I really want to know how the thought process for Sonic Console games works at Sega. My guess it goes something like this...
Genesis era Sonic is so uh.. 90's! We need to Reinvent Sonic! what do we do?
How about we make it an encompassing Adventure with an world destroying enemy unleashed by Robotnic?
Hey that worked pretty good except for that cat fishing and Pokemon thing. How about a Party Board game! It worked for Mario...
No? Well then lets have another adventure! This time, Lets keep the pokemon since the kids "Gotta catch em all!!", double the characters and focus on them more than Sonic, give sonic a Rival, give him Tony Hawk moves, grade them on perfromance, and Introduce another world destroying enemy that makes Robotnik a bad but not THAT bad kind of guy willing to fight this totally evil.. uh Evil.
No? How about we introduce even more charaters and make it so you can play three of them at once?
still nothing? How about we get that rival from Sonic Adventure 2, give him a gun and have him blow through stages Dante style!
Oh man! you REALLY hate this Shadow guy! Maybe you'll like him in a extreme hoverboard racing challenge!
You STILL hate him? FINE!! Here's another hedgehog rival from the "mysstterriouss" Future!! Also, since you hate rivals so much, lets add a final fantasy inspired love interest for Sonic! OOO! I bet you'll like hot furry action like I do!!
Holy #%&$!! I GET IT!! NO YIFFING!! Ok. What if we cut back all of the characters this time, throw him in the arabian knights story, give it RPG elements and use these newfangled Wii controls to make him move. And throw in some minigames for fun?
Ok. Well you didn't totally rip my head off Even with some furry overtomes, horrendous controls and repetitive gameplay! Now thats what I call Progress!! I might be on to something!! If I add characters from other works it's popular, and since it's an olympic year, How about an olympic game with Mario characters!? You like that plumer and his friends don't you?
No? well Lets try another hoverboard game!!
You STILL hate Hoverboard racing?! How about Tennis?
FINE!! I'll just let Nintendo add Sonic to that Smash Bros game since you like beating him up so much!
You liked smash bros. brawl?! well How about we keep this rail gameplay from that seven rings Wii game, but add some brawling like that Shadow game but with no guns. And look! I got the guy doing the portable games to help me since you seem to love his stuff so much!
Ok! You hate the brawling but love his running stages... Hmm. Maybe if I combine the two and throw Sonic into king Authur times like that Arabian Knights game...
(The Future) No? Maybe if I put sonic in a hamster ball like that Monkey game I made a few years back that everybody loves? It'll be like Sonic Spinball!! You liked that game didn't you? read