Another summer, another Summer Games Done Quick. If you’re not familiar with what the it is: basically it’s an event where a lot of speedrunners do live runs of various games for charity. In this case for Doctors Without Borders. And this year they’ll be streaming some Sonic games on the first day already.
You can expect speedruns of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, the neutral story in Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic’s story in Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut on the first day, with an additional speedrun of Big the Cat’s story if a certain amount of money is donated. On the second day Shenmue II, the Castle of Illusion remake, Toejam & Earl, Streets of Rage 2 and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe will be played. Then we’re getting more Sonic on the fourth day with runs of Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Sonic Triple Trouble, Sonic Advance and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as well as the fantastic Sonic-inspired game Freedom Planet. Finally there’ll be speedruns of Chester Cheetah: Wild Wild Quest and Mega Man: The Wily Wars on the fifth day of the event.
Of course, these are only the SEGA games that’ll be played there. You can find the full schedule with times of when games will be played in your timezone here, along with details on which speedrunners are playing them and estimates of how long it will take to beat the games. Be sure to take a look at the stream and maybe even donate some money. I mean, more Big the Cat speedruns are never a bad thing.
Also, click on the link on the bottom of the site’s home page to get a neat little SEGA easter egg.
It seems that Wii U owners are getting a new Sonic-related Virtual Console release in Sonic Advance. At least, in Japan only. For the time being. Maybe.
There’s currently no news on whether this will see release in other territories as of yet, or whether there are any plans to release the rest of the trilogy on the service – as is par for the course with most Virtual Console releases, unfortunately. So there may be some waiting for the rest of us.
It’ll be available on the Japanese eShop as of next week, priced at ¥702 (meaning roughly £3.90/$5.90/€5.15).
Also Mega Man & Bass is coming out over there too next week. Let’s hope we see that, too.
Bartman3010 brings some friends over to play Sonic multiplayer games on Game Boy Advance. No link cables required! Thanks to my friends Captain Kangaroo and Noname for participating in the stream!
If you missed the livestream, you can check out the archived stream below on both Twitch and YouTube. You can also watch the main livestream uncut on Twitch here. Or check after the break for the complete list
Ports of Sonic games to mobile devices have been nothing new or notable for a while now–after all, we’ve seen both Sonic 1 and Sonic 2 ported to everything ever, as well as mobile versions of games like Sonic Unleashed and Sonic at the Olympic Games appearing for phones alongside their console counterparts.
But in a move unseen since Sonic N (rest in peace, taco phone), the classic game Sonic Advance (aka the Advance series game that was actually pretty great) is now available on the Japanese Android Marketplace. For free. How awesome is that?
The game is slightly different than the original Game Boy Advance release: when the 3x scaling is calculated back down to the game’s original size, the screen resolution comes out to be 264×158 instead of 240×160. Rather than the GBA’s chiptunes, the original MIDI compositions are being used in this port, which is unsurprising but still pleasant.
If you live outside of Japan and still want to play the game, we have a rip of the APK available for download.Note that you will need to know how to root and modify your Android device (which we can’t help you with, sorry 😉 ) and that you’ll need to set your provider id to docomo. Here’s hoping it gets a proper release in the western Android Marketplace for everyone else!