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.
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.
Etsy store 1Up Forge makes key holders using the controller connectors of old video game consoles, such as the NES, the Atari 2600 and the PlayStation. Attach the male connector to your keyring then stick it in the proper port to secure it. They could use more polish though.
Fans of the original ToeJam and Earl games will be excited to see the progress that’s been made on the latest game in the series. While it’s completely new, it borrows heavily from the mechanics of the original two SEGA Genesis games. Hyper Funk Zone FTW!
For those of us who participated in the crowdfunding effort, we’re extra excited to see the progress being made on the new ToeJam & Earl game, which does a great job capturing the spirit of the original SEGA games, from its goofy illustration style to its funktastic rhythms.