With the recent restructuring of Sega and their emphasis on mobile and PC some thought that Sonic might be relegated to a future on smartphones and tablets. Thankfully, Takashi Iizuka who is the head of Sonic Team, said we should still expect to see Sonic titles on home consoles. The next home console Sonic title was rumoured for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and hopefully the Wii U.
Personally, I don’t plan to stop Sonic for home-video game consoles. Don’t worry about them! And enjoy!
If you’re a Sonic fan and live in Japan then you’ll be super pleased to know that Sonic Advance is coming to the Japanese Wii U eShop next week. Sonic’s well received adventure takes up 200MB and will be arriving on February 18th. Sonic Advance will cost Japanese consumers ¥702. Let’s hope it also makes it way to the west as I’m sure there’s more than a few of you that would enjoy it.
Sad news today as Sega has announced that it’s cutting 300 jobs and is restructuring its business model. The company says that it’s focussing its efforts on the popular mobile space and online PC games. Sega has also said that it’s cutting down on physical releases and will instead be concentrating on downloadable content. The company will also focus on their Sonic and merchandising businesses. The move comes about due to the inevitable sales failure of Sonic Boom on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
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.