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Sonic the Hedgehog

Hello my poison and fairy types! This week on NEP, Oni Dino is a bit unhinged but we make it work! Galen chats Terry Bogard and Luigi’s Mansion impressions while Oni Dino continues grinding the gears in Destiny Connect. We then discuss the Phanpy in the room and give our opinions on the Pokemon Sword / Shield controversy and how people are handling things on social media. And who can forget the big star of turning around 2019: Sonic the hedgehog.

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Earlier this year, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie was delayed out of 2019. With the extra time, Sonic himself would be getting a makeover to keep him more in like with fans’ expectations.

Ahead of the new February 14, 2020 premiere date, a brand new trailer has now arrived – complete with the first official look at Sonic’s redesign. Watch the video below.

After Sonic’s look was shown off for the upcoming movie, fans expressed a very negative opinion. The backlash was so strong that the film was the delayed and the character’s design will be changed.

Jim Carrey, who plays Dr. Ivo Robotnik in the movie, has now commented on the situation. Speaking at the Television Critics Association presentation for Carrey’s Showtime series Kidding, he said:

After a negative reaction to Sonic’s design in the upcoming movie, it was announced that the character would be going through a bit of a makeover. The decision also prompted the film to be delayed into February of next year.

Tim Miller, an executive producer on the Sonic movie, spoke about the entire experience in an interview with Variety. Miller shared the following about the reaction and going through with the redesign:

2021 will be the “next big year” for Sonic. That’s according to Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka, who teased future plans in an interview with Game Informer.

Regarding 2021 and what it means for the series, Iizuka said:

SEGA is celebrating Sonic’s anniversary with a new sale. Games for Switch, 3DS, and Wii U have been discounted on the eShops.

Here’s the full lineup of deals:

2021 will be a big year for Sonic, as the character and the franchise as a whole will be turning 30 years old. According to Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka, the team wants to take on a new kind of challenge for the the series’ big milestone.

Iizuka shared that news in a recent interview with 4Gamer. During the same discussion, he was also asked about the possibility of Sonic crossing over into eSports territory. Given the nature of the main games, Iizuka believes it’s unlikely. Other genres may be a better fit for the idea, however.

Hello, my green and red shells! In this episode of NEP, we’re talkin’ kart racing since both Mario and Sonic have games out! We also discuss mobile gaming in general and Nintendo’s approach to microtransactions; we then talk the state of the Sonic movie being pushed back to February 2020. Oni and Galen have plenty of opinions, and you sure don’t need to agree with them, but feel free to eavesdrop on our conversation anyway!

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The Sonic the Hedgehog movie will not release towards the end of the year as originally planned. It will now debut on February 14, 2020, director Jeff Fowler has announced.

Fowler said on Twitter that the extra time will be used “to make Sonic just right.” He passed along the following tweet:

Sonic earned widespread acclaim with Sonic Mania, which returns to the series’ roots. Along with being well-received by fans and critics, it also sold well. Around that game’s release, Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka believes that the franchise turned a corner.

Speaking with LADbible, Iizuka said: