2013: Good or Bad year for Sonic?

According to TSSZ News 55% of respondents said that 2013 was a bad year for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, compared to 61% of respondents saying that 2012 was a good year for Sonic.

The good news about Sonic the Hedgehog (in my view) in 2013 was the smartphone and tablet game Sonic Dash, as well as the remastered versions of classic Sonic games, as well as Nintendo 3DS version of the original Sonic game of 1991 released in Japan to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive’s (Sega Genesis in North America) Japanese release. I also say that Sonic’s appearance in the new Super Smash Bros. game was OK, even though his design for that game looked ugly to me.

The bad news was the commercial flop of Sonic Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. We have rarely wrote many posts on Sonic Lost World, but did write some of the latter (M&S2014). It seems that we probably wrote less posts on those games possibly because I knew that those new Sonic games looked boring. Also another bad news is the upcoming animated series Sonic Boom first teased by Dave Polsky at a My Little Pony fan convention in Columbus, Ohio and first announced by Sega of America on its blog on 7 October 2013. The show is due to premiere in Autumn/Fall 2014 on Cartoon Network in the US, and Canal J and Gulli in France. The show has been criticised by Sonic fans for its redesigns of Sonic and Knuckles.

Another bad news for me was the worldwide partnership between Nintendo and Sega for the Sonic franchise back in May 2013. Nintendo was originally going publish Sonic Lost World in Europe, but ended being Sega publishing the game in Europe by the end. 

According to many Sonic fans, they say that most of the new Sonic games were aimed at Nintendo/Mario type fans or Kids CGI animated film fans and to do this, SEGA has managed to semi-kill off from the new Sonic titles, Shadow, Rouge and some fan-favourites (except for Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic) from Sonic the Hedgehog, other than Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, in which Shadow, Rouge and some other similar fan favourites did appear in.

They also criticise Ken Pontac (writer for Sonic games), Warren Graff and Takashi Iizuka (the so-called head of the Sonic franchise) for having no idea on the Sonic franchise. Takashi Iizuka said in a interview with a website that the reason he wanted to make Sonic games different to what fans wanted the games to look like is due to the fact, because he thinks that “fans should need a more different Sonic game”.

The Sonic fan convention in the US, Sonic Boom had low attendance according to Sonic fan Darkminer. The Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed game’s DLCs (updates) were only available for PC users. Plus Sonic fansites have been shutting down probably fact that due to many were finding Sonic boring, according to a comment posted on a Sonic Boom TV series article on TSSZ News, and British gaming website Metro already called Sonic Lost World, one of the worst videogames, due to copycatting Super Mario Galaxy, even Takashi Iizuka noticed that. Even Sonic Wrecks turned itself from a Sonic website into a general gaming website, due to Kevin ArchAngelUK falling out of love of Sonic the Hedgehog and SEGA.


Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games released in Europe

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games has now been released in Europe. The game allows you to play 24 different events and the first time play with rivals across the globe online. The game will be available on high street/physical and online stores and can also be digitally downloaded via Nintendo eShop for only £39.99 in the UK. Although the fourth Mario & Sonic seems to have mixed reviews from critics, the same with Sonic Lost World.

Prices for Sonic Lost World in the UK, USA and Australia

Sonic Lost World will be released in Europe and Australia later this week, while Japan will be getting it on the 24th October and North America will get it on October 29th (initially October 22nd until the release date was delayed to October 29th in September 2013).

Note: Prices are subject to change and are correct as of time of writing.

Wii U
WOW HD: £29.19
Grainger Games: £29.99
Simply Games: £32.85
ShopTo: £32.86 (Pre-order bonus: 5 Black Bombs Colour Power and Rare Gold Omochao RC gadget to use in co-op mode.)
Amazon: £32.99 (Pre-order bonus: 25 extra lives and Rare Omochao RC gadget that helps collect rings in co-op mode.)
Currys: £32.99
PC World: £32.99
Argos: £32.99
365Games: £33.99
Blockbuster: £34.85
Nintendo: £34.99
GAME: £34.99
Base: £34.99
Smyths Toys: £34.99 (in store)
CoolShop: £36.95
Zavvi: £37.98
The Hut: £37.98
GameStop: £39.97
GameSeek: £44.97
Sainsburys: £44.99
Woolworths: £49.00
Very: £49.00
Littlewoods: £62.00 or pay from £0.81 per week

ShopTo: £27.85
Grainger Games: £27.99
Amazon: £27.99
Currys: £27.99
PC World: £27.99
Argos: £27.99
365Games: £28.99
Simply Games: £29.85
Blockbuster: £29.85
CoolShop: £29.95
GameStop: £29.97
Zavvi: £29.98
The Hut: £29.98
GAME: £29.99
Base: £29.99
Smyths Toys: £29.99 (in store)
Tesco: £30.00
WOW HD: £30.39
GameSeek: £34.97
Nintendo: £34.99
Sainsburys: £34.99
Woolworths: £39.00
Very: £39.00
Littlewoods: £49.00 or pay from £2.45 per week

Wii U
Blockbuster: $41.56
WOW HD: $58.95
Mighty Ape: $68.49
JB Hi-Fi: $79.00
EB Games: $79.95

Blockbuster: $35.96
WOW HD: $50.95
Mighty Ape: $58.49
JB Hi-Fi: $59.00
EB Games: $59.95

Wii U
Amazon: $49.95 (Pre-order bonus: 25 extra lives)
Walmart: $49.96
GameStop: $49.99 (Pre-order bonus: Rare Sonic Omochao RC gadget that helps collect rings in co-op mode)
Target: $49.99
Kmart: $49.99
Best Buy: $49.99
Toys R Us: $49.99

Amazon: $39.95
Walmart: $39.96
GameStop: $39.99
Target: $39.99
Kmart: $39.99
Best Buy: $39.99
Toys R Us: $39.99

Sonic Lost World’s release date possibly broken!

According to the The Sonic Stadium, a Sonic fansite, Videos on the new upcoming Sonic title, Sonic Lost World, had just been recently leaked on YouTube by Spanish user accounts. One video spotted on the Sonic Stadium Message Board showed a cutscene (movie) from the game in Spanish, with the following dialogue:

  • Sonic y Tails salvarán a tus amigos (Sonic & Tails will save your friends)
  • ¿Habeís conseguido en salvar estos animales? (Have you yet saved those animals?)
  • ¡Un momento…! ¿Solo uno? ¡Ja… qué cutre! ¡Yo ya los habría salvado a todos! (Wait a minute…! Only one? Ha…how shabby! I’ve already saved them all!)
  • Ay no quiero imaginarme lo que Eggman les estará haciendo. (Literally means: Oh, I don’t want to imagine what Eggman is doing to them)


Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games release date revealed

According to Nintendo it stated that Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be released November 8th –it is unknown if this is either a worldwide release date, a North American release date or a European release date (November 8th is a Friday, the day of the week that most games tend to be released on)– on the Wii U.

Nintendo also says that you can download it from the eShop on the Wii U on the same day when the non-digital boxed version of the game releases.


New Wisps for Sonic Lost World revealed

According to the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, it has revealed that the Orange Wisp from Sonic Colours will return in Sonic Lost World. Also two new wisps, Grey Quake Wisp and Ivory Lightning have been revealed. The Grey Quake Wisp will see Sonic turn into an iron ball, where you can climb walls and dive off them to destroy enemies with the shock of landing, hence its name.

The Ivory Lightning Wisp gives Sonic the power to quickly ram enemies obstacles in succession. According to The Sonic Stadium (TSS) via a rough Google translation from Famitsu.com, he will also able to pass through wires in this state.
The Red Burst Wisp has the same powers as in the DS version of Sonic Colours. In this form, Sonic can fly/hop around the air and change blasts of enemy to destroy surrounding enemies.