(PG-13: Language) Sonic Frontiers was one of the most hotly-anticipated video games of 2022. But does the high-speed, open-world 3D platformer live up to the hype? Videogamedunkey offers his honest take on the game, its level design and control quirks, visual glitches, and occasional moments of actual fun.
Adam from North of the Border was trying to come up with a way to sculpt Sonic the Hedgehog that was different from what’s already out there on the internet. So he created a clay sculpture of SEGA’s mascot in his iconic “Naruto run” pose, then covered the figure with flocking to give him a delightfully fuzzy blue finish.
The music from the first couple of Sonic the Hedgehog games is some of the best in the history of video games. Among our favorites is the music from the Chemical Plant Zone, which drummer gotobejake made even better by adding a live rhythm track. We also enjoyed Jake’s take on Duck Tales.
Did you ever get stuck on a tough boss battle and want to throw your video game console across the room? Well, now you can – without doing damage. Kidrobot’s 12″ plush version of the SEGA Genesis console includes a plug-in plush Sonic the Hedgehog game cartridge and a soft and squishy game controller.
That fan-designed LEGO Sonic the Hedgehog set is finally here. The official version features an accurate recreation of the Green Hill Zone, complete with a palm tree, loop de loop, enemies, and of course Sonic’s rings. The 1125-piece set comes with a Sonic minifig, a brick-built Dr. Eggman, and seven Chaos Emeralds.
SEGA teamed up with Intel and ASRock to build an impressively quick gaming PC. But it’s not just the Core i9-12900K CPU and Radeon RX 6900 XT OC 16GB GPU that make it fast. The whole thing is built into a remote-controlled car that can hit speeds up to 100 km/h, or about 62 mph. SEGA is giving it away to one lucky winner.
Sonic gets an open-world game exploration game in the vein of Breath of the Wild. Our favorite blue hedgehog will spin and dash his way through the landscapes of Starfall Islands, including massive waterfalls, forests, and deserts. Coming to consoles and PC for the 2022 holiday season.
We couldn’t help but think of the Apple TV+ series For All Mankind when we saw this excellent commercial featuring two astronauts competing to be first to plant their nation’s flag on the Moon. The spot was directed by Edouard Salier for Wanda to promote SEGA’s civilization-building game Humankind.
LEGO has announced that toastergrl’s concept for a Sonic the Hedgehog playset has been approved for production. While we don’t know what the final version will look like, the current design includes brick-built versions of Sonic, Dr. Eggman and his mech suit, Heavy Gunner, and familiar scenery from the Green Hill Zone.
A diminutive version of SEGA’s 8-bit Game Gear handheld. The system measures just 3.1″w x 1.7″h x 0.8″d, and will come in four colors, each with four games. Its 1.15″ screen is so tiny that they’re selling a magnifier called the “Big Window Micro.” Launching in Japan on 10.6.20 for about $45 each. Collect them all!
Techmoan checks out another unusual gadget from the past – though this one only dates back to 2007. For a brief period of time, videogame company SEGA’s toy division made a pricey miniature grand piano with mechanical keys that move in time with the music. You could also play it yourself – if your fingers were really tiny.
The 8-Bit Big Band takes on a track from the 16-bit era, with an appropriately New Jack Swing interpretation of the music from Sonic the Hedgehog’s notoriously tricky Spring Yard Zone level. The only thing it’s missing are the sounds of the bouncy bumpers and gold rings being collected.
Sonic the Hedgehog is still one of the greatest platformers of all time, with memorable characters, amazing level design, and a fantastic soundtrack. Pianist Lord Vinheteiro didn’t just cover the Green Hill Zone theme song, but performed it in sync with the action on screen, complete with sound effects.
The original Sonic the Hedgehog has one of the most catchy and memorable soundtracks in the history of gaming, thanks to composer Masato Nakamura. Now listen as 130Grit Sound Studio performs a trio of familiar tunes from the game, done wonderfully in Dick Dale/surf rock style.
It’s hard to believe it, but digital cameras were just getting their start back in the 1990s. And like every tech gold rush, everyone was jumping on the low megapixel bandwagon, including video game maker SEGA. LGR got his hands on this $300 oddity from 1996, with its whopping 320×240 pixel resolution.
Check out this amazing bit of arcade history. This 1973 SEGA Moto Champ machine had no screens, buttons, or a joystick. The electro-mechanical racing game had a group of magnetically-attached motorcycles which rolled over a treadmill-style “road,” as a spinning cylinder cast images onto the moving mat.
There’s been so much uproar about how awful the character looked in the trailer for upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, that its release has been delayed until 2020. Animator Artur Baranov fixed everything wrong with SEGA’s mascot by painstakingly replacing him with the cartoon version.
Analogue’s latest high-def retro console is for Sega fans. The Mega Sg uses FPGA tech, not software emulation, to play Genesis, Mega Drive and Master System cartridges. A separate adapter for the Game Gear and other consoles is also planned. Drops 4/2019 for $190.
Sonic the Hedgehog fans will love these textured blue suede shoes featuring colors and pixel patterns from the SEGA Genesis game. The translucent red rubber outsole features the SONIC logo, and the laces have gold rings. Feeling villainous? There’s an Eggman edition.