Two big pieces of news just leaked out of the Sega HQ, and it's really a toss up as to which is the more substantial tidbit to gamers. Around these parts, most will likely be much more interested in the fact that Sonic 4 is officially coming to the iPhone, just as we suspected in early February of this year. We don't know much more than that currently, although it's likely safe to assume the game will be controlled like other platformers on the device and hopefully will perform much better than the emulated Sonic games previously released by Sega.

Secondly, the release of Sonic 4 has actually been pushed back by Sega to "ensure that Sonic 4: Episode I is a game worthy of bearing the weight of its name." This marks a substantial change of pace for Sega, as the entire Sonic series, arguably going all the way back to the Dreamcast, have been decidedly mediocre. As a proud console warrior who grew up in the heat of the battle between Sega and Nintendo, nothing makes me more happy than Sega actually giving a Sonic game the attention it badly deserves.

Stay tuned for more details on Sonic 4, and if you're really craving some Sonic action on the iPhone check out Sonic the Hedgehog [$5.99] and/or Sonic the Hedgehog 2 [$5.99]. They're both emulated games, and a little hard to recommend for reasons detailed in our Sonic 2 review, but if you really want a Sonic game on your iPhone, there is no substitute.

  • Dogface

    Was the original Sonic 4 any good or was there even one?

    • http://myspace.com/battlebornmusic Battle Born

      nope, this is a brand new game. I believe the last 2d sonic game was Sonic and Knuckles, but I could be wrong.

      I actually popped that game in the other day so I could play the bonus orb collecting game. that could be fun for the iphone with swipe controls.

      • jsandborne

        knuckles chaotix was the last sonic game on console. after that though.. there were 5 for the gameboy advance and ds... all pretty decent games.

      • jsandborne

        last 2d sonic game on console*

    • snowy2004

      This is Sonic 4... there is no "original" Sonic 4. I can only assume that Sega is planning to release it episodically rather than in one shot. Thus, "Sonic 4: Episode 1."

  • Dogface

    Was the original Sonic 4 any good or was there even one?

    • http://myspace.com/battlebornmusic Battle Born

      nope, this is a brand new game. I believe the last 2d sonic game was Sonic and Knuckles, but I could be wrong.

      I actually popped that game in the other day so I could play the bonus orb collecting game. that could be fun for the iphone with swipe controls.

      • jsandborne

        knuckles chaotix was the last sonic game on console. after that though.. there were 5 for the gameboy advance and ds... all pretty decent games.

      • jsandborne

        last 2d sonic game on console*

    • snowy2004

      This is Sonic 4... there is no "original" Sonic 4. I can only assume that Sega is planning to release it episodically rather than in one shot. Thus, "Sonic 4: Episode 1."

  • AugieD369

    Another tid bit from Gamespots "On the Spot" show, there will be 2 exclusive levels in the iPhone version that take advantage of the touch and tilt controls of the iPhone.

  • AugieD369

    Another tid bit from Gamespots "On the Spot" show, there will be 2 exclusive levels in the iPhone version that take advantage of the touch and tilt controls of the iPhone.

  • Jon

    Looks like somebody finally decided to make a good sonic game for the iphone. Hopefully the controls will actually work.

  • Jon

    Looks like somebody finally decided to make a good sonic game for the iphone. Hopefully the controls will actually work.

  • GodSon

    I want Sonic, Knuckles, and Tales with there power-ups in game...then I will be happy with it being on the iTouch.

    • Jose

      They've already stated that Sonic is the only playable character. This is in response to people kvetching (rightfully so) over the increasing number of crappy characters in the series.

      • Cookies

        Which is fair enough. The only one that was actually good because of the many characters was Sonic Adventure. Otherwise additions like Tails and Amy are just annoying.

    • noah

      I actually enjoyed playing as Tails. Knuckles? Not so much...

  • GodSon

    I want Sonic, Knuckles, and Tales with there power-ups in game...then I will be happy with it being on the iTouch.

    • Jose

      They've already stated that Sonic is the only playable character. This is in response to people kvetching (rightfully so) over the increasing number of crappy characters in the series.

      • Cookies

        Which is fair enough. The only one that was actually good because of the many characters was Sonic Adventure. Otherwise additions like Tails and Amy are just annoying.

    • noah

      I actually enjoyed playing as Tails. Knuckles? Not so much...

  • TYRiAX

    Love iPhone games, but I reckon I'll pick this up on PS3 for the control factor

  • 5duc29

    Never had a problem with Sonic 1 on the idevice so I'm hoping for something similar in Sonic 4. Good news.

  • TYRiAX

    Love iPhone games, but I reckon I'll pick this up on PS3 for the control factor

  • 5duc29

    Never had a problem with Sonic 1 on the idevice so I'm hoping for something similar in Sonic 4. Good news.

  • Jon

    The whole fu(k!ng game is complete. WTF are they waiting for?

    • MidianGTX

      Well, going by logic... it obviously isn't.

      • jsandborne

        well.. considering everything from the first step to the last boss was released in video form online... the game is complete. if you read the official announcement from sega or other articles, theyll tell you the game has been pushed back to appease the complaints of fans.

        "SEGA has made the decision to ensure that Sonic 4: Episode I is a game worthy of bearing the weight of its name. To do so, we’ve decided to extend the game’s development – and, for the first time ever, we’ve mixed internal suggestions alongside fan feedback to make some new, positive changes to the game."

        sounds like it was done, but people said it sucked.. so they are tweaking it so it wont suck. hopefully, it works.

  • Jon

    The whole fu(k!ng game is complete. WTF are they waiting for?

    • MidianGTX

      Well, going by logic... it obviously isn't.

      • jsandborne

        well.. considering everything from the first step to the last boss was released in video form online... the game is complete. if you read the official announcement from sega or other articles, theyll tell you the game has been pushed back to appease the complaints of fans.

        "SEGA has made the decision to ensure that Sonic 4: Episode I is a game worthy of bearing the weight of its name. To do so, we’ve decided to extend the game’s development – and, for the first time ever, we’ve mixed internal suggestions alongside fan feedback to make some new, positive changes to the game."

        sounds like it was done, but people said it sucked.. so they are tweaking it so it wont suck. hopefully, it works.

  • Jaleel White

    I am so excitement!!

  • Jaleel White

    I am so excitement!!

  • JCat

    With that much time, they should make the app Universal, but this is Sega, of course, so I'm doubting already. Least this Sonic actually looks good after years of sequels from hell.

  • JCat

    With that much time, they should make the app Universal, but this is Sega, of course, so I'm doubting already. Least this Sonic actually looks good after years of sequels from hell.

  • Loner

    Can SEGA please release something other than Sonic/Monkeyball games on the iPhone. I want my Phantasy Star/Altered Beast.

  • Loner

    Can SEGA please release something other than Sonic/Monkeyball games on the iPhone. I want my Phantasy Star/Altered Beast.

  • Dogface

    I never had any problems with the controls but I'm using iPod Touch V3. If this improves on the other two, I'll be well chuffed.

  • Dogface

    I never had any problems with the controls but I'm using iPod Touch V3. If this improves on the other two, I'll be well chuffed.

  • James

    YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!
    (from an old Sonic-Fan)

  • James

    YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!
    (from an old Sonic-Fan)

  • Cookies

    As long as tails isn't in this then it will be a worthy tribute to the original sonic games (3 was my favourite) so I can't wait for this to come out.

    • Jsandborne

      Lol how would the exclusion of tails make it worthy when he was in all but 1 of the games on the genesis.

      • Carl

        Ummm, Tails is a girl.

      • futbalguy

        Tails is a guy in fact.

  • Cookies

    As long as tails isn't in this then it will be a worthy tribute to the original sonic games (3 was my favourite) so I can't wait for this to come out.

    • Jsandborne

      Lol how would the exclusion of tails make it worthy when he was in all but 1 of the games on the genesis.

      • Carl

        Ummm, Tails is a girl.

      • futbalguy

        Tails is a guy in fact.

  • Carl

    Sonic 4 HD! (Picture that on my new iPhone this summer!)

  • Carl

    Sonic 4 HD! (Picture that on my new iPhone this summer!)