A slew of Sonic the Hedgehog hit last night via information posted at Tomy’s booth at the New York Toy Fair. Tomy currently holds the license for Sonic the Hedgehog toys, following Jazwares, and as such their booth had not only upcoming action figures, RC vehicles and plush dolls, but they also had informational signs posted throughout the booth. The delayed Nintendo 3DS title Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, originally planned for Fall 2015, has now been confirmed for a Fall 2016 release. This new date means the game has been pushed back a full year, and that it will now coincide with the release of Sonic Boom season 2. SEGA has already gone on public record saying that the delay is only good news, as it gives Sanzaru Games Inc. more time to refine and polish the title. Sanzaru’s first game in the spin-off franchise, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal [read our review] also for 3DS, was notorious for having a rushed development. Though, it was a far better game in my opinion than Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, and the fact that SEGA is once again working with Sanzaru shows they still have faith in the developers.
The other bit of release news is that the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be releasing to the US in June of 2016. The 3DS version, meanwhile, is still set for a March 18th release date and can currently be pre-ordered. Seeing as the games (the real world Rio 2016 Olympics) start in August, both games have more than enough time to sell leading up to the events.
Some have pointed out that the above sign only mentions two video game launches in 2016, seemingly missing the presumed main series multi-platform 25th anniversary game. This likely does not mean that the game does not exist, rather Tomy is simply smart enough to not inadvertently reveal the mystery game.
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