Game Buoy Podcast Episode 40 – Gotta Go FAST!! 22 Years of Sonic the Hedgehog

Ahoy, mateys, and welcome to the Game Buoy podcast – your twice monthly port of call for gaming news and views that maybe aren’t on your radar, but most definitely should be! On this episode, recorded Saturday, November 2, 2013, Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick celebrate the release of Sonic: Lost World by looking at the history of the blue blur.


You can upgrade your PS3 disc version of Assassin’s Creed IV and other eligible games without owning a PS4 system, per the official PlayStation blog.


Farewell, Umihara Kawase will see an early 2014 NA release as Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, confirms Natsume.

Young Justice: Legacyhas been canceled for Wii and Wii U.

Faust will be returning in Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-.

Slayer will also be returning in Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-.

You will be able to eradicate entire species of monsters in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Chopper from Once Piece will be coming to Monster Hunter 4.

Ubisoft has no plans to bring the Sony-exclusive Assassin’s Creed IV content to other platforms at all, currently.

Prices and release dates have been annouced for the Sega 3D Classics series on Nintendo 3DS.

The Heavenly Sword movie trailer basically looks just like the game.

Ultra Street Fighter IV will be hitting Japanese arcades in April 2014, according to Kagoshima Amusement Liberty.

The leadership and board of the now Sega Sammy-owned Index Corporation has been announced.

Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Break Record has been delayed until 2014.

A male Wii Fit Trainer has been revealed for the next Super Smash Bros., but it’s unclear in what capacity.


The SpotPass functionality in SwapNote has been terminated due to the exchanging of inappropriate content.

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin will be a Platinum reward for Japanese Club Nintendo members, which seems to set a precedent for 3DS eShop downloads of a DS game.

A Pokémon detective game with a talking blue Pikachu is due out in 2015.

A Kinect Sports Rivals “preseason” free trial is coming to Xbox One.

An “Extinction” mode in Call of Duty: Ghosts will have you fighting alien hordes.

Trine 2: The Complete Story will be coming to PS4.

Titanfall will remain exclusive to Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC forever.

Typing of the Dead Overkill has been released on Steam!

Respawn does plan to make games for PS4 – just not Titanfall.

Sakura Wars for Mobage, a mobile game, will have a costume changing system.


Command & Conquer has been canceled, and Victory Studios has been shut down.

Take Two’s Q2 2014 earnings see a net loss of $124 million if Grand Theft Auto V sales are not factored in.

EA reports a $273 million loss in Q2 2014.


GOTTA GO FAST!! This week, Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick celebrate the release of Sonic: Lost World by looking at the 22-year history of the blue blur. From Sonic’s successful early days, to his dark period, to his recent resurgence, the Podcast Pirates examine his games and how they fit into the overall franchise. Topics such as game design and marketing are discussed in addition to the actual gameplay. Spike and Slagkick also give an overview of Sonic’s handheld adventures and spin-offs, as well. The Podcast Pirates wrap up the discussion by summing up what qualities they think make a great Sonic game, and where they would like to see the franchise go in the future.


A tweet from Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon seems to suggest that an HD re-release of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is on its way.


Captain Spike has been playing Pokémon X postgame, Sonic: Lost World, LEGO Marvel for PC. Slagkick has been playing Pokémon Y.


The Social Links Question of the Week was:

“This week, in honor of Sonic: Lost Worlds, we’ll be talking about everyone’s favorite blue blur. Do you gotta go fast? What’s your favorite Sonic game?”

Facebook bonus question: From Super Smash Bros. to ABC’s Saturday Morning Cartoon lineup, Sonic’s ended up in some pretty varied places since his debut in 1991. Which of Sonic’s side jobs most comes to mind, for you?


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