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Sega Seeks Western facebook ‘Likes’ and ‘Comments’ for Hatsune Miku

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Way back at last year’s E3, Sega has been testing the waters for releasing games based on the ever popular vocaloid from Japan, Hatsune Miku. At the showfloor they were demoing a quickly put together English build of the Playstation Vita version of Hatsune Miku – Project Diva – f for the press as well as releasing Miku Flick for iOS for English speakers to garner some support. Turns out that once again they’re now asking for more support, this time from the general public on their facebook page. If successful, Sega will seek to release the Playstation 3 version of Hatsune Miku – Project Diva – F instead of the Playstation Vita, possibly due to struggling sales of the handheld. (Also see if you can spot the difference in the name of both versions of the game.) If you, and your friends, want to show your support, be sure to hit up their facebook page to throw your ‘Likes’ and ‘Comments’ their way.

It may not be much longer now, considering that Miku was also one of the top requested characters for DLC characters for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, several tours have been made in the US and otherwise to raise awareness and…oh my. Their next tour is on March 11th in Austin, Texas. That’s pretty close to home. I wouldn’t be creepy if I went to go check it out for myself would it?

UPDATE: Turns out it’s just their presence at the South By Southwest Convention happening in Austin, and the 11th is their specialized panel demonstrating the tech behind the vocaloid software. Thanks to Shadix for pointing that out. Anybody got $1350 to spare for a ticket?

[Source: Sega on facebook]

 

 

Site News

“Dr Eggman: Funk Explosion” and More With Sonic Generator

So, you may have heard on the Tweeter Twats yesterday that we were developing an app for Facebook. Since we were convinced that some Sonic titles must have just come out of a random word generator (hi, Sonic Free Riders!), we figured we could one-up that, and thus Sonic Generator was born. The app is pretty much what it sounds like: it generates…unique titles for Sonic games and allows you to share them with your friends.

The problem? The Retro staff may have had spent more time “beta testing” the software than working on it. Thus, a chat log full of:

  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Go-Kart Mayhem
  • Mecha Sonic’s Zombie Arena
  • Sonic Weight Loss CD
  • Sonic vs. the Yakuza: Spatula Combat
  • Amy Underwear Safari

…and very little work was done that day. As such, we have released Sonic Generator to be a massive timesink for everyone! There’s only one caveat: you’ll need to be a fan of our page on Facebook, which we’ve revamped to be 95 percent more awesome than before. There, you can get the latest front page stories put in your feed, check up on forum and wiki updates, and post on our wall. We’re also looking adding more unique content to Facebook subscribers in the same way we do for our Twitter followers, so check us out!

You can like us at http://www.facebook.com/sonicretro, and if you’re already a fan, can access Sonic Generator directly using this link.

Community, Site News

Follow Sonic Boom Shenanigans with Retro!

So, while here at Sonic Retro World Headquarters™ we’re prepping to head out to Los Angeles for the next few days, the fact is, dear Internet, that not everyone is going to be able to make the trip to be with the coolest folks in the community. Some of you will be off to Summer of Sonic in London in a couple of weeks–as someone with a peek behind the curtain, let’s just say if you’re going that you will be far from disappointed. Unfortunately, though, there will be a good number of people unable to attend either event.

Good thing Retro has your backs.

The Retro crew will be doing live Tweeting and picture shots throughout the day and evening to keep the rest of the Internet in the loop on all the action. Fellow staffers Gene, Slingerland and I plan to feed back as much information as we get it to you all, but we’ll probably rope in a few more people before it’s all said and done. We may try a few more…ambitious things as well, but we’ll see how those pan out. 😉 If you don’t already follow us on Twitter, we have the oh-so-creative handle of @sonicretro; likewise, you can like us on Facebook and keep up on everything there. Also keep in mind that if you’re in the area and are over 21, we’re hosting a pre-Boom party at Blipsy Barcade. You can also come up and say hi to us at Boom; I’ll be the lady wearing the Retro donor pins–if you’ve got ’em, flaunt ’em.

Game News

Modern Sonic Gets Destroyed in SEGA’s Facebook Poll

You might look at the title of this article and say, “Yo, dawg, who gives a damn about a stupid Facebook poll?”  Well, three things: a) SEGA debuted a trailer on Facebook, b) with over 1 million fans on its page, the Sonic Facebook is the best place to gather opinions from both the hardcore and casual fans and c) …these results are insane.  As of 8 PM EST on this awesome Tuesday, the classic design is pounding Derpface roughly 4:1 (~8,000 to ~2,000).

You can vote on the poll, if you haven’t already, right here.  There are dozens of people on this poll asking for a “both” option, but that would mean that you wouldn’t have to make a choice.  Choices are hard.  Now, if you’re butthurt and want to help Modern Sonic make a comeback, all you need to do is round up your DeviantArt/FanFiction.net/voice acting buddies and spam away.

Of course, all of this classic Sonic excitement is moot if the gameplay blows.

(Finally, I had an excuse to post this image.  Thanks, Cinossu.)