Special XBLM Sonic Deals Coming on Thursday

Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

So, you're excited about Sonic 4 and never got around to sitting down with any Sonic titles beyond the first. Welcome to my boat. It's a cozy little thing, full of hope for a franchise that seemed to fall off a cliff both creatively and artistically at the 3D juncture. But it's also a green boat that lacks sufficient 2D Sonic knowledge--until this Thursday, that is, when Microsoft puts all of its Xbox Live Marketplace Sonic titles on sale.

Major Nelson has revealed that a special set of deals, in celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog's 19th birthday, are set to go live on June 24--and only June 24. Rolled into this deal are the first three Sonic titles, as well as Sonic & Knuckles. Each will be priced at an agreeable 240 Microsoft Points--a little more than half the normal price.  


 Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
 
But, wait, that's not the end of the celebration! Most Sonic add-ons--including Unleashed and Sonic the Hedgehog 2006--will be receiving a decent price slash on PSN starting on June 22nd until July 6. iDevice Sonic title prices will also lower from June 23 to June 30. (Also, for whatever reason, so will the prices of the iDevice versions of Streets of Rage, Super Monkey Ball, and Golden Axe.)
 
== TEASER ==It's hard to think that these deals don't have some sort of unspoken connection with the forthcoming release of the first bit of Sonic 4, a title that apparently pitchfork-carrying fans have been wanting forever. In a recent conversation with Destructoid, brand manager Kevin Laboughs spoke to the steamy hot desire of fans and why Sega just now stepped on the revival pedal.

"I think it's a combination of things," Laboughs told Destructoid. "I think yes, fans have been demanding this game for a long, long time and obviously we're in the business of giving fans what they want.  


Sonic 4: Episode 1 
 
"The other thing is we had the right team in place at the right time. We have a group of people that have an incredible passion for Sonic that goes back years.  We on the team grew up with Sonic on the Genesis and this is a project that we've been wanting to make so we just thought 'yes, our new project is Sonic 4.'"

Later, Laboughs goes on to explain that the studio wants to make us feel like we're kids again as we play. And if early reception proves true to the final product, Sega might have at least succeeded in bringing retro Sonic back.

  
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

So, you're excited about Sonic 4 and never got around to sitting down with any Sonic titles beyond the first. Welcome to my boat. It's a cozy little thing, full of hope for a franchise that seemed to fall off a cliff both creatively and artistically at the 3D juncture. But it's also a green boat that lacks sufficient 2D Sonic knowledge--until this Thursday, that is, when Microsoft puts all of its Xbox Live Marketplace Sonic titles on sale.

Major Nelson has revealed that a special set of deals, in celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog's 19th birthday, are set to go live on June 24--and only June 24. Rolled into this deal are the first three Sonic titles, as well as Sonic & Knuckles. Each will be priced at an agreeable 240 Microsoft Points--a little more than half the normal price.  


 Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
 
But, wait, that's not the end of the celebration! Most Sonic add-ons--including Unleashed and Sonic the Hedgehog 2006--will be receiving a decent price slash on PSN starting on June 22nd until July 6. iDevice Sonic title prices will also lower from June 23 to June 30. (Also, for whatever reason, so will the prices of the iDevice versions of Streets of Rage, Super Monkey Ball, and Golden Axe.)
 
== TEASER ==It's hard to think that these deals don't have some sort of unspoken connection with the forthcoming release of the first bit of Sonic 4, a title that apparently pitchfork-carrying fans have been wanting forever. In a recent conversation with Destructoid, brand manager Kevin Laboughs spoke to the steamy hot desire of fans and why Sega just now stepped on the revival pedal.

"I think it's a combination of things," Laboughs told Destructoid. "I think yes, fans have been demanding this game for a long, long time and obviously we're in the business of giving fans what they want.  


Sonic 4: Episode 1 
 
"The other thing is we had the right team in place at the right time. We have a group of people that have an incredible passion for Sonic that goes back years.  We on the team grew up with Sonic on the Genesis and this is a project that we've been wanting to make so we just thought 'yes, our new project is Sonic 4.'"

Later, Laboughs goes on to explain that the studio wants to make us feel like we're kids again as we play. And if early reception proves true to the final product, Sega might have at least succeeded in bringing retro Sonic back.

  
#2 Posted by DrakeAsh (80 posts) -

LooLooks fantastic

#3 Posted by BaconAndWaffles (69 posts) -

cool...

#4 Posted by Omega (828 posts) -

I got some extra points to spend, might as well spend it on sonic 

#5 Posted by FreakAche (2949 posts) -

I already have the ultimate Genesis collection so I can already play all the old Sonic's on my 360. This seems like a pretty decent deal though.

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#6 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -

"and obviously we're in the business of giving fans what they want."
 
Really? No one told me. Sega hasn't been doin' anything but shit since Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.

#7 Posted by Yzzerdd (521 posts) -

" Later, Laboughs goes on to explain that the studio wants to make us feel like we're kids again as we play"
 

#8 Posted by Constable_Wiggum (103 posts) -

The only problem is playing them on the 360 D-Pad.  I've got the Ultimate Genesis collection for the PS3.  Way easier to play the old school games.

#9 Edited by WinterSnowblind (7613 posts) -
@FunExplosions said:

" "and obviously we're in the business of giving fans what they want."
 
Really? No one told me. Sega hasn't been doin' anything but shit since Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. "

This implies that Sonic Adventure 2 was a good game, which is untrue. 

Infact, I'd mark that as the game that begun the downfall of Sonic, it shifted the focus away from the classic fans and decided to appeal to the 14 year old furry fanbase.
 
The first SA introduced too many pointless playable characters, but it was at least Sonic for the majority and was generally pretty good.  The Sonic/Shadow stages were good in the second, but the rest of the trash, including the "story" ruins it.
#10 Posted by TheHBK (5463 posts) -

Fuck Shadow.  And that retard knuckles who can be tricked into doing anything.  Sonic vs Robotnik, thats all it has to be.
#11 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@WinterSnowblind said:
" @FunExplosions said:

" "and obviously we're in the business of giving fans what they want."
 
Really? No one told me. Sega hasn't been doin' anything but shit since Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. "

This implies that Sonic Adventure 2 was a good game, which is untrue.  Infact, I'd mark that as the game that begun the downfall of Sonic, it shifted the focus away from the classic fans and decided to appeal to the 14 year old furry fanbase.  The first SA introduced too many pointless playable characters, but it was at least Sonic for the majority and was generally pretty good.  The Sonic/Shadow stages were good in the second, but the rest of the trash, including the "story" ruins it. "
True. I guess I only liked it because I must have been around 14 when I played it. And I loved me some shadow and sonic levels. Those Knuckles/Rouge and Tails/Robotnik levels killed me. Oh god they were boring.
#12 Posted by TheYear20XX (425 posts) -

I love the image used for this story on the front page.

#13 Posted by tehsxe (13 posts) -

Wow that was an interesting image on the front page for this article.

#14 Posted by fillmoejoe (1469 posts) -

Damn I missed out on Castle Crashers last week.

#15 Posted by Deathpooky (1374 posts) -

Happy Birthday Sonic!  Sorry we've spent most of your life stealing money from your fans!

#16 Posted by JoshVanDanger (47 posts) -

I still think they need to change the running animation in Sonic 4. I guess I'll be downloading Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles; I never got to play those.

#17 Posted by Shadow (4977 posts) -

Is Sonic 3 & Knuckles worth $6?  FUCK YES

#18 Edited by Lumley (945 posts) -

Ah sweet, I've already got Sonic 1 and Sonic 2 on XBLA so i may as well pick up Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, 480MP for them both = 320MP if my quickfire maths is correct

#19 Posted by Raven_Sword (3438 posts) -

Sonic Sayz.... to buy these games.
#20 Posted by Babylonian (837 posts) -
@fillmoejoe said:
" Damn I missed out on Castle Crashers last week. "
Actually, Castle Crashers is still on sale FOR THE REST OF TODAY! HURRY, DUDER!!
#21 Posted by Toxin066 (3254 posts) -

Sonic 2's "Aquatic Zone" has the best music.

#22 Posted by Somadude (549 posts) -

Looks like the time to buy sonic 2.
#23 Posted by mr_shoeless (381 posts) -

They always promise that the next Sonic game will be good. But they never deliver. I don't think they remember what made the original Sonic fun...

#24 Posted by colinjw (216 posts) -

The first Sonic was the best.

#25 Posted by TepidShark (1058 posts) -

Not that anyone cares, but DLC for Sonic games on PS3 is also discounted.

#26 Posted by odintal (1095 posts) -

I read the headline and got my hopes up for Sonic drive-in. 
 
This is cool to i suppose...

#27 Posted by Halberdierv2 (1867 posts) -

sonic mega collection is still a better deal, and Sonic Megamix is probably better than any other sonic game made this decade.

#28 Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN (1789 posts) -

New Brad is an article writing machine!

#29 Posted by RecSpec (3761 posts) -

I laughed when the Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 trailer from E3 said Late 2010.
 
How fucking hard is it to do 4 goddamn Zones.

#30 Posted by EndrzGame (323 posts) -

Loves me some Sonic, the old games anyway. I already bought the XBLA games on day one. But still it's a pretty good deal for those that haven't purchased yet. 
What I really wish Sega would do is another release of Sonic CD with some touch-ups to the graphics and what-not. The first 3 and S&N were all great, but my fav is CD. I've got it on the GameCube collection that came out years ago but I want a HD release. 
 
*knock*knock* Sega?...Hellooooooo?!?

#31 Posted by LKPOWER (154 posts) -

Gee... I bet Ryan is really excited about this..
 
 

#32 Posted by Coombs (3449 posts) -

Why is sonic so skinny?

#33 Posted by Milkman (16515 posts) -

Play these good Sonic games instead of buying this new shitty one. Why thank you, Microsoft, I think I will.

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#34 Posted by Krataur (340 posts) -

This would be even better if the sale was actually ON Sonic's birthday -- the 23rd.  I should know, it's my birthday, too.

#35 Posted by weegieanawrench (1935 posts) -

Holy shit, that player has 114 lives!!
 
 
I will be picking up Sonic and Knuckles for sure.

#36 Posted by Supermarius (1196 posts) -
@FunExplosions said:
" @WinterSnowblind said:
" @FunExplosions said:

" "and obviously we're in the business of giving fans what they want."
 
Really? No one told me. Sega hasn't been doin' anything but shit since Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. "

This implies that Sonic Adventure 2 was a good game, which is untrue.  Infact, I'd mark that as the game that begun the downfall of Sonic, it shifted the focus away from the classic fans and decided to appeal to the 14 year old furry fanbase.  The first SA introduced too many pointless playable characters, but it was at least Sonic for the majority and was generally pretty good.  The Sonic/Shadow stages were good in the second, but the rest of the trash, including the "story" ruins it. "
True. I guess I only liked it because I must have been around 14 when I played it. And I loved me some shadow and sonic levels. Those Knuckles/Rouge and Tails/Robotnik levels killed me. Oh god they were boring. "
no. you were right. Sonic adventure 2 was good.
#37 Posted by first2die (135 posts) -
@Coombs: He is Japanese, have a look on Anime Vice and check out how big the protagonists usually are. 
#38 Posted by MachoFantastico (4484 posts) -

Call me tempted, by the way I think Sonic 4 is looking great gameplay wise.  
 
Just worry Sega are going to add their own little fantasy touch. 

#39 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -

New Brad continues to flaunt his ignorance.

#40 Posted by Redbullet685 (6024 posts) -

Might get all of the XBLA sonic deals

#41 Posted by PaddyMcFinn (7 posts) -

I still think Sega should have gone completely retro with this game, like what happened with Mega Man. I don't want "New Sonic the Hedgehog" I want Sonic the Hedgehog!!! I also don't like the fact that it's "Episode 1".

#42 Posted by mubblegum (250 posts) -

I want one, just not sure which one. Oh the dilemma.

#43 Posted by Rinkalicous (1339 posts) -

So, who wants to help me get the last multiplayer achievement in Sonic 2 on XBLA? Anyone? Please?!

#44 Posted by kalmis (1558 posts) -

XBLA offer only one day. sucks

#45 Posted by Winterblink (34 posts) -

This sale is also happening on the PSN and Apple stores, GB... 

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