Sonic Rivals

SEGA to follow Nintendo's Mario model

When it comes to releasing Sonic games.

SEGA exec Alan Pritchard has revealed more about the company's plans to delist less-than-stellar Sonic games - suggesting the publisher may take a leaf out of an old rival's book.

Sonic Rivals

Sonic Rivals

Back up to speed.

I wasn't really sure what to make of it when Sonic Rivals dropped out of a jiffy bag onto my kitchen table. Only days after suffering my way through the agony of Sonic the Hedgehog on the Xbox 360, the unwanted appearance of yet another Sonic game felt nothing short of downright cruel. Had I done something to offend Kristan, Eurogamer's review commissioning overlord? Was this to be my punishment - an eternity of frustration at the hands of a spiky blue hedgehog? We used to be friends, man.

"This one's apparently good," he protested on MSN. That's probably what Brutus told Caesar about the knife he'd just stuck into him, too.

My diatribe must come to an end here, however - since once I'd actually popped the disk into my PSP (taking care to wipe off about six months worth of dust first), something wonderful became apparent. This one's actually good.

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Sonic Rivals for PSP

2D racing in 3D levels.

Death Jr developer Backbone's working on a brand new Sonic title for PlayStation Portable, SEGA announced this morning as part of its run of pre-E3 announcements.