Average Sonic titles de-listed, says Sega

Thursday, 7th October 2010 09:30 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Sega has confirmed it has de-listed from retail certain Sonic titles, which end up with average or poor Meta scores.

The publisher says the move was to stop any concerns of “cannibalisation”, as the publisher plans to release three Sonic titles by the end of the year: Sonic Colours for Wii and DS, Sonic Free Riders for 360 via Kinect and Sonic 4 on PSN, XBLA, WiiWare and iPhone.

“We could make a lot of money on back-catalogue Sonic titles, but let’s keep the number of Sonic games available under control,” said Sega’s SVP of EMEA, Jurgen Post.

“Otherwise you can have cannibalisation. If there are ten Sonic games on the shelves, with people seeing Sonic Rush DS or Sonic Rush Adventure, this may not help our overall strategy.”

There’s more on the move at MCV.



  1. Gekidami

    With poor meta scores? Isnt that like, all of them since Sega went multiplat?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    “let’s keep the number of Sonic games available under control,” said Sega’s SVP of EMEA, Jurgen Post…. shortly before launching three new Sonic games at once.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. chronoss2

    Sega is sinking, this sounds so ridiculous!

    #3 4 years ago
  4. SplatteredHouse

    82, and 78, respectively, is considered an “average” Metacritic total, now? *groans* Bad example, much? I’m really not trying to answer my own question, but, what’s the point of Metacritic, once you start applying that sort of bizarre logic?

    On the other hand, it probably means that Sonic Rider’s day, if it ever had one, is now done.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Robo_1

    Is this some spoof PR from Sega? As Blerk said, they’re about to release 3 new Sonic games in one quarter; and they’re worried about diluting the franchise!

    Holy shit Sega, your chance to do that disappeared around the time Shadow The Hedgehog was kicked out the door.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    Someone will buy Sega in the end.

    Will it be EA, Microsoft, sony or Square Enix? Who knows.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Who’d want them?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Freek

    Plenty of great franchises I’m sure people would love to get thier hands on and liberate out of Segas desperate need to run everything into the ground.

    Nintendo buys them out and releases a great Sonic game. I don’t think the universe could handel something that paradox inducing, but it’d be cool to see.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    @7 They have a lot of Mascot titles and very good franchises.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Robo_1

    Oh yeah, let’s not get carried away. They may be a bit of a joke on the Sonic side of things, but Sega as a whole have some cracking franchises under their belt, not least the recent stuff they’ve done with Platinum games.

    Sonic Colours even looks pretty decent.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Blerk

    I’m genuinely struggling to think of any Sega franchise I’ve given a shit about since the Megadrive era aside from Yakuza. That’s probably just me, though – I never really understood the whole ‘Sega love’ thing.

    Do they own the IP rights to the Platinum stuff? I thought they were just publishing.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    The only other JP companies that I think is on the same level as Sega are Capcom and Nintendo. They are progresivly thinking. They own a ton of great franchises. They have delivered amazing gameplay experiences. PSO will go down as one of my all time fav games ever made.

    The problem is that, like Capcom, they are another JP game company struggling to find their way in recent years.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Psychotech

    i think sega is preparing to make a come back in the console market somewhere down the line.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Robo_1


    #14 4 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    As a handheld maker, maybe.

    As a console maker? I doubt it, but if they did, I would buy it day one.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Blerk

    Launching hardware into the current market would be insanity. See: Panasonic.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Psychotech

    @15 you never know.maybe not on their own ;)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Michael O’Connor

    I find this perplexing. Sonic Rush was probably the best attempt at a traditional Sonic game in the past decade…

    #18 4 years ago
  19. AHA-Lambda

    bit late eh? also OMGLOL:

    OK, just looking through metacritic, these games are being pulled (current gen only):
    Sonic the Hedgehog 2006
    Sonic Unleashed
    Sonic and the Black Knight
    Sonic Classic Collection DS
    Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
    Sonic and the Secret Rings
    Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
    Sonic Rivals
    Sonic Rivals 2

    and these are staying:
    Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
    Sonic Rush
    Sonic Rush Adventure
    Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection

    #19 4 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.