Sonic Lost World Wii U software update is a real game changer!

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In a rare occurrence, Sonic Team and SEGA have released a software update for the Wii U version of Sonic Lost World that will not only fix some bugs, but will also significantly affect gameplay. The SEGA Blog made the announcement that the new patch will go live soon, and check out the changes and additions they’re making to the game:

Gameplay Updates:

• Collecting 100 rings will now grant the player an extra life.
• In the event of a Game Over, we have doubled the amount of lives the player will begin with when continuing. (From 5 to 10)
• The Indigo Asteroid, Crimson Eagle, Orange Rocket, and Black Bomb Color Powers can now be controlled using the analog stick and buttons.
• Fixed a rare graphical issue that would sometimes appear during the pinball section of the Frozen Factory casino area.

Additional Updates:

• When completing the NiGHTMARE DLC, users will be notified that they can re-play it after scoring 100,000 points.
• Items will now appear on the world map.

Those that read my review of the game may remember I noted that the wisps felt forced, as though Sonic Team was making use of the GamePad because they had to, not because it improved the gameplay. However, Controlling many of the wisps with the analog stick and buttons may just fix this issue I had with the game, or at the very least make the wisps easier to control. Another biggie is the 100 rings earns a life addition, a gameplay rule that has been in effect since the series began and was found by many to be an odd omission. Once the update goes live, we’ll update the review accordingly.

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11 responses to “Sonic Lost World Wii U software update is a real game changer!

  1. SuperSonicFan says:

    Awesome! I’ve been enjoying Lost World already, but it is nice that these issues will be fixed. (Although seriously, they are not nearly as big a deal as everyone is whining like babies about), but it is nice they are being fixed nonetheless.

    Sega 4 eva!

  2. Nux says:

    Wow, an update that actually…fixes thing? Neat. Can’t say I missed the 100 rings for lives thing, but I know other people didn’t like it.

  3. Jim says:

    Hmm, It’s nice that Sonic Team is making this update to go ahead and make the game better, but I really hope this doesn’t become a standard. When I buy a game I want the final product, not something that they’ll finish finally within the next two months after me spending my money on it and, more than likely, already finishing the game, thus making me less inclined to going back and playing it again.

  4. radrappy says:

    just tested it and it works! Awesome!

  5. KoNeko says:

    Now all they need is a software update for the 3DS version that removes the awful motion controls from the special stages…

  6. CrazyTails says:

    This update was needed

  7. Ben says:

    I’ve already beaten the game and no longer have it, though it’s definitely nice to read about the Lives and the more continues for those who haven’t played the game yet but plan to. Will make the game far less frustrating.

  8. Shigs says:

    My two week old interview with Arron Webber is gonna seem a little out of date now. XD

  9. Dixk says:

    Is there any real news

  10. Hitrax says:

    Good news for the game, though I fear it may not be enough yet, we now live in the stage where companies can easily patch up the flaws of their games once it has past the review stage.

    The problem with that though is that once the updates are implemented, the game has already been released and reviewed by all the publications on store shelves, what then do they do? Do they go back and re-review it, making the initial pre-release review a pointless waste of time? Nope, they don’t even acknowledge the updates, so consumers are still left with a lower expectation of the game regardless of the updates once it has been reviewed.

  11. Ben says:

    “Do they go back and re-review it, making the initial pre-release review a pointless waste of time? Nope, they don’t even acknowledge the updates, so consumers are still left with a lower expectation of the game regardless of the updates once it has been reviewed.”

    Yeah but that’s why it’s important to get games right the first time…I actually have mixed feelings about updating past reviews for patched games, to be honest, other than with simple blurbs at the end. But that’s just my opinion.

    It’s nice of Sega to implement these changes but I’ve played and beaten the game weeks ago, so they do pretty much nothing for me.

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