It has been two years now since Nintendo starting shipping the Wii console to retail stores for anxious fans to take home. Following the release of the game console, the race began for Nintendo and third party publishers to develop new game titles that would appeal to the Nintendo’s newly acquired market segment of casual gamers. This turned out to be a steep challenge for most game publishers who were struggling for sympathy. Unlike Sega Corp., who seemed to be doing nicely, even more so than Nintendo with Sonic the Hedgehog in the vanguard.
Simon Jeffery, president of Sega of America, said himself “Sega was the first third-party publisher to believe in the Wii”. Leading off the race gave Sega a good head start above all other third party developers as far as game titles for the Wii console. One of the biggest and most notable rewards in this early commitment was that it allowed Sega to join forces with Nintendo in the development of “Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games”. The result of the combined effort was far more successful than anything Sega could have achieved on its own.
Sega president claims that Sega games “tap into the same market that Nintendo opened”. Among the most popular of the game titles is Sonic the Hedgehog game series, which has captured the heart of millions of players worldwide. Originally, the blue blur character Sonic the Hedgehog first appeared in Nintendo’s prodigy game, which has since become one of the most famous pro daggers ever created. Additionally, in 2006, Sonic games 3 was released to critical acclaim. The game featured the most ever paid made use of the revolutionary wireless controller technology, as well as other new enhancements to the Sonic-shading technology. 3 games from Sonic the Hedgehog producers has sold more than 12 million copies as of 2008.
Sonic games are also available for the Xbox 360, with Sonic and the Secret Rings Gamers edition recently joining the ever popular Xbox 360 family. Additionally, Sonic and Nintendo’s sponsored association with Microsoft through the Nintendo DS has brought many new users to the soft Potemkin gaming platform.
Most recently, Sonic Team and Team Sonic announced the start of production of a new Sonic game title – Sonic and the Black Knight. Bitwise,estyle, the first downloadable game from Team Sonic, will also be released in April. The promising title is a direct sequel to Sonic and the Secret Rings and features the same new features, speed, and charm that initially made fans fall in love with Sonic.
Sonic the Hedgehog, initially conceived as a 2D platform game, surprises the audience by turning out to be a surprisingly deep and detailed action game. The first few minutes of the game show the level of detail and skill that must have been used in order to design the game. The smoke effect while walking around the medieval world is nice and appealing; however, it remains unclear whether or not the smoke is part of the scenery, or the characters. The fact that you can see the characters heads when they are moving is also a great addition. The camera angle for the first time in a Sonic game is quite awesome. It allows you to see characters up close and personal, without having to squint your eyes and squint your head to figure out where a dot is moving in relation to a character. I played the demo and the characters were recognizable as Sonic characters, so the camera angle was not an issue. The story followed the same Final Fantasy formula, with a slight twist that made it more interesting. Unlike the previous games, this one is made for a handheld console. It successfully combines the traditional adventure gaming with the fast paced combat of a console game. The storyline is simple, but deep. Certain characters are only available on specific quests. A Bard, for example, is only playable if you win a Bard mini-game.
Sonic Adventure, a game that was first released for the Sega Game Gear in 1998, is one of the most loved entries in the Sonic game series. While the gameplay is traditional, the game is innovative and well done. Sonic, Tails, and even Dr. Eggman (From the Sonic Adventure “The Gatling Back”) can all be picked up and played within the 25 levels. The game allows for up to four players to play, and players can also choose to find the lost Eggman or save his soul. Lost worlds are available as well, which unlock behind-the-scenes backups of all the episodes. Additionally, players can also play as a familiar character from the popular Sonic video games, or even a completely new character created by the fans.
Grim Seasons:lecture mode allows players to go through the different stages, and each one has multiple stages that make for many hours of fun and challenging gameplay. Each character has their own lesson, and these lessons are helpful in helping players unlock behind-the-scenes secrets.