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Sonic Colours to Brighten Up DS and Wii

Posted by James Newton

New hog outing announced!

We at Nintendo Life Towers had mixed feelings recently when Sega announced it was delaying the promising Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 for WiiWare as we were looking forward to getting stuck into the hog's latest. Still, always one to bounce back from his disappointments – let's face it, he's had enough practice – Sonic's next adventure has just been announced by Sega in the form of Sonic Colours.

The initial trailer is just a rendered video showing Sonic, Tails and the new Wisp characters racing through a lush green jungle, revealing little about the gameplay, but the accompany press release seems to hint at a Sonic Unleashed-style combination of 2D and 3D platforming as the blue one looks to rescue the alien Wisps, all of whom grant him unique powers. It sounds like an intriguing hybrid and one we can't wait to get our hands on, though we'll have to wait until late 2010 for the game to see release.

Check out the trailer below and keep reading for the official press release, then feel free to share in our comments section about how Sega will finally get it right this time.

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LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (May 26th, 2010) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. & SEGA® America, Inc., today announced Sonic Colours™, a brand new high speed action adventure in which Sonic the Hedgehog races through incredible theme park inspired worlds to rescue a colourful alien race from the clutches of Dr Eggman. Sonic Colours will be available on the home video game system Wii™ and the Nintendo DS™ system late in 2010.

An extraordinary amusement park has been seen orbiting around the home planet of Sonic the Hedgehog, and rumours are spreading that an alien race of Wisps, who have a unique colourful energy, are being held captive there by the evil Dr Eggman. Soon after arriving at the amusement park Sonic discovers he is able to use these mysterious alien forces to help the Wisps escape! Sonic Colours for the Wii seamlessly combines both 3D and classic 2D game play perspectives, whilst the Nintendo DS version takes full advantage of the console’s dual screen.

“The vibrant alien world of Sonic Colours enables players to race at top speed through incredible looking planets, each with their own unique visual style.” commented Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing, SEGA. “In addition to the classic Sonic game play style, the colourful new Wisp power ups offer a fresh new way of exploring these worlds and helps make Sonic faster than ever before!”

Sonic Colours sees Sonic accelerating to adrenaline-pumping super speeds and blasting through obstacles in ways never before seen in a Sonic game. The alien Wisps in Sonic Colours each have a unique “Colour Power” that, once freed, Sonic is able to absorb whilst speeding through the various theme park inspired planets. The Wisp energy enables Sonic to create new paths through the stages by drilling through the ground (Yellow Drill) for example, or speeding through the stage as a laser (Cyan Laser). Stringing the Wisp power ups together creates a combo that increases Sonic’s boost gauge even more quickly and exclusive Wisp power ups will be available for both Wii and the Nintendo DS versions, ensuring a unique and super speedy gameplay experience for Sonic fans everywhere.

Sonic Colours will be available on the home video game system Wii™ and the Nintendo DS™ system late in 2010.


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User Comments (79)



KnucklesSonic8 said:

Can't wait. Reminds me of Sonic Heroes, already, and that's a good thing for me. No werehogs here. lol.



EdEN said:

Well, more to come at E3 I'm sure. Maybe they'll release this a week or two after Episode 1?



Chris720 said:

Looks amazing! Wait for a review before I give this a shot though.
Hopefully SEGA don't ruin Sonic here.



Corbs said:

Might be a bit weird playing this one side-by-side with Sonic 4 at their E3 booth. But how can you complain against a double-dose of Sonic.



mastersworddude said:

Can't wait to see it at E3, but no matter what or how little they know about the game, people will still complain and nitpick at the stupidest crap. From the info though it seems like it will be Sonic Unleashed without the werehog, I wonder how the DS version will play though.



Sonic1994CD said:

Sonic and Tails again man I don't remeber when Sonic and Tails were in a game and Tails was playable. I hope this will be a fun game.



Philip_J_Reed said:

The past...oh...six hundred or so Sonic games have taught me that interesting premise =/= good game.

Pity Sega hasn't learned the same lesson.

...o-or have they?? Time shall tell.



Nickno said:

Hmm....very interesting. I might look into it. After Black Knight, I'm seriously gonna look at more than 1 review for now on. Nintendo Power fooled me lol. But looks neat.



Yasume said:

Another one? Sheesz! The other 3 Sonic games for the Wii are mediocre-decent, so this one will probably do no better. Still, I might get it for collection purposes. I think I'm going for the NDS version, though.



BulbasaurusRex said:

Please, no alternate gameplay styles this time!

press release wrote:

“The vibrant alien world of Sonic Colours enables players to race at top speed through incredible looking planets, each with their own unique visual style.” commented Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing, SEGA. “In addition to the classic Sonic game play style, the colourful new Wisp power ups offer a fresh new way of exploring these worlds and helps make Sonic faster than ever before!”

First, they copy Mario Tennis & Mario Kart, then they copy New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and now they're copying Super Mario Galaxy. I guess since most of their recent original ideas for Sonic have bombed or been mediocre, Sega finally came up with a system for creating good Sonic games.



bro2dragons said:

@Bulbasaurus: don't forget copying Zelda:

personally, i'm just gonna hold off all optimism till i see more. i would love to see an amazing sonic game, but right now, he's just a mascot that sells games just enough to keep Sonic Team from having to work too hard. and i guess i shouldn't judge a game by it's title, but it certainly sounds... "promising"... ahem. yeah. "promising."



kevohki said:

Deep Within the SEGA Headquarters

"Gentlemen, after giving Sonic fans hope with the announcement of a retro-styled Sonic the Hedgehog 4, how do you propose we capitalize on their excitement and hopes?"

Shadowy Figures: "RETURN TO MAKING CRAP!"

"Excellent. So it shall be."



pixelman said:

That's a weird name for a platformer. Hopefully it won't suck like the previous games. Not getting excited until I see some reviews and/or promising gameplay.



Captain_Toad said:

Sonic, please focus on your rebirth title before doing something else that involves amusement parks.



James said:

This year is going to be Sonic's big return to form, I can just feel it!



irken004 said:

Sounded like a puzzle game to me. I'll wait until more gameplay details emerge before I even think about buying this.



greenellow said:

HOLY CRAP. it took me a second to realize that this is 2010. i really cant wait to get this if it's like the day stages in sonic unleashed.(please for the love of god please include drifting and no werehog!)
for some reason i cant help but associate the title to code geass, weird



SuperMarioFan96 said:

Something about it just looks.... good. But we know how that usually goes. But then again, if they can make it sort of like the Sonic Unleashed day stages... then maybe there's hope?

So this isn't going to be on PS3 or Xbox 360?



SuperMarioFan96 said:

Oh wait, this is the sequel to Secret Rings and Black Knight? (that's what IGN said anyway). I'm not as hopeful as before.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@SuperMarioFan96: No, it's not. As I commented on that linked page, I could tell from the announcement that this has nothing to do with that series.

It does look promising, but this "Sonic Cycle" thing I keep hearing about and seeing handy flow charts for could yet ruin it, I suppose. I will choose to remain mostly neutral bordering on slightly hopeful until more info comes, though.



IAmNotWill said:

I hope this turns to be Sonic's return. Sonic 4 looks like it isn't going to do that for me.



V8_Ninja said:

Seriously? Even Sega can't spell words right on Nintendo consoles? I'm pretty sure I'm right about Nintendo taking over the world.



MarkyVigoroth said:

Well, if they are forced/actually do not want to implement the Homing Attack back at Sonic 4, they can place the attack here.



ZarroTsu said:

From what I can assume, this is either going to me homage to sonic 3D blast, or some sort of puzzle game.



TheBaconator said:

Watch out kids. You loved him as a werewolf but know he's a vampire coming to suck the energy out of robots.
I wouldn't be surprised. When it comes to Sonic games now a days Sega can't keep a promise. Heck, they even lied about Sonic 4's relese date. God I sure hope it turns out good, but it just doesn't even seem humanly possible anymore.



Dodger said:

Different wisps giving you different power-ups... Combining wisp powers to form new ones... Kirby, anyone?

Still, even if it sounds like SMG/Kirby, I am not saying it is good or bad until reviews and gameplay videos come out.



Knux said:

Hmm, until I see actual gameplay, there is no need to get excited over this yet...
Oh, and the title is just very odd, Sonic Colors!?



SilverBaretta said:

I'm pretty sure the DS version will be good, because just about all of the DS Sonic games are good, but, I think I'll wait to see some gameplay videos from the Wii version before I give that particular version my judgment.



SandMan said:

If this one doesn't fly, I will cry in my Sonic fandom corner for 3 weeks straight...

LOL, just kidding, but I hope this game doesn't bomb. The music sounds nice, that's a good sign!



Token_Girl said:

I'm just going to go ahead and skip to step 3 of the Sonic cycle and hope it at least reaches the standard of mediocre.



JakobG said:

This reminds me on 3D Blast.
I thought Sonic was the fastest thing alive, why are those Chao-clones faster than him?



JimLad said:

Gawd, they just can't help it can they?
I'm not going to say this will be bad, but I really think they should hold off on stuff like this to funnel everyone into Sonic 4.
Releasing more Sonic games at the same time is not the way to go in my opinion.



Nintendophile said:

Ohhh, you British... I wonder if they'll drop that silly "u" and spell it "Color" for the American release. Hehe. -_^



Raylax said:

@54: How come Nintendo's allowed to delay releases for over a year and nobody really complains much, but Sega delay Sonic 4 by a couple months at most (and give a legitimate reason for it) and that makes them LYING FAIL SCUMBAGS.



Raylax said:

Even if this turns out rubbish, based on that video, I am definitely getting the OST.



Caliko said:

This can't be the Wii trailer?? It's in HD. REAL HD, not converted. odd.

@Raylax Everyone complains when something is delayed. A game could be delayed to add more features and fix bugs and people STILL cry.



WildPidgeyAppears said:

Leave the British alone, just because they can't spell words ending in -or correctly doesn't warrant the meanness! ;D

Nah, kidding. I just hope this one is good.



mjc0961 said:

Sonic 4? The only thing promising about that is that it's promising to suck.



MeloMan said:

Always hoping for a good Sonic game in 2D/3D, especially 3D. I have to admit, I don't care for the name... what, are we painting a picture or tasting the rainbow here?!



JamieO said:

I am up for Sonic to make a truly triumphant return in 2010, I will back him all the way... just no piggy backs! He's too spiky!

Good luck Sega, we know Sonic is fast, we just want him to really hit his stride.



NapalmHornet said:

Sega would have to do some thing amazing with this, on the first glance it sounds kinda crappy



LordJumpMad said:

Sonic don't fail me now

Were do Sega get the Money to make these Sonic games.

Can they at less, make one good Sonic game like Sonic3



Nintendude92 said:

Only sonic 4 interests me, and seeing as he hasn't redeemed himself with it yet, cuz y'know, its not out! no sale sega..



komicturtle said:

I'm going to assume the DS version is going to resemble those Sonic Rush and Advance games. I think they should have just made it for Wii or DS alone, not both.



NiC said:

Hmm... Seriously, why do game series with boring characters, for example Mario (No offense Mario, I really like the games. But really, could you describe his personality or the one of Yoshi or Peach?) make such awesome games and the ones with cool characters like Sonic or Rayman suck so much in the last years??
Sega really has a good basis for making it awesome again and I hope so much that this brings Sonic back like he was before.
But... I'm allready loosing hope again when I look at these little ugly multicolored things... I mean, look at them. Gives me shivers. Please Sega, dont't make this suck again. You're wasting a giant bunch of potential here.



mecoy said:

man im still ashamed i wasted 50 bucks on the last "new classic" game (not gonna say what game)

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