Sonic and the Secret Rings

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.

SEGA VP: Repairing Sonic will take time

Reckons "the kids" loved Unleashed.

SEGA's Sean Ratcliffe has said that Sonic's "quality is something that will be fixed over time" after a string of unsuccessful attempts to restore the hedgehog to his 16-bit glory.

Sonic and the Secret Rings

Sonic and the Secret Rings

All hail the comeback kid.

Like many people, I've got a friend who has a bit of a Michael Jackson thing going on. Not a crazy "We Love You Michael" type, before you start rolling your eyes. Just a relatively rational fan, who liked him back when the singing and the dancing were so good that we were all prepared to ignore the lightened skin and bizarre media reports. So, to her, it's still pretty exciting every time it looks like Jackson is going to hop back out on stage and do some of the dancing and singing again. Every time, she tells me, there's a whirlwind of speculation in Jackson fandom. This time, he's putting a decade of nasal necrosis, babies dangling out hotel windows, extraordinary court cases and flirtations with bankruptcy behind him for once and for all. He'll sing and dance again, and there might even be new material. It'll be back to the good old days.

Every time, of course, she's bitterly disappointed. With every public appearance he seems more like whispering, broken shade of the man who so eloquently denied fathering Billie-Jean's child - and yet somehow, she always falls for the hyperbole again a few months later. Okay, so it didn't happen last time, but how about this time? Could this be the one?

Is she mental? Undeniably. Absolutely raving loco. However, as gamers, we should be able to sympathise, because it's not like we don't have our own icons, our own star figures of yesteryear who are trading off memories and haven't done anything half decent in years. Case in point; Sonic the Hedgehog. Once, he stood toe to toe with Mario, and he was leaping around the Green Hill Zone before the majority of modern icons were twinkles in the eyes of their creators. In recent years, though, every home console Sonic title has been worse than the previous game - with only the solid PSP title, and the actually rather good DS title, to rescue the quality of the franchise in any way.

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Sonic Wii in March

Secret Rings soon explorable.

You'll soon be able to shake your way through a Sonic adventure on Wii, as SEGA has confirmed a 2nd March release date for the game.

New Sonic Wii screenshots

See how the remote works.

Sega has released some new screenshots for Wii title Sonic Wild Fire - and if you've been wondering how the game will work with the remote controller, they're worth checking out.

Sonic and Full Auto at PS3 launch

Sonic and Full Auto at PS3 launch

Monkey Ball there for Wii.

Sonic the Hedgehog and Full Auto 2: Battlelines will be PlayStation 3 launch titles, according to SEGA of America's Scott Steinberg.

Steinberg, SoA's veepee of marketing, also revealed that Virtua Fighter 5 would ship in March 2007.

Speaking in an interview with US website GameDaily, he said SEGA's Wii titles would adopt a similar strategy. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz will be there at launch, while Sonic Wild Fire (working title) is due next March.

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Sonic Wild Fire

Hogging the remote.

"Oh good," a rather pungent gentleman a couple of seats over remarked as Sonic sprinted across the screen behind Reggie. "Another rubbish Sonic Adventure game."