Sega will be releasing a special Sonic the Hedgehog “Encyclo-speed-ia” next year to celebrate the blue blur’s 30th anniversary. Dark Horse is the publisher and Ian Flynn is the author.

Flynn is head writer for IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. This encyclopedia will include 256 pages, can be pre-ordered right now on Amazon for $50 USD and will arrive on 1st June 2021. Here’s the full rundown:

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!

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When he’s not paying off a loan to Tom Nook, Liam likes to report on the latest Nintendo news and admire his library of video games. His favourite Nintendo character used to be a guitar-playing dog, but nowadays he prefers to hang out with Judd the cat.

The only thing in the Sonic universe that I ever liked was the Sonic Movie. All of the games have ranged from either incredibly mediocre, to incredibly bad. Most are OK, but none stand out like most of the Mario or Zelda games do.

I’m having a hard time understanding from the wording whether this is only about in-universe lore or if there’s also insight into development. The few concept sketches they showed in Netflix’s High Score got me itching for a real deep dive into Naka’s and Ohshima’s work.

Honestly feel like Sonic exists nowadays just due to mascot immunity. Once Yakuza and Persona blew up he kind of got buried in terms of SEGA’s priorities.

I’m not a huge fan of Sonic, but I will probably be picking this up because I love Dark Horse books and guides.

I got the Zelda ones, Mario, and final fantasy ones. So I may get this one just to go in the collection.

@Tommy-and-Timmy I like them, but to be honest I always felt that the 3D sections were a bit awkward and never as polished as the 2D ones. The humour in Colours wasn’t to my taste as well, but I can see why someone would really like these games.

I played one Sonic game on the SEGA Game Gear, (I think it was Sonic 2) I didn’t like it and played Shinobi (The game with the different colored ninjas) way more. I also tried Sonic Adventure 2 on Game Cube. None of it was engaging so I don’t understand the appeal of Sonic.

I really like the color and look of this one though. I won’t Change it for a while.

Wonder if they’ll mention Sonic’s first appearance as a rear-view ornament in the arcade game Rad Mobile.

@BirdBoy16 Yeah but I haven’t heard good things about the rest of the franchise. I have heard the two I did play were some of the best and if those are some of the best, I definitely won’t like the other games.

Keeping this on my radar. Would love if it included some new sketches or concept art.

@Tourtus Sonic 2 on Game Gear bears almost nothing in common with its critically acclaimed Genesis counterpart. May as well judge the Mega Man series using the DOS games as reference.

For those who just want some light reading material, Dark Horse will also be publishing a leaflet entitled “Non-Sonic Projects Since Sega Left Making Consoles”.


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