Sonic creator's new game looks a bit Skies of Arcadia, sounds a bit NiGHTS, is probably neither

So, Yuji "What have you done to my creation?" Naka, original programmer of Sonic the Hedgehog, has revealed his new game. Or rather, he's unveiled a title and some art. The game itself is still pretty detail-free at the min. In lieu of hard facts though, let's do some rampant guessing. C'mon, internet, you know the way this works!

The game is called Machinist of the Sky Rodea, and is set for release on the 3DS and Wii. Set, as the artwork so clealy implies via the medium of blue stuff and clouds, in the sky, it features a hero called Rodea (the little chap with the big ears), some flying and some shooting. Where you'll be flying or what you'll be shooting at along the way, we do not currently know, but the control scheme sounds somewhat intriguing.

Above: Images from Famitsu

In the Wii version, the remote is the only controller you'll need. Apparently you point to navigate and press B (or waggle) to accelerate. A fires your lightning-powered sex-toy launcher. Or plain old gun, as it may also be.  

The whole "point to aim, button to boost" thing sounds very much like the Wii's NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, does it not? But then again, we could jyst as easily be talking about something similar to the 3DS' upcoming Kid Icarus: Uprising. Either way, the sky-based setting and steampunk trappings give it a whiff of Skies of Arcadia too, making it a two-hit combo of Sega resonance from the ex-Sega man.

Hmmm, but then that gives us two options that mimic other, bigger name games. But then again, Naka's last game, Ivy the Kiwi? was pretty similar in concept to Kirby: Power Paintbrush, and that turned out mighty decent and with a feel all of its own.

What do you reckon? Any crazy leftfield guesses of your own? Or is Naka's previous association no longer enough to make you care?

Thanks, Siliconera.

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  • NESman - January 19, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    If its anything like skies I'm in.
  • Letter11 - January 19, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    @NESman I second that. One of my favorite games ever. But considering he said according to rumor the Wii version only requires the remote to play maybe a NiGHTS game where you can shoot or something? Speculation is fun lol.
  • buro13 - January 19, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    I am craving for Skies of Arcadia for 10 years now! If this is a consolation prize I will take it!
  • renkun67 - January 19, 2011 9:01 p.m.

    Kinda sounds like a Kid Icarus: Uprising clone, but other than that, this is the first non-reboot/sequel/spin-off game I've heard coming to the 3DS. also, why is this under Ivy the Kiwi?
  • BurntToShreds - January 19, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    Well FINALLY they announce a unique IP for the system! I'll get this instead of Kid Icraus.
  • jpbr139 - January 20, 2011 1:07 a.m.

    If it really looks like Skies of Arcadia I have to buy it

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