Nintendo talks to Yojiro Ogawa

Nintendo talks to Yojiro Ogawa

Just recently, the Official Nintendo Magazine had a little chat with Yojiro Ogawa, Sonic Team member and esteemed game developer – also responsible for Sonic and the Secret Rings, Sonic’s latest outing on the Nintendo Wii system.

According to the article, the lovely chaps down at Nintendo Magazine had a sitdown with Ogawa, and, after having a chat with him, gave a run through the complete version of Sonic and the Secret Rings. Here’s what they have to say about it:

“As you may know by now, the game is controlled by moving a constantly-running Sonic left and right. This is done by holding the Remote on its side and tilting it to make Sonic turn. Like all the best Sonic games it is simple to pick up and play and while he’s racing through the levels Sonic can perform loads of different moves.

From the beginning, Sonic is given a special ring which can be used to store special powers. As you progress through the game, you’ll unlock more and more powers (there are well over 100 of them) and gain extra experience points which let you store a number of abilities at once. The powers range from basic upgrades – like speed-ups or the ability to lose only 20 rings when you take a hit rather than all of them all of them – to more advanced moves, like the ability to stop dead in mid-air.

Some levels are very open and sprawling while others are tight and require pinpoint jumping accuracy so you’ll need to customise your ring suitably; after all, there’s no point giving Sonic a speed boost if you need to carefully time jumps.

Overall, it’s great fun to play. At times it can be frustrating and you’ll find yourself dying numerous times at certain spots, but once you get used to the controls you should be fine.”

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The staff down at Nintendo Magazine later revealed that they sat down and whipped up an 8 page review on the game, which will be in the next issue of the magazine, set to become available February 16th.

Other interesting tidbits in the interview include Ogawa expressing an interest towards Sonic appearing in the latest Super Smash Bros. game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Hey, we can all dream, right?