Proving that the Sonic Cafe titles are still a hit five years on, SEGA’s official Sonic Channel blog has announced a new mobile phone game for Japanese handsets – Sonic Bowling! The game is available on mobile phones on the SoftBank network, but Docomo and au network versions are coming soon.
Developed by ★ Puyo! SEGA, the game is essentially bowling with Sonic characters. The models, Hunter from the SSMB noted, look similar to the ones used in the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy are confirmed as playable characters, each with their own playing style.
As well as regular ten-pin play, you can upload your scores against the country-wide ranking system, or take part in ten missions handed to you by Dr. Eggman (because obviously he’d be able to take over the world if you sucked at bowling, or something).
If you have a touch-capable phone, there are optional control methods that take advantage of that, and if you don’t fancy spending 315 Yen on the program just yet, take solace in knowing that SEGA are offering a free trial version so you can get into the swing of the kingpin. For everyone outside Japan though, don’t take solace in the fact that, like other Sonic Cafe games, this is not likely to reach Western networks.
Sonic Channel Blog (thanks to Hunter from SSMB)
While we’re all still waiting patiently for SEGA in the west to give us the other half of the original Sonic the Hedgehog on mobile phone, lucky Japanese ketai holders can get the sequel since November 1st.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 pretty much recreates the original Mega Drive classic, with a different looking HUD situated at the top of the screen. 903i models of mobile phone can get a special edition where “Eggman Battle” and “Special Stage Attack” appear as two bonus modes.
Check out the Sonic Cafe page for more info (in Japanese) and images.
If you thought Sonic Cafe was a greasy ‘spoon’, where the Sonic cast go to have early morning fry-ups, whilst promoting ‘Privilege’ car insurance, then shut up and go home!
On the contrary my dear friend, Sonic Cafe is a range of Sonic games ONLY for Japanese mobile phones, and as if content to rub that in the faces of us mere westerners ‘SEGA of Japan’ have began promoting the Cafes latest additions. Continue reading New Sonic Cafe games and promotions
A Tails mini-game said to be from Sonic Battle.
Dragon Book 2, a card game.
You can check out both of these at the link below.
Sonic finally gets to do some racing in the next game on Sonic Team’s Japanese ‘Sonic Cafe’ mobile service. ‘Shift Up’ pits the blue blur against a number of challengers (including, naturally, Shadow) as they race to the finish line in race cars.
Continue reading Take Sonic on the Road in Shift Up, the Next Sonic Cafe Game
The latest game to hit the Japanese ‘Sonic Cafe’ service challenges commuters with a daily number-based brain-teaser. If you think that sounds pretty boring, then wait until you hear that it’s all to help Tails decipher the hidden code of a bomb set by Dr. Eggman!
Continue reading ‘Eggman’s Number Panic’ Brings Brain Training to Japanese Phones
Sonic might be fighting Eggman on home consoles, but on Japanese mobile phones he’s having all sorts of fun. Following the release of a Golf, Tennis, Fishing and Billiards game, SEGA is launching a Bowling application for DoCoMo i-Mode phones featuring everyone’s favourite blue blur.
Continue reading ‘Sonic Bowling’ is the Next Sonic Cafe Mobile Game, Landing July 22
SEGA’s next mobile phone game for its Japan-exclusive subscription service focuses on the adorable Chao A-Life system. ‘Nakayoshi Chao’ (なかよしチャオ), which loosely translates to ‘[A] Good Friend Chao’, has players taking care of a 3D animated Chao as if they were a Tamagotchi.
Continue reading Take Care of A Good Chao Pal in Latest Japanese Sonic Cafe Title
We wouldn’t have put Sonic down as a guy who likes the slow-paced action of the Billiards table, but everybody needs a lazy day every now and then. Sonic Billiards is the latest game to hit SEGA’s Japanese mobile phone game service, Sonic Cafe.
Continue reading ‘Sonic Billiards’ Breaks Out on Sonic Cafe Japanese Mobile Service
Hot on the heels of ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ and ‘Sonic Golf’ comes ‘Sonic Fishing’ to Japanese DoCoMo-powered mobile phones. This latest game in the Sonic Cafe service sees the blue blur further expanding his skillset and encroaching on Big the Cat’s turf. Continue reading Sonic Goes Fishing in Latest Japanese Sonic Cafe Mobile Game
Looks like that Sonic Café experiment (using a toned-down Sonic the Hedgehog platform game) was a success, because Sonic Team has released another game in the Japanese Mobile Phone service. This time, however, Sonic takes a break from bopping Eggman and indulges in a spot of golfing. Continue reading ‘Sonic Golf’ Mobile Game Launches on Japanese Sonic Cafe Service
SEGA isn’t done making Sonic the Hedgehog-themed mobile phone games just yet. The latest Sonic title to hit the Japanese ‘Sonic Cafe’ service has the blue blur picking up a racquet and hitting the green with his pals.
Continue reading Sonic Serves Up Some Fun in ‘Sonic Tennis’ on Japanese Sonic Cafe Service
It was only a matter of time before Sonic hit Japanese mobile phones. SEGA has announced that a version of the hit platforming game will be made for i-Appli phones this summer, as the latest addition to Sonic Team’s Sonic Café lineup. Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog Coming to Japanese Mobile Phones
A bunch of new NiGHTS into Dreams and ChuChu Rocket! games have popped up on Sonic Team’s official Japanese website. But they’re not what you think – they’re actually for your mobile phone. Crazy! Apparently, mobiles are really popular in Japan, and everybody plays little games on them. So in an attempt to get in on the action, ‘Sonic Cafe’ will offer a bunch of bite-size applications based on their famous franchises. Continue reading Sonic Team Announces Mobile Games Service ‘Sonic Cafe’