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New Spin-off Franchise Sonic Boom Revealed, Will Have TV Shows and Video Games [Updated]


[Updated: Game details and Western exclusivity]

So today was a bit of a big deal in the Sonic franchise. After all the rumors, leaked photos and a leaked trailer, we finally have solid info on this Sonic Boom thing. First off: it’s not a reboot, but a spin-off franchise that will co-exist with the modern Sonic games, Boom providing a different take on familiar faces. A TV show, two new video games and toys are being developed and will be released later this year. So let’s dig into this thing! First up: the TV show. Originally announced last year, we now actually have details of how it will play out. The series is being produced by OuiDO! Productions and will air on Cartoon Network during the 2014/2015 season. The 52 episodes ordered will each be 11 minute self contained stories, with no over-arching plots. Among the situations the cast will get wrapped up in are “Knuckles becoming mayor” and “Dr. Eggman faking an injury so he can take Sonic to court.” The primary characters all play their own roles, such as Tails being the go-to Mr. Fix-It and Amy being an archaeologist, using her knowledge to help out the group as they explore new lands.


Then there is what a lot of you might care more about: the new video games. The first game is for the Wii U, and is the final of the three exclusive Sonic titles for Nintendo systems. Unlike every major title over the past decade and a half, Sonic Boom is not being developed by Sonic Team, but by Big Red Button Entertainment. The studio consists of ex-Naughty Dog staff, including Christian Senn. Known around these parts as lead designer on the cancelled Sonic X-treme for the Saturn, Chris’s official title at the studio is Lead Level Implementer. Sure, it’s almost 20 years later, but Chris finally gets his crack at the Sonic franchise.

Led by Bob Rafei of Jak & Daxter and Uncharted fame, Sonic Boom is being described as a “wide linear” game, with interconnected levels branching out from central hub worlds. Focusing on more than just speed, Naughty Dog’s heritage will have some influence on how the title will play. Also, for the first time in a long while, the core four will be playable, with at least two on screen at all times, and all four being involved in boss battles, each character having their own unique attributes. Other known details: Funky Rustic is contributing sound to the game, it uses CryEngine 3, will feature four player co-op and the most important detail of all: the trailer uses Skrillex music.

The other announced game will land on the Nintendo 3DS and is being made by Dimps Sanzaru Games, known for the latest Sly Cooper title. There aren’t really any details for this game yet, but apparently Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is a pretty solid game, so it seems to be in good hands.

In the wake of these announcements, gameing site Polygon interviewed Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka, who revealed that the entire Sonic Boom line was designed with a Western audience in mind. While Sonic Team still has a supervisory role, Big Red Button has creative control, and as such there are currently no plans to bring either the show or the games to Japan. Could this change in the future? Maybe, but for now Japanese Sonic fans are going to have to deal with the import shops if they want to check out this new take on the hedgehog.

There’s also a toyline in the works, which is being made by Tomy. While no imagery of the toys were released in the media frenzy, you can see plenty of screenshots and concept art for the game and TV show after the jump.

[Source: SEGA Blog]

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Sonic Lost World Demos For Wii U and 3DS Up On the eShop In Japan (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: This week’s releases for the Wii U and 3DS eShop in the US and Europe don’t include the Sonic Lost World demo, so it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer for it.

Those who want to try out Sonic Lost World before it releases may not have to wait long, as a demo for both the Wii U and 3DS was released on the eShop today in Japan. This means that it’s likely that a demo will also be released in the US and/or Europe tomorrow, because the eShop updates on Thursdays in those regions.

The Wii U demo includes the first Windy Hill Zone, while the 3DS demo includes a tutorial level and the first Windy Hill zone.

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Sonic’s Smug Face Confirmed For Smash Bros 4

Those who have always wanted to pit some blue guy against some red guy against some blue anthropomorphic animal will finally be able to do so in the new Super Smash Bros game for Wii U and 3DS, as Nintendo confirmed that Sonic will be playable on the latest Nintendo Direct. The trailer above shows that he’ll retain his moves and taunts from Super Smash Bros Brawl and that there will also be a stage based on Sonic Lost World. Now they just need to confirm Crash Bandicoot and we’ll have the best video game mascot fighter ever.

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New Sonic Lost World Demo Playable At Gamescom

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SEGA announced today that if you’re going to Gamescom next week, you’ll be able to try out a Sonic Lost World demo with new levels at the Nintendo booth. A new trailer and screenshots will also be released for those who for some reason don’t live near Germany or can’t afford a plane ticket.

As for other SEGA things at Gamescom, Total War: Rome II will be playable at the Koch booth and there’ll be some news about Double Fine’s already released game The Cave at the Cosmocover booth, likely about the mobile version. SEGA will also be present at PocketGamer Mobile Mixer and The Big Indie Pitch, both of which take place right before Gamescom starts.

Impressions of the new Lost World demo will be posted here on the front page once Gamescom is over. In the meantime, you can read the impressions of several other Retro members of the Summer of Sonic demo.

[Source: SEGA Blog]

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Nintendo Direct: Japanese Cutscene and Wii U/3DS Connectivity From Sonic Lost World Shown Off

Our first look at a cutscene was shown off on the Japanese Nintendo Direct, which was live streamed earlier today. This video features the Deadly Six turning Eggman’s badniks against him, also Cubot and Orbot from Sonic Colours make a return after being mostly absent from Sonic Generations.

Meanwhile on the Nintendo Direct spoken in a language most of us can actually understand, the connectivity between the 3DS and Wii U versions was revealed. On the 3DS you can create gadgets which can then be transferred to the Wii U version, where the gadget can be controlled by a second player. A small bit of new gameplay showing this off was shown as well, which you can watch after the jump. Sonic Lost World is the very first subject of the video, so you don’t have to look far for it. Continue Reading

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SoS 2013 – Sonic Lost World Impressions

001_slw-sos2013Summer of Sonic features an in-development game to play every year, usually for the first time to the public outside big industry shows like E3. This year, we got Sonic Lost World, on both Wii U and 3DS, making its debut in the United Kingdom.

First, a quick summary of what was on show. The rep told us this was the Comic-Con build, so for the few Americans in the audience who were there, we played the same game you did. There were three Wii U demo pods and six 3DSes running. On the Wii U game there were 4 levels available to play: Windy Hill, Desert Ruins 1 (styled with a small letter S shoe-horned in between the s and the e on the title card to make Dessert – a pun on the fact it’s a candy/sweets level), Desert Ruins 2 (an auto-run level through honey combs) and Frozen Factory (the Sonic 2-styled casino level). On the 3DS, there were 3 available choices – a Windy Hill tutorial level, Windy Hill 1 and Desert Ruins 2 (here, an Egyptian-themed puzzle level with moving around of blocks & balls). We tried to play as much as possible, bearing in mind that because of queue lengths there was a limit of one level per person. Those of you who recall back to Summer of Sonic 2010 may remember we did a look at Sonic Colours‘ debut – this time we have opinions on the game not just from myself but several Sonic Retro forum members, so read on to see what we thought!

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Yuji Naka’s Rodea the Sky Soldier is Still Alive

Have you been wondering what Yuji Naka has been up to since leaving Sonic Team besides making a bunch of small and kinda neat games? Well, a new action adventure game called Rodea the Sky Soldier was announced for Wii and 3DS, publisher Kadowaka Games released a trailer which can be seen above. So why is it being released for Wii? Well, this trailer was released a little more than two years ago, after which the publisher never spoke of it again. Yuji Naka gave an update a few months later saying that the game was finished, but that they were waiting for Kadowaka Games to publish it. After a while everyone who did know about the game either forgot about it or assumed that it was scrapped.

Now we finally have an update on the title. Yoshimi Yasuda, the president of Kadowaka Games had said that they were having trouble adapting the control scheme to the 3DS version, which is being handled by the publisher. Yasuda said that the version is about 70% finished and that there will be more information in the near future. Maybe it’ll get a re-reveal at TGS 2013? We’ll see.

Prope also released a Digimon RPG called Digimon Adventure for PSP earlier this year in Japan, a western release doesn’t seem likely for this game though.

[Via: Destructoid, Source: Nintendo World Report]

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Sonic Lost World SDCC Stage Demo Shows Updated Stages and Chip Collecting

Aaron Webber was on Gamespot’s SDCC live stream yesterday being Aaron Webber and also showcasing the new Sonic Lost World demo that’s playable at the event. This demo includes the Casino zone in the not so frozen Frozen Factory and also some changes to previously shown levels like tutorial prompts in Windy Hill and more cinematic camera angles.

If you just want to see the new Casino stage, just skip to 11:28. This new level introduces a new gimmick in which you have to collect chips to earn points and also a small pinball section. SEGA also showed off Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F on the same live stream.

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Plenty of New Sonic Lost World Gameplay Footage

Recently an IGN staffer tweeted that today they’d put up more Sonic Lost World stuff, and they certainly delivered. Above you can see 12 minutes of gameplay showcasing one Windy Hill act and two Desert Ruins acts with commentary from IGN guy and Aaron Webber. You can also see Sonic’s new moves,  the return of the Wisp abilities and Aaron Webber failing to get to an alternate path. IGN also put up a new preview with some new details.

Besides the Wii U gameplay above, there are also three gameplay clips of the 3DS version (made by DIMPS) for you to watch on your computer monitor after the jump.

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Third Nintendo-Exclusive Sonic Game Releasing This Year (Update: Or Not)

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UPDATE: Turns out that someone at Nintendo Germany screwed up. The executive editor of IGN just tweeted that he re-confirmed with SEGA that the third mystery title won’t release in 2013. Guess we’ll have to make due with only two new Sonic games on Nintendo platforms this year, unless you count the 3DS version of Lost World as a seperate game. Sorry for the confusion folks.

It was only a couple of weeks ago when Nintendo announced that they made an exclusive partnership deal with SEGA for three brand new Sonic games exclusive to Nintendo platforms. The first two of these games being Mario and Sonic at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the recently revealed Sonic Lost World, both bound to be released later this year. Of course this leaves one mystery game yet to be announced.

Turns out we may not have to wait that long to know what it is. According to Sonic Stadium, Nintendo Germany spilled today in a press release that all three exclusives will be released this year. That sure is a lot of Sonic games for Nintendo haters to be pissed about in a single year. Of course this also means we probably won’t have to wait that long to know what this incredibly mysterious and secret game is. E3 is just around the corner, so it wouldn’t be surprising at all if it’d be announced there.

[source: The Sonic Stadium]