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  • News Exclusive Sonic Lost World DLC Now Available For Download On The Wii U eShop

    Might we add that it's free?

    Sonic is set to embark on an adventure into the world of everyone's favourite green dinosaur Yoshi, as Yoshi's Island Zone becomes the first of two Nintendo-themed levels available for Sonic Lost World on the Wii U. If this news isn't good enough, you'll be pleased to know that's available to download right now on the...

  • News Sonic Lost World Gets Patched Up On Wii U

    100 rings finally grants an extra life

    It's fair to say that we didn't think all that much of Sonic Lost World when it arrived on the Wii U a short while ago. However, you have to give Sega credit for trying to improve things after release, as the company has released a patch which aims to fix some of the title's many problems. Here's the full list...

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    3DS eShop

    Review 3D Sonic The Hedgehog

    Sonic with a dash extra

    The modern gaming scene may still be regularly broken down to battles of hardware technology and game exclusives, but back in the early '90s it was also a battle of mascots. The original Sonic the Hedgehog was the catalyst for the famous Tokyo-based company in the early days of the 16-bit battle for supremacy, as it delivered...

  • Video Learn Some Sega History in Just One Minute

    Right up to the Genesis / Mega Drive era

    After the VGX shenanigans absorbed far too lengthy a period of our lives this weekend, perhaps a snappier, more to-the-point video is needed. This will work nicely, in that case, as it's a history of Sega's early days in just over a minute. While we've had plenty of opportunity to learn about Nintendo's...

  • News M2 Developed a "Virtual" Sega Console for 3D Sonic the Hedgehog

    We want a "GigaDrive"

    Just last week we shared details from an interview with M2 President Naoki Horii and SEGA CS3 Yosuke Okunari that revealed some of the challenges in producing 3D Space Harrier, making it clear that producing a 3D remaster of the arcade classic wasn't a simple process. With 3D Sonic the Hedgehog arriving in Europe and North...

November2013

October2013

  • Feature A Supersonic History of Sonic Cartoons

    I’m waaaaiiiiting...

    For anyone growing up in the early nineties, there was one gaming rivalry that dwarfed all others – Nintendo vs SEGA. While the feud gave us classic moments such as “Genesis does what Nintendon’t” and the infamous Genesis ‘blast processing’, this gaming cold war would split playgrounds and even families over who...

  • Video You've Got To Be Quick To Catch This Sonic Lost World Footage

    The Blue Blur doesn't hang around

    Today sees the release of Sonic Lost World, and if you've already checked out our review of the Wii U version you may be keen to see the title in motion before making a purchase. Rest easy — we can fix that for you. Below you'll see three of the game's levels in motion, hopefully giving you a pretty decent...

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    Wii U

    Review Sonic Lost World

    Sonic gets lost in his own world

    It's tough being Sonic. Every new release starring the mascot comes with a significant weight of expectancy, and the evolution from his 16-bit 2D heights to a current-day franchise hasn't always been straight-forward or successful. His home console exploits have been showing positive trends, however, with Sonic...

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    3DS

    Review Sonic Lost World

    Smaller screens, bigger problems

    Due to the disparity between technical capabilities, it's tough for a dual Wii U / 3DS release to hold up on the portable device that's captivated tens of millions of gamers. So let's just toss that comparison aside and acknowledge that much of the 3DS iteration of Sonic Lost World is following the same principles...

  • Feature Last Night A Hedgehog Saved My Life

    Damien McFerran recalls his once ardent love for Sega's Sonic

    This week sees the launch of Sonic Lost World on Wii U and 3DS. Two of the most anticipated Sonic games in years, these new instalments have been subject to the usual level of hype which seems to surround any new adventure starring Sega's popular mascot. I've been swept up in this...

  • News Mario & Sonic At Sochi 2014 Winter Games Confirmed For November 8th Release In Europe

    New modes detailed, too

    Nintendo has today confirmed that Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games will launch in Europe on November 8th — the same as the North American release date that was previously revealed and then denied back in September. The game will feature 12 event based on real-life Winter Olympic sports, with another 8...

  • Interview SEGA On Bringing Sonic Lost World to Wii U and 3DS

    Takashi Iizuka tells us about the ambition of Sonic's latest adventure

    Gone are the days when Sonic and Mario were in bitter opposition, smack-talking each other in adverts and fighting for the affections of millions of gamers. Now we have cross-overs and Nintendo-system exclusives, with Sonic Lost World arriving on the Wii U and 3DS to continue...

  • News Sonic Lost World Producer Admits "There Was a Struggle in 3D Sonic Games"

    Takashi Iizuka tells us about moving forward on Wii U and 3DS

    With its arrival in Europe this week, SEGA fans are no doubt gearing up to put Sonic Lost World through its paces, either on Wii U or 3DS. The blue blur still has a number of highly dedicated fans, and one guaranteed way to pick a fight online is to make a generic comment along the...

  • News Day One Update Looks Set to Spin Into Sonic Lost World on Wii U

    It's only a little 'un

    Later this week we'll let you know what we think of Sonic Lost World, the new arrival coming to both Wii U and 3DS in different forms. While we can't share our opinion yet, we will let you know that there seems to be a small day one update for the Wii U version, so make sure you're not one of the minority that doesn't have...

  • News Sonic The Hedgehog Confirmed For Super Smash Bros. On Wii U And 3DS

    Sega's mascot makes his much-hyped return

    One of the biggest questions surrounding the forthcoming Super Smash Bros. title for Wii U and 3DS was whether or not Sonic the Hedgehog would be included in the rapidly-expanded roster of combatants. He appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but it wasn't known if he would be returning — until now, that is...

September2013

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  • Weirdness This First-Person Sonic the Hedgehog Video is Rather Impressive

    But would it be playable?

    It's a favourite hobby of some gamers to fantasize over "what ifs"; maybe "what if Mario had worn green and been the easily frightened taller brother?" Or "what if Mega Man had been a middle aged man with a pistol, like on the box art?" Another may well be, what if Sonic the Hedgehog wasn't a 2D platformer, but a...

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    3DS eShop / GG

    Review Sonic Drift 2

    Super Sonic Racing

    Quite a few video game mascots got swept up in the kart racing craze of the 90's, and the world's fastest hedgehog was no exception. Sonic and racing have always seemed like a good fit, and after the success of Super Mario Kart in 1992, SEGA gave the Blue Blur some well-deserved time on the track with Sonic Drift for the Game...

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    3DS eShop / GG

    Review Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    Saving your Tails

    A year after the runaway success of Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991, SEGA followed up with a sequel that introduced Miles 'Tails' Prower and the iconic Casino Night Zone to the gaming world. This, however, is not that sequel. Rather than leaving its Master System and Game Gear-owning fans with a simple, downsized port of Sonic the...

June2013

  • First Impressions Sonic Lost World

    Super Sonic

    After a line of games that it would be altogether generous to label a “rough patch”, poor old Sonic is back on his speedy feet. Thanks to the combo of Sonic Unleashed (well, its daytime stages), Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, SEGA's mascot is finally leaning back towards the positive side of the quality spectrum, and it seems...

  • News Happy 22nd Birthday, Sonic!

    The Blue Blur is still running strong

    SEGA has released a celebratory tweet to honour the 22nd anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog’s release on the Mega Drive (the Genesis in North America), and what a long, strange journey the Blue Blur has had since. Sonic’s career has had its ups, its downs and its loop de loops, but perhaps the strangest...

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    3DS eShop / GG

    Review Sonic the Hedgehog

    Put a ring on it

    As one of gaming's most iconic mammals, Sonic the Hedgehog needs no introduction; he's graced consoles, comic books, crossovers and clothing lines in his double-decade career, and this is where it all began. Well, nearly — Sonic the Hedgehog on the Game Gear isn't a port of the Mega Drive / Genesis classic, but rather of the 8-bit...

  • News Sonic Team's Iizuka Recognises Sonic Lost World, Mario Galaxy Comparisons

    Not quite Super Sonic Galaxy

    In an interview with The Sonic Stadium, Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka has acknowledged that upcoming Wii U / 3DS exclusive Sonic Lost World shares similarities with Super Mario Galaxy — but argues that SEGA's new titles are still distinctly Sonic. Sonic Team has taken a different approach to three dim

  • Rumour Third Sonic Game in Nintendo Deal Not Actually Coming in 2013

    3DS version of Winter Olympics title is also very likely

    Yesterday we reported on a translated press release from Nintendo Germany, which seemed to suggest that all three Nintendo-exclusive Sonic games would arrive in 2013. Admittedly, that would cause a fair bit of release congestion as the year wears on, and Rich George of IGN has tweeted to state...

  • News All Three Of Nintendo's Exclusive Sonic Titles Will Be Out In 2013

    But what's the third game?

    During the last Nintendo Direct broadcast, it was revealed that Nintendo had entered into an exclusive deal with Sega to publish a series of Sonic titles. More recently, Nintendo Germany has stated that the trio of games will all be available this year. Here's the portion of the press release in question, translated from...

May2013

April2013

  • Weirdness Try to Run as Fast as Sonic, For Real, in Sonic Athletics

    Run fatty, run

    We have enough self awareness here at Nintendo Life Towers to know that, while some members of our team are athletic and healthy examples to us all, a few of us share an unfortunate body-shape resemblance to Mario. When your main hobby revolves around exercising thumbs more than legs and arms, carrying a few extra pounds is a hazard...

February2013

  • Rumour Next Sonic Game Will Be Called Sonic Adventure 3

    Trilogy talk?

    Cast your mind back a few weeks and you'll recall that we reported on a rumour relating to the next Sonic the Hedgehog title. According to an inside source, the game is currently in development for a wide range of platforms - including the Wii U and 3DS - and is expected later this year. Another little rumour has surfaced recently...

  • News Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Approaches One Million Sales

    Just over a quarter of those on Wii U

    Sonic & All-Stars Transformed was, arguably, a surprise entry as one of Wii U's best titles available at launch. We were suitably impressed by its track design, action-packed racing and transforming vehicles to award a 9/10 in our Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed review, and the title's status as...

January2013

  • Rumour New Sonic Title Dashing To Wii U And 3DS

    Announcement coming next month?

    According to the chaps over at Sonic Stadium, Sega will reveal its plans for a new Sonic the Hedgehog game next month. A source close to Sega has dropped a few tasty hints to get chins wagging. The title apparently hasn't been decided yet, but the game will be coming to Wii U, PS3, 360, 3DS, PS Vita, PC and "next...

  • News New Sonic Fan Film Receives Mixed Reception, But At Least Yuji Naka Likes It

    You can't please everyone

    When you set out to make a film about a character as beloved as Sonic the Hedgehog, there's little room for error. Sonic fans are notoriously picky and will jump on the smallest mistake, regardless of how hard you work. That's ultimately what has happened to Blue Core Studios, a video production team which has created a 18...

November2012

  • News SUMO Digital Invites Fans To Campaign for Sonic Racing DLC Characters

    Now that's a challenge

    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is one of many Wii U launch titles, though it provides the sole source of racing fun for early adopters in North America. Of course the Wii U version, like its compatriots on Xbox 360 and PS3, will be open to potential DLC as the months pass by, and Sumo Digital's Steve Lycett has taken...

  • News New Sonic The Hedgehog Comic Takes A Trip Down Memory Lane

    The legacy lives on

    Sonic the Hedgehog has so many comics made about him, it's surprising Disney hasn’t bought the rights to make the movies. Last year Archie Comics released Sonic Legacy Series #1, a graphic novel which packed in issues 1-16 of the publisher's Sonic the Hedgehog comics, as well as issues 1-3 of the original Sonic miniseries; the...

  • News Sonic The Hedgehog Dashing Onto Platforms In 2013

    Nintendo platforms, please

    Sega has revealed that it has plans to release new Sonic the Hedgehog games next year, but we are left in the dark as to what systems the titles will be on. In an interview with Toys 'N' Playthings, Sissel Henno - Head of Sega's brand licensing in Europe - said that as well as focusing on releasing toys and stationary...

October2012

  • News Check Out These Interesting Sonic Facts

    Now that he's pals with Mario

    In the past months we've shared some videos from the Did You Know Gaming YouTube channel, which takes well-known and loved franchises and digs out some interesting facts and quirks for us to enjoy. These typically involve buried lines of code that reveal abandoned development ideas, or just snippets of information about...

  • News No Voice Support For Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed On Wii U

    Developer cites Wii U voice chat limitations as reason for omission

    Developer Sumo Digital has confirmed that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will not have voice chat support on Wii U. The news comes less than a week after a Nintendo representative confirmed that in-game voice chat will not be possible through the GamePad's built-in...

  • First Impressions Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    Hands-on impressions from the EB Expo in Australia

    Sega had a playable version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed at the EB Expo 2012, so we naturally took the opportunity to check out how it compares to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions, as well as see if the previously-noted frame rate issues were indeed solved,

July2012

  • Talking Point Another Look at the News - 20th July

    Sonic, retail downloads and a certain analyst

    It's that time again, when a few members of the Nintendo Life team look at recent news and decide that they simply have to give their opinion on it. Last time out things were very serious, with topics such as Nintendo's online services, the number of 'new IPs' on Wii and the continued madness that is...

  • News SEGA Wants Sonic to be the Next Hello Kitty

    Hogmoney

    It seems that Hello Kitty Sonic plush was a sign of things to come. SEGA hopes that Sonic the Hedgehog can become as big an icon as Sanrio's top cat. SEGA Europe COO Jurgen Post spoke to MCV about the lucrative merchandising potential of Sonic. With licensing teams dedicated to the task in both the UK and US, SEGA has golden rings in its...

  • News Wreck-It Ralph is in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    Sonic'll still win

    SEGA and Disney have collaborated to make Wreck-It Ralph's dreams come true: he's going to be a playable character in upcoming kart racer Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The character, who will star in Disney's computer animated movie Wreck-It Ralph, will rev up on the starting line alongside SEGA all-stars including...

  • News What Do You Make of this Hello Kitty Sonic Crossover?

    Straw poll

    Two of the world's most recognisable animals combined today in what scientists are probably calling "disgusting". This Hello Kitty and Sonic the Hedgehog plush toy — officially called the Sonic x Hello Kitty Super Jumbo Plushy — is heading to Japan this weekend to commemorate the reopening of SEGA's flagship Joypolis arcade. It's...

  • News Mario & Sonic eShop App Hits the UK

    Scan this

    Fancy a free app for your 3DS? Of course you do. Scan the QR code below and you can download the Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics 2012 Virtual Card Album for free. The app lets you collect themed cards based on Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games via SpotPass, StreetPass, connecting to Nintendo Zone hotspots or by...

  • News History of Sonic Book Announced for North America

    Start saving your rings

    UDON Entertainment has revealed a huge History of Sonic hardback book for launch in North America this September. It's the same book as Pix'n Love Publishing announced for Europe, though it doesn't look like North America will get the cool embossed gold foil cover. The book itself spans nearly 300 pages and has been produced...

June2012

  • News Sonic the Hedgehog Turns 21 Today

    Finally a grown man

    SEGA's loveable blue mascot reaches another milestone today, celebrating his 21st anniversary. On this day in 1991 SEGA unleashed Sonic the Hedgehog on North America. His speed and spectacular stunts made him an original, and players took him to their hearts. Nearly 50 games and over 80 million sales later, Sonic's still here...

May2012

  • News Buy Sonic Soundtracks For All Generations

    SEGA fans rejoice

    The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise may have lurched from genius to disaster, and back again, but like any series with two decades worth of games it has built up an impressive library of music. Many gamers fondly remember hearing the Green Hill Zone music for the first time, and the blue blur has given us plenty of classic chip tunes...

April2012

  • News Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Hits 3DS

    He's back

    After endless rumours, SEGA's lifted the lid on Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for Nintendo 3DS. The racer sees Sonic and friends racing in cars that also transform for aquatic and aerial travel. That might sound a little familiar to Mario Kart 7 veterans, but developer Sumo Digital has assured fans it's very different: you race...

March2012

  • News Two More Sonic Game Gear Games Rated

    Have a Blast

    The Australian Classifications Board has rated two more Sonic the Hedgehog games for 3DS Virtual Console. The Game Gear titles Sonic Blast and Sonic Labyrinth have both been rated for 3DS Virtual Console, indicating we'll see them somewhere further down the line. While neither is fondly remembered as a classic title in the Sonic canon...

February2012

  • News Mario & Sonic Sales Nearly Double in a Week

    Going for gold

    SEGA's sporting symposium just enjoyed a sales surge in the UK charts, with a whopping week-on-week sales increase of 94%. Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games on 3DS was released on 10th February, resulting in a 145% increase to send the title up from 31st to 10th position. Now sales of the 3DS version and discounts of...

  • 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 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

  • 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...

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...

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 Sonic Generations 3DS Launch Trailer Gathers Speed

    Out this week

    SEGA's mascot just hit 3DS in North America today, and to celebrate here's a brand new launch trailer. The video shows off Sonic Generations' stages, bosses, multiplayer and StreetPass mode, so if you've been waiting to see which classic and modern Sonic moments are revisited in the 'hog's first 3DS outing then wait no longer. Sonic Generations is out in North America today and..

  • 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 Super Mario Galaxy Orbits London 2012 Olympic Games

    It'll make sense

    Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games takes inspiration from all corners of both companies' history: screenshots have reminded us of Yoshi Story, Sonic Adventure and more. But we've just received more screenshots showing the most universe-shaking crossover yet. Despite earlier rumours that Sonic would appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, the two universes have now

October2011

  • 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 Blue Wii Console Competing for Europe's Christmas Money

    Mario and Sonic bundle revealed

    Nintendo's going all-out on coloured consoles these days: after the red, pink and white 3DS consoles, the company has announced a new blue Wii bundle on the way to Europe before Christmas. The newly announced pack is in honour of Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, out 18th November, and includes a copy...

  • 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 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..

August2011

  • 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 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 Would You Pay $150 for this Metal Sonic Statue?

    We know someone who would

    First 4 Figures has made a name for itself with high-end statues and dioramas, but quality doesn't come cheaply. The company has opened pre-orders on its new Metal Sonic statue, starting at just $155. As with previous lines, there are two versions available: a 'standard' edition at $154.99 and a more expensive exclusive version that lights up, which will set you back..

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..

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