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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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Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing Spotted in Arcades

Spotted out in the wild (or as wild as Chuck E. Cheeses can get), we have our first look of the arcade version of Sumo Digital’s Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing, already undergoing location tests around the U.S.

While it’s unlikely it’ll include any new content that the console versions don’t already carry (power drifting and items are all accounted for), the game comes with three gameplay modes set.

Time trial – Race alone to set the fastest times on each track – there are “Staff Ghosts” to beat.

Quick Race – Race and battle against others, single or multiplayer.

Grand Prix – Progress through a single player, three race championship.

Other details include the game running on Ringwide hardware and a small aesthetic of  the seat changing colors via lighting.

[Via Arcade Heroes]

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Two new Sonic games announced

Contrary to what you may think, the two newest Sonic games coming out this year aren’t coming to the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3 or Xbox Live Arcade–they’re just coming straight to the arcade. Sega Amusements USA has released two new arcade games under their new “Sonic Allstars” (no apparent relation to Sega All-Stars) series: Sonic Air Hockey and Sonic Basketball.

Sonic Air Hockey table

Sonic Air Hockey is an air hockey game utilizing the Sonic character and first of the Sonic Allstars lineup. The unit is all dressed up in bright white and Sega blue, the Sonic Allstars branding with a giant Sonic right on the surface of the playfield. This air hockey table is suitable for 2~4 players with a wider playing surface to accommodate 4 players. The unit has a built in ticket dispenser for redemption with an adjustable ticket payout, and the Sonic Allstars line enables operators to build a Sega / Sonic themed area in their locations. It features a polycarbonate scratch-free playfield, redemption ticket payout, electronic coin mech, 2 & 4 player available, neon overhead lights, aluminum body, side and center safe guards, chasing LED lights, time / score display, and Sega-branded pucks.

Sonic Basketball

Sonic Basketball is a ticket redemption game with a built in ticket dispenser, where players are challenged to hit the target scores to move onto the next level and to try to beat the highest score. With each level cleared, the game play will change, the level of difficulty increasing with each stage. The title features include linking up to 15 units, original hip-hop mix music, a high quality bass speaker, built-in ticket dispenser, and Sega-branded basketballs.

Keep a lookout for both of these new machines at your local arcade!