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Update: The magazine scan has been revealed and it is apparently a HOAX.
ICEknight @ The GHZ translated a Spanish interview Shakidna posted at Sonic Cult:
C. Doriga:We're almost running out of time, one last question: Are you going to include SEGA's mascot, Sonic The Hedgehog?
M. Sakurai:Well... That's a tough question, I'll tell you that Sonic's already in the game, but we're still waiting for a last confirmation from SEGA. Due to the proximity of the game's release, SEGA's deadline to submit their confirmation is the 26th this month, and in that date the official site will be updated about the inclusion o not of SEGA's mascot in the game. I'm personally crossing my fingers.
Gamedaily's interview with SEGA and Nintendo has slightly more info. The game is being developed by SEGA sports with supervision by Shigeru Miyamoto. They're considering ways to balance Sonic's speed in a race. And to those wondering about whether SEGA has gotten the message in the overall response to STH360, this quote is interesting:
BIZ: The Sonic franchise, especially with the recent games on PS3 and 360, has sort of seen a drop off in quality over the years. The games have not been received all that well and the franchise could use a jumpstart. Do you see this team up with Mario as a way of reinvigorating Sonic or refreshing the brand?
SJ: I think that's a very fair question. The Sonic games of late... the better games have been on the Nintendo platforms. Sonic Rush on the DS last year was a really good game. Sonic and the Secret Rings on the Wii is a great game as well. It's selling really strongly and is definitely one of the Wii platform favorites at the moment. So it feels like Sonic and the Sonic games have an affinity for the Nintendo platforms anyway, and we're happy to extend that. But you're right in that Sega has been looking to reinvigorate the Sonic franchise and inject some more quality into the games going forward. And we feel this is a great opportunity to work with Nintendo to do that.
Newsweek's interview says that Shigeru Miyamoto will have more involvement in this game than on the average Nintendo title.
Separately, is there a plan to revitalize Sonic on other platforms? Or is this a sign that it just makes more sense in the future to focus Sonic on Nintendo platforms where the product quality has been good and where there may be more audience affinity?
We are actually undergoing a fairly considerable refresh of Sonic as an intellectual property, as a character. Sonic on the Wii is probably the first product that's come to market that reflects that. We're not going to be bringing another game out on the other platforms for quite some time, because we feel that it is time to reinvent Sonic, to make Sonic contemporary again. At the same time, even the recent 360 and Playstation 3 games have sold extremely well. Sonic is still an extremely endearing character; there's still a lot of love for Sonic out there in consumerland.
Mobius Forum Discussion
Swedish magazine Game Reactor has new art of NiGHTS from the upcoming NiGHTS game on the cover.
ToonZone has interviewed Brian Ward, of SHOUT! Factory, the company resonsible for the SatAM complete series DVD, and a person who has done an incredible job of communicating with the fan base and putting special features on the DVD.
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Our most reliable source revealed that a Sonic movie is in development. Ken Penders said that the movie would not star Sonic or Knuckles. That's because they're supporting characters, and Shadow is the star. The movie is live action with computer animated and animatronic characters (like the hit movie Country Bears) and based on the Shadow the Hedgehog game. The trailer will be released in autumn 2005 as part of a huge Shadow the Hedgehog marketing campaign.
Director: Uwe Boll
CGI character voices
Shadow: Orlando Bloom
Shadow's Talking Gun: Ben Affleck
Rouge: Kiera Knightley
Sonic: Tobey Maguire
Tails: Haley Joel Osment
Knuckles: Micheal Ironside
Amy: Alexa Vega
Chao: Casey Casem
Princess Sally: Nicole Kidman
Big the Cat: Vin Diesel
Froggy: Frank Oz
Cream: Alexa Vega
Scratch: Gilbert Gottfreid
Grounder: Jim Carrey
Robotnik: Alfred Molina
Gerald: Geoffrey Rush
Robotnik's girlfriend Alicia: Elizabeth Hurley
Mayor of Station Square: Ray Liotta
Station Square police captian: R Lee Ermey
Jonathan Gray has posted a log about the making of his Archie art, his role in the script of Sonic#144, never before seen character design art, and some uncolored pencils. A must-see for any Archie or Dub fan.
WB's Art Topic
Sonic the Hedgehog: Pencilled Pages and Logbook