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3:00 PM on 11.05.2013

Sonic Lost World crashes and burns in Japanese debut

Sonic Lost World scampered over to Japan the other week, but folks there haven't welcomed the blue hedgehog with open arms. Upon hearing the iconic speed demon was returning with another middling adventure, people everywhere ...

Kyle MacGregor

9:30 AM on 10.21.2013

Sega mobile: Sonic 2, Rhythm Thief, Sonic & All-Stars

Sega has a line-up of five new mobile games they're preparing for launch, including  Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed; Sonic The Hedgehog 2; Demon Tribe; Go Dance and Rhythm Thief &&n...

Dale North

10:00 PM on 10.18.2013

You have something in your eye, Dr. Robotnik

Oh yeah, we just found your new wallpaper thanks to Ian Wilding. Dr. Robotnik looks quite menacing here, if not a little annoyed thanks to Sonic the Hedgehog. What's that? You don't see Sonic? Look closer. Closer! Ian's art h...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Review: Sonic Lost World photo
Review: Sonic Lost World
by Jim Sterling

While it's still popular to suggest Sonic the Hedgehog hasn't had a decent game in decades, this generation alone has at least shown significant improvements. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 was an enjoyable, if controversial game, while Sonic Generations remains a genuinely great experience that finally nailed the 3D gameplay Sonic Team's been so thoroughly challenged by. 

Unfortunately, Sonic Team's biggest struggle is with its need to constantly reinvent the Sonic formula, even after it's found something that works. Following Generations, we are already seeing a dramatic shift in style, this time to a game that scraps much of what has defined Sonic's 3D games, and embraced something far more akin to Mario's latter day console adventures. 

After years of rivalry against Nintendo, it's amusing to see Sonic Lost World liberally, shamelessly steal from Mario Galaxy. However, while Lost World isn't a patch on the Galaxy games, the art of theft works considerably in Sonic's favor. Indeed, this game may very well be onto something. 

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11:30 PM on 10.02.2013

There's a new Sonic cartoon in the works

Sonic is returning to television with Sonic Boom, the fifth Sonic TV series. This one is going to be CG animated, and is set to debut Fall 2014 on Cartoon Network. The target audience is ages 6 to 11, and is billed as an "act...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 AM on 10.02.2013

Sega of America hit with layoffs

Sega of America confirmed today an undisclosed number of layoffs, Venture Beat reports. A spokeswoman for the company had this to say: “As the gaming industry continues to evolve, companies must adapt and adjust in orde...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





9:30 PM on 10.01.2013

WTF: Sonic Lost World's pre-order bonus is extra lives

Amazon has Sonic Lost World up for pre-order and what's the super special bonus you get for getting the game on Amazon? 25 extra lives. Let me repeat that: 25. Extra. Lives. What in the f*ck. Sonic Lost World [Amazon, via Sega Blog]

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Sonic's gotta go fast in these Smash 4 screens photo
Sonic's gotta go fast in these Smash 4 screens
by Tony Ponce

Sorry, I got a little carried away earlier today. Let's try again, shall we?

*AHEM*

Sonic is returning to the Smash series and will be trading blows with Mario as well as the other blue boy, Mega Man. Sonic vs. Mega Man... first the Archie crossover, now this. With this news and Mighty No. 9's hitting just about every single stretch goal, I've never been a happier gamer.

The Smash site has new screens of ol' Needlemouse, who's looking a lot sharper than in his Brawl days. You'll notice that there is a level based on Sonic Lost World, so that's gonna be fun. Also, please enjoy the short clip above, provided by Games HQ Media.

Sonic the Hedgehog [Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U]

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10:45 AM on 10.01.2013

Worldwide online in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Games

Here's a question: why does Peach have to wear tights to ice skate while Bowser gets to go bare-bottom? They have lots of dumb laws over in Sochi. Maybe a 'dinos must not wear pants' law is also in place. We learned from thi...

Dale North

9:16 AM on 10.01.2013

Sonic vs. Mega Man in Smash Bros. 4!!!

IN THIS WOOOOOOOORLD, WHERE LIFE IS STROOOOOOOONG!IN THIS WOOOOOOOORLD, LIFE'S AN OPEN BOOK!IN THIS WOOOOOOOORLD, WHERE COMPROMISE DOES NOT EXIST!IN THIS WORLD OF WORLDS, EVERY STEP MEETS THE REST! Sonic in Smash 4, everyone! My dream of Sonic vs. Mega Man will happen!

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 09.05.2013

There's some hope for Sonic Lost World

Jim Sterling and Tony Ponce are easily the biggest Sonic fans on staff so it only made sense that I have them go play Sonic Lost World while at PAX Prime 2013. And as it turns out, there's some hope for the game. The control...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:30 PM on 08.28.2013

Game/Show is how PBS talks about videogames

PBS's Idea Channel has talked about games in the past, at least once or twice. In fact, the show has an entire section on YouTube discussing games. It seems like the section does well enough for itself, as the people behind ...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 AM on 08.28.2013

Sonic comic writer will play Lost World for charity

My homeboy David Oxford, writer at The Mega Man Network and and fellow editor on NF Magazine, has planned a special charity event alongside Ian Flynn, lead writer on Archie's Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. For ...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 08.27.2013

Get your Hatsune Miku on at PAX Prime

Sega will be at PAX Prime this week, and they're bringing the new Sonic game with them! Lost World will be playable on the Wii U and 3DS. I'm actually interested in seeing this one, as I'm hopeful there can be at least one go...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 08.22.2013

Sonic Lost World special edition features NiGHTS bosses

A new trailer for Sonic Lost World has surfaced, running through a list of features previously not seen. Sonic skates on icy surfaces, and Sonic 3 elemental shields like bubble and lightning can be shared via Miiverse, as ca...

Tony Ponce



Before Minecraft, Notch made a crappy Sonic fan game photo
Before Minecraft, Notch made a crappy Sonic fan game
by Tony Ponce

A great way to waste time is to Google any odd topic that happens to pop into your head and play a game of link tag until you strike pay dirt. My latest excursion led me to Sonic Racer 4K, a Java-based Sonic fan game. But what really caught my attention was the name of the developer: Markus Persson.

You know, the Minecraft guy.

After a little more digging, I discovered an old resume that he still hosts on the Mojang page, even though it's no longer directly linked anywhere on the site. Turns out Notch was a frequent participant in the Java 4K Programming Contest, which tasks entrants to create a Java game with a total file size less than 4K bytes. Sonic Racer 4K was a 2005 submissions, but he also made other 4K fan games, including MEGA4KMAN and Left 4K Dead.

I don't know how much of this is common knowledge, but it's certainly a big surprise to me. I like learning about what folks did before they were famous. As for the games themselves, they are impressive considering the constraints, even if they are kind of poopy. Test them out yourselves!

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