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  1. Big was hilarious in this short, same also with Knuckles and a bit also the Chaos and Amy. Not so sure, if the next animated shorts can be as funny as this one. Team Dark is not really material for funny gags, same with Silver and Blaze.
  2. Sonic isn't really a niche franchise in my eyes. Not at all. Viva Pinata and Grabbed by the Ghoulies are niche, since not many people did heard of those games. Heck, I would even say, that games like DKC, Banjo-Kazooie, F-Zero, and Metroid more niche franchises compare to Sonic are. Sonic is a property that is always present every year. And the reason for this is because people keep him relevant somehow: Fanarts, fanfics, fan videos, animated TV shows, the upcoming movie, officially animated shorts form Sega that they can put on their Youtube channel, fan movies like those made by Dorkly, the official Sonic Twitter account, the official comics from Archie (formerly) and now IDW, youtube celebrities like the GameGrumps who make fun of the series (they are now playing SA2 on their channel), popular memes like the Sanic and Uganda Knuckles etc. all of those things keep the series alive. No other series in the world is so much involved in other things besides the own game series than Sonic. Hardcore fans will always come back to Sonic, since they love the characters so much. This luxury has no other game series. If the next Crash or Spyro game fails, then yeah, they are once again gone, maybe forever, because there is nothing to come back for. People love those games because they are good games. Sonic, on the other hand, doesn't need to have good games to sell, he just needs everything else that surrounds the games. So yeah, short story, Sonic is in my eyes no niche, since so many people know him from some were.
  3. But why suddenly now? There was a big gap between the first announced and real marketing. The trailer they showed us yesterday is technically the first real trailer that showed us only gameplay. No cinematic cutscenes or music.
  4. In your dreams. They missed the chance of promoting the game. The only reason it will sale maybe a few copies is just because of the Sonic name itself.
  5. We all knew that this will happen. Sega really is just way too afraid in taking risks with Sonic nowadays, that they recycle the same levels and themes over and over again.
  6. No one is so good in showing nothing like Sega. Well at least TSR looks less sucky than before. But still, it can not compete at all with Crash Team Racing.
  7. Out of all the other side characters in this franchise, I think Shadow has the most potential by carrying his own series. The reason for this is unlike with others like Blaze or Knuckles he has developed his own image and is much further away from the usual Sonic formula. Maybe even too much, because he doesn't really feel like a typical Sonic character at all. He has his own cast of characters like DK Wario, he has his own unique gameplay style like Luigi, his world and storytelling is nothing like that of Sonic. So yes, he has the potential for his own series. I'm pretty sure if Sega didn't ruin his first stand-alone-game, Shadow would have become its own series. At least for a while, because I'm not sure if over the top edgelords are still something that people are into today. It seems that those types of characters are seen as a complete joke nowadays.
  8. I'm not sure if it would help the Sonic brand by giving it a not so good movie-tie-in-game. Sonic is already very on the bottom on his carrier. He does not need more bad games.
  9. They are very active on this account, I have to give them that. But most of the stuff their post seems to be more meme fooder than anything that really has to do with the series itself. And it is not like there isn't something to talk about: We have the movie, the IDW comics, and TSR. But still, they focus much more on memes.
  10. Maybe. But I do not think it will be a major 3D game like Lost World and Forces. I think it will be either a mobile game or maybe Sonic Mania 2.
  11. Sure, but the difference between Blaze and Luigi is, that people like this new characterization of Luigi. That he is this scaredy-cat and a ghost hunter. With Blaze, on the other hand, it is very tricky. You can not really change her, because you will then destroy the things that people love about her so much. People have fallen in love with her because she is just like Sonic. She can do all the cool stuff he can and that made her so special in the eyes of her fans. I'm not so sure if we can pull off the same with Blase and give her her own game like a Luigi's Mansion or Donkey Kong Country. She is just way to close to all the stuff, that people like about a regular Sonic game. And if her game plays like Sonic, sounds like Sonic, looks like Sonic and feels like Sonic, why not just make a Sonic game instead? Also, I think that people overrate Blaze quit a bit. She isn't that strong of a character. If she was, Sega would have used her more. But they didn't.
  12. No. She is just way to close to Sonic in terms of pretty much everything. - She runs super fast like Sonic. - She has a super form that is very similar to Sonic's. - The most powerful objects, that she has to collect, are also just her own version of the Chaos-Emeralds. - She has her own sidekick in Form of Marine, who is also an inventor that builds machines. - Her arch-enemy is literally just a color-swap version of Dr. Eggman. - The main enemies that she has to defeat are also robots. - Her world is very similar to that of Sonic. I really see no point in why she should get a spinoff. Nintendo for example also gave also some of their characters like DK, Wario, Luigi, Yoshi, Tingle etc. their own games, but the characters were unique enough to carry their own games. Blaze has nothing really outstanding that makes her unique, besides her princess title, which is pretty pointless, since her royalty is never really addressed by the characters, and her fire abilities, which is just really visual decoration that doesn't influence the gameplay much. Also, given Blaze her own spinoff really seems questionable, since she is one of the lesser used characters of the franchise. She only really played in 4 games a noticeable role. Rush, Rush Adventure, which not many people have played, 06, where she really didn't contribute anything to the story, and Black Knight, which is technically not her, but a character from the book that for some reason looks like her. For real, even Cream, Zavok, and Big deserve more their own spinoff.
  13. I love this song! But I'm not sure if Gangsta's Paradise is the right fit for Sonic. Unless this is the new direction for the Hedgehog in the future, be a black gangsta and such.
  14. No one should really listen to anyone when it comes to creating his/her own art. If you do that, then you just tangle yourself in your own creativity to the point where you the artist do not what to do with your one creation. And that is the problem Sega know hs to face. They have listened to much to the fans. Sonic is too much of everything and no one really knows, what he should be and what he is. And that all happen because they have listened to much to the fans.
  15. When was Dingodile more insane than Ripper Roo? N. Gin I can understand since in the Titans games he was shown with a split personality disorder.
  16. Maybe, maybe not. We don't know for sure. It could have as much content as other racing games. But they do not tell us anything about it. We do not know how the story mode will play out. Will it have cutscenes, bosses, missions, stuff to collect? We do not know. Will it have side mini-games and a mission mode? Maybe, we do not know for sure. They barely show us anything form the game. It could be as good as CTR, but they do not make a good job of telling us that.
  17. Gee... I didn't think that they could make Ripper Roo even crazier. Especially his laugh sounds now more frightening than funny.
  18. And this might be even the saddest thing of this story. It could be a good game in its own rights, but they really don't sell it well. It would be sad if it fails, if the game is good.
  19. Why didn't they told us before, that this game had this feature? And official they didn't really tell us, we had to find this out with a picture someone took and posted it on Twitter. Great marketing, Sega!
  20. It is more a love-hate-relationship he has with Sonic. Kinda like many people nowadays. They love to hate Sonic.
  21. Wow. The Gamegrumps really are now a huge part of the Sonic brand. Well... maybe not huge, but they play a noteworthy role in Sonic's marketing now.
  22. How can be anyone hype about this game? They almost showed nothing of this game in the last 10 months. SSBU is a game that builds hype, KH3 is a game that builds hype, Spyro knew how to build hype and interest for his game and same goes for Crash Team Racing. With this game, on the other hand, it is like Sega doesn't want to market it.
  23. Hopefully with only brand new zones. No rehashes anymore. I'm so sick and tired of this nostalgia pandering.
  24. Good question... I'm not really sure if this is already too late. The Sonic brand is really damaged at this point. A lot of mediocre or downright terrible games, movies, and TV shows that confuses the image of Sonic even more and at Sega, no one really cares about this series anymore. I think the first thing Sega needs to change about Sonic is by given the series a clear image. This series must finally make up its mind what it wants to be. If you look at other series like Mario, Zelda, DKC, they never really changed the core elements of their brand that much. The world, style, characters etc. All of them are pretty consistent. The Sonic brand tried way too hard to be everything at once, which just confuses the people. This is what I would do first. Finally, decide the image of Sonic. I think this is one of Sonic's biggest issues. That is is a very confusing series.
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