Sonic Boom Players on Wii U Reporting Numerous Issues

Posted by at 12:15 pm on November 13, 2014

Sonic Boom Wii UWii U owners playing “Sonic Boom” are experiencing an unhealthy amount of bugs and glitches during their play of the game.

Intended as a relaunch for the “Sonic the Hedgehog” series with Westerners in mind, “Sonic Boom” from Big Red Button Entertainment was released yesterday in North America. However, Sega didn’t send advance copies of the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game to the press for review. Judging by reports of “Sonic Boom” for the Wii U featuring glitches galore, that may be the reason why Sega hesitated in sending review copies to the press.

Reports of glitches originally appeared when two YouTube Let’s Players obtained a copy of “Sonic Boom” ahead of its release date and uploaded it online. The videos has since been removed from YouTube, but the infamous clip of Sonic falling through a cliff and straight down to game’s bottomless overworld had already gone viral, with online users sharing gifs, Webms, and videos of the scene. The next clip to go viral was the one titled “I Forgot How To Even,” which featured a non-playable character, or NPC, uncomfortably merged with Knuckles, as the camera zoomed in on them. The clip also showed an enemy ship attacking with no enemies onscreen and to the sound of peaceful music, most likely not intended for the actual scene.

Another “Sonic Boom” clip showed all four playable characters in the game respawning outside of a force field where players were suppose to defeat the enemies inside, making progress impossible. Currently gaining traction is a clip demonstrating an embarrassing exploit in the game that allows the player to jump infinitely off the ground with the simple press of the pause button. These bugs and glitches mentions are not the only ones present in the game, as other errors in sound and collision detection are being reported online. The bugs in “Sonic Boom” are so apparent that the game in now being nicknamed “Sonic 14,” as a reference to the 2006 “Sonic the Hedgehog”, often called “Sonic 06,” that was also plagued with various glitches that made the game unplayable at times.

“Sonic Boom” for the Wii U in now available, along with the 3DS version of the game. The have been no reports so far of any serious issues with the 3DS game.

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