As we’ve had documented in the wiki for a long time, Sonic has seen his fair share of bootleg games across the last three decades. On a personal level, I’ve found these knock offs fascinating but the plethora of ‘Tubers out there who would rather make unfunny jokes about fan games and hacks (arguably our bread and butter) than properly cover them. So I’m here on my own little channel to take a look at the mystifying under belly of video games, starting with our most favoritist blue video game guy from 1991. Enjoy!
What happens when artists and animators band together to run a Sonic-themed charity event? You get Sonic & Chuckles, a 48 hour livestreaming event starting at 7PM PST today! Sonic & Chuckles is benefiting the Refugee Aid run by both Geneva Hodgson (Storyboard artist and writer for OK KO, Teen Titans, co-creator of the new horror game Tattletail) and Frank Gibson. (The Amazing World of Gumball comic series, Capture Creatures comic series, writer for season 1 of Bee & Puppycat) They’re bringing together their love of Sonic to promote a good cause.
You can check out more information on the event by hitting the jump or head straight to their website at www.sonicandchuckles.com and follow the event on Twitter.
Seemingly out of nowhere, SEGA has added a ton of soundtracks to Spotify from their classic games, including Outrun, Fantasy Zone, Jet Set Radio and more, along with a plethora of Sonic OSTs from the likes of CD and Adventure. You can check out the entire library here for instant streaming, just note that Spotify does require a login for its basic services.
The soundtrack for SNATCHER, Hideo Kojima’s cult-classic adventure game, is coming to vinyl later this year from Ship to Shore PhonoCo. Various SNATCHER OSTs have been released before, but this marks the first time the SEGA CD version soundtrack has been made officially available. This release takes the in-game songs and puts them together with all of the songs from the Zoom Tracks album, and also includes inserts of rare official SNATCHER artwork.
From Ship to Shore’s website…
Ship to Shore PhonoCo is proud to continue its relationship with Konami Digital Entertainment with the first ever official release of the SNATCHER soundtrack. Originally released for the PC-8801 in Japan, SNATCHER was later localized into English and ported to the ill-fated Sega CD. Over the years, the game (and its music) have developed an indellible cult following that persists to this day!
The double LP, coming in four color variants, can be pre-ordered from Ship to Shore and The Yetee, and is set to be released this March.
Cook & Becker are working together with SEGA on an official Sonic art and design book. The book will cover the entire history of the blue hedgehog, and includes never-before-published artwork. So it’s not just stuff that you can already find on our wiki. Besides that, the book includes new interviews with Yuji Naka, Takashi Iizuka, Kazuyuki Hoshino, Yuji Uekawa, and other key designers and artists who have worked on the franchise.
The art book won’t ship until early 2017, but people will be able to pre-order it sometime within the next two months. It will be available worldwide as both standard- and collector’s editions.
This isn’t the first time that Cook & Becker has worked with SEGA. Last year they started selling a series of official SEGA art prints made by various artists, including a Sonic print.
Sega held a party for Sonic’s 25th anniversary at one of their Joypolis parks in Japan earlier today, which they live streamed online. There they showed new gameplay of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice and announced that the next main Sonic game will be released in 2017.
But the coolest thing that was shown was the original concept art of various Sonic characters. While a bunch of it has been shown before (and can be found on our wiki), we also get to see never before seen design sketches of characters like Shadow the Hedgehog, E-102 Gamma and Big the Cat for the first time. You can see all of the concept art that was shown above.
[Source: The Video Game Art Archive]
Is your Sonic library on Steam lacking a few titles? Why wait for a Steam sale when you can set your own price and meet payment tiers in the latest Humble Bundle featuring a trove of Sonic games that can be redeemed on Steam which includes Sonic Lost World and an exclusive T-shirt for $35. Games such as Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Generations all feature their DLC included as well, except for our good buddy Simon from Yogscast in Transformed. The SEGA Genesis and Mega Drive games also take advantage of the updated emulator that supports ROM hacks as well.
If you’re not familiar with how the Humble Bundle works, you can set the price on what you would pay for the games and receive a Steam validation code for each game covered by your payment. You can also pay above two different tiers with one being the average paid amongst different users on the Humble Bundle. Previous Humble Bundles included mobile Sonic titles and the Archie Sonic comic series. This marks the first time Sonic games on Steam appeared in a Humble Bundle set.
Be sure to check out the Humble Bundle page on more information. More games will be added to the bundle in the near future which do not require additional payment. Hit the jump to see what games are available in the bundle.