Sonic Mania Adventures Episode 5 Now Online

Sega has released the fifth and final episode of the wonderfully charming Sonic Mania Adventures, leading up to the release of Sonic Mania Plus. The final adventures sees Sonic and Tails, meeting up with newcomers Mighty and Ray to battle Eggman and Metal Sonic. Check out the first four episodes below.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

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Sega Announces Sonic Tabi Sock Collaboration

Sega has announced a special collaboration with a tabi sock company in Japan called Sou-Sou. The idea was made in collaboration through Ritsumeikan University with the concept of “promoting a university’s idea using Sonic the Hedgehog.” They’re incredibly stylish, yet traditional in a warm way.

The Takasago Iroha Sonic x Sou-Sou Tabi are similar to normal tabi socks except they have soles and can be worn as shoes. They will retail for ¥8,000 plus tax, while the standard Sonic tabi socks will retail for ¥550.

Jim Carrey to Play Robotnik in Sonic The Hedgehog

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Deadline is reporting that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has found its villain with the addition of famed comedian Jim Carrey, set to play Doctor Robotnik in the film. Carrey joins a cast for the live-action/animation hybid that includes James Marsden (Westworld), and Tika Sumpter (Ride Along).

Sonic the Hedgehog will hit theaters on November 15th, 2019.

Sonic Mania Adventures Part 4 Now Online

Sega has released the fourth part of their fantastic Sonic Mania Adventures series, and this episode follows newcomer Ray The Flying Squirrel, as he searches for his best Mighty The Armadillo.

Previous episodes of Sonic Mania Adventures can be found below if you’d like to catch up on this great, short series.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Tika Sumpter Confirmed for Sonic The Hedgehog

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Against all odds, the cast of Paramount’s live-action Sonic The Hedgehog is filling out its cast, with the announcement of its female lead. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tika Sumpter (Ride Along) is joining James Marsden (Westworld) in the live-action/CGI hybrid flick.

Sonic the Hedgehog is directed by Academy Award winning director Jeff Fowler, and produced by Neal H. Moritz, and Tim Miller. Sonic The Hedgehog hits theaters on November 15th, 2019.

Sonic Mania Adventures Part 3 Now Online

Sega has released the third episode of Sonic Mania Adventures, introducing us to Knuckles in the latest adventure. Previously we were introduced to Tails, and Sonic & Dr. Eggman.

Sonic Mania is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Sonic Mania Plus arrives on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in North America and Europe on July 17th, 2018.

James Marsden to Star in Sonic The Hedgehog

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Variety is reporting that James Marsden (X-Men, Superman Returns) has signed on to star in Paramount’s upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie. While Marsden won’t be voicing the blue hedgehog, he will be playing the human lead in the film, which was originally rumored to go to Paul Rudd.

Jeff Fowler (Gopher Broke), will direct with a script from Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street). 12 Deadly Days scribes Patrick Casey and Josh Miller submitted the first draft earlier this year. Tim Miller (Deadpool) is serving as executive producer, with the film set for a November 15th, 2019 release date.

Team Sonic Racing Unveiled

The season of leaks has begun. After a leak, late last night, Sega has officially unveiled Team Sonic Racing for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, releasing this winter. The game will be available to play at E3, and you can check out a brief synopsis below.

Team Sonic Racing arrives this Winter! Race in a team with your friends (or against them) both offline and online, and choose from a variety of characters and tracks in the Sonic universe! Team Sonic Racing is being developed by Sumo Digital, well-known for their fantastic racing titles. We’ll reveal more about the game (and we’ll have it playable) at E3, so if you’re around, come give it a try!

Sonic Mania Adventures Episode 2 Released

The second Sonic Mania Adventures episode has been released by Sega, picking up right where the first episode left off. Sonic Mania Adventures is from Tyson Hesse, creator of the Sonic Mania opening animation. Hesse wrote and directed this series.

Sonic Mania is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Sonic Mania Plus arrives on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in North America and Europe on July 17th, 2018 and in Japan on July 19th, 2018.

Sonic Mania Plus Announced

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This weekend, Sega announced a new physical edition of Sonic Mania called Sonic Mania Plus that includes new content, a reversible cover, and a 32-page art book. Ray the Flying Squirrel and Mighty the Armadillo, from SegaSonic the Hedgehog, will both be playable, as well as a four player competition mode, and a new Encore Mode, which features remixed versions of zones.

Lastly, a Sonic Mania Adventures YouTube series of five minute shorts will be released with Tee Lopes, who worked on Sonic Mania, still handling music. Hit the jump to check out a sneak peek of the first episode.
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Sonic Creator Yuji Naka Joins Square Enix

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Yuji Naka, one of the three creators credited with the creation of Sonic the Hedgehog, who worked as a programmer and producer for the series, has surprisingly announced on his Twitter account that he has joined Square Enix. He joined SEGA back in 1983 where he worked on titles such as Phantasy Star, before departing in 2006.

Now that he’s back at a more game-oriented studio like Square Enix, it will be interesting to see what titles he helps to develop.

Paramount Working on Sonic The Hedgehog Film

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The Hollywood Reporter has word that Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to an upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog that’s set to be a blend of live-action and CGI characters. What’s more interesting, though, is that Deadpool director Tim Miller is now attached as producer.

The video game adaptation also has a director in the form of Jeff Fowler. “Jeff is an incredible director with strong story instincts,” Miller said in a statement addressing the directorial announcement. “The world of Sonic presents the perfect opportunity for him to leverage his experience in animation to bring new dimension to this iconic character.” The screenplay was written by Patrick Casey, and Josh Miller.

Sega Dreamcast: Collected Works Announced on Kickstarter

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Fans of Sega’s failed, classic video game console, have something incredible to look forward to. At least, if they can afford it.

SEGA Dreamcast: Collected Works is the definitive history of the cult games console, produced in collaboration with SEGA. This large format, deluxe hardback will feature a dazzling collection of never-before-published materials and specially commissioned editorial, offering unprecedented insight into the creation of the Dreamcast console and its celebrated library of games.

The book features incredible detail with full history break-downs, sketches, concept art, and more for the console, and it’s diverse and iconic library of games. Head over to Kickstarter to donate and help make this project a reality.

Sonic Forces Dropping November 7th with Pre-Order Bonus

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It’s been a great 25th Anniversary for the speedy hedgehog this year, with Sonic Mania already making Game of the Year lists for many outlets. Now, we still have Sonic Forces left, with an official release date of November 7th.

Now, on top of a release date, we also have some pre-order bonuses for players, with an official controller skin and Create-a-Hero outfits and accessories from PuyoPuyo, Super Monkey Ball, NiGHTS, Jet Set Radio, and even Persona 5. The outfits will be available specifically for player characters, so don’t get your hopes up on seeing Sonic rock some Persona 5 gear. Sonic Forces is releasing on November 7 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Ph LEVEL Review: Sonic Mania

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To say the hype surrounding Sonic Mania has been considerable, would be quite the understatement. The game started as a fan-game, with a dedicated group of players coming together to take matters into their own hands, and create a true-to-form Sonic the Hedgehog game in the vein of the classics, using new and older content to craft intricate levels, with updated sprites.

However, SEGA got word of the project and it was quickly ordered a cease-and-desist. Except, it wasn’t. Instead, SEGA snatched up the developers and started working together with them, noticing a rare opportunity, and taking full advantage of of the situation to create a great game. Did it work out? Hit the jump to find out.

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