Sonic the Hedgehog News
First wave of anniversary merch also locked in
As of next year, it will have been 30 years since the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game was first released on the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive. We've already heard how "excited" Sega is to share new information about the future of the blue blur, and now Sega of America has officially announced the...
To be this good takes AGES!
Ah, the good old playground arguments of the '90s. Which camp were you in? Even if you were a dedicated Super Nintendo owner with all of the wonderful exclusives that the system offered, it was hard not to be a little bit jealous of the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive's impressive library of games. And of course, the Mega Drive...
Welcome to Box Art Brawl, the weekly battle between box art variants to find out which lucky region got the best artwork with their retro games. Ready for a change of pace this week? That's right, we're getting an attitude, sticking it to the man and throwing out the rule book that's governed the previous thirty-one brawls. Yes,...
Featuring an exclusive disc toy
Sega of America has teamed up with Arby's Restaurants across the United States to offer an exclusive toy line based on its iconic video game series, Sonic the Hedgehog. These collectible disc toys include Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Dr. Eggman, Shadow, and Super Sonic, and will be offered in kids meals from 1st...
Here are our picks, but what are yours?
Once again, we've made it all the way to the end of a busy week. We've had all the leaked images and info for Mario Kart Tour and a controversial Pokémon competition to keep an eye on over the last few days, but now it's time to sit down and chat about the games we'll be playing over the weekend. Several Team...
Gotta go fast (away from this dumpster fire)
“Every hero has a Genesis,” the trailer tells us. Unfortunately, we’re not convinced anybody at Paramount has ever even seen one. Whether you’re a fan of the blue hedgehog’s original Sega Genesis/Mega Drive oeuvre, partial to his brave strides into the third dimension on Dreamcast or have been...
But there are limited choices
The Sega Mega Drive Mini is set to bring Sega-focused retro delights to your living room later in 2019, all in a very similar fashion to Nintendo's NES and SNES mini consoles which saw releases in recent years. Before it arrives, though, Sega is hoping to find out which games you'd like to be playable on the system...
That's a lot of hedgehogs
The Sonic the Hedgehog series has shifted a whopping 800 million games since its debut in 1991, it has been revealed. The news comes from Sega's annual integrated sales report, a document which goes into great detail on the company's financial state and business strategies, while also giving us a good luck at sales figures...
One hour of upbeat Sonic themes
Sega has never been one to shy away from delivering great entertainment at fan experiences, so if you want to start your week right we suggest you give this DJ set a spin. For nearly one hour, DJ Tomoya Ohtani spins some iconic music themes from decades of Sonic The Hedgehog video game history and is eventually...
It's sitting in McLaren's storeroom
Not so long ago, we ran a little piece on the 1993 Formula One European Grand Prix, or - as it was also known - the XXXVIII Sega European Grand Prix. Held on a rainy day in the UK, this event in the F1 calendar was notable for many reasons - one of which was that Nintendo's rival Sega went all-out...
"The main character was a human boy"
Sonic the Hedgehog is one of gaming's most iconic characters, and ranks alongside Mario and Mickey Mouse when it comes to international recognition. However, Sonic designer Naoto Ohshima has revealed that the speedy chap was human like Mario in his original design pitch, rather than an animal. Speaking...
The man behind the 'Hog has a new home
Japan's video game output has produced some of the industry's most talented and much-loved developers, but when you're the man who formally led Sonic Team and lead programming on the original Sonic The Hedgehog, you're afforded a little more fanfare when you join a new studio. That's why we're excited to...
Happy Birthday, Blue Blur
Sonic the Hedgehog made his Mega Drive debut 26 years ago today. On June 23rd 1991, Sega's answer to Super Mario arrived on North American store shelves, with the Japanese and European releases following in July. With its incredible visuals and astonishing speed, the game was hailed as an instant classic, and went on to...
Shipping April 2017
Sonic turned 25 this year, and Sega marked the occasion by confirming that the popular character would be getting two new outings next year, one of which is the gorgeous-looking Sonic Mania. Art house Cook & Becker also has something special for fans of the Blue Blur coming next year - a coffee table book which shows off a...
Ringing in the changes
Teddy bear maker Build-A-Bear Workshop is marking Sonic's 25th with two special plush toys. Sonic comes as part of a special bundle which includes the 17-inch toy, a gold ring and an art print produced exclusively for the retailer by Sonic Team, all for $35. Also available is Sonic's trusty sidekick Tails, who is slightly...
Happy Birthday old chum
Sonic the Hedgehog is 25 years old, with the original game coming out on SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive in North America on 23rd June 1991, kicking off one of gaming's most iconic early rivalries. The 'Bit Wars' between SEGA and Nintendo, Sonic and Mario, were integral to many childhoods of gamers that are now typically over 30...
Pokémon Red & Green miss out this time
In 2015 Super Mario Bros. and Tetris were among the first games to be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. A "committee of journalists, scholars and video game industry members" takes on the annual task of choosing games "recognized for their iconic status, longevity, geographical reach and...
"It's like they're drawn to me!"
Like the vast majority of gaming icons who appeared during the 16-bit era, Sonic the Hedgehog was a silent protagonist. However, his journey into 3D saw him gifted - if that's the right word - with a voice, and in his most recent outings, he rarely shuts up. As if to prove that less is most definately more, hacker...
"We can’t talk about it yet!"
We know that Sega has a year of celebrations planned to mark Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th birthday, but aside from merchandising deals and the like, it's still unknown if we'll be getting a fresh Sonic video game to mark the momentous occasion (an
Let's hear it for the Blue Blur
It's difficult to believe, but it's already going on twenty-five years since Sonic the Hedgehog starred in his first title on the Sega Genesis. Back in those days, Sonic and Mario games stood toe to toe and symbolized what was perhaps one of the greatest rivalries in gaming history between their respective companies...
Spin dashing into the void
Famitsu has revealed that Sega will be withdrawing Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 from the Wii Virtual Console at the end of the month. The Mega Drive / Genesis classics will cease to be available via the service on Friday 30th October. The Xbox Live Arcade versions are also being taken down at t
Hack the planet
Mario and Sonic may be on friendlier terms these days, but once upon a time they were bitter enemies, and the notion of them sharing a game was as unlikely as a Smiths reunion. Still, you can now rewind time and imagine just what it could have been like had Mario decided to hop, skip and jump out of the Mushroom Kingdom and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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
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..
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...
Best of Sonic in glorious 3D... wait, come back!
It's a rich old time for fans of classic side-scrolling platformers: Super Mario Bros. celebrated its 25th anniversary recently, and next year – June 23rd, to be precise – is the 20th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. With Nintendo having pushed the boat out to commemorate its iconic hero's 25th...
Virtual Console the only format not to receive price drops today
Yes fans of blue spiky things, it was 19 years ago today that the original Sonic the Hedgehog did its first loop-de-loop in our hearts. In honour of this world-changing event, Sega is cutting prices of many of the hedgehog's downloadable outings on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network...
All the way from 1990
Twenty years ago, Sega showed off its bold new mascot for the first time at the Tokyo Toy Show. He may only have been two months old, but Sonic the Hedgehog was already walking and wagging his finger as these scans from 1990's EGM 13 show. Even with twelve months of its development cycle left, it's remarkable how much of the game's iconic graphical style was nailed-down:..
60Hz and the confusing state of Virtual Console emulation
“Many people don’t know what the difference between 50Hz and 60Hz is, but since most modern TV models support 60Hz it’s definitely worth finding out.” This interesting and illuminative statement, plucked readily from any number of Nintendo Wii game manuals, is fascinating in its...
Select games marked down to 500 points
Sales are rare on the Virtual Console, so chalk this one up to a Christmas miracle. Starting Dec. 24 and running through Jan. 6 in both Europe and North America, Sega is knocking 40% off the price for its best-selling Genesis/Mega Drive Virtual Console releases. In space-buck terms, that means the usual 800...
Is it possible to have too many Sonic the Hedgehog compendiums?
Sega has announced that it will be bringing the first four Sonic the Hedgehog games to the Nintendo DS in March 2010. The Sonic Classic Collection will feature Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles. All four games originally appeared on...