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Sonic Forces Us To Recap SXSW

Surely the internet isn’t going to make the title of this article a played out meme before it goes up, nope, probably not, nah.

So that Sonic SXSW panel happened, and we got some pretty good reveals out of it. And enough of them for us to actually make a recap article for once! Now, if you want to watch the panel for yourself, Tails’ Channel has the panel up on his YouTube channel. But if you just want all the news about Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, here’s our recap: Continue Reading

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Sonic News Round Up: Road to SXSW

2017 promises to be a big year for Sonic the Hedgehog. With not one but two major game releases slated to come out, excitement and speculation has been running wild. Since being announced last July, both Sonic Mania and “Project Sonic 2017” have been shrouded in mystery, with only scant pieces of information being released on either title since their grand unveiling.

Though there’s nothing wrong with keeping things close to the chest, SEGA has promised to reveal some new details on both games at this year’s SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas. To get the hype train rolling, the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter has been teasing some of what’s to come, especially for Sonic’s return to form in the 2D platforming landscape.

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Sonic Panel Featuring Sonic Mania and Project Sonic 2017 Reveals to be Held at SXSW 2017

The SXSW 2017 schedule has confirmed that Sega will hold an official Sonic the Hedgehog panel at the event this year. The panel will feature Aaron Webber (PR), Mike Pollock (voice of Eggman), Roger Craig Smith (voice of Sonic), and Takashi Iizuka (producer) as speakers, and promises to give a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Sonic Mania and Project Sonic 2017. The full panel description:

Dive into the world of Sonic the Hedgehog in this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at both Sonic Mania and the upcoming Sonic 2017! With presenters from SEGA and Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka, this panel will answer questions about both games, showcase a new reveal for each title, and will discuss Sonic’s resurgence in the world of gaming since the reveal of both games. Of course, with Sonic involved, who knows what other surprises might be in store?

The panel will be held on March 16th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. And while previously SXSW Gaming was free to attend, tickets will be required for this year’s event. While last year’s Sonic panel at SXSW was live streamed, Sega has not yet announced whether or not they’ll do a live stream again this year.

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SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter Galaxy Patrol Dumped and Released to Celebrate MAME’s 20th Anniversary

The once long-elusive SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter Galaxy Patrol has finally been found, dumped, released, signed, sealed, delivered by the good folks of the Dumping Union, a group dedicated to preserving old arcade games that may have otherwise been lost to time. Cosmo Fighter was released in celebration of MAME, a notorious emulator that aims to recreate the hardware of thousands of arcade titles, which turned twenty years old on February 5th. An entire playthrough was uploaded to YouTube by ashthedragon, as seen above. If we’re doing our math correctly, every known, officially released Sonic game has been dumped as of this release, meaning all that’s left are prototypes/tech demos and any rare unreleased games.

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Freedom Planet 2: Sample Version Out Now on Windows

Freedom Planet 2‘s Sample Version is out now on Windows! The demo features the Dragon Valley level plus four playable characters: Lilac, Carol, Milla, and newcomer Neera Li. The returning characters all have new abilities as well. The full game currently has no release date, but the beta version is expected to be ready by mid-2017.

The demo can be downloaded here. And if you’re a member you can discuss it on our forums. Continue Reading

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UPDATED: Sonic Mania Confirmed for the Nintendo Switch

UPDATE: The Nintendo Switch version is being co-developed by Tantalus Games according to a Tweet from Christian Whitehead himself.

In addition, the Switch version also has a collector’s edition available for pre-order, at least in America.

Thought to be missing the jump to the new system, Sonic Mania was confirmed by Nintendo’s YouTube and new Switch website and will be coming to the new system this Spring. Alongside Sonic Mania, Puyo Puyo Tetris is finally getting a release outside of Japan, both on the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for Puyo Puyo Tetris.
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SEGA News Bits: Sonic 2006 being remade for PC by fans with Unity, demo first impressions

Sonic 2006 is being remade in Unity by a small team headed by Gistix. A demo, playable on PC, has just released showcasing their progress in the form of the game’s original demo. We downloaded it and now talk about it in the first SEGA News Bits of 2017! Download the Sonic The Hedgehog (2006) Unity demo for yourself here.

SEGA News Bits is a production of SEGAbits, covering all things SEGA and Sonic the Hedgehog. When we touch on Sonic stories, you’ll be seeing them here on Sonic Retro as well. If you enjoyed this episode of the SEGA News Bits, make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and never miss an episode!

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Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition Comes to Europe, Is Already Out of Stock

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That swanky looking Sonic Mania collector’s edition is coming to Europe, Sega announced today. It’s exactly the same package that North America is getting, but there are a couple of caveats.

The first being that some might find it a bit overpriced. While the CE retails for $69.99 in the US, it costs a whopping £79.99 in the UK and €89.99 in the rest of Europe. So really you might not be paying much less than if you’d be importing the thing from the US. Secondly, it appears that it’s only available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the PC version being left out. Which is a bit weird seeing how Sega Europe usually tends to put most of their focus on PC games.

Aside from that, you’re still getting everything the US is getting here. The collector’s edition is now available for pre-order exclusively on Amazon… or at least it was, but it appears to have gone out of stock everywhere except for in Germany while I was writing this article. Seriously:

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Welp. Anyway, here are the links to the Amazon store pages in case the CE becomes available again.

We hope that the collector’s edition will be in stock again later. Hopefully as soon as Sega realises that they might have underestimated demand.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

Update (10-18-2016) – The collector’s edition is available for pre-order again, unless you live in Spain where it’s not available yet.