Believe it or not, Sonic Generations was originally scheduled to be released for both the Wii and the Nintendo DS. The news was discovered by Unseen64 who mention that a rep for Sega disclosed that Sonic Generations was meant to come to Wii, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo DS. As we know the game only came out on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. There was also a handheld version for the Nintendo 3DS, which didn’t receive very good reviews. The Wii and DS versions were thought to be cancelled not long into development.
Ken Balough, the former Brand Manager behind Sonic 4, has revealed that the company had plans to release Sonic 4 Episode 3 but it was ultimately scrapped by the company. The Sonic 4 series of games on the Nintendo eShop, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network were originally planned to be a Sonic trilogy, but Balough wouldn’t disclose why the third part was canned.
Sega has revealed that it has no current plans to release a physical version of its 3D Classics series in the U.S. In September, the publisher announced plans to group several of its 3D Classics into one package for a retail release. The collection, which debuted in Japan for Nintendo 3DS on December 18th, includes the 3D renditions of Space Harrier, Fantasy Zone, Outrun, Streets of Rage, Shinobi 2, Ecco the Dolphin, Space Harrier and Out Run.
Sega has released a new trailer that highlights the Sonic the Hedgehog themes for the Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu. The 3DS Theme Shop offers themes based on the new Sonic Boom franchise and several characters from the Sonic universe, including Shadow, Amy and the Chao species. Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is also available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. Developed by Sanzaru Games, the action-adventure title focuses on Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and newcomer Sticks as they work as a team to save Amy and locate the Crystal before it’s too late.
Those lucky Japanese will be getting a boxed release of the Sega 3D Classics range on the Nintendo 3DS. The news was revealed today by Sega who also provided us with the lovely video above showcasing past hits. This Japanese only collection contains Space Harrier, Fantasy Zone, Outrun, Streets of Rage, Shinobi III and Ecco The Dolphin. Let’s cross out fingers and hope it comes to the west.
The poorly received 2006 racing game Sonic Riders was actually in development for the beloved Game Boy Advance. However, development on the game was cancelled as Sega Japan saw the game in action and requested that the team make it more 3D. The team refused as it would have required a complete overhaul of the game’s engine, so the game never came into fruition.
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More movie news following the report that Sony is planning to create a Super Mario Bros movie. Now we are hearing that Sega is adapting a number of TV shows and films based on their older IP’s such as Golden Axe and Shinobi, amongst others. The company says they’re “looking to partner with the major studios, A-list producers and filmmakers to adapt these properties.” These will then be made into feature films, TV shows and digital series.