Sonic Boom… where do we begin?
Sonic Boom is a new Game/TV/Toy lineup, in a attempt to reboot the beloved SEGA series.
The TV show will feature 52 episodes in the 2014/2015 Cartoon Network lineup, each episode lasting 11 minutes long. it is the first CG animated cartoon in the Sonic lineup, the game will feature similar animation with redesigns for the beloved characters, offering a prequel to the cartoon.
The game will release on the 3DS and Wii U exclusively, and although details are scarce, we have two teaser trailers released onto SEGA’s YouTube, one for the game and for the TV show.
You can check out Sonic Boom’s website here, and look through the site for all of the character redesigns. (Currently Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Robotnik are released, it is unknown if any of the other characters (Like Big the Cat!) will join the lineup)
Both Sonic and Robotnik(For those of you who are new to the Sonic franchise, Dr. Eggman) have been modernized for the better, although I’m not quite sure the same could be said for Knuckles.
I’m not really sure what SEGA was thinking as they drew up the design for Knuckles, maybe a flabby body builder? steroids gone horribly wrong? either way, it is a good lesson for kids: stay away from drugs.
Oddly enough, Amy and Knuckles, the weaker of the 5 released redesigns, don’t have a featured screenshot on the Sonic Boom website.
As far as developers stepping up for the attempted reboot of the series, IGN quoted Hiroyuki Miyazaki.
“SEGA is constantly looking to feed the appetite of Sonic fans, new and existing alike. The various pieces of the Sonic Boom project, such as its unique look, mix of comedy, and action and its focus on the whole ensemble with Sonic as the star, offer another exciting part of that universe for people to explore and enjoy. It will be at once familiar but also new.”
We can’t exactly tell, especially with a redesign, where the Sonic game takes place. Although the few lines in the trailer have given us somewhat of a hint. Hearing the line This is paradise. Can only remind me of Angel Island, of which Knuckles would only talk so fondly(we don’t exactly who said it, though). Knuckles birth place, although touched on in the past Sonic games, was never really focused on in the story telling era for video games. Angel Island would provide a exciting new environment that could bring many players back to the Sonic franchise. If nothing else, the Robotnik redesign should.