Thursday Mar 24, 2011
Earlier this week, we listed several items on eBay for auction, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan. The response was overwhelming — we received several thousand dollars in bids, with many items going for $300 or more. Thank you to all who bid, and will continue to bid, on these items.
We sent an email to all employees at SEGA of America to let them know what we were doing, and many people wanted to help out. Yesterday was a parade of people coming by our desks with items to donate for auction. Many of these items are from their own personal collections, and are things that they’ve held on to for years. We also got some people internally to sign items in the hopes that it would increase the auction value. Everyone at SEGA has pitched in to help with this, and we just can’t thank them enough. We’re honored to work with amazing people here at SEGA.
One of the things we heard from a few folks after our first set of items went up was that they would like to bid and contribute, but they didn’t have enough money to bid on items that were listed. Because of that, we’ve listed some smaller/less rare items in the hopes that everyone will be able to find something that fits their interest and budget. Even if you can’t or choose not to bid, we need your support! Please help us in spreading the word to friends, family, and fellow gamers about our auction.
Not all of our items are on the smaller scale, though. We’ve got several really valuable items, including a prize so awesome that I still have a hard time believing that we’re giving it up. You can see all of our new prizes in the photos and item descriptions, along with links to bid, below.
We will be listing even more items in the coming days, so keep watching for new stuff! And thanks again for all your support. SEGA fans ROCK!!
Official Bayonetta Costume
We are incredibly excited to offer this for auction. If you were at E3, Comic Con, or saw coverage of events where we had our live Bayonetta model, then you’ve seen this item in action. This is the completely original, totally custom-made, incredibly accurate and detailed Bayonetta costume. It’s truly the only one like it in the world.
The costume does include the wig (and foam head) with ribbons and chains, the bodysuit, the gloves and the boots. This costume does NOT include the glasses or the guns. The bodysuit has all of the details you’d expect from an accurate representation of the character, including the round chest piece, chains on the front and back of the costume, and more.
Because it was custom-made to fit our Bayonetta model, we don’t have a numbered size for it. However, you can examine the photos above and below to see the size of the bodysuit. The boots are a size 10. The wig should fit most heads. The gloves should fit most hands/arms.
Sonic the Hedgehog 15th Anniversary Figurine
What you’re looking at was part of a figurine series created to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 15th Anniversary back in 2006. This figurine is about 4 inches tall, and is of excellent quality and detail. It was owned by a SEGA of America employee, who took care of it at his desk, and is now donating it to help with Japan relief efforts.
The figurine features modern-style Sonic and comes with a black base that reads “SONIC” on the front. On the top of the base, just in front of where Sonic stands, is the official Sonic 15th Anniversary Logo, marking the piece as part of the 15th Anniversary Collector’s series. Sonic’s arms are slightly bendable, but this figurine is meant for collectors, and is not recommended for playing with, chewing on, or using to save the world. (That said, sometimes Eggman just needs a good beating!)
As part of the 15th Anniversary set, this figurine is also unique from the Sonic Statue, which is larger and limited to a run of 2500. (We also have one of these up for charity auction – check our full listing page for info!)
Signed Vanquish Art & Statue
What you’re looking at is a signed glossy art piece from the PlatinumGames team featuring Inaba-san and Mikami-san signatures and a very special and highly detailed statue from the Vanquish Videogame. The signed art images were hand signed by the development team in preparation for the game release. The Vanquish statue was part of the original pre-order offering in Europe. This particular statue was donated by our marketing director and has been unopened, still in its original packaging!
Super Monkey Ball AiAi T-Shirt
This is one of a few hundred AiAi shirts made for Super Monkey Ball Step & Roll. It is a replica of the shirt that AiAi wears in the game. These were given out to Nintendo World Store employees that worked our launch event at the store, as well as internally to SEGA employees. It is a size Medium.
Project Needlemouse “Team Needlemouse” T-Shirt
This is one of our last remaining new Project Needlemouse t-shirts here at SEGA, and we think that there are few better reasons to donate it than to help Japan in this time of need.
The shirt features the Sonic Silhouette and reads ‘PROJECT NEEDLEMOUSE’ above it on the front. The left sleeve features the SEGA logo, and the right sleeve reads “TEAM NEEDLEMOUSE – 9.09.09″. This date is a reference to two things: the first reveal of Project Needlemouse, and also the original launch of the Dreamcast, which launched on a similar 9.9.99 date.
The shirt is size XL.
Ryo Hazuki Figurine – in Forklift!
Attention Shenmue fans! This figurine of Ryo Hazuki in his forklift is one of only 1,000 in the world! They were made to promote Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, which features Ryo and his forklift as his All-Star move. Now is your chance to own one! The figure is 5 inches tall.
What you’re seeing here is one of the first edition T-shirts in SEGA’s popular MADWORLD series. While later versions of this popular shirt would show up at NYCC, this is a new, unworn, original T-shirt, given only to select press and SEGA employees back when SEGA and Platinum Games first announced their major partnership in San Francisco. It is a size Medium
The shirt is a play on the quirky nature of MADWORLD – and the fact that you can stab people in the head with CAUTION signs. Beyond being part of the super-limited first run, you can also tell this shirt apart from the later variants by the sheer size of the “CAUTION” sign on the front, which is huge and bright on the first edition set.
If you’re a fan of MADWORLD or Platinum Games, this is your one – and perhaps only – chance to score one of the first edition promo items from one of the most graphic games on the Wii!
Japanese Bayonetta for X360 and PS3
You are bidding on two Japanese copies of Bayonetta on PlayStation3 and Xbox 360, as donated by our PR Team to help Japan with relief efforts. The games are both sealed and never been used. The Xbox 360 version requires a Japanese Xbox 360 to play, however if so desired, the PlayStation3 version is region free and should work in any console. A collector’s item for anyone looking to expand their Bayonetta collection!
Sonic Colors Soundtrack from Japan – Signed!
This is the original soundtrack to Sonic Colors/Colours from Japan! These are not available for purchase outside of Japan, so this is your chance to get one! It is a 3 disc set, with 83 songs in total. To make it even better, the Sonic Colors marketing team from SEGA of America (Judy, Thu & Kellie) has signed the insert!
MegaDrive Collection Vinyl
What you’re looking at is a very special and extremely limited Megadrive Ultimate Collection Vinyl Record. Originally offered as a pre-order incentive for Australia for the Megadrive collection, this record has never been listened to and comes in near mint condition. This is a massive collectors item for anyone that loves Megadrive / Genesis and wants to celebrate some of the classic tracks from years gone by. This particular record was donated from Derrek P, Brand Manager here at Sega of America who worked on the title release.
Details about the album:
* Extremely RARE Megadrive / Genesis Limited Edition Vinyl Soundtrack
Samuel L. Jackson Signed Iron Man 2 Promo Card
This is a thin cardboard (posterboard) promo card for the Iron Man 2 game, signed by Samuel L. Jackson.
Details about the card:
* Authentic, original signature
Sonic the Hedgehog Notebook from 1993
Take note, Sonic fans – or take lots of notes, because this rare Sonic notebook from 1993 is completely unused and in awesome condition. And, unless you happened to live in Brazil in 1993, chances are this is one piece of Sonic merchandise you don’t already own!
Inside the book is some Sonic art from the early 90’s era, including everyone’s favorite sidekick – Tails!
Details about the Sonic Notebook:
* Made in 1993, and still in great, unused quality
(Thanks to all of our fans who pointed out this was from Brazil, not Mexico. )
Don Cheadle Signed Iron Man 2 Promo Card
This is a thin cardboard (posterboard) promo card for the Iron Man 2 game, signed by Don Cheadle.
Details about the card:
* Authentic, original signature
SEGA Branded Ladies Watch
Hey Ladies, what time is it? It’s time to bid on an extremely RARE SEGA watch! This watch was created for SEGA of America employees as a holiday gift, only a handful were created and distributed, however the exact number is unknown. The watch was donated by Judy G, Brand Manager here at Sega of America and who might also be late to tomorrow’s meeting!
Details about the Watch:
* Extremely RARE Ladies style SEGA Watch
Sonic Free Riders Soundtrack from Japan
This is the original soundtrack to Sonic Free Riders from Japan! These are not available for purchase outside of Japan, so this is your chance to get one! The CD has 12 tracks on it.
Details about the soundtrack:
* 12 songs
Sonic the Hedgehog Boombox
Sonic Colours UK Limited Edition Pack – DS
This is a limited edition Sonic Colours pack that was only available in the UK. It contains the Sonic Colours game for the Nintendo DS as well as a Sonic figurine and several Wisps from the game. The game’s cover and manual have been signed by the Sonic Colours marketing team at SEGA of America — Judy, Thu, and Kellie.
Super Monkey Ball & Valkyria Chronicles Pins
Looking for a hip way to show off your SEGA pride, donate to a good cause, and not break the bank in doing so? Perhaps these limited edition Super Monkey Ball & Valkyria Chronicle pins will help you get there! The pins were created for promotional use at the Penny Arcade Expo and given out to fans who visited the SEGA booth.
Sonic Colours UK Limited Edition Signed – Wii
This is a limited edition Sonic Colours pack that was only available in the UK. It contains the Sonic Colours game for the Nintendo Wii as well as a Sonic figurine and several Wisps from the game. The game’s cover and manual have been signed by the Sonic Colours marketing team at SEGA of America — Judy, Thu, and Kellie.
SEGA Director’s Notebook
Yes, you read that correctly. This is a special, SEGA Branded, high-class professional-style notebook. Until today, it was owned and used by SEGA of America’s own Marketing Director. Now, you too can feel the awe-inspiring power of a SEGA director by possessing their book! (… or something like that.)
The notebook itself is a black and a light, iridescent blue, and features a zipper protecting the paper and pockets inside – and this thing has a lot of pockets. It’s perfect for jotting down notes about the next upcoming SEGA game, how awesome the SEGA of America Community Team is, or how you’re totally planning to give them a raise in the next fiscal year. (Because, you know, that’s what Directors do!)
Rumor has it this Notebook was even down through generations from each SEGA Director to the next over the last two-hundred and fifty years. Other rumors state that it holds the power to create world peace, and that using this notebook while wearing a “three wolves howling at the moon” shirt will amplify your natural Director powers, instantly transforming you into a qualified, bona fide leader. Please note that we have not tested either of these rumors to confirm their validity.
In short, it’s a sweet, classy, SEGA branded Notebook, once owned by our Marketing Director.
Details about the Notebook:
* Owned and used by a SEGA America Marketing Director
*: Effectiveness at transforming regular people into SEGA Directors has not yet been fully tested. There’s a slight chance you might feel just like a normal person holding a very, very special Notebook.
SEGA Saturn Game Gloves
Planning on a long gaming session of your favorite old school SEGA classics, but lack the proper attire? Look no further, we have a very special and extremely rare auction for a pair of Saturn Game Gloves. These were donated by one of our SEGA producers, Omar W., who held on to these gems for several years, waiting and training to be the best gamer there ever was. Now, this pair of gloves can be yours, complete with padded thumbs!
Details about the Game Gloves:
* Branded SEGA Saturn
Sonic the Hedgehog Backpack
What would it be like to give Sonic a piggyback ride everywhere you went? You can find out with this Sonic the Hedgehog backpack! Thanks to adjustable straps connecting Sonic’s hands and feet, Sonic can be with you all day to help you carry your stuff. Not a lot of stuff though… the backpack portion is accessible through a zip pocket in Sonic’s stomach and doesn’t really hold more than a few items. But still — an adorable item for any kid, or just a kid at heart.
Sonic & Knuckles Race Set
Fan of Sonic & Sega’s Allstars racing and looking for even more Sonic racing action? Look no further! Now you too can join in the fun with Sonic or Knuckles in this racing set, featuring 8 feet of track! What fun!
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing – Tails & Plane Figurine
Tails flew his plane in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, and that’s commemorated in this figurine set.
Details about the figurine:
* High-quality, detailed Tails figurine
Valkyria Chronicles JPN
For Gallia – and Japan! This super-rare Limited Edition box set for the epic PS3 game Valkyria Chronicles is being auctioned off straight from SEGA to help raise funds for Japan relief efforts.
The box itself is in almost-new condition, and includes a special Alicia figurine, an extremely detailed Edelweiss Tank figurine, the Japanese edition of the pre-order Artbook, and the game itself. Only available in Japan, the copy of the game will also work in US and European PS3 systems.
The Alicia figurine is also a unique version not available in other Valkyria Chronicles figurine sets. The only way to pick it up is through this Box Set!
Details about the Limited Edition Box Set:
* Rare, Limited Edition Box Set from Japan.
SEGA Cards, Dreamcast Postcards, and SEGA Pen
This set includes two SEGA holiday cards that were sent to friends, partners, and business associates at the end of the year. One features Sonic the Hedgehog on a snowboard, and the other features Bayonetta, AiAi, Sonic, and the Alien from AVP – all kickin’ it by the fire in holiday sweaters (of frankly questionable taste).
This set also includes 6 Dreamcast-era postcard – 3 of each style. The first features Seaman and the quote “Get a life, fruitcake.” That lovely holiday sentiment is followed up by a lady in her recliner, speaking to Seaman on her Dreamcast microphone.
You’ll need something to write on all this paper with, so we’ve included a SEGA pen.
Sonic the Hedgehog MP3 Player
This Sonic the Hedgehog MP3 player holds 500 songs (it’s 2GB) and comes with earbuds. What else could you want in an MP3 player? Well, I’ll tell you. It opens and closes.(!!) I know, It’s crazy. But I know it’s true, because it’s right there on the package. What is the world coming to.
Planet 51 Movie Art Book – Signed!
This is a hardcover, full-color book featuring art from the Planet 51 movie. If you’re into animation, this is a great item to have. The front of the book is signed by Marcella Churchill, who was the Brand Manager at SEGA of America for the Planet 51 game.
Crazy Taxi Art – Signed
This rare piece of art was signed in late 2010 to celebrate the release of Crazy Taxi on PSN and XBLA. If you’ve got crazy money (or just the highest bid), it’s yours!
Details about the art:
* 8.5 inches x 11 inches
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood Cover – Signed!
This is a cover for the Nintendo DS game Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. It is signed by the entire BioWare dev team that worked on the game. And it is awesome.
Details about the cover:
* Cover of Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
The Epic Soniclock!
***Own the most epic, rare Sonic Clock in the history of the world!***
You probably thought we were joking about that whole “Most epic Sonic Clock in the whole world” part, right? To understand the value of this masterpiece, one first needs to know its history…
This clock was originally given out for free to a SEGA event attendee last year. Apparently that person wasn’t a huge fan of Sonic, and in a gesture that was probably meant to insult us, he destroyed part of the clock and then put it up on Ebay. The rest of the Sonic community was appalled, until…
One of the other attendees from that same event bid on the clock – and won it. And then the story got 10x better: The winner wrote around the edges of the clock, in a personalized message to SEGA and our Sonic 4 Brand Manager Ken: “The Sonic(lock) Cycle as you truly imagined it!”
For Christmas that year, we here at SEGA received a package – and within it, we got our clock back. You can check out the full blog detailing the awesome return here: http://bit.ly/h9rXDN
Now, we have decided to end (or continue?) this story where it began: Ebay. We’ve upgraded the clock, adding a new “Biker-Balough” picture to the 12:00 spot, and have repaired the rest of it through large amounts of super glue and excessive strips of tape. The Soniclock has been upgraded to a new level, and by bidding on this piece of SEGA Community history, you can also help those in need in Japan!
Details about the Soniclock:
* Features Ken “Biker” Balough at 12:00!
Virtua Fighter 5 – Signed
Signed by the Japanese development team, this rare copy of Virtua Fighter 5 for PS3 is among some of the rarest items we’re auctioning off to support Japan. As you can see in the picture, a number of big names from the VF team signed in silver, and this copy is truly one-of-a-kind if you’re a collector of rare SEGA or Virtua Fighter merchandise.
Both the signed case and the actual game for PS3 are included in this auction. To all our Virtua Fighter addicts out there – good luck!
That’s all the items in our second batch, but we’re already collecting more for a third! We’ve got some good stuff coming up too… stay tuned!
Posted by Kellie in Bayonetta, Dreamcast, E3 2009, Iron Man 2, MadWorld, Planet 51, Project Needlemouse, SEGA, Sonic, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Sonic Colors, Sonic Free Riders, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, Super Monkey Ball Step & Roll, Valkyria Chronicles, Vanquish on 1:44:57PM Mar 24, 2011 | Comments (24)
Tuesday May 05, 2009
The voting has begun! The 27th Annual Golden Joystick Awards are here, and SEGA has a strong presence in just about every category out there.
To vote, just click here, pick your entries and submit! I voted earlier today – here’s what my list looked like:
Yeah, I voted for Valkyria in every category I could. (You should too. 8) ) MadWorld and Headstrong games (Who created Overkill) were also easy choices for me.
If everyone votes together, there’s a great chance that a number of SEGA hits could end up winning. Above all though, just vote for the ones you want and make sure to get your votes in, then spread the word – I’m looking at you, Valkyria Fans!
Finally, here’s the full list of SEGA games or entries:
MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR
MULTIPLAYER GAME OF THE YEAR
THE ONE TO WATCH
ONLINE GAME OF THE YEAR
PC GAME OF THE YEAR
PLAYSTATION GAME OF THE YEAR
ULTIMATE GAME OF THE YEAR
Thursday Mar 19, 2009
If you have some free time and some artistic talent, you could win a rare MADWORLD hoodie from VGChartz! Even if you’ve already entered to win one at Sega Nerds, you can hedge your bets by entering the contest at VGChartz by March 23rd. Here’s how:
Create something MadWorld-related in a black-and-white-and-bloody-red color scheme, using one of two methods:
1. For the more arts-and-crafts oriented, submit a photo of a physical art piece you’ve created, making sure that a sign with the text “VGChartz” and your username is visible in the photo.
2. For you Photoshop wizards out there, submit an image of fake MadWorld merchandise (ie. posters, cereal box, figurines, toys, etc) with the filename “VGC_MadWorld_your username“, replacing your username with your username, obviously.
In both cases, send your entries in .JPG format to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “MadWorld Contest” by 5pm PDT on Monday, March 23th. Finalists and winners will be announced later that week.
Best of luck to everyone entering!
Monday Mar 02, 2009
Reviews of Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection continue to pour in, and they’re all great news. In case you’re not swayed yet, here’s some of what’s being said about the game.
Spawn Kill gives it a 9.0/10.0, calling the controls “polished” and “lovingly preserved”. They also applaud the ability to save anywhere you want in the game, calling it “fantastic”. They scored the game highest in gameplay and replay value, and called the game “quite the bargain”. Thanks, ladies!
Binge Gamer also loved the game, giving it a 5/5. The reviewer said it made him “feel like a kid again”. He also really enjoyed the ranking system in the game that lets you build a list of “favorites” so you can easily find the games in the collection that you want to play over and over.
Amped Gamer gave it a 4/5, saying that the games were ported “surprisingly well”. The original game art included on the disc was also a big hit with the reviewer, who just wished there had been more of it.
Thanks to these sites for giving the game a go and letting us know your opinion.
Thursday Feb 19, 2009
This just in… The Conduit and Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection are to be featured on tonight’s X-Play on G4TV! The Conduit footage looks to come from New York Comicon and should be a fun look at the show, as well as the game, for those that couldn’t attend earlier in the month. East Coasters, I’m looking at you – you’ll see the show air in the next 30 minutes, so get your DVR’s ready and let us know what we’re going to be looking at.
Wednesday Feb 18, 2009
Our friends at BuzzFocus are giving away 2 PS3 copies of Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection! If you haven’t picked yours up yet, here’s your chance to win it for free. Check out all the details on the contest page at BuzzFocus and enter to win there! Thanks to Bags Hooper for putting the contest together.
We also put up a launch trailer for the game today. It features a lot of games in the collection — see if you can spot your favorite!
Don’t forget to enter to win Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection at BuzzFocus.
Friday Feb 13, 2009
We had lots of great announcements and coverage this week. From New York Comic Con wrap-up to the new titles we announced this week, there’s lots of SEGA links to go around! If you see a SEGA-related link you think we should know about, you can leave it in the comments, post it to our forums, or send it to us via Twitter.
Before we delve into the game-specific roundups, I wanted to point out a cool video and article from Nerve. They visited our NYCC booth and got some video of The Conduit, Sonic and the Black Knight, and The House of the Dead: Overkill.
Madworld had some of the longest lines at our NYCC booth, and it’s easy to see why. The game is fantastic, and I can barely wait to play it when it ships on March 10th. To satiate you before it’s on the market, here are some hands-on previews and interviews.
BuzzFocus calls it an “instant eye catcher” and “bloody buckets of fun“. There are also some photos of people playing the game at our booth at New York Comic Con.
TrueGameHeadz did a hands-on preview at New York Comic Con, and called it “a work of art”, “so creative, so imaginitive”, and “bloody, offensive, disturbing, and at the same time beautiful, creative, and fascinating”.
GamingAngels published their interview with Inaba-san and Nishikawa-san from Platinum Games, developers of Madworld.
The House of the Dead: Overkill
The House of the Dead: Overkill shipped this week, with a new trailer to boot. I’ve been working my way through this game over the past week, and I’m having great fun shooting everything that moves. Finishing the game is on my list of things to do this weekend.
Tech Gaming calls it “quite enjoyable”, “one of the best light gun games in recent memory”, and having a “marvelous presentation”.
The Conduit had a great showing at NYCC and was very well received among the fans at the booth. We really love showing this game off and being able to have hands-on sweetens it even more. Big thanks to the Conduit community for coming out and supporting us, be sure to check out what people have been saying!TrueGameHeadz did a hands-on preview at New York Comic Con, calling it “a solid, more traditional gaming experience on the Wii”, and that it’s “shaping up to be one of the Wii’s must-play experiences of 2009″. They also did a video interview with Eric Nofsinger from High Voltage Software, developers of The Conduit.
GamingAngels also interviewed Eric at our New York Comic Con booth.
Sonic and the Black Knight
One of my favorite memories from NYCC is from Sunday (aka Kids Day), and watching the young Sonic fans line up to play this game. Their smiling and giggling as they zoom through the field of targets still makes me smile. I remember one young boy in particular, who sighed heavily before explaining to his father that this game was *totally different* than Sonic Unleashed, because this time Sonic had a sword.
We released a new trailer for the game this week, with more to come! The game is shipping on March 3rd.
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
We also shipped out Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection this week, and it’s been getting some great reviews.
As I mentioned in an earlier entry, GameDaily gave Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection an 8/10. More review scores are starting to come in, including a 9.0 from IGN for the X360 version as well as the PS3 version. Tech Gaming gave it an A-, and 360 Junkies said “you can’t go wrong”.
Aliens vs. Predator
On Thursday, we announced the new Aliens vs. Predator game, set to be released in early 2010. In case you missed it, here’s some coverage from around the web.
Gamezine says their “ears pricked” at hearing the game was being developed by Rebellion.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Yesterday, we announced the upcoming Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, including a new teaser video. I know that I’m looking forward to using my Wii Balance Board on many of the sports. What sports are you looking forward to?
Thursday Feb 12, 2009
Tuesday Feb 10, 2009
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection is making its way to retailers now! There’s been a lot of excitement and discussion about this title here in the blog as well as around the web. Look for it soon at a retailer near you.
From the official press release:
SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system has shipped to retailers across North America. This compilation features the entire series of Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage, Phantasy Star and Shining Force, as well as other classic titles from SEGA’s 16-bit Genesis, 8-bit Master System and 1980’s arcade era games library.
Developed by Backbone Entertainment, Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection contains over 40 classic SEGA games in one package; making it the largest collection of SEGA first party games ever released. The game features local multiplayer as well as bonus content which includes nine unlockable games, video interviews from the creators of these classic SEGA titles, and fun facts that you may not have known about the games. Featured games include Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2 and 3, Golden Axe, Columns, Ecco the Dolphin, Shinobi III, and Space Harrier. Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection can output these classic games in 720p with higher resolution graphics for HD televisions, bringing a visually stunning gameplay experience, and breathing new life into these classics.”
Also today, we released the Official Player’s Guide to the game, which is available in PDF format.
Next, I wanted to address a question that’s been coming up in the comments lately with regard to this game, and that’s Knuckles. Here’s the scoop from the Producer of the game, Ethan Einhorn. “We’re excited to bring SEGA fans nearly 50 classic games on Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection. We understand that some people have expressed disappointment that the title does not support the ‘Lock-On’ technology featured in the original “Sonic & Knuckles” cartridge, and wanted to provide an explanation for this. Tight development timelines are a production reality, and in this instance, we had to choose between allotting engineering hours, localization, test resources, and front-end (menu) adjustment to support ‘Lock-On’, or dropping several titles from the collection altogether. Specifically, we would have had to drop all of the bonus games from the disc, as they all required unique emulation solutions. Faced with an either/or scenario, we chose to retain our title lineup in its entirety. We hope that everybody enjoys the abundance of content this value-priced collection provides.” I hope that clears up any confusion, even if it wasn’t the answer you were hoping for.
To celebrate the release of the game, we’ve been taking a look back to some of the games we remember best. If you haven’t read them yet, here are some handy links for you.
Tuesday Feb 10, 2009
Sonic is nearly 20 years old now, and he’s made appearances in nearly every conceivable type of game–side-scrolling, 3D-action, racing, sports, action/adventure, really weird 3D, puzzle, more racing, and even RPG. One might say he is a well-traveled hedgehog.
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection releases today, and lest we forget, this is Sonic’s ultimate Genesis Collection: Although he’s usually out-of-office here at Sega HQ, his office (which by the way is filled with rings) is equipped with every Sega system all the way back to the SG-1000. I think he has Tails (currently VP of Hovering and Market Research) spearheading a port of Sonic R for it (rumors that the Tails Doll from that game was hard-coded into the motherboard of the SG-1000 years before the release of the first Sonic game are totally unsubstantiated). So his presence here at Sega is what one might call significant.
The point is, Sonic owns these games. There’s a reason so many collections have pulled together Sonic games, especially the original three (and Sonic & Knuckles). I’ll leave the original two Sonic games out of this blog–there’s not exactly a dearth of info on these games, and many of us know the levels by heart–but this is Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (did I mention that?), and I thought it would be fun to take a look at the last of the side-scrolling Sonic games that came out for the Genesis.
Sonic 3’s design isn’t a lot different from Sonic 2, at least not as dramatically as Sonic 2 was an upgrade of the first Sonic. There’s a lot in the details, though–level design is at a pinnacle for Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, and the simple addition of different shield types added a huge amount to the games. If you think that all Sonic needs is a pair of sneakers, you’ve obviously never tried the bubble shield. And as in Sonic 2, the work-to-payoff ratio of taking the time to collect all the Chaos Emeralds in the bonus stages to become Super Sonic is one of the most awesomely satisfying payoffs in all of video games.
Also: We’ve gotten comments & questions from die-hard Sonic fans about this collection, and whether Sonic 3 + Knuckles would be included, or just the separate games. For those who don’t know: the original games were intended to be part of the same cart, and Sonic & Knuckles was eventually released as a “lock-on” cartridge, that could be locked-on to Sonic 3 and Sonic 2 so that Knuckles would be playable in those games. Locking Sonic & Knuckles into any other Sega Genesis game allows access to the game Blue Sphere, based on the Sonic bonus levels.
This ‘Sonic 3 + Knuckles’ feature wasn’t included for Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection. I spoke with the producer for Sonic’s UGC, Ethan Einhorn, who definitely understands the nature of hard-core Sonic fandom. We had a good conversation about the game, and I got Ethan’s official explanation for why Sonic 3 + Knuckles wasn’t included: “To shore up the development time necessary to get “Lock-On” to work in Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, we would have had to drop all of the bonus games from the disc. Faced with an either/or scenario, we chose to retain our title lineup in its entirety.”
In other words, that would have meant losing the Sega Master System ports (Phantasy Star and Golden Axe Warrior) and all of the arcade ports. Just throwing an old ROM into a game is one thing, but combining lots of different types of ROM technology (arcade, Genesis, Master System) and making them all work together is another, and to get the game out with this lineup, that’s what needed to happen.
Lock-on was a cool feature but I love seeing the games here regardless; the levels for Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles are fantastic, definitely at the height of game design for side-scrolling action games. These games were made near the end of the Genesis’ heyday, and showcase the best combination of speed, sound, graphics, and gameplay available for the system. This collection has a lot of terrific games from all over Sega history, and they’re all worth investigating in their own way–but it’s always nice to revisit the best that a beloved system was capable of.
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