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Sega came up with a way to get fans excited about Sonic the Hedgehog again


It's been a rough stretch of years for Sonic the Hedgehog, but Sega wants to change that in Sonic Forces. The upcoming game follows the example set by the earlier Sonic Generations, letting players tackle both 3D worlds (as Modern Sonic) and 2D worlds (as Classic Sonic). But there's also a third Sonic in this game: the one you create. SEE ALSO: 'Sonic Mania' is reviving Flying Battery Zone with everyone's favorite echidna Capitalizing on the "Sonic Original Characters" meme -- often shortened to Sonic OCs -- Forces gives players a full-fledged character creator to play with. You don't even have to be a hedgehog; there are seven animals to choose from, including dog.

The new 'Sonic' game lets fans insert their own characters

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"Sonic Forces" features three characters: classic Sonic, modern Sonic and a third character customized by the player. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. "Sonic Forces" features three characters: classic Sonic, modern Sonic and a third character customized by the player.

Painfully cool 'Sonic Mania' trailer dares you to believe Sonic can be good again


Can Sonic the Hedgehog ever bounce back after so many disappointments, dating all the way back to 1998's Sonic Adventure? No one knows for sure, but Sega makes a strong case for Sonic Mania with this nifty, new trailer. There's a release date now -- Aug. 15, 2017 -- but there's also a bunch of great pencil-drawn animations to stare at. Mania is a 2D Sonic adventure and it's actually the first of two 2017 games starring the speedy rodent. Coming later in the year -- probably during the fall/winter months -- is Sonic Forces, a 2D/3D hybrid game that -- in an unexpected twist -- incorporates Sonic Original Characters.

Get this sonic toothbrush and 4 extra brush heads for only $40


TL;DR: Ditch your manual toothbrush for the Shyn Sonic Toothbrush set, on sale for $39.99 as of Dec. 8. There are plenty of electric toothbrushes to choose from these days, and it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. If you're looking for a great deal on an American Dental Association-approved brush with solid reviews all around, now's the time to pick up a Shyn. The Shyn Sonic Toothbrush is the result of 40 years of expert engineering and was awarded the ADA's Seal of Acceptance to help remove plaque and prevent and reduce gingivitis. It also won People's 2019 Travel Award for Best Electric Toothbrush and Wired's Favorite Subscription Electric Toothbrush Award. With all it has going on, it's easy to see why.

'Sonic Mania' is a wonderful balance of nostalgia and novelty


If you've played Sonic the Hedgehog on your phone, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 in the last half-dozen years, you have Christian Whitehead to thank. In 2009, he created an unofficial proof of concept iPhone port of Sonic CD using a custom-built game engine -- a project that eventually led to Sega hiring him to officially port Sonic CD, Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 to modern platforms. This week, the fruits of that partnership reached a new high point in Sonic Mania, an all-new 16-bit Sonic the Hedgehog platformer that sees the mascot return to his glory days. That might sound a bit overzealous, but it's written with honesty. There's a stigma attached to Sonic the Hedgehog games; a pattern of expectation and disappointment that's become so ingrained in the series' community that it's known as the "Sonic Cycle."