It’s here, the brand new side-scrolling Sonic game! No, not Sonic Mania. It’s Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice for the Nintendo 3DS! In this SEGA News Bits, Barry shares with George, and our viewing audience, his thoughts on the game. Did SEGA and Sanzaru Games learn their lesson from Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal? In the comments below, let us know what you think of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice! Also, don’t hate Barry.
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SEGA’s Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice releases today for the Nintendo 3DS in North America, and will release a few days from now on September 30th in Europe. The game is available both digitally on the Nintendo eShop and physically with a special Launch Edition for the Americas which includes a collector’s box and a DVD of select Sonic Boom TV show episodes featuring Metal Sonic and Shadow. While reviews have started to appear elsewhere on the web, expect a Sonic Retro review soon.
After the break, check out the full press release from SEGA!
It’s been a pretty long time since Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice was last shown to the public. After it was delayed there was a bit of a drought with no new footage or info whatsoever. That’s changed now though as SEGA just released a new trailer for E3 2016 and we can finally confirm that, yup, it still looks like a Sonic Boom game.
It does look like there is some added variety with the new bosses and shoot-em-up sections, but aside from that the game looks like more of Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. Which probably isn’t a good thing seeing how Shattered Crystalwasn’t that great. Still, the game will be playable at E3 next week so we’ll probably be able to see if Sanzaru has tried to make Fire & Ice much of an improvement over its prequel when new gameplay footage from the event gets put up online.
Fire & Ice will be released on September 27th, 2016 exclusively for Nintendo 3DS and will have a special Launch Edition in the US. The special edition will include a DVD with three episodes from the Sonic Boom TV show, which is surprisingly decent and worth taking a look at if you haven’t yet.
Update: The official Sonic Youtube account has uploaded the trailer to Youtube, and mentions in the description that “[a] number of notable improvements are being made to the game, including enhanced level designs built for speed, better functionality, and all-new Fire & Ice gameplay mechanics.”
In case you missed it, Nintendo had another Direct today. Among the announcements for a new Kirby and Paper Mario, Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was dated for March 18th, 2016 on the Nintendo 3DS, with the Wii U version hitting shelves on June 24th. Alongside the release dates, Nintendo showed off the opening for Mario and Sonic 2016, you can check that out above, as well as the box-art for the Wii U version, along with some new screenshots after the jump.
The Japanese Nintendo Youtube account recently uploaded this new overview trailer for the 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, showing plenty of gameplay of the new modes. There are also new characters Sega managed to scrape off the bottom of the barrel like Eggman Nega and Shitty BowserZavok from the Deadly Six.
One of the more noteworthy new modes is Champions Road, which seems to be the game’s main story mode. In this mode you play as your Mii, which you can dress up with various costumes. Some of which can be unlocked through amiibo. There also seems to be a decent amount of new Dream Events, which are basically the normal olympic events mixed up with elements from both the Mario and Sonic series. Those have always been the best thing about these games outside of the music, so this entry in the series having more of those definitely isn’t a bad thing.
But at the very least, we can probably expect the game to have a great soundtrack. Sega’s Sound Team has always done a fantastic job remixing Mario and Sonic music for these games, and we look forward to what they’ll be doing this time. The 3DS version will be released on February 18th, 2016 in Japan. It isn’t known yet when the game will be released elsewhere, or when the Wii U version will come out.
Update: Of course right after I put up this article I realize that Sonic 4: Episode 1 was delayed by a few months. Welp. Still, at least this time it wasn’t because there was a public outcry.
What do you get when you mix fire and ice? Apparently SEGA realizing that releasing yet another unfinished Sonic game is a bad idea. For the first time ever (seriously, correct me if I’m wrong on this cause I can’t think of any other time when SEGA’s done this) the company has delayed a Sonic game in order to make sure that it’s polished enough for release, with Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice now releasing in 2016 “when it’s ready”. You know, as opposed to previously released Sonic games that clearly weren’t ready for release.
It’s always been pretty clear that Sonic games are often rushed to make the deadline, even back with Sonic 3 & Knuckles when they split the game into two releases due to time constraints. So SEGA actually letting the developers take their time to finish the game is hopefully not just a one time thing. So it is a little reassuring that SEGA’s blog post mentions that they think that making sure a game is ready for release isn’t just important for Fire & Ice, but also all future Sonic games. We hope that that’s true, cause we really, really don’t want another Sonic 2006 or Rise of Lyric.
Also, real talk, Gunstar Heroes is pretty darn good and you all should get that instead of yet another Sonic 2 re-release if you’d have to choose between the two. Just saying, you’ve probably played Sonic 2 enough times already.