Some folks are never happy.
As with everyone else this week, I was ecstatic to see the new Sonic Generations gameplay trailer. While discussing it over several different forums, I noticed the same topic coming up. “Why isn’t it on Wii?!” “That’s not fair, the Wii should get an anniversary game too!” And my favorite, “LOL typical Sega. screwing over Wii fans”. This line of discussion really ticked me off. Mainly because if you’re a Sonic fan who only owns a Wii, you’ve never had it so good!
First off, Sonic Generations is being done on HD consoles to take full advantage of the hardware and to help bring back the hardcore gaming crowd that loved Sonic in the Genesis era, but hated the more modern Sonic games. By the responses it’s been getting, that strategy seems to be paying off as it has been overwhelmingly positive. If they bring it to the Wii, it will just be another watered-down version of the game ala “Sonic Unleashed” (although it’s been debatable which version is more fun). That said, there’s even rumors still of an anniversary game for Wii possibly showing up at E3.
Now second, and most important, look at this……..
Five exclusive Sonic games for Wii not available on any other system (outside of some DS ports). Three of them are major releases while the Mario and Sonic games made video game history by bringing these two titans together for the first time. What did the HD consoles get that Wii did not?! Sonic Unleashed? No. The Wii got a version of that too. Sonic 4? Nope. Wii got that one as well. In fact, only two Sonic games are exclusively on HD consoles. Sonic ’06 and Sonic Free Riders. Both of which were trounced by the critics. Gee! Lucky for them right?!
Oh, and let’s not forget that the Wii is fully backwards compatible with the GameCube. This means you can not only get Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, but the Sonic Gems Collection which includes Sonic R, Sonic the fighters and the only console version of Sonic CD outside of the Sega CD. While Sonic Adventure DX is available for download on HD, it does not include the Game Gear unlockables. As far as BC on the HD consoles go, Shadow works fine (sarcastic “yay”), as does Sonic Mega Collection, Sonic Heroes (although there are some line issues) and Sonic Riders (but not in all territories and with some glitches). PS3 is only BC if you have an early system. Otherwise, you’re SOL.
A very important point is that one of those Wii exclusive games is Sonic Colors. Arguably, the best modern Sonic game ever. There were petitions everywhere begging Sega to port the game over to HD consoles, but it never happened. So consider this, even if the Wii doesn’t get an anniversary game this year, you got Colors.
The bottom line is that the Wii is the best console to go to for Sonic fans. There’s eight Sonic games available, five exclusive and two or three that are actually pretty good (no offense). In fact, counting Backwards Compatible GameCube titles, the Wii has the biggest catalog of Sonic titles on any system! Sega has been strong in supporting the console mainly because of the strong sales numbers when it comes to Sonic games on that system. In fact, Unleashed sold better on Wii than HD by a huge margin. But it needs Sonic Generations on the HD consoles to bring back their older, hardcore fanbase or else be stuck with talks of “LOL Sonic Cycle” for the next decade.
So dry those tears Sonic Wii owners. You have it better than the HD consoles by a mile (in regards to Sonic games that is).