SEGA has been having some tough times with the Sonic series over the last few years. No, not in terms of sales, and some could even argue not in terms of quality either. But a huge divide has been created between the audience for the franchise. There are the millions who buy each and every Sonic game released, and then there is another group that don’t care for, or in some cases, despise Sonic’s recent titles, standing true to the Genesis days. Despite still having strong sales, SEGA felt the need to address this other audience, creating two separate Sonic games aimed at different parts of the market. And while SEGA was pushing Sonic Colors on the Wii towards their already existing fan base, they seem to have accidentally made a title that potentially appeals to a much larger audience.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is out on Wii, iPhone and PlayStation 3. But next month another Sonic title is coming out as well – Sonic Colors.
The trailer after the jump shows more gameplay and more wisp powers, along with a first look at multi-player gameplay in action. I personally think Colors looks like the better of the two titles, but we will have to see when the game hits store shelves this November.
While many weren’t pleased with the last cycle of Sonic games, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic Colors are looking to make up for that. Both titles are looking to put Sonic back on the map in the industry.
After the jump, you can find the latest trailers for both of the titles. Sonic 4 shows of a new Casino zone, while the Sonic Colors trailer shows some of the power-ups in action.
To my knowledge, there wasn’t any direct feed footage of Sonic Colors during E3. But SEGA has released some direct feed screenshots instead for both the Wii and DS.
For the most part, it looks pretty good. I think the hub could be a bit smoother, but that’s just nit picking.
I don’t have a Nintendo Power subscription, but around the net some info has been floating around for Sonic Colors. While I think I’ve pretty much grabbed most of the big info about Sonic Colors, but there are still screen shots in Nintendo Power magazine. So if you are dying to see some in-game shots, pick up the latest Nintendo Power! Or wait till Sega releases some for the internet to consume.
This is probably going to be a fairly lengthy post, so you can find the details after the jump.
These Sonic Colors details supposedly come from the latest issue of Nintendo Power.
First up, there are going to be a wide variety of zones that may have seemed a bit out of place in other Sonic games. For example, Sweet Mountain is a mountain of pastries Sonic races through. Other rumored zones include a tropical reservoir zone, and another zone with giant hamburgers and bouncy jello.
As for gameplay, the Wii version is going to be similar to the daytime levels of Sonic Unleashed where players switch between 3D and 2D gameplay. 3D gameplay focuses more on speed and getting from A to B, while 2D is more focuses more on platforming.
The DS version is rumored to be incredibly similar to the Sonic Rush series – even including the tension gauge.
Apparently the story of the game is ment to be very lighthearted. As for side characters, players can expect to see Tails, as we saw via the trailer, but not in playable form. It also seems there is a possibility Knuckles and/or Shadow may appear in some form.
All of these details are unconfirmed. but if you pick up the latest Nintendo Power, you may, or may not, see this information in there.
Sonic Colors is planned for a Holiday 2010 release on both DS and Wii.
Sonic Unleashed and Sonic and the Black Knight launched quite some time ago. Its about time for a new full retail title — that new one being Sonic Colors for both the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii!
From the trailer and name you might think it was some kind of Sonic Tetris spin off, but it is actually a full action adventure game. Colors refer to an alien race that Dr. Eggman has captured in his flying evil death amusement park.
Players will race through amusement park themed stages using both 3D and 2D gameplay styles. As Sonic saves aliens, he gains special powers from them that he can use. Some of the examples was using one as a drill to open a new path, or changing Sonic into a laser beam to speed through stages. You can combine moves to increase Sonic’s “Boost Gauge”
Both the DS and Wii version will have exclusive power ups you can’t find on the other platform. So if you want to check out all the power ups for yourself, you will have to buy both games. In general they will probably be pretty different games.
Sonic Colors is set for a Holiday 2010 release. Cutting it a little close to Sonic 4’s late 2010 release window in my opinion, but I guess the last set of Sonic games pretty much launched side by side as well and performed well on the market.
You can check out a trailer after the jump and some “screenshots” which are basically just trailer grabs from the trailer.
(Source: Sega America Blog)