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December 2010

Animation, Humor

Cozy up for Sonic’s Christmas Blast

Not one to be left out of the tradition of having a Christmas cartoon spinoff, Sonic too had a Christmas special, which includes a few cameos from the SatAM saga while being firmly based in the world of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

Note the slightly higher quality animation. Sparkly.

Grab some cocoa or some egg nog and kick back. David may have given you 12 days of gifts, but here’s one more for you all.

Because we love to spoil you here at Retro. Merry Christmas, everyone! Hit the jump for the other parts.

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Humor, Miscellaneous

On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas, Retro Gave To Me…

So this is Christmas. In reality, it’s not all that different from other Christmases. There’s snow outside, a fire inside, gifts under the tree…well, unless you don’t celebrate Christmas and find it all just one big consumer monstrosity. But that’s ok, because hiding under all those layers of consumerism is the true spirit of Christmas, full of good will towards men and happiness to all. And really, when we were young, fruitful, and full of spirit, what was it under the Christmas tree that brought so much joy to our youth? Why of course. Sonic the Hedgehog!
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On The Eleventh Day Of Christmas, Retro Gave To Me…

…some more nonsense about Sonic the Comic.

I probably don’t need to remind anyone about part one of this article, as it’s still on the front page and you can just glance at it. But heck, here’s a link anyway if you stumble across this sometime next September. Now, let’s continue on! For when we last left our heroes, Sonic the Hedgehog was stranded in The Special Zone, the Chaotix were being ineffectual, and Dr. Robotnik…oh right, we didn’t get to that.
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Fan Works

Sonic 2 HD: Get Ready

The end of the year is nearly here, and Sonic 2 HD is ramping up in a big way for 2011. To get things started, we’ll be updating our new staff development blog with information about the project on a regular basis, including the project history, staff profiles, project trivia, and of course information on what’s being worked on for the next release!

I’d personally recommend adding another bookmark to your browser too. This one will be the source of some very interesting things very soon…


On The Tenth Day Of Christmas, Retro Gave To Me…

…some Fleetway Christmas reviews.

For the uninitiated, Sonic the Comic was a comic book series published by Fleetway (and later Egmont Fleetway) which detailed the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog in a form far different than its counterpart in America, Archie Comics. While the latter used the setting of the Saturday morning series, the U.K.-based comic opted instead for the “official” story the west used at the time – that Dr. Robotnik was once kind Dr. Ovi Kintobor, who turned into the evil doctor because of an accident involving the Chaos Emeralds and a hard boiled egg. Hey, it was the early 90’s…that was a perfectly normal comic, who were we to question? Sure, we had no idea the storyline in the Japanese games was completely different, but…

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On The Ninth Day Of Christmas, Retro Gave To Me…

…British men playing Sonic on the telly.

Though us “crazy Americans” had a show or two about video games in the 90’s that never went anywhere, our fellow Sonic fans “across the pond” were lucky that they got numerous shows that lasted for numerous “series.” (see guys they don’t call a years’ worth a “season.” Sure that maybe one of you learned something today!)

The granddaddy of them all was a little show called Gamesmaster, which was half review show, half video game competition, and altogether awesome. And a little freaky (there’s this floating head you see oh god what is that).

For it’s sixth series’ Christmas special, the producers decided to have a “Christmas quiz show” and…well, take a look for yourself:

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Fan Works, Game News

Sonic Goes Monochrome in “Project Egg and Watch”

We’ve seen all sorts of Sonic games made all over the place here on Sonic Retro,  like the Mega Drive, the Game Gear, and even the odd PC game. But what about Game and Watch style?

While this isn’t Sonic’s first time in monochromatic beep-booping action, forum member Elratauru has created a little game that has Sonic facing off against the ever familiar Egg Ball boss of Green Hill Zone as well as the Egg Fire from Marble Zone.

You can check it out over at For discussion about the game, hit up the forum link here.

Are you tough enough to handle the higher difficulties?


On The Eighth Day Of Christmas, Retro Gave To Me…

…a video Google helped me make.

Just remember: it’s meant to be funny. A “gentle ribbing,” if you will. If you don’t find it funny, don’t immediately think that it is an attack on your favorite hedgehog/developer. This is still Sonic Retro, for all that’s worth. We’re supposed to be a lot more blatant when we insult people!

At lest it fulfills the “physics” requirement of Retro!

…that wasn’t very long at all. We’re going to need some bonus material up in here.

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Fan Works

On The Seventh Day Of Christmas, Retro Gave To Me…

…a trailer to a live-action fan film.

Ok, so it doesn’t roll of the tongue very well. In the same token, I’ve been informed that the twelve days is supposed to start on Christmas Day, not the other way ’round. But I’ve already started, so there’s no use turning back!

And if I had started then…well, you wouldn’t be able to have watched this:

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On The Sixth Day Of Christmas, Retro Gave To Me…

…a fan game from 1998.

Look, I know I skipped the first three days. And the fifth (which is actually the worst thing I could have done but more on that later). But here we are inching closer to that “Christmas Blast” and what better way to celebrate the holiday season than to boot up a classic featuring Sonic the Hedgehog AND Christmas! Yes folks, I’m talking about the vintage Sonic Robo Blast Christmas. Note that there is no “2” in the title. Oh yes, I’m going way back. To when people still used The Games Factory.

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