Sega announced Sonic Rush, Sonic Gems Collection, and Sonic The Hedgehog (mobile). Gamers can now enjoy the high-speed action made famous by SEGA icon Sonic the Hedgehog at home or on the road.
"Sonic is among the most recognizable characters in the gaming world, and in 2005 SEGA gives gamers both classic and completely new interpretations of the Sonic experience." said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Entertainment Marketing, SEGA of America.
Sonic partners up with a new heroine named Blaze in Sonic Rush, a Nintendo DS exclusive. Nintendo GameCube (US, Europe) and PlayStation2 computer entertainment system owners (Europe only) will be treated to the release of Sonic Gems Collection, a new compilation title featuring Sonic CD, Sonic The Fighters (Sonic Championship), Sonic R, and six Sonic Game Gear titles. And cell phone gamers will be able to enjoy the original SEGA Genesis Sonic The Hedgehog on the go.
These titles complement Shadow The Hedgehog, an action game announced earlier this year for PlayStation 2, GameCube, and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft.
In addition to these great new titles, expect a few more surprises from the Sonic franchise in 2005. For screenshots and artwork, access the SEGA E3 press kit at: www.SEGAe3.com.
# Sonic Rush (Nintendo DS): SEGA's popular blue dude with a ‘tude, Sonic the Hedgehog, blasts his way onto the Nintendo DS and takes high-speed action gaming to a whole new level. Sonic Rush takes full advantage of the dual screens on the Nintendo DS system to deliver a frantic adventure with dizzying dives, near-vertical curves, extreme jumps, brain-twisting loops and more! The fastest hedgehog in the world is now pairing up with a new heroine, Blaze the Cat. This dynamic duo heads out in search of the powerful and dangerous Sol Emeralds, to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. On their adventure, ripple effects will change the events of their worlds' inhabitants.
# Sonic Gems Collection (Nintendo GameCube [US, Europe]; PlayStation 2 [Europe]):Long-time Sonic fans, collectors, treasure hunters and newcomers to the series rejoice! The gem of all gems from the Sonic The Hedgehog family of products is coming this summer. Until now, the titles in this compilation have only been available in the arcade, on SEGA CD and on the SEGA Saturn. Sonic Gems Collection includes the ever-popular Sonic CD, the cult arcade hit Sonic The Fighters (Sonic Championship), and SEGA Saturn's very own Sonic R. Six of the most popular Sonic The Hedgehog Game Gear games will also be featured, as well as some other surprises, too!
# Shadow The Hedgehog (PlayStation 2, Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube): From his first appearance in Sonic Adventure 2 to his most recent role in Sonic Heroes, Shadow has emerged as one of the most popular characters in the Sonic The Hedgehog universe. And now, he is headlining his own game. Shadow The Hedgehog boldly combines the excitement of high-speed action-platformers with the intensity of third-person shooters. Created as the Ultimate Life Form, Shadow is a rebel tormented by a dark past, and he is struggling to unveil his true identity. Was he created to save humankind or to do the evil bidding of the dark side? His only clues are his own forgotten memories, and those secrets can only be unlocked through the powers of the seven Chaos Emeralds. Hero or Villain? You decide.
# Sonic The Hedgehog (Mobile phone): The classic worldwide hit returns for mobile phone subscribers. Players can relive the excitement of Sonic's debut adventure, ported beautifully to cellular platforms. The title will be bundled with Panasonic Mobile Communications' new line of GSM mobile phones.