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Splatoon picked up a win at the 2016 SXSW Gaming Awards last night. Nintendo’s shooter was selected as “Most Promising New Intellectual Property”. Splatoon beat out Bloodborne, Life is Strange, Ori & the Blind Forest, and Undertale.

SXSW shared the news on Twitter yesterday through the following message:


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It was confirmed last week that Sonic the Hedgehog will be having its own panel at SXSW later this month. An additional blurb from the expo teases “a special reveal” that will be made for the series’ 25th anniversary.

Here’s what it states:

“Yuji Naka (Sonic Original Creator), Takashi Iizuka (Head of Sonic Team), Roger Smith (Voice of Sonic the Hedgehog), Mike Pollock (Voice of Dr. Eggman), Austin Keys (Sega), Aaron Webber (Sega)

25 years had to go fast, and here we are today wondering where it all went. Join the original creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, along with the amazing production heads responsible for bringing the franchise to life, for an in-depth analysis of where Sonic came from and where he’s heading going forward. A special reveal will be made as part of the celebration for this anniversary milestone.”

TSSZ News actually says that the reveal won’t be a new game. If it’s something else, I’m not quite sure what it could be!

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SEGA is celebrating Sonic’s 25th anniversary with a panel at SXSW panel on March 19. Original Sonic creator Yuji Naka and Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka will be in attendance, as well as other guests such as Roger Smith (Sonic voice actor) and Mike Pollock (Dr. Eggman voice actor).

Here’s an overview of the event:

“Sonic the Hedgehog is turning 25! After racing to the scene in 1991 on the “SEGA Genesis,” the little blue blur has seen it all: the great evolution of gaming – including the rise of online and mobile – international expansion, multiple TV series, and an ascension that’s made him an icon and veritable mascot of gaming itself. This panel will take an in-depth look at his Sonic’s rich history across gaming, TV, merchandise and more, giving fans an inside glimpse directly from key figures in Sonic’s history. Join us as we celebrate the past and look to the future!”

The Sonic the Hedgehog: 25 Year Anniversary panel will take place from 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM.

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Over the past few years, Marvel has been building the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” through various media – movies, television, and more. Now there appear to be similar plans in place for video games as well.

Speaking at a SXSW panel on Saturday, Marvel VP of games TQ Jefferson said:

“You might have noticed that certain similarities and threads touch from one game to the next. Much like you see in publishing and film, we’re trying to build a gaming universe connected by common elements and narrative into a larger gaming initiative.”

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