About a year ago, we posted a LEGO themed Sonic Mania project from community member toaster. The goal for any project posted to LEGO’s Ideas site is to reach 10,000 signatures, at which times, the project will be reviewed and determined if the licenses can be obtained and if the project will move forward in any official capacity. Fast forward to today, where the project is creeping ever so close to that goal, having been sign almost 9,000 in just a hair under a year! We spoke with toaster at length about the project, including its inception, inspiration, and the reception so far. Hit the jump to hear what she had to say!
From the moment the Kickstarter was announced, my UK-based Retro compatriates and I knew this was going to be a special occasion. The Sonic Adventure Music Experience was headed to our shores courtesy of Sonic Stadium patriarchs and event organizing extraordinaires, Adam “T-Bird” Tuff and Svend “Dreadknux” Joscelyne. Excitement was instantly at fever-pitch. To top it all off, it was in December, which lined up perfectly with the latest Sonic Retro UK Winter Barcade – the timing was impeccable. So, how was the show and the events surrounding it I hear you eagerly ask? Hit the jump to find out!
It’s been a decade since Sonic Robo Blast 2‘s 2.0 update, and while there’s been a ton of updates since, none have shaped up to be as huge as 2.2. Check out the trailer for the exciting new features coming this Saturday, December 7th, and be sure to keep it locked to Sonic Team Jr.’s site, for when the update goes live.
Just a few short weeks after SAGE 2019, the Sonic Hacking Contest 2019 site is live! As noted on the site’s main page, account registration is still separate from the Sonic Retro or SSRG forums. However, existing accounts from 2018 should still be live, though to access them, you’ll need to use the password reset before logging in. This year, entrants will be able to submit as many entries as they like, provided they follow the contest rules. The SHC 2019 contest submission deadline is November 3rd, updates to said submissions allowed until November 10th, expo submissions due by November 17th, and finally, the contest itself running from December 2nd to the 8th.
With the switch thrown at midnight, SAGE 2019 has begun! This year features the biggest host of indie games ever, as well as the much loved Sonic fan games that the show started for! The entire next week is stacked with streams, including several community staples that also grace our sister show, the Sonic Hacking Contest, as well as the yearly fan fiction reading with our friends from MAGfest. With over 80 entries, there’s tons to play, watch, and discuss, so head on over to the site and enjoy!
Back at it again, it’s SAGE! Running from September 27th to October 4th, this year we’re looking at a whole slew of fan games, with an almost equal number of indie titles! There’s still time to submit your project to the show or get on the schedule for streaming! Check out our front page post from last month for more info.
You might’ve heard about a certain console’s 20th Anniversary (in the United States, yes yes we know.) And like the rest of us, you might’ve busted out your own beige white box to play some of SEGA’s final games as a console company. We here at Retro have many different opinions about Sonic Adventure, but deep down, I think we all still love it in some way, shape, or forum. We’re not alone either! One of our own front page writers, MykonosFan, has put together a loving tribute about why he loves the first big, 3D outing. Give it a watch and remember, yes, the Dreamcast was always that loud.
Sonic Amateur Games Expo 2019 is finally on its way, with plenty of new games to play, streams to watch, and so much more! Given that it’s the 30th anniversary of the SEGA Genesis, SAGE’s theme is a celebration of SEGA’s most successful console and the series that started it all. This year has seen some major tweaks to the guidelines, as well as TWO logos to choose from (we know how much some folks prefer “Mega Drive” over “Genesis,) so hit the jump to check out what’s new and we’ll see you September 27th!
In an exciting announcement for Sonic fans in the UK, the Summer of Sonic team has launched a Kickstarter that aims to bring the Sonic Adventure Music Experience to London on December 8th, 2019. Past performances of this show have featured Jun Senoue on guitar, Takeshi Tanada on bass, and Act. on the drums playing some of the greatest hits from the two Sonic Adventure titles with a sampling of other pieces from the series as a whole. With a minimum £38 pledge you can receive an invitation to the event, being held at The Garage. The event is invite only by means of the Kickstarter rewards themselves, so if you are aiming to attend you’ll need to make sure you’ve pledged through the site before invites run out. With the fundraiser running for only 3 weeks, and with there being a lot of rabid Sonic fans, you’ll want to get in on this one before you miss your chance.
The annual Sonic Hacking Contest has once again been announced by Spanner over on the forums. This year sees many big new changes, largely with how the trophies will be categorized and distributed. With 3D entries overtaking the classic, more traditional hacks, last year, the following was decided:
Entries will be graded top 3 overall in the respective common submission formats/categories:
“Retro”, “3D” and “2D PC”. Various “general” categories, subject to different interpretation based
on submission format such as “best visually appealing” or “best sounding” will also be split in the
There are some expected growing pains, as the announcement notes that certain trophies among the new system may not be applicable. This, of course, will depend entirely on what is submitted this year and how the voting shakes out. The contest is currently slated for December 2nd through December 8th, and you can get the deadlines for submissions, contest rules, and further details over on the forum. And as always, sonichacking.org is live for all the entries from previous years.
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