There was a time when mines and minecarts dominated video games. If a platformer or RPG didn't have a mine stage or a mine-themed dungeon, it wasn't a game. We felt like mines—where actual mining was eschewed in favor of racing around on minecarts—were the most natural things in the world, just as common as forests.
It's something old, something new, something kiwi and something blue from game industry legend Yuji Naka, as two of his creations meet for the first time in this week's Nintendo Download.
This week's Sonic The Hedgehog 4 for Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is not identical to the iPhone version released last week. The controls are different, as are a couple of levels. This is one of the console-exclusives.
Big-time Sonic gamers will reach the end of Sonic The Hedgehog 4, which launches on iPhone on Thursday, and know exactly where the game's second episode is going, a Sega representative teased to Kotaku this week.
Did the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 slip your mind? It's coming this week, landing first on the iPhone before sprinting its way to the Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Going by its ability to render the classic Sonic the Hedgehog casino style level—this one's cleverly named Casino Street Zone—the episodic, old-school style Sonic the Hedgehog 4 is looking like a winner.
Originally fixed for a summer release, today Sega pegged Sonic the Hedgehog 4 to "moar like latter half of 2010," while touting the delay with a brave cheerfulness and saying it'll allow for incorporating fan feedback into the game's development.
About a month ago several videos purporting to show gameplay from Sonic the Hedgehog 4 leaked out. This one, visually consistent with the others, shows a new stage: "Mad Gear Zone."
Several readers pointed us towards a series of YouTube videos that seem to feature Sonic the Hedgehog 4's Splash Hill and Lost Labyrinth Zones. Are they legit?
The announcement of Sonic the Hedgehog 4—Sega's episodic, downloadable return to 2D hedgehog platforming for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and WiiWare—was exciting, but lacking in both screen shots and video. That's why we have leaks.
Sega will be milking the announcement of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 for all its worth, doling out additional announcements and countdown clocks to drum up hedgehog hype. Perhaps the most interesting tease is the game's fourth platform.
Buy a game. Play it. Decide whether to keep it or sell it back. That's the current cycle of a gamer's gaming life. In the near future, that third choice may evaporate. You may soon never sell a game again.