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SEGA's famed Sonic the Hedgehog celebrates his 20th birthday today. The blue hero has "starred in more than 65 games and notched up over 70 million sales worldwide - becoming a global phenomenon in the process." Click here for the first picture in gallery. Continue reading for the official Sonic Generations trailer.

To help celebrate this momentous occasion we have released a celebratory Sonic 20th Anniversary Bundle on PlayStation Store. This bundle collects the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic Adventure (and the DX Upgrade pack), Sonic 4: Episode 1 and a beautiful dynamic theme taken from the world of Sonic 4.
[via PlayStation - IGN]

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You may have heard or even seen SEGA's ToyLets, but now this urinal-based gaming system is set to be unleashed in bathrooms worldwide. Simply put, it "rewards players with points not based on accuracy, but the volume and intensity of urine they spray into the game controller." This system will cost operates approximately $1900USD. Continue reading for the news report.

First, an infrared sensor detects when a person approaches, and changes the screen to the game ready display. Next, microwaves hit the stream of urine when the person urinates, and it reads the reflected microwaves to detect the speed of the urine stream. The volume is then calculated by the speed and duration of the urination.
[via CrunchGear - TechnaBob]

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The SEGA generation of gamers probably remember Ecco the Dolphin, an action-adventure game that was released in 1992 on the Genesis. Have you ever wondered why Ecco was the only dolphin players could control? If so, continue reading to see why.

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Sure, they seem to play nice in video games, but what happens off camera? Let's just say that there's not enough air bubbles for the both of them. Thankfully, both Sonic and Tails have the ability to re-spawn. Video after the break.

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If Sonic and Knuckles was remixed with new graphics, this is what it might look like. Basically, Robert Medina, also known as BlobVanDam on YouTube, recreated this entire stage using computer graphics. Video after the break.

The only thing bad about this 2.5D rendition of Sonic & Knuckles' Mushroom Hill? It's only a video, and not a playable game.
[via Kotaku]

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Sure, it may not have a built-in rechargeable battery, but this amazing custom-built SEGA Dreamcast portable does have an integrated Virtual Memory Unit, second player controller port, S-Video out, and a headphone jack. Video after the break. Click here for more pictures.

[via BenHeck]

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A Japanese modder who goes by Goteking didn't like the idea of an iPod Nano watch, so he crammed the device into a SEGA Dreamcast VMU instead. To build one yourself, "you crack open the VMU, insert the iPod Nano, patch up a few bits of wiring (for the headphone jack) and you're good to go." Videos after the break. Click here for more pictures.

[via Gizmodo - Goteking]

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Artist Ozcan is very familiar with traditional case mods (LED lights, transparent windows, etc.), but he wanted to put his own twist on it. The work of art you see above was the result. Click here to see them all. Continue reading for a video of the LEGO NES.

[via Kotaku - Flickr]

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Gamer techknott from the Ben Heck Forums has unveiled his latest creation, a custom-built SEGA Dreamcast portable. It features a "custom CNC acrylic case with MDF walls, and a built in original Dreamcast control pad on front and triggers on back." Video after the break. Click here for more pictures.

The display is a PSone LCD, and if you look carefully under the screen, you'll notice he's even built in an a VMU. The CD player is mounted on back for playing original discs, while there's an SD card slot in front.
[via Technabob - BenHeck]

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Modder Bacteria unveils his latest project, the N GEAR 64. This device is basically a fully-functional N64 system crammed inside a SEGA Game Gear shell -- unfortunately requiring AC power due to space constraints. Click here for first picture in gallery.

A picture really does speak a thousand words here. Modder Evil Nod managed to somehow cram a fully-functional Nintendo 64 system inside the body of an old SEGA Game Gear portable. Why? Why the heck not, I say.
[via Technabob - Moddebybacteria]

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