Monday, October 02, 2006

Sonic DS: A Canned Part of the Past or a Sign of the Future?

When Sonic DS (which would later be known to the world as Sonic Rush) was initially unveiled in 2004, it looked to be an entirely different game than what it is now.
Although details were scarce, it looked to be a Sonic Adventure-esque game instead of the classic 2D style that was used for the final release.

Judging by the screen shots, it looked to take full advantage of the DS’s graphical power, and even made use of the touch screen by letting you control everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog by rubbing the stylus against the bottom DS screen.

Although it looked to be a platformer in the vein of Sonic Adventure, in many shots there was a start and finish meter found, so it could have possibly been a racing title like Sonic R (A long-forgotten on-foot racing title initially released for the Sega Saturn and later resurrected on last years’ Sonic compilation Sonic Gems Collection for Nintendo Gamecube).

So what could this all possibly mean? It could be canned, but I doubt Sega would cancel the original release for good. It’s unlikely that all of the Sonic games released for the DS will be 2D titles, so the next Sonic release from Sega could possibly be a re-worked version of what was initially unveiled or perhaps a whole new 3D Sonic game for Nintendo’s quirky handheld. Stay tuned, and when Ross finds out some more info about this intriguing-gaming mystery then you can be sure that you will too…


At 3:40 PM, Blogger gnome said...

Ok. I'm tuned.

(gnome does indeed look tuned)

2d rulez!!!11!

(gnome eloquently adds before getting back to being tuned)

At 12:12 AM, Blogger Wedge14 said...

"slide your finger rhythmically and quickly"


Oh god sorry, I need to get my mind of out this teenaged gutter i feel in.

I promise to post an opinion or something meaningful next time. Honest
I swear by the Konami code.

At 10:48 PM, Blogger Rosewarrior said...

Hmm, a 3d sonic game on DS.Im not sure how well that would work. But then again I didnt see how the Ds could beat the PSP, so watch it be amazing.

At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The screens that you are showing are, indeed, from the Sonic demo for DS shown at E3 2004. But that was not ever meant to actually be a game. It was a tech demo to show off the DS, plain and simple. Sega was never actually making it into a full-blown game. It's not like they were developing a game based on that demo, and then they scrapped it and shifted to 2D. Rush was 2D from the very beginning of it's development.

Just thought I'd point that out.

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Tomleecee said...

That's put an end to the speculation, then. It would be interesting to see a 3D sonic game on the DS though.

At 10:56 PM, Blogger Ross said...

Who knows what they did - and learned- with the technology from that tech demo though? I woulden't quite completely write off the possibility of a full-fledged 3D DS Sonic game yet...

At 3:09 PM, Blogger fatherkrishna said...

Excellent review! Indeed it would be interesting and brilliant to see a 3D Sonic for the DS now i ama Nintendo owning fanboy...
Ah! I just noticed this article was from the days when Teeleecee was still amongst us... (Father Krishna wipes a nostalgic tear from his eye and thinks whistfully about his departed team-member...)
Great post!

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