‘Sonic Collection’ Listings Spotted As The Blue Blur’s 30th Anniversary Looms


This year sure is zooming along, rather like a rather iconic video game character that was once the ultimate rival of Mario. These are relatively good times for Sonic, the most recent high profile platforming game starring the mascot was the brilliant Sonic Mania, and a movie starring Jim Carrey as Dr Eggman Robotnik was successful enough to get the green light for a sequel; that’ll arrive next year.

Of course, looming on the horizon is the official 30th Anniversary of the original classic, and while only sadists would hope for an event on the scale of awfulness that was the 25th Anniversary party, a Summer game release of some sort would go down well. There are various rumours kicking around already, including a Sonic Colors Remaster and the return of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, with Sonic 3 having seemingly been held back in recent-ish times by reported music rights issues.

We have that traditional source of leaks, French retailer listings, suggesting that the latter rumour of an easy-to-do but popular Sonic Collection could indeed be inbound. It certainly makes a lot of sense, as it’s a way to give older gamers like this humble scribe a nostalgia kick, while introducing younger players to the classics.

As for what games could be included (apart from, hopefully, Sonic 3), who knows? The Sonic Mega Collection on the GameCube – and especially its Plus variant on PS2 and Xbox – set a pretty high standard in terms of the pure volume of games. Sonic Classic Collection was a neat but slightly flawed port of the 16-bit games on DS, and there are all sorts of SEGA collections, 3D re-releases on 3DS and more that include plenty of Sonic games.

If this Sonic Collection does come to pass we’ll be intrigued to see what SEGA has to offer; remember, Sonic is cool again. It sure is good to be able to say that.

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Bartonville Hardware celebrates 70 years as a family-owned business

BARTONVILLE, Ill. (WMBD)– Seventy years after Bartonville Hardware opened its doors, the third generation of family members is continuing to run the business.

In 1951, Greg McCoy’s father, Earl, and his mother, Isabelle, opened their first store on Adams St. in Bartonville along with a partner and co-worker of Earl’s.

“I remember my mother telling me about spreading the merchandise out so it looked like they had more than they really did,” said Greg McCoy, owner of Bartonville Hardware.

In its early days, the store sold mostly manual tools and equipment like nails, hammers, and handsaws.

“We sold mowers when they first came out; gas mowers, they were new back in the 50’s,” he said.

McCoy started working at his parent’s store as an employee in the 60’s and took over after his father became ill. With the help of his two sons and daughter-in-law, he’s been running the business ever since.

However, it wasn’t always clear to his son Tim that it would work out this way.

“I never wanted to be in this business. I always wanted to do something else. In high school, I couldn’t see myself in the hardware business, [but] it just turned out I started working and just stuck with it,” Tim McCoy, now a co-owner of the store said. “It was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

Greg said it takes a lot of hard work for a family-owned and operated store to last this long.

“Well, you got to be tougher on yourself than anyone could be on you. You got to push yourself to do a better job, to complete the job. That’s probably the toughest thing about it,” he said.

Looking to continue their success, his daughter-in-law, Andrea, said she hopes they can keep the store’s personal touch going until the next big anniversary.

“Really our main commitment is personal customer service, and as long as we know our customers by name in 20 years, then I’d be happy with that,” she said.

Bartonville Hardware is located at 1201 W. Garfield Avenue and can also be found on Facebook.

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