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Video Spotlight | Sonic Colours Gets “HD Upgrades Spotlight”, Showing New Modes and Features

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

A new trailer has been released for Sonic Colours Ultimate, the upcoming remaster of 2010’s Wii entry in the blue hedgehog’s 3D exploits. It focuses on what new features Ultimate will bring to the table over the original game, and there’s actually a hefty amount on show.

First up is the obvious graphical changes; the lighting is redone, the resolution is boosted to up to 4K, and the game now runs at 60 frames per second instead of the original release’s 30. Also shown off for the first time is Rival Rush mode, in which you face Metal Sonic in a race to the finish.

The ‘Park Tokens’ we’ve been seeing in various screenshots are elaborated on here too. They can be used to buy new cosmetics to change up Sonic’s look a tad, with auras, different boost effects, and new glove and shoe accessories. In addition, we’ve gotten our first look at how Team Sonic Racing’s Jade Ghost Wisp has been implemented; it’ll let you pass through walls at certain points of a stage, offering new shortcuts. You can also customise the control layout for the game; helpful as the original Classic Controller layout for Colours might not be to everyone’s taste.

Tails Save is also shown off, though it had been shown in other media prior. Essentially as long as you have a Tails Token handy, the two-tailed fox will scoop you out of a pit with no penalty should you fall down one. 100-Count Rings are the final new tidbit shown, and give Sonic a brief burst of the classic invincibility sparkles when collected.

In terms of hearing, there is one more thing. As previously noted, the soundtrack will be fully remixed. It’s not known yet if an option to use the original music is included.

On the whole, it’s quite a slew of new features; and it seems there may be more to come, given this is only Spotlight #1. Sonic Colours: Ultimate releases September 7th for Xbox, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via the Epic Games Store.

Sonic Colours Ultimate Gets Additional Planet Wisp Footage, New 4K Screenshots

Monday, June 14th, 2021

SEGA has released new footage of Sonic Colours Ultimate, the upcoming remaster of 2010’s beloved Wii entry in the blue hedgehog’s career. The footage is available in 4K, and showcases Planet Wisp Act 4.

In addition, a slew of new screenshots are available of various stages, again showcasing how the game looks at 4K resolution. You can check them out after the jump.

Sonic Colours Ultimate launches for Playstation 4, Xbox consoles, Nintendo Switch and PC (via the Epic Games Store) on September 7th. (more…)

Running Through Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown’s Arcade Mode | Video Spotlight

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

SEGA has very kindly let us check out Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, the latest entry in the beloved fighting game series. We’ll have a full review coming in due time, but to whet your appetite we’ve captured some fresh footage of the game in action.

Enjoy a run-through of the game’s Arcade Mode as Eileen, and try not to judge my own fighting game skills too hard. I tried my best, honest!

Next Mainline Sonic the Hedgehog Title Officially Teased, Coming 2022

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

It’s been a long time coming, but the next Sonic the Hedgehog title has been officially teased, during the Sonic Central broadcast for Sonic’s 30th Anniversary.

It’ll be coming to PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch and PC. And… that’s just about all we know! The trailer shows Sonic running through a rather lush forest, and the tease of a mysterious emblem.

Whatever it is, it’ll be coming in 2022. Hopefully we’ll hear more later this year.

Sonic Colours Ultimate Coming to PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and Epic Games Store

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Sonic Colours will be coming to modern platforms as Sonic Colours Ultimate, as announced during today’s Sonic Central stream.

Via SEGA’s PR:

Features:

Sonic Speed and Non-Stop Action-

●Accelerate to adrenaline-pumping super speed, zoom across challenging worlds, and maneuver through hazardous obstacles. Time your attacks perfectly to charge your boost and reach Super Sonic speeds.

Interstellar Amusement Park–

●Explore and adventure through immersive environments, like a Sweet Mountain filled with delightful sweets or an Aquarium Park filled with sea life and countless pools-all centered around a mysterious astro-amusement park.

Wisp Power-ups–

●Transform Sonic by harnessing the magnificent alien power of Wisps to defeat enemies and discover the secrets of the interstellar amusement park. Pass through solid objects and discover alternate paths using the new Jade Ghost Wisp.

Better Than Ever–

●Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch and now more colorful than ever with enhanced visuals and graphics, refined controls, and many more gameplay upgrades. The game is also playable on PlayStation®5 via backwards compatibility and Xbox Series X|S.

‘Rival Rush’ Mode–

●Put your skills to the test and go head-to-head with Metal Sonic. Outrun Metal Sonic to unlock rewards

The game will launch September 7th. There are multiple versions available, including a digital standard edition that’ll give you Sonic’s electric boost from the Sonic Movie, and a digital deluxe edition with additional cosmetics.

UPDATE: Sonic Origins Announced, Will Feature Taxman Remakes of Sonic 1, 2 & CD, Plus Sonic 3 & Knuckles

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

UPDATE: It has now been confirmed that Sonic 3 & Knuckles will be a widescreen port, like the other titles. Via the Sonic Pillar’s Katie:

Katie – MiniKitty on Twitter: “Been seeing quite a few of you asking about Sonic 3 & Knuckles in Sonic Origins and whether or not we will see the game in widescreen there. Just to clear that up…YES! Sonic 3 will also be widescreen!

Original Article continues below.

Sonic Origins has been officially announced as part of Sonic’s 30th Anniversary festivities.

The collection will include, for the first time on consoles, the remakes of Sonic 1 and 2 produced by Christian Whitehead, also known as ‘The Taxman’. It’ll also include his remake of Sonic CD, and the first re-release of Sonic 3 & Knuckles in a long time, though it doesn’t appear that it’ll be remastered like the other titles.

The game will be coming to “the latest platforms”, and more information will be announced later in the year. It’ll be released in 2022.

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown Launches June 1st on PS4

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown has finally been officially announced. The definitive version of SEGA’s beloved fighter will hit Playstation 4 on June 1st, as a digital exclusive.

The trailer points to this being a collaboration between AM2 and RGG Studio. Whether it’ll come to any more platforms in the future remains to be seen; there have also been rumours swirling that the game will be part of next month’s Playstation Plus offerings, which would make sense given the release date.

 

ITO EN Green Tea Debut New Advert, Including a Green Hill Zone Arrangement by Dreams Come True

Monday, May 17th, 2021

File this one under ‘strange crossovers’ with the talking bunny that sings NiGHTS music; Green Tea specialists ITO EN have unveiled their new advertising campaign in co-operation with Japan pop music legends Dreams Come True. The main advert for the cross-promotion can be seen above, and the music should sound more than a little familiar to anyone reading a SEGA website.

As detailed in a blog post about the advert – yes, it’s just straight-up Green Hill Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog, now with fresh new vocals to go with it! For those unaware, Masato Nakamura of Dreams Come True produced the soundtrack for Sonic 1 & 2, and still owns the rights to the music. So this doesn’t really have anything to do with SEGA in terms of them actually being involved, but it’s very nicely timed for Sonic’s 30th Anniversary nonetheless!

The blog post also says a full version of the arrangement is being made, with vocal recording in progress currently. We’ll keep an eye out for a full version down the line!

Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S Now Available on Nintendo Switch, With 25% Launch Discount

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Hatsune Miku has another Nintendo Switch outing, available now; and while SEGA aren’t involved with this one, Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S is worth highlighting just because it’s a combination of often SEGA-adjacent virtual popstar Hatsune Miku and Picross, which is a match made in heaven. Probably.

Previously available on smart devices, Logic Paint S has surprise-launched on Switch in Europe and other regions, with an introductory 25% discount. That means for as little as £7.50, you can get your hands on 350 logic puzzles, and Miku and friends happen to be there too. For those who’ve never played Picross, you have to make pictures by following the numbers at the top and left side of a grid, with the size of the puzzles expanding dramatically as you progress through the ones on offer. There’s illustrations of Crypton Future Media’s Piapro Characters to unlock, as well as songs from Piapro’s Song Contest.

It’s a nice offering for Miku fans – on the topic of SEGA, there is an official Picross x SEGA game in the works, based on the art of Mega Drive and Master System titles; but sadly it’s been AWOL for quite a while now.

Arle Nadja Nendoroid From Good Smile Company Now Available for Pre-Order, Launches October 2021

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

Good Smile Company is bringing another SEGA character to its lineup of Nendoroid figures, and it’s Puyo Puyo’s Arle Nadja!

Arle joins the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sakura of Sakura Wars fame (both of them!) in the popular figure series, and will come with a slew of accessories; including every kind of Puyo you could ever need, and of course her partner Carbuncle. She’ll also have a swappable face plate, so if you’d rather have her look mildly concerned, that’s a thing you can do. The figure is currently set to release in October 2021, though of course it may be subject to delays as with any figure.

The figure can be pre-ordered from Good Smile Company’s website, or via Amazon JP.

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