Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 released and Sonic Colours video revealed

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is now available! Unfortunately at this moment in time you can only buy the first instalment of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 if you’re a Nintendo Wii owner in the USA.

But fear not because European fans of the blue hedgehog will be able to download Sonic the Hedgehog 4 from different days this week depending on console preference. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 will be available on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade from tomorrow. European Nintendo Wii owners need to wait until Friday before they can get stuck into Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1.

For a full run down of what Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 will cost on each system, and to see a Casino Street Zone gameplay trailer, you can click here.

Speaking about the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, vice president of Digital Business at SEGA of America Haruki Satomi, said:

“Fans have been eagerly anticipating the next chapter in Sonic’s 2D saga for quite some time,”

“It gives me great pleasure to say that the wait is over – players around the world can now experience Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I on the console of their choice!”

Meanwhile, the official blurb for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 says:

“Dr. Eggman, having survived yet another defeat at the end of Sonic and Knuckles, has decided to upgrade the best of his badniks with one single goal in mind: destroy the spiky speedster once and for all. Players will have to use classic moves like the Spin Dash and the highly versatile Homing Attack to sprint through enemies, traps and hazards as they hunt down the evil doctor yet again. Will the power of the Chaos Emeralds be enough to bring him down this time? There’s only one way to find out!”

Fans of the series will be pleased to know that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 has been receiving positive reviews.

The American release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 comes on the same day that a new trailer for the upcoming Nintendo exclusive Sonic title, Sonic Colours, has been unleashed on the world. Among other things, the new Sonic Colours trailer features an appearance from Tails.

Sonic Colours is scheduled for release in Europe on November 12th, for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS and you can see the latest trailer below.

So Train2Game, will you be purchasing Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 this week? Do you think it’ll take you back to Sonic the Hedgehogs’ glory days on the SEGA Mega Drive? And what are your thoughts on the upcoming Nintendo exclusive Sonic Colours?

As usual, you can leave your thoughts here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 dated for October

Sonic the Hedgehog 4

It’s finally coming. After years of waiting, fans of Sonic the Hedgehog will be able to get their hands on a new 2D Sonic game when Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 from the middle of October.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 has staggered release across the different systems. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 will be available on the iTunes App store from October 7th, and on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live from October 13th. Nintendo Wii owners will get Sonic the Hedgehog: 4 Episode 1 last, when it’s made available for download on October 15th.

The price of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 also depends on your chosen system. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 will cost 1500 Wii points on WiiWare, 1200 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live Arcade and £9.99 on the PlayStation Network.

SEGA originally planned to release Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 during the summer but held the game back for more development time. Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait if we get to see Sonic back to his 2D best, in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. SEGA have not disclosed how many episodes of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 there will be.

You can the latest watch the latest Sonic the Hedgehog 4 trailer, showing gameplay from the Casino Street Zone, below.

Unfortunately, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 isn’t set to appear at the Eurogamer Expo in four days time.

Train2Game will be at Eurogamer, and we’ll be giving away the new PlayStation Move controller with a PlayStation 3 320GB slim.

To enter the prize draw, pick up an entry form at Stand 12 in the Career fair. We look forward to seeing you there.

So Train2Game, are you looking forward to Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1? Which system will you be buying it on? And do you think the prices are a little steep for what is going to be episodic content?

You can leave your thoughts here or on the Train2Game forum.

(Source: IGN)