Sega’s European head of brand licensing Sissel Henno has told Toys ‘n’ Playthings magazine that the company plans to release a brand new Sonic game for consoles next year. Henno also said that the developer and publisher has several new digital titles launching as well as a new boxed game.
“Over the next year there will be a big focus on the expansion of [Sonic licensed] toy distribution across Europe.”
“Similarly, we will also be growing the apparel, publishing and stationary categories. We will have several new digital titles launching as well as a new boxed game, so there will be plenty of opportunities to link marketing campaigns across games and merchandise.”
Walt Disney Pictures’ Wreck-It Ralph is now playing in theaters. The film features cameos of many familiar video game characters, including Doctor Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog, Q*bert, Pac-Man, Frogger and Nintendo’s Bowser from Super Mario Bros. IGN awarded the film with a 9.5/10 and called it “the best video game movie ever made.”
Wreck-It Ralph is not only the best animated film of the year, it’s the best video game movie ever made. Filled with wit, heart and nods to games ranging from Q*Bert to Gears of War, it is a movie for gamers by gamers, but the story and execution are so brilliant you don’t need to be a game fan to enjoy it.
Steve Lycett, the Executive Producer at Sumo Digital, has allayed fears regarding the poor frame rate and graphical issues plaguing Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for Wii U. Lycett says that the frame rate for the game is now the closest to the target frame rate, discounting the PC. He went on to say that the demos that the public have been playing are based on an older build of the game, as Sumo Digital hasn’t had time to make new demos to show off to the public due to the impending launch of Wii U.
Yuji Naka, the lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, has told Polygon that he wishes legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto was freed from the Super Mario series to create new and innovative franchises. He then went on to say that he wished Eiji Aonuma was free from the Zelda games, and Hideo Kojima from the Metal Gear Solid franchise, because it would be healthier for the industry.
“Like with Nintendo: Miyamoto has been making Mario games. He’s under that too. He has to keep on making Mario games. [Eiji] Aonuma has to keep making Zelda games. [Hideo] Kojima has to make Metal Gear games. I wish he could take that off of everyone’s shoulders so they could create other stuff, like new stuff. Because that’s healthier for the industry. Movie directors create all sorts of movies, and the movie industry is healthy. I wish the game industry was like that as well.”
Former Sonic Team leader Yuji Naka has expressed his interest in developing something for Nintendo’s forthcoming console, Wii U. Naka admits that he’s been creating a number of video game concepts for the system and hopes he can put them to good use someday.
“Whenever there is new hardware, I feel like creating something for it. Following the announcement of the Wii U, I’ve been writing a bunch of game concepts. I’m hoping to be able to create a game for Wii U. Any new piece of hardware always looks fun. Kinect looks interesting, as well.”
Former Sonic Team leader Yuji Naka, has confirmed that his promising project Rodea The Sky Soldier for Wii is complete, but he has absolutely no idea when it’s going to be released. Development on the game was completed last year but the game has yet to receive a release date. Rodea The Sky Soldier is also in development for Nintendo 3DS, but Naka says he’s not sure of the status of that particular version.
“I want to ask the same question! We have finished developing the Wii version and we have already submitted it. That was around a year ago. But it seems like they are still considering the [details of] the 3DS version.”
“It might be close to being finished, but we havent spoken to Kadokawa in a while, so I’m not sure. Kadokawa never said they’re not going to sell it, so I would guess they’ll release it sometime in 2013 or so.”
Sega Europe has officially announced that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will be a launch title for Wii U. Sega also revealed that the Limited Edition version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which includes an exclusive OutRun inspired track and a Metal Sonic Mod Pack, will also be available on Wii U.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed developer Sumo Digital has told Eurogamer that Wii U graphics are on-par with the PlayStation 3, maybe even better. The developer also disclosed that the Wii U version of the game will feature Mii characters when it’s released later this year.
Sega has released a new trailer for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed which gives us another look at the various transformations your kart can perform. Sega revealed earlier today that the Wii U version of the game will be extremely similar to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, but, the game will have unique features in the form of the Wii U GamePad.
Sega America has just announced that they will be releasing a bonus pre-order edition of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed when the game arrives in North America on November 20, 2012. The bonus edition will include the exclusive OutRun Bay track and Sonic the Hedgehog’s popular rival Metal Sonic. Sadly the bonus edition has only been announced for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Vita so far.