Sonic Forces Permanently Reduced

Sega Games have permanently reduced the price of Sonic Forces on the Japanese Switch eShop from ¥6,589 to ¥3,289, due to the release of the physical “New Price Version”. Buy the packaged version of the game here – use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off. Many thanks to Naruki.

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Sega Early Summer Sale

Sega are holding a Sega Early Summer Sale on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop until 23:59 JST on 17 June with discounts off nine games including BLADE ARCUS Rebellion from Shining, Sonic Forces, Sonic Mania Plus, and six SEGA AGES titles. Check out the full list below…

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Famitsu Software Charts

  1. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) Switch (65,908 / 703,125) BUY
  2. Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) Switch (19,782 / 1,351,405) BUY
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) Switch (15,126 / 748,871) BUY
  4. Girls Mode 4: Star ☆ Stylist (Nintendo) 3DS (10,180 / 45,937) BUY
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) Switch (6,195 / 565,629) BUY
  6. Sonic Forces (Sega Games) Switch (04,899 / NEW) BUY
  7. Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey (Atlus) 3DS (4,201 / 72,628) BUY 
  8. Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori amiibo+ (Nintendo) 3DS (3,203 / 247,660) BUY
  9. Issho ni Chokitto Snippers Plus! (Nintendo) Switch (3,068 / NEW) BUY
  10. Pokkén Tournament DX (Pokémon) Switch (2,930 / 115,754) BUY
  11. The Snack World: Trejarers (Level-5) 3DS (2,392 / 200,055) BUY
  12. Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate (Koei Tecmo Games) Switch (2,307 / NEW) BUY
  13. Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch Ver. (Capcom) Switch (2,195 / 179,081) BUY
  14. Monopoly for Nintendo Switch (Ubisoft Japan) Switch (2,005 / NEW) BUY
  15. Pocket Monsters Gold & Silver (Nintendo) 3DS (2,311 / 95,148) BUY / BUY

Famitsu Hardware Charts

  1. Nintendo Switch (84,593 / 2,189,791) BUY
  2. Nintendo 2DS/3DS (18,687 / 23,409,648) BUY
  3. Wii U (32 / 3,300,952) BUY

Notes: Period counted 06 – 12 November 2017 and taken from Famitsu. Numbers include all packaged software sales inclusive of download cards (where applicable) but not eShop sales. First number denotes last week’s sales where-as second number denotes life-time sales. New entries bolded. Next week sees Pokémon Ultra Sun Moon.

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Sonic Forces Review 

1st reviewer: This Sonic is aimed for adults with a hype story that opens with a serious development and has allies and enemies throughout the series gathering. In addition to the hearty high-speed actions on both 3D stages where you go deep and 2D side-scrolling stages, this game has an exclusive fun factor with usage of weapons and a playthrough where you can switch between up to 3 characters. You can create an Avatar as the player’s personification, and it’s also nice that they can be freely customised. 9

2nd reviewer: The design that retains the deep replay value and challenges while catching up on the exhilarating and speedy feels are amazing, as it allows anyone to feel good when playing it. You can create your own personification with the Avatar, and having them fight together with Sonic also gives freshness; the actions that use Wispons are also interesting. In stages where Sonic and the Avatar work together, the W.Boost has a pleasant feel in the dash, and the lovely BGMs fit every place and will raise your tension. 9

3rd reviewer: The dramatic [story] development is nice, since it once again recognizes the coolness of Sonic. The gimmicks that have excellent speedy feels, and the smooth transition from 3D to side-scrolling is also cool. Even in the same area, when the characters and gimmicks change you will feel a different sensation in playing it. With the Avatar-exclusive weapons you can taste the exhilaration of mowing enemies, and the tricky movement abilities are also interesting. There is also a variation of costumes. For the Classic Sonic, being able to use the Dash that originated from Sonic Mania is also nice. 9

4th reviewer: By implementing the Avatar Character, it has an uniqueness which is enjoying special movement and attack methods that Sonic doesn’t have. You can taste a sensation of playing [the game] that’s different from the past series, and the gameplay breadth also got larger. This game has an impression of getting closer to a straight high-speed action, and you can fully feel the exhilaration even more easily. I don’t deny Sonic’s uniqueness of “becoming complicated due to getting too fast,” but this game is well done to tightly stuff in strategy with the epitome of action. 8

Total score: 35/40*

Target audience:

-Fans of Sonic series

-Players who like Action games

Average clear time estimate:

-5 hours to clear [storyline]

-20 hours to unlock everything

* Please note review originally appeared in the latest issue (#1509) of Weekly Famitsu which can be ordered here and which was kindly translated by BlackKite. Support him on Patreon here. Translation © Japanese Nintendo. Please credit if posting elsewhere.