Sonic Mania Launch Trailer

Today is the long-awaited release of Sonic Mania, and with it, we have an incredibly charming new trailer for the retro-inspired title. Players who pre-ordered the game will be receiving a free digital copy of Sonic The Hedgehog this morning, on the platform that they chose to purchase the game on.

Hopefully we get a fantastic vinyl release of the Sonic Mania soundtrack, because the music in this trailer was so wonderful. Hopefully the excitement around this title gives SEGA a better understanding of what we’re after as Sonic fans.

Atomic Purple Joy-Cons Being Kickstarted

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If you’ve constantly thought to yourself since its release that the Nintendo Switch just wasn’t quite retro enough for you, then this Kickstarter is absolutely for you. Partnering with ShenZhen MaiKaisi Trade Co ltd., this brave soul has worked to prototype a small run of Joy-Con shells that replicate the classic Game Boy Color visage, Atomic Purple.

The classic styling is a clear purple ABS plastic shell for the Switch Joy-Cons, as well as the Switch itself. Currently, there is also a Super Famicom button set that may also be included, though that is still currently in the works.

Sonic Mania Opening Movie is Glorious and Fun

SEGA has posted the Opening Movie for the upcoming and highly anticipated Sonic Mania, and it’s an unbelievable amount of fun for classic fans of the series. The 2D-animated piece is produced by comic book writer/artist Tyson Hesse and featuring killer music from Hyper Potions.

Check it out above, and make sure to grab Sonic Mania on August 15th if you’re looking for the true-to-form classic Sonic experience.

Marvel Legacy Reviving Value Stamp Program

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If you’ve read any older Marvel books (not the 90’s ones, the actually good books), then you’ve probably seen the Marvel Value Stamp Program in the letters pages from back in the day. It enticed readers to collect “stamps” that were inserted into the books, inviting them to collect them all.

Now, Marvel Legacy is looking to continue its march into nostalgia greatness by reviving the program. This time, readers won’t have to cut up their beloved books, as the stamps will be placed in inserts in each book, with 53 stamps in total, and a collection album on the way, as well. Hit the jump for the full press release!

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Ataribox Images Surface

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Admittedly, I didn’t think we would actually see anything come of the recently teased Ataribox after its announcement at E3. Yet, here we are. Atari has released these first images of the concept console to subscribers of its newsletter, today, and it’s honestly a nice looking piece of hardware.

No specs have been announced, but the console is set to play retro and “current” titles, whatever that means. The new console features ribbed lines, a raised back, and a front panel that can either be glass or wood. Atari is including SD card support, an HDMI port, and four USB ports. Two versions of the Ataribox will be released, one in wood, and one in black / red. Hit the jump to check out more images of the new console.

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Original Sonic Designer Creates Work for Sonic Mania

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Probably what has to be one of the most adorable and supportive moves we’ll see this week, original Sonic The Hedgehog designer, Naoto Ohshima, created a piece of artwork in support of the upcoming Sonic Mania title from Sega, despite no longer working for the company.

You can hit the jump to view the artwork in full. Sonic Mania will release for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on August 15th.

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Metroid: Samus Returns Gets Legacy Edition in Europe

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Be prepared to despair, and throw a fit, and be very disappointed with the world. While North America is getting a Collector’s Edition of Metroid: Samus Returns, Europe will be enjoying the spoils of this newly announced Legacy Edition.

The version of the game includes the game, soundtrack, art-book, collector coin, morphball keychain, and a retro-inspired steelbook. Look at that steelbook! I would spend at least $80 on this edition. Metroid: Samus Returns releases on September 17.

The Ataribox is a Real Thing

It would appear that Atari truly is on the verge of a comeback. At least, an attempt at one. E3 has come and gone, but that didn’t stop Atari from announcing that they’re re-entering the hardware business with a new secret console, currently dubbed the Ataribox. Let that sink in for a moment.

It’s hard to fathom, and with no details to speak of, it’s also hard to gauge interest. The system will most likely be PC-based, similar to the Steam Box, which has already come and gone. It’s also rumored to most likely feature Atari’s trademark wood grain paneling to some extent.