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SEGA shares a statement on Roger Craig Smith leaving the role of Sonic the Hedgehog

Still no explanation as to why

As we shared earlier today, Roger Craig Smith is hanging up his red-and-white shoes. RCS will no longer be providing the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, leaving fans wondering who'll step up. While SEGA is yet to share any info on that side of things, they did release a statement on Smith's departure.

Roger Craig Smith’s portrayal of Sonic the Hedgehog is one that fans are sure to remember for generations to come. He brought the character to life in a truly authentic way, with Sonic’s signature attitude and flair, and we’ll always be thankful to Roger for his contribution to the franchise.

Again, fans are most hungry to find out why Smith left the role and who will be filling the shoes. Hopefully we get that information in the near future.

Roger Craig Smith announces he will no longer be voicing Sonic the Hedgehog

You'll be missed, Roger!

After 10 years of providing the voice for Sonic the Hedgehog, Roger Craig Smith has taken to Twitter to reveal that he'll no longer be handling the role. No reason for his departure was given, but it's clear SEGA feels it's time to head in a different direction. Thanks to Mr. Smith for 10 great years in the role!

Thanks to Andreslop24, WolfStarSonic, and MangoJackie93 for the heads up!

SEGA hosting Puyo Day 2021 on Feb. 3rd, 2021

All things Puyo in a special live-stream

SEGA has announced that they're hosting a Puyo Day 2021 live-stream on Feb. 3rd, 2021. The event will stream on YouTube, Niconico, and Twitter, and it will celebrate all things Puyo Puyo.

Fans can look forward to seeing the “Live Manzai Demo” corner, a “Puyo Puyo Quest Live Support Conference,” a Puyo Puyo Champions introduction corner with professional Puyo Puyo players, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 update news, premiere news for Puyo Puyo Quest, and more. The future of the Puyo Puyo series will also be discussed in some ways.

Tika Sumpter set to reprise her role in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel, additional filming taking place in Hawaii

Sonic sequel news!

Tika Sumpter played Maddie in the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie, who ends up being the love interest for James Marsden's Tom. Looks like that story is going to continue, as Sumpter has confirmed that she'll be reprising her role of Maddie for the sequel. Along with that, Sumpter confirms that there will be additional filming for the move in Hawaii. Hopefully we'll get some behind-the-scenes pics or plot details soon!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Sonic the Hedgehog movie heading to Hulu on February 18th, 2021

Speeding your way

Still haven't seen the Sonic the Hedgehog movie? If not, you'll have a new option for watching it in the near future.

Hulu has shared some release dates for upcoming content, and Sonic the Hedgehog is among them. Fans of the Blue Blur will be able to check the film out on February 18th, 2021.

Two Point Hospital: JUMBO Edition Launches on Switch March 5th, 2021

A medical emergency!

If you've been holding off on purchasing Two Point Hospital, the perfect excuse is coming up. SEGA has revealed Two Point Hospital: JUMBO Edition, which jams in the original game and all DLC into one package. It's set to launch on March 5th, 2021, and you can get full details on the package below.

SEGA® Europe Ltd. and Two Point Studios™ are excited to announce that the critically acclaimed management sim, Two Point Hospital™ is launching JUMBO Edition on consoles on March 5th, 2021 – a bundle bursting with new content to enjoy for both fans and newcomers alike! Two Point Hospital: JUMBO Edition will be available on Sony PlayStation® 4 and Nintendo™ Switch both digitally and physically and digitally-only on Microsoft Xbox® One. JUMBO Edition will also be playable on the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 via backwards compatibility.

With over 3 million players worldwide, there's never been a better time to discover Two Point Hospital! Build your hospital into a masterpiece, as you design the most beautiful and functional healthcare operation in the whole of Two Point County. Train and improve your staff and deal with their wide-ranging personality traits, explore new regions and discover unusual illnesses to create an incredible healthcare empire!

JUMBO Edition Content

The JUMBO Edition includes the base game, four expansions and two items packs which offer a total of 27 hospitals, 189 illnesses and lots of items to place in your hospitals. Each expansion brings players to new areas where they will face region-specific illnesses and challenges.

Bigfoot brings you to the wintery region of Pointy Mountains, where local celebri-yeti Bartholomew F. Yeti, has been petitioning for better healthcare. Mr Yeti will need your help, curing new illnesses such as Cold Shoulder, Bard Flu, and Aurora Snorealis!

In Pebberley Island you begin your adventures in the balmy climes of Pebberley Reef, before pushing into dense, unexplored country in Overgrowth, to finally conquer the stunning Topless Mountain as you attempt to unlock the lost secret of eternal youth.

In Close Encounters rumours persist of an out of this world encounter. Deal with conspiracies, secret facilities and more unusual illnesses like Science Friction and Lack of Humanity. Maybe you'll get to see some aliens...

For anyone who's more into Green Things and Mother Nature... no problem! In Off The Grid you'll manage new gameplay mechanics on your route to eco-friendly success. Visit Two Point County's first eco-city, get gardening and don't catch any Root Snoot or Green Fingers!

Turn back the clock with a delightful collection of 26 retro and vintage items to place in your hospitals with the Retro Items Pack or channel your inner artist with the Exhibition Items Pack.

The physical version of Two Point Hospital: JUMBO Edition can be purchased at launch on March 5th, 2020 via www.twopointhospital.com for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Players around the world can buy JUMBO Edition digitally on all platforms via the first party store fronts at launch. Fans that already own Two Point Hospital on consoles will be able to purchase the new content digitally via the first party store fronts.

Sonic the Hedgehog and Boss Raid Mode added to Puyo Puyo Tetris 2

First of the game's free post-launch content updates

– SEGA is proud to announce that Puyo Puyo™ Tetris® 2, sequel to the beloved crossover of two iconic puzzle series, is receiving the first of its free, post-launch content updates today on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch!

To further light up the colourful puzzle play, players can look forward to a host of new characters, a fresh new game mode, four new BGM tracks, and 20 new avatars, all detailed below! All this new content will be available to players immediately after they download and install the new update.

- Four new playable characters to join you on your journey: legendary speedster Sonic the Hedgehog, Lidelle, Ms. Accord and The Ocean Prince, each with their own skills you can utilize in Skill Battle mode
- New online game mode Boss Raid has you working together with your friends to take down a common foe in co-operative fun
- Four new BGM (Background Music) tracks including the Sonic the Hedgehog theme song for ultimate immersion as you play
- 20 new Avatars featuring even more of your favourite Puyo Puyo characters you can use to customise your player profile

Players will need to be on the same version of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 to play online together, so we recommend everyone to update to the latest patch to ensure compatibility.

Sonic the Hedgehog Dashes onto Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 in an Expanded Roster
An already-robust cast grows even larger starting today with four new playable characters joining the game. First up is a special guest from SEGA’s flagship series who needs no introduction, Sonic the Hedgehog! The speedy blue hedgehog lives life by his own rules. He hates dishonesty and injustice, and he's not afraid to fight for what's right.

Ms. Accord
Ms. Accord is a teacher of the Primp Magic School. Though gentle and kind, she's known to prepare rather peculiar lesson plans. While she only played a minor role in the original Puyo Puyo Tetris, this update marks the first time Ms. Accord will appear as a playable character in a localised release since Puyo Pop Fever.

Lidelle
Next up is Lidelle, a student of Primp Magic School. Known to be mild-mannered and soft-spoken, she is also very shy and hides her horns by wrapping them with her hair. While sharing no blood relation, she considers Dark Prince and Draco her big brother and sister.

The Ocean Prince
Finally, The Ocean Prince is, what else, the prince of the sea, a royal who can be pretty selfish without realizing it. He sometimes takes a human form when he uses a particular spell. Like Ms. Accord and Lidelle, this will mark his first playable appearance since Puyo Pop Fever after making a cameo in Puyo Puyo Tetris.

Team up for Boss Raid
The new online Boss Raid mode allows you to call upon three of your friends to aid you in your quest to take down a fierce CPU-controlled boss. In addition, for those playing on the Nintendo Switch, you can also cozy up for some couch co-op using the Switch’s local wireless multiplayer.

Following the rules of Skill Battle mode, players will create their team from the now-expanded roster of characters and choosing a party with complementary skills is key to a winning strategy. As you play, you’ll pop Puyos and clear Tetriminos, shaking Garbage Puyos loose and causing the boss to lose HP. If their HP hits 0, you win!

- Play according to your own skill level by adjusting the difficulty level: as you increase the difficulty, you’ll add on the number of bosses you’ll have to fight in a row; higher difficulties will have different level requirements, so make sure your team has the strength to survive this challenging gauntlet
- Chance Time can occur when players face random conditions during raids (e.g., inflict X damage at once, survive for X seconds), which upon being fulfilled, inflicts major damage on the boss
- Bosses have unique skills to keep players on their toes, like Paralyze which stops the player from being able to rotate their pieces for a short time, adding an exciting twist to each battle
- Item Cards and experience points can be earned from Boss Raids, with better rewards for higher difficulties. Players can use these Item Cards to equip their team of three in the Skill Battle Mode

Players can now access a free demo on Nintendo Switch to experience Puyo Puyo™ Tetris® 2, but hurry as it’s only available for a limited amount of time.
This is just the first of SEGA’s post-launch content updates for Puyo Puyo™ Tetris® 2. Players can look forward to even more game features, additional characters, and other exciting new content! More information will be announced at a later date, as well as more details on the game’s Steam release, so stay tuned to the official Puyo Puyo accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all the latest.

Sonic the Hedgehog and Boss Raid Mode being added to Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 for free tomorrow

The Blue Blur makes a cameo

The official Japanese website for Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 has revealed some new, free content heading to the game tomorrow. A full breakdown of the content can be found below.

Four new playable characters

- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Lidelle
- Ms. Accord
- The Ocean Prince

Boss Raid

- work with friends to take down a common foe

Four new BGM

- includes the Sonic the Hedgehog theme

20 new Avatars

First4Figures’ Sonic & Tails diorama figure getting a restock in Europe

Lock yours in now!

Europeans who missed out on First4Figures’ Sonic & Tails diorama figure will be happy to know that they have a second chance to scoop one up. The restock is coming April 2021, but pre-orders are open now. This figure went very quickly the first time around, so don't wait to secure one for the restock. You can check out pre-order links here.

Jim Carrey wins an award for his portrayal of Dr. Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie

Officially an award-winning movie now!

I think most would agree that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie turned out better than expected. It wasn't an amazing movie, but it was a fun, simple romp. Not the kind of movie that wins actors awards, but is enjoyable nonetheless. Well, we can actually scratch that last comment, as the movie has just won Jim Carrey another honor.

The CW just held their first Critics' Choice Super Awards, presented by the Critics Choice Association, which is meant to honor the best in genre fiction film and television. Jim Carrey was nominated in the "Best Villain in a Movie" category, and he wound up taking the win. He was up against Kathryn Newton for her role in Freaky, Martin Short and Jane Krakowski in The Willoughbys, J. K. Simmons in Palm Springs, and Hilary Swank in The Hunt.

Sonic the Hedgehog was actually nominated for four different awards, including an overall nomination in "Best Superhero Movie," and nominations for both Jim Carrey and Ben Schwartz in the "Best Actor in a Superhero Movie." The one win by Carrey is all the film scored.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

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