What is old is now new
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.