Shadow the Hedgehog was made to appeal to the US

Well that’s it. I guess it wasn’t Sega’s fault after all. In fact from now on I am going to blame you, America! That’s right, Takashi Iizuka has recently revealed that the game was made in part to attract gamers who wouldn’t usually play a Sonic game.

“After Sonic Adventure, we had two studios, in the US and Japan.

The Japanese Studio was to develop a Sonic game in the standard style, and the US studio was to develop something different which could contribute to the Sonic franchise.

That background generated the Shadow game as he appeared from Sonic Adventure. We wanted to offer other game systems to attract a different audience from traditional Sonic fans. In the US, first and third-person shooters were popular and we decided to go with a character who could work with them.”

So yeah, turns out we can blame America as well as Sega for making one of the worst games of all time. Lovely.

[Source: Destructoid]

Readers Comments (8)

  1. I thought that they have already admitted that the Shadow the Hedgehog game is made to attract the people in the US who is into shooters years ago.

  2. That’s funny because it did not appeal to me when it came out.

  3. The game never appeal to me either cause I’ve stop liking Shadow since SA2 and I don’t like shooters.

  4. One of the worst games ever?… -_-
    C’mon, Steve, you’re better than that.

    Why does this title get so much hate?
    Sure, it’s not the Sonic game we wanted back then (not back then nor ever, as a matter of fact) and one has to wonder why suddenly there’s bullets flying all over the place but the game isn’t half bad.

    I am a fan of Sonic since the Master System days, I adore Sonic and Sonic and Chaos on Sega’s 8 bit, I droll for Sonic 3 and both Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast and I still wouldn’t call Shadow a bad game.

    Broken here and there without a doubt, insipid at parts, impossible to understand how it’s authors thought it was a good idea to include guns and vehicles, but seeing beyond that I can not, in all due honesty, find the huge gap between it and, say, Sonic Adventure 2.

    Ofcourse Sonic Adventure 2 is much, MUCH better. That’s not the point.

    Be honest with me, all reviews of Shadow the Hedgehog are hyperboles or am I in need of serious medical attention?

  5. @Raven


    Personally this game stinks of a company trying too hard to be gritty that it’s just laughable. Also the gameplay and shooting flat out sucks imo.

  6. For what little it’s worth, I enjoyed Shadow too. I got A LOT of humor out of the “trying too hard to be dark and edgy and cool” stuff, and it really didn’t play too horribly.

    Also, compared to Sonic ’06, this is god tier.

  7. So, because they didn’t know how to appeal to us, it’s OUR fault?

    • Scott Morrison March 4, 2014 @ 11:28 PM

      They based it on what was selling the best in America, and that’s the beast that is Call of Duty and Battlefield. So… I blame the youth of America. ^_^

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