Samba de Amigo: Party Central will be getting Sonic the Hedgehog content when it launches exclusively on Switch this summer.
The blue blur will be joining the maraca-shaking monkey on the stage with two Sonic songs — 'Escape from the City' from Sonic Adventure 2 and 'Fist Bump' from Sonic Forces. There's also a stage based on City Escape from Sonic Adventure 2, and Sonic will be shaking down.
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise to fans of this series, which debuted on the Dreamcast in 2000 after a stint in the arcades in 1999. Sonic Team developed the original and the Wii rerelease, so the monkey and the hedgehog go hand in hand.
This brand new Samba de Amigo game was announced during the most recent Nintendo Direct in February 2023. In case you've not had a chance to check it out, here's a brief rundown of all of the game's features:
- Get up and shake it center stage in this vibrant and colorful rhythm action game with smooth Joy-Con controls that make the game fun for everyone.
- Groove to 40 hit songs from the world's most popular genres, with more arriving as post-launch DLC!
- Test your technique in a variety of minigames and challenges.
- Strut that style by customizing your character with unique costumes and accessories.
- Hit the dance floor and play online in World Party mode.
- Show the world what you've got by competing on the online leaderboards.
Will you be shaking with Amigo and Sonic this Summer on Switch? Swing on down to the comments and let us know.
Fist Bump is an awesome song.
Escape from the City is an awesome song.
City Escape was based on San Francisco, so that's neat.
It looks cool, but I am terrible at rhythm games….
Escape from the city rules! Lots of Sega’s other IP like Monkey Ball have Sonic collabs too so I’m glad it’s the same for Samba! I might actually pick this up for the summer, seeing as how nothing else for switch is really announced yet besides Pikmin 4.
I'm sorry, but it's not a genuine Samba de Amigo game if it doesn't have actual maraca controllers. Shaking the 'cons of joy' on the Switch is no substitute for maracas.
I've owned the Dreamcast game and official maracas for over 20 years. That's how Samba de Amigo should be played.
@TheTSTGuy I always felt like the Sonic Adventure soundtracks were under-appreciated. They're still memorable to me after all these years.
@LillianC14 Say what you want about the game, but the OST has multiple bangers in it! Even the “Edgy” Fist Bump remix on the Sonic YouTube channel is amazing
Fist Bump. It had to be Fist Bump.... Oh help me, that song is lame.
@sabreman64 You could just buy one of those Muraca accessories like they do with baseball and other useless attachments.
I was hopeful for this happening due Sonic, chao and Ulala being in the Wii version.
Also slight correction: Gearbox Software developed Samba de Amigo for the Wii as SEGA and Sonic Team weren't interested, I believe.
Long shot, but I am hoping the SA2 references have some added meaning to them. I get this is probably just due to the fact Samba and SA were both on Dreamcast.
I started to worry as I don't want other SEGA IP especially from adult games ruin Samba de Amigo.
The Wii version doesn't have Fist Bump, therefore it's the superior game. Don't at me, Forces sucks and everything that comes with it.
@Samalik @sabreman64 Even better, you can buy actual maracas from most music shops and mod the handle to fit the Joy Cons.
Even Sonic likes to party!
Well, no SEGA can exists with out having the Blue Blur as a guest character. I would have rather seen Ulala. She would actually fit with the theme of the game.
Escape from the City I get, thats a classic, but Fist Bump? Its not a bad song by any means but any song from Frontiers should have been there instead.
I haven't played Forces yet and I'm not sure I've ever even heard Fist Bump elsewhere (maybe I did and I simply don't recognize the title, hope it's a cool song regardless), but I'm happy they're including also Escape from the City!
and just in time apple introduced maracas to iOS 16 as emoji!
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