Why are Sonic's eyes green in Sonic Adventure, the franchise's first serious crack at a fully 3D polygonal platformer? It turns out there's a lovely little story behind that. Ristar creator Yuji Uekawa was the man tasked with revamping Sega's mascot for his debut on Dreamcast. Some of his decisions were practical: shrinking Sonic's enormous, swept-back skull and elongating his limbs, for instance, so that he doesn't look like a fuzzy joystick when viewed from the rear. Others were a touch more poetic. "He is always seeing these green pastures around him, like in Green Hill Zone," Uekawa explains in an interview conducted for Sega's 25th anniversary artbook. "I thought it would be nice to reflect that in his eyes."
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Sega mascot and Mario arch-frenemy Sonic the Hedgehog has turned 25 today.
Sonic the Hedgehog's longtime nemesis Ivo "Dr. Eggman" Robotnik has commandeered the already bizarre Twitter account for the Sega mascot.
The previously Nintendo-exclusive Sonic Lost World is now coming to PC with a port due 2nd November, Sega has announced.
Sega has released its financial results for the year ending 31st March 2014, and so we get some firm figures for its video game slate.
Sega's Mario Galaxy-inspired Wii U platformer Sonic: Lost World will tomorrow be expanded with yet more Nintendo nostalgia, in the new Legend of Zelda Zone DLC.
UPDATE 4/2/14 12.13PM: Sega has labelled "incorrect" a report which detailed an unannounced Sonic the Hedgehog game for PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One.
It's two weeks in a row for Grand Theft Auto 5 at the top of the UK video games chart, totalling three top-spots since launch, counted GfK Chart-Track.
You could cut a heck of a trailer from Sonic Lost World. Slice its levels up into two-to-five-second snippets and you'd find dozens of moments of visual magic. OPEN ON: Sonic arcing around a loop at full tilt. CUT TO: Sonic skipping past enemies, spinning and somersaulting over mechanical ladybugs before punting them into the ether. CUT TO: Sonic skidding across grind rails out of the screen, sprinting across walls, pinging between bumpers like a spiky pinball, leaping and bouncing as the world rotates around him. CGI close-up, witty one-liner, title splash, done!
In fact, the game's highlights look so terrific that the frustration of playing the damn thing is even more acute. The trouble with each and every one of those moments is that they're spread very thinly - fleeting, fizzy bursts of joy found in levels more bloated and inconsistent than a Gore Verbinski film.
Worse still, the best bits often come when control is taken away from you, either partially or entirely: the moments when a boost pad prompts a brief cutaway as Sonic pulls off a spectacular move, or when you're merely called upon to press the jump button a few times as the 'hog hops across several enemies to clear large gaps, or accelerates down a ramp as you let go of the analogue stick and simply let momentum take its course. Sonic Lost World is at its best when player involvement is at a minimum.
Sonic the Hedgehog is coming back to TV screens in 2014 in a new animated show with the working title Sonic Boom. The show will mark Sonic's first outing in CGI - not counting the cutscenes in his games, obviously.
Sega of America laid off a number of its staff today.
The Wii U version of Mario Galaxy-inspired platformer Sonic Lost World will be available in limited edition form with extra content, publisher Sega has announced.
Sonic Lost World: Deady Six Edition will include a download code for the NiGHTMARE DLC pack, which contains an extra level with Nightmaren enemies inspired by the Sega Saturn classic NiGHTS into Dreams.
The Deadly Six Edition will be available to all pre-order customers and will also be in shops while stocks last, Sega added.
Sega and Nintendo's recently announced collaboration Sonic Lost World has shown off its first gameplay in its debut trailer below.
Sega and Nintendo have joined forces for the release of three Sonic games exclusively on the Wii U and 3DS.
The exclusive partnership is for the next three Sonic games to be released, which Nintendo will publish. Two of these were announced during today's Nintendo Direct conference: Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games for Wii U (more in the video below), and action adventure platformer Sonic Lost World for Wii U and 3DS (image below). Sega said the mystery third Sonic game will be revealed at a later date.
"Sonic the Hedgehog has performed incredibly well on Nintendo platforms and this exclusive partnership is a natural fit for the next evolution of Sonic games," Sega Europe boss Jurgen Post said.