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January 2011

Game Secrets, Site News

Monday Links: Quacktastic Edition

When does fan-film season end?  Any time soon would be great.

Sonic Retro News

SEGA/Sonic News

  • Kellie is back to help you dominate Starlight Carnival: Act 1 with the official SEGA guide. [SEGA Blogs]
  • The amazing Sonic Colors soundtrack is coming to iTunes. [GoNintendo]
  • Our friends at SEGAbits (who are really good at getting news during dead periods, by the way, so read them) break the news that The Condizzle 2 has been delayed again.  This time, back to April 19th.  In related news, SEGA loves to make sequels for games that nobody asked for. [SEGAbits]
  • SEGA also loves to whore out its back catalog to remind you, “Remember when we made good games?” [Eurogamer]
  • 411mania’s “Bytes & Flops” takes a retrospective look at Sonic 3D Blast. Is it deserving of the scorn it has received?  My answer has been the same since it came out: of course, dummy.  See if their opinion differs. [411mania]
  • Another retrospective review: Sonic 3 & Knuckles.  Spoiler: it’s great. [DigitalSpy]

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Fan Works, Humor

Awesome Chaotix is…Well, Awesome.

Animator Egoraptor, known for his video game parodies, is pretty much concerned with all things awesome–so much so that he has a whole animated webseries about the intersection of games and awesomeness. You may remember Awesome the Hedgehog from 2006. Nearly five years later, Egoraptor has teamed up with voice actor Joshua Tomar to come back with Awesome Chaotix. It’s a definite step up in terms of animation from the last time you may have checked him out (not to mention it’s still pretty great), so you should take a look.

Awesome Chaotix at Newgrounds

Arcade Games, Hardware

Check Out ‘Sonic Quad Air’ and ‘Sonic Slot Machines’

While covering the European Amusement and Gaming Expo, forum member NiktheGreek also managed to catch a few other Sonic related machines on display at the show.

First up is Sonic Quad Air, a four-player Sonic themed air hockey table. While not deviating much from normal air hockey, the addition of two players at least spells for a rather chaotic match.

The more interesting machine, and no doubt already getting soccer moms lined up to ban the machine in the United States, is a Sonic series slot machine. Much like the slots in casinos and games, you line up the reels to win a prize. In this case, the payout is done in redeemable prize tickets, with triple Chaos Emeralds promising a payout of about 100 tickets and a jackpot of an ever increasing amount of tickets included.

A special thanks to Nik for taking the photos, viewable in the gallery below.

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Comics, Humor

“Sonic-Grams” Vol. 3: Everyone Loves Tails

Today, issue #221 of Sonic the Hedgehog hits comic shops across the country, which means in only four short months another anniversary issue will be in the hands of those who still care. So for the month of June, you’ll get to read…issue #226. Which is almost as cool, right? Either way, it’s that time again. Another Wednesday, another volume of “Sonic-Grams.” So we can sigh at our younger selves, cringe at our words, and be baffled at how we still can’t form coherent sentences. Charge up those spin-dashes, people! Just remember, back then you didn’t have to hold forward afterwards to have it send you more than two feet.
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Game News, Site News

Monday Links: La Physique Sont Terribles Edition

If you want to know why the headline’s in French, hit the jump for the Monday Video.

Sonic Retro News

  • Sonic 1 for the Sega Master System gets disassembled.  Get it here, courtesy of Ravenfreak. [1 SMS Disassembly]
  • Tweaker says that he has been waiting 8 years for debug mode in Sonic Pocket Adventure.  Well, Tech Member SANiK has figured out the trick.  Try it yourself! [Pocket Adventure’s Debug Mode]
  • Mercury, the programmer on Sonic Fan Remix, is no longer on the project. [Sonic Fan Remix]

Sonic/SEGA News

  • Over the weekend, Yuji Naka and Prope unveiled their latest project, Rodea the Sky Soldier.  It’s like NiGHTS for a new generation, a generation obsessed with anime and J-Pop.  Aside from how much I dislike that shit, if the game is awesome (and it looks awesome), I’ll play it. [CVG]
  • Games Asylum makes a case for the SEGA 32X.  A fun read. [Games Asylum]
  • Test your knowledge of SEGA with The Escapist’s SEGA Quiz!  You’ll need to register at the site to play. [The Escapist]
  • Kellie at the SEGA Blogs drops an incredibly in-depth look at Tropical Resort: Act 1 from Sonic Colors.  Level maps, red ring locations… everything.  Even if you’ve beaten the crap out of the level, at least check this guide out for kicks. [SEGA Blogs]

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Fan Works, Humor, Music

Sonic The Hedgehog 2×4: Album Of The Year

Once again, all-star Retro Member Skyler “Make Me A Staff Member So I Can Post This Myself” King delivers on the goods. Struck by musical inspiration, Skyler has dared to ask the question, “What would happen if Sonic the Hedgehog 2‘s music sounded as I truly imagined it?” And that is how Sonic 2×4 was born. Listen to the Emerald Hill Zone as if it were really Splash Hill. Marvel at Metropolis like you were running from a wall that wanted to ruin you. Be thankful the flippers work properly in Casino Night. And most importantly, wonder what would go through the mind of Masato Nakamura if he ever heard this.

Visit the official Retro thread here, or you can jump straight to download here or here. Play on, Sonic the Hedgehog.