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RUMOR - Tyson Hesse might have provided the art for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie delay announcement

Is he working on the Sonic revamp?


Tyson Hesse has numerous ties to the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. He was the director of Sonic Mania Adventures, provided the cut-scenes for Sonic Mania, worked on the Sonic comics for Archie, and much more. Does Mr. Hesse have any other connections to the Sonic franchise? Some think he might be working on the upcoming Sonic movie.

The artwork above is from Mr. Hesse, which was his take on the movie version of Sonic, based on the various teaser posters we had seen.

Then we had the artwork shared yesterday, which was to announce a delay for the Sonic movie. This artwork came from Jeff Fowler, the movie's director. Immediately, some people saw the artwork and thought it was very similar to Hesse's style. This lead to all sorts of speculation, and tons of people asking Hesse if he was the creator.


While Hesse hasn't said yes/no, he did share the tweet above after news of the delay broke. For those who don't know, the image comes from the first Iron Man movie. This is when Tony Stark reveals to the world that he IS Iron Man, as no one knew for sure who was in the suit.

All of this fits in extremely well with everyone asking who drew the art, and hitting up Mr. Hesse for info. Now if Hesse is indeed behind the art, does this mean he's going to have deeper ties to the movie as well? Could he be involved with the redesign Sonic is getting? I guess we'll have to hang tight and keep speculating!

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Japan - Day 1 sales for Assassin's Creed III Remastered, Resident Evil: Origins Collection, Team Sonic Racing, and more

Disappointment all around

Time for another day-one sales data round-up for Japan! Check out the breakdowns for Assassin's Creed III Remastered, Resident Evil: Origins Collection, Team Sonic Racing, and Minna no Doubutsu Shogi below.

[PS4] [NSW] Assassin’s Creed III Remastered (Ubisoft) – 20%. Unexpectedly, sales are quite low

[NSW] Resident Evil: Origins Collection (Capcom) – 10%. Extremely poor debut, even for the late port of remasters, but not too surprising for a bundle with only one game on the cartridge

[NSW] [PS4] Team Sonic Racing (Sega) – 20-30%. Poor debut, especially as sell-through ratio is based on 3 days of sales

[NSW] Minna no Doubutsu Shogi (SilverStar) – No sell-through ratio provided, which is definitely not a good sign.

Secret Genesis Sprites Hiding in Team Sonic Racing's Wisp Circuit

Very sneaky!

Team Sonic Racing is one big homage to Sonic's legacy but there's one track that goes back further than any other! Wisp Circuit is hiding 16 bit Sprites for Sonic, Tails, & Knuckles - can you find even more?

Team Sonic Racing - another batch of screens

Check out more screens here

Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing. Face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing, race together across stunning worlds and work together as a team by sharing power-ups and speed boosts. Take control of your racing style - Choose from 3 distinct character types and unlock game changing vehicle customization options to suit your racing style.

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game to include ranked mode, two more sports revealed

Light the torch

SEGA has confirmed that Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game will include a new Rank Games mode where sports will rotate every 30 minutes, and players compete for the highest online rankings. On top of that, SEGA has confirmed that both Boxing and the Hammer Throw will be included as events. Check out more screens here.

Team Sonic Racing on Switch makes it near impossible to play online in a team with friends

Riding solo

Team Sonic Racing is available on Switch, and it does let you play online. If you're looking to play in a team with friends, that situation is going to involve a TON of luck.

On PS4/XB1, Team Sonic Racing uses the party/invite systems of the hardware. On Switch, without that hardware-level system available, SEGA opted to not offer anything. The only way to play online with friends is by hopping in a lobby and hoping everyone lines up correctly. Teams are broken into colors (Blue, Red, Yellow, and Green), and three players are on each team. The first person in a lobby goes to the Blue team, next goes to Green, the next Red, and the next Yellow. In other words, if you want people on your Blue team, you'll have to have the fantastic luck of joining first, then having your friends join in 5th and 9th.

Hopefully this is something that can be fixed, as there are numerous other games on Switch that offer up their own solutions to the party/invite system. To think that SEGA/Sumo Digital just ignored it altogether for this version is pretty disappointing.

SEGA AGES: Wonder Boy in Monster Land to feature 'Joystick Rattle Button,' Money Hungry Mode, and online leaderboards

Welcome additions and new features detailed

SEGA announced earlier that SEGA AGES: Wonder Boy in Monster Land will be heading to the Switch soon, and now we have some info on the new features this revamp will include. Check out a rundown of the new content below.

Joystick Rattling Made Easy with the “Joystick Rattle Button”

The “Joystick Rattle,” an old arcade trick in which the player vehemently rattles the joystick to increase the amount of gold obtained at certain points on the map, can be executed with a single button in the Sega Ages version.

Challenge the Game in its Truest Design with the New “Money Hungry Mode”

“Money Hungry Mode” is a new mode that seals away the Joystick Rattle technique and forces the player to challenge the game how the designers initially meant for it to be challenged. Compete against other players around the world in online leaderboards.

Online Leaderboards

The online leaderboards included in previous ports of Wonder Boy in Monster Land are all included in the Sega Ages version. Examples include:

Sphinx Challenge – Challenge the battle against the Sphinx, which players normally tend to skip.
Monster Castle Challenge – A time attack on the game’s final dungeon.
Fireball Challenge – A challenge in which you can only use fireballs (infinitely) and die in one hit.

Team Sonic Racing - Denjin Getcha segment

Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing. Face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing, race together across stunning worlds and work together as a team by sharing power-ups and speed boosts. Take control of your racing style - Choose from 3 distinct character types and unlock game changing vehicle customization options to suit your racing style.

Puyo Puyo Champions - Intermediate Tutorial: Disruption Techniques

Distract, then attack!

Puyo Puyo Champions isn't just about keeping your board clear. You want to make sure you're setting things up in order to devastate your competition! This video tutorial will help give you some ideas on how to keep your opponent guessing.

Team Sonic Racing - gameplay footage (PS4)

Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing. Face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing, race together across stunning worlds and work together as a team by sharing power-ups and speed boosts. Take control of your racing style - Choose from 3 distinct character types and unlock game changing vehicle customization options to suit your racing style.