What kind of games are the sonic games? I think I have some negative prejudice against them, always disliked them and kind of thought "how could they" when they put Mario and Sonic together in some party-games, without even ever playing a sonic game. Might be because I watched a horrible series as kid, but as bad as it might be, it can't be bigger crap than a new series called sonic boom. But with so many great people here that do love the Sonic series it can't be so bad.
In other words, try to convert me into your little sonic sect
They're platform titles, like Mario, except the idea is to use momentum and speed to clear the levels. In fact, they were inspired by the creator attempting to beat Mario levels as fast as possible. They can be pretty fun games, you just have to look for the good ones. Leaving out my own opinions, the ones generally considered good by the fanbase are Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3, & Knuckles on Genesis, Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 on Dreamcast and Gamecube, Sonic Colors on Wii, and Sonic Generations on Xbox 360 and PS3.
Adding in my opinions: Adventure is meh and Colors is garbage. Also I actually enjoy Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog (Xbox, PS2, and GCN) as well as Unleashed (360/PS3). Your mileage may vary, but I haven't been as anti-Sonic as pretty much everyone has been lately in regards to recent titles. In recent years, yeah, things haven't been so good, but the early 3D Sonic days weren't as bad as everyone thinks in my opinion.
As for this new game, I'm feeling like it's taking itself a little too seriously. Historically when the series had a more serious story to tell it led to things like '06, Secret Rings, and Black Knight didn't it? Then again, if we get another scene with Sonic talking about the inevitability of death or something of the sort, maybe it'll be worth it...
Eh, Adventure and Adventure 2 took themselves seriously and they're among the most beloved games in the franchise. Heroes is the last thing I'd call "taking itself seriously" and it's generally disliked, so it's honestly more about whether they can make a fun game than whether the story takes itself seriously. Also Unleashed took itself seriously and it was still a great game, critics be damned. Plus, there's a bit of a charm to really goofy cutesy characters in a story trying to be all serious, '06 aside.
No WiiU version though?
It's a power thing, most likely, but if this game is able to work on XB1 and PS4 as well as NX... maybe that's a nice small hint to the power of the console. Or so we can hope at least.