We had a chance to get some hands on time with the Tegra Zone enhanced version of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, which was announced yesterday for NVIDIA's Tegra 3.  We're pleased to see larger game studios starting to include mobile devices in their cross-platform development . In the case of Sonic, Sega is planning to release on a multitude of platforms including XBLA, PSN, iOS, and Android.  For the Android port, NVIDIA worked closely with Sega to create a Tegra 3-enhanced version which is supposed to closely mimic the quality you would expect to see on the console ports. 

The game does indeed look very impressive, especially when displayed on a 50+inch LED TV.   Water and fire effects are what you would expect to see on a modern, cartoon-like game on a console.  NVIDIA didn't have a console version on hand for a side-by-side comparison unfortunately.
In terms of performance, we did notice the framerate dip below 30 fps a number of times, however it didn't deter from the overall experience of the game.  The action still felt fast paced and fun.  NVIDIA was running the game on an ASUS Transformer Prime tablet connected to an LED TV via HDMI.  The keyboard and touch screen can be used for input, however an Xbox 360 controller was used in our demo and it worked quite well. 

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  • Hulk - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    I'm talking about the one on Sega from many, many years ago.
  • twhittet - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    I was the youngest in my family, and I was the only one that could finish it.
    There was no game save, so when your hands were tired after 4 hours of gameplay, you paused it and took a break.
  • Spivonious - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    It took me 10 years to beat the boss of Labyrinth Zone without drowning. I got so excited, but no one seemed to understand.
  • Hulk - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    Yes that is where I always died! Is that near the end of the game and how do you get past this stage?
  • Wolfpup - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    I did, and SonicCD, but they were HARD, and I doubt I'd have the patience now. I don't think I've been able to finish a single Sonic game since, save for Sonic Advance 1, I think.

    Regarding this news...I just don't see the point. Sonic on a touch screen device? Put out this whole thing on the real consoles once it's finished, but it belongs on Playstation 3 and Xbox and Vita and 3DS/PSP...not on a tablet.

    I mean geez, the games are too hard with a controller LOL
  • eddman - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    @everyone who never managed to beat sonic or other sega games

    Just download a sega megadrive/genesis emulator, download games' ROMs, and you can easily finish them all. Emulators have save/quick save options.
  • eddman - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    This is the one I used and seems to be the best:


  • coolhardware - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    I wonder how (or if at all) this will run on Tegra 2?

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