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Sonic creator making NiGHTS 3? Or is it Sonic Adventure 3? Or a bit of both?

Remember kids, it's not plagiarism if you're only nicking your own ideas back. Especially if you're nicking them back from a company that's doing nothing worthwhile with them. Devil May Cry/Bayonetta Director Hideki Kamiya knows this. Goldeneye/Timesplitters dev Free Radical knew that. And now, it seems, Sonic creator Yuji Naka knows it too.

Having been responsible for the blue hedgehog's Mega Drive glory days and NiGHTS' Saturn debut during his days at Sega, Naka-san now looks set to take back control of both - albeit in a totally unofficial way - with his new, non-Sega game Rodea the Sky Soldier. The joint 3DS  and Wii release might not be a genuine continuation of either series, but good lord, does it look a lot like both. And we've got a trailer to prove it.


Above: Check out Famitsu for a slightly better quality version

If you read my story on the game's announcement last week, you'll know that I flagged it up (based purely on the release artwork and Naka-san's gameplay description) as a cross between Skies of Arcadia and NiGHTS. Was I right? Of course I was. I always am. Mix in some very Sonic Adventure springs and camera movement for good measure and you end up with a great big ball of "Screw you guys, I'm having my games back!" And Naka's right to do so. Sega just can't be trusted with its old IP.

As for how exactly it'll play, Naka's earlier comments are now making more sense. It seems that rather than having constant direct control over Rodea, you'll continually update his flight path with a point and click interface, using the Wii remote and presumably the 3DS' stylus. It looks pretty neat, all things considered, with a unique rhythm and flow all of its own. If Naka can marry the control scheme to some satisfyingly paced levels and set-pieces (which it so far looks like he can), then this could be a bit of a stunner.

And seriously, isn't it nice to see a proper Sega game on the way again, even if it isn't officially a Sega game? Big blue skies. Bright colours. Simple but exciting central mechanics. Ladies and gentlemen, it's Dreamcast o' clock.

18 comments

  • Valcrist - January 25, 2011 3:37 a.m.

    Wow thats true, you are ALWAYS right.... now if you would just say that skies of arcadia 2 or megaman x 10 were coming out.....
  • jpbr139 - January 25, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    I think you are right, this games looks like Sonic meets Nights in a colorful Skies of Arcadia world
  • Robusken - January 24, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    Wha...Sonic Adventure 3? Automatically interested.
  • Fuzunga - January 24, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    Kid Icarus who?
  • tuomotaivainen - January 24, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    Looks like he got a Red Screen of Death at the end there... If I do get a 3DS in time for this I'll give it a try.
  • WillisTron - January 24, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    ^ Not dissing it by any means, just saying honestly to release it in America I can see them making little to nothing
  • WillisTron - January 24, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    A heavily Japanese themed new IP that doesn't involve shooting - I'm sure it'll do great here in America
  • Gahmah - January 24, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    I will love it and watch it die a beautiful death in the states, just guessing.
  • RonnyLive19881 - January 24, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    If there is a hub world that feels like Shenmue and a fighting mini-game that resembles Virtua Fighter they will have all the Sega games I care about covered! Also scratch the Sin and Punishment part I said above, it totally looks like Panzar Dragoon Orta Lol
  • GR_DavidHoughton - January 24, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    RonnyLive: Agreed. He might as well call it "The Super Jive Bunny Sega Megamix" and be done with it.
  • RonnyLive19881 - January 24, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    Looks like they finally ditched Sonic and made a game with Nights and Sonic gameplay(with a tad of Sin and Punishment) and took the art style of Skies of Arcadia and possibly its universe and created one super Sega game LMAO. I'll get it for the 3DS!
  • Bitchslapthehomeless - January 24, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    The anime visuals do not appeal to me at all...
  • thedonut - January 24, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    OMG! OMG! OMG! :o Though a new Sonic Adventure or NiGHTS would be great, but this definitely works.
  • Robx - January 24, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    1:42 Déjà vu...
  • Letter11 - January 24, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    LOL Spot on speculation last week for this one. Looking pretty cool, color me interested.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - January 24, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    Looks.. pretty good, actually.
  • Darkmessiah24 - January 24, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    I anticipate this title and hope it comes to the West (Australia as well). Naka has done some interesting titles recently.
  • Odis - January 24, 2011 12:50 p.m.

    I'll totally be getting this I think... But just to mention, this looks almost as colorful as Sonic Colors, and I was always saying that if it got a 3DS release, the screen would be covered in you know what within minutes. And gotta love that Colossus.

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