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Paramount nabs rights for Sonic the Hedgehog feature

Posted on October 4, 2017 by Jason Nason

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has landed the movie rights to SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog. Neal Moritz, who made the move to Paramount from Sony, signed a first-look deal with his studio Original Film and Paramount Pictures and the movie rights to Sonic the Hedgehog come with that deal.

The picture was set up by Moritz and Deadpool director Tim Miller at Sony in 2014 as a hybrid live-action/CG-animated feature. In the new production Mortiz and his studio will produce. Jeff Fowler will direct.

Would you watch a feature length Sonic the Hedgehog movie? Are you cool with it possibly being a live-action/CG-animated feature or would you rather a fully animated feature?


Sonic 2 HD Fan Project Releases Brand New 2.0 Demo

Posted on September 30, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

A fan lead project to remake Sonic 2 in HD complete with a brand-new vector based art style has released their first demo in over 5 years. Unlike the alpha demo of Sonic 2 HD that was released way back in 2012, version 2.0’s demo includes multiple stages and boss battles alongside a remastered soundtrack. 

According to the project’s F.A.Q section, this fan game has been in development for 9 years – worked started in 2008! 

“The idea of creating a high-definition version of SEGA’s classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 first appeared on the website Alchemist Defined around 2007. An artist named “Billy” had drawn a detailed piece of artwork depicting Sonic about to fight the final boss in Death Egg Zone. The low-resolution sprites were brought to life in this recreation; both the background and the characters had been completely remastered. A number of video game websites quickly discovered the image and shared it with their readers. The question had been posed: “What would Sonic 2 look like in high definition?” 

With this idea planted in the community’s mind and “Vincent” stepping forward to take the helm, the Sonic 2 HD project officially began in 2008.” 

Here are the recommended specs for the 2.0 demo: 

  • OS Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64bit 
  • CPU Intel Core i5 2500 
  • GeForce GTX 650 1GB 
  • 4GB RAM 
  • 400MB of disk space 

Vincenzo Mastrorosato and his team are to be commended for their persistence and passion to keep this project alive and going for almost a decade. When so many promising fan remakes, sequels or tributes come to end due to burn out, project abandonment or legal issues it is refreshing when something like the Sonic 2 HD demo comes along. 

You can download it at the project’s homepage. 



Sonic Mania launches on August 15th

Posted on August 8, 2017 by Jason Nason

The Ultimate Celebration of Past and Future is nearly here as Sonic goes back to his retro roots.

Experience the ultimate celebration of past and future in Sonic Mania, an all-new 2D Sonic adventure running at a crisp 60FPS with HD retro-style graphics. Multiple playable characters give you the ability to go explosively fast as Sonic, soar as Tails, or power through tough obstacles with Knuckles’ brute strength.

You can re-live the Sonic of the past with an exciting new twist on classic zones while fighting against new bosses and Dr. Eggman’s evil robot army. You can also go head to-head with players in Competition Mode or play in Co-Op Mode with a friend.

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SEGA Forever Brings 5 Classic Titles To Mobile For Free

Posted on June 21, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

SEGA has announced the rumored SEGA Forever, a mobile-centric collection of classic titles spanning over 20 years of releases and three console generations.  With 5 SEGA exclusive Genesis titles available at launch – Sonic The Hedgehog, Comix Zone, Phantasy Star II, Altered Beast and Kid Chameleon – there’s quite a few different genres represented. SEGA Forever games support features like cloud saves, Bluetooth controllers, save states and offline play regardless of the player’s advertising status. As with the Crazy Taxi port released a couple of weeks ago – games in SEGA Forever collection will be supported by periodic in-game advertisements, however, these can be removed for $1.99 USD per title.

SEGA is promising to release more classic titles from the Master Drive, Genesis, Saturn and even 1999’s Dreamcast (a personal favorite) at some point down the line.  Players should expect new releases every two weeks or so but SEGA has not yet confirmed any future titles for the service.

Check out some media below and make sure to check the Google Play Store and Apple App Store for SEGA Forever when it launches tomorrow.





Sonic Forces introduces new, third gameplay style

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Jason Nason

Today, SEGA revealed the third gameplay style in Sonic Forces is a powerful gadget touting customizable character. For the first time in the Sonic series, players can create their own original Hero Character, and customize how the character plays and how it looks. This newly revealed playstyle in Sonic Forces is in addition to the previously revealed fast-paced action of Modern Sonic and the thrilling platforming of Classic Sonic.

Players will be equipping their custom Hero Character with one of a variety of powerful unique gadgets called Wispons. Wispons are an evolution of the Color Powers from Sonic Colors and double as both offensive abilities and as a way to platform through levels quickly. Along with the Wispon, the Hero Character will have a grappling hook they can utilize to quickly traverse across zones. Players can also customize the Hero Character’s looks by choosing and swapping between hundreds of accessories and outfit options to change the character’s appearance as they play through the game.

There are seven base animal types that players can select from, each with varying special abilities:

  • Wolf – Automatically draws in rings when near them
  • Rabbit – Has longer invincible time after receiving damage
  • Cat – Keeps one ring after being hit
  • Dog – Restarts with five rings after the player dies
  • Bear – Blows away enemies with a homing attack
  • Bird – Flies high with double jump abilities
  • Hedgehog – Collects rings when getting damaged

The created character will also be a key part of the story, appearing not only in cut scenes, but by being a crucial element in the story.

Sonic Forces will be available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, & PC this holiday.


Sonic reminisces in Sonic the Hedgehog #294

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Jason Nason


“Memories”: Sonic reminisces with his buddies Mighty and Ray, but Sonic and Mighty disagree on how they met.  Can their friendship survive their egos’ revisions?  Then in “Baking Bad,” Bunnie and Antoine put their competitive cooking skills to the test! Featuring cover art by Tyson Hesse and a “Kooky Kitchen variant” by Jennifer Hernandez!

Script: Ian Flynn and Aleah Baker
Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
Sonic the Hedgehog #294 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse
Sonic the Hedgehog #294 CVR B Variant: Jennifer Hernandez, Gary Martin & Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 4/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Sonic the Hedgehog comic cancelled?

Posted on April 23, 2017 by Jason Nason

I usually don’t look ahead in the monthly comic solicitations that far in advance. Since I only deal with Archie Comics here on Broken Joysticks I often take a look at the next upcoming months comics of Sonic the Hedgehog and previously Mega Man. Upon looking at the May solicitations I noticed that the blue blur was missing.

While it’s not uncommon for a comic to skip a month I perused the June solicitations but found nothing. Next I opened up the July solicitations, which Archie Comics just sent out last Tuesday and again found nothing. Neither Sonic the Hedgehog nor Sonic Universe are listed for the next three months. Both comics are also not longer listed in either series or subscription listings.

Are these comics both cancelled?

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Freedom Fighters part three in Sonic Universe #97

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Jason Nason


“Freedom Fighters” Part Three: Amy Rose and Cream join Sally Acorn as they seek the components needed to repair Nicole’s systems, but during their quest an old adversary reemerges! Featuring cover art by Jamal Peppers and a “Sonic and the Freedom Fighters variant” by Tyson Hesse!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
Sonic Universe #97 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #97 CVR B Variant: Tyson Hesse
On Sale Date: 4/12
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Sonic needs to save the world in Champions TPB #5

Posted on April 4, 2017 by Jason Nason


It’s a Sonic battle in a championship of fighters! Shady media mogul Breezie has gotten her hands on a Chaos Emerald Sonic needs to save the world.  The only way he can get it is to fight in her televised battle royale against friends and foes alike!


Script: Ian Flynn.
Art: Diana Skelly, Ryan Jampole, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata & John
Cover: Evan Stanley, Terry Austin & Ben Hunzeker
$12.99 / $14.99CAN
120 pp, Full Color

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Sonic and Honey and the Sonic Man Heroes in Sonic the Hedgehog #293

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Jason Nason


Sonic and Honey are on the set of the latest, greatest(?) super hero show—Sonic Man Heroes!  But when Dr. Eggman crashes the scene, ranting and raving about creative differences, things get very interesting! Featuring cover art by comics extraordinaire Tracy Yardley and a “Arcade” variant by Sonic comics legend Patrick Spaziante!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
Cover: Tracy Yardley and Matt Herms
Variant Cover: Patrick Spaziante
On Sale Date: 3/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Sonic is back for Free Comic Book Day 2017

Posted on March 14, 2017 by Jason Nason


SONIC is BACK for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Turn back time and witness the “Genesis of a Hero” as Sonic enters his first climactic show-down with the evil Dr. Eggman! When the mad doctor takes over South Island, there’s only one hedgehog who can set things right! Jump right into the excitement, action and fun in this retro romp celebrating 25 years of Sonic!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin and Matt Herms

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Bunnie gets ready in Sonic Universe #96

Posted on March 7, 2017 by Jason Nason


BUNNIE gets ready for a NEW VENTURE in “Freedom Fighters” Part Two: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—and  in this case, evil too!  Bunnie is summoned to Blaze’s world in a desperate attempt to repel the invasion of a new, sinister force! Featuring cover art by jammin’ Jamal Peppers and a “Freedom Fighters Forever” variant by the excellent Evan Stanley!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt  Herms
Variant Cover: Evan Stanley
On Sale Date: 3/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Worlds Unite again with Sonic and Mega Man TPB #3

Posted on March 7, 2017 by Jason Nason


Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man team up with heroes from across the SEGA and Capcom universes to battle the monstrous Sigma and stop his relentless assault across multiple universes! Featuring the worlds of STREET FIGHTER, GOLDEN AXE, MONSTER HUNTER, NIGHTS INTO DREAMS and many more! It’s the dream team mash-up of iconic gaming heroes and villains you always hoped for in this frantic, bombastic finale!

Script: Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker
Art: Tyson Hesse, Jamal Peppers, Diana Skelly, Jim Amash, Terry Austin, Matt Herms, Elaina Unger, Jack Morelli, Rachel Deering and more
Cover: T. Rex and Matt Herms
pp, Full Color

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Sonic kicks things into Overdrive on March 1st

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Jason Nason


SONIC kicks things into “OVERDRIVE”!: The Classic Sonic sensation comes to its startling finale!  Dr. Eggman has managed to gather up all seven of the Ancient Gears which will super-charge his latest creation—the Mega Drive!  Now Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose are in a race against time to gather the Chaos Emeralds and stop Dr. Eggman before the vicious device launches! Featuring cover art by rising star Tyson Hesse!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Matt Herms & Jack Morelli
Cover: Tyson Hesse
On Sale Date: 3/1
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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Everything changes in Sonic the Hedgehog #292

Posted on February 21, 2017 by Jason Nason


EVERYTHING CHANGES when SONIC and friends go down their “Branching Paths”: The Shattered World Crisis is behind us, and the 25th Anniversary was well celebrated!  So what’s next for Sonic and his friends?  That’s up to them to decide!  Sonic is racing around Westside Island on a mission—but for whom?  And while Sonic’s away, each of his friends make decisions that will plot the course of their lives.  Don’t miss out on the beginning of a whole new era of Sonic stories! Featuring cover art by Sonic comics veteran Tracy Yardley and a “Epic Movie Poster” variant by T. Rex!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
Cover: Tracy Yardley & Elaina Unger
Variant Cover: T. Rex
On Sale Date: 2/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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