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.
The Sonic Boom games on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U have stirred up all mixed opinions from Sonic fans, but the TV show that the games are based on appears to be doing quite well. Data provided by TV By The Numbers shows that the cartoon is holding its own against the competition and sits at the number one spot on Saturday mornings. This in turn should help boost the game’s sales.
Saturday Morning saw year-to-year gains among all targeted demos, ranging from +9% to +17%. Sonic Boom (7a) and Pokemon the Series XY (8a) premieres ranked #1 in their respective time periods among boys 6-11/9-14. Premieres of both series were up across all targeted demos vs. the same time period year ago, ranging from +46% to +73%.
A report has come through that suggests that Sonic Boom development studio Big Red Button suffered from a mass exodus of staff while the game was being developed. I’m sure you’ve all seen the videos floating around the web that showcase the number of hilarious glitches that can be found within the game. TSSZ is reporting the departures were actually voluntary, with the staff presumably realising that the game wasn’t working out.
SEGA of America and SEGA Europe today announce a second batch of 3D remasterings exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, spotlighting SEGA’s arcade history. Beginning with the release of 3D After Burner II in early 2015, the second batch of titles will be released monthly and include 3D Fantasy Zone, 3D OutRun, 3D Fantasy Zone II, and 3D Thunder Blade. Not only does each title deliver a full-fledged vintage arcade experience, recreating the environment down to the mechanical sounds of the arcade machines themselves, but it also adds to the original experience with new modes, options, and original musical tracks.
“These games were completely re-built to offer a robust 3D experience that offers more modern gameplay while still keeping true to the original,” commented John Cheng, President and COO, SEGA of America. “These are the best versions of some of our most unforgettable games and playing them is just like sitting in an arcade machine”.
All games will be priced at MSRP $5.99/€4.99/£4.49 and will be available for download in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.