The Sonic Boom game and cartoon have been announced with a new look, attempting to rejuvenate the decades-old Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. A new character has been revealed to help with that comeback, sporting possibly even more attitude than Knuckles the Echidna.
Sticks the Jungle Badger is part of Sega’s attempt to bring back the mascot that helped keep them on top back in the 16-bit console wars.
Sonic the Hedgehog was huge at first, showing gamers that Sega’s Genesis was capable of blazing fast speeds as their mascot dashed and spun through various worlds, collecting rings and fighting off the mechanical menace known as Dr. Robotnik. Along the way his signature attack was simply to hit the robots while spinning, using his mane like a circular saw. Through several sequels, it seemed like nothing could stop the blue blur.
Then Sonic was given a 3D adventure or two, and they were so bad that we quickly lost interest.
Sega is hoping that the Sonic Boom game and cartoon will bring the attitude and fun back to the franchise, this time adding a brand new character. Thankfully this new character appears to be more original than the disappointing Ultra Street Fighter IV addition Decapre.
The new character is being described as “a force of nature in every way,” and the description continues:
“Sticks is wilder than the other members of Sonic’s team with unparalleled animal instincts and extremely sharp survival skills. She’s a fearsome combatant and a tenacious hunter who’s armed with handmade weapons at all times, most notably a handmade boomerang that she keeps in tow.”
Sticks the Jungle Badger is said to be Sonic buddy Amy’s old friend, adding a little backstory for the animated addition to the Sonic Boom game and cartoon. She might sound familiar, as she’s voiced by Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Nika Futterman.
— SEGA (@SEGA) May 29, 2014
Sticks the Jungle Badger is basically the Wolverine of the Sonic world, and we’re talking about the comic book character, not Hugh Jackman’s film version. She grew up alone in the jungle, fending for herself, so she will lack some of the social skills of Sonic’s other friends. The description claims that “the concepts of sharing, compassion and friendship are foreign to her.”
One thing we’re hoping Sega doesn’t do is bring us another Sonic fighting game just to show Sticks in an element more familiar to her. The first attempt bombed, so we really don’t need another one.
What do you think of the new character being added to the Sonic Boom game and cartoon?
[image via GameSpot]