Sonic and Knuckles' new designs leaked

I needed this today, haven't laughed this hard in some time. Who knows, maybe the younger generation will dig the design, what do I know I'm old.
I like how they just kind of took knuckles' regular head and placed it on this buff creature's body.

Honestly, they're not that bad. Probably in action they'll look a bit better. The designs of Sonic characters were kind of boring in the first place and lent to why we got so many copy paste of characters over the years. At least with sonic and knuckles here, they look pretty unique.

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Look for me on the local news, I'll be the guy arrested for trying to burn down a Nintendo exec's house.

BLUE ARMS?!?!?!?!?

This is green eyes all over again.
I think several things are pretty clear from both the visual design and the plans of the franchise reboot:

- Sonic is now primarily a character franchise driven by merchandise and entertainment products more generally. The games are not the primary product, they're just one part of the process.

- Sonic's audience is, now more than ever, young males I would say 6-9 but maybe as old as 12. These designs are clearly reflecting that kind of aesthetic. They look like TV series characters, they look designed for action figures, and that makes sense.
Oh they're like Transformers.
I usually go into these sorts of things with an open mind but...errr, no.

Change can be good but the differences here aren't really improvements at all. Why'd they even need to do this in the first place? Was Sonic losing appeal?

I will say "Hipster Sonic and Bro Knuckles" is pretty funny though.


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From a design standpoint, why do they both have bandages? Like, if they wanted to have Knuckles look like a big brawler, I can kind of understand the logic throwing some bandages on him. But why Sonic?