What is old is now new

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Noth­ing is for­ever, not even the part­ner­ship be­tween Archie Comics and SEGA, which gave us 24 years worth of Sonic

the Hedge­hog comics, spin-offs, and mini-se­ries. The Blue Blur has in­stead found a new home in IDW, best known for

30 Days of Night and li­censed comic book se­ries based on Car­toon Net­work, Dis­ney, and Has­bro prop­er­ties. The tim­ing is in­ter­est­ing, as Sonic Ma­nia – the all-new, clas­sic-style 2D Sonic game by fans, for fans – will be re­leased in mid-Au­gust, fol­lowed by the Gen­er­a­tions- style Sonic Forces in late 2017. I, for one, can’t wait to ex­pe­ri­ence Sonic Ma­nia on my Switch.

Speak­ing of the Switch, you’d think that the 3DS/2DS will be gathering dust now that there’s a new Nintendo con­sole in town, but that couldn’t be fur­ther than the truth. While I can’t speak for every­one else, I can say that Fire Em­blem Echoes:

Shad­ows of Valen­tia has been a joy to pick up and play when­ever time al­lows. As a re­make of the Fam­i­com-only Fire Em­blem

Gaiden, the game surprises with its high pro­duc­tion value, from its an­i­mated cutscenes and fully-voiced char­ac­ters (save for some throw­away NPCs) to its dun­geon seg­ments and old­school bat­tle­fields.

For GAX this month, we take a closer look at the state of con­soles, PCs, eS­ports and the fu­ture of the gam­ing in­dus­try (page 94, ‘The State of Gam­ing’), and of­fer our thoughts on

Di­ablo III’s Ne­cro­mancer DLC and two bril­liantly-ex­e­cuted HD re­mas­ters: Crash Bandi­coot N. Sane Tril­ogy and Fi­nal Fan­tasy XII: The Zo­diac Age.

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