SEGA News Bits: Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice First Impressions

It’s here, the brand new side-scrolling Sonic game! No, not Sonic Mania. It’s Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice for the Nintendo 3DS! In this SEGA News Bits, Barry shares with George, and our viewing audience, his thoughts on the game. Did SEGA and Sanzaru Games learn their lesson from Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal?

In the comments below, let us know what you think of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice! Also, don’t hate Barry.

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice Hands On Impressions

What’s that? After the big Sonic Mania and Project Sonic 2017 reveals you forgot that Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice was still coming out? I don’t blame you, but this is the first time we got to play the game, so enjoy our hands on Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice preview. Did we like it? Did we hate it? Listen in and find out. Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice comes out this September 17th exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS.

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice Delay Reaction

This is the first entry in our new series called ‘SEGA News Bits’, giving you digestible video content laced with our opinions. On this SEGA News Bit, we cover the recent delay of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice. Let us know what you think of the new Boom series and if you think delaying a game is going to do it good.

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Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice releasing Holiday 2015 to Nintendo 3DS

SEGA made quite a shocking announcement today, the Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic Boom franchise has not left the world of video games in the dust as a new Nintendo 3DS game titled Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is set to release to Nintendo 3DS this holiday season! Developed by Sanzaru Games, creators of Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, Fire and Ice looks to be a direct sequel to the original 3DS game. Fans will be happy to hear that Amy has joined the playable roster and Eggman is back as the lead villain (so long, Lyric!) alongside a new baddie named D-Fekt.

Honestly, after hearing news that Archie’s Sonic Boom comic books would end with issue 11, and the fact that the Wii U game was a failure for the company, fans assumed that Sonic Boom was relegated to being a TV show and toy line. I personally thought Sanzaru’s first game was alright, but I think with a longer development window they could make a much better title the second time around.

After the break, check out SEGA’s press release, artwork, and screens.

Swingin’ Report Show #73: Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal Interview with Mat Kraemer of Sanzaru Games

This week on the Swingin’ Report Show podcast Barry and George are joined by Mat Kraemer, Lead Designer at Sanzaru Games, developer of Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS. Topics covered include the development process of the handheld title, how Sanzaru interacted with various teams including the TV show crew and the team at Big Red Button, what Sonic games Sanzaru looked to for inspiration, and Mat’s favorite classic SEGA games and consoles.

There has been a lot of talk about the Sonic Boom franchise this past week, so it was great to sit down with Mat to learn more about how the 3DS game came to be. Hey! Why are you still reading this when you should be listening?

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Go behind-the-scenes with the Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal development team

SEGA has uploaded a new behind-the-scenes video to the Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube account, taking fans behind-the-scenes with the Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal development team. Shattered Crystal, the Nintendo 3DS Sonic Boom title, is unique in that it is the first fully original handheld Sonic title since 2008’s Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.

While Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Lost World on the 3DS were pared down versions of what home consoles had (albeit with unique stages and layouts), Shattered Crystal is a separate title from Wii U’s Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric with a unique story, stages, and an exclusive character named Sticks the Badger. In the above video, Sanzaru Games, Inc. delves into how they’ve collaborated with Sonic Team and Big Red Button, as well as how the 3DS and Wii U titles will connect.

Yeah, they even have a sports tape gag at the end.

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal demo coming to the eShop on November 4th

According to Nintendo World Report, a demo of Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal will be released on the eShop on November 4th. It isn’t known if or when a demo of its Wii U counterpart Rise of Lyric will also be released or if this is the same demo that was playable at events like Sonic Boom or PAX.

The site also recorded a playthrough of the Sonic Boom demo with direct feed audio, so you can also listen to what the game’s music is like. They recorded some gameplay of the Rise of Lyric demo as well, which can be seen after the jump.

New Trailer for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal Shows Shadow and Metal Sonic

As you could expect from the Sonic Boom event, a new trailer for the TV show isn’t the only new Sonic thing that got revealed today. SEGA also showed a new trailer showing gameplay and cutscenes from both upcoming Sonic Boom games: Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Shattered Crystal for 3DS.

The most notable thing this trailer shows is more of Shadow and Metal Sonic, who appear in both games as either bosses or rivals to race against. Also it has overly dramatic music and an ancient evil because why not.

Amy gets kidnapped in this new Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal trailer

While we got a new trailer for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric during Gamescom, we’ve gotten one for series’ handheld entry Shattered Crystal from PAX Prime. This trailer primarily shows off the game’s CG cutscenes, which shows Amy being kidnapped by Lyric, along with small snippets of gameplay showcasing a variety of levels.

And like how Metal Sonic popped up at the end of the Rise of Lyric trailer, Shadow makes an appearance in this one. Unlike Metal Sonic, his design has been affected somewhat by Sonic Boom’s style. It also seems like he has a new voice, because who cares about consistency anyway?

Box-art and Release Dates for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal Revealed

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We already knew that both Sonic Boom games will be coming out in this November, but now we know when exactly we can expect them to be in stores. In the US Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric will be released on November 18th, while Shattered Crystal will be out a week earlier on November 11th. We don’t know yet when the games will be released in Europe, but this post will be updated when we do.

Along with these dates SEGA released the box covers as well, both of which feature Sonic looking at the customer and doing something potentially threatening. The Wii U box has a Nintendo Network logo on it, meaning the game does have some sort of online functionality.


Sonic Talk #27 “You’re too slow!”


Well, better late than never! This episode was supposed to go up about two weeks ago, but since I had to report on E3, things got super busy and I just didn’t have the time until now. We’ll be doing another one on E3 and Sonic Revolution soon, but for now check out our initial impressions on NotMarin-err Sticks, early preview videos of both Sonic Boom games and more! We also added an addendum to talk about mor-

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….Fine. Enjoy the podcast folks!