Get Ready To Go Absolutely Crazy…

(The following text is taken from The Sonic Stadium and Sonic Wrecks)

From Kevin Eva:

There is a reason I referred to this Summer Of Sonic as “The Special Stage”.

As you know we’ve been somewhat tight lipped on guests and events for this SOS.  Well there’s a good reason for that as we’ve been in negotiations for a loooong time to secure them.  With Sonic’s 20th year it only makes sense that we really went all out to get you the best we could. We’re now at a point where we’re able to actually tell you:

So we’re delighted to announce our headline guests for Summer Of Sonic! Not that our other guests aren’t special of course, but this is really quite a coup. First up ladies and gentlemen, joining us at Summer Of Sonic to celebrate Sonic’s twenty years will be a man who has worked with our little blue pal since 1994.

The head man himself, TAKASHI IIZUKA!

Multi-time Producer and Director (including both Sonic Adventure titles, Sonic Colours and the upcoming Sonic Generations), Game Designer on titles like Sonic 3 & Knuckles and the original NiGHTS into Dreams and not forgetting being the current head of Sonic Team itself. Takashi Iizuka will be flying in from Japan especially to join us.

From Svend Joscelyne:

Without a shadow of a doubt, every single Sonic the Hedgehog fan in the world has dreamed of this – an opportunity to meet the man who has been a creative force in the Sonic franchise since its very conception. The man most commonly referred to as the “father of Sonic,” even after leaving SEGA back in 2006 to form his own studio.

No, I can hardly believe I’m writing this myself.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great honour that I reveal our second special headline guest – one of the men that kick-started the Sonic franchise that we all love.


As the programmer for the original Sonic the Hedgehog Mega Drive game, Yuji Naka was responsible for creating the gameplay mechanics and physics of the 16-bit classic, while influencing the design of the character due to his ‘spin attack’ concept.

Since then, he has led the development of almost every single Sonic title until his departure, assumed the lead role at Sonic Team and created many other iconic franchises such as NiGHTS Into Dreams, ChuChu Rocket! and Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg.

Naka-san now leads his own independent game studio, PROPE, which caught the world’s attention with Wii party game Let’s Tap and reminded everyone of his flair for unique gameplay design with Ivy the Kiwi? While he is no longer involved with creating Sonic titles, the hedgehog still has a special place in his heart.

This year, Naka-san will be attending the Summer of Sonic 2011 to officially celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 20th Anniversary with his old friend and colleague, Iizuka-san, and to share the experience directly with the fans. How lucky are we to be in the presence of two of the biggest men behind the Sonic franchise!? Exceptionally lucky.

If you’re currently shaking in excitement right now, just imagine how we feel back here – the chances of this ever happening were incredibly slim, and thanks to the work of SEGA Europe, SEGA Japan, Sonic Team, Iizuka-san, Naka-san and the organisers of the Summer of Sonic, we now have the stage set for the best fan party that ever lived!

What a year to be a Sonic fan!

And you know what? We’re STILL not done.


About Dreadknux

Founder of The Sonic Stadium, one of the best-loved fansites in the world, and creator/co-organiser of the Summer of Sonic fan convention. Svend works as a video game journalist for Thanks to you guys, this little dream of having Sonic fans meet up and make friends has become a reality. Follow his antics on Twitter @Svend_SPOnG, with TSS updates @dreadknux.
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29 Responses to Get Ready To Go Absolutely Crazy…

  1. avatar Max Firestorm says:

    …New pants, please.

  2. avatar Jackskellinghog says:

    I’ve just lost half of my bodily fluids. All over everywhere.

  3. avatar Hogfather says:


  4. avatar Liam Robertson says:

    I. Am. So. There.

  5. avatar Saybah says:

    Is that our cue to go absolutely crazy?


  6. avatar Spin says:

    *mind explodes*

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  8. avatar fullmetal fox says:

    I’m reeling, best year ever!

  9. avatar CobraRoll says:

    *takes a breath* …I’ll be right back, Excuse me. I need to go explode happily somewhere.

  10. avatar Simon h says:

    That is so freaking awesome. I feel sorry for those who can’t make it. Cos this is a sonic fans dream come true.

  11. avatar Brett Ayres - SonicShadow191 says:

    Can i use the immortal words… Way Past Cool!

  12. avatar dragontamer626 says:

    I srsly thought it was gonna b CRUSH40 but THIS?!?!
    This is FREAKIN EPIC!!!

  13. avatar Robert Evans says:

    Now to ask these two about the return of Mighty

  14. avatar Kevin "Solon001" Moris says:

    Epic Foreshadowing :) Well part of it. anyway.

  15. avatar Xed0rian says:

    WOW! do you think they’ll give out autographs or something? I’m so exited now. :D

  16. avatar 7Force says:

    Great news.

  17. avatar Kojichan says:

    Daaayuum… ;___; Makes me wish I lived in the UK to go see this.

  18. avatar sheezy93 says:

    dont know anything about them so well but i guess they sound quite interesting :3 might ask them few questions lmao XD

  19. avatar Daniel Whitear says:


  20. avatar Georgio Costa says:

    Wow… beats cruch 40 by miles… but how do we actually get access to the event? Do we just randomly turn up and enter? Sorry if these questions are pointless, but the site doesn’t have any info on this.

    • avatar Umiyuri says:

      You do indeed randomly turn up and enter. That’s how it’s been for the last three. There will of course be a bit of a queue to get in, but we’re British! We queue. We attempt to force order into the midst of chaos any way we can. It’s just in our blood.

  21. Bloody hell – I go away for a day and this happens! I tip my hat to you guys. Bravo :)

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  24. avatar Michael Langlois says:

    Awesome! But can you guys please confirm or deny Crush 40′s appearence? Really need to know!

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