Sonic Games up to 50% Off on Switch, 3DS

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Presumably to coincide with the release of the Sonic the Hedgehog feature film (Ben Schwartz, James Marsden), Sega and Nintendo are joining forces to offer a sale of over a dozen Sonic games for Switch, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U.

Here’s the full list of discounted Sonic games:

Switch

  • Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – $39.99 (33% off)
  • Team Sonic Racing – $19.99 (50% off)
  • Sonic Mania – $9.99 (50% off)
  • Sonic Forces – $9.99 (50% off)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog – $3.99 (50% off)

Nintendo 3DS

  • Sonic the Hedgehog – $2.99 (50% off)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $2.99 (50% off)
  • Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal – $9.99 (50% off)
  • Sonic Lost World – $9.99 (50% off)

Wii U

  • Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric – $9.99 (50% off)
  • Sonic Lost World – $9.99 (50% off)

We heartily recommend 2017’s Sonic Mania as an excellent return-to-form (but still modern) 2D Sonic platformer, and last year’s Team Sonic Racing is a solid Mario Kart clone.

The Sonic sale ends Feb. 28 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.

The sale is running alongside two other Switch publisher sales. The Ubisoft sale ends Feb. 24, and includes Mario + Rabbids, Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, and South Park with discounts up to 75% off.

The NIS America Shining Stars sale runs through March 1, and features Ys VIII, SNK, and the Disgaea series.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Beta Opens This Weekend on Xbox One

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Eager MMORPG fans outside of Japan will want to clear their schedule this weekend. The Phantasy Star Online 2 closed beta will begin today, at 5 pm Pacific/8 pm Eastern on Xbox One. This will be the first time to game will be playable in English.

The closed beta test will only run for the weekend, and only on Xbox One, ending Saturday, Feb 8, at midnight pacific time. The sequel originally released in Japan way back in 2012 on PC, and has since been ported to PS Vita, PlayStation 4, and Switch, but has yet to make it to the west, until now.

“We are thrilled to kick off the first live testing of the game this weekend,” said Fred White, Head of Marketing, Sega Games. “The teams have been working hard getting ready and while there is still work to be done before launch, we are anxious to get some early player response as well as test out the new servers.”

“Many multiplayer constructs came from the original Phantasy Star Online,” said Phil Spencer, Executive VP of Gaming at Microsoft. “Glad to see the sequel landing on Xbox One and PC!”

Beta testers will be able to earn special rewards, including just for logging in, as well as daily consumables rewards, and rewards upon completing 12-person boss battles called Urgent Quests. Find the full breakdown of events and rewards for the closed beta test here.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is due out as a free-to-play MMORPG on Xbox One and Windows PC in early 2020.