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Sonic Championship
ACL Sonic Championship
Developer(s) Existence Software
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
Release Date(s)
2018
Mode(s)
1-2 players online/locally
Age Rating(s)
E for Everyone
Genre(s) Fighting
Series Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off
Predecessor Sonic the Fighters (1996)

Sonic Championship (Japanese: ソニック・チャンピオンズ Sonic Champions) is a 3D action fighting game based upon Sega's flagship multimedia franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog. The game, which is developed by Existence Software, is considered by the development team to be a spiritual successor to the 1996 title Sonic the Fighters; despite this, both games are fairly different, and really only share the fighting game genre. Yu Suzuki, creator of the Virtua Fighter series and the producer of Sonic the Fighters oversaw the game's development.

Despite being announced at the Fantendo Spooky Scary Showcase 2017 with a scheduled release in 2018, Existence Software considers this their contribution to the 25th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, which happened in 2016. This is due to the game containing characters and locations from throughout the history of the Sonic series, instead of limiting this content strictly to those that have appeared in more recent instalments.

The game includes an in-game shop where players can purchase new characters, costumes, stages, and music tracks using an in-game currency (which can also be purchased with real world currencies). Existence Software and Sega have stated that more content will be released through this shop after the game's initial launch.

Gameplay

Unlike its spiritual predecessor, Sonic Championship is a 3D fighting game based upon the traditional game format popularized by Karate Champ and the Street Fighter series. The aim of the game is to deplete the opponent's health bar by performing different combinations of attacks against them. In Sonic Championship, the player has three different attacks with which they can accomplish this: standard attacks, heavy attacks, and special attacks. Additionally, sometimes attacks will cause the target to drop rings; collecting rings fills up the Chaos Gauge, which allows the fighter to enter their Super state, increasing their speed and attack power substantially.

In addition to traditional fighting game mechanics, Sonic Championship also puts a focus on speed and mobility- for instance, attacks will be more powerful depending on how quickly buttons are tapped in succession. Additionally, while all stages are 2D planes, they may have objects in the background with which fighters can interact with. Some objects will allow for unique movement options, while others may be used as weapons.

Story

Playable Characters

The base game will contain 30 playable characters, with additional characters being released through the in-game store. All of the additional characters can be purchased using real world money or Rings earned by playing the game.

Base Game

All eleven fighters from the 2012 HD rerelease of Sonic the Fighters return in Sonic Championship, alongside 19 characters that did not appear in that game.

Sonic Championship - Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic Championship - Knuckles the Echidna Sonic Championship - Tails Sonic Championship - Amy Rose Sonic Championship - Espio the Chameleon Sonic Championship - Fang the Sniper Sonic Championship - Bean the Dynamite Sonic Championship - Bark the Polar Bear Sonic Championship - Eggman Sonic Championship - Metal Sonic Sonic Championship - Honey the Cat Sonic Championship - Ray the Flying Squirrel Sonic Championship - Mighty the Armadillo Sonic Championship - Shadow the Hedgehog Sonic Championship - Rouge the Bat Sonic Championship - E-123 Omega Sonic Championship - Blaze the Cat Sonic Championship - Big the Cat Sonic Championship - Cream the Rabbit Sonic Championship - Silver the Hedgehog Sonic Championship - Vector the Crocodile Sonic Championship - Emerl Sonic Championship - Jet the Hawk Sonic Championship - Sticks the Badger Sonic Championship - Shade the Echidna Sonic Championship - Heavy and Bomb Sonic Championship - Chaos Sonic Championship - Zavok Sonic Championship - Zeena Sonic Championship - Infinite

Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic Championship - Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック ザ ヘッジホッグ Sonikku za Hejjihoggu) is the self-proclaimed "fastest thing alive". Also known as the Blue Blur, Sonic got his name from being able to run at supersonic speeds. Sonic has the most basic moveset, with very many of his trademark moves - such as the Homing Attack, Sliding Attack, and Stomp - being incorporated into his moveset. Sonic, true to his name, is the fastest character in the game mobility wise, though he can't jump high and must resort to using springs and other objects in order to propel himself airborne. Sonic's home stage is Green Hill Zone.


Knuckles the Echidna
Sonic Championship - Knuckles the Echidna
Knuckles the Echidna (ナックルズ ザ エキドゥナ Nakkurusu za Ekiduna) is the sole remaining member of the Knuckles Clan and the guardian of the Master Emerald, a powerful relic located on Angel Island. While Knuckles has also been shown to be capable of running at speeds nearing Sonic's top speed, he has more raw strength than his blue friend. Knuckles excels in powerful close-quarters combat, with his punches dealing a large amount of damage in short bursts. While he's not exactly the most mobile fighter, Knuckles is capable of gliding around when airborne, balancing out his major weakness a bit. Knuckles' home stage is Master Emerald Altar.


Miles "Tails" Prower
Sonic Championship - Tails
Miles Prower (マイルス パウアー Mairusu Pauā), better known by his nickname of Tails (テイルス Teirusu), is a smart yellow fox with two tails that he can spin at a high speed in order to propel him upwards. Tails is one of the most mobile fighters, though his speed and power are lacking. Some of Tails' attacks are imitations of Sonic's, but Tails' most unique attacks see him utilizing a number of different gadgets he invented - such as the Energy Ball blaster and Magic Hook spring from Sonic Battle - in order to out-fox his opponents. Tails' home stage is Cocoa Island.


Amy Rose
Sonic Championship - Amy Rose
Amy Rose (エミー ローズ Emī Rōzu) is a young pink hedgehog who has an obsessive infatuation with Sonic the Hedgehog, going so far as to claim that she is his girlfriend. Though caring and often well-meaning, Amy also has a short temper, which, in conjunction with the large Piko Piko Hammer she wields, makes her a devastating foe in battle. Amy is one of the most balanced fighters in terms of power and mobility, though, as she uses the Piko Piko Hammer for many of her attacks, Amy has far greater melee range than many other characters do. Amy's home stage is Spagonia.


Espio the Chameleon
Sonic Championship - Espio the Chameleon
Espio the Chameleon (エスピオ ザ カメレオン Esupio za Kamereon) is a member of the Chaotix Detective Agency. Espio is trained as a ninja, and often uses his skills in moving around stealthily in order to gain intel for both his coworkers and Sonic. Espio's attacks are all fairly quick, but most are weak on their own and require several consecutive attacks to be entirely useful. As a ninja, Espio is a very mobile character who can essentially teleport around the battle in puffs of smoke, making him challenging to hit at times; due to Espio's lower health and defence, these dodging techniques are an essential part of his moveset. Espio also has the ability to create tornadoes of leaves, which, alongside his use of throwing kunai, make him a formidable foe at both at close range and at a distance. Espio's home stage is Mystic Haunt Zone.


Fang the Sniper
Sonic Championship - Fang the Sniper
Fang the Sniper (ファング ザ スナイパー Fangu za Sunaipā) is a cunning treasure hunter who supposedly hails from another dimension. He is often a character that rivals both Sonic and Eggman, and seeks to obtain the Chaos Emeralds for monetary purposes instead of using them for good or evil. Fang himself is a weaker fighter, and some of his attacks rely on him using a small popgun in order to deal damage from afar. He has less health than a lot of other fighters and very few of his attacks can actually combo efficiently, but both of these are subverted by the range his tail allows him, which he often uses to bounce around or as a weapon of its own. Fang's home stage is Mirage Saloon Zone.


Bean the Dynamite
Sonic Championship - Bean the Dynamite
Bean the Dynamite (ビーン・ザ・ダイナマイト Bīn za Dainamaito) is a crazy woodpecker that participated in Dr. Robotnik's tournament for the Chaos Emeralds. Bean's most prominent trait is his ability to seemingly spawn large comical bombs out of thin air, which he uses to allow him to be a fairly strong distance-based fighter. Due to being an avian, Bean is also a fairly mobile fighter who has fairly substantial aerial attacks, though his weaker close-quarters ground game prevents him from being truly as effective as he could be. Bean's home stage is City Escape.


Bark the Polar Bear
Sonic Championship - Bark the Polar Bear
Bark the Polar Bear (バーク・ザ・ポーラーベアー Bāku za Pōrābeā) is a large, yet gentle and shy, polar bear that participated in Dr. Robotnik's tournament for the Chaos Emeralds. Bark is a heavy bear whose moveset focuses on body slams and other melee attacks that utilize his large frame and weight. While one of the stronger fighters, Bark is also very slow, and his jumps and aerial attacks generally see him trying to knock his foe back down to the ground so he can triumph over them. Bark's home stage is Diamond Dust Zone.


Dr. Eggman
Sonic Championship - Eggman
Dr. Eggman


Metal Sonic
Sonic Championship - Metal Sonic
Metal Sonic


Honey the Cat
Sonic Championship - Honey the Cat
Honey the Cat


Mighty the Armadillo
Sonic Championship - Mighty the Armadillo
Mighty the Armadillo (マイティー ザ アルマジロ Maitī za Arumajiro) is a longtime friend of Sonic the Hedgehog and Knuckles the Echidna, though has made very few noteworthy appearances since his debut. Though his name implies impressive strength, Mighty is actually one of the most balanced fighters in the game. Some of Mighty's attacks are variations of Sonic's more signature moves (Spin Attack, Spin Jump), though most of his moves have him take on a brawler playstyle, with powerful punches and kicks making up a majority of his moveset. Mighty's home stage is City Escape.


Ray the Flying Squirrel
Sonic Championship - Ray the Flying Squirrel
Ray the Flying Squirrel (レイ ザ フライングスクイレル Rei za Furaingu Sukuireru) is an acquaintance of Sonic the Hedgehog and Mighty the Armadillo, who once had to work with them to escape from one of Dr. Eggman's prisons. Due to being a flying squirrel, Ray excels in aerial combat more than most fighters, and is a very mobile character that is challenging to target. He is relatively weak on the ground, and many of his attacks can launch his opponent upwards so he can damage them with his stronger aerial kicks. Ray's home stage is Landslide Limbo.


Shadow the Hedgehog
Sonic Championship - Shadow the Hedgehog
Shadow the Hedgehog


Rouge the Bat
Sonic Championship - Rouge the Bat
Rouge the Bat


E-123 Omega
Sonic Championship - E-123 Omega
E-123 Omega


Blaze the Cat
Sonic Championship - Blaze the Cat
Blaze the Cat


Big the Cat
Sonic Championship - Big the Cat
Big the Cat


Cream the Rabbit
Sonic Championship - Cream the Rabbit
Cream the Rabbit


Silver the Hedgehog
Sonic Championship - Silver the Hedgehog
Silver the Hedgehog (シルバー ザ ヘッジホッグ Shirubā za Hejjihogg) is a hedgehog that hails from the future, who travelled back in time to prevent the catastrophes that brought ruin to his time. Silver's home stage is Crisis City.


Vector the Crocodile
Sonic Championship - Vector the Crocodile
Vector the Crocodile


Emerl
Sonic Championship - Emerl
Emerl (エメル Emeru) is the most powerful Gizoid (an army of combat androids) created by the Nocturnus Clan and rediscovered many years later by Gerald Robotnik, the grandfather of Dr. Eggman. Emerl has the ability to copy the abilities of creatures around him, and his moveset largely consists of him mimicking the attacks of other characters. Though Emerl can mimic attacks, he can not mimic the stats of other fighters, meaning his attacks may be quicker, slower, stronger, or weaker than the original attacks he copied. Emerl himself is fairly basic in terms of his stats - he is of average speed, weight, and strength. Emerl's home stage is Battle Highway.


Jet the Hawk
Sonic Championship - Jet the Hawk
Jet the Hawk


Sticks the Badger
Sonic Championship - Sticks the Badger
Sticks the Badger


Shade the Echidna
Sonic Championship - Shade the Echidna
Shade the Echidna


Heavy and Bomb
Sonic Championship - Heavy and Bomb
Heavy (ヘビー Hebī) and Bomb (ボム Bomu) are robots created by Dr. Eggman to serve as his chief mechanics while the Eggman Empire operated out of Newtrogic High Zone. Originally, Heavy was a large robot resistant to many forms of attack, while Bomb his opposite: small but more agile and has a tendency to self destruct. Heavy fights slowly but powerfully, but has low mobility and must rely on Bomb to take on fighters that are further away from him. Heavy and Bomb's home stage is Newtrogic High Zone.


Chaos
Sonic Championship - Chaos
Chaos (カオス Kaosu), or more specifically Chaos 0 (カオス0 Kaosu 0), is an immortal deity made entirely out of concentrated chaos energy. Chaos is a powerful fighter who, when on the ground, is incredibly mobile, as he has the ability to melt into a puddle-like form and change his size in order to dodge attacks; due to his large number of projectile attacks, he can perform a number of attacks while also avoiding his opponent's easily. Chaos however does have his faults - namely his airborne attacks are weaker and he lacks many powerful close-ranged attacks; many of his melee attacks see him extend his limbs in order to hit foes from afar. Chaos' home stage is Station Square.


Zavok
Sonic Championship - Zavok
Zavok


Zeena
Sonic Championship - Zeena
Zeena


Infinite
Sonic Championship - Infinite
Infinite

Post-Release

Sonic Championship - Erazor Djinn Sonic Championship - Black Knight Sonic Championship - NiGHTS Sonic Championship - Dark Chao Sonic Championship - Charmy Bee Sonic Championship - Heavy King Sonic Championship - Tiara Boobowski Sonic Championship - Classic Sonic Sonic Championship - Johnny Sonic Championship - Tails Doll Sonic Championship - Zazz Sonic Championship - Master Zik Sonic Championship - Zor Sonic Championship - Zomom Sonic Championship - Eggman Nega Sonic Championship - Sonic the Werehog Sonic Championship - Black Doom Sonic Championship - Mephiles the Dark Sonic Championship - Lyric the Last Ancient Sonic Championship - Sonic Man Sonic Championship - Rookie Sonic Championship - Marine the Raccoon Sonic Championship - Storm the Albatross Sonic Championship - Wave the Swallow Sonic Championship - Tikal Sonic Championship - Arle Nadja Sonic Championship - Ulala Sonic Championship - Amigo Sonic Championship - Billy Hatcher Sonic Championship - Akira Yuki

Erazor Djinn
Sonic Championship - Erazor Djinn
Erazor Djinn


Black Knight
Sonic Championship - Black Knight
Black Knight


NiGHTS
Sonic Championship - NiGHTS
NiGHTS


Dark Chao
Sonic Championship - Dark Chao
Dark Chao


Charmy Bee
Sonic Championship - Charmy Bee
Charmy Bee


Heavy King
Sonic Championship - Heavy King
Heavy King


Tiara Boobowski
Sonic Championship - Tiara Boobowski
Tiara Boobowski


Classic Sonic
Sonic Championship - Classic Sonic
Classic Sonic


Johnny
Sonic Championship - Johnny
Johnny


Tails Doll
Sonic Championship - Tails Doll
Tails Doll


Zazz
Sonic Championship - Zazz
Zazz


Master Zik
Sonic Championship - Master Zik
Master Zik


Zor
Sonic Championship - Zor
Zor


Zomom
Sonic Championship - Zomom
Zomom


Eggman Nega
Sonic Championship - Eggman Nega
Eggman Nega


Sonic the Werehog
Sonic Championship - Sonic the Werehog
Sonic the Werehog


Black Doom
Sonic Championship - Black Doom
Black Doom


Mephiles the Dark
Sonic Championship - Mephiles the Dark
Mephiles the Dark


Lyric the Last Ancient
Sonic Championship - Lyric the Last Ancient
Lyric the Last Ancient


Sonic Man
Sonic Championship - Sonic Man
Sonic Man


Rookie
Sonic Championship - Rookie
Rookie


Marine the Raccoon
Sonic Championship - Marine the Raccoon
Marine the Raccoon


Storm the Albatross
Sonic Championship - Storm the Albatross
Storm the Albatross


Wave the Swallow
Sonic Championship - Wave the Swallow
Wave the Swallow


Tikal
Sonic Championship - Tikal
Tikal


Arle Nadja
Sonic Championship - Arle Nadja
Arle Nadja


Ulala
Sonic Championship - Ulala
Ulala


Amigo
Sonic Championship - Amigo
Amigo


Billy Hatcher
Sonic Championship - Billy Hatcher
Billy Hatcher


Akira Yuki
Sonic Championship - Akira Yuki
Akira Yuki

Stages

All playable characters will receive a "home stage" - a stage that they are most associated with and fought on in arcade mode. 32 stages will be present in the base game, with each of the original 30 characters receiving their own stage, with two additional stages based on locales from other Sega series.

Base Game

Green Hill Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
Sonic Championship - Green Hill Zone
Green Hill Zone


Master Emerald Altar
Sonic Adventure (1998)
Sonic Championship - Master Emerald Altar
Master Emerald Altar


Cocoa Island
Tails Adventure (1995)
Sonic Championship - Cocoa Island
Cocoa Island


Spagonia
Sonic Unleashed (2008)
Sonic Championship - Spagonia
Spagonia


Mystic Haunt Zone
Sonic Rivals 2 (2007)
Sonic Championship - Mystic Haunt Zone
Mystic Haunt Zone


Mirage Saloon Zone
Sonic Mania (2017)
Sonic Championship - Mirage Saloon Zone
Mirage Saloon Zone


City Escape
Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)
Sonic Championship - City Escape
City Escape


Diamond Dust Zone
Sonic 3D Blast (1996)
Sonic Championship - Diamond Dust Zone
Diamond Dust Zone


Landslide Limbo
SegaSonic the Hedgehog (1993)
Sonic Championship - Landslide Limbo
Landslide Limbo


Crisis City
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
Sonic Championship - Crisis City
Crisis City


Battle Highway
Sonic Battle (2003)
Sonic Championship - Battle Highway
Battle Highway


Newtrogic High Zone
Knuckles' Chaotix (1995)
Sonic Championship - Newtrogic High Zone
Newtrogic High Zone


Station Square
Sonic Adventure (1998)
Sonic Championship - Station Square
Station Square

Non-Playable Characters

Omochao
Sonic Championship - Omochao
Omochao (オモチャオ Omochao) is a robot that has appeared throughout the Sonic the Hedgehog series as a support character. Though it is unknown who created him, Omochao seems to have a vast compendium of knowledge stored within him, and he often gives tutorials to the player. Omochao makes minor appearances in Sonic Championship, primarily giving tips to the player on the loading screen. Omochao also acts as the player's opponent in training mode, where he won't fight back and simply complain as he takes damage.

Trivia

  • The name Sonic Championship was thought to have been inspired by the fact that some of the Sonic the Fighters western arcade cabinets displayed the name "Sonic Championship". The game's director has since revealed that this is purely coincidental - the name and logo were originally drafted to be used for a sequel to the 2012 racing game Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
  • In Japan, a Limited Edition version for the Nintendo Switch was released that included a download code for the HD version of Sonic the Fighters. This was the only way that game was playable on the Switch until it was eventually released as a separate digital download on the Nintendo eShop.
ACL Sonic Championship sideways logo
Playable Characters
Base game:
Sonic Championship - Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic Championship - Knuckles the Echidna Sonic Championship - Tails Sonic Championship - Amy Rose Sonic Championship - Espio the Chameleon Sonic Championship - Fang the Sniper Sonic Championship - Bean the Dynamite Sonic Championship - Bark the Polar Bear Sonic Championship - Eggman Sonic Championship - Metal Sonic Sonic Championship - Honey the Cat Sonic Championship - Ray the Flying Squirrel Sonic Championship - Mighty the Armadillo Sonic Championship - Shadow the Hedgehog Sonic Championship - Rouge the Bat Sonic Championship - E-123 Omega Sonic Championship - Blaze the Cat Sonic Championship - Big the Cat Sonic Championship - Cream the Rabbit Sonic Championship - Silver the Hedgehog Sonic Championship - Vector the Crocodile Sonic Championship - Emerl Sonic Championship - Jet the Hawk Sonic Championship - Sticks the Badger Sonic Championship - Shade the Echidna Sonic Championship - Heavy and Bomb Sonic Championship - Chaos Sonic Championship - Zavok Sonic Championship - Zeena Sonic Championship - Infinite
Post-release:
Sonic Championship - Erazor Djinn Sonic Championship - Black Knight Sonic Championship - NiGHTS Sonic Championship - Dark Chao Sonic Championship - Charmy Bee Sonic Championship - Heavy King Sonic Championship - Tiara Boobowski Sonic Championship - Classic Sonic Sonic Championship - Johnny Sonic Championship - Tails Doll Sonic Championship - Zazz Sonic Championship - Master Zik Sonic Championship - Zor Sonic Championship - Zomom Sonic Championship - Eggman Nega Sonic Championship - Sonic the Werehog Sonic Championship - Black Doom Sonic Championship - Mephiles the Dark Sonic Championship - Lyric the Last Ancient Sonic Championship - Sonic Man Sonic Championship - Rookie Sonic Championship - Marine the Raccoon Sonic Championship - Storm the Albatross Sonic Championship - Wave the Swallow Sonic Championship - Tikal Sonic Championship - Arle Nadja Sonic Championship - Ulala Sonic Championship - Amigo Sonic Championship - Billy Hatcher Sonic Championship - Akira Yuki
Non-Playable Characters
Sonic Championship - Omochao
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