Sonic the Hedgehog's rough modern history on consoles is well-documented, and his traditional iOS entries have likewise been hit-or-miss. Lately, Sega's tried to improve the blue blur's fortunes on the App Store by pairing his iconic look and abilities with tried-and-true mobile formulas. Sonic Jump aped the Doodle Jump formula with middling results, and now Sonic Dash aims to put the hero into a behind-the-back endless runner. While it's certainly a better thematic fit than the former title, this awkward entry never quite finds its footing.
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Sonic the Hedgehog's many previous App Store exploits have all been ports of past favorites or newer multiplatform releases, so to see Sega pursue a brand new mobile experience in the form of Sonic Jump is encouraging. Granted, as you'll notice immediately from the screenshots, "new" may not be the best word to describe a title that pays very obvious tribute to Doodle Jump and its ilk. That's not necessarily a problem, as Namco Bandai showed that such a pairing can work wonders with Pac'n-Jump, but Sonic Jump doesn't quite find the sweet spot between its disparate origins.
The lengthy wait between installments could be taken as a sign of Sega's effort to make Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II a better game than its underperforming predecessor. In some ways, that's true. Improved physics, crisply-detailed environments, and a handful of interesting new gameplay tweaks give this second jaunt better staying power, but with speed and precision being crucial ingredients for a successful Sonic outing, Episode II's frustrating touch controls just don't keep up.
In Sonic CD, the titular hedgehog runs so fast that he can travel through time à la Back to the Future's Delorean. Going into the future portrays a dystopia full of evil robots, yet if Sonic goes back in time and destroys a generator, he can achieve a brighter, happier tomorrow with fewer foes.
Japanese company Capcom and its American counterpart, Capcom USA, along with SEGA will be slashing prices on many of their most popular games in order to raise money for Japan Relief funds. Notable titles like Street Fighter 4 and several Sonic the Hedgehog games are being included in the sale.
With this week's news about Nintendo's new offerings--like the 3DS and the rejuvenation of a plethora of popular titles from the Nintendo 64--iPhone and iPod touch users might be asking themselves if it's time to go back to console gaming. And while most mobile iDevice users probably have an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 collecting dust somewhere in the house, it's not guaranteed that all of them have had a chance to even mess with the Nintendo DS.
With the knowledge that Nintendo may never bring their popular Mario and Zelda titles to the App Store, we scoped out thirteen Nintendo DS games that had equal or better equivalents in the App Store so that you don't have any handheld envy. Plus, games sold in the App Store are so much more affordable. Read on for a list of wonderful, and often heralded, game titles that will surely fill up your iPhone or iPod touch with plenty of fun games to play.