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  1. IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog (coming 2018)

    I won't pretend I understand every design decision in Sonic, but it's not as if there's no logic whatsoever. Sonic's ball form is related to his being a hedgehog, for instance, while Knuckles's knuckles are based on the burrowing claws of the real echidna. Other characteristics evolve from internal logic; Blaze may well have fire powers by analogy to Sonic and wind, for instance. Shadow looks like a hedgehog because he was designed to be a dark rival to Sonic, with his backstory having plainly come along later on. Regardless, though, it's not as if story and character are binary opposites; neither means very much without the other. A story with uninteresting characters is hard to get emotionally invested in, while great character design doesn't mean much if the character never gets to do anything. People may have their preferences but the two are interdependent. A successful comic needs good characters and good stories.
  2. IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog (coming 2018)

    I thought it was pretty clear that the "new direction" for the comics was in relation to Archie, as a way of stating that the IDW comic would not be a continuation but a fresh approach, rather than any kind of statement about how it would relate to the games - and there was no chance of it being an entirely distinct product. Brand unity is not likely to decrease at this time. So far as the deployment of new characters goes, Ian is pretty clear in his interview that the new characters are about filling niches, but I also believe that it's probably related to setting out pieces on the board which might be useful later; giving himself an expanded toolbox. Neither Rough and Tumble nor Tangle are wholly interchangeable with any existing character, and the fact that they exist gives him more options. I don't think there's been any statement that any of the three are to be "regulars"; "recurring," which provides no information about the frequency with which they might recur, strikes me as more likely. Rough and Tumble are explicitly small fry, after all.
  3. Five Nights at Freddy's - Custom-Night Service

    Depends how tightly he's holding the reins, I'd imagine. They'll be alternative continuities mainly if fans decide they are; it seems unlikely that that'll be the official take, as calling them AUs would defeat the point of officially licensing the franchise rather than just telling the fangame developers to go hog-wild.
  4. IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog (coming 2018)

    I suspect that they're potentially on the table, being game characters, but it might be a long long time until we get to see them - and when/if we do, they'll essentially be rebooted again, reimagined as if nobody had ever done them in a comic book before. In this regard it's probably worth reconsidering this Sonic Stadium article, which concludes that there probably aren't rights issues as such with any of those characters; as you point out, the Hooligans just showed up in Mania, and Archie were using many of them (e.g. Witchcart) right up until the end. It would be interesting to see the Hooligans re-examined with the recent discoveries that Bean and Bark weren't meant to be villains. (Were they and Nack/Fang even a game-canon group before Mania?)
  5. IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog (coming 2018)

    I see where you're coming from, but I'm not certain that they're actually all that ugly in relation to other Sonic characters; if I picture them actually trying to look friendly and good-guy-ish, it's far from impossible. I think they look evil here because they're actively trying to look menacing rather than trying to look more amiable. It'll be interesting to see more of a range of poses from them in the comic itself. I'll concede the point on the eyes, at least, though I'm actually pretty certain that Tumble has black eyes; that is, they're bruised and it's not out of the question for them to heal up if he keeps out of fights for a while.
  6. I absolutely agree; it would be much more exciting and unpredictable a product if they were allowed to follow the Smash Bros. approach of including some of the more obscure characters who haven't had an appearance in a long time. Nack honestly doesn't seem too unrealistic under that line of thinking, given that he just got an outing in Mania which Sega apparently agreed to without much persuasion.
  7. While we have numerous indications about a Sonic racing game being in development, as far as I know we don't actually have anything to tie that to an SXSW announcement or teaser. It could still perfectly well be Mania Project Plus or something. (Both would be great, but I'm not holding my breath.)
  8. Pokemon Anime General Discussion

    Theories are running rampant that Coro Coro is hinting at Lugia getting a new forme; apparently it's going to reveal an "important scoop" about the Pokemon next issue. ...I'm not at all sure I'd be on board with that.
  9. IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog (coming 2018)

    I also think they have a slightly Pokemon-like vibe - but considering how hard it is for fanartists to actually design something that looks convincingly like a Pokemon, I'd say that's kind of a compliment. Would be interesting to see them teaming up with some of the other anthro villains eventually.
  10. I don't really like racing games, so I say this as somebody whose only stake in this is as an interested observer. It would be a shame if other SEGA franchises didn't get represented. I would completely understand if they didn't, because frankly I'd never heard of any of them before the All-Stars games and they have surely sunk back into that obscurity once again by now through SEGA's undernourishment. But fans of old SEGA material have little to no places they can go to to actually enjoy new content from those old franchises, whereas the groaning Sonic cast manages to continue to pop up in Forces cutscenes, sports spin-offs, mobile games and the like. I also think it would be regrettable to do a Sonic-only kart racer when the prospect of another on-foot racer like Sonic R sounds far more interesting - but given that the main games are essentially just a weird racing game by now, there might be some serious cognitive dissonance with a racing spin-off that might honestly be more of a platformer than the non-racers. Well, well. As an interested observer who's only going to look at it, I just hope they come up with an interesting selection of levels that aren't just the same old, same old.
  11. Another interpretation which, I'm afraid, opposes your theory is that the defeat of Infinite's squad hurt his pride more than anything else.
  12. Is Mania After The 8-Bit Games? Theory

    The simplest fix of all: "Dimension" is here being used to refer to time in its sometimes theoretical capacity as a fourth dimension accompanying the three dimensions of space, and thus the actual significance is merely a complicated way of describing Classic Sonic as being from another time. Notice how the term "dimension" is only used by Tails and Eggman, the two most intelligent and science-conscious characters in the series.
  13. Sincerely, I think at first it was probably jitters over the copyright status of Sherlock Holmes; although the character is in the public domain now, certain stories are still under copyright in the U.S. and can't be referenced without paying the Doyle estate. Later, it was probably because, as I understand it, the games didn't actually perform very well. It's still possible we might get a Switch compilation, but given that the whole series has been hanging on a localisation precipice whereby we almost didn't get Dual Destinies at all, then I'm not optimistic.
  14. The Mario Kart analogy honestly makes me think of Motobug instead, though I suppose Eggrobo would be a better fit. I just like the idea of a Motobug driving a Motobug-themed kart.
  15. What game are you currently playing?

    Whether it's the GBA original or the 3DS remake, I highly recommend Superstar Saga, and it's generally a well-regarded game.

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