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Sega says 2014 is the year of Sonic

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Move over Luigi! According to a promotional image released by Sega, 2014 is going to be the year of Sonic! It goes as far as to claim that “2014 will mark a renaissance for Sonic the Hedgehog.”

The image itself centers upon a previously released promo image of the silhouettes of Tails, Sonic, Knuckles, and Amy as they will be featured in the upcoming Sonic Boom cartoon, which is due to be released later this year. It has details at the bottom about a Sonic themed event in New York, where announcements will be made about the brand. It’s too late to RSVP, but at the time of this writing the party still hasn’t started yet, so if they hurry, some of our New York readers may still be able to crash the party in time for cocktails.

We’ll probably get word of any new information revealed at the party in the upcoming days, but until that time do you all have any ideas as to what might be announced or revealed at this event? Is there anything you’re particularly hoping will be announced or shown? Let us know in the comments!

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  • scrubberprood21

    Please tell me Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles aren’t wearing clothes.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      We need nekkid!

      • Sonic the Hedgehog

        Wut?

    • Mad Scientist Link

      They appear be wearing some

    • Shota

      that would be stupid. i mean keep it original right?

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      My clothes would burn off anyway. I’m too fast…

      • Nintenjoe82

        shouldnt you be serving cocktails at the moment?

        • Sonic the Hedgehog

          Already done!

          • Nintendofreak

            Hey bring me a cocktail, i live in el paso u.u

      • Virus6

        You aren’t that fast:

        • Sonic the Hedgehog

          If I used my full potential, I would not have any space to run on, you know?

          • starwars360

            You been failed in many years. But just great Sonic games – Colors and Generations. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahahhaha

          • Sonic the Hedgehog

            They are some of my latest ones, so lets just say I’m making a comeback!

          • LightupmyLife

            More like a setback.

          • Sonic the Hedgehog

            You liked my 2006 game?

          • Skelterz

            Sonic games suck these days they should return to there roots.

          • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

            for me your ALWAYS be My favorite. Am i the only person that not do so difficult to someone’s game!!! o.O

      • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

        and your T-Shirt on the first episode of Sonic Underground. Remember that Sonic The Hedgehog.

    • SP-937-215

      Please tell me Amy is not wearing clothes. Heh heh heh.

    • Javy G

      There you go!

      • Ducked

        Knuckles looks messed up in that pic

        • gamingpalooza

          knuckles + brock lesnar = this

      • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

        Nope This is the Real Official Design From Sega (Really it the Official Sega Design)

        • Nicolas Dorion

          Why are they mummies exactly?

          • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

            they not. it just a new design. and the best it doesn’t replace the Modern Design like Modern Sonic

      • Lusunup

        I lol’d so bad. So the new design for knuckles is legit… what the heck?

    • Mario

      Not exactly.

  • Captinn2

    From what I see in the poster…
    ….Knuckles looks like sh-t.

  • Mad Scientist Link

    I hope the show doesn’t have humans this time like sonic x. That Chris kid being wet over sonic was annoying

    • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

      it’s not wrong whit that

  • Mr Ninty

    nintendo already claimed 2014 as year of luigi part 2

    • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

      also that

    • Arthur Jarret

      Not really though – they said it would extend into 2014 – meaning Luigi’s year will likely end at the end of the fiscal year (so: march) – And then we can finally enjoy our year of Falco. It’s time he ditched the team and got his origins story told in his own set of games.

      • C4

        Uh Dr. Luigi didn’t make it in 2013 into the european eShop. So it made no sense to end the year of Luigi officially. But I guess it is the end.

        Although I’d like to see a game that takes place in Sarasaland where Luigi has to rescue Daisy. A 3D game like 64 or Galaxy with just Luigi.

        • Arthur Jarret

          Followed by Luigi land 2: The six silver coins, where he must take back his own kingdom from the evil Waluigi – who will star himself in Luigi land 3: Waluigi land

  • nexxus6

    I was at the PS4daily.com site, and there was no mention of Pachter calling the PS Now “junk”. Funny, how this info doesn’t appear on that site, but everytime Pachter has something negative to say about WiiU, it is the lead story. Is this intentional or just an oversight, you tell me.

    • Daniel

      It’s a conspiracy against nintendo

    • http://wiiudaily.com/ Colin Malone

      …I’m not sure. But what, if anything, does that have to do with Sega calling 2014 “The Year of Sonic?”

      • nexxus6

        It has nothing to do with the article above. However, I found it necessary to point out the difference on what is important news to Wiiudaily staff and what is important to PS4daily staff. Especially, since some writers contribute to both sites.

    • crocodileman94

      It’s simple. PS4daily.com doesn’t have a Kinsley.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        His articles are well informative. He’s a great contributor.

    • greengecko007

      Call out a feature for being “junk” and nobody bats an eye.

      Call out a console for being “junk” and everybody loses their minds.

    • Dodge Pribyl

      Because this is a Wii U-centric website…

      • nexxus6

        You miss my point. Wiiudaily staff do not hesitate to post WiiU doom articles from Pachter. However, some of the same staff do not mention PS4 failure articles from Pachter on PS4daily.com. I do not expect to see PS4 article on Wiiudaily.com, I am talking about articles on each system’s respective sites.

    • darkcreap

      PS4 junk? Man, that Pachter is losing it. As much as a Nintendo fan I am, I’m fed up of that guy bashing consoles

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        It’s how he gets paid. Must be an easy job.

    • C4

      Pachter should never be news-worthy IMHO.

  • Shota

    knuckles on steroids.

    • SP-937-215

      Honestly, he would fit his name better if he was a big meat head.

      • C4

        Echidnas kinda look like fat hedgehogs though. Makes sense to make him a bit larger and more physical looking then Sonic.

  • LevenThumps

    Sonic games have started to improve in quality IMO ever since Sonic Colors. I consider Colors, Generations, and Lost World all to be great games. I look forward to what they have in store for 2014.

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Thanks, dude!

    • Ducked

      Lost world was awful! Clunky gameplay!

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Explains the Year of Sonic. The franchise lost relevance long ago to me.

      • Shota

        3ds version yes, wii u version no

      • Squid

        Lost World for Wii U wasn’t bad. Just needed more interesting enemies, harder levels, and more creative design.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          lol, excactly. It wasnt good enough

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            From my past experiences of Sonic games, that goes for the majority since Dreamcast.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            True. I had high hopes for the Wii U one, but it was kind of crappy :D

      • subsamuels

        Sonic lost world was a pretty good game, I bought the game on sale and never regret it. It has some control issues, but the overall look and gameplay was great. I think the fact that it was a Wii U exclusive hurt it.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Sega is smart for making the next one multiplatform.

          • subsamuels

            Actually there was a leaked trailer for the game, Sonic Boom. It’s a Wii U and 3DS exclusive.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I should have made it more clear. I’m talking about beyond the exclusive. Though, Boom should be multiplatform. Wii U doesn’t generate enough sales considering their hardware sales are struggling.

          • subsamuels

            Yea, Sega should really consider making a Sonic game on the PS4 and Xbox One. If lost world was released on all platforms it would have easily broke 1 million.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Future Sonic games will be on multiple platforms. Which is a good idea for Sega as keeping them exclusive to Wii U isn’t a good business move. Especially since their hardware sales are struggling again. They have a better chance in hitting one million or more going multiplatform. I had high hopes for Wii U, but I think their chances of getting strong third party support is extremely slim.

          • Lil J Moore

            Didn’t Generations hardly sell a million on both the Ps3 and 360?

          • LightupmyLife

            Generations sold 1.63 million across platforms. That was precisely the point of subsamuels post. From what I heard, PS3 and 360 ports sold close to a million combined.. That’s not bad sales.

          • SomeFluffer64

            If they actually advertise the S*** out of Sonic Boom (and if the tv series becomes popular), then this may actually be a big sales generator for Wii U!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Or a sales shredder. Time will tell.(Sarcasm)

          • SomeFluffer64

            We never know. Rayman Legends was advertised for the Wii U the most, and it outsold the other versions. Only difference here is that Sonic will have the aid of a major children’s network airing a show to advertise!

        • Kaihaku

          I preordered and was very disappointed. It starts out well but the further you get into the game, the worse the level design gets and the more bugs you run into. I couldn’t pretend I was having fun with it by the end, even though I really wanted to like it. I think that the gameplay had a lot of potential but Sega didn’t put in the time to polish it up.

          • C4

            Is there a level select after you beat the game? That’s the main thing I don’t like in most 3D Sonics… not all stages are enjoyable.

          • Kaihaku

            It’s set up like a New Super Mario Brothers game, there’s an world map with levels scattered throughout so you can replay any level that you’ve beaten at any time. There’s also a quick select so that you don’t have to walk across the map. It’s true, there’s a lot of disparity between levels – some are fun, some are frustrating, and some are just sad in that they have really well designed elements sandwiched with poorly designed elements. I wish that the levels had been more thematically pure in that way instead of switching around in the level.

          • Kyle

            I sorta thought the bosses ruined the game as they looked and played plain stupid.

          • Kaihaku

            I’d agree that this was a problem for the majority of boss fights. The first one was particularly frustrating in that it suffered, like many enemies in the game, from a lack of visual cues on how to attack. Sonic is a series that traditionally has had great boss fights so these were a big disappointment to me.
            That said, I found the three Zavok fights and the final boss fight to be suitably epic. The only problem I had with the Zavok fights was the first one, which was a fun idea made extremely frustrating due to glitchy implementation. And, granted, the final boss was fun but not quite as impressive as final bosses of Sonic’s past.

          • Obiakor Ikechukwu Victor

            So do you say that the idea of Nintendo taking time to polish their game is a great thing even it doesn’t mean loads of games

          • Kaihaku

            I think that there’s a balance but, for the most part, I do think that delaying a game to improve its quality is a great thing. It can be taken too far, Valve and Half Life are examples of this in my opinion …but in general I think that Nintendo has the right idea here. I’d rather wait a few extra months for a better game; I’d rather wait an extra year for a great game… Compare Xenogears to Xenoblade to see the kind of difference that I’m thinking of here, imagine what Xenogears (already a great game) would have been if Squaresoft had let the development team have the time they needed to fully implement their vision like Nintendo did with Xenoblade. I think that Sonic Lost World would have been a much better game if it had had a couple more months of polishing…the patches kind of prove this point as they’ve done a lot to improve the game though they haven’t done enough to address faulty level design.

        • Ducked

          No the Wii I didn’t hurt it. A bad game shouldn’t sell good period.

          • subsamuels

            It being tailored to the Wii was what hurt the game, especially the controls.

    • Alex

      Does anybody know what did they present since this presentation is now over?

    • Dj

      HOLY CRAP DUDE WATCH THIS:

      • LightupmyLife

        Guile isn’t pleased with this title and will be taking Sega to court over the trademark.

      • JAYCEE989

        Not gonna lie I’m really excited for this, like sonic meets jak and daxter. More emphasis on adventure and not just running around jumping on bots.

      • LevenThumps

        My hopes have come true.

      • gamingpalooza

        is that knuckles? why does he look like brock lesnar?

    • Kaihaku

      Eh, I thought that Lost World had a lot of potential but Sega ended up botching it with buggy gameplay and poor level design. I actually liked the style and gameplay…and really wanted to like the game…but the more I played it the less I could pretend that I was having fun.

    • Nathan C.

      Looks like Luigi’s got competition this year…

  • Nintenjoe82

    They are drinking cocktails right now!

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Hold on to your seat-belts, kids! It’s the Year of Sonic!

    • Shota

      yaay

    • SP-937-215

      Screw you Sonic. I want a Year of Tingle! Kooloo-Limpaaaah!

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Maybe they will announce the third exclusive Sonic game. As for Sonic Boom what the heck is up with Knuckles?

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Yyyeaahhhh….. I dunno

    • Nintendofreak

      puberty

  • Spookoyo

    Is this event going to be live streaming anywhere? I really hope this show isn’t cringeful to watch; I hope it’s better then Lost World.

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Yeah… you see, cringe-worthy events are kinda common in my 3D games and shows, so I’m pretty sure you should take care!

  • Hugh Quinn

    SA3?

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Maybe…

    • JAYCEE989

      Nope sonic boom, total revamp of sonic.

  • Wren Justin Umlauf

    Isn’t every year basically Sega’s year of Sonic. I know there’s a new series but, They pump out more and more sonic games every year. It’s turned into Sega’s Call of Duty but without the sales

    • C4

      Sonic Unleashed sold 4 million plus on all platforms. Not bad for a platformer that isn’t Mario.

      • Wren Justin Umlauf

        I take back my comment only because for the first time in a long time, Sega has really got my attention with Sonic. Not a day one purchase but this is looking like a title I would like to own. I really like the new character designs, except for knuckles, sad because hes my favorite Sonic character

        • C4

          Yep, _maybe_ it’s the right time for a change / spinoff like that :) We will see.

  • SP-937-215

    This whole series has been riding on the successes of Sonic 1-3 and Sonic and Knuckles. I’m getting very tired of hearing “the next one is going to be better!”

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    I want the Year of Yoshi, but the Year of Sonic is cool too.

    • Kaihaku

      Well, it is Nintendo’s 125th Anniversary… I was kind of hoping for some sort of fanfare. At least a Hanafuda level in the new Smash Brothers.

      • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

        it’s also Super Smash Bros. 15th Anniversary

  • Rick Valenta

    Sonic Say’s: “Stay in school kids, and don’t do drugs!”

  • nexxus6

    Sega should make a Conduit game for the WiiU. I really enjoyed the first two, and would be excited to play a new entry to the series on the WiiU. While they are at it, MadWorld 2 wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

    • JuleyJules

      Yes improve Conduit and keep it as an exclusive Wii U FPS – Nintendo needs to make a deal to make it happen. Exclusive deal for Mad World 2 as well.

    • Ducked

      I agree, I think after Conduit 2 it led Sega away from a 3rd title.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      They can’t without High Voltage Software involved. Far as I know, they still own the IP. They seem to have given up on exclusive development.

  • LightupmyLife

    Hope it’s not as bland as the year of Luigi.

  • Rinslowe

    Oh this is going to be a great year in gaming lol. Mario Kart 8 is getting ready to say “Is that so….” :)
    “Allow me to imagine old rivalries for nostalgia’s sake…” :P

  • companyoflosers

    anyone else feel like sega has lost its touch?

    • JAYCEE989

      This could be the beginning of something greater. Give it a chance, lost worlds wasn’t what we wanted it to be. maybe this can actually revamp the iconic IP for sega.

  • ETeach

    That Knuckles is massive. Maybe they learned the fusion from DBZ and he merged with Big XD

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Lol. Year of Sonic indeed. I look forward to the “Year of Peach” in 2015.

  • TaintedXGamer

    http://sonic.wikia.com/wiki/Thread:289698?file=Tumblr_n0l95c3ReG1qk4vnwo1_500.jpg#194

    Found this…… from what it says on the bottom……. the mystery sonic game we have no info on Could be Based on the New Sonic Boom Cartoon (though there’s been mentions that it is CG-animated)

  • Matt Elgie

    Gonintendo.com has new trailer out. Very interesting. Sonic Boom is the new name.

  • Ducked

    Please Sega, make the next Sonic game have Tails, Knuckles, and Shadow playable characters, and have a decent storyline worth getting into. Also make Knuckles, Tails, and Shadow main characters of the game. One of the things,that made Sonic Adventure, and even Sonic Heroes great is the other characters involved. We’re tired of playing as just Sonic. Sega, don’t let us down.

    • C4

      I also don’t want Eggman as the main villain. That’s the one thing I find very tiring… Since there’s also a cartoon I hope at least Eggman has proper sidekicks.

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  • Squid

    Sonic… About time for a comeback. The first step better be that last exclusive on Wii u.

  • Squid

    That can’t be knuckles. It’s too late to redesign him.

    • JAYCEE989

      Change can be good, doesnt mean everyone will like it. I personally hate the scarf sonic is wearing but the trailer from the gameplay looks solid. Im excited to see more for this.

  • Squid

    Okay. Sorry for another comment. But this game is called Sonic Boom. http://video.lefigaro.fr/figaro/video/la-bande-annonce-de-sonic-boom/3161522154001/
    The Sonic and Knuckles designs annoy me hopefully it changes. But it looks like a freaking fun time.

    • Virus6

      Only Knuckles bugs me, but otherwise it looks solid.

      • Mario

        Guess we’ll have to get used to his new look.

    • Untrentide

      I actually find the remodel of knuckles quite fitting. Sonic’s face in the trailer seems a little weird though.

      • Squid

        Well it fits, but I don’t feel it’s the right time to change him after his design was perfect. He went hulk style.

        • Untrentide

          The part that is going to confuse me is when he gliding. No way can he do that properly now.

  • RichM

    The event should have ended now…any news?

    • Guest

  • Guest

    Hear you go

    • Mario

      Is this how the third Sonic game will be like?

      • JAYCEE989

        I believe this is Nintendos last sonic exclusive. sonic lost worlds was 1, sochi Olympics was 2 so this has to be the 3rd game they have for wii u.

    • Mario

      I will admit, even thought the new character designs are something I’m gonna have to get used to, the gameplay as a whole seems like a blast.

  • LaVonte Ima Boss Grigsby

    SEGA announces Sonic BOOM and it only for Wii U and 3DS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dogg
  • http://www.youtube.com/zyroxz2 ZyroXZ2

    Having seen their latest game trailer, it’s definitely one of the best Sonic game trailers in what seems like forever. I am definitely interested in this game!

    • 504HotBoy

      It’s developed by former Naughty Dog developers. You can tell by the design of the game as well.

      • Kaihaku

        This is the main reason that I’m excited for Sonic Boom. Team Sonic has let me down again and again, but I think that these developers have a lot of potential.

  • Jon Neale

    Third sonic exclusive is sonic boom on wii u and 3ds Oh boy does it look good! Check out the trailer on ‘YouTube sonic boom announcement’.

  • Jon Neale

  • Logan Wayman

    This probably means a TON of Sonic games this year! Hey, WAIT! What about the other characters?

  • RichM

    Well, Nintendo got “two” exclusives since they are seperate games with unique stories. One for the Wii U and one for the 3DS. These are the kinds of deals Nintendo has to get. If the third parties won’t come of their own will, pay studios to develope for you. This game looks pretty solid. I can’t remember the Sonic Game I played on the Gamecube, but this looks to fall along those lines. I think it was Sonic Adventure and that one was pretty good.

  • Niknique

    Nooooo I don’t like all this tallness everyone needs to stay short! Other than that this game looks awesome!

    • LightupmyLife

      Is there something wrong with tall individuals?

  • DeStarfighter

    I doubt it. . .

  • Josh111111

    I can just hear the Sonic fanboys screaming over these changes. Sega is always trying to reinvent themselves and push an artificial “renaissance,” but you can’t force these things. You claim a renaissance only after it has happened, not before.

    • JAYCEE989

      idk im a huge sonic fan and from the game trailer i think this can be veryy good for the IP.

  • JAYCEE989

    Here is the video for the TV show for Cartoon network

  • Matthew Anderson

    tired of the stupid exclusives. I’m losing interest in sonic because of this BS.

    • David Trail

      Just buy a Wii U.

  • MewThree28

    Not trying to say that SEGA wants to copy Mario, but it’s kind of funny how once 3d world was released, they then want to make a 4 player sonic. Again, not saying anyone is copying but that’s how i see it.

    Oh, and i hope to god that’s not how the characters will look in the final game

    • FutureFox

      Well from what gathered its part of an exclusive deal with Nintendo so they may have had input into the four character usage model. But who knows…

    • C4

      Sonic Heroes had 3 characters at the same time. A complete mess from a gameplay point if view, since that way they made sure there is not one good and proper Sonic stage… Worst Sonic game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP7pAZl85ok

      I think all character at the same time is some kind of Super Sonic, where you can power through areas with all 4 characters.

      • C4

        Apparently it’s 2 player coop, basically not Mario either since P2 could control Tails in Sonic 2, SA1 (and others?) – 4 only occasionally.

  • Rogelio

    Thats cool, the year of the Sonic… so when is the year of the Zelda?

  • Blugrave

    Damn, I’m working today. I would’ve went too :(

  • gamingpalooza

    idk what this is… but if its not exclusive on wii u… i’ll assume that its not nearly as good as sonic 3d world.

  • LukeMM95

    I just want SEGA to release all their games from XBLA and PSN on the Wii U’s eshop. Why is Nintendo taking their sweet time with this? The original Wii had a larger online library in it’s first year.

  • SomeFluffer64

    Does that mean we will see Sonic 1, 2, 3, & Knuckles, and CD on Wii U Virtual Console? Will there be a new Sega compilation for next-gen systems?