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July 2011

Game News

Sneak Peek of Modern City Escape Music in Japanese Trailer

Over a week ago, we made available the full Classic version of City Escape’s stage music in Sonic Generations and the download ticker showed you all ate it up. Some even caught the Endless Mine reference within the auto-tuning (meaning yes, there was a point to the auto-tuning.)

Thanks to the Japanese trailer for City Escape, instead of the generic butt rock techno we got, we catch our first listen to the new modern remix of “Escape form the City”, featuring new vocals by series singers Tony Harnell and Ted Poley.

Opinion injection time: I don’t know about this one. I hope it’s just a studio draft because the vocals just sound like the singers are tired or have food in their mouths. There’s no strength in the guitars either. It just sounds passe and lackluster.

What do you guys think?

Game News

New Sonic Generations Wallpaper Released

One of the stranger joys of being on Sega mailing lists is that often I’ll get e-mails that are at best barely relevant to anything Sonic Retro does, but every so often the two things overlap–in this case, a promotional poster for Sonic Generations. So while we may not have any place to hang a poster, at least you can get a couple of nice wallpapers out of the deal.


As the Brits would say, cheers!

Game News, Site News

Monday Links: May Be Tuesday In Your Locale Edition

I hadn’t planned to do any links today–as an American, my priorities of the day have been to blow things up and test out the various recipes from our drinking contest (results coming soon, btw.) However, I did hear from Iizuka last night to “write for all Sonic fan,” and I can’t really argue with that. So, all Sonic fan, here we go.

Sonic Retro News

  • You may remember some “unused” music in Sonic Mega Collection found a few years ago. Turns out it’s in fact part of an odd tech demo video by CRI. [ Why is this shit in my Sonic Mega Collection? ]
  • Retro members have been digging up various rare pieces of art with the intent of cleaning up and organizing a collection. Have something we don’t have in our artwork section? Feel free to join in! [ Rare Sonic Art (and restoring it) ]
  • Charmy Maze is a new fangame that has players go through timed puzzle mazes. Yes, I’m as surprised by a Charmy protagonist as you are. [ Charmy Maze ]
  • Ever thought Nyan Cat was great, but just not awesome enough? Good thing it’s been ported to the Mega Drive! [ Nyan Cat MD ]

Sega/Sonic News

  • Fan of the SNES port of the 80s arcade classic Dragon’s Lair? No, I wasn’t either. Good think we were spared from this version for the Mega Drive–luckily, SegaAge has us covered for a release either way. [The Summer of Protos! ]
  • So, apparently the next figure in First4Figures’ set of statuettes is of a classic Knuckles which was recently revealed on F4F’s Facebook page. Enjoy a blurry picture showing as such! [ Knuckles punching a thing ]
  • SEGAbits is reporting that BBC Earth and Sega are teaming up for a new project. Personally, I hope whatever this is like the planetarium projector but with Planet Earth footage, because that would totally rule. [ SEGA and BBC Earth team up to fuse technology and nature ]
  • Segashiro highlights one of Ben Heck’s forumers modifications to the Sega Game Gear: new casing, rechargable batteries, and a new 5″ screen. Looks pretty fly. [ Custom Game Gear Mod Kicks Arse! ]

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Fan Works, Music

“Escape From The City” – The A Capella Version

So it’s almost dusk in the United States, meaning fireworks are about to go off to celebrate a moment you British readers would rather forget about. Either way, more than likely some of you have enjoyed some sort of grilled entrĂ©e, and if so I hope if any hot dogs were involved you added chili. But that’s beside the point. Yes, everyone here is still waiting for Sonic Generations. Yes, everyone is waiting to play through City Escape so you can hear that classic remix that’s gotten everyone in a tizzy. However, since it’s a Monday most people are treating as a Sunday, why not listen to someone else’s rendition of Escape From The City? Specifically, the rendition by the 22-person strong Video Game Music Choir.

Yes, the video itself is blurry. But unless you really, really want to see that girl dressed as Zelda, the sound should suffice.

Humor, Merchandise

The Strangest Things Show Up At Conventions

And I don’t mean the con goers.

Yesterday, I joined a few friends on a trip to Florida Supercon, which meant two things: getting more StreetPass hits on the 3DS (32! If you went, look for a Mii named Gene. I got a person from Sega Bits, so…) and humiliating people in the gaming room. But no self respecting con is complete without a dealer room with overpriced or weird items, like a remote control miniature tank that fires B.B. gun pellet for $70. Awesome.

But this isn’t about a toy that can be used for amazing purposes. Instead, enjoy oddities such as Sonic themed snuggies (robes you wear backwards) and bath robes. Other than that, it’s the typical showing of those little Sonic beanie hats in Sonic, Shadow, and Super Sonic varieties at $18 (!) a pop.

Apologies for the shaky quality. I was using my cellphone and the lighting wasn’t great.

Merchandise

SDCC 2011: A Fuzzy Sonic Figure You Can’t Have… Or Can You?

For those of you going to this year’s San Diego ComicCon, you’ll have the opportunity to pick up that blue statue on the right if you manage to stop by Toys R Us’ booth and pick up the SDCC exclusive figure.

So what the heck is so special about this figure from any other molded piece of plastic Sonic? Figure creator Jazwares is touting this as the world’s first ever “flocked deluxe” action figure, which means that parts of Sonic are covered in fiber materials to make it feel like plush fur on the blue spiky one.

Not all is lost for those that can’t make it to San Diego between July 21 and July 24. On the last day of the event, Toys R Us will be selling these figures via their website for action figure fans to swarm in and gobble up.

The figure stands at a height of 10 inches/254mm and can be posed as you see fit.