For years I’ve been a Sonic fan. It all started when I just had to get a Sega Genesis to play the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Then when Sonic 2 game out, I had to get that as well. Unfortunately, for some franchises there are bumps in the road, and sometimes that leads to our childhood memories becoming tarnished.
On November 16th, just in time for the holiday season, Sega will release Sonic Colors for Nintendo Wii and DS. While Sonic Colors is still highly different than what we were given on the Genesis, things are beginning to shift in the right direction.
Promising to take us on a “high speed adventure,” Sonic Colors will have our beloved blue hedgehog racing through theme park inspired worlds to save an alien race, known as Wisps, from the wicked Dr. Robotnik (even though the PR statement calls him Dr. Eggman, he will forever be Robotnik to me). If you remember in the classic Sonic’s, you had to get Chaos Emeralds that were seven different colors. The Emeralds are gone, and instead a colorful Wisp takes its place.
With each Wisp Sonic rescues, he gains a new ability, and so far we know that yellow allows him to drill through the ground, cyan allows him to speed through the level as a laser, and orange will boost Sonic into the air so he can reach secret places and get hidden rings. On the Wii, Sonic Colors will feature the current 3D perspective along with some throwbacks to the good ol’ 2D days, whereas for the DS, they will utilize the dual screens of the device.
From the trailer, my initial impressions are that the game looks fun as Hell and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. While I don’t really care for the song used in the trailer, if you listen to the lyrics, it makes perfect sense. A whole new chapter in the Sonic universe begins this November, and I hope that it lives up to its legacy.
For those wanting to reserve a copy of Sonic Colors, I suggest going to GameStop. Why? Because there are many locations throughout the US, but if you like getting free stuff with your game, by reserving at GameStop, you get a nifty Sonic the Hedgehog hat when you pick up your copy at launch.