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Sonic gets radical Western makeover: Bangarang, bandages & Big Bad Knuckles

Jonathan Lester
3DS, 3DS Games, Sega, Sonic Boom, Sonic the Hedgehog, Wii U, Wii U games

Sonic gets radical Western makeover: Bangarang, bandages & Big Bad Knuckles

In a move that will probably spark some lively debate across the internet, SEGA has revealed the new direction for Sonic The Hedgehog here in the West: entitled Sonic Boom. This new franchise will apparently spawn a CGI television show, toys, Wii U/3DS games and probably a whole mess of badly-drawn hentai and mis-spelled fan fiction, if we're totally honest.

We... will take some convincing, since this seems to be a fairly transparent attempt to conform to Western clichés. After all, nothing says "totally radical shenanigans" like dubstep, pointless bandages, dodgy pashminas and... WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO KNUCKLES?! Damn, he's been pumping some serious iron, and looks... just... okay, his design is moderately awesome.

Enjoy these new trailers and do let us know what you make of them. So long as Sonic Boom spawns a decent game, we really won't sweat the small stuff - and remember that the Japanese studios will continue creating games based on the traditional designs.

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Late  Feb. 7, 2014 at 12:30

The gang need to tell Knuckles to dial back on the 'roids - or at least tell him it's legs day once in a while.

Courtesy of nkognz @ deviantart

Last edited by Late, Feb. 7, 2014 at 12:36
JonLester  Feb. 7, 2014 at 14:35

Now that the shock has worn off, I actually really like Knuckles' redesign. It makes sense that he's bigger and more powerfully built than Sonic, both in terms of his gameplay style and, erm, that Echidnas are bigger than hedgehogs. Think he looks appropriately badass, tbh, apart from those spindly legs.

Man, he needs to do some leg presses. Maybe some squats.

That said, Sonic is a mess. Why the pashmina/bandage combo?! And don't even get me started on Tails.


Really. Really?

Last edited by JonLester, Feb. 7, 2014 at 14:40
Late  Feb. 7, 2014 at 15:13

If they're emphasising each character's most prominent features I dread to think what Rouge the Bat will look like. :{


"Echidnas are bigger than hedgehogs".
And hedgehogs, in turn, are bigger than foxes... ;)

Last edited by Late, Feb. 7, 2014 at 15:29
Drago_MkII  Feb. 7, 2014 at 20:56

Wow.... like it wasn't bad enough what they did with the Sonic games after the Dreamcast (until Generations) now they broke the character design too. Nice going Sega.

X10  Feb. 8, 2014 at 13:17
Last edited by X10, Feb. 8, 2014 at 13:17

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