Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 News

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August2011

  • News Sonic 4: Episode II Not Due Until 2012

    Will it still hit WiiWare?

    Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka has revealed that the follow-up to 2010 platformer Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 won't launch until 2012 at the earliest. Iizuka cited the anniversary celebrations surrounding Sonic Generations as one of the reasons we won't see the 2D game until next year: This year, 2011, is the...

June2011

  • News Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 Due "In the Near Future"

    Hedgehog still alive

    With all the excitement around Sonic Generations and the blue hedgehog's upcoming 20th anniversary — that's 23rd June, of course — many players are wondering what will happen to the second instalment in SEGA's downloadable reimagining of the hedgehog's adventures. Last year's Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I came and went in a speedy blur, but since then we've heard nothing..

October2010

  • Features Things We Miss About the 8-Bit Era

    It's the little things that count

    Today, the virtual reality experience of the Wii is as immersive as Lawnmower Man director/writer Brett Leonard ever could have hoped, with Mario as real and in-person as an actual member of our family and special effects so vivid that we compulsively hold our breath during underwater levels. Okay, maybe things...

  • Nintendo Download 15th October (Europe)

    Sonic returns, and brings some other stuff

    As was previously announced, today sees the anticipated European release of the first episode of Sonic the Hedgehog 4. It's accompanied by the next titles in the GO and Music On series, as well as some other stuff. Unfortunately, there's no Virtual Console game, but that's to be expected now! DSiWare: GO...

  • Nintendo Download 11th October 2010 (North America)

    Sonic the Hedgehog returns!

    A good array of titles this week, with the 2D return of Sonic the Hedgehog taking top billing of course. DSiWare fans can get a pinch of Sonic creator Yuji Naka's latest platforming adventure, Ivy the Kiwi?, but there's also sports and puzzle games if platforming isn't your thing. Let's do it to it! WiiWare: Sonic the...

  • Nintendo Download 12th and 13th October 2010 (Japan)

    WiiWare and DSiWare together again

    It looks like the heady days of surprise Japanese Virtual Console releases are well and truly behind us as there's only one VC release scheduled for the rest of the month and it's not happening next week. Instead there's a pair of WiiWare titles, which were starting to get as rare as hen's teeth. DSiWare is sparse...

  • Interviews Sega - Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1

    We chat about the hedgehog's 2D return

    It's nearly here: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is released on WiiWare in North America on October 11th, with a European release following on Friday October 15th. With the game now finished and so very nearly here, we caught up with Ken Balough, Digital Brand Manager for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, to...

September2010

  • News Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Races to WiiWare on October 11th

    WiiWare gets it before XBLA and PSN

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode One will come to WiiWare on Monday October 11th with a European release to follow on Friday October 15th. The game will cost 1500 Points, as previously claimed by Nintendo Power. WiiWare will also receive the game before Xbox 360 and PS3 owners, if only by a matter of days. Our...

  • News Nintendo Power Claims Sonic 4: Episode 1 Will Cost 1500 Points

    High price for hedgehog heaven

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is one of WiiWare's most anticipated games, either because of or despite the claims it will bring Sonic back to his glory days, depending on your point of view. Flagship WiiWare titles don't come cheap however, and the latest issue of Nintendo Power claims Sonic's next outing will set...

June2010

  • Competition Your Love for Sonic Could Earn You a Trip to Sega Japan

    If you can ably express it in video format, that is

    It's Sonic's 19th birthday today, and Sega isn't showering Nintendo fans with game discounts; in fact, it's offering something far better. If you really, really love Sonic – and everybody does, of course – your passion for the blue speedball could win you a trip to Sega Japan to meet the Sonic...

May2010

  • News New Sonic 4 Trailer Almost Makes Up for Delay

    Game pushed back for surprising reason

    We reported yesterday that Sega's great white Sonic hope, WiiWare 'hog platformer Sonic the Hedgehog 4, has been pushed back from its Summer release date to a late 2010 date now instead. Why is that? It turns out that Sega wants the extra time to take onboard fan feedback about the game, though predictably it...

  • News Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Speeds Past Summer Release Date, Into Late 2010

    Delay for WiiWare platformer for extra polish

    Nobody likes being made to wait, especially Sonic himself, but Sega has just announced its upcoming return to the hog's 2D roots, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, is going to miss its Summer release slot and will now be available in "late 2010." SEGA has decided to extend the development of the game, and will now release Sonic The Hedgehog 4..

February2010

  • News Dimps Revealed As Sonic 4 Developer

    Sonic Team not involved, say Sega

    Sega's highly-esteemed internal development studio Sonic Team may be named after the character it helped to create but it will apparently have nothing to do with the production of the upcoming Sonic 4. Coding duties have instead fallen to Dimps, the team which helped Capcom make Street Fighter IV. While this news...

  • News Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Coming to Wii

    A return to 2D side-scrolling action of old - now with trailer!

    Sega has just announced that Project Needlemouse is in fact a return to the 2D Sonic side-scrolling action of the 16-bit era. The game will be called Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 and will be released on XBLA, PSN, and WiiWare this Summer. Below is a snippet of the interview conducted...