With Numerous Classic Characters Making Comebacks, it's Time for a Return for Sonic
Thursday, 31st May 2018, 10:20pm (BST), 0 Comments
In recent years there has been a huge upsurge in the amount of retro gaming experiences offered, with a vast number of classic characters and games being rebooted and making successful comebacks. For this reason, the time is ripe for Sega’s most recognizable and iconic character to make a return. It has recently been announced that a Sonic the Hedgehog movie will be released at the end of 2019, and this in turn could spark a massive reboot of the franchise.



One of the most notable success stories of rebooted games in recent history was when Niantic released Pokémon Go in 2016. The augmented reality offering was a modern day reimagining of the much-loved Nintendo game of old, and it was met with immense commercial success. The game, which required players to actually go on the hunt for Pokémon in the real world has been downloaded over 750 million times and is continuing to undergo updates and attract new players. It drew upon the nostalgia of players who enjoyed the Nintendo Game Boy offerings from 1996, but also attracted new players by providing a totally unique experience.

The original Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis was released in 1991, and quickly became one of the best-loved titles on the Sega consoles. In Lottoland’s blog, the author points to this era being the rise of console gaming, with characters like Sonic helping to push it along. Because the blue speedster was popular at around the same time as the Game Boy Pokémon games, Sega will surely be thinking that they can tap into audiences of a similar age who miss this golden era. Of course, to bring in the new crowd they will have to introduce a new innovation for the modern player as Niantic did with Pokémon Go and the use of AR.

The Sonic film was announced in 2014 and is being produced as a joint venture between Paramount Pictures, Original Film, Sega, Marza Animation Planet, and Blur Studio. It has been reported to be a live action and CGI hybrid which is being written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, with James Marsden in the lead role. This all sounds promising, and if the creators of the film manage to get it right it could spark a comeback for the franchise.

Games franchises nowadays tend to spill over onto various different platforms in an effort to attract as many players as possible. Hitman and Tomb Raider are prime examples of games which have also become commercially successful as films. But it can work the other way as well. Jurassic World has led to a number of games coming about such as Jurassic World Alive, and the Sonic the Hedgehog movie may pave the way for more Sonic games.

Sonic lovers will be beside themselves with excitement about the prospect of the legendary character returning in many different forms. A live action film will surely be awesome, but the thought of Sonic games rebooted using modern technology is perhaps an even more tantalising thought.
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Tracing the origins of Sonic the Hedgehog
Friday, 30th March 2018, 5:42pm (BST), 0 Comments
Sonic the Hedgehog is a favourite for many and most players who decided to give this exciting game a try end up playing for hours on end. Sonic brings the game to life, making it one of the most immersive games you can ever play. However, despite many having fallen in love with Sonic and the Hedgehog, there are a few that are familiar with the character. Here we show you how 'Sonic' came about and in brief, you will learn the history of Sonic the Hedgehog. If you wish, you can check out the game at le meilleur casino en ligne de l'année.

Developers

Sonic is a character that was conceived by Sega in 1990 as a way of trying to counter the hegemony that was being enjoyed by Mario of Nintendo. Sega entrusted two developers, Hirokazu Yasuhara and Naoto Oshima to develop a character and a game that would challenge and compete with Nintendo's Mario. The result was the birth of Sonic. Sonic's success was instant such that it managed to eclipse two other trademark characters from Sega i.e. Flicky and Alex Kidd. It took some time for the two developers to eventually decide that the character for the new game had to be a hedgehog. Other options that were considered include a dog, an armadillo, a porcupine and an old man with a moustache (however the last character became part of the game but not as the main character). All these, however, were frowned upon by the duo settling on a hedgehog. Their reasoning was that a hedgehog was perfect in a video game as it could do damage with its spiky covering, roll around and curl up into a ball.

Ever changing hedgehog

1991 was the year that the world started to play and enjoy Sonic the Hedgehog. However, the hedgehog that put smiles on many faces back then is very different from the one available today that can be seen online at jouer aux machines à sous en ligne. In 1991, the hedgehog was much simpler, it was a simple white and black line drawing of simple shapes. The reason for this was that Sega wanted a character that would be a hit with kids and they wanted something that kids could draw without much difficulty. As time went on and new developments emerged, the hedgehog also 'developed', though still simple for kids to draw, the hedgehog adopted a new brand of colours (blue, brown, white and black). The colours were adopted so as to make the hedgehog appear more appealing to the kids and as such, it has succeeded as its continuing to woe many kids including adults also onto its side.
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The Five Best Sonic Games
Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 12:12pm (GMT), 0 Comments
The melodious hum of the Sega logo theme is a sound that will stay with 90's kids forever. From Tetris to Battle Toads, through to Crazy Taxi and even Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, Sega have had some hits worthy of a replay even now. However, if there's one creation that Sega will always be known for and rightly so, it's our favourite blue hedgehog Sonic. With almost 80 games in total, this speedy critter has entertained children and adults alike for hours on end and is one of the biggest game franchises to ever have existed. Of course, of those 70+ games there are certainly some we'd rather brush under the rug, but what about those we'd happily break out our dusty old consoles to play? Here is our list of the best Sonic games to ever have been produced.

Sonic The Hedgehog

We couldn't start this list with anything other than the very first Sonic game to ever hit the gaming market. Sonic The Hedgehog was an instant hit after creator Yuji Naka finally developed what was to be Sega's new mascot and the accompanying game. Of course, Sonic had quite the competition, with the success of Super Mario Bros and it's multitude of successful sequels dominating the market, but it battled hard and it battled well and now Sonic sits high up in the rankings right beside it's plumbing competition.

The bright colours and the fast style of gameplay were innovative at the time, and even today we find ourselves celebrating with a wealth of merchandise. Unfortunately, if you want to try your hand at this original, you'll have to cough up around $494.99 for a mint condition copy!

Sonic 2

Arguably better than its predecessor, Sonic 2 offers smarter game play and a unique design that rivalled even that of Super Mario. This game gave you the perfect opportunity to just keep going, and to keep going fast. While the original game of course had the speed we know and love, you often found yourself being stopped dead in your tracks. The clever design of well-loved levels such as Casino Night Zone made sure that this wasn't an issue in the sequel.

Instead, gamers got the opportunity to keep running, even when they came to face consequences. You could build up momentum and keep it, which was something that later games certainly learned from. It wasn't quite an origin story, but that was certainly part of the charm. You could finally enjoy the game with a much-loved character without worrying about a backstory you had to learn.

Sonic CD

Poor old Sonic CD certainly has its troubles and much of it can be put down to the console. However, the game itself was one worthy of attention and so attention we are giving it. Despite its hiccups, the concept behind the game certainly made it worthy of its later revamp, but its initial failings unfortunately meant that gems that allowed time travel weren't given the run that they needed to launch the game into the success it needed.

Despite the lack of initial success, it was the facelift it received that truly helped show off the potential behind the game. Fresh graphics brought it into a modern light and with better options for gameplay now available, there's no longer anything stopping it from getting the play it truly deserves.

Sonic Rush Adventure

As different as two games can be, Sonic Rush and Sonic Rush Adventure were both flying off the shelves. However, Sonic Rush Adventure seemed to be the more favoured of the two and while it had the same unique approach to the merging of 2D and 3D design as its predecessor, the 'Adventure' version of this game offered some incredible boss battles that fans were certainly grateful for. Oh, and we can't forget Sonic's snowboard that served to round the entire game off.

Sonic Rush Adventure had its storylines, of course, but with the subtle integration compared to other Sega offerings, it was popular among those searching for more action than adventure. With the fun design and even faster gameplay, players could definitely forgive the storylines when they did come to the forefront. Oh, and did we mention that this game is compatible with the 3DS?

Sonic 3

Sonic The Hedgehog 3 was quite possibly the most adventurous of all the Sonic games, attempting to bring a whole new level of life to the already much-loved game. With its predecessors launching Sega to its highest point yet, this game had a lot of expectation surrounding it and it definitely didn't disappoint. Granted, Sonic 3 didn't stay as Sonic 3 for long. The game was huge, expanding too far for the capabilities of the time, and thus Sonic And Knuckles was born as a sequel to the game. It may have been released as two separate games, but fans often regard the two as the same game altogether, and one of the biggest and best that Sega have ever produced. However, Sonic 3 also brought about a sad sort of feeling at the time. While this game was certainly incredible, it was also the last to follow the main storyline until four years later.

Sonic has a special place in our hearts - that much is certain - and while it may be difficult to get our hands on some mint condition classic Sega games without a hefty bank balance, there are plenty of second hand options available at a much more affordable price and sometimes even completely for free. Better yet, the franchise is still going strong, so Sonic fans old and new can easily get their hands on plenty of worthy offerings from the constantly growing collection.
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The Most Awesome Sonic Franchise Add-Ons
Friday, 9th March 2018, 11:41am (GMT), 0 Comments
The Sonic we all know and love has changed and upgraded over the years: while for all intents and purposes he's still the same little fella zooming and jumping and battling Dr Robotnik, but in his other incarnations, he gets some cool new functions and is making fans in whole new places!

The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie - Coming Soon...

We can hardly wait - Sonic will be coming to the big screen. Although our favourite blue hedgehog has appeared on screen before (in Disney's 2012 Wreck-It Ralph), the movie will be the first time he's appeared in his own cinematic adventure! The film is scheduled to be released on November 15th 2019, and will be a mix of live-action and CGI.

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TV: Cartoons, Anime and More!

Sonic has made quite a few TV appearances over the years! From DC-produced The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog in 1993 to the more dramatic Sonic the Hedgehog series from 1993-95, Sonic's range of TV outings have mixed and match his gang of friends (for example - Tails was with Sonic from the very first TV series, while Knuckles makes his first appearance in another show in 1996). There was also the wildly successful, 78-episode run of Sonic X, featuring Eggman, Tails, Knuckles and more.

Sonic Wear: Wear Sonic Loud and Proud

You're nobody until someone is wearing your face on a T-shirt, right? Which is good to know, as Sonic has his face on literally hundreds of awesome t-shirts, available at a wide range of online retailers and stores nationwide! From Kohls to Target, you'll definitely be able to find some form of Sonic wear that suits your taste.

Remastered Sonic Soundtracks

Any Sonic fan worth their salt knows that the beauty is in the gameplay... and the soundtrack too. That iconic music (Sky Sanctuary? Speed Highway?) are not only the soundtrack to our childhoods, they're also astonishing pieces of music in their own right! The remastered Sonic Generations OST has become an instant fan favourite - and something which classical music fans can appreciate too!

Overall, Sonic has become so much bigger than his first few (still massively loved and played) console games. And, as technology advances more, you really never know - Sonic is so hugely popular, you'll definitely be seeing him and his friends in more places, soon enough!
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Aquatic Ruin Zone artwork by Ricky Earl!
Wednesday, 1st January 2014, 1:48pm (GMT), 17 Comments
Well at least someone is updating this site with new content! Ricky Earl resumes his pledge to artwork up as many of my zones as he would care to within his lifetime. This time it's Aquatic Ruin Zone - good isn't it?



So expect Casino Night in another couple of years, right Ricky? I'm one to talk.
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#1. Comment posted by Ricky on Wednesday, 1st January 2014, 4:53pm
hahaha. How does 2050 sound?
#2. Comment posted by TruthSeeker86 on Saturday, 4th January 2014, 8:06am
That is gorgeous work, Ricky! Hope to see more!
#3. Comment posted by Kabam! on Saturday, 4th January 2014, 5:39pm
Darn... It has been a while. It certainly looks very nice. I like how the main focus is more on the Grounder than Sonic because he is such an iconic badnik in this zone. | Hey, what is two-zero-five-zero supposed to mea- Two thousand fifty?! Jeez man! I'll still be alive then but, gosh! Anyways, can't wait for the next!
#4. Comment posted by Kabam! on Saturday, 4th January 2014, 5:45pm
On a side note, I guess I should mention that Sonic Wrecks is no longer Sonic Wrecks. It is now, "Last Minute Continue." You should check out the new site when you have the time, and don't worry, the web link on your homepage to Sonic Wrecks still works so all you have to do is click there.
#5. Comment posted by Kabam! on Wednesday, 12th February 2014, 1:50am
Hey! LiQuidShade! Don't you have anything to say about Sonic Boom?! I can't wait to see your reaction. Better yet, what do you think of the character redesigns? Don't take too long to state your thoughts!
#6. Comment posted by dualzxz on Tuesday, 10th June 2014, 4:25pm
Hello, I know a brilliant sonic the hedgehog marble zone act 3 secret. Use knuckles or tails just above the ring box just above the last entrance to the cave. Go up the wall and there's a secret bypass. It gives a speed boot and a life. You skip the whole level!!!
#7. Comment posted by dualzxz on Tuesday, 10th June 2014, 4:28pm
Same goes for spring yard act 1. It gives 2 lives by going above the part with the sliding blocks
#8. Comment posted by dualzxz on Sunday, 6th July 2014, 8:06pm
Ok, it's actually on ALL marble zone acts
#9. Comment posted by asanjuan on Friday, 17th October 2014, 3:58am
No updates? :)
#10. Comment posted by Dakras on Thursday, 1st January 2015, 8:18pm
No update still? Damn.
#11. Comment posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 31st May 2015, 11:46pm
I Would Love to see the casino night zone fan art when it comes out ^_^
#12. Comment posted by Pizza DrĂ¡cula on Thursday, 14th April 2016, 6:00am
Awesome guides, awesome compilation work, the rip of the music tracks... thanks so much from Andalucia mate hahaha

PS: when a guide for Sonic Spinball?
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#15. Comment posted by Master of the Macarenas on Tuesday, 24th May 2016, 9:44am
Its been over a couple of years... :V
#16. Comment posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 2:05am
Casino Night might not ever come... :(
#17. Comment posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 6:15pm
When are you going to add guides for Sonic Mania?
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