With the recent announcement of Sonic returning to Smash Bros for WiiU and 3DS, there was much excitement that the speedster would be back for another round. Me? I’m a stage guy more than anything, so I decided to dig up all the video footage and screenshots I could, add a little digital duct tape, and try and figure out just what is going on in Sonic’s new stage.
The new stage, clearly modeled after Sonic Lost World‘s Windy Hill level, appears to have a bit of a rolling structure. While trying to piece this screenshot together, I noticed some pieces weren’t lining up, and upon investigating the video I noticed that the stage is built on a rounded surface that rotates a bit with the camera. Whether just a change in perspective due to focusing on one character, or an overall camera tilt, I am unsure. A fully circular stage with a central gravity that tugs you back to the middle would be incredibly unique, but would it be a Sonic stage when it could be a Mario Galaxy stage?
There’s really not much else to notice yet. There is likely more to do to the left and right; you can see a swinging platform on the right on the peak of it’s swing. I also imagine there’s more going on to he left. I hope we get a better screenshot because this is only making me more curious! At this point this stage is either going to be an auto-scroller like Mushroomy Kingdom, or it’s going to be SmashU’s Hyrule Temple.
Just what would a Sonic Lost World stage sound like? Let’s pick out a few likely candidates and personal favorites and lay ’em out under the jump!
Mario’s oldest rival, Sonic the Hedgehog, returns in the next Smash Bros. games, and while it’s not exactly unprecedented or unexpected, it’s always nice to see a confirmation via new screenshots and videos.
Our heroic hedgehog looks great in HD, as you’ll see in some of the shots below. The art direction for the new Smash games seems to really be bringing the best out of some character designs, allowing for them to have color without sacrificing detail. It’s far and above the drab palette of the Brawl incarnations.
We’ve also seen our first video footage since the initial launch trailers for the next iterations of Smash. It’s not much, but it helps get a sense of Sonic’s speed and the (albeit subject-to-change) tweaking with his moveset. Also, the super-clever will notice a stage that appears to be based on Sonic Lost World, coming soon to Wii U and 3DS.
So what does Sonic returning mean? On the obvious level, it brings us to two third-party characters, which is the same number Brawl had. But it also opens the door for Solid Snake to return, should he so choose. I always felt three was the lucky number for third party characters, so if Snake comes back, I predict that’ll be it. If not, we may still be able to squeeze in one more! Just who could it be… (Protip: We’ll discuss this later!)
Sonic’s stage on the Wii U comes to us from Sonic Lost World, but what about his 3DS stage (assuming he gets one)? I was really hoping to see this on the WiiU, but considering Lost World, I’ll have to take a silver medal and hope for a stage based on Sonic Colors on the 3DS Smash. Tropical Resort is, visually, one of my favorite locations in a Sonic title. A combination of Casino Night Zone, and a resort beach, it pretty much has all the bright colors set against a dark, spacey background that I could ever want. But if that wasn’t enough for me to want to see, I’d love to hear that gorgeous theme song as well. I’ll probably talk more about these and some other choice tracks in a future post, so stay tuned!
Visually, I want to see the team do more with our blue hero than they did in Brawl. For palette swaps, we saw a Sonic don a pair of colored bracers and tint his blue fur towards the color of the overall re-color. It looked kind of gross, especially for the green swap, and didn’t feel very inspired. Considering we’re not going to fit in every Sonic character ever, it would be nice to at least see color swaps that reflect the designs and colors of Tails, Knuckles, Sonic, Silver, and even the likes of Espio and (If you’re feeling particularly cruel) Amy. I’d love to see an alternate costume for Sonic that replaces him with Metal Sonic. His voice could either be removed completely, or replaced by a synthesizer that gives him all the same dialogue through a robotic voice. It’s a bit of a reach for an alternate costume but the only other choice really is to put him in some random costume pieces.
I for one welcome back ol’ Blue, but what do you think? What would you like to see changed up about him? Hit me up in the comments and let us discuss!