Sonic Boom UK Air Date & Time

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Despite there being no official announcement from Sega or Boomerang UK we finally have the date and most importantly, times for the UK’s showing of Sonic Boom. According to details found in numerous TV Guides, the times that Boom will be shown is as follows.

June 1st 2015.

  • 4:00pm (First airing of Boom in the UK)
  • 6:30pm (Repeat of the 4PM episode)

Then from June 2nd 2015

  • 7:30am (From 2nd of June onwards, Repeat of June 1st’s episodes)
  • 4:00pm (New episode)
  • 6:30pm  (Repeat of 4pm episode)

So three times per day, every day on Boomerang UK starting from June 1st.

Don’t forget to set your VCRs.

Thanks to Nightwing on SSMB for the heads up.

Sonic Boom Behind the Scenes: English VAs, Orbot & Cubot Confirmed

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SEGA have just posted a brand new video to their blog, taking us on a comprehensive behind the scenes look at the upcoming Sonic Boom videogame and TV series. The video includes interviews with many of the crew working on this alternate branch of the Sonic franchise, as well as showing off concept art and work-in-progress gameplay footage. It is reiterated that the game will have a strong emphasis on story and teamwork, as we have heard in other recent interviews.

A look into the voice recordings for the TV series confirms an episode including an alternate-dimension Knuckles, as well giving a feel for the comedic angle the cartoon will be taking. Knuckles sounds like a fortune cookie, but he doesn’t taste like one!

In addition, the English voice cast for Sonic Boom has been revealed. Roger Craig Smith, Mike Pollock, Travis Willingham and Cindy Robinson reprise their roles as Sonic, Eggman, Knuckles and Amy respectively, with Tails getting a new voice actor in the form of Colleen Villard. Interestingly, Orbot and Cubot have also been revealed as part of the cast, voiced by Kirk Thornton and Wally Wingert.

What do you make of all this new info about Sonic Boom? Are you any more or less excited for the game or TV show? Let us know in the comments!

Source: SEGA Blog

Sonic Boom TV world to “reset” in every episode

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We’ve heard a lot of new information recently about the upcoming Sonic Boom game for Wii U and 3DS, but what of the show it’s actually based on? Well, thanks to the interview above from NintendoWorldReport, we now know a few extra details about the CG animated cartoon.

The biggest new revelation is with regards to the show’s format. It’s been stated before that the show’s primary focus will be humour and comedy with some action thrown in for good measure, but this has now seemingly been cemented by the fact that the world will effectively “reset” at the beginning of each episode – in other words, this series will be more akin to the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon where each story is standalone and can be watched in any order, as opposed to Sonic X which has ongoing story arcs. This will no doubt come as a disappointment to those who were hoping for a more fleshed out story in the cartoon, but it will undoubtedly make for a more accessible experience to newcomers.

Don’t lose all hope for story in the Sonic Boom universe yet though, as it’s already been reiterated several times that the Wii U/3DS games will be heavily driven by narrative and serve as a prequel to the cartoon, setting up the world and its characters which will then be visited in various scenarios during the series itself. In a way, it’s a nice compromise – we get the story and the action in the game, and the quick-fire comedy from the animated episodes. The best of both worlds, perhaps?

What do you make of Sonic Boom returning to the status quo for each individual story? Let us know in the comments!

New Sonic Boom Details: No Chaos Emeralds

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A whole slew of new details regarding Sonic Boom have surfaced thanks to the above interview brought to our attention by SSMB member Storme. As well as giving us a more extensive look at the New York venue for SEGA’s big announcements last week, it reveals some intriguing changes to the traditional Sonic premise – chief among them, the absence of the Chaos Emeralds in the Boom universe. How this will affect the story and mythos of the new series remains to be seen, but it does throw an appearance by Super Sonic or any other super forms (and arguably even the Master Emerald) into doubt.

Additional details revealed in the interview include:

  • The Wii U GamePad will be used to display a map and upgrades, as well as another function which is yet to be unveiled
  • The game follows an adventure style with currency and upgrades for the characters
  • The game is more “organically” challenging, in that difficulty arises from skill in combat and finding hidden secrets as opposed to enemies just becoming tougher
  • All the levels in the game are connected by the story and its locations
  • You will mainly use two characters at a time during gameplay, but all four will show up in hubs and boss fights
  • There will be points in the game where you are required to use a certain character to proceed
  • The game will be very character driven, with a lot of focus put onto each individual character and their unique abilities
  • We will “definitely” be seeing other characters from the Sonic series making an appearance – these will be revealed over the coming months
  • Inspiration is being taken from Sonic 2, Sonic Adventure, and Sonic Generations

(summary adapted from a post by SSMB member Blue Blood)

What do you make of all this new information? Are you disappointed that the Chaos Emeralds are a no-show? Are you excited that other characters will be popping up in the game? Let us know in the comments!

Sonic to Make Another Appearance on The Simpsons

In their latest episode of GTTV, GameTrailers’ Geoff Keighley got to interview Executive Producer & Writer for The Simpsons Matt Selman and talk about their upcoming video game parody episode. The episode sees Homer, Bart and Lisa go to ‘E4’, which is a take on the biggest annual event in gaming – E3. In the preview clips shown, we see Sonic the Hedgehog will again make an appearance on the show, but in a much less familiar form. Some of the other video game franchises featured include: World of Warcraft, God of War and the pictured combination of Medal of Honor and Call of Duty.

The episode airs in the US November 13th.

Source: GameTrailers

Thanks to Thomas for the heads up!

Game One to Air Sonic the Hedgehog TV Retrospective Documentary in France

SEGA Mag reports that French TV channel Game One will soon be airing an exclusive TV retrospective documentary looking back at the 20 year history of SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. No other details have been shared, but it should give us an insight into how SEGA’s mascot has grown into such a success since 1991.

The documentary will air Wednesday, November 2 at 2:35 pm CET, which will be 1:35pm on the same day here in the UK.

Source: SEGA Mag

Pilot of AoSTH Better Than All 65 Episodes

We got an interesting tip in our inbox about the pilot to that stupid “Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” cartoon.  Now, The Nostalgia Critic recently tore it apart and I couldn’t agree more with him.  The cartoon was an incredibly pointless romp with abysmal production values.  It was terrible compared to the vastly superior SatAM series and cartoons as a whole.

However, this uncovered pilot episode is awesome.  One of the animators of the show, Milton Knight, uploaded it onto YouTube last week.  It’s seven minutes long and lacks any sound, aside from voice acting, but I found it more entertaining than the series’ 65 episode run.  The background landscapes are actually landscapes and are not ugly MSPaint-esque shapes on pastel colors. The art design is pretty cool!  Plus, there are many elements from the classic Sonic games that make an appearance.  Check out the video below and enjoy:

EDIT: Apparently, our YouTube embedder is all kinds of fucked up.  Click here to go straight to YouTube for the pilot.