We’ve some sad Sonic news today as Chikao Otsuka who did the voice acting for the Japanese version of Dr Eggman has passed away at the age of 85. Chikao Otsuka took on the role of Dr Eggman back in 1998 for the original Sonic Adventure on the Sega Dreamcast, which has a place in fans hearts. Otsuka is the third voice actor to play Dr Eggman to pass away. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.
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.
Nintendo of Europe has offered up six more 3DS home menu themes which are set to arrive on the eShop later this week. From Friday, December 5, 3DS users can grab all four Sonic themes -previously issued in North America last weekend – which features the blue blur himself, Shadow, Amy and Chao. Unlike our friends across the pond though, there’s no mention of a special bundle option to grab all four Sonic themes, rather you can purchase them separately for €1.99 / £1.79 each.
Given it’s the beginning of the Christmas season, 3DS owners will be able to bag a merry treat from the eShop this week with two Christmas home menu themes. The Merry Mario Holiday and Animal Crossing: New Leaf Jingle’s Toy Day themes will be available to purchase for the standard €1.99 / £1.79 each, so you can jingle all the way when choosing a game to play. You can check out each of the six new themes in the gallery below.
Nintendo of America has added a number of new home menu themes to the 3DS eShop. Available from the theme shop now, you can purchase four different Sonic themes, featuring the blue blur himself plus Amy, Shadow and Chao. All four themes can be bought for $1.99 USD, or alternatively in a $6 bundle. If you’d like a closer look at the Sonic themes arriving you can take a look at the video embedded above.
In conjunction with the North American release of Mighty Gunvolt as a standalone eShop title, you can now purchase two Gunvolt-styled themes at the cheaper price of $1.49 USD. Plus, for all the Shovel Knight fans, you can now grab the $1.99 theme to accompany your game, which was previously available for free for a limited time in Europe.
With the street date apparently being broken for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U it is no surprise that footage of the game is now being broadcast on YouTube. The game has received mixed reactions from dedicated Sonic fans but you can make up your own mind after watching the video embedded above. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric launches on the Wii U in North America on November 11th.
Another day and there’s another Teens React To video. This time the team has assembled some enthusiastic teenagers to play through the haunting Sonic.exe which features scary music and plenty of other changes compared to the original game. It’s worth watching just for their priceless reactions.
Sega has released a brand new Sonic Boom trailer to coincide with the New York Comic Con. The fresh trailer gives us a good look at both Shadow and Metal Sonic. The fast paced trailer features footage from both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of the game and you can watch it, above. Sonic Boom comes out on November 11th in the US.