The Sonic Stadium uncovered comments from artists Keith Erickson and Arvin Bautista describing their work on a handheld port of Sonic Riders for the Gameboy Advance. At the time, both artists were employed by Backbone Entertainment, the developers of Sonic Rivals.
Erickson included a brief description of his work on the game:
- We were doing a GBA port of Sonic Riders for Sega USA on a pretty tight schedule, and when Sega of Japan saw the game and insisted we add some 3D to it, but still keep the same production schedule, Sega USA canned it.(we were using an Out-Run style game engine) There was no way we could re-write the engine and add all the features necessary and still have it on store shelves the same time as all the other ports. Still, Se…
Not bad, considering its early Saturday morning time slot.
As the weeks passed, TSSZ News tracked Sonic Boom ratings via TV By The Numbers. Thanks to them, what we've known so far is that the show has consistently ranked #1 in its time period among boys ages 6-11 and 9-14. Recently, however, TV By The Numbers posted cable ratings for Saturday, the day "Eggheads" premiered. Sonic Boom reached the list of top 100 cable shows for adults 18-49 for the entire day... with approximately 998,000 viewers in that age group. This is a promising sign for Sonic Boom, but keep in mind that this number does not include the children's demographic, concerning which no official numbers have been released.
If you haven't had the chance to catch Sonic Boom, don't wor…Read more >
Today, 9 months after its reveal in February, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal have finally been released in North America. Launch trailers have been released for both games.
Since SEGA hasn't released any review copies until launch day, we'll have to wait a while until reviews start rolling in, but when they do, we'll be keeping an eye on the games' Metacritic pages to see how Sonic and friends fare in their latest adventures.
Rise of Lyric is priced at $49.99, and Shattered Crystal at $39.99 (MSRP).Read more >
Yesterday, SEGA announced downloadable content available exclusively to those who pre-order Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric from Amazon. This DLC is a set of "luminous costumes" for Sonic, Tails, Amy and Knuckles. This offer is available to US residents only.
A first pre-order bonus had been revealed for both Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal two weeks ago: a Sonic action figure. This offer was available to US residents who pre-ordered from Gamestop, and Canadian residents who pre-ordered from EB Games.
You can preorder Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric at Amazon or Gamestop, and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal at Amazon or Gamestop.Read more >
As many know, today is the day of the San Diego Comic-Con. Before it began, however, Sega released a list of secondary characters who exist in the Sonic Boom universe (television and/or video games) to give us an idea of what this world is like. The characters' descriptions and accompanying artwork are detailed below.
- Hayward, the hopeless farmhand, is a dreamer who constantly wants to go above and beyond to prove himself to others around him. Always looking to be a part of something bigger, something that makes a difference, he is in search for a reason or way to help to just show what he can do. Hayward is in Rise of Lyric.
- Pepper, a sailor like his brother Salty, was raised by his father to sail the open seas, but was never respected by his…