I am in no way a Sonic fan. I played the original three games on Genesis and liked them at the time, but I stopped keeping up at around Sonic Adventure 2. Even when I went back to play the original three games I found myself not enjoying them today. Despite all that, I absolutely love Sonic Generations.
Two new Wii bundles are in the works- A black Wii packed with New Super Mario Bros. and a Super Mario Galaxy Soundtrack is set to launch in the US on October 23rd, and a blue Wii with the new Mario and Sonic at London 2012 Olympic Games ready to emerge in the EU with the game’s release November 18th.
While these bundles may seem exciting, being brand new smaller models, their form factor comes at a lofty cost indeed: any and all gamecube support has been removed from the system. The four controller ports and memory card slots have been stripped from this new model to afford its’ smaller size, and these new models are unable to read the older system’s mini-discs.
Pics of the new bundles after the break. Continue reading New Wii Bundles Headed for US and Europe Lack Gamecube Support
My history with the Sonic franchise is well known by frequenters of the 24/7 stream. Still I know that it is a beloved and well liked franchise and Sega appears to be delivering what fan’s have been asking for, A classic Genesis style sonic game. From the screens of the recently announced Sonic Generations it looks like Sonic 2 rendered with polygons.
Essentially this game is what Megaman Universe would have been but for sonic. You can play as Classic Sonic and Green Eyed Sonic and they have their own unique moves. It will be set across three era’s of sonic games having both 3D and 2D levels. Seems pretty interesting in concept to me. I might actually check this one out when it releases Holiday of this year. Check out some assets after the jump.
With Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic Colors out, it seems like Sega has a better grasp on what to do with their flagship hedgehog. That’s a really good thing, because the message sent by ol’ Sonic’s recent history is “we, Sega, have no idea what we’re doing, but we’re going to pump these things out anyway”. How did this once-proud spiky azure franchise turn dull and…less blue? Well I’ll tell you, and luckily for me and my column format, there were exactly five big mis-steps!
In an interview with Alex Pritchard, VP of marketing and sales of SEGA with Game Informer, He said that “Two or Thre big anouncemets regarding th frachise will be announced early 2011”. He also admits that he feels guilty of releasing too many titles to the market without allowing the titles to be refined before being released. He explains SEGA’s strategy of dealing with Sonic by showing the strong sales and positive reception of Sonic 4 Episode 1 (Which will have it’s second episode released soon and then the 3rd ep will never be released A la Valve/Shenmue). He also mentioned Sonic Colours saying it was the highest pre-selling pure Sonic game the company has ever has. Finaly he mentioned Sonic Free Riders which was made to promote Microsoft’s Kinect (Who would have guessed). It seems like SEGA is being more careful with its most popular IP. Though only time will tell if this gambit pays of.
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For those of you looking forward to the release of Sonic 4: Episode I, Sega has released a new trailer showing off the new Mad Gear Zone.
This place is full of old enemies, as well as some brand new ones. It’s certainly something to get excited about as we wait for the game to release.
Check out the new trailer after the jump. ^_^
Gotta love that Tokyo Game Show. We got some new screenshots of Sega’s newest “hardcore” Kinect title, Sonic Free Riders. Granted, the screenshots, though cool and colorful, don’t really reveal too much about the game. We may just have to wait for the game when it releases this holiday season.
You can check out the pics after the jump. Continue reading New Sonic Free Riders Screenshots Emerge
Along with a bunch of other developers Sega will be broadcasting their TGS stage events on Ustream. This includes things like Vanquish, Shiren The Wanderer 5, and Yakuza of the end. Attempting to keep up with the many different Ustreams may be a hassle but atleast it gives us a little something to watch so we don’t miss out on something interesting.
Rating systems strike again as the OFLC for Australia rated Sonic Classic Collections for the Nintendo DS. You can probably guess what it is, but as of right now we don’t know what titles will be included. You can probably expect to see the usual contenders like Sonic 1,2 and 3 at the very least. Hopefully there will be something cool to set it apart from the rest of the sonic collections out there, but at least its on a portable.