There doesn't seem to be any signs of slowing down for Sonic the Hedgehog, literally and figuratively. To celebrate thirty years of earth-shattering speeds, it was recently unveiled that the blue blur would be getting his own competitive card game. Now it looks as though an official release date for them has been announced.
According to one source, the Sonic the Hedgehog card game will be hitting stores this September, though an exact day has not yet been revealed. Entitled Sonic the Card Game it will feature all the classic Sonic characters, including Amy, Shadow, and Blaze. The object of the game is for players to "race" through levels, collecting rings and avoiding enemies, with the winner being declared by how many rings and lives they have at the end. It is said to be a "fast-paced" game suitable for players aged six and up.
It's being designed by Steamforged Games who have created a host of other tabletop adaptations of video games, including Pac-Man, Monster Hunter, and Dark Souls which also has its own board game. With that, it seems Steamford is certainly no stranger when it comes to bringing beloved video game franchises into card or board game format.
This also isn't the only thing being released that celebrates three decades of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. There's also going to be an 80-page comic book being published by IDW Publishing. It seems as though fans who grew up playing the Sonic games will be spoiled for choice in the coming months.
The Sonic The Hedgehog franchise holds an odd place in the video game industry. The mascot platformer is one of the most iconic characters in gaming history, yet many people believe the blue hedgehog has an underwhelming collection of games. This opinion of Sonic's catalog isn't universal, as although some believe there are no good sonic games, there are others who believe the franchise is competitive with Nintendo's Mario.
It's difficult for gamers to know whether the Sonic franchise is for them or not without trying the games for themselves. For those who are looking to try one of Sonic's adventures, we've listed the main series games in order of their Main Story completion time according to howlongtobeat.com.
The one that started it all, the original Sonic The Hedgehog was released all the way back in 1991. The blue hedgehog was created with a clear goal: to be the driving force behind Sega's quest to topple Nintendo. Sega was, of course, unsuccessful in this mission, but the original game was an excellent attempt to compete with Mario.
Sonic CD was initially released on the Sega CD in 1993. The game was originally planned to be an enhanced port of its predecessor, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, though poor sales in Japan resulted in a change of direction. The change paid off, as Sonic CD was a commercial success and is considered one of the franchise's best releases to date.
The aforementioned second game may have struggled to sell in Japan, though it performed outside of the country, becoming the Sega Genesis' best-selling game worldwide. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 stands proudly alongside Sonic CD as being considered among the franchise's best-ever releases, as the game features some of the series' most well-designed levels.
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