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The Sonic brand sells 800k units in SEGA's 2021/3 Q1 results

Sonic's still selling

SEGA has released their financial details for 2021/3 Q1, and that report includes data on how well the Sonic brand is doing. Altogether, Sonic has a brand sold another 800k units during the quarter. Titles that make up this 800k total include Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Team Sonic Racing, Sonic Mania, and Sonic Forces.

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gets a new Japanese commercial

The 2020 Olympics may have been delayed, but that doesn't mean we can't have some Olympic fun! SEGA wants to remind everyone that Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is available on the Switch right now, and they're doing so with a new commercial in Japan. Check out the 15-second spot above.

SEGA of Japan hosting 'Sonic 2020' broadcast, airing on March 27th

Will you be fast enough to catch the stream?

While it doesn't appear to be a massive event, SEGA of Japan will be hosting a Sonic 2020 broadcast on March 27th, 2020 beginning at 8:00PM JST. Information is limited on what will be shown, but a new merchandise collaboration is expect to be announced, alongside discussion of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020. The stream will be hosted by Kazuyuki Hoshino (Sonic Team character designer), and Jun Senoue (songwriter and lead guitarist for Crush 40) will make a special guest appearance.

French software sales for Feb. 17th to 23rd, 2020

Switch takes the top five

Taking a look at another week of software sales, Nintendo Switch games take a clean sweep, with the five best-selling titles being console exclusive. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continues to be #1 for the 9th week in a row. Check out the top 5 for Feb. 17th to 23rd, 2020 below.

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NSW)
2. Ring Fit Adventure (NSW)
3. Luigi’s Mansion 3 (NSW)
4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (NSW)
5. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (NSW)

SEGA running Sonic eShop sale until Feb. 28th, 2020

RUNNING until February 28th

Likely done to capitalize on the success of the Sonic movie, SEGA is hosting an eShop sale across all Nintendo platforms for many Sonic the Hedgehog titles. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is also included in the sale, which the blue blur makes a cameo appearance. Check out all the updated prices below, lasting until February 28th, 2020 at 8:59AM PT/11:59AM ET.

Switch

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – $39.99 (was $59.99)
SEGA Ages Sonic the Hedgehog – $3.99 (was $7.99)
Sonic Forces – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Sonic Mania – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD – $29.99 (was $39.99)
Team Sonic Racing – $19.99 (was $39.99)

3DS

3D Sonic the Hedgehog – $2.99 (was $5.99)
3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $2.99 (was $5.99)
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Sonic Lost World – $9.99 (was $19.99)

Wii U

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Sonic Lost World – $9.99 (was $19.99)

SEGA says console releases underperformed for their third quarter results

Revenue increased, profits decreased

SEGA has released their Q3 2020 fiscal results, and things aren't exactly rosy on the console side of things. SEGA's major console releases during the quarter were Persona 5 Royal, Sakura Wars, and Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

While SEGA didn't share specific sales data for Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, they did say that their console game sales “went below expectation,” and that console game profits decreased year-on-year due to the increased expenses associated with the launch of these new games. All in all, revenue increased 26% for the “Packaged Games” segment, but profits dropped 43% compared to the year prior.

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games arcade version launches today in Japan

Arcade action with Mario and Sonic

SEGA has released the arcade version of Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. This version includes large buttons for easy play, and a footboard for some elements. There are 12 events included, and 4 players can play at the same time.

SEGA bringing Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to the World Hobby Fair Winter 2020

Play the game and get some goodies!

SEGA has announced that they'll be bringing a playable demo of Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to the World Hobby Fair Winter 2020 event. Those who stop by SEGA's booth to play the game will get a free ticket holder and neck strap. If you play the demo that's in the Competition Corner, you'll get a set of puku puku stickers. Finally, you'll be able to take your picture with Mario and Sonic statues at the booth as well. You can check out the goodies below.

SEGA explains why Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games uses 8-bit sprites for Nintendo, and 16-bit for SEGA

Bits of info

Ever since Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games had its special retro events revealed, fans have had one question. Why do Mario and other Nintendo characters use 8-bit sprites, while Sonic and his gang use 16-bit? Thankfully we have that answer, courtesy of a 4Gamer interview with director Noahiro Hirao. Unfortunately, the answer isn't as juicy as we'd hoped for.

“We received feedback suggesting we have the animations of the Mario characters in parity with the Sonic designs, since the Sonic characters had more images to work with. And then Nintendo suggested their idea to use 8-bit versions of their characters. We had a really good time figuring things out – we could only move characters by rotating them by 90 degrees, and we had to go back to using the old rules of yesteryear (Laughs). And then there were the obvious issues like with Peach; she only had one image, so how were we going to animate her? Well, by giving her a shaking animation bit by bit, from top to bottom… it really made her look like she was running (Laughs).”

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