SEGA releases a Sonic Mania Adventures papercraft episode for Valentine's Day

These animated features for Sonic Mania Adventures have been so damn good. So much charm and just a lot of fun to watch. With Sonic Mania and Sonic Mania Adventures, I really feel like at least part of the Sonic franchise is back on track!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

SEGA & JAKKS Pacific Announce Licensing Deal for Sonic the Hedgehog

Santa Monica, Calif., - February 13, 2019— Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK), today announced it has entered into a multi-year, global toy licensing deal with SEGA of America, Inc. to manufacture, market, and distribute their iconic Sonic the Hedgehog video game brand. The entire line will be showcased at the International Toy Fair in New York February 16-19, 2019.

SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog franchise launched in 1991 and continues to be one of the most-popular gaming brands of all time with over 800M units sold or downloaded to date. With a methodical and organic approach, Sonic the Hedgehog has expanded its footprint across multiple platforms including games, mobile, TV, comics and other entertainment areas.

JAKKS will be showcasing its line of Sonic the Hedgehog action figures, playsets, plush, collectibles and novelty items. One item fans will speed to the store for is the Pinball Track Set. This set brings the iconic videogame to life with its customizable track. Fans simply pull the pinball launcher and shoot the Sonic Spheres through the loops and turns. The set comes with an exclusive Sonic Sphere and removable figure.

“We are incredibly excited to work with SEGA of America to bring this iconic property and character to life,” said Craig Drobis, SVP Marketing, JAKKS Pacific. “The JAKKS line of toys, role-play, and dress-up extends the ‘Sonic’ experience from screen-time to play-time.”

“As a best-in-class toy company that possesses an exemplary track record with legendary brands in the gaming space, it made perfect sense for us to enter into a partnership with JAKKS Pacific,” said Anoulay Tsai, Licensing Director, SEGA of America. “This is a great step forward for Sonic the Hedgehog as we endeavor to break barriers at the speed of sound in toys!”

The global launch (except Asia) of Sonic the Hedgehog toys will be available at retail this Fall for fans ages three and older with prices starting at $4.99.

Team Sonic Racing - Doctor's Mine track, and Team Eggman screens/art

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We learned about Team Eggman and the Doctor's Mine track in Team Sonic Racing not too long ago, but now we have a bunch of screens and art to go along with it. I don't know about you, but I have a feeling Eggman is going to end up on the losing side of this race...

SEGA AGES: Outrun -Music Collection- seeing release in Japan

SEGA is releasing a SEGA AGES: Outrun -Music Collection- in Japan, and it's set to launch on Feb. 23rd, 2019 at the Tokyo Game Music Show 2019, and then later via the SEGA Store. The album will cost 2,500 yen, and you can check out the track listing below.

-2019 Latest Recording Music-

01. Magical Sound Shower (1986 Arcade "OutRun") Composer: Hiro ※ New recording on the arcade board
02. Passing Breeze (1986 Arcade "OutRun") Composer: Hiro ※ New recording on the arcade board
03. Splash Wave (1986 Arcade "OutRun") Composer: Hiro ※ New recording on the arcade board
04. Crusing Line (2014 Nintendo 3DS "3D OutRun") Composer: Manabu Namiki * New recording on arcade board
05. Camino a Mi Amor (2014 Nintendo 3DS "3D OutRun") Composer: Jane-Evelyn Nisperos * New recording on the arcade board
06. Step on Beat - Arcade Edition - (2018 Nintendo Switch "SEGA AGES OutRun") Composer: CHAMY.Ishi Arranger: Sakuoki Kudo
07. Midnight Highway - PlayBack - (2018 Nintendo Switch "SEGA AGES OutRun") Composer: SEGA Arranger: Sakuoki Kudo
08. Radiation -Nostalgic Ver .- (2018 Nintendo Switch "SEGA AGES OutRun") Composer: Hiro Arranger: Sakuoki Kudo
09. Driver's MegaMix Vol.1 (2018 Nintendo Switch "SEGA AGES OutRun") Composer: Hiro Arranger: Jane-Evelyn Nisperos
10. Last Wave (1986 Arcade "OutRun") Composer: Hiro ※ New recording on the arcade board

-Original Music-

11. Step on Beat (1991 MEGA DRIVE "OutRun") Composer: CHAMY.Ishi * New recording
12. Midnight Highway PSG Sound Ver. (1989 SEGA MASTER SYSTEM [Overseas Edition] "OutRun 3-D") Composer: SEGA * New recording
13. Midnight Highway FM Sound Ver. (1989 SEGA MASTER SYSTEM [Overseas Edition] "OutRun 3-D") Composer: SEGA * New recording
14. Radiation (2006 PlayStation 2 / PlayStation Portable / Xbox / PC "OutRun 2006 Coast 2 Coast" · 2007 PlayStation 2 "OutRun 2 SP") Composer & Arranger: Hiro Additional Keyboard Solo: Hiro & Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
-Bonus Track-
15. Magical Sound Shower - SOUND! SHOCK Trance Ver. - Composer & Arranger: Hiro

SXSW 2019 to feature 'Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel' (with special announcements) and 'The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda'

Looks like we have two panels at the upcoming South X SouthWest event to look forward to. There will be an official SEGA panel on Sonic the Hedgehog, which is going to include some surprises, as well as a Legend of Zelda panel. Check out the details below!

The Discovery Stage is back for another year of fan-centric panels, reveals, and announcements at SXSW Gaming! The Discovery Stage is an integral part of experiencing SXSW Gaming every year as it hosts fan-favorite franchises, voice actors, filmmakers, and more, specially curated for YOU! You can expect discussions about the journey of making games, first-look revelations on top upcoming titles, and more – all at the heart of SXSW Gaming!

We’re excited to reveal the lineup for this year’s sessions and highly recommend you be a part of the fun next month!

Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel

Aaron Webber (SEGA of America), Jasmin Hernandez (SEGA of America), Jun Senoue (SEGA), Takashi Iizuka (SEGA of America)

Sonic the Hedgehog is back at SXSW! Join special guests from SEGA and Sonic Team as they talk about the latest for the blue blur and his next steps for 2019 and beyond. There’s almost always a special announcement or two to be had, so be sure to purchase your wristband to SXSW Gaming to make sure you’re there to hear it first – no spoilers here!

The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda

Dr. Anthony Bean, Dr. Emory Daniel Jr., Dr. Rachel Kowert, and Dr. Shane Tilton

The Legend of Zelda franchise has immersed players in a courageous struggle against the forces of evil for three whole decades and across 30 different games. Surprisingly, throughout all these years, the powerful psychology of this game continues to allow players to assess many varying mental health conditions and to overcome emotional trauma. From Dark Link to being an orphan, panelists discuss the varying psychological importance of why this game series Links up so well with our psyches.

The Sonic the Hedgehog panel takes place March 16th, 2019 at 1:00PM – 2:00PM, and the Legend of Zelda panel will be held on March 17th, 2019 at 2:30PM – 3:30PM.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Sonic Team composer gets his Smash Bros. Ultimate copy signed by Masahiro Sakurai

Tomoya Ohtani, a Sonic Team composer, provided some remixed tunes for Smash Bros. Ultimate. While he may be a composer that worked on the project, he's also a fan of Smash Bros. in general. Ohtani's fan-side came out at a party recently, where he asked Mashiro Sakurai to sign his copy of Smash Bros. Ultimate. As you can see in the image above, Sakurai was happy to do so!

SEGA Drops Video Featuring the Musicians Behind Team Sonic Racing’s Soundtrack

Get ready to rock, Sonic fans! Today, SEGA is pulling back the curtain and introducing fans to the musicians creating the dynamic soundtrack for the highly anticipated kart-racing experience, Team Sonic Racing.

Featuring Sonic Team Sound Director, Jun Senoue, along with Act. on drums and Takeshi Taneda on bass, the video showcases the team’s creative process as they play tracks including, “Frozen Junkyard”, “Market Street”, and Team Sonic Racing’s guitar-heavy theme song, “Green Light Ride”. Recorded live from Tokyo, this insider’s jam session provides Sonic music fans with the best seat in the house.

Developed by award-winning studio Sumo Digital, Team Sonic Racing is the ultimate arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing experience, featuring your favorite characters and environments from across the Sonic Universe. Race together and win together in online multiplayer or local co-op mode utilizing the dynamic team mechanics and vehicle customization features to dash across the finish line. Team Sonic Racing is set to release both physically and digitally on May 21, 2019 on Sony PlayStation®4, Microsoft Xbox® One and Nintendo Switch™, with a digital-only release on PC.

To pre-order the physical edition of Team Sonic Racing, please visit www.teamsonicracing.com.

Team Sonic Racing - Japanese promo and intro videos

Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing as you face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing.

Team Sonic Racing hitting Switch in Japan on May 21st, 2019

SEGA originally told us that we'd be enjoying Team Sonic Racing by the end of 2018, but that ended up being way off the mark. The game ended up getting delayed to May 21st, 2019 in both North America and Europe. Oddly, SEGA never confirmed a new release date for Japan. Thankfully that changes today, and SEGA has confirmed a May 21st, 2019 release date for that region as well.

SEGA AGES: Gain Ground - another batch of screens

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It's the 31st century, and science and technology have progressed to the point that the human race is approaching perfection: no war, no poverty and no conflict. With nothing to worry about, the human race seems destined to live forever in harmony. But what if Earth came under attack? By this point in time, people did not know how to cope with problems or conflicts, and had completely lost their survival instincts.

In response to this, the United Earth Government created the Gain Ground system, a war simulator that would help humans rediscover their lost instincts. After several terrible malfunctions, the creators became prisoners in their own creation. Now it's up to players and two courageous comrades to go into the Gain Ground system, rescue their fellow humans and destroy the system. Players battle through different periods in history as they revive their survival instincts, while trying to live.