I’ve decided to rename my The Spin articles into HoL’s Musings, it’s a title I came up with on my own site, and I think this will help differentiate them from The Spin which I think is more Hogfather’s own thing and make it more my own, let me know what you think!
So this occurred to me not that long ago, as we all know, Sega and Nintendo signed a deal to make three Sonic games Nintendo-exclusive, those three being Sonic Lost World (Wii U and 3DS), Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (Wii U) and both Sonic Boom games (guess they’re counted as one, with Rise of Lyric on Wii U and Shattered Crystal on 3DS). and Sonic Boom came out at the end of 2014 and was confirmed to be the 3rd and last.
Before I continue, I want to make it clear that mobile games always seemed to be exempt from the deal, since Sonic Jump Fever and Sonic Dash came out during this deal. Also Dengeki Bunko Fightin Climax does feature Green Hill Zone, but I’m not sure if Sonic even appears in it bizarrely, and this also was during the deal.
Anyway, so I’m thinking, Sega would taken advantage of the deal ending and get Sonic on PS4, XBO, Vita, and/or PC ASAP for 2015. That never happened.
Following Boom’s release, we got our first console announcement with Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for Wii U and 3DS, which wasn’t that surprising as it’s continuing the pattern we all came to expect (why was Sochi even part of the deal anyway, that was exclusive no matter what!), but then a bit over a week later, came the announcement of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice for 3DS exclusively. Actually there’s also 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on 3DS to also consider also!
This is extra puzzling as 1) the deal is over so how come no sign of a non-Nintendo Sonic game has been seen in the slightest? And 2) they could have made Fire & Ice on Vita also, while without precedent (no Sonic game’s ever been on a Nintendo and Sony handheld together), it’s not something they couldn’t do, after all, Sanzaru did work on numerous Vita games (all four Sly games) so they could do it easily.
And also with the release timing of the two games being in 2016, this is seemingly going to turn out to be one crowded anniversary for Sonic, makes sense, but consider that 2011 only had Generations and London Olympics. Go back a year earlier and that was REALLY packed with Sonic, we got Sonic 4, Sonic Colors, Sonic Free Riders, and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (Wii got all but Free Riders also).
So what’s going on? I can only guess, and I just can’t help but at least ponder if an extension to the deal was made that was never discussed with the public. There’s also the many amiibo appearances of Sonic to also make note of, so far he’s shown up in Mario Kart 8 (as a Mii costume), Yoshi’s Woolly World (as a Yoshi color), and Super Mario Maker (playable and everything in the SMB levels), all in 2015 alone.
It’s just a topic I wanted to bring up and I’m curious of what folks think, and what the future holds.
Here’s a bet; if next year goes by with the anniversary and all, and Sonic is a no show-on Sony and Microsoft systems, something will be up for sure, count on it. I literally thought 2015 wouldn’t go without a game on those systems, and it looks like I was surprisingly wrong.
And there you have it! What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments, and thank you very much for reading! 🙂