Well, 2013 is behind us, the first month is almost over and Hedgehog day is drawing near. The year 2014 is here and it’s time to look towards the future and see what possibly lies ahead of us. Yes, it’s time for me to make up some crap to act like I know what I’m talking about and make my personal predictions as it pertains to Sonic this year. Let’s see if I’ll be able to say “I told you so!”. Remember, these are all opinions so repeat to yourself “it’s just an article. I should really just relax!”
Sonic merchandise has been growing over the past few years. From action figures to T-Shirts to bed sheets, Sonic’s been everywhere, but he still doesn’t rake up quite the merchandising numbers that other major properties like Spongebob or Star Wars does. However, with the upcoming “Sonic Boom” cartoon, we will likely see a large number of Sonic Boom licensed merchandise to go with the regular Sonic merchandise. Archie comics is already hinting at a possible comic Book in the works and I see the possibility of Sonic Boom toys and other merchandise highly likely.
Sonic’s next WiiU game will feature Mario/Nintendo IP
Okay, this is a shot in the dark, but I believe Nintendo’s deal with Sega was not just about keeping Sonic on Nintendo systems, but bringing him closer with other Nintendo IP’s. We already have Mario and Sonic mixing it up in the Mario and Sonic Olympic series and Sonic in Super Smash Bros, but Yoshi’s Island and the upcoming Zelda DLC for Sonic Lost World has me convinced that Sonic may be taking a trip to Nintendoland sometime this year.
Sonic The Hedgehog Movie announced. Trailer shown.
A fairly easy prediction to make. With the leak of Sony nabbing Sonic The Hedgehog movie domains, the probability of them announcing a Sonic movie is pretty high. In fact, I’d be shocked if we didn’t see a trailer before summer. Especially with Ratchet and Clank and Sly Cooper teaser trailers being shown two years before their movies’ arrival. Looks like 2015 and on is the era of CGI animated movies based on video game properties.
Sonic Boom cartoon divides fans.
It’s no secret that Sonic Boom is looking less like an action series and more like a goofy, kid friendly cartoon. Not to mention the silhouette of the new redesigns have some people worried. However, considering this 11-minute comedy series comes from the same channel that gives us other well reviewed 11-minute comedy cartoons such as The Regular Show and Adventure time, it can still be very well done. I think that there will be many fans disappointed that it’s not more “action-drama” in the vein of the Sonic Adventure games or the more serious stories in the comics. But hey, that’s how all fanbases are and nobody’s gonna like everything put out.
Christian “Taxman” Whitehead redoes Sonic 3 and Knuckles. Sonic Trilogy announced for home consoles.
While Sonic C.D. ended up on every console, Taxman’s versions of Sonic 1 and 2 have remained mobile only. Why? I believe Sega’s just waiting to release Sonic 3 and Knuckles this year and release all 3 to consoles as a trilogy. This way, they can help balance the difference in price that would obviously happen between mobile versions and console versions. $15=$20 for a full trilogy doesn’t seem too bad, but $10 for Sonic 1 when it’s less than $5 on mobile would have turned some people off. If this is the way they’re going, it’s a smart idea.
What do YOU see happening in 2014? Let us know in the comments below.
Jason is not a soothsayer or fortune teller, but he is a nerd.