Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Spin Dashes On To Consoles This Summer

By Spencer . February 4, 2010 . 1:23am


Sega, perhaps inspired by the success of Mega Man 9 and New Super Mario Bros., is taking Sonic back to his roots. For real this time. No werehogs, race cars or fiery felines are in this game. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 picks up where Sonic & Knuckles left off and is a back to basics 2.5D side-scroller. Sonic has all of his old moves plus the homing attack introduced in the 3D Sonic games. Start practicing with the old games because Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 has online leaderboards.


While there is “episode” in the title, it doesn’t sound like Sega is going to release monthly installments onf Sonic. Ken Balough, Associate Brand Manager at Sega, compared the episodes to Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles where both games were linked on the same timeline.


Episode 2 is in the works for sure, but before Sega gets to that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 has to come out first. It’s slated for release this summer on WiiWare, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade. The WiiWare and PSN versions have some kind of motion control feature using the Wii remote and Sixaxis controller, respectively.

  • Jaxx-Leviathan

    Ah good idea Sega. Hopefully this will bring back some love for the little blue guy.

  • Ereek

    I’m not fond of the “episodic” idea, but we’ll see how it goes. I haven’t been a fan of most of the newer Sonic games, so here’s to hoping this one actually ends up good.

  • JeremyR

    iPhone, too, apparently, which depresses me that it’s not coming to either the DS or PSP. Maybe a compilation when its done, but yugh, I can’t even imagine trying to play something like this on the horrid 360 d-pad.

  • Advent_Andaryu

    Episode 1? Maybe Ep1 is Sonic, Ep2 is Tails, and Ep3 is Knuckles. Sega said that it will be Sonic only but maybe they meant just for Episode 1? I do believe they will expand on this and it will be successful.

    • Oh!
      I love that idea!

      Anyways here’s hoping the WiiWare version isn’t too dumbed down or anything, since it’s the one I’ll get…
      I AM pretty sure control wise, it’ll be the best with the Wii Remote’s superior D-pad, even if it has a bit of motion controls.

      • speedstersonic

        Wiimote’s D-pad superior to the playstation D-pad? What drugs have you been on?

        • MrMee

          they are about the same to me, but 360 on the other hand…

        • Umm none?
          It is kind of a subjective topic but at least for me it feels much “tighter”.
          It’s hard to explain…
          But if you’ve played any Genesis Sonic on VC I’m sure you’ll agree.

          • daizyujin

            I have played Sonic 1 on all three consoles and frankly, the Wii was the worst for me though I did play it on the 360 with the stick. The pad on the Wii Remote is fine but it is too damn small. I have to go with speedstersonic here, the PS3’s D-pad is superior in practically every way. But as you said, it is very subjective.

          • The fact that it’s small is one of the reasons I like it, some people with big hands hate it because of it but I have small/medium hands and it’s just perfect for me :).

          • malek86

            Frankly, none of this gen’s d-pads are any good. Either too small or too crampy.

            This should come out for the Saturn. Then we would be using the perfect d-pad.

            Wasn’t there some sort of official Saturn pad for the PS3? That would be awesome, and cement my decision of buying any future 2D games on the PS3.

          • Kris

            It wasn’t official, technically, but the USB Saturn pads are somehow forward compatible with the PS3. (You can’t play any PS2 games with them though).
            I’l probably get one of my own when this comes out.

          • malek86

            What about PS1 games?

          • Chow

            There was an actual licensed Saturn Pad for the PS2, released for the Sega Ages releases in Japan. I happen to have it, and the only thing it has more than the newer USB knockoffs is that it has an actual Select button.

            I’ll have to agree that none of the D-Pads of this Generation are very good. The best in my opinion was the PS2 D-Pad, which is strange to say considering it should be the same as the PS3 D-Pad (for some reason it’s not). The Wii’s D-Pad has the same problem that the PSP-1000 and NDS Lite’s D-Pads have: the diagonals don’t register when you’re only trying to press the diagonal (and not as part of a motion). As for the 360, everybody knows about its D-Pad, lol.

          • Kris

            malek, this is probably way too late, but I do believe it does the PS1 games,, since IIRC, you don’t need to press the PS-button to sync your controller.

        • StealthKnight

          Actually, I have big hands and I like the wii’s d-pad over a playstation pad. I like my d-pads all together.

  • malek86

    Mmmh, let’s see. I don’t care for motion controls in a 2D game, so with 480p vs. 1080p the choice is obvious. So the WiiWare version is out of the question (and besides, I wonder if the 40Mb limit will mean lower quality overall).

    That leaves the 360 or PS3… however, like someone said, the D-pad on the 360 is definitely not good for 2D games, or for any other games for that matter.

    Looks like I might have to get this for PS3.

  • a3dejong

    They are downgrading sonic to a downloadable game, what are they thinking at sega! Didn’t they read the blockbuster sales of the a 2d mariogame…

  • thebanditking

    Fantastic! This looks great, I cant wait to play this. Good that its on all platforms but like many stated the 360’s d-pad is trash, and the Wii version will be compressed and in SD. PSN version for me.

  • PSN for me. there was no choice. I never get the wii version of any multiplat game

    • csmzs

      you’re shallow.

      • fallen

        I can guarantee you he has at least five reasons off the top of his head to take the PSN version over Wiiware. DIAF

  • MrMee

    about time

    • fallen

      I know, right? I hate that it took so long for companies to realize that their BEST-SELLING GAMES are best-selling for a goddamned reason!!! Ugh, video games.

  • adempton

    I’m trying really hard not to get excited over this. Sega has disappointed me so many times now and has completely screwed poor Sonic over. If it’s at all like the last couple of Sonic games on the Genesis, I’m getting it. But we’ll see.

    I’m glad it’s Sonic only. I love Tails and Knuckles but I hate the rest of the newer Sonic cast. The last thing I want is to have dialogue with Peach the weasel or Fatty the cat or whoever they are.

  • Chow

    I hope the music is more classic Sonic fare than those hard rock songs we’ve been hearing for the past decade.

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