unusual reason: not because it was going through development difficulties, but because of the console's impact, or perhaps lack of it. Citing the fact that there are now so many game...

  • News ESRB Rating Offers Intel on Aliens: Infestation

    Genre among other things revealed

    A recent Entertainment Software Rating Board classification has revealed further details regarding Aliens: Infestation for the DS ― the return of the sci-fi horror franchise by publisher SEGA. Developed by WayForward Technologies, the game will be a side-scrolling shooter with plenty of weapons in stock as...

  • News In Case You Missed It, We Have the Shinobi 3DS Trailer

    It's here, in fact

    You may have seen this trailer for Shinobi already, but we wanted to remind you that SEGA is finally bringing the ninja warrior back eight years after his last appearance. The 3DS adventure is in development at portable specialist Griptonite, with a September release date pencilled in from Sega. Players take control of Jiro...

  • News Naka and Iizuka Drop Hints at Third NiGHTS Game

    Dare to dream

    In a year seemingly packed full of anniversaries, yesterday marked 15 years since Sonic Team masterpiece NiGHTS into Dreams released on Sega Saturn, with only disappointing Wii follow-up NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams expanding the series' canon. In a recent interview with leading NiGHTS site NiGHTS into Dreams.com, former Sonic Team head Yuji Naka and current lead Takashi Iizuka discussed..

  • Rumour Aliens: Infestation to Attack DS in October

    Maybe through the chest

    Here's something we didn't see coming: according to UK retailer Gamestation, SEGA is bringing the queen of all sci-fi series to DS in October. The retailer's website lists Aliens: Infestation for DSi and DS Lite, and further digging revealed the game's presence on an in-store pre-order list with a tentative release date of 7th October 2011. In May, the Australian..

  • News SEGA, Aksys and Konami All Use Permanent 3DS Save Data Too

    Not just Capcom

    While Capcom continues to take flak for the Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D save file debate, it's worth pointing out that it's far from the first publisher to use non-deletable save data on 3DS. As owners of Super Monkey Ball 3D, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2 will attest, these games also offer save data that cannot

  • Interview Star Odyssey and The Challenge of Bringing Dead Games Back to Life

    We speak to Super Fighter Team's Brandon Cobb about its latest retro resurrection project

    If you're the kind of person that appreciates vintage gaming then chances are you're already familiar with Super Fighter Team. Formed in San Diego, California with the express intention of giving long-forgotten games a new lease of commercial life, the group has already successfully localised and published a..

June2011

  • Rumour SEGA Preparing a Third Sonic Storybook Game

    What goes up, must come down

    Wii owners are used to getting their own unique Sonic games, and while the much-anticipated Sonic Generations will be skipping the white machine there's still a chance the hedgehog will put in another appearance on Wii this year. A representative of SEGA Mexico recently took part in a webchat and discussed the Storybook series that's so far included Sonic and the Secret..

  • Talking Point Your Sonic the Hedgehog Memories

    Spill it

    We've gone all-out to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog's 20th anniversary this week, bringing you Staff Memories of Sonic the Hedgehog, a look at unreleased Sonic the Hedgehog games and Sonic's Nintendo games too. With 20 years of rich history behind him, we want to know how Sonic's affected you, the gamers. What memories do you have of the

  • Feature Staff Memories of Sonic the Hedgehog

    We reminisce about the blue guy

    Today marks 20 years since the very first time Sonic the Hedgehog burst onto TV screens around the world, kicking off a genuine phenomenon that continues to draw in new gamers to this day. As experienced gamers ourselves, naturally the team at Nintendo Life has plenty of memories of the spiky blue one's glory days, so we invited our staff to share their fondest..

  • Feature Sonic: The Nintendo Years - Part Two

    The second instalment of our look back at gaming's favourite blue dude with attitude

    Sonic: The Nintendo Years — Part One detailed the hedgehog's first few years on Nintendo consoles, but by the end of 2005 it was clear that Sonic games had changed very drastically, and nowhere was that more evident than in the next two 'hog-related outings. First...

  • News Sonic Generations Gets Online Play and StreetPass

    Special stage featured too

    SEGA just revealed a few more snippets of information about Sonic Generations on 3DS, and it seems the game will include some oft-requested features. AndriaSang reports that SEGA has confirmed two-player online competitive play for the title, sparking speculation there'll be a second playable character in the game besides the Classic and Modern versions of the hedgehog..

  • Feature The Sonic Games That Never Were

    The hedgehog's untold past explored

    Sonic the Hedgehog has appeared in more games than we can count, but just as interesting are some of the games that never saw release. Join us as we delve through the Sonic archives to take a look at some of the unfinished and unreleased games in the hedgehog's history. Sonic the Hedgehog: The Animated Series:...

  • News Sonic the Hedgehog is 20 Years Old Today

    Time flies

    On 23rd June 1991, SEGA released Sonic the Hedgehog in Europe and America and changed the world forever. The now-iconic hero captured the imagination of millions around the world, igniting the Nintendo vs. SEGA battle for console supremacy. Nowadays the two companies are far friendlier of course. In fact, thanks to Wii's Virtual Console service and backwards compatibility with GameCube..

  • Feature Sonic: The Nintendo Years - Part One

    As Sonic the Hedgehog reaches 20 years old, we take a look at the spiky one's past.

    Sonic’s career is as chequered as those famous green hills; since his runaway success in the first half of the 1990s he’s struggled to reclaim those glory days. Luckily if you’re a Nintendo console owner you can play all the best Sonic games extremely easily,...

  • News Looks Like There's No Sale on Sonic Games This Week

    Hardly the birthday gift he wanted

    Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, but it looks like Virtual Console owners won't be able to grab a cheaper piece of gaming history. SEGA's announced that it will be reducing prices on the hedgehog's games on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network to celebrate his birthday, but there's no...

  • News Nintendo to Update Wii U Prototype Hardware in Coming Weeks

    SEGA patiently waiting

    Nintendo sent out early Wii U technical specifications after E3, but the system's technical specifications are still mostly unknown, partly as developers aren't yet working on final hardware. SEGA Europe's managing director of development Gary Dunn told Eurogamer it's expecting to receive updated prototype hardware in June or...

  • News Surprise, SEGA Bringing High Definition Sonic to Wii U

    Pick your jaw off the floor

    While SEGA won't be bringing Sonic Generations to Wii U — though the 20th anniversary hedgehog game is coming to 3DS — the blue-and-white company has confirmed its iconic hero will be racing to Wii U in high definition. SEGA West president Mike Hayes revealed to Games Industry.biz that the publisher is looking at ways...

  • News SEGA Unveils 20th Anniversary Sonic Figurine

    Only 1,000 to be made

    Next week is an auspicious occasion, marking 20 years since the very first Sonic the Hedgehog blast processed his way into our lives, and SEGA wants to commemorate its hero's two decades of running with a limited edition figurine. The numbered 1,000 model run is so exclusive it won't even be sold in shops, and will likely be used as promotional items and giveaways to Sonic's..

  • News Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 Due "In the Near Future"

    Hedgehog still alive

    With all the excitement around Sonic Generations and the blue hedgehog's upcoming 20th anniversary — that's 23rd June, of course — many players are wondering what will happen to the second instalment in SEGA's downloadable reimagining of the hedgehog's adventures. Last year's Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I came and went in a speedy blur, but since then we've heard nothing..

  • News SEGA: "Wii U Due in Spring or Summer 2012"

    Let the countdown commence!

    Nintendo's E3 2011 reveal of Wii U ended with a fairly open-ended "coming to your living room in 2012" which, combined with the company's previous assertion the machine wouldn't see release before April gave us a launch window between May and December. SEGA's Alan Pritchard may have just narrowed that for us. Speaking to Gamespot about the upcoming Sonic..

  • News SEGA Prototyping Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U

    Lurking in the shadows

    One of the many third-party Wii U games shown off at E3 was SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines, with the company announcing the game is being 'considered' for the next Nintendo console. The footage shown during the E3 conference looked pretty good to us, and the possibilities for the Wii controller with the Aliens franchise are...

  • News Activision and SEGA Toying with Wappy Dog DS for Christmas

    Take that, Nintendogs

    A virtual dog that lives inside a console? It's been done. A robot dog controlled by a video game, though? Now that's exciting. That's the basic idea behind Wappy Dog, a new venture from Activision and SEGA TOYS that's set to mark its territory at Christmas. A combination of DS software and real-life toy, the virtual pet supposedly grows and evolves whether played with at home..

  • News Sonic Generations 3DS to Spin Dash Stores in November

    SEGA announces first details

    SEGA has finally come out and confirmed what we've known for a while now: Sonic Generations is coming to 3DS, and it'll be out in November. The publisher also confirmed new details of the game, which it says will be set across "three defining eras" from the hedgehog's history, with all-new levels exclusively...

May2011

  • News SEGA Makes Shinobi Official, First Shots Inside

    Join Jiro, not Joe

    It's official: Shinobi is returning, with SEGA now unveiling the first screenshots and details of the upcoming 3DS title. Players take control of Jiro Musashi, father of the 16-bit hero Joe, and must make use of melee combat, ranged attacks and ninja magic to restore peace to the Oboro clan, we assume. The game will also make sure...

  • News Sonic Generations 3DS Mixes 16-bit and Rush Gameplay

    Handheld twist on the series

    SEGA's Sonic Generations on PS3 and Xbox 360 will join "Classic Sonic" — the slightly portly, pale blue, side-scrolling version of the hero — with "Modern Sonic", the leaner, laser fast interpretation familiar from recent 3D releases such as Sonic Colours and Sonic Unleashed. For the upcoming 3DS version though, SEGA is making a few neat changes..

  • News Wii Just Couldn't Handle Sonic Generations

    Not up to the task

    Sonic Generations is coming to 3DS, and there was much rejoicing, but Wii owners are still nursing the disappointment that theirs is the only current home console not set to receive the spiky speedster's 20th anniversary celebration game. In an interview in this month's Nintendo Power, Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka reveals why:...

  • News First Shinobi 3DS Details Appear in a Cloud of Smoke

    Joe Musashi returns!

    It seems like only yesterday that we learnt that Sega and Griptonite were working on a Shinobi game for the 3DS. Time moves fast on the interwebs however, and thanks to a recently leaked trailer we know a little more about the new Shinobi game. Recapping the series' history, the trailer below shows the following Shinobi games...

  • News Sonic Generations 3DS & New Shinobi Title Confirmed

    Two great games that play great together

    Recently we've heard rumours of Shinobi 3DS, and those of Sonic Generations have been picking up steam. Just revealed to the 'net, the latest Nintendo Power cover seems to confirm both. You can view the cover in the gallery below. While it's likely that the Shinobi title referenced is the rumoured Shinobi...

  • Rumour Sega and Griptonite Working on Shinobi 3DS

    Get your Shuriken ready

    Sega's Shinobi series, which has helped action platformer fans hone their ninja skills in arcades and a variety of home consoles since 1987, looks to be coming to 3DS. An online CV of an environment artist at Griptonite Games mentions Shinobi 3DS as their current project. The resumé states that the artist has: ...created...

  • News Sonic Generations 3DS Rumours Gain Speed

    SEGA report lists 3DS version

    Last week, Gamestop listed Sonic Generations for 3DS and we tagged it as a rumour, as always when retailers list unannounced games. However, now SEGA has listed the game in a financial report, it's time to stop thinking "this is a rumour" and start thinking "this bag has no cat in it". Andriasang found the listing on a SEGA-Sammy financial report,..

  • News Up to 20 SEGA Games Could be Available on 3DS by Next March

    Financial statement reveals supportive pledge

    When a publisher declares to have up to 20 titles on a games console by the time it celebrates its first birthday, most can agree that's a pretty ambitious goal to set for yourself. In SEGA's financial statement for the fiscal year ending 31st March 2011, it is stated that the interim plan is to release up to 9 titles on the 3DS by the end of the..

  • News Mario and Sonic 2012 Screens Blow Minds, Collapse Worlds

    Can a hedgehog ride a horse?

    Though many are still processing the raw emotions that comes with such an alliance, Mario and Sonic are friends now: Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and its summery counterpart Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games showed the plumber and hedgehog could put aside their differences for the sake of sporty minigames and making everyone lots of money. With..

  • News SEGA Announces More Virtual Console Titles for Wii

    Includes Virtual Console Arcade

    Even after all these years, SEGA's still committed to supporting the Virtual Console, and its European arm has just announced two new titles coming to the service. Alongside the already-revealed Monster World IV for Genesis/Mega Drive comes Virtual Console Arcade title Wonder Boy in Monster Land, set to become the sixth VCA game from SEGA. We already have Wonder Boy..

  • News SEGA Wants to Crush 3DS with New Project

    The game of your dreams

    Last month's ESRB rating for Crush 3D unearthed the game, but now SEGA is ready to shout about its upcoming 3DS puzzler. You play Danny, an insomniac whose only hope of regaining normal sleeping patterns is to undergo a series of scientific experiments that induce sleep and allow him to conquer the odd obstacles found within...

  • Rumour Sonic Generations and Time Crisis Heading to 3DS

    Gamestop thinks so, anyway

    The joy that surrounded Sega's announcement of Sonic Generations — a celebration of the hedgehog's near-20 year career — quickly dissipated for Nintendo fans when it emerged the game is not heading to Wii, 3DS or DS. Don't give up on the blue guy just yet though, as according to an alleged Gamestop release list he may...

April2011

  • News Sega Preparing a New Shining Game to "Sum Up the Series"

    Might we see Shining Generations?

    Last month we brought you news about the Shining Force SOS campaign, an attempt to reunite Sega with Golden Sun: Dark Dawn developer Camelot and bring about a glorious return of the Shining Force series. While the campaign has not yet received an official response from Camelot or Sega, there may be some hope on the...

  • Interviews High Voltage Software - Conduit 2

    We go deep inside the Wii's newest FPS

    A little under a week ago saw the release of the first person shooter Conduit 2, the highly anticipated sequel from High Voltage Software. To take a closer look at the development of the game (as well as a possible hint at future 3DS outings), we went behind the scenes with Kevin Sheller, a senior producer at...

  • News Mario & Sonic to Face Off Again at London 2012 Olympics

    Wii and 3DS on the podium

    Sonic Generations may not be heading to Nintendo platforms but fans of the spiky one won't be without a new game to buy this year, as SEGA has announced Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games for Wii and Nintendo 3DS. The game will contain 50 Olympic-themed events, some of which will be familiar from past entries — table tennis, athletics and aquatic sports all..

  • News Crush 3D to Flatten Your 3DS

    Sega to breathe new life into a PSP classic

    Crush, a unique PSP puzzler/platformer from 2007, has been outed by the ESRB as heading to the 3DS as Crush 3D. Crush was a critical success, if not a commercial one, which may give hope to those of you hoping that your favourite less-than-successful franchises might see the light of day once more. Sega's official description of the original Crush is as..

  • News Sega Teases Sonic Anniversary Announcement for 7th April

    Hold onto your sneakers

    Last year was the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., and there was much rejoicing, but this year Sega's jumping for joy over Sonic the Hedgehog reaching 20 years old. While Sonic's official birthday is 23rd June, the celebrations kick off on Thursday 7th April at the official Sonic the Hedgehog Facebook page. The Sonic...

  • News Captain America and Thor Trailers Power-Up Wii Together

    Sega's Marvel-lous double team

    Cards on the table here: Sega's comic book movie tie-ins have not been fantastic. Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk; none of these games have set the world of Wii alight. But hey, we have new trailers for Thor: God of Thunder and Captain America: Super Soldier to make things better. Both tie-ins for upcoming Marvel movies to be released this summer and both..

March2011

  • News Sega Auctions Rare Memorabilia to Raise Money for Charity

    Artwork, clothing... pillowcases?

    In an effort to raise money for the relief effort following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, Sega of America is auctioning off a wide range of rare collectibles with 100% of the money raised going directly to the Red Cross. With everything from NiGHTS Journey of Dreams pillowcases to House of the...

  • News Get Your Monkey Race On with this Super Monkey Ball 3D Trailer

    On your marks. Get set. Monkey!

    Balls won't be the only thing spinning when Super Monkey Ball 3D launches this week as we see in SEGA's new Monkey Race trailer, wheels will be spinning faster than you can say "bananas". As well as the single-player puzzle levels, gamers can take part in two other play modes: Monkey Race, and Monkey Fight. Fans of the series will be familiar with both..

  • News Enjoy the Sights in this Conduit 2 Environments Trailer

    Where will Agent Ford's mission take him?

    We've been treated to a brief weapons preview in High Voltage Software's first-person shooter Conduit 2, now it's time to take a peak at the in-game environments that we'll be utilising said weapons in via SEGA's new trailer. At just over a minute in duration, the trailer is indeed a short one but long enough to show some of the exotic places gamers will be..

  • News Get Fired Up Over This Conduit 2 Weapons Preview

    What will gamers pack next month?

    It's a shame that Conduit 2 from High Voltage Software has been plagued by several delays, but if in-game improvements come as a result, then it's probably worth it. While we wait for the first-person shooter sequel to hit both sides of the Atlantic next month, producer Keith Hladik and six-year veteran at HVS releases a brief preview of weapons that will be at..

  • News Sega Releases New Super Monkey Ball 3D Trailer

    Roll 'em!

    The upcoming launch of the 3DS system in regions outside of Japan has caused a rush of new media and information to start flowing and the nice folks at Sega were kind enough to send over a brand new gameplay trailer of their upcoming Super Monkey Ball 3D release. The video shows off quite a few of the different worlds found in the game, not to mention some of the special effects that are..

  • Features The Game Gear Games We Need on 3DS Virtual Console

    We go digging in the Sega vaults

    We already know about the first five Game Gear games for 3DS Virtual Console, but looking further down the line, what titles would we love to see made available on the console's download service? Below are just some of the games we'd love to download after the eShop launches in May. Shinobi II: The Silent Fury: The...

  • News Lend Your Voice to the Save Our Shining Force Campaign

    It could make all the difference

    Thanks to the wonders of the Virtual Console, many Nintendo gamers have been introduced to the wonders of Sega's Shining Force and Shining Force II games, but sadly the series hit hard times during the Sega Saturn days, causing developer Camelot to part ways with Sega, and the series has never recovered. Several...

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