It’s been a long time coming, but Sonic Lost World is finally upon those of us who live in North America. The Wii U/3DS exclusive promises brand new gameplay that makes Sonic stand out more than ever before while introducing players to new villains that aren’t Dr. Eggman.
Unlike the previous trailers that focus on either the Wii U or 3DS versions of the title, the final launch trailer gives players a glimpse at both titles. The Wii U version obviously receives the most love, but Sega is quick to point out that players can get 4 player competitive modes only on the 3DS.
In a post on the Sega blog, the publisher outlines what differentiates the Wii U and 3DS versions of Sonic Lost World:
Wii U GamePad Controller functionality – Wii U exclusive Color Powers can be controlled with the GamePad by tilting, touching, and aiming the controller. The full game can also be played using only the GamePad screen and will feature a two-player support mode.
Helpful hand from friends and others – Players will be able to have a friend lend a hand via the game’s co-op feature; meanwhile, players can also get help from other players through a feature that enables a range of players to send items from their inventory out into Miiverse where they can be picked up and used by any other player.
Exclusive Levels and Stages – Sonic Lost World for Nintendo 3DS is the first handheld Sonic game ever to feature fully realized 3D levels which include exclusive Special Stages – including ones featuring the elusive Chaos Emeralds – and Color Powers unique to Nintendo 3DS. A competitive VS mode enables players to challenge friends locally or online, and a time attack mode tests players speed run skills.
“Tails Lab” Crafting System – Through the “Tails’ Lab” crafting system, players can create customized radio controlled vehicles – which can also be exported for use in the Wii U version – as well as other items and materials.
Robust StreetPass Options – Allows players to send out special Street Pass missions with their Mii.
Since the game is now out in North America, a number of reviews from other outlets have now begun to pour in. Has it helped the game’s 62 metascore from last week? The game still sits at a 62 metascore, but it has received more positive reviews than last time with 17. It also has received more mixed and negative reviews as well though with 27 and 6 respectively.