Today Good Smile Company announced a Sonic Nendoroid figure. If you don’t know what Nendoroids are, they are figures usually based on anime or manga characters (Sonic being an exception) made in a style with a huge head and small body. They are about 10 cm or 4 inch in height and are adjustable, meaning you can put them in various poses or give them different facial expressions.
The Sonic figure is based on the modern iteration, meaning it basicly looks like classic Sonic with green eyes (heh) and a thinner body. It comes with the item box, chaos emerald and checkpoint items shown in the pictures and will be released in April 2012 for ¥3,500, which is about $45 according to Google.
Ports of Sonic games to mobile devices have been nothing new or notable for a while now–after all, we’ve seen both Sonic 1 and Sonic 2 ported to everything ever, as well as mobile versions of games like Sonic Unleashed and Sonic at the Olympic Games appearing for phones alongside their console counterparts.
But in a move unseen since Sonic N (rest in peace, taco phone), the classic game Sonic Advance (aka the Advance series game that was actually pretty great) is now available on the Japanese Android Marketplace. For free. How awesome is that?
The game is slightly different than the original Game Boy Advance release: when the 3x scaling is calculated back down to the game’s original size, the screen resolution comes out to be 264×158 instead of 240×160. Rather than the GBA’s chiptunes, the original MIDI compositions are being used in this port, which is unsurprising but still pleasant.
If you live outside of Japan and still want to play the game, we have a rip of the APK available for download.Note that you will need to know how to root and modify your Android device (which we can’t help you with, sorry 😉 ) and that you’ll need to set your provider id to docomo. Here’s hoping it gets a proper release in the western Android Marketplace for everyone else!
Every once in a while, SEGA of Japan does something which comes out of nowhere. With the announcement of Toirettsu…well, it comes out of somewhere. And now I am truly frightened.
So I was checking out the Sonic Channel RSS feed this morning and up pops this little game which appears to be a belated birthday present for Sonic, for the month of July 2010 only:
It’s called Sonic Freehand according to the actual blog post (though it just says Sonic the Hedgehog on the title screen) – it’s a 2D platform game entirely in doodle graphics, check out this little animation:
Japan really does get all the cool stuff. I want this 🙁