It's difficult to believe, but it's already going on twenty-five years since Sonic the Hedgehog starred in his first title on the Sega Genesis. Back in those days, Sonic and Mario games stood toe to toe and symbolized what was perhaps one of the greatest rivalries in gaming history between their respective companies. Of course, the two mascots are much friendlier to each other nowadays, and regularly co-star in a popular sports series.
While it could certainly be argued that Sonic is just as widely recognized as Mario, the character is actually just a bit younger, with this year being his 25th. On Twitter, SEGA recently shared the logo that will be used for his anniversary this year, check it out above. As for the company's known plans for the Blue Blur, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice will be releasing sometime this year.
What do you think? Does SEGA have any big surprises in store for 2016? What was your favorite Sonic game? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Hopefully we can get an actual good Sonic game. Make Generations 2!
Sonic 2 will always be my favorite Sonic game since it was the pack in game for my Genesis I got one Christmas morning. I also liked Sonic CD (which I got for free from a mail in offer) but two always felt like it was the most polished and we'll designed of the Sonic games.
Needs more blue arms. I kid but I'm hoping some sort of retro style goodness akin to what Generations did. But knowing SEGA that might not happen.
Sonic Generations for 3DS
Maybe they'll give the Sonic 3 Remaster the go-ahead. And maybe make a 3rd Allstars Racing as well...
Nice to see classic sonic in the logo...hope that means he'll be on the game they release
I would love a sequel to Generations, it was the last really decent Sonic game. And Yes to All Stars Racing 3 and Sonic 3 Remaster. Sonic 1 was possibly the very first video game I ever played at age 2.
I dunno about Fire & Ice being a good game for our hedgehog's birthday...
Sonic 2 was my favorite, played most Sonic games through the years, some good, some not. Sonic CD definitely deserves mention also.
@sWiTcHeRoO I agree. What we need is another Generation style game. Also, VC releases of the Sonic Advance Trilogy please!
Speaking about SEGA, there's a rumour that two new Sonic Team games might be announced this year:
I doubt we'll get Generations 2, but another 'throwback' game would probably be for the best.
Otherwise... they better sell the license to Nintendo.
Not the biggest Sonic fan, but the Classics, Some parts of Sonic Adventure, Some parts of Unleashed, Colors, and Generations were good games. Hopefully Sega gets their crap together.
Hope it's better than Sonic Boom series game. A good new Sonic game would help us like the similarity of Sonic Adventure kind of gameplay. And speaking of Sonic, how about Sonic Amiibo compatibility game(s) besides Olympic Games? Out of all Sonic games, Sonic Adventure (DX: Director's Cut) is my favorite.
I started to be a fan of Sonic when I first played Sonic CD for PC around year '96. I couldn't clear the game, but I dig the songs. I wanted to own video game console like Genesis, but my parents think I'm too young to play. Slowly I become interested of playing Nintendo games thanks to Super Smash Bros., so I had N64 console for Christmas of 1999. I utterly think Sonic game is gonna be in N64 game. Years later, I got GameCube for Christmas of 2002, still didn't get Sonic game. Until I see Sonic Adventure 2 Battle released in Nintendo Gamecube, so I immediately grabbed that from Blockbuster to rent and later bought it from Walmart. And as it goes by, I played many Sonic games after that time and I'll never forget playing Sonic Mega Collection and Gem Collection to experience the masterpieces. That's how I become Sonic fan. Hopefully SEGA will give a proper homage to the icon after 25 years.
It's a shame Megaman is officially dead, I mean he should have a few new games instead of a revisit of 1-7.
Sonic Color and Sonic Lost World are the two best sonic games to me. Sega should make Sonic Lost World 2.
Sonic 1, 2 & 3 (including S&K), plus All-Stars Racing Transformed (despite criminally never getting that needed patch).
Hopefully we'll get a good Sonic game this year. I could go for a Mega Man 9 style throwback. There's definitely a market for it, if Freedom Planet is any indication.
I did my part by buying the 3D classics of the first two Sonics
Give Sonic to NIntendo and see what they can do with it.
My favourite ones are without a doubt Sonic 2 and Sonic Adventure (maybe it will change if I ever find Adventure 2).
"Sonic 3 & Knuckles" and Sonic Rush were good too. I found the Advance series average.
Not really a Sonic fan and I never really got into his games. For my favorite, though it's either Unleashed or Colors. I even enjoyed the werehog stages in Unleashed!
For his 25th anniversary, I'd love to see the Advance series and Sonic Battle get VC releases. Judging from the logo, though, I think Sega might try a Sonic the Hedgehog 5, you know, the classic 2D games.
So, rather than a Gold Emblem, like with their 20th Anniversary logo, SEGA is using a Silver Emblem for their 2016 Anniversary... Hold on...
Silver...2016...Anniversary... Oh god... SONIC '06 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION CONFIRMED!!!!!
Q) What do you think?
A) I like the logo; it's always been a very classic look to me, having a character appear within a ring/arched frame. I didn't expect to see a reveal of any logo or announcement so early on in the year, but at the same time, I didn't expect Sega to pass up on the chance to celebrate Sonic's 25th anniversary.
Q) Does SEGA have any big surprises in store for 2016?
A) As much as I'd like Sega to give the Sonic the Hedgehog series a break so they can focus on polishing a gameplay formula, I did expect that they would do something to celebrate Sonic's 25th anniversary. As for that something, I always expected it would be more than just a new Sonic Boom game and a new Mario & Sonic at the Olympics.
As for what the other thing could be though, that is a rather broad thing to consider. I'm not sure if Sonic Team have had the time to create a big, 25th anniversary game. If they have secured the time to make a new mainline Sonic game, then I'd expect it to be a multiplatform Sonic game available on the PS4, Xboc One, and more than likely the Wii U (otherwise Mario & Sonic would enact as their substitute for Nintendo fans). As mentioned though, this would all depend on how much time Sonic Team have had to work on a new game, and I could see them instead going for an easier option of making a new compilation game or a current gen port of Generations.
Out of all the possible options, I'd probably be most pleased if they contracted Sumo Digital to make a new Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing game. I also wouldn't mind seeing anther Sonic Mega/Gem collection, though I've already played both previous collections. I wouldn't mind seeing Sonic Team create another mainline Sonic game before putting the series of break for a couple or so years, but the quality of mainline Sonic games tend to be rather inconsistent, as well as debated amongst fans. It doesn't help that in my case, I appear to be one of the few people who didn't like Sonic Generations (as you can tell, a current gen port of Sonic Generations would be my least liked option).
Q) What was your favourite Sonic game?
A) Sonic Adventure for the Sega Dreamcast is not only my favourite Sonic game, but it also is my 3rd favourite video game of all time. I love the variety of gameplay offered by it's many characters (including Big), as well as the way it's story is told through experiencing it from many angles.
Other Sonic games I particularly love include Sonic the Hedgehog 3 as well as both entries in the Sonic All Stars Racing series.
@allav866 Would it be wrong of me to say that I would actually buy that it if Sega actually did that? I mean... that would take guts... and would be hilarious.
@MitchVogel sigh You just love repeating the same false grammar in just about every news, don't you?
"As for the company's known plans for the Blue Blur, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice will be releasing sometime this year."
A game is released. The publisher releases the game. It's really not that hard. Especially if (what I assume) English is your mother tongue.
There will be a new sonic game announced for Xbox and ps4, it won't be on Wii u.
The fact Generations makes up the background gives the feeling they're going for a Generations 2, maybe also XB1 having the original Generations playable via backwards compatibility. The big question is whether the Wii U exclusivity being over along with all the NX rumours means Nintendo consoles will be avoided this year like Wii was with the first Generations.
I grew up playing Sonic on my megadrive 2. Sonic 2, and 3 with knuckles are my favourites. The soundtrack for these entries was especially good.
A sequel to sonic generations would be nice, with a new mix of classic and new stages. The 3DS version didn't get the chemical plant Zone from Sonic 2 which is one my favourites. I would like to see this and the mystic cave zone as these zones had 2 of the best tunes.
Can we get a Sonic Classics Collection on the Wii u with Sonic 1 - 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic CD, Sonic Adventure 1 & 2, Sonic Colours and Sonic Generations? All the rest is garbage.
I really hope that Fire and Ice is not the 25th anniversary game. I'm hoping for something much bigger, ideally something like Sonic Adventure 3.
I really can't say which is my favorite: Sonic 2 or Sonic & Knuckles. Both precious to me. I should get the Mega drive collection for my 360.
Hopefully the fact they've used the original sonic design in the 25th anniversary logo is a sign that Sega have realised they should return back to the graphical formula from over 20 years ago and just make an actual SONIC game. No big fat cats, no egg man, no egg man, yes robotnik, sonic can RUN, knuckles isn't an idiot but is an equal to sonic with alternate skill set, no walking around hub worlds, no morphing into something ridiculous or anything at all for that matter, no weapons, little dialogue, fast music, fast levels, fast hedgehog. Don't be afraid to use 2D sections.
I always thought the animated cutscenes for Sonic CD is what truly characterised Sonic. Turning those sections into actual levels would be awesome and a good base for a new game.
@ToniK buy sonic games on hardware format that was a death nail in Sega releasing hardware ever again? Xbox was a final kick in the nuts for dreamcast and it is sacrilege to ever play a Sega game on microsofts god awful consoles.
Is sonic rush a good sonic game? Cos I did not like it! My opinion of sonic is, no where near as good as Mario
i'd rather have a new sonic game than a generations 2, it's been awhile since sonic team put out a sonic game. last being lost world (no Sonic Boom doesn't count, again that's western devs) so i'm excited to see how it will play, and if the 2d game play rumors are true i expect 3d as well tbh.
@sandman89 Sonic rush and rush adventure are great games,same for the advance games they are great games. people just like to say last good 2d sonic game was "megadrive game here" but it's far from true imo.
@Deanster101 I'd go for that. Would have loved megadrive to have made it across the Wii U virtual console, hopefully they will be back on NX.
For now, I'd be happy with a proper sonic anthology release on Wii U:
Sonic the Hedgehog (megadrive, master system, GG)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (megadrive, master system , GG)
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 episodes I & II
Sonic Adventure 2
@sandman89 the truth is sonic takes risks you hardy see Mario take risks anymore, i respect sega for always doing something new even if they have a few missteps along the way. i really want to Nintendo try something new like the mario 3d games, not the 2d copy paste style. you know it's true new super mario bros isn't that new anymore.
@DESS-M-8 your missing sonic heroes on that list why?
I really liked lost world on 3DS even though it lacked polish and refinement. If they could revisit the formula with care it'd be awesome to me
Sonic's brand has become more than a little tarnished over the past 25 years through gross overuse and phoned-in, mediocre releases (and as a result, so has Sega's). What would TRULY be worth celebrating would be an announcement of a direct Sega collaboration with Nintendo on the NX as a joint first-party contributor. Then we'd once again see all of the other amazing franchises return that made Sega a household name BEFORE anyone had ever heard of Sonic the Hedgehog.
@allav866 I'd love that - but make it even buggier, Sega! I know you can do it!
@kenrulei New Super Mario Bros. NX for NX launch instead of Galaxy 3
Considering Sonic has been on life support for some time, I hope they do something decent eventually. They should do a fresh game that utilises the future levels from Generations into a new adventure.
As for personal favourites it has to be the first game, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic Advance, Generations and both Adventure games.
But let us never speak of Sonic '06 or Sonic R again.
It has to be Sonic Adventure 3. The first 2 were incredible and since the extended editions were released on Gamecube, the next one really should come out on Wii U or NX.
Sonic is well known and I would dare to say that he's as well known as Mario, but not because of games but because of all the cartoon series SEGA unleashed upon us all over the years and comic books that are coming out to this day.
No matter how bad the games are, Sanic is here to stay
I can guarantee that the next game will fail. Always has and always will unless they start working hard.
And even if they do end up doing it right, it won't sell well.
Wouldn't MIMD seeing a Sonic Heroes 2. That game was awesome and also having this on handheld consoles too would be nice.
My suspicion is that this logo is more specifically designed for the infinite amounts of plush dolls and bobble heads that will be produced.
@GoldenGamer88 @allav866 YES and make it the only NX launch title if that console comes out in 2016!
@Grumblevolcano Yes, please, that'd be lovely. A so bad it's funny game is way better than a mediocre but bland game like the WiiU had at its launch.
All I can say about whatever they might have store for his 25th anniversary is this: Please don't suck, please don't suck, please don't suck...
Also, nice logo.
Sonic and knuckles and CD as 3d classics CD is new 3ds only.
Sonic chaos and sonic drift 1 on game gear virtual console
Sonic adventure 3D for new 3DS.
Sonic adventure HD for PS Vita,PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox 1,Wii U and NX
Genesis, Dreamcast and Saturn for Wii U,PS4, NX and Xbox one.
Sonic all stars racing 3 for all consoles above.
Sonic boom fire and ice for 3DS
Sonic boom season 1 DVD collection with digital releases.
Having a hard time getting excited for this anniversary. We've got a 3DS Sonic Boom game coming, which would normally be a day-one for me but given how bad the last game was I don't even know if I'll bother getting this. Depends on the reviews, but even then I didn't enjoy the concept of Boom so it's still a hard sell. There's a Mario & Sonic Olympic game, which would normally be out last November so hopefully the delay has improved it. Annnd nothing else. Anything they announce now will probably have such a short development cycle it can't possibly be any good.
And I'm not dishing out on another compilation of the classics. Only Sonic 3 & Knuckles on iOS/3D classics will make me shell out for a port this year.
I'd love another game in the vein of Generations.
Here's hoping his next game doesn't sucks.
With the way SEGA's been lately, I have a bad feeling they'll just repackage Generations as a "Remasterd" PS4/XBONE port.
But hey, maybe that'll mean they'll port the PS360 version our way too....
@Pianist88 I 100% agree with that statement. I was asking myself, "Isn't this logo inappropriate now?" I mean it looks great and all but the only Sonic stuff that Sega has been promoting is Sonic Boom which doesn't even resemble this look. Once they redesigned Sonic and the rest of the cast except Tails for some reason :? (give him a big pokka dot bow tie, come on guys) the entire series was finished in my eyes.
My favorite Sonic games are the original Sonic the Hedgehog trilogy, Sonic & Knuckles (& Knuckles, jk), the original Sonic Advance trilogy (although, I only played the first one), Sonic Rush (weird that nobody mentioned that one), Sonic Adventure 2 (plus the Battle version for Gamecube), Sonic Heroes (come at me, people) and Sonic Unleashed (played it first on the Wii, then my mom received like a big box of an old PlayStation 2 console[Which is like the FOURTH one that I have!], some old movies, and some old games, including Sonic Unleashed for PS2).
I LOVE Sonic, and that logo is super cute! I prefer modern Sonic, with my favorite games being Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, and Sonic Heroes. I wouldn't mind a sequel to Generations, but a entirely new game would be welcome, as well. (Hopefully with modern Sonic)
Actually Sonic is more popular than ever thanks to him being bigger on mobile than on consoles.
Sega makes a nice penny off of the mobile versions.
I love the new logo.
Since Nintendo owners gave Sega the middle finger over Sonic Boom games, I think Sega took the message away that Nintendo owners don't like Sonic games.
@DESS-M-8 What in the world are you talking about? Sony and the hype train for the PS2 over two years before it was even released was the biggest reason why the Dreamcast lost all its momentum and failed.
If you want to go further back, it was the failure of the Sega CD, 32X, and Saturn that helped lead to Sega's downfall as a console maker and were the biggest reasons Sega lost the confidence of its customers.
What did Microsoft do to kill the Dreamcast? That system lost because Sega simply could not sustain a fight in a crowded market where its rivals were bigger and had more money.
@AtlanteanMan You do realize Sonic is what made Sega a household name and allowed them to challenge Nintendo?
Not taking anything away from Phantasy Star, Shinobi Golden Axe, or Sega's other IPs from the 80s and early 90s.
But Sonic(and Madden) is what pushed Sega to Nintendo's level.
So...what ever happened to that Sonic 06 remake we heard about?
@Xenocity To be fair though, the Sonic Boom games were terrible...so you can't really fault fans for not buying bad games (and SEGA knows this). Having said that, Sonic games made by Sonic Team, have always performed reasonably well on Nintendo platforms (Boom was made by Big Red Button not Sonic Team), so I think SEGA might ignore the Boom fiasco and be willing to give the Wii U another shot with their main game next year.
Sonic CD is my favorite, I also think the EU/JP versions have an amazing soundtrack. I hope we get something good this year!
It doesn't matter if the quality of the games are bad or terrible.
Sega is already unhappy with the sales and cannot understand why those games underperformed.
The issue is that Playstation and Xbox fans still buy just as many copies, even if the game is down right terrible. same goes for hardware.
It's very rare for bad games to do bad on these platforms.
QUALITY DOESN''T MATTER TO PLAYSTATION AND XBOX OWNERS
(as sales have shown)!
The only things that kills games on Playstation and Xbox systems are:
1) Non AAA games
2) Bright colors
3) Lack of violence and guns
4) E and E10+ ratings
New game starring Classic Sonic anyone?
Huge fan of sonic 3 and knuckles (lock-on). Would love to see a PROPER continuation or something of the sort from there.
I have no issues with seeing the same graphics and everything.
Sega definitely has a difficult job in trying to appease everyone while also keeping things fresh. I have respect for them and know something good will come.
@MitchVogel A new Generations game would be fantastic, considering the first one was solid. I'd just like it if that one was made for Wii U, it kinda sucked how the only Nintendo platform that arrived on was 3DS. I had to make do with the PC version on my not-so-great laptop...
I'm all for VC of Sonic games, though. Sonic Advance 3 is great!
@KeeperBvK Cool, man! You picking it up?
Guess I need to break out my SatAM box set soon...
Last year for my birthday, I got Sonic Pocket Adventure for my Neo Geo Pocket Color. That game was absolutely fun. I've been thinking about revisiting Lost World. I was one of those weirdos who loved it and wanted more.
Think we should make a petition for M2 to bring Knuckles Chaotix to 3DS?
I always thought if they'd focus on making a Sonic Adventure 3, everything would be okay and it would sell really well. I think it would work really well with the NX. Imagine using the Chao Garden in your phone too?
I really hope they release a 3D collection of the Genesis games for 3DS
A physical release of a collection of the 3D Genesis games for the 3DS would be an instant buy for me. Sega even released a collection like that in Japan. I don't understand why they don't do the same thing over in the Americas and Europe.
My favourite Sonic game is Sonic The Hedgehog 3 but 2 and Sonic & Knuckles are both great, too. Any collection for Sonic's 25th anniversary?
Became a gamer, because of Sonic The Hedgehog 2. Sonic has been my favorite gaming icon since the beginning for me.
@kenrulei because it was appalling and had almost nothing in common with sonic titles.
It can be argued that the same applies to sonic R and sonic fighters, and it's true. But just to get a Saturn game ported at all wouldn't be amazing. That would also stand to reason that I missed of Sonic 3D blast. Saturn version, not mega drive.
@Caryslan death nail my friend, not sole reason.
Dreamcast was arsed all the way home by the time PS2 came out. Even though it stood on shop shelves with titles such as Virtua Fighter 3, Soul Calibur, Marvel Vs Capcom 2,Shenmue and MSR, while the PS2 had only fantavision and FIFA 2001. People didn't care, they wanted a PS2 even if there was nothing to play on it, Sony had home-runned the marketing. Again. And very familiar today.
Dreamcast carried on regardless then Xbox launched splinter cell and then that was it, all but done for dreamcast really. Dreamcast went third party through Big Ben while all first party development shifted to Xbox.
Sonic Fighters is actually a solid fun mascot fighter that exists due to Sega formally being an arcade company at heart.
It's just one of those light hearted quirky spin offs.
Sonic 3D Blast isn't bad, it's just a very slow and odd ball game that uses isometric graphics.
The MD/Genesis version is "fine", the Saturn version is superior in every way.
Saturn version has better resolution, better/different special stages, and a much better soundtrack. It also has some tweaks too.
Though the Saturn version has longer load times.
I think a great surprise would be to hear that Vega have fired everyone who had worked on any of the newer Sega Sonic games and hired the guys behind freedom planet and made a new HD Sonic game that does not suck. New Sonic adventures if you will.
Sammy would never agree to that.
Sammy calls all the shots over at Sega, since they own Sega and aren't all that interested in dedicated gaming.
@Xenocity who is Sammy?
"What do you think?"
About the Logo ? Slick but simple. Nothing more to say to it really.
"Does SEGA have any big surprises in store for 2016?"
I heard that they are thinking about bringing several other franchises like Yakuza and co to the PC, which is a big plus in my book
"What was your favorite Sonic game?"
Generations. Best of both worlds and just a fun game overall. Id love to see a sequel like that, maybe even with more characters and different play styles for the sub missions.
That is a cool logo.
Holy crap, that means Sonic Adventure 2 is 15 years old now.
HD Versions of the four Genesis games would be nice. Exact same gameplay, but updated visuals. And real updated visuals: everything redrawn and looking crisp, not like that smudge job they did in the Ultimate Genesis Colelction several years back. HD audio as well. Same sounds, but up to date. Heck they can even include Sonic 3D Blast as well. I enjoyed that game and it had some awesome music.
Love that logo. Now make a great game to match!
I'd like to see a real return to roots. If Freedom Planet can succeed, surely Sonic the Hedgehog can. Sega can supervise and let some talented indie developers - fans of the Genesis/Mega Drive era - make something special.
@Einherjar I agree; I feel like Generations was the first 3D sonic that didn't have some glaring flaw holding it back. They basically just took all the pieces that people liked from the past few 3D sonics and made a game. I hope they return to that style.
@Danrenfroe2016 Sammy Hagar. He replaced Sonic the Hedgehog as lead singer of Van Halen. Why am I the only one who knows this?
@MitchVogel Nah, no VC releases of those three terrible DIMPS game. I'd rather see them re-release Sonic 06 (yeah, that game is 10 years old this year, who else feels old), because at least that would be one terrible game instead of three.
@Danrenfroe2016 But the people who worked on Colors and Generations don't deserve to be fired.
The people who decided to put so many different gameplay styles and rule-sets in Lost World with no explanations as to what the new controls and rules are can go though. Ruined that game for me, which is a shame because the parts where it's just being the fun Super Mario Galaxy inspired Sonic game that was advertised were awesome.
@MitchVogel Dont get me wrong, i also loved Adventure 1 and 2 to the moon and back. But Generations just oozed with passion. It was the first Sonic game in ages that felt genuine, that felt like Sonic Team WANTED to make a game instead of being forced to.
The Blue Blah.
Freedom Planet did Sonic the Hedgehog better than Sonic the Hedgehog did Sonic the Hedgehog.
I really enjoyed Generations on the 360. I would like to see a sequel.
Sonic Adventure and All Stars Racing Transformed were also really high up on my list of great Sonic games.
@Ras lol, is this considered official lore? Like is it cannan? Lol
@Xenocity I was thinking more in terms of quality of games rather than the money (even though Generations was good!).
Hey, it's a logo. I'm not really too bothered. It's like when Capcom announced a 20th anniversary logo for Resi. It's not really something that needs to be announced!
Well, SEGA do seem to have realised that a lot of people aren't going to swallow their manure. The fact they apologies late last year is an interesting development, but we'll see. In all honesty, I'd rather see another company buy SEGA at this point as they do publish some great licenses and there's an awesome back catalogue. Let's just hope Sonic's latest game doesn't stink up the place - those running shoes must be sweaty by now.
@NintendoFan64 Your avatar is perfect for this comment.
@donniedarkenson oh my! That kid needs some counseling or something. Or some electric shock therapy!
@mjc0961 Yes, i agree there. I played the demo for lost world, I really really wanted to enjoy it. But something was lacking... I also enjoyed a new sonic game for Wii a few years ago, but i never played through because it got frustrating.
I just want a true 2D Sonic game with Dr. Robotnik, not Eggman.
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