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The most notable events that occurred in 2013 involving the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise include the announcements of Sonic Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Sonic the Hedgehog being announced as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide comic crossover between the Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man published by Archie Comics, and the announcement of the television series Sonic Boom.
This is the first time since 2009 that a Sonic game was not released on a non-Nintendo home console (including newer eighth generation consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One) due to a partnership with Nintendo.
Sonic Lost World
Announced on 17 May 2013 via Nintendo Direct, Sonic Lost World was released on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems as one of the three Sonic the Hedgehog video games made exclusively for Nintendo systems. The game introduced the Deadly Six; six Zeti that included Zavok, Zazz, Zomom, Master Zik, Zeena and Zor, and the Lost Hex; the native land of the Deadly Six. The game mostly focuses on Sonic the Hedgehog and his buddy Miles "Tails" Prower teaming up with Dr. Eggman and his robotic lackeys Orbot and Cubot after the Deadly Six had manipulated Eggman's Badniks from the scientist's control. Sonic Lost World was released on 24 October 2013 in Japan, 29 October 2013 in North America and on 18 October 2013 in Europe. The game received mixed reviews from critics, praising its graphics and character interactions, but panning its awkward control scheme, the plot and the new "parkour" system.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Along with Sonic Lost World, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games was announced on 17 May 2013 via Nintendo Direct. It is the fourth installment of the Mario & Sonic video game crossover series; the previous three being Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games (released in 2007), Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games (released in 2009), and Mario & Sonic at the 2012 London Olympic Games (released in 2011). Featuring the same twenty characters from Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and Mario & Sonic at the 2012 London Olympic Games, this game was a Wii U video game exclusive, the only in the Sega-Nintendo partnership. The game received mixed reviews, with most praising the visuals, but criticizing the game for being too similar to previous games of the series.
Sonic the Hedgehog #245
The third part of the Endangered Species story arc, Sonic the Hedgehog #245 was released on 6 February 2013. It centers around Knuckles the Echidna fighting and, eventually, chasing Thrash the Tasmanian Devil via Warp Ring after the latter had sealed all of the Lost Tribe of the Echidnas into parts unknown. Meanwhile, Team Fighters–Sonic, Tails, Amy, and T-Pup–try to defeat the Metal Knuckles-Krudzu-fused robot. However, Team Fighters have trouble defeating the robot until Shard the Metal Sonic comes in and subdues the robot for a short a while.
Sonic the Hedgehog #246
The fourth and final part of the Endangered Species story arc, Sonic the Hedgehog #246 was released on 6 March 2013. This chapter features Knuckles and Thrash chasing each other, but Knuckles loses Thrash after the Chaotix interfere with Knuckles' chase. closes the story with having Shard and Team Fighter fighting because of Shard's previous actions years earlier. However, when the Krudza-infected-Metal-Knuckles attacks Team Fighters and Shard, the latter two decide to team up to defeat the Metal Knuckles. The team are successful, but Shard comes up with a plan to revert the Krudza evolution process to de-roboticize Mecha Sally, Sonic's roboticized girlfriend originally known as Sally Acorn. With this, Shard goes back to New Mobotropolis to work on the evolution process of the Krudza while Team Fighters had up north to the Northern Tundra to find Dr. Eggman and save Mecha Sally.
This issue feature the same staff team as the previous issue listed above.
Sonic the Hedgehog #247
The first part of the At All Costs story arc and the final issue prior the Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide comic crossover, Sonic the Hedgehog #247 was released on 3 April 2013. It contains Team Fighters and the Arctic Freedom Fighters infiltrating the Death Egg Mark 2 at the Northern Tundra. Along the way, Silver the Hedgehog tagged along and revealed that the long-awaited answer to his traitor of the Freedom Fighters was indeed Sally Acorn, but instead of killing the traitor, he and the Freedom Fighters decide to save her. At New Mobotropolis, Tails Doll wrecks havoc across the city as it destroy Nanites, but Team Freedom subdue the monster before it is able to release poisonous gas on the city. Eggman, realizing Team Fighters are close to ruining his plans, decides to set off the Genesis Wave once again, only this time, effecting not only Mobius, but a whole new dimension...
Sonic the Hedgehog #252
The first issue of the "new comic reboot," as well as the first issue post-Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide, Sonic the Hedgehog #252 was the second part of the "At All Costs" story arc. The issue was released on 4 September 2013. The main plot focuses on Sonic and Tails discovering the new world, mostly similar to the video games. After defeating Tails Doll at Mobotropolis (formerly "New Mobotropolis"), both Sonic and Tails realize that Nicole the Lynx can restore the memories of the Knothole Freedom Fighters. With some help of King Acorn, Sonic and Tails have their first target of the Freedom Fighters to find: Rotor Walrus! Meanwhile, Dr. Eggman is stranded in Mazuri and struggles to return to the Death Egg Mark 2.
The staff members of this issue remain the same as Sonic the Hedgehog #247 except that Ben Bates draws the main cover.
Sonic the Hedgehog #253
In the first issue of the proposed reboot story arc titled "Countdown to Chaos", Sonic the Hedgehog #253 was released on 2 October 2013. The main plot focuses on Sonic and Tails heading to the Mystic Ruins in order to find Rotor Walrus. Along the way, the two heroes encounter Big the Cat, who leads them to Rotor and his new airship, the Sky Patrol. After defeating several Badniks, Rotor introduces the two heroes and Big to the airship but his memories are restored after receiving Nicole from Tails. Rotor then gives directions to the other members of the Freedom Fighters' whereabouts. Meanwhile, across the world, Eggman receives attention from Axel the Water Buffalo and Efrika Egg Army and rebuilds his Egg Mobile, thus heading towards the Death Egg, shocked at what he's learned about the world...
The staff members of this issue are nearly similar to the past issue, with the exception of Tracy Yardley and Lamar Wells doing interior issue work.
Sonic the Hedgehog #254
The second issue of the "Countdown to Chaos" story arc, Sonic the Hedgehog #254 was released on 30 October 2013. The main plot focuses on reintroducing Antoine D'Coolette, Charles Hedgehog, and Ben Muttski to the readers once again, as Sonic and Tails head to Wood Zone and finds the three characters listed above. While Muttski and Charles investigate the zone after recent tremors, along with collecting samples of mysterious energy below the world, Sonic hands Nicole over the Antoine. After restoring Antoine's memory, Antoine decides to go with Sonic and Tails to find his wife Bunnie D'Coolette. Suddenly, an earthquake occurs and Charles and Muttski fall into a fault. Sonic, Tails, and Antoine save Muttski and Charles along with the latter's samples of the recent tremor gas, in which Sonic had breathed a sample of said gas. As Charles and Muttski, with the help of Antoine, go to Spagonia, Sonic and Tails will go to Metropolis Zone to find Bunnie. Meanwhile, Eggman and his two robotic lackeys crashland via GUN jets at the Eurish Egg Army at Avalon but rebuild the Egg Mobile into an Egg Walker. The Egg Walker was used to destroy a G.U.N. carrier, and Eggman, stealing a jet, heads to the Death Egg once more.
The same staff member from last issue are used for this issue as well.
Sonic the Hedgehog #255
The third and penultimate chapter to the "Countdown to Chaos" story arc, Sonic the Hedgehog #255 was released on 4 December 2013. The issue primarily reintroduces Bunnie Rabbot-D'Coolette, in which she is under disguise at the Metropolis Egg Army. After Sonic and Tails break in, they find Bunnie, revealing her robotic limps that were never replaced, as tells Sonic and Tails that she needs to steal a shield generator from the Egg Army in which the said item can be used for the Sky Patrol. The heroes are successful, despite both an Egg Army and a massive earthquake disrupting their plans. After returning to the Sky Patrol, Bunnie is given Nicole, in which her memories are restored. Nicole states that only one more memory restoration can be made for her to restore herself, so either Sally Acorn or Amy Rose will get their memories back. Meanwhile, Eggman stops at the Artika Egg Army base at Artika where he receives a new vehicle to head to the Death Egg. After returning to the Death Egg, Eggman realizes Sally was on board the Death Egg this whole time but had escaped via escape pod. The scientist then decides to finish the job by sending Metal Sonic v3.0 after her.
The staff members are nearly the same as last issue's, with the only exception being Jerry Gaylord had drew the interior story pencils.
Sonic Universe #48
The third and penultimate chapter to the "Chaotix Quest"/"All For One" story arc, Sonic Universe #48 was released on 23 January 2013. The story continues the quest to find Mighty and Ray, as the Chaotix–Vector, Espio, and Charmy–are easily captured by the Sand-Blasters–Jack Rabbit, Tex the Lizard, Avery the Bear, Jolt the Roadrunner, and Shift E. Wolf. As the Chaotix find Mighty and Ray undercover at Sand Blast City, the trio realize that Mighty and Ray have found out that their sister is Matilda the Armadillo and that she is in the Great Desert Dark Legion sector. Mighty goes inside the sector to rescue Matilda from Beauregard Rabbot, but since it has been ages since Mighty and Matilda have seen each other, the latter does not remember nor care about Mighty. Mighty is then thrown into prison, much to Beauregard's displeasing. The next morning, the Chaotix and the Sand-Blasters realize that Mighty has been captured, so Jack decides to set up an ambush on the Dark Legion via prisoner exchange.
The staff members of this issue consist of Ian Flynn as writer, Tracy Yardley as pencils (for both the interior issue and cover), Matt Herms as colors, John Workman as letters, and Terry Austin as inks.
Sonic Universe #49
The final chapter to the "Chaotix Quest"/"All For One" story arc, Sonic Universe #49 was released on 20 February 2013. The story finally concludes the Mighty and Ray quest that originally started in Sonic the Hedgehog #212. The issue has the Chaotix partake a prison exchange between the Sand-Blasters and the Dark Legion, but when the Sand-Blaster convicts set up an ambush, wanting to have Mighty (known as "Flex" to Jack) back. Beauregard decides to fight back, but Mighty wants to help him out at this battle. The Chaotix go to save Mighty, revealing his cover to Jack. Jack, agitated at being lied to, fires at the Chaotix and Mighty. Matilda steps in to save Mighty at times, but when a rocket shoots at Matilda, greatly injuring her, Mighty, furious at what has happened, breaks out of his status lock and throws tanks and anything to harm Jack and the Sand-Blasters. The Chaotix stop him before things get messy, and Matilda is taken care of by Beauregard, who tells Mighty he can visit her at anytime, but he cannot take her with the Chaotix. With this, the Chaotix leave via Warp Ring back to Angel Island, while Beauregard reunites with his niece.
This issue has the same staff members as of last issue.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Although announced at E3 2011 that another Super Smash Bros. game is announced, not a lot of information on the upcoming game was announced until 2013 as the game was under development. Numerous characters that were playable from Super Smash Bros. Brawl were announced as veterans with some newcomers, including Mega Man/Rock Man (from the Mega Man or Rock Man franchise), the Villager (from Animal Crossing), and many others. Sonic was announced as playable character on October 1, 2013. In addition to Sonic's return, Windy Hill Zone will also be the home stage for the Wii U version, though a Sonic stage for the 3DS version was not announced at that time.
Sonic Boom (TV series)
On October 2, 2013, the animated television series, Sonic Boom, was announced. Sonic Boom was planned to be first aired by the Fall of 2014 in the US (on Cartoon Network) and in France (on Canal J and Gulli) as a action-comedy series with up to 52 eleven-minute episodes. It is the first computer-generated animated series in the Sonic franchise. At that time, some info of the directors and other staff that will work on the series was announced. More information was revealed months later on February 6, 2014, when trailers, characters, and other information, including an announcement that the series as a "canon" of the Sonic franchise, was announced. Others were also announced months later after its reveal such as a new character, and a comic book series.