Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Arcade Edition gets updated with Bowser Jr.

We hear he's a bad sport

The arcade version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has been updated with a new playable character. Bowser Jr. has been added to the game as the 19th playable character. He joins the existing roster of Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Tails, Peach, Knuckles, Bowser, Wario, Amy, Dr. Eggman, Shadow, Yoshi, Daisy, Silver, Waluigi, Blaze, Donkey Kong, and Vector.

First 4 Figures teases their Super Shadow the Hedgehog Statue

Shadow emerges...

First 4 Figures is gearing up for a full reveal of their next statue, and it's one SEGA fans are going to love. What better time to reveal a Super Shadow the Hedgehog statue than just a few months out from Sonic's 30th anniversary? Stay tuned for more details on this one.

Dark Horse and SEGA announce Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia, set to release June 2021

A celebration of all things Sonic

Celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog's 30th anniversary with a full-color hardcover historical retrospective that explores nearly every one of the blue speedster's video game appearances!

Dive deep into the extensive lore and exhaustive detail of each game in Sonic's ever-expanding universe--from the beloved SEGA Genesis to the most bleeding-edge video game consoles. This tome leaves no stone unturned, showcasing in-depth looks at the characters, settings, and stories from each exciting installment!

Dark Horse Books and SEGA present the Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-Speed-ia--a must-have volume for any fan of Sonic, young or old!

Dark Horse and SEGA are releasing the Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia on June 1st, 2020, and it's priced at $50. If you'd like to snag a preorder for this 256-page book, you can do so here.

SEGA will have 'new games, digital content, major announcements' and more for Sonic's 30th anniversary

Sonic surprises incoming!

SEGA has teased some big announcements for Sonic's 30th anniversary, but stopped short of detailing just what to expect. While we still don't have info on specific reveals, we do have a better idea of what to expect.

A feature from SEGA has appeared in the Licencing Source Book Europe, and it gives some clues as to what's coming for Sonic in 2021. The promo officially states that 'new games, digital content, events and major announcements' are on the way. With the celebrations kicking off next year, we should start hearing about some of these projects in the very near future!

First 4 Figures unboxes their Sonic the Hedgehog PVC statue

Another fantastic statue

First 4 Figures is giving everyone a new look at their Sonic the Hedgehog statue, and as you might guess, the statue is yet another shining example of just how much care the company puts into their work. Check out the glorious unboxing in the video above.

Cover art for Sonic Forces + Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Double Pack revealed

Time to announce this, SEGA!

While SEGA is yet to officially reveal Sonic Forces + Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Double Pack, we already know it's on the way. We saw a few retail listings for the games, and now those retailers are adding the above cover art. Expect this title to be officially announced soon, as it should be released sometime in October 2020.

SEGA social media team explains why we're still waiting to hear Sonic news originally meant for a SXSW reveal

We'll need a bit more patience


SEGA had originally planned to make some Sonic the Hedgehog announcements back at South X SouthWest, but that ended up getting squashed due to the pandemic, which then further pushed any/all announcements out of the way. Fans have been wondering why nothing has come out since the original announcement delay back in March, and now SEGA has shared an explanation.

According to a portion of SEGA's team, SEGA has worked out a new delivery method for revealing this Sonic content, but they just can't make it work right now due to the pandemic. They seem to really like this plan they have in the works, but making it happen just isn't feasible at the moment. Rather than abandoning this idea, they're working behind the scenes to see what they can tweak or make happen in order to move ahead with this presentation plan. No set time for a reveal just yet, but SEGA is doing the best they can to figure things out.

Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

SEGA adds Sonic Sound Selection (Vol. 1) to multiple music streaming platforms

Enjoy some Sonic GBA tunes

SEGA has been adding a lot of their game soundtracks to streaming services lately, and just today, the company has added yet another round of classic tunes to Spotify and more.

If you're a fan of Sonic, you'll be happy to know that Sonic Sound Station Selection (Vol.1) is now available for your streaming pleasure. This album features tunes from Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2, Sonic Advance 3, and an arrangement of Sonic R’s Super Sonic Racing. You can check out the album on multiple streaming services here.

Brazil's President is using Mario and Sonic music in his tweets, and no one knows why

Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, seems to be a fan of video game music. Either that, or whoever's putting together these videos for him is an avid gamer.

Bolsonaro started sharing videos with Sonic music back in 2019, and those videos had absoltuely nothing to do with the Blue Blur. Now he's at it again, sharing videos that feature instantly-recognizable tunes from both the Mario and Sonic universes.

With all the music out there in the world, why does Bolsonaro continue to use video game songs? No one seems to have an answer, so the weirdness just continues on.

Sonic Forces + Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Double Pack looks to be heading to Switch

SEGA doubles down on Double Packs

Just last week, we found out that Sonic Mania and Team Sonic Racing would be getting a 'Double Pack' release on Switch. Looks like that's not the only new Double Pack on the way, as another listing has been spotted on GameFly's site.

According to GameFly's listing, SEGA is going to be releasing a Sonic Forces + Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Double Pack as well. Their listing includes an Oct. 31st, 2020 release date, which is most likely placeholder, but it doesn't include a price. If we're basing things on the other Double Pack, expect this one to cost $40.


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