Yup, after half a year it’s been decided to make Monday Links a thing again. Many board meetings at the Sonic Retro HQ were held to discuss the return of this beloved (?) weekly (???) feature, and we finally decided that it’s probably not worth our time. Then we realized that handling a Sonic news fansite in this day and age isn’t really worth our time either, and that there really hasn’t been any point to anything we’ve put up on this front page for years now. So with that taken into consideration, Monday Links has returned after all, cause really it’s not any less pointless than anything else on the front page.
So due to me completely screwing up my sleep schedule while having a week long vacation last week (gotta stay up til 3 AM man), I only had a couple of hours of sleep today because I couldn’t just wake up at 1PM like I usually do when I don’t have any obligations. So apologies if this week’s Monday Links has terrible writing and/or spelling mistakes. Maybe I’ll mix up the words “then” and “than” again, maybe I’ll accidentally put a Tegra link in the Sega links, maybe I’ll fall asleep on the keyboard anfdsniodfsoNOFDSNOINDVGOIVBDSNJaacnbsadvbiouAUIOFDFNVXZSNF
- SEGAbits had a podcast with an interview with Sonic Boom producer Stephen Frost. Of course everyone else and their mom had interviews with Stephen Frost as well but we were first so pfft [Swingin’ Report Show]
- Barry the Nomad looks at the past redesigns of Sonic the Hedgehog in this installment of the Weekly Five [Because Sonic redesigns are cool again]
- Here’s a new show: This is Saturn by TrackerTD. This first episode looks at Fighters Megamix [Because SEGA Saturn will always be cool]
While we missed out on SAGE last year, it’s now finally time to take it out of its somewhat dusty box. SAGE Act 1 has started with some fangames and engines you may want to check out like Sonic Time Twisted, SonicGDK and Da Rock. Besides fangames, there are also live streams, an IRC chat and an Arts & Entertainment section.. This SAGE takes place from February 23rd to March 1st 2014, with a second act happening sometime later this year.
Truly one of the best moments ever captured in a screenshot for a video game.
Anyway, this week includes: an announcement on something coming soon from Sonic Retro/SEGAbits, lots of Sakura Taisen stuff, Bayonetta 2 and even more Sonic Boom details.
- Sonic Boom producer Stephen Frost will be on SEGAbits’ Swingin’ Report Show later this month! [No link for this one, I just know]
- Remember that time SEGAbits did a Sakura Taisen themed week? Well, that was last week, so here’s all the stuff that they did:
– Tuesday Tunes features a live performance of Kimi Yo Hana Yo [With subtitles]
– SEGA Channel Retro did a streaming marathon of the first four Sakura Taisen games [Wait I thought streaming was our thing]
– A list of five ways to experience Sakura Taisen [The Not-Really-Weekly Five]
– Kori-Maru goes back in time to review Sakura Taisen 2 [For the Saturn]
– Segata Sanshiro shows how manly love can be in this Sakura Taisen 2 commercial [So manly]
– Segalization decides to join in on the Sakura Taisen fun [Segalization]
– And finally, the SEGAbits staff members share their thoughts on how they’d like to see the franchise localized [Featuring our very own Bartman]
So those Sonic Boom announcements sure happened. It was probably the biggest Sonic-related announcement since they revealed Sonic Adventure. If you somehow missed it or want a brief summary of what was revealed, here’s the gist of it: SEGA of America has started a new branch to the Sonic franchise with the non-confusing name: Sonic Boom, which is basically a westernized version of Sonic with it’s own world and redesigned characters. Of this they’re making a TV show and two new games for Wii U and 3DS, all of which will be released later this year. In this universe Knuckles gets buffed up for real, Tails gets a toolbelt, Amy realizes that she’s been wearing the same clothes for years and Sonic wears a scarf for some reason. Also they all roll around in sports tape. Also it won’t replace the main series of games that Sonic Team is making.
Anyway, considering how many previews and interviews there are, Sonic Boom will get it’s own section this week. :
Sonic Boom Stuff
While I usually wouldn’t link to petitions for video games on Monday Links, this one has actually been acknowledged by SEGA and has a chance of resulting in something happening, so I’ll let this one slide. If you want to let SEGA know that you want games like Bayonetta, Vanquish, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Valkyria Chronicles and other such games on PC, go support it. In other news: enough stuff happened in the past week for me to do a Monday Links. So here goes:
The other site staff wanted me to put this video in this week’s Monday Links. Considering the content of the video, I’d like to apologize on everyone’s behalf for putting it here. I’m sorry. I’m so, so very sorry.
- Guess Who reviewed the 3DS version of Sonic Lost World and greatly regrets doing so [Review]
- Missed some of our Vidya Retro streams? Catch up on some [Highlights]
- A new version of Sonic Worlds Delta has been released for MMF2/Fusion 2.5 [The Barrel Update]
- The fifth release of Sonic ERaZor is here [Yup, that still exists]
- My Life with SEGA has released a sequel to The Next Level [No Limits]
- The winner of the SEGAbits Summer of Art/Season of Colors contest has been revealed [Ryo Hazuki would want it]
- SEGA announced a new Alien game, this one being a survival horror title called Alien: Isolation [Spooky scary]
- Rhythm Thief, a 3DS game barely anyone knew about, is now available on iOS. [MICROTRANSACTIONS YAY]
Whenever the fire alarm goes off, don’t forget to take the plushies with you.
- In memory of Greg Martin’s passing, forum member Buyatari has scanned in line art he bought from the man himself [Get nostalgic]
- Barry unboxes the Not Enough Rings comic book [It’s ok, it’s a parody]
- Greg Martin, illustrator of Sonic box-arts, has passed away [Rest in peace]
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is now out on iOS and Android [With Ryo Hazuki]
- Here are a bunch of SEGA consoles turned into moe anime girls [JAPAN IS SO WEIRD LOL]
I’m bored, it’s 2014 now, somehow it’s still the year of Luigi and I just realized that I wanted to do a Monday Links this week but then I forgot. So let’s just do this. This was the last week of 2013, so there’s not much that happened, but there’s still some cool stuff you should probably check out. And as long as there’s cool stuff, there will be Monday Links. Some of the time anyway. Hopefully more often in 2014.
- Relic Entertainment is working on an existing Japanese MMO, surely it can’t be Phantasy Star Online 2? [Oh hey, it probably is]
- A group of fans released the first version of their Valkyria Chronicles 3 translation [Fans of animu and wars rejoice!]
- The beta of the Dreamcast version of Toejam & Earl 3 got leaked out [It’s a Christmas miracle]
- SEGA gives people a closer look at Ryo Hazuki’s vehicle in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed [Here, here and here]
Yup, it’s almost Christmas. Meaning there’s Christmas stuff you can watch on TV, the internet, your phone or some futuristic machine that hasn’t been invented yet that you’re reading this on at the moment. Or you could actually be spending time with your family or loved ones, because that’s a Christmas thing you can do. Anyway, this week Balena Productions made another Sonic Christmas cartoon, some of our staff did commentary on a different Sonic Christmas cartoon and cool music guy Falk made a thing. Also some other stuff including: