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Sonic the Comic Con Returns May 20th 2023 in York UK

Sunday, January 29th, 2023

Sonic the Comic Con is a fan-run UK Sonic the Hedgehog convention that celebrates the UK Sonic the Comic publication, and it’s now returning on May 20th 2023.

Run by the talented Sonic the Comic Online team, the convention previously ran in 2014 in York and again in 2018 in Manchester. The convention returns to York this year and will be located at the York Railway Institute Sports Hall on Saturday May 20th 2023.

Tickets are not yet available but the official social media channels promise they are coming soon and it looks like the organisers will be using Kickstarter to secure funding and deliver tickets. Keep your eyes locked on the SonicTheComicUK social media if you’re interested in funding/attending the event.

Kickstarter Now Open for UK Sonic Fan Fest Event Opening in October 2023

Sunday, January 22nd, 2023

The organisers of the previous unofficial Sonic the Hedgehog fan convention Weston Super Sonic are returning for another round, but this time with a new name and a new location. Sonic Fan Fest is the continuation of Weston Super Sonic, but now taking place in Bristol in the United Kingdom on October 14th 2023.

The show promises independent traders, gaming consoles to play, a quiz show, live music, an art zone, guest interviews and competitions. Kickstarter is being used to secure funding for venue hire and the payment of guests who have not been confirmed at the time of writing. Previous Weston Super Sonic guests have been Sonic the Comic writer/artist Nigel Kitching and artist Richard Elson.

Early bird tickets are available for £10 and only raising to £15 when early bird tickets have sold out. If you are based in the UK or even happy enough to travel to the UK, the event should be a major addition to any Sonic fan’s calendar.

You can back the Sonic Fan Fest Kickstarter and secure your tickets by clicking here.

Unreal Being Ported to SEGA Saturn, First Demo Now Available

Tuesday, December 27th, 2022

Another fascinating homebrew development has come to light! XL2 and Corvusdeux are working on a port of Unreal to the SEGA Saturn and the work they’ve already done on it is nothing short of incredible.

The demo features 2 maps plus a bonus one and the most remarkable achievement is in the game’s draw distance. Unreal famously has some incredibly large map designs and the Saturn is managing to draw them with ease in this first release. You can check out gameplay footage via the embed below:

You can download the first demo of XL2 and Corvusdeak’s Unreal port by heading over to SEGA Xtreme. Click here to be taken there directly.

First Demo of Final Fight Homebrew Mega Drive Port Now Available

Tuesday, December 27th, 2022

Developed by Mauro Xavier AKA CFX, the first playable demo of his Final Fight MD port is now available to download. It’s quite a generous first offering that allows you to play up to the boss fight with Sodom/Katana.

Final Fight MD can be played on real hardware using a flash device or under emulation. The Mega Drive infamously never received a port of Final Fight, but a version was released in 1993 on the Mega CD called Final Fight CD.

Click here to download the demo directly from Mauro Xavier’s Twitter. You can watch gameplay of the demo via the embed below:

Dreamcast Homebrew Version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cowabunga Collection Now Available

Tuesday, December 27th, 2022

Thanks to the amazing programming talent of Ian Michael and artist Adam Burrell, we now have an unofficial Dreamcast collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games that aims to be the Dreamcast equivalent of the recently released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection. This Dreamcast version compiles all the SNES, NES, Game Boy and Mega Drive titles together with surprisingly great emulation. The only games it doesn’t feature are the original arcade ports for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Turtles in Time.

Also included are the Spectrum ports of the first TMNT console game and the arcade conversion which goes above and beyond the scope of the official compilation. We also get ROM hacks of Streets of Rage 2 that include the turtles as playable characters, alongside 2 Beats of Rage games themed around TMNT. There’s also an extensive video gallery which allows you to watch 2 full episodes of the original 1987 animated show, alongside some really deep cuts like the making of feature for the Coming Out of Their Shells tour amongst other videos.

You can download the TMNT Cowabunga Collection by IMRTech from the Dreamcast Talk forums. Click here to go there right now.

[Source: The Dreamcast Junkyard]

SEGA Mania Magazine Suddenly Ceases Publication

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

UPDATE 17/11/2022

All 7 issues of SEGA Mania have now been digitally preserved on the SEGAMagazines.com website which is run by the SEGA Mania team. You can browse them all by clicking here. Thanks to Peder Johnsen on Twitter for informing us.

ORIGINAL STORY

The independent SEGA fanzine SEGA Mania has officially ceased publication after only 18 months of activity. The fanzine produced 7 issues.

Lead editor Tim Hugall has cited “a multitude of factors” for the fanzine’s discontinuation. He also revealed that the fanzine never produced any profit and all the writers contributed their work for free. All proceeds made from magazine sales were put directly into the production of the next issue. You can read Tim’s entire farewell announcement by clicking here.

SEGA Mania had only just revealed the cover for their 8th issue 2 days ago which makes the cancellation strangely abrupt. All open pre-orders and subscriptions have been reportedly refunded. Unfortunately, the team have also removed all access to digital back issues and completely deactivated their social media channels – a disappointing end to a fanzine that has previously championed digital archiving.

SEGADriven want to send our best wishes to the SEGA Mania team and hope everyone moves onto bigger and better things. You can read our full review of SEGA Mania issue 1 by clicking here.

SEGA Powered Kickstarting 2022 Hardback Annual

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

The team at SEGA Powered magazine are putting together a special 2022 annual in celebration of the publication’s first anniversary.

SEGA Powered is an independent SEGA fanzine that features Dean Mortlock of SEGA Power fame as editor. The team have published 7 issues so far and this new annual will compile some of their best features with some additional new content.

The Kickstarter for the annual has 13 days left and is currently at £2066 funded. The goal to make the annual a reality is £5000.

If you’re interested you can head to the project’s Kickstarter page and look at he various tiers to see what suits you best. The annual is being offered as both a digital release and a physical hardback book.

[Source: SEGA Powered 2022 Annual Kickstarter]

Sonic and the Fallen Star Video Review | YouTube Channel

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022

Released July 1st 2022, Sonic and the Fallen Star joins a very small list of Sonic fan games to actually make it to full release. But is it any good? Join us to find out:

You can download Sonic and the Fallen Star by clicking this link.

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Sequel to Mega Drive Homebrew Horror Game ‘Sacred Line Genesis’ Available Now, Video Review of Sacred Line II Demo Inside | Fan Scene

Monday, May 9th, 2022

Sasha Darko is back with the follow-up to 2015 Mega Drive horror game Sacred Line Genesis. Originally published by Watermelon Games, Sacred Line II is available now digitally through the official Sasha Darko website and Mega Cat Studios will be publishing a boxed version of the game later in 2022.

A demo is also available right now and we’ve played and reviewed it. Click the embed below to see our thoughts:

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SEGA-Endorsed Roblox Fan Game ‘Sonic Speed Simulator’ Now Available to Play in Paid Beta | Fan Scene

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

Gamefam Studios have released a new Sonic the Hedgehog fan game within Roblox called Sonic Speed Simulator. The fan game is officially endorsed by SEGA, marking their first fan game endorsement since Big’s Big Fishing Adventure 3 in 2016.

Sonic Speed Simulator offers players the opportunity to race in multiple, large, 3D environments against other players. You can also unlock new worlds, collect chao and earn new skins to customise your character with.

Sonic Speed Simulator is currently in beta and can only be played via paid access within Roblox. The game will move to a free-to-play model when the game comes out of beta. Click here to access the game’s page on the Roblox website. You can also watch our pals at The Sonic Stadium playing the game via the embed below:

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

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