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Sonic Boom or Sonic Bust?

This week on the Zorpix Den, I discuss my complaints and my compliments on Sega's new rebranding of a childhood hero.

Sonic Boom 6

Sonic. You might have boomed a bit too much

Alright, so we’ve all seen this by now, right? This is what Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy are all going to look like from now on. Or at least until the new series is over. If you haven’t heard, Sega is rebranding the Sonic the Hedgehog series in a TV show and a Nintendo exclusive game, both called Sonic BoomThis article will mainly focus on my reaction after seeing the trailer to both.

The Show

Just so you know what I’m talking about, watch the trailer for the show below, then continue reading.

Ouch. Sonic, what did you let them do to you? Not only do you seem to move about as fast as a Denver Bronco, but you look ridiculous when you do so. My main complaint here is that sonic is moving way too slow and way too awkwardly. Although I must admit, after watching it a fourth or fifth time, his movements do look a little better than I had first thought. I just find it weird that when his legs move, NONE of his upper body moves with them. Usually his chest bobs up and down a little as you would expect, but it stays perfectly level the whole time.

Also, his voice is just… weird. I understand that it’s still Roger Craig Smith doing his voice, which should’ve been great. I loved him as Sonic. However, this new take on the character is quite a bit more childish. It takes out the sarcastic teenager sounding voice, and leaves us with a voice that lost all its sass and attitude. As for the rest of the characters in the trailer, they all sound perfect. Eggman especially. I could listen to that man speak for years.

As for the script, I have mixed feelings. The writing is understandably aimed at children, so I won’t be really taking off points for that. This is also more of a teaser trailer it seems, so the amount of missing context is also excusable. I found the bit about the robot’s name particularly amusing. I’ve had a certain complaint with ever Sonic show so far, and this one is no exception. TAILS CAN FLY, WHY DONT YOU LET HIM? HE’S A FREE SPIRIT! A FREE EIGHT YEAR OLD SPIRIT! LET HIM FLY! There’s a lot of rage in that statement. Let me explain.


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We all know Tails isn’t actually dead. I mean come on, he’s a secondary character. They’re not going to kill him off. So we don’t technically know if he flew away or not, but I’ll bet my Skylanders collection he didn’t. He could’ve easily just undone his seat belt,  jumped out of the plane, and flown away. Crisis averted. Tails saved. I’m a hero.

Also, why are they using power gloves? Is this part of the Nintendo deal?

The Game

Again, here is the trailer for the game. Watch it if you haven’t, then continue.

Now, this game seems to be going for a different audience than the TV show. Good. I absolutely love this trailer. Many are gonna hate me for this, but the song choice was excellent. It showed that this is a game that can appeal to an older generation (older than children, anyhow) that grew up with Sonic. I absolutely love that they have Sonic running on water and Tails shooting lasers. This is all I have ever wanted from a Sonic game. Sign me up. Sonic Boom will be coming to my Wii U.

Forget the redesigns, forget the show, forget everything. This trailer does it for me. I’m okay with this rebranding of my childhood hero. It seems like he’s grown up with me. True, we didn’t get much story or gameplay, but the art style, the huge open environments, and the lasers make me forget that instantly. I honestly don’t know what it is about this trailer that makes me okay with everything about this redesign, but it does. I know it’s not the same for everyone, but it just feels good to me.

Not to mention they’re actually running FAST. It annoys me a bit that Tails is running faster than sonic, but I can handle that. It also looks like this game supports four player co-op, which explains why the characters have to run at about the same speed. I tend to host “Wii U Parties” often, and I’m hoping to add this game to the mix.

My last praise is that they seem to be using the uniqueness of each character well. Knuckles for climbing around stuff, Amy for her hammer, Tails with his tech, and Sonic with his speed.

All in all, I can’t wait to learn more about this game, and I can’t help being a bit proud that it’s a Nintendo exclusive.

Miiverse and Zorpix

It’s that time again! Let’s get to it!

Post Text: It came from the sea…

Super Mario 3D World

it came from the sea

RUUUUN!!! IT’S GOOMZILLA. Or something… Either way, fighting that thing was pretty daunting. I suppose it helped that I had a little extra power thanks to my kitty suit, but only having 100 seconds for the level was what really made my fur stand on end!

Post Text: Can never have too many toys!!

Skylanders: Swap Force

too many toys

So apparently, if you put too many magic items on the portal, it says you have too many toys. Nobody told me I couldn’t have a platinum bouncing sheep jukebox that spit out diamonds! If I had known that, I would’ve played Disney Infinity. Also, I think the game itself telling me I have too many toys is a bit of a wake up call. That is Activision literally saying to me: “Hey, stop buying stuff”. I will give you my money and you will like it, Activision.

Post Text: I stole a car and a girl!

Lego City: Undercover

stole a car and a girl

I couldn’t help it. The car, she was so pretty. And the girl, she was so pretty. I needed the pretty. Despite the fact that I’m in a pimp daddy suit, she seems to be warming up to me. Well… as warm as mini-figures get anyways! By the way, anyone who has ever dismissed this game because it’s too “childish” really needs an ego check. This game is fantastic, and offers one of the best experiences on the Wii U. If the previous Lego games scared you off, don’t worry. They scared me too. But this game is on another level.

Wrapping up

If you have any suggestions for next week’s topic, any questions about the content I wrote, or just wanna say hey, feel free to sound off below! If you really feel inclined, you can mosey on over to my TwitterFacebook, or Miiverse account. Please don’t feel offended if I don’t respond to friend requests on the Wii U, as I reserve that for people I actually know in real life. I’ll gladly follow back though!

Thank you for reading, and have a happy Valentine’s Day this weekend! Play some Wii U with your Valentine!

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  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    Hey guys! I’m Zorpix, and I wrote this article! I’m in the middle of something right now, so I wont be replying to comments right away, but if you leave a reply to this one, I’ll be sure to see it :) Thank you for reading!!

    • The Clockwork Being

      Zorpix really applaud you for taking the initiative of doing the Zorpix Den. Hope you continue it.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        Thank you very much :3 I thought we could use a little break from all the news and boring stuff, so I decided to do this to shake things up a bit!

        I actually have a topic picked out for next week, so it’ll be continuing! :)

    • Kingdom Hearts fan :3

      Dude this was greatt! :D DO MORE OF THESEEE :D

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I’m glad you liked it! I had another one last week if you wanna check it out :)

    • Ducked

      Your by far the best writer at Wii U Daily, your articles actually have meaning. I’m loving the Zorpix Den.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I’m glad you love my series :) Thank you so much! I really need this kind of support :P

  • Simon Stevens

    Results!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I’m actually okay with his redesign ^w^

      • Simon Stevens

        As am I, I love all the character designs, looks like a very good game to me, not sure about the cartoon series though as even as a kid, I thought any Sonic cartoon was cheese, personally… I was hoping any Sonic after lost words would be a Sonic adventure style game or the self titled Sonic that released with the ps3, this isn’t that game :/ I’m not sure what to make of it, looks kind of like a Phantasy star crossover from what I’ve seen of it lol but still looks good enough to be a day one purchase for me, great article by the way Zorpix :)

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          Thanks for the compliment!

          I can’t really make heads or TAILS of what actual gameplay will be like, but it looks pretty sweet. I just wish I saw more of what the objectives or something were. Like, I dunno. Are they just exploring these big areas just because, or are they looking for something, or what?

          • jjbredesen

            Dude, the Zorpix Den stuff is really cool, it gives the site more
            variety and not just news, keep up the good work i
            have injoyed everything so far ;)

      • Simon Stevens

        Article approved

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          Always love being sonic approved

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      HAHAHA! WAIT TILL I SHOW THIS TO KNUCKLES!

  • metalpants

    Lol, that was actually more fun a read than I had hoped. I agree on pretty much everything you said about the game. The trailer has me pretty convinced so far that the game will be fun. And SEGA has to do something really stupid to change my mind.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I’ve been duped with Sonic before, but this rebranding could be just what they need.

      Glad you found it fun :)

      • metalpants

        Agreed. To be honest, I like Lost World enough that sometimes I go back to it just to run around being Sonic for the heck of it (although it’s kind of difficult being strictly linear stages and all x[…). I already got all the Chaos Emeralds so I’m pretty much done with it. But there’s something about controlling Sonic himself that is just fun to do. And by the looks of it, Sonic Boom seems to have huge levels were linearity doesn’t have as big a part to play as in Lost World. So, running on water at high speeds? Flying around and shooting lasers? Busting stuff open with your bare knuckles (ahem…)? Sign me up.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          Yeah. I played the Lost World Demo, and it just felt really oddly linear. Like I just had to go in and get to the end. And I had difficulty with controls thanks to the whole roundness of the place. Hopefully Boom fixes it

  • Joey

    I cannot wait for this game to come out i Love sonic, and i did not see any problem with his legs running speed. As you know i never complaint about this game.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      well I’m glad you’re excited. I’m excited as well :)

  • Mearii

    Most of all, I hate Sonic’s brown handkerchief. What a poop color. Brown? WHY BROWN? IT’S SO BLAND. I feel nothing looking at that handkerchief. They could have used red, or green, or some bold color that evokes EMOTION AND FEELING, and they picked brown. Such a disappointment. I won’t stand for this.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      It is a weird choice, but I think they like associating sonic with everything blue, so they would’ve made it blue. However that would’ve blended too much… So I think brown was a choice made to not distract from his associated color so much, but to not blend too harshly either.

      What I dont really understand is why all their arms and feet are wrapped like mummies. I get that its a more deserty setting, explaining the kerchief, but still… it looks odd

      • Mearii

        I think red would’ve looked good. With Tails the brown is acceptable because of his yellowy color. Sonic is bright blue with bright red shoes… and they pick brown? It clashes. (And it’s UGLY)

        I wondered about the bandages too. Why do Sonic and Tails need bandages around their feet when they’re wearing shoes? I don’t understand things.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          I dunno. I thought it looked okay. But I don’t know fashion at ALL… I do like how tails is a little more… mature… in the game though. Seems like he can kinda hold his own now, as opposed to being the literal baby of the group.

          I dunno. Just come over and play the game with me at some point and we can wonder together. Maybe when they get hurt they put on more bandages

  • Justin Carlson

    Lego City Undercover FTW!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      ^ This guy gets it

      • Justin Carlson

        Thanks! The ending was EPIC!

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          It was super good!

        • Wildman

          Shoot. I still haven’t finished it.

        • DK_Hadouken

          That free fall was awesome!

  • guest

    “BOOM!!!!!!”

  • Justin Carlson

    I agree with Zorpix on this one. The Cartoon looks lame, but the game looks awesome!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Thanks :3 glad we see similarly

  • RyuNoHadouken

    man, what the hell was this?!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      The article or the trailers? XD

      • RyuNoHadouken

        just wanted to bait you into replying :)

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          it worked XD

  • uPadWatcher

    Zorpix, you’ve forgotten to add one additional thing about SONIC BOOM for the Wii U– the CryEngine.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I didn’t forget. I just didn’t want to :3

  • NkoSekirei

    the graphics of sonic boom looks amazing

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      They look pretty good alright :3

      • Wildman

        Built in CryEngine3.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          I know, I know XD

  • Logan Wayman

    Why not add more characters to the game and show?

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Well I dunno… in my opinion, adding new characters hasn’t turned out so well in the past… Silver and Blaze seem kinda… Meh

      • C4

        Tails, Knuckles and Amy were “new characters” at its time though ;)

        But as I said above 4 playable is enough IMHO, already more then necessary but they need good not-main characters and villains. I don’t think people want to see cartoons where Sonic fights Eggman at the end of each season :P

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          SonicX kept it so he had different enemies most of the time. There was that time with the ARK and whatnot

    • C4

      They still need good Sonic-ish guest characters like Tikal or Big :)

      4 ‘main characters’ is enough…

  • Mario

    Again. Redesigns, something I have to get used to. Gameplay, AWESOME!!!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Indeed! :D

  • Nicolas Dorion

    Not sure if this is relevant on this website but whatever there aren’t any news so hell why not

  • Akatosh

    Have you even seen the rest of CN’s shows? Sonic Boom is going to be the most adult centered, high quality, good voice acting show displayed. Seriously, this trailer is light years away from the other things on CN in terms of quality.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I will definitely give you that

  • Caleb Dudley

    Hey Zorpix, I just wanna say that I really enjoy these montagey things you’re doing. You have entertaining writing. P.s post mh stuff.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I actually had a MH article slated for this week, but this came up and I wanted to talk about it :3

      Glad you like it!

  • David Trail

    Love Sonic BOOM!

  • Ducked

    Sometimes change is good, sometimes it’s just bad. This is just “bad”. I get a stomachache just looking at the new Knuckles. I’m glad I’m not the only one that noticed that Sonic’s voice sounded crappy.

    I do like how they have taken some elements from Sonic Adventure, and Heroes. But I just have zero anticipation for this game.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I dunno. I like how knuckles looks, but I dont know WHAT happened to sonic’s voice… it’s just so awful now…

      • Ducked

        Maybe the guy that did his voice went through late puberty lol. I just don’t like Knuckles towering over everyone else, it looks unnatural for Sonic characters. But I’ll probably grow to it.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          I did really like his old design. I guess my biggest problem with new knucks is his chest more than anything…

          I have no idea what happened, but he needs to fix it

          • Ducked

            Maybe Nike paid Sega to advertise their logo

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            “Just demolish it”

  • Blue Hernandez

    @zorpix:disqus I too am a fan of the song choice! I’m not sure which generation doesn’t like dubstep, but there sure are a lot of them lol.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Yeah, I liked the choice :) fast music fit the fast motion

      • Blue Hernandez

        I was actually starting to get worried since the music was really awesome in SA1/2 and then started slipping a bit in ’06 and then really went down after that but I’ll really be happy if they brought that edge back.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          I liked the music for Sonic Heroes, Shadow the hedgehog and such. But the “made for this game” music gets corny fast

    • alex toschi

      I’m not a fan, not only was the song cut terribly through the audio, that song is the most overplayed hunk of junk. Game looks great though.

  • CaesarGood

    Damn, Sonic on some movie quality shit. Im very interested in this…

  • Zuck

    look what I found kkkkkkkk

  • Sdudyoy

    I have to agree with what you said about the game, when I was about 4 I played Sonic on the Genesis, It’s what I grew up with, but I havn’t enjoyed some of the newer Sonic games, I haven’t played Generations yet, and I’m going to try it out tomorrow, but ever since the Adventure games I haven’t found a Sonic game I really enjoy, but Sonic Boom seems to catch my attention, I’m not going to let myself jump to any conclusion’s but I think I will like it.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Generations is really good :) Hope you like it!

  • bugart19

    Sounds like Sega is taking a little bit of a direction change to increase sales and exposure, which is understandable since the Sonic brand is up and down in the market.

  • Michael Hancock

    The redesign is ok. It’s Knuckles that doesn’t look right.

  • TaintedXGamer

    Funny thing is I just got hooked, line and sinkered into SL: swap force for my wii u, just bought free ranger and hoot loop. I already like the spin off direction. As for tails being faster, I think there was something about able to share their individual skills powers, which does explain how sonic Amy knuckles tails are running at the same speed in one point of the trailer. Still excited

  • SmashFinale

    No one focuses on Amy. Notice that she doesn’t seem to be on the same comedic setting that Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails are. Or… at least the game trailer implies it at 0:38. She clearly stuck the landing in a serious matter. That might mean she is much more mature compared to her cohorts.

    But then again, I’m most likely looking way too much into one scene.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      I’d really hope she matured a bit past her static character she’s had in the past

  • Dylan Clark

    jesus this sounds like a fucking diary. are you getting paid for this, jesus i hope not.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      It’s an editorial. If you’re just here for news, just read the news articles

      • Blue Hernandez

        Is there an editorial section?

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          Might be under “features” or something. Not entirely sure. It usually says “EDITORIAL” in the title, but it looks like we missed that this time ^w^

  • palomino blue

    I’m surprised how okay I am with all of the redesigns. It does feel like the characters have grown up a bit. I haven’t played a great Sonic game since Adventure and that trailer gave me a very similar vibe.

  • Kieran McMullen

    I would just like sonic adventure 3. I mean, doesn’t it say something that in order to get a fast 3d platformer like the adventure series, sega America needs to actually step in and say “look, lets make the games people used to love again, instead of needless gimmicks and lots of rails” for us to get that kind of thing? And then I think Sega Japan just said “but you need to change everything else and it can’t be associated with us.” Why can’t I have sonic adventure 3? why can’t sega get it’s act together just this once?