New arcade game Sonic Athletics to release April 25th at Tokyo Joypolis

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Via the Tokyo Joypolis website and The Sonic Stadium comes news of a new Sonic arcade game set to release at the Japanese arcade on April 25th. Dubbed Sonic Athletics, the game features a line of eight treadmills set in front of vertical screens depicting a track stadium. Players choose from Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, Amy, Metal Sonic, Silver, and Blaze and begin running. The faster you run, the faster your character runs. First to the finish wins. Pretty simple game, but quite a slick looking setup. I wonder if the arcade staff allows boosting? After the break, check out a few more images of the new game.

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5 responses to “New arcade game Sonic Athletics to release April 25th at Tokyo Joypolis

  1. betablocker says:

    The Rush based boosting gimmick is one of the worst features of Sonic imo.

  2. peachlife says:

    the game is probably solid but they really need to stop with milking the sonic franchise now… Remember the time when SEGA would make a game like athlete kings, virtua athletes, winter heat, sports jam and not have to add sonic into those?

    • Barry the Nomad says:

      Looks like this is a one off exclusive for Joypolis, so I get why they didn’t create a new IP and made it Sonic oriented.

    • lenno says:

      Well you can hardly blame them can you?

      Sonic is pretty much the only real power Sega has in the industry now, Sonic effectively made Sega what it became, before they lost it all and diminished into their current form.

      Sonic still makes Sega decent money, in comparison to other Sega IP which is usually always an inevitable failure unfortunately.

      I’m hoping they at least add something revolutionary, otherwise what’s the point, it’ll just be another shameless spin off based on a thousand other games that have already been done, only with Sonic et all included in it as the face of the title.

  3. InTheSky says:

    Excuse my pointing out the obvious, but I just find it interesting that by now, the “marquee” Sonic characters have basically been identified.

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