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June 2014

Fan Works

Summer Games Done Quick 2014 Charity Drive Starts Today, Features Many SEGA Hits

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Speed Demos Archive and Speed Runs Live are teaming up once again this year for Summer Games Done Quick 2014. A charity event hosted by speed runners to help the less fortunate starting today and airs nonstop until the 29th. Once again they’re raising funds for Doctors Without Borders and continue to offer incentives by voting for certain content as well as offering prizes.

You can expect a much bigger turnout for SEGA games this year. With the likes of Jet Set Radio HD, MadWorld, Super Monkey Ball 2, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, Disney’s Aladdin, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Tails’ Adventures, Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, NiGHTS into Dreams, El Viento and many more.

You can watch the stream on the SDA Twitch channel, check out the schedule, ogle the list of prizes, and of course, check out their main site on how you can send your contribution to charity.

Also somebody is running Gex: Enter the Gecko on Nintendo 64. I can’t be the only guy that actually enjoyed the game, right?

Animation, Game News

Sonic Boom games heading to Japan, retitled “Sonic Toon”

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It looks like SEGA has reversed their decision to keep Sonic Boom as a Western-only series, as Nintendo Everything reports, the latest issue of Famitsu revealed that the Wii U and 3DS titles will be releasing in Japan under the name of Sonic Toon. No word on whether the TV series will also see release in Japan, but given the new title of Sonic Toon it is possible that the TV show will also be localized and the whole franchise is to be seen as a cartoonish Western branch of the series in Japan. Hey SEGA, as long as you’re sending games Japan’s way, why not localize some of the Japanese SEGA titles for us Westerners, we can consider it a trade.

More news on Sonic Boom Toon as we hear it!

Podcasts

SEGAbits & Sonic Retro E3 2014 Special

This week’s SEGAbits Swingin’ Report Show features SEGAbits/Sonic Retro E3 representatives Shigs and Nuckles as they join SEGAbits editor George in chatting all about SEGA/Atlus’ presence at E3 2014. The discussion covers all of SEGA’s software on display including hands-on impressions of the two Sonic Boom video games, Alien: Isolation and even the Nintendo published Bayonetta 2. On the Atlus side, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Citizens of Earth and many more are covered.

Want to catch all of the SEGAbits E3 2014 coverage? You can by clicking here.

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Game News, Previews

E3 2014 Hands-On Preview: Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS)

(Thanks to Shigs from our sister-site SEGAbits for providing the write up! Go check them out, they’re classy people.)

Nuckles87 and I have been at odds with the Sonic Boom games at E3. While he was more forgiving of Rise of Lyric on Wii U, I found it a dull and mediocre experience overall. However, for Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on 3DS, I really enjoyed this platformer while Nux was not as pleased. Surprisingly, I agreed with most of his complaints, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the game. So what’s in this game that makes me not only enjoy it much more than Sonic Boom on Wii U, but might be my favorite Sonic game on 3DS? Read on.

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Game News

E3 2014 Hands-On Preview: Sonic Jump Fever (iOS, Android) Preview

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(Thanks to Shigs from our sister-site SEGAbits for providing the write up! Go check them out, they’re classy people.)

While at E3, Nuckles87 and I were invited to a party hosted by SEGA’s mobile division, SEGA Networks, that was dedicated to mingling and showing off SEGA’s mobile titles. It was a great chance to relax after a hard day and to get some free food and drink. Those pretzel bun sandwiches with the roast beef and bacon were out of this world! But mostly, we where there to check out these games that have only been available to the lucky few… million in the Great White North. The one I’ll be talking about in this preview is Sonic Jump Fever, a sequel to the 2012 game that is both harder, easier and more fast-paced than its predecessor. It even has Chao. Yes, Chao are back! Continue Reading

Previews

E3 2014 Hands-On Preview: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U)

Preview by nuckles87 | View all SEGAbits E3 coverage here

Sonic has been reinvented countless times over the years, to the point where the character has time and time again become unrecognizable in every way except his name, speed and trademark attitude. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric represents the latest of those reinventions and is one of the most radical re-imaginings since Sonic made the transition to 3D fifteen years ago. Nothing has been held as sacred here, with Sonic Boom effectively acting as a near complete teardown of what past games were.

For one, this game isn’t just about speed and platforming, but also features a variety of brawling centric levels. Though very few speed areas were on display, the final game will apparently feature a mix of speed areas and brawling areas, rather than keeping them segregated from one another as they were in the demo. Since there were no real speed areas on display in the demo, this preview will be focusing mostly on the game’s combat areas. Continue Reading

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Sonic Meets Live-Action in Upcoming Movie

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Yup, you read the title right. Sony is teaming up with SEGA and Marza Animation Planet to make a Sonic movie that’s a CG animation and live-action hybrid. Produced by Neal Moritz at Sony’s side, Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi at Marza’s side. Writers Evan Susser and Van Robichaux are the screenwriters.

The movie will focus on Sonic’s rivalry with his villains, including Dr. Eggman. Nothing else has been revealed at this time aside from Sony Pictures and Marza Animation Planet presidents saying the obligatory “we are excited about this thing”. Marza is the studio that does the CG openings of Sonic games, they made the entertaining Night of the Werehog short as well.

[Source: Hollywood Reporter]

Animation

E3 2014: Sonic Boom: The TV Series Trailer

Do you like the humor in Sonic Boom, but you don’t want any of that “having to put effort into playing a game” stuff? Well, this new trailer for the tv show shows off plenty of that. While part of this trailer was already seen in the first trailer, it does show plenty of new plot and funny jokes from seemingly the first episode.

It also has Eggman standing on a tiny hoverboard. Yes, Eggman on a tiny hoverboard.