Feb 6th, 2014

Last year Sega announced a new Sonic cartoon, called Sonic Boom, and earlier today in the wake of a new promotional image released by Sega and some rumors last week we speculated that we’d be hearing some Sonic news soon. Well, we were right, and it happened sooner than we thought, as Sega America recently released a trailer for the upcoming Sonic Boom cartoon series, which is set to debut on Cartoon Network this fall. While Sega Europe has released the trailer shown above for the tie-in Sonic Boom video game.

The game is exclusively coming to the Wii U and 3DS as the third title in Sega’s deal with Nintendo, and will serve as a prequel to the TV series. Together the game and cartoon will be what Sega refers to as “a new branch of the Sonic universe.” So possibly a reboot, which according to Sega will consist of a CG animated television series, new video games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and a brand new toy line.

One of the most prominent things about this new series, which has been discussed since the characters’ silhouettes were shown in an announcement last year, are their new character models, which are in many ways quite different than their older ones. Of course this wouldn’t be the first time Sonic and his friends have gone through a major redesign.

Sonic Boom 6

Tails new design more closely reflects his role as team mechanic and pilot as he now wears goggles and and a tool pouch. Knuckles is now apparently on steroids. He now towers over the other characters, and his upper body actually looks thick and muscular compared to his old pencil thin design. Sonic now sports some kind of brown neckerchief and a slightly different hairstyle. Also his arms are blue now, they used to be the same flesh-tone color as his chest and muzzle.

Another noteworthy style change is that Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles all wear arm and foot wraps and their shoes and gloves look more worn than before. Amy has ditched her old dress and her new design looks more mature as she undresses Sonic with her eyes.

The game will feature both speed and exploration and will make use of a new “Enerbeam tether mechanic,” which will allow the player to interact with the world in unique ways. From the video and screenshots it appears to draw elements from both Sonic Heroes and Sonic Adventure, with the characters shown running together as a team, but also acting individually with unique skills and gameplay.

Are you excited to see the new changes that are coming for the Sonic series? Let us know in the comments!

[via Sega Blog]

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  • Sacrontine


  • Alex

    I am wondering why does everybody has bandages? Did they broke their bones or something?

    • It’s so their hands don’t fall off when they hit BOOM speed!

    • I think it’s supposed to be athletic tape.

  • Tomtom

    Sega please stop making sonic games already.

    • Sdudyoy

      Actually Sega isn’t making this game, or Sonic team, It’s a new company called Big red button, apparently one of the people working with them was with Naughty Dog for a long time, and worked on all of the Jak games, and the first Uncharted game, so It could be a good game.

      • Tomtom

        Wow that’s promising. I enjoyed Sonic adventures after that I just didn’t enjoy them.

        • Sdudyoy

          Yeah, I have to agree with you, the Sonic adventures are still some of my favorite games.

  • This will be the one! I’ve said it a fair number of times over the years but this time my gut is ready.

  • Sacrontine

    There is no need to undress sonic, he is already naked

    • MetroidZero


  • Lil J Moore

    WTF happened to Knuckles?

    • I think explained it pretty clearly in the article. He’s been taking steroids, obviously.

      It’s the only explanation.

      • Lil J Moore

        So hard work and exercise isn’t an exception? but then again roids is the funny way to do it.

      • Shota


    • DragonSilths

      Sega has said they designed them to appeal to what they think the western gamers tastes are…

  • Sdudyoy

    I have a feeling I might like this game, I haven’t really liked recent Sonic games, I actually like the design’s.

  • FilipiCn

    Well.. sega is suporting my favorite video game brand, so, I’ll buy some sega games from now!!!
    This game looks like fantastic.

  • MetroidZero

    Looks better than Lost World by a mile-stretch.

    But those character models….LOL

  • Akatosh

    Not sure how I feel about the redesigns… but the graphics look GORGEOUS so far! And a Wii U exclusive? I passed up Lost World but won’t be doing that for this one.

    • Lil J Moore

      Lost World isn’t that bad

      • Mr. Hobo

        I just can’t understand most of the boss fights. I still haven’t been able to beat that monk guy for the second time.

      • Enumerating Wishes

        When you compare it to how Knuckles look now I agree.

      • nexxus6

        I really enjoyed Lost World. It is definitely a game that should be in one’s WiiU library.

    • Gameonfool

      Yeah looks pretty decent if you ask me

  • Guest

    Maybe its just the angle?

    • Shota


    • hahahero

      I accidentally deleted this post and now it says I’m a guest. How do I de-delete this?

      • Shota

        don’t delete!!

        • hahahero

          I didn’t mean too!!

          • Arthur Jarret

            So weird that disqus has a button to delete a post, yet it only deletes the writer (which can still be seen by others from the replies). You’d think they would have fixed it by now – together with the ‘streamlined’ (a.k.a. taken to a registration page if you try to login using facebook, google etc.) log-in process.

          • jjbredesen

            Well, on some sites it does get deleted, it just depends on what the site owner has decided, it can be changed on the moderator site.

          • Arthur Jarret

            It can? Haven’t seen a single one without similar issues. Of course, the only two sites with an active disqus section I visit are wiiUdaily and Couchtuner.eu (which has almost every current series available to stream and works perfectly on the Wii U).

          • jjbredesen

            I have made sites for some clans, and local buissnesses, and it can be fixed, btw thanks for the link to couchtuner, i have been looking for a great streaming site ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Arthur Jarret

            Nice to know – and you’re welcome! I really love couchtuner so I like to spread the word. I’ve found it when I was impatient with our TV who’s just starting to show Marvel’s agents of shield this month, but had adverts for it last year… I looked it up and watched the first 10 episodes.

            If you’ve checked it, you may notice it shows multiple sources for each episode: VK works perfectly on Wii U, without any pop-ups and most of the time in HD (720p). If that’s not available, I found iShared always works (with a single extra tab opening when trying to start the video – close it and click the vid again and it works).

            Currently, I’m following Agents of shield, Walking dead, Once upon a time, Black sails (only 2 episodes so far, but awesome show), American horror story on it and am catching up on Grimm. Once that’s done – it’ll be hard to decide wether to add Arrow or Game of thrones on that list.

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah, i just stated Breaking Bad, and the site works great! Once again thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Also do you have a pic of your arcade mod thing yet?

      • starwars360

        TOO LATE!!! You could copy and paste it onto new comment text box. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Enumerating Wishes

      I think sonic needs some clothes too at that angle.

      • Simon Stevens

        ya think?

  • MetroidZero

    Looks like it might be a multiplayer, story-mode, co-op. Well I hope so, at least. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sdudyoy

      Alot of people are saying there is Four player co-op, I haven’t heard anything official but I think it will.

  • Kenshin0011

    Looks epic, in case you didn’t know, this game is being worked on by veteran platforming developers, including ex-Naughty Dog guys who made Jak and Daxter. I have good hopes this will be plenty fun and fresh!

    • Arthur Jarret

      The company also made Sly 4 – Thieves in time. I’ve only been able to play the first level of it (huge backlog), but it’s a lot of fun (looks great in 3D, too… hint, hint, mario 3D world)

      What’s really weird, though – is that Sonic Boom will NOT be released in Japan. What’s up with that?

      • Fierce-Deity Link

        i think it is cause lost world didnt sell well in japan

        • Arthur Jarret

          That might be true – but it didn’t sell very well in europe either (0.04M in an entire continent, compared to 0.01M in a single country… 0.13 in the US, by the way) – according to VGchartz at least, which isn’t accurate but at least gives an indication that’s accurate enough for comparisson between regions.

          It sold better on the 3DS (0.4M in Japan, 0.07M in europe 0.14M in the US)

          It seems that both Wii U (compared to 3DS) and general figures were only decent in the US.

          TL;DR: European sales seem to be bad too, but Boom is still released over here.

      • Spookoyo

        I read in an interview somewhere that since the games are specifically made for Western Appeal they currently don’t have plans to bring it to Japan.

        • Arthur Jarret

          Ah, is that why we didn’t get Yakuza 5, either? That tiny gap in my collection is killing me! Anyway, the teams working on it have a higher percentage of successful games than Sonic Team – I think this may be one of the few times that having a franchise out of the hands of the original team might be a good decision.

      • Gabe Hoffman

        Sanzaru is doing the 3DS version. Bigredbutton is handling the Wii U version. I am not all that surprised that Sega isn’t releasing this in Japan Sonic has traditionally done better in the west

        • Arthur Jarret

          Thanks for the info! But sonic hasn’t done well in europe either… glad that we’re still getting it, though – so can’t complain.

  • Blue Hernandez

    So stoked for this game. I literally just bought a Wii U for the exclusive Sonic games. Best. Decision. Ever.

  • Guest

    colin you copycat. steroids knuckles

  • Superstick98

    I’m probably the only one who couldn’t even make it halfway through the article without laughing. Lol. “Knuckles is now apparently on steroids.” XD I can’t wait to get a load of this game! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Mario

    So from what I can understand, this Sonic is not the same one from all the other titles. But a different Sonic from a completely different universe.

    • MetroidZero

      From what I heard, Sonic continuously slapped Saren on the cheek ’till he passed out, found the Conduit, got to the Citadel first, used spin dashes to take down the Destiny Ascension, and joined with Sovereign. So yes, he came from a completely different universe.


    • Squid

      Yes, this is the timeline if Elise never blew out that candle. Knuckles goes crazy and takes steroids, Amy becomes a prostitute, Tails grows a little older, and sonic realizes he’s naked.

      • Mario

        I was serious.

    • LordiMcKill

      This new series is just a spin-off not a reboot so don’t worry, modern Sonic isn’t going anywhere.

  • Kenshin0011

    You’re missing some VERY important info Wii U Daily…

    The Wii U version of the game will be developed by Los Angeles-based studio Big Red Button and will focus on combat and exploration.

    Developed using CRYENGINE 3, the title will “operate in harmony with the television series and act as a prequel to the series.” Big Red Button CEO Bob Raffei said the game will be “a very different Sonic, both in tone and art direction”.

    The team was founded by former NAUGHTY DOG developers that worked on games such as Uncharted, Jak and Daxter, Crash Bandicoot.

    • Super Buu

      Now that sounds a little more interesting. Perhaps I should look beyond the character designs.

    • Arthur Jarret

      Thanks for the extra info!

      FYI: the team in it’s current form actually made Sly 4 – which is a very good game despite disappointing sales.

      Surprisingly, this game will be US/EU only – SEGA stated it will not receive a Japanese release.

    • LordiMcKill

      I’d also like to put out there that this isn’t a reboot of Sonic but a Spin-Off. Modern Sonic still exists.

  • Shinigami King

    I’m looking forward to this ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks for the article.

  • Skelterz

    I Don’t know about this i’d love it be awesome can someone make me a promise that if its awesome they will let me know then i can buy it, I just really struggle trusting sonic games these days not bashing sega but you guys probably feel the same to some extent sonics hit and miss these days mostly miss for me im afraid.

  • Lil J Moore

    Please let it have online MP

  • uPadWatcher

    Made by former members of NAUGHTY DOG, Sonic Boom looks incredibly beautiful, fast, and unique. I truly love the new character designs… especially Knuckles with an “AHNOLD” look and appeal. I’m glad that Big Red Button Entertainment is using the CryEngine 3 on the U and make each and every hater change their minds. After getting Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2, The 90’s Arcade Racer, etc. I’ll be more than grateful to purchase Sonic Boom at launch.

    • sharlo galmo

      Indeed another great exclusive for the WiiU, and it looks indeed incredibly beatyfull… Did you know that Crytek show this game a year ago on the GDC show? Check this, game is soo beatyfull http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8T3pe9G4Pc

      • uPadWatcher

        You aren’t joking either, Sharlo. At around 0:07, the ex-Naughty Dog duo and the rest at Big Red Button Entertainment have made an early shot of a before announced Sonic Boom running on CryEngine 3. It was until yesterday, they’ve announced this game exclusively to the U and my mind was severely blown.

  • JAYCEE989

    Im a huge sonic fan and im very excited to see this happen, its like sonic meets jak and daxter more imo than ratchet and clank. WHEN WILL WE GET THIS?? please let it be 2014

    • LevenThumps

      Since this game is supposed to serve as a prequel to the show, I would guess that it comes out before the show comes out this fall. So, I think it will be 2014.

  • Anjel_stilo

    looks amazing this is the one

  • Guest

    Character design aside the gameplay looks great. This is a good ending for Sega exclusive on Nintendo. Also, when Sonic Boom airs on tv it’ll be a win win. Good Marketing.

  • NkoSekirei

    this game looks amazing ill definitely buy this one.

  • Sycamore

    This looks amazing!

    • Wildman

      CryEngine3 my friend. It’s a lovely chunk of code.

  • Donaald

    Mixed reactions, mixed reactions everywhere.

  • Miles “Tails” Prower

    I actually like my redesign. I feel like Sonic’s new game will be great. The best part is that I’m finally playable again!

    • Guest

      that’s the truth. you and amy look the best.

      • Miles “Tails” Prower

        Thanks! Sonic doesn’t look to bad himself. Just don’t ask me what happened to knuckles…I was with Sonic the whole time in Lost world. I’m really looking forward to this game. I’m really glad they didn’t make Amy, Knuckles and I slow, and we actually keep up with Sonic. Not faster, but fast enough to keep up!

  • Kyle

    I play sonic since Genesis Sonic 1, and I think the new design is great! (specially tails) This games looks like its going to be fantastic, I cant wait for it ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Squid

    The adventure formula seems to be returning. It also seems like it’s more open world as in that scene with knuckles climbing.
    Poor knuckles, you went hulk, don’t be angry please.

  • classicgamer20

    I hope I’m not the only one but I really don’t like the new designs. They just look really weird to me, especially Knuckles oh dear god what have they done to Knuckles.

    But I do like Tails new design though

  • Mitch Hall

    This is either going to be great or awful.

  • Gabe Hoffman

    For those bitching about the designs. Sega has clearly stated that this is a separate part of the Sonic Universe and won’t affect Modern Sonic

    • Mario

      So just like I said, this is a Sonic from a universe parallel to the one of classic/modern Sonic.

  • JB

    This game actually looks pretty darn good! I skipped out on Lost World, but I may have to give this one a shot. If this is a reboot of Sonic of some sort, I don’t mind the artistic changes, paticularly to Knuckles. His build, as they are making it now, fits his name.

    This is a bit of brilliance for Sega marketing wise. A game with a tie-in cartoon on the Cartoon Network. Not to mention it’s exclusively on the U (and 3DS). Sega is effectively marketing Nintendo’s system better than Nintendo…

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Whats really cool is that this game is running on CryEngine 3

  • Bard Gurgle

    Pardon me, I’m having a hard time finding the original source, but in an interview with one of the developers, it was stated that this was actually the second game in the Sega/Nintendo deal, and that Mario and Sonic at the Olympics was not one of these games.

    • 8ruc3

      Exactly what I was thinking…

  • nexxus6

    This game looks pretty sharp. It will have a place among my other WiiU titles.

  • TCar

    Looks like a Sonic game that could be pretty awesome!

  • starwars360

    I bet new Sonic will be little a bit better over Lost World with tons of fun gameplay than Lost World had.
    So game look mix with Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Random12multi

    Knuckles… what.

  • Rogelio

    Ill buy it IF it has a chao garden

  • Geoffrey Tasker

    saw the name thought it was a street fighter announcement then i kept reading…*head desk*

  • Nintendo Dragon

    I love how Amy is like “Hey Sonic wanna ****” lol

  • Simon Stevens

    AWWWWWWYEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH the Nintendo surprise ๐Ÿ˜€ it’s always when you least expect it, one day nothing, next day KABOOM brand new first party game, BAM brand new third party exclusive, KABLEWY have some indies, this is why I love Nintendo ๐Ÿ™‚

    • sharlo galmo

      And there are many unanounced games in the making, Nintendo is so secretly, i like that….Just wait till the next Nintendo direct, i think Nintendo is gonna drop a KABOOM BIG BOM…

  • RyuNoHadouken

    okay, okay, ill admit it…this game looks awesome!!

  • Gordon Tillett

    That looked dope!

  • Ryushi

    The graphics look awesome — I still don’t get why almost the entire cast is covered in bandages…

  • TheWichi
  • Gabrielsen

    Can’t wait for this title. The Sonic team have had a lot of issues making great Sonic games in 3D. Now with a new developer (Big red button entertainment) I think they can put some new life into the franchise. The best part is that the company was founded by ex Naughty Dog veterans Bob Rafei and Dan Arey. They have given us games like Jack and Daxter as well as Crash Bandicoot in the past, Also the fact that this is their first announced game means that they have to make a good impression to stay in the video game market. I believe!

  • David Trail

    Yes exclusive to Wii U and 3DS. Eat that PS4 and Xbox One. 2014 really does look like the year of the Wii U!

  • linkzero65

    this game looks gorgeous in every detail exept fo knucles. i cant take him seriously with that desing XD but yeah game looks great

  • Clipo

    I like it, it reminds me a bit to DK 64, the idea of having different characters with different abilities in more open stages.

  • CEObrainz

    As it does say it’s a work in progress I’ll look over the models for now as I find them odd to look at. However everything else about the trailer looks amazing, hopefully the game allows for some multiplayer as the trailer does seem to emphasize that. If it’s true that it’s running on Cryengine3 then I think that’ll shut up a lot of haters.

  • LordiMcKill

    Whoever said that the Wii U is underpowered and out dated clearly hasn’t seen CryEngine 3 in action on the console cos this game looks ridiculously good.

    • sharlo galmo

      Some peeps though that it was for the PS4 or Xbone, and then they see that it is exclusive for the WiiU and 3DS……..So funny

  • Andrea Grippi

    This. Day one.

  • Fierce-Deity Link

    this game seems more enjoyable than lost world… still planning on getting it but i think ima pick up this game first though… also, those designs lol… any who, i look forward to maybe some more footage in the next direct

  • Huxley Tanner

    LOL, they want to do what to Wii U Daily???
    (Nintenscience: Fail Trolling since 2013 est..)

  • nigeriangamer

    i honestly like the design,they look more like what they do.like knuckles look like he can take down foes,sonic looks fast,(no different from his original design),tails looks like a tech head and amy…looks like amy so i dont see the problem.and from a technical stand point it looks beautiful and its not even finished,imagine what it will look like once its done.

  • sharlo galmo

    Did you guys know, that Crytek had show this game a year ago on GDC? Check it, it looks so beatyfull, now i know why Crytek say a year ago, there is a game on the make, that use CryEngine 3 and it’s looks beatyfull… Check this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8T3pe9G4Pc

  • darkcreap

    Too bad Sonic games have never been my cup of tea. I tried recently with a Sonic game for Wii, but simply it was not for me. Too bad indeed, especially since it is a WiiU exclusive.

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  • Emily Horton

    I’ve never really been a Sonic fan, but I find the redesigns to be very appealing! I’m interested to see what Sega makes of this.

  • NyallJodhan

    So I just saw this for the first time…please tell me I’m not crazy for this suddenly becoming my MOST wanted game on the Wii U right now! That was sheer beauty!

  • LevenThumps

    This game looks awesome. The redesigns look… okay, but the gameplay shown has me very excited. I can’t wait for this game.

  • palomino blue

    Sonic Adventure was a home run. They haven’t been able to follow it up with any Sonic game since. I hope this is that game.

  • linkzero65
  • Rukia Trap


  • Pat Shane Thornton

    Definetly looks improved to me. I like the redesign, it’s edgy which is exactly what’s needed for Sonic and Wii U! This could be a beautiful seller! If it’s half as good as Jak and Dax it will be a great game!

  • Sean

    no multi-player on wii u?

  • Rukia Trap
  • PlayboyPacquiao

    Looks like a game me and Floyd Mayweather can play. I’m going to buy this on the Wii U.

  • i think it looks great the game play looks really fun! I look forward to it!

  • Shota

    i want original sonic game from sega than a spin-off

  • Ian Settlemyer

    Will it make Tails playable in SSB4?

  • Blue Hernandez

    Gameplay looks awesome and I love the dubstep!

  • Dรกibhรญ wotshissurname

    Jesus Knuckles looks like an American Football player.

  • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

    Amazing art! and it doesn’t replace the modern sonic and friends design

  • Ace J

    man Knuckles redesign looks horrible

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    I’m ready!

  • Logan Wayman

    So, will Amy still be in love with Sonic? And SEGA, please add more characters to play as. And about Knuckles: did he get jealous about Zavok’s beefy look and decided to work out a whole lot?

  • David Horowitz

    I’m one who thoroughly enjoyed the Sega Genesis games, and to see this much redesign in one game is really hard to bare.

  • Goku123

    Looks pretty cool

  • Spencer Manigat

    I’m more interested in how the 3DS version will shape up.

  • Kevin Sepulveda

    Its going to take me a while to get used to the new character models BUT i will not pass this game up. It looks great!

  • I’m struggling to share the general optimism for this one. This game just doesn’t look very strong to me. I don’t know, overall, there’s just something…off about it.

  • VideoGameFan1526

    I hate how knuckles looks now.

    He looks like he took steroids.
    Sonic bothers me a bit.
    The rest are fine.

  • TaintedXGamer

    Also to mention, this is pretty much the sonic heroes 2 I wanted since playing sonic heroes back on the ps2. And a prequel to the show? Nice!

  • Mr. Berzerk

    Knuckles just looks like Stormfrom sonic riders painted Red. Maybe storm is Knuckles dad in this universe?