Game Corner [Sonic 3’s Anniversary]: Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Xbox One)

Following a highly anticipated release, bolstered by an extravagant marketing and release schedule, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA Technical Institute, 1992) not only improved on every aspect of its influential predecessor but also went on to become the second best-selling SEGA Mega Drive game of all time. Expectations were high for the equally-anticipated third entry, … Continue reading Game Corner [Sonic 3’s Anniversary]: Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Xbox One)

Game Corner: Sonic Adventure 2 (Xbox 360)

Released: October 2012 Originally Released: June 2001 Developer: Sonic Team USA Also Available For: Dreamcast, GameCube, PC, PlayStation 3 The Background: After Sonic Adventure (Sonic Team, 1998) finally brought Sonic into the third dimension and proved to be a rousing success, despite a few flaws, Sonic Team passed development of the sequel over to their … Continue reading Game Corner: Sonic Adventure 2 (Xbox 360)

Game Corner [Bite-Size]: SEGASonic the Hedgehog (Arcade)

Released: 1993 Developer: SEGA AM3 A Brief Background: I may have mentioned this before but, back in the early-nineties, SEGA’s super-speedy blue hedgehog of a mascot was on something of a roll; Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Team, 1991) had finally swayed videogame fans away from the Nintendo Entertainment System then, after the unforgettable and highly … Continue reading Game Corner [Bite-Size]: SEGASonic the Hedgehog (Arcade)

10FTW: Dark Doppelgängers

If there’s one thing any hero can count on it’s that, at some point in their illustrious career, they’re going to have to face off against themselves. Sometimes, like with the classic Demon in a Bottle (Michelinie, et al, 1979) this is a metaphorical battle against their own inner demons and foibles but. More often … Continue reading 10FTW: Dark Doppelgängers

Game Corner: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Nintendo 3DS)

Released: March 2012Originally Released: November 1994Developer: M2Original Developer: AspectAlso Available For: Game Gear, Gamecube, and PlayStation 2 The Background:A lot of people forget that, alongside Sonic the Hedgehog’s iconic and much-lauded Mega Drive titles, SEGA also released a fair few Sonic videogames for their 8-bit consoles. The 8-bit versions of Sonic the Hedgehog (Ancient, 1991) … Continue reading Game Corner: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Nintendo 3DS)

Interplay: Sonic Adventure

One of the great things about adaptations, and adaptation studies, is that they both: “[continue] to expand and become more inclusive […] it is increasingly difficult to determine a cohesive theory that accounts for the division between adaptation and other intertextual modes: allusions, plagiarisms, remakes, sequels, homages, mash-ups, appropriations, and the list goes on” (Dicecco, … Continue reading Interplay: Sonic Adventure

Game Corner: Sonic Generations (Xbox 360)

Released: November 2011 Developer: Sonic Team Also Available For: PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS, PC, and Xbox One The Background: It was 2011 and SEGA were eager to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their iconic videogame mascot; after years of disconnect and complex additions to what had begun as a simple, one-button videogame, it’s fair to … Continue reading Game Corner: Sonic Generations (Xbox 360)

Game Corner: Sonic Mania 2 Wish List

Sonic Mania (PagodaWest Games/Headcannon, 2017) was a hit, there’s no doubt about it; within a year, the game sold over one million copies. A physical edition, Sonic Mania Plus, was later released in 2018 featuring all the updates and downloadable content (DLC), and some nifty extras like a reversible sleeve that featured classic nineties-inspired artwork. … Continue reading Game Corner: Sonic Mania 2 Wish List

Talking Movies: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Released: February 2020 Director: Jeff Fowler Distributor: Paramount Pictures Budget: $81 to 95 million Stars: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, and Jim Carrey The Plot: Small town cop Tom Wachowski’s (Marsden) life is turned upside down when Sonic (Schwartz), a superfast hedgehog with an insatiable curiosity and the means the travel between worlds, finds … Continue reading Talking Movies: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)