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...
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..
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...
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..
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...
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..
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...
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..
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..
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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..
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 at
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..
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..
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
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...
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...
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..
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:...
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..
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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..
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...
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...
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..
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...
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...
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..
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:...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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..
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...
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..
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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..