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Sonic Forces / Sonic Mania - for the Switch | News and Discussion Thread
Hello everyone!
I'm was browsing the forums for threads about the next Sonic games and I found multiple abandoned/short-lived threads with the same questions, news and discussions. Because of that, I decided to create this thread and maintain it updated with all news and rumours, sort of like an 'complete' one. ( of course, only if that's alright with the mods; @MrMischief , @Buzz , @Medli , what do you think?)

News and discussion thread for both Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania, from Sega.
Feel free do talk and post news and rumours about them!

What do we know:
(this post will be constantly edited, at every update)

Sonic Mania

  • > Launch date: August, 15th!
  • > It is being developed by old fans and modders from Sonic games, like Christian Whitehead, Headcannon and PagodaWest Games;
  • > Physical releases to consoles are still not confirmed, but SEGA is considering this idea.
  • > Tee Lopes is composing the soundtrack;
  • > 2D sprite adventure; homage of the old titles of Genesis;
  • > 1.5 players mode confirmed;
  • > 3 playable characters (Sonic, Tails and...
Article Test Splatoon 2
Squid-based ink-shooting action hits the Nintendo Switch this weekend as part of an early test, and you can participate if you own the new console.


Nintendo is planning to run a series of hour-long online multiplayer test sessions for its upcoming Switch game Splatoon 2, the sequel to one of the best games for the Wii U. Beginning March 24 and running through March 26, the publisher will turn on the servers for Splatoon 2 as part of its Global Testfire event. This will enable you to get a taste of the action for the competitive ink shooter where the goal is cover as much of the terrain in your team’s color as possible. But this will also help Nintendo understand the demand Splatoon 2 matches will have on its servers.

To participate in the test, you need to download the Splatoon Global Testfire demo from the Nintendo eShop service for free. It’s available now, and you should probably grab and install it now so that you’re ready for the first hour-long session on Friday.

Once you have the game on your Switch, you should connect to the internet and boot up the game during one of Nintendo’s tests. Here is when the company plans to have the servers running:


  • Noon to 12:59 p.m. Pacific time
  • 8 p.m. to 8:59 p.m. Pacific time

  • 4 a.m. to 4:59 a.m. Pacific time
  • Noon to 12:59 p.m. Pacific time
  • 8 p.m. to 8:59 p.m. Pacific time

  • 4 a.m. to 4:59 a.m. Pacific time
Keep in mind that, as part of these stress tests, Nintendo’s servers could collapse. So don’t let it surprise you if you can’t get online to actually play the game.

But beyond that, Nintendo is encouraging players to try the game in a variety of different settings. That includes playing on the TV, in tabletop mode, or as a portable. You should also try connecting to your home Wi-Fi...
Article GameFreak may have revealed that Pokemon is coming to the Switch
It is searching for several recruits for a console game in its Tokyo studio, according to Siliconera and several gaming sites.

They would be working on a “globally popular” title which isn’t for the smartphone.

They need a cartoon modeller to create “exaggerated cartoon-style people and monsters”.

Pokémon Job Posting Points to Nintendo Switch Game #NintendoSwitch#NintendoSwitchFans pic.twitter.com/F04TGNsppj

— NintendoSwitchFans (@NintendoSwitchF) March 20, 2017

That #NintendoSwitch would be awesome for travelling with, when they release a pokemon game I shall spend the big bucks

— Lloyd Redmond (@LloydRedmond) March 21, 2017
Article Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Is Now A Nintendo Switch Game
The Wii U version is no more. It’s been canned! Instead, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

“During our Kickstarter campaign, the Wii U was at the height of its popularity, but the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch,” states Bloodstained designer Koji Igarashi on the game’s Kickstarter page. “This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch.”

The game is still slated to come to the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Vita.

Backers can, forgive the pun, switch their support to the Switch version or ask for a refund. Here’s more details from the game’s Kickstarter page:

How this will work for Kickstarter and slacker backers: The Switch version is now available as an option in the backer survey for anyone who has a physical or digital version of Bloodstained coming, replacing the Wii U version. (Just use the same link you were sent to fill out your survey initially; if you have any problems with your survey, or don’t have your link any more, we can help: e-mail orders@fangamer.com.)

If you selected the Wii U version in your backer survey and you want the Switch version, you’re all set! The Switch version has replaced the Wii U version in the survey, so no further action is necessary on your part.

If you selected the Wii U version and you want to move to a PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Vita version, you can go to your backer survey and make the change now. (Click the “Change Your Survey Answers” link.)

If you selected the Wii U version and don’t want any of the Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Vita versions, you’re eligible for a cancellation and refund if...
Article No Fractured But Whole For Switch
Last week South Park posted a tweet that led many to believe "Fractured But Whole" would be coming to the Switch.

However while talking to IGN, a representative for the South Park studio via Comedy Central confirmed that there are currently no plans to bring South Park: The Fractured But Whole to the Nintendo Switch.

While this is sad news for many Switch owners, I think I am a bit relieved by it. There will be no temptation to play it at work which could result in a HR discussion.

Article nintendo employees have ability to save games to cloud

It appears that Nintendo has a cloud save solution in place, but currently it is restricted to only Nintendo employees. Reddit user Patsuann sent in the console for repair and after receiving it back none of the game saves were stored on the system memory. However, the user did notice that there was a cloud icon next to the games. Patsuann was prompted to download an update and after that the save data was back on the system.


EDIT: This appears to have been debunked (Thanks @Zarkex01). The process cannot be replicated and a video has emerged showing how to get the cloud icon, which appears to be indicating a software update is required.

Article Gamestop will have Switches in stock in stores next week

Unlike the last of GameStop's announcements, this isn't for a system bundled with a bunch of extras and you won't have to pre-order. On the other hand, you won't be able to order these units online either.

This allotment is for the standard Switch selling for $299.99 in GameStop brick-and-mortar stores---while supplies last. The new units will be available by next Wednesday according to the retailer, but they'll likely sell through quickly given the high demand and hype surrounding the system.

Article Nintendo Switch Rocks at selling more than expected
We already knew that the Switch was Nintendo's fastest-selling console ever, but we now have an idea as to how many units it's pushing out. The WSJ says Nintendo plans to double production from 8 million units to 16 million for its 2017 fiscal year (starting in April) in order to keep up with higher-than-expected sales.

Before it started shipping, analysts figured Nintendo would sell just 5 million units in its first year, due to the relatively high $300 price tag and lack of a free game with the console. However, strong early reviews and the widely-praised Zelda: Breath of the Wild launch title pushed sales to 1.5 million in the first week alone, and Nintendo could ship as many as 2.5 million units in the first month, the WSJ says.

It's still pretty early to gauge demand for an entire year, obviously, and week two sales reportedly slowed dramatically in Japan after Nintendo shipped 329,152 Switches in the first seven days. However, that can likely be chalked up to supply problems, as the console is sold out almost everywhere around the world at the moment.

If the WSJ report is accurate (and that's a big "if," as it's based on anonymous supply chain sources), then that bodes well for sales later in the year and beyond. High enough numbers will motivate third-party developers to build games for the console in addition to (or instead of) other platforms like the PS4 and Xbox One. That in turn will drive...
Article Sonic 2017 now has a Name: Sonic Forces / Sonic Mania got delayed
At the SXSW Event 2017, Sega revealed the Title for Sonic 2017 which is now "Sonic Forces". They also revealed a Soundtrack:

They said that the final Version has Vocals and i really hope its Crush40.

Also, Sonic Mania is getting delayed to Summer because they don't want it to end like Sonic The Hedgehog 4.
Article Nintendo Switch SoC
There was a lot of speculation if the Switch uses a X2 (Pascal) or a X1 (Maxwell). A Xray of the Chip now confirms that the Switch uses a Nvidia Tegra T210 also known as the Tegra X1.

Comparison to a X1 :

Src: TechInsights