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Sonic Adventure review

Sonic the Hedgehog set such a high standard with his Sega Genesis adventures that gamers were highly anticipating his debut on the Dreamcast, almost Read More


Taking Down The Clown: A Look Back At Aero The Acro-Bat

It seems as if every console generation produces a single break-out character that other developers and publishers chase with me-too clones.  The Nintendo Entertainment System years produced one of gaming's biggest stars - Super Mario himself - that led to a glut of friendly, happy mascot-based action platformers.  Sega's take on the format for the Sega Genesis, Sonic the Hedgehog, added radical attitude traits to the formula, and suddenly every publisher had to have a mascot cartoon character with attitude.  The 16-bit years gave us plenty of forgotten and also-ran characters in that style such as Bubsy the Bobcat, Awesome Possum, and Rocky Rodent, but the one character who stood out from the pack - and, strangely enough, one character who was never intended to run with that pack in the first place -  was Sunsoft's Aero the Acro-Bat.  Aero's journey brought him some success across multiple platforms and eventual re-releases with sequels and spin-off adventures.  When stacked against the competition chasing Sonic's speedy shoes, Aero managed to creatively succeed in an otherwise overcrowded marketplace. Read More


E3 2010: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Hands-On

Sonic & Knuckles was released in 1994. Many consider it the last good Sonic game to date. After that, Sonic 3D Blast began the long downfall followed by the his total absence from the Saturn. Sonic Adventure – while flawed and rushed – was a good start into 3D. Unfortunately, it would arguably be the last. Sonic last decade has been hell, littered with unfinished dribble rushed for Christmas launches, and tailored to kids rather than everyone. Many (including myself) believed Sonic the Hedgehog 4 would follow the same fate. Having played all the demo stages available, I believe it's safe to say that I was wrong. Sonic 4 is awesome. Read More


Sonic's Birthday Spells Discounts on Classics

Players have either fallen head over heels in love with the upcoming Sonic 4, or they haven't (I've played it, as an aside, and it's fun). But fans of the classics are still fans of the classics, common sense applied strictly as directed by medical professionals. Sonic's birthday is June 23rd. The original Sonic the Hedgehog sped out in front of the world on the 23rd for the Genesis. In celebration, Microsoft is having a sale on some of the Sonic classics. Hit the break for pricing, the day of the sale and the titles involved... Read More


Sonic 4: SEGA & Dimps Developing; Plus: Rumored Impressions?

Microsoft caused a bit of a stir among Sonic fans recently when it revealed on its website that the developer of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 would be none other than Dimps, who some would argue were responsible for most of the "good" Sonic games of the past decade. However, SEGA contests that this is not the full story. Speaking with Joystiq (via GoNintendo), the company elaborated that "Sonic 4 Episode I is being developed by Sonic Team in cooperation with Dimps." TSSZ News reveals a more elaborate answer given by SEGA of America Community Manager RubyEclipse on the company's forum. Check that and more out after the cut. Read More


Media: Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing - DS Demo, Toys, Ryo Euro DLC Info, and Framerate

Several items to touch upon with Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing today, and it's tough to pick where to start. So let's just take it from the top. First, Sonic City Blognik has an update for our friends in Europe who want to know where to get the Forklift Ryo pre-order bonus. and GAME are the spots in the United Kingdom, while GAME also covers Spain, and Benalux can get it from Word is that Australia might get it from JB HiFi, but that is unconfirmed. So go forth, pre-order, download, and tell all the other racers "fork you!!" Next, it Sonic Stadium reports that Nintendo has added a demo for the DS version of the game to the U.S. Nintendo Channel this week, and have provided the following video: More following the cut. Read More


Nintendo Download - 2/15/10: New Game Downloads for Wii and Nintendo DSi Pack a Presidential Punch

Nintendo has a pretty decent lineup going on for the Nintendo Download this week, as Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: JUSTICE FOR ALL headlines the offerings on WiiWare, and just in time for the release of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, which comes out tomorrow. Granted, it probably would have been better, chronologically speaking, had Trials and Tribulations and that fifth case from the original game come out as well, but I'd rather not wait. Joining Phoenix on WiiWare are the puzzle game Art of Balance and something of a stealth-based combat game in WarMen Tactics. DSiWare has an interesting new title from Nintendo called Spotto!, whose premise reminds me of Bomberman. There is also Scrabble, Prehistorik Man, Spaceball: Revolution, and Real Soccer 2010. Finally, just one release in the Virtual Console space, though it's a long-awaited one: Sonic & Knuckles. And yes, it will "Lock-On" with Sonic 2 and 3, if you have either or both downloaded. For full details, check out the press release after the cut. Read More