Let’s kick off our new news column, the Station Square Monitor (working title), with a report on Sonic Boom. Yes, we are aware of it and the uproar it’s been causing since its announcement. Let’s get a few things out of the way:
- The show is part of the Year of Sonic 2014: a ginormous marketing campaign to keep the Sonic brand fresh and noticeable. Sega tried this before back in 2003 with Sonic X and Adventure DX, Heroes and Battle. It worked, and Sonic was back in the mainstream.
- The game that’s going with the show (which will be a prequel) is the third and final planned Nintendo exclusive. The Wii U version, which focuses on co-op, will be made by Big Red Button Entertainment (their first project, it seems) and the 3DS version (which is gonna be more like Adventure, apparently) will be handled by Sanzaru Games, the guys responsible for reviving Sly Cooper recently. Sonic Team will be touching neither.
- SONIC BOOM WILL NOT - I REPEAT, WILL NOT - REPLACE THE MAIN SERIES. IT’LL BE AS CANON AS SONIC’S LAST FOUR SHOWS, DESPITE GETTING ITS OWN GAME.
With all that out of the way, I can talk about the designs.
Sonic the Hedgehog: A few liberties were taken, of course, but he still looks about the same. It’ll take getting used to.
Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik: Now, I don’t mind this redesign all that much. Rather classy, actually. And he looks a bit more egg shaped, further reinforcing his alias. So there.
Miles “Tails” Prower: The little guy doesn’t look too different. If anything, he looks even closer to his inventor shtick.
Amy Rose: Hm. She definitely needed a now look, but this isn’t the one I’d have given her. Plus, it doesn’t seem like she’s changed much on the inside, either, and that’s what REALLY needs to be made over.
Knuckles the Echidna: The most drastic change and, honestly, the most disappointing. Part of Rad Red’s cool factor is that he was strong as heck without needing to look the part too much. For the show, however, he has to look it in order for his role to be immediately identifiable. It’s a damn shame, but, it can’t be helped.
Now, my main concern is the main games. Kids who watch the show first and the play the games (and they will if the show takes off like it’s supposed to) are probably gonna be scratching their heads at the differences. You could get away with that back in the day, but now, peeps are more judgmental.
Either way, I’m indifferent. I’m not the show’s target demographic (I’ll be 27 this year) so it’s not really meant for me anyway. Sonic Boom is Modern Sonic’s AoStH. So, let the little kids have their fun. When they start playing and getting into the source material, we need to be there to (KINDLY) show them what’s what.