Posted by: dafster | July 18, 2012

Sonic Adventure HD, Sonic merchandise increase and Club Sonic setlist downloads

As many of you may know, SEGA (finally) officially announced the HD remake of Sonic Adventure 2 for the Xbox live and the PlayStation Network. Recently, we have been provided with some screenshots of it. As you can see, they are of Tails in Mission Street and Knuckles in Death Chamber.

SEGA have also provided us with a description of the game:

“A surprise emerges from the shadows

Press Release  16th July, 2012

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO— 16th Jul, 2012 — In a totally unexpected, surprise announcement at the 2012 Sonic Boom community fan-fest during San Diego Comic-Con, SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. have officially announced the upcoming HD remake of legendary Dreamcast title Sonic Adventure 2™ for PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

The game that first introduced the world to Sonic’s darker counterpart, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic Adventure 2 has players exploring two unique storylines from the perspectives of both long time heroes and new and returning villains in a battle for the fate of the world. First released in 2001 and hailed as one of the last great Dreamcast releases, this unmissable Sonic story will feature high-definition graphics, leaderboards, achievement/trophy support, and more when it hits consoles later this year.”

Outside of Sonic Adventure 2, SEGA have stated that they would like to increase Sonic‘s icon outside of gaming, making the following comments:

“Sonic is a well-known character, but we’ve got a lot of room to grow in merchandising,” he told MCV.

“We dream of Hello Kitty. We’re still far off from that but we can see that our profits are growing year on year in the US and Europe [on merchandising].

“We’ve got a licensing team on the ground in the UK who are focusing on that and that team will expand. We’ve got a team in the US and which will also expand. We used to run it all out of Sega of Japan, but having people on the ground is making a big difference.

“We will always do the computer game but the merchandising is a very important aspect to Sonic.”

The sudden increase of merchandising and comparison with Hello Kitty is evident in the recent Sonic/Hello Kitty plush toy that SEGA and Sanrio have released.

In other news, you may remember the a couple of weeks back, during Summer of Sonic, some well known Sonic songs were played during the Club Sonic segment, as well as some very cool remixes. Many people were asking what the names of these songs were (Mostly the remixes) and wanted to know where to find them. Well SEGASonic radio has just posted the names of the songs on their blog as well as links to all of them! See the full list here, in order of when they were played during Club Sonic.

1 – Beatdrop – Strip Mine (Mystic Caves – Sonic 1)

2 – DJ EAR – Jeh Jeh Slammin’ (Extended Mix) (Huge Crisis – Sonic Rush)

3 – Gunnar Nelson – Team Chaotix  (Sonic Heroes)

4 – Benjamin Briggs – Trash FM (Hydrocity – Sonic 3/Aquarium Park – Sonic Colors)

5 – Cash Cash – Super Sonic Racing (Generations Remix)

6 – Main Finger – Seraphim Factory (Chemical Plant – Sonic 2/Chaos Angel – Sonic Advance 3)

7 – Jaret Reddick – Endless Possibilities (Sonic Unleashed)

8 – Jun Senoue – Speed Highway (Classic Generations Remix)

9 – Kenichi Tokoi & Runblebee – The Place That Was Found (Evil Foundry – Sonic and the Secret Rings)

10 – Jun Senoue – Angel Island (SSBB Mix)

11 – Jun Senoue & Cash Cash – Big Arm (Generations Remix)

12 – Lee Brotherton & Jun Senoue – Dreams of an Absolution (LB vs JS Remix – Sonic The Hedgehog 2006)

13 – Cash Cash – Speak With Your Heart (Sonic Colors)

I especially like the Hydrocity – Sonic 3/Aquarium Park remix!


-Dafster

Source(s): SEGA UK, Vandal, The Sonic Stadium, Sonic ParadiseMCV UK, SEGASonic Radio blog

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