Sorry for the delay in writing this up, it has been a hectic month, but welcome to the latest In-Depth piece! As per usual, these articles serve to do a case study on a certain Sonic related topic, taking research into account from things like dev interviews and the historical record. This month is a trivia-focused edition, where we look at random bits of trivia from what we know about Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, along with the Sonic Boom cartoon. You may learn something new here, so stick around:
- One criticism about Sonic Forces is the return of Green Hill Zone. Green Hill has showed up 21 times over the course of Sonic’s history. Of those 21 times, 17 were by exact name & graphics (Sonic 1, Sonic Drift, Sonic Blast, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Battle, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Sonic Jump, Sega Superstars Tennis, Sonic Chronicles, Sonic Generations, Sonic Dash, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Smash 3DS, Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax, LEGO Dimensions, Sonic Mania, and Sonic Forces). 3 times, the name was changed (Sonic 2 8-bit had Green Hills Zone, Sonic Chaos had Mecha Green Hill Zone, Sonic Advance had Neo Green Hill Zone). This also includes Sonic Pocket Adventure. The game’s first zone, Neo South Island Zone, used various assets from previous zones, including Green Hill’s. This does not count games like Sonic Heroes, Sonic Advance 3, and Sonic Lost World, which had Green Hill-like levels but weren’t intended to be Green Hill itself. Green Hill Zone has been mechanized (Sonic Chaos), driven on (Sonic Drift), converted into 3D (Sonic Adventure 2), battled on (Super Smash Bros. Brawl), sapped of color (Sonic Generations), and turned into sand (Sonic Forces).
- In Park Avenue of Sonic Forces, giant robots can be seen stomping around destroying the place. The last time we saw a Sonic game’s story advance in the background of a level? Sonic & The Black Knight.
- We also hear a vocal track in Sonic Forces’ Park Avenue. The last time that a vocal track was created for a Sonic game was Sonic Colors in 2010.
- Sonic Mania has wanted posters of characters like Fang The Sniper in Mirage Saloon. This is the second time in Sonic’s history that these characters were used in posters. The first time was in Sonic Generations.
- Sonic Boom’s cartoon is currently having a multi-parter event. There is not a single Sonic cartoon that doesn’t have a multi-parter. They have all had one in some fashion.
- Mike Pollock has voiced Sonic characters in more Sonic cartoon episodes than there are episodes of Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog’s, SatAM’s, and Sonic Underground’s combined.
- Sonic Boom has now aired more episodes than Sonic X.
- Sonic Mania has elemental shields, the third time in Sonic’s history. The other times were Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic Generations.
- Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania mark the first time that someone other than Sonic is playable in a main series Sonic game since 2012, with Metal Sonic in Sonic 4: Episode Metal, content that you only get if you have Sonic 4: Episode 1 & 2 on the same platform. Before then? Sonic Rush Adventure.
- Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces will be at E3 this year, the first time a main series Sonic game has done so since 2013.
- Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces are both main series Sonic titles that are slated to release this year. 2010 was the last time that multiple main Sonic titles released in the same year (Sonic Colors, Sonic 4: Episode 1).
- 2017 marks the first time in 3 years that a Sonic Boom game is not planned for release.
- Sonic Forces marks the 6th boost game in Sonic’s history. Sonic Rush, Sonic Rush Adventure, Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colors, and Sonic Generations were the others.
- Sonic Mania marks the first time that SEGA has used sprite graphics in an original Sonic game since 2007 with Sonic Rush Adventure.
- Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces are the first console Sonic games to release on a non-Nintendo platform in 5 years. Sonic 4: Episode 2 was the last time.
- If Sonic Mania’s summer release timetable holds up, this would be the first Sonic game to release around the summer season since Sonic 4: Episode 2 in 2012.
This post was originally written by the author for TSSZ News.