Sega broke the bad news to Sonic fans today that the nostalgia-inducing downloadable “Sonic 4: Volume 1” has been pushed from its fast-approaching “summer” release to some time in “Late 2010”. Sega said that the development team needs more time to “tune, balance, and maintain the kind of polish” and an “unrivaled classic Sonic feel.” So far it looks like Sega has taken a lot of time to make sure fans of the series feel a rush of nostalgia when they play this new game – if they need a little extra time, it looks like it could be worth the wait.
Trying to sprinkle a little good news in with the bad, Sega also announced that, in addition to being available via PSN, Xbox Live and Wiiware, the company is developing a version of the game for the iPhone/iPod Touch. While it is nice that Sega is adding a portable option for the game, it might be challenging for Sega to maintain that “classic feel” on a platform that has no buttons…
UPDATE: Sega also released a trailer. Gameplay in Splash Hill Zone.
Nintendo held their US media summit San Francisco today. At the conference, they announced the release dates for their first-party lineup for Spring and Summer, 2010. Most exciting and surprising were the release dates for Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M, which will both be in stores this spring. Galaxy 2 will be coming out May 23’rd, while the new 2D Metroid is set to be released on June 27’th. Frankly speaking, until yesterday’s hint from Nintendo’s Australian summit (They’re going to be having international “summits” all week), it was widely assumed that word would come at E3 that both games would be ready some time around Christmas. Other interesting releases include the US release of Monster Hunter Tri (April 20’th) and Sin & Punishment 2: Star Successor (June 7’th) and whole bunch WiiWare titles, including Mega Man 10 (March 1’st).
You might be asking; “well now that they’ve done all this, what is Nintendo gonna show at E3?” Well, the word is that, regardless of what Nintendo says now, that they will be unveiling the DS-2 at this year’s big show. Announcing AAA titles like Mario Galaxy 2 now will presumably free Nintendo of the responsibility to promote their releases at E3 so they can focus on the console launch.