By Michael Fontanini / November 11th, 2014
Today, a pair of Sonic Boom games arrived at North American retailers, with one for the Wii U and the other for the 3DS. This follows the U.S. premiere of the Sonic Boom TV series on Cartoon Network, Sonic’s first CGI animated series. This is, of course, all also accompanied by a full merchandising program. These two new games (Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for 3DS) expand this newly created Sonic Boom universe, as they are set in the same world as the TV series.
Players will explore an undiscovered island as they fight and speed through this new world. They will help Sonic and his team of friends stop a new evil villain named Lyric. Sonic’s group of friends includes Tails, Knuckles and Amy, as well as a new character named Sticks. Each character has their own unique abilities, which players must leverage to complete their adventure.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U was developed by Big Red Button Entertainment (based in southern California). Development was a collaboration with Sonic Team and its leader Takashi Iizuka. In this game, Sonic and his friends end up unleashing a new snake-like villain, named Lyric, from an ancient tomb that is sealed deep within the island. With this new evil descending upon the world, they must now work together to stop it and return peace. You can unlock special upgrades by playing through the story of the 3DS game and connecting to Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on your Wii U via local wireless communication.
As for the other game, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for 3DS was developed by Sanzaru Games, Inc. (based in northern California). Again, this project was a collaboration with Sonic Team. In this game, Amy discovers an ancient language and a manuscript. It details the location of the Lost Crystal of Power, and Amy is kidnapped by the power-hungry villain Lyric, who is desperate to get his claws upon this power. This crystal, long forgotten, has lain hidden in the jungles and canyons of this mysterious island for a very long time. It should be noted that you can try this game out right now, as there is a demo available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
As you can see, the two games feature different stories from each other. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U is priced at $49.99 and was rated “E10+ for Everyone 10 and up” by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, on the other hand, is priced at $39.99 and was rated “E for Everyone” by the ESRB. If you’re a Sonic the Hedgehog fan, you will probably want to check these games out. Below is a trailer for each game:
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