Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

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Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
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System(s): Wii U
Publisher: Sega
Distributor: Nintendo (EU/AU)
ROM size: 8594.23 MB (EU)
Genre: Action
Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code Rating
Nintendo Wii U
2014-11-11[1] $49.99[1] WUP-P-BSSE
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Nintendo Wii U
2014-11-21[2] £54.99 WUP-P-BSSP
PEGI: 7+
Nintendo Wii U
2014-11-21 €? ?
PEGI: 7+
Nintendo Wii U
2014-11-21[3] €44.99 WUP-P-BSSP
PEGI: 7+
Nintendo Wii U
2014-11-21[4] €? WUP-P-BSSP
USK: 12
Nintendo Wii U
2014-11-21[5] €? WUP-P-BSSP
PEGI: 7+
Nintendo Wii U
2014-11-21[6] €? WUP-P-BSSP
PEGI: 7+
Nintendo Wii U
2014-12-18[7] ¥6,980 (7,538)[7] ?
Nintendo Wii U
2014-11-29[8] $? WUP-P-BSSP
OFLC: Parental Guidance (PG)
Nintendo Wii U
2014 $? ?
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Nintendo Wii U
2014-11-11[1] $49.99[1] ?
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Nintendo Wii U
2014 FREE ?
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Nintendo Wii U
2014-11-21[2] £39.99 ?
PEGI: 7+
Nintendo Wii U
2014 FREE ?
PEGI: 7+
Nintendo Wii U
2014-11-21[3] €49.99 ?
PEGI: 7+
Nintendo Wii U
2014 FREE ?
PEGI: 7+
Nintendo Wii U
2014-11-21[4] €49.99 ?
USK: 12
Nintendo Wii U
2014 FREE ?
USK: 12
Nintendo Wii U
2014-12-18[7] ¥6,980 (7,538)[7] ?
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Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, known as Sonic Toon: Taiko no Hihou (ソニックトゥーン 太古の秘宝) in Japan, is a Sonic the Hedgehog game tied into the Sonic Boom franchise, which also includes the Sonic Boom TV show and the Nintendo 3DS game, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. It was developed externally by Big Red Button Entertainment and IllFonic for Sega, exclusively for the Wii U.

Significant programming and design problems have led to Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric being classed as one of the worst Sonic games released on record.


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Rise of Lyric is an action game which largely consists of four characters, Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles the Echidna and Amy Rose, traversing levels together crossing platforms, fighting enemies (beat-'em-up style), solving puzzles and occasionally turning into on-the-rails segments similar to that of Sonic Dash. In some stages, Sonic and Tails spilt up with Knuckles and Amy so you can have the differences of not playing as all four characters. A core mechanic of the game is the Enerbeam, which is used to solve puzzles, travel on rails, and battle enemies.

Shadow the Hedgehog and Metal Sonic also appear in the game as bosses.



Battle Trumpet
Cyclone Blaster
Explosion Switch
Feather Blade
Hand Gun
Water Balloon


Robot Scraps
Power Glyphs
Chaos Crystals


Sales data

NOTE: The following data comprises of the simultaneous sales of both Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.

Number of copies sold Sega IR Reference Platforms Regions Cumulative sales total Notes
490,000 FY2015 3rd Quarter Results WiiU/3DS US/EU/JP 490,000
130,000 [9] " " 620,000 According to Sega and the press, these numbers make both Sonic titles the worst-selling Sonic games in the history of the franchise.

Nintendo eShop chart performance

Platform Nintendo eShop reference Monthly Nintendo eShop chart appearances Weekly eShop chart appearances and rankings Weeks on the eShop (original run / cumulative total)
Wii U [10] November 2014 11/26 (#17) 1 / 1


Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
Japanese ソニックトゥーン 太古の秘宝 Sonic Toon: Ancient Treasure
French Sonic Boom: L'Ascension de Lyric Sonic Boom: Lyric's Ascension
German Sonic Boom: Lyrics Aufstieg Sonic Boom: Lyric's Rise
Spanish Sonic Boom: El Ascenso de Lyric Sonic Boom: The Ascent of Lyric
Italian Sonic Boom: L'Ascesa di Lyric Sonic Boom: The Ascent of Lyric

Production credits

Big Red Button

  • Founder & Creative Director: Bob Rafei
  • Co-Founder & Technical Director: Jeff Lander
  • Lead Writer: John Melchior
  • Senior Programmers: Carl Henrik-Skarstedt, Jim Geldmacher, Marc dePeo, Mark Pope
  • Programmers: Cosmo Fumo, Johnathan Nielsen, Kirk Martinez
  • Lead Designer: Brian McInerny
  • Principal Designer: Christian Senn
  • Senior Level Designers: Kirk Tome, Sean Wissler
  • Senior Designer: Ed Moore
  • Designers: Ben Strickland, Frank Hernandez III, Jake Miller, Jordan Smith, Kevin Hsu, Mark Vernon, Mike Padoongpatt, Valmore Riera
  • Additional Story By: Christian Cantamessa
  • Lead Animator: Justin Rasch
  • Senior Animators: Daesup Chang, Haissam Badawi
  • Animators: Arlington Cruz, David Nam, Shiva Adloori, Todd Ammons, Tuan Nguyen
  • Additional Animation by: Devon Roderick, Jeffery Wallin
  • Art Manager: Alexander Stein
  • Cinematic Director: Dori Arazi
  • Cinematic Layout: Robert Diaz, Steve Munoz, Keren Albala
  • Concept Artists: Jason Norton, Travis Ruiz, Yuhki Demers
  • Visual Development Artists: Armand Serrano, Travis Koller, Hugo Martin, Tyler West, Jake Wyatt, Nicolas Villarreal, Nicholas Weis, Edward Madrid, Sylvain Deboissy
  • Lead Technical Artist: Eric A. Iwasaki
  • Senior Technical Artist: Yukari Kaneko
  • Lead Character Artist: Daniel Ramirez
  • Character Artist: Onur Cayli
  • Lead Character Rigging: Dimitri Frazao
  • Character Rigging: Mark McCall
  • UI Artist: Andy "Housepurse" Pursehouse
  • Lead Environment Artist: Adam Yeager
  • Senior Environment Artists: John Pearson, Victor Murillo
  • Environment Artists: Aaron Kim, Mick Jundt, Christian Davis, Niles Tucker, Dannie Carlone, Oscar Ponce, Greg Prior, Robert Diaz, Kanae Fukuda, Ryan VanMeter, Martin Ocejo, Shawnell Priester
  • Audio Director & Lead Sound Designer: Shane Kneip
  • Audio Implementer: Garner Knutson
  • Music by: Audissi Studios
  • Additional Percussion & Music Mixed: Mirko Vogel
  • External Sound Design: Funky Rustic, LLC.
  • Executive Producer: John Melchior
  • Senior Producer: Lisa Kapitsas
  • IT: Jeff "GreyTech" Kuhn
  • VP of Operations: Debbie Rafei
  • Administrator: Kathy Frank
Quality Assurance
  • QA Manager: AJ Hernandez
  • Sr. QA Testers: Amanda Rose, Jerry Cortes
Special Thanks

Aaron Walker, Achim Lang, Andrew Marquis, Andrey Khonich, Andy Teal, Angelica Morse, Aviv Arad, Boris Batkin, Britt's BBQ, Charles Russom, Craig Harris, DAM Recruiting, Dan Arey, Danetracks, Inc., David Stelzer, Dean Rymer, Derek Douglas, Devon Roderick, Eric Williams, Gavin Dodd, Gerald Vera, Glen Kramer, James Coons, Jason Skiles, Jeff Harkavey, Jeffrey Wallin, Jordan Delgado, Judd Simantov, Justin Britch, Justin Leader, Justin Stearns, Keith Heerdt, Machine Head, Mack Sztaba, Marc Jackson, Mathieu Pinard, Matt Whiting, Michael Horwitz, Mike Bear, Mike Stout, Nathan Smith, Pencil Test Studio, Richard C Harris, Robert Flaska, Sanzaru Games, Sascha Hoba, Sher Gelb, Sleep Deprivation, Stephen Riesenberger, Steve Goldstein, The Chatham Group, Todd Weber, Travis Koller, Tyler Breon, VonChurch

Production Babies

Dean Ponce, Ford Joseph Pearson, Hudson Thomas Pearson, Jackson "The Bubs" Riera, Jameson Smith, Josephine "Josie" Yeager, Kaylie Jean Norton, Mila Ponce, Nolan dePeo

...and a VERY special thanks to our families and loved ones for their continued support.


  • President: Charles Brungardt
  • Creative Director: Kedhrin Gonzalez
  • Producer: David Langeliers
  • Associate Producer: Cindy Garcia
  • Programming: Daniel Garcia, Nick Faletra
  • Design: Dennis Dryden, Samuel Wey, Nathan Ferguson, Dave Walsh, Anthony Ramos, James Garcia
  • Art: Shane Stoneman, Kyle Bromley, Ian Runnels, Cliff Schonewill, Josh Jones
  • VFX: Matt Hubel
  • Animation: Dojun Lee, Chris Palen, Greg Yoder
  • QA: Russel Peterson

SEGA of America

  • Producer: Stephen Frost
  • Senior Development Director: Todd Hartwig
  • Design Director: Chris Porter
  • Assistant Producer: Matt Ellison
  • Nintendo 3DS Producer: Omar Woodley
Corporate Management
  • CFO, President, COO: John Cheng
  • EVP, Publishing & Strategic Planning: Yusuke Suai
  • Director of Corporate Planning: Kenya Numata
  • Business Planning Analyst: Chihiro Tanaka
Sonic Pillar
  • Chief Content Officer: Hiroyuki Miyazaki
  • Dev Director, International: Patrick Riley
  • Director, Biz Dev & Content: Yumiko Nishi
  • Senior Director of Marketing: Marcella Churchill
  • Group Marketing Manager: Judy Gilbertson
  • Senior Marketing Manager: Derrek Peel
  • Associate Marketing Manager: Aaron Webber
  • Senior Public Relations Manager: Thu Nguyen
Creative Services
  • Director of Marketing Services: Jen Groeling
  • Senior Media and Events Manager: Teri Higgins
  • 1st Party Coordinator: Andrew Wong
  • Senior Graphic Designer: Marco Garcia
  • Senior Video Production Manager: Carl Smolka
  • Video Editor: Arthur Swidzinski
  • Web Manager: Michael Dobbins
  • VP of Sales: Keith Gerhardt
  • Regional Sales Directors: Jeremiah Wehler, Frank Chiechi, Michael Kacz
  • Sales Ops Account Manager: Linda Lei
Development Services
  • Development Operations Manager: Stephen Akana
  • Mastering Supervisor: Rey Buzon
  • Senior Producer: Ken Ogasawara
  • Director of Licensing: Rene Flores
  • Retail Licensing Manager: Stacy Arnold-Strider
  • Licensed Product Development Manager: Tyler Ham
  • Licensing Coordinator: Anthony Gaccione
Customer Support
  • Customer Support Supervisor: Jeff Hawkins
  • Customer Service Reps: Evan Dombrowski, Nicolas Brenni
  • Senior Community Manager: Kellie Parker
  • Community Manager: Julian Mehlfeld
  • Director of Legal: Jerusha Herman
  • Associate Legal Counsels: Ziv Shmargad, Autumn Laughton
  • Contracts Administrator: Edison Haywood
Human Resources
  • HR Director: Michelle Whitmore
  • Manager of HR: Jenny Aftreth
  • IT Director: Jake Salgado
  • Network Manager: George Bueno
  • IT Helpdesk Manager: Rica Balagot
  • Senior Director, Accounting: Steven Choy
  • Payroll Manager: Fedora Armbrust
  • Senior Finance Manager: Jasen Chin
  • G/L Accountant: Emily Chow
  • Tax Director: Michael W. Dong
  • A/P A/R Manager: Rukshana Suazo
  • Sr. Credit Collections/Deductions Specialist: Cynthia Nombrado
  • Executive Assistant: Maki Goda
  • Administrative Assistant: Naoe Takahashi
  • Inventory and Materials Coordinator: Andy Navarro
  • Senior Facilities Coordinator: Joe Luna
  • Facilities Support & Mailroom Master: Shane Peterson
Development Partners
  • Nintendo 3DS development by SANZARU Games
  • IllFonic and the IllFonic logo are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of IllFonic, LLC throughout the world.
  • This software product includes Autodesk® Scaleform® software, 🄫 2014 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Uses Bink Video. Copyright (C) 1997-2014 by RAD Game Tools, Inc.
  • Portions of this software are included under license 🄫 2004-2014 Crytek GmbH. All rights reserved.
  • Development tools and related technology provided under license from CRI Middleware, Inc. 🄫 2014 CRI Middleware, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • "Font software prodivded by Monotype®"
Translation & Voice Acting
  • Japanese translations provided by: Inbound
  • Additional Material and Dialogue: Evan Bailey, Bill Freiberger, Alan Denton, Greg Hahn
  • VO Direction: Jack Fletcher
  • English Character Voices: Roger Craig Smith, Travis Willingham, Mike Pollock, Erin Fitzgerald, Patrick Seitz, Colleen Villard, Cindy Robinson, Nika Futterman, Kirk Thornton, Ben Diskin
  • English Voice Production: Studiopolis Inc.
  • Casting Directors: Jack Fletcher, Joe Moeller, Jamie Simone
  • Recording Engineers: Eric Lewis CAS, Dave Walsh, Ryan Johnson
  • Dialogue Editors: Terry Reiff, Elliot Anders, David W. Barr, Ernie Sheesley, Arnie Geher, Suzy Goldish
  • Production Assistants: Philo Leung, Ashlee Murray, Chris Eaton
  • Production Accountant: Laura Lopez
  • Line Producers: L. Daniel LaBrune III, Joe Moeller

SEGA Europe Limited

  • COO of Sega Europe: Jurgen Post
  • CFO of Sega Europe: John Ward
  • Senior Vice President, Business Planning: Tatsuya Shikata
  • Director, Development Services Sega West: Jim Woods
  • Head of Studio Localization and ESD: Charlie Harris
Production & Marketing
  • Producer: Corinne Callois
  • Sonic Marketing Manager: Helen Churchill
  • Assistant Brand Manager: Colm Bannon
  • European Marketing Director: Amanda Farr
  • Senior International Product Manager: Anna Downing
  • Senior PR Executive: Sarah Head
  • Legal Counsel: Daniel Finegold
  • Head of Creative Services & Traffic: Jeff Webber
  • Creative Team Manager: Noud Tempelaere
  • Digital Traffic and 1st Party Submissions Coordinator: Kamaljyot Panaich
  • Senior Creative Designer: Ranj Vekaria
  • Creative Art worker: Steve Smith
  • Head of Program Office: Mark Le Breton
  • Submissions Manager: Dave Pither
  • Process and TCM Manager: Ben Howell
  • Head of QA & Localization QA: Ghulam Khan
  • Production Managers: Teressa Wright, Simon Lawrence
  • Resource Manager: Ben Jackson
  • Localization Manager: Marta Lois González
  • Localization Project Supervisor: Antonella Marras
  • Lead Translator: Nicole Thomer
  • Translators: Chiara Canu, Gabriel Casas, Sebastián Salguero, Giuseppe Rosa, Anaïs Maniaval, Luis J. Paredes, Martin Schmalz, Giulia Checchi, Gwladys Gaye, Jesús Alvarez, Nura Völk
Mastering and Equipment
  • Mastering and Equipment Manager: Phil Adams
  • Senior Mastering Technician: Michael Veness
  • Assistant Mastering Technician: Andrew Doran, Danny Florey, Shaun Young
  • Training and Recruitment Supervisor: Julie Metior
  • Project Lead: Adrian Daly
  • Functionality QA Team Lead: James McNerney
  • Functionality QA Senior Testers: Katy Clemenets, Laurence Hart, Ricky Lovage
  • Functionality QA Testers: Ahmed Kawser, Allen Chambers, Ariel Flores Silva, Arthur Mel, Ashar Dubois, Clarice Rabello Dall 'Orta, Daniel Sung, David Brooks, Gary Deans, Iain Hamilton, Joe Wilson, Josh Lawler, Kerry Barrett, Louis Morgan, Mark Walker, Matthew Gibson, Murat Demir, Omar Flores Silva, Peter Lamoreux, Renato Insalaco, Robert Kinbrum, Shan Blackwood, Simone Decardi-Nelson, Thalia Evans, Troy Germain, Vlad Tanasescu, Zamir Bandali
  • Localization QA Supervisor: Alessandro Irranca
  • Localization QA Team Lead: Pedro L. Ortega
  • Localization QA Senior Tester: Melanie Schicker, Serenella Grimaldi
  • Localization QA Testers: Aday Fleitas, Carina Pamminger, Erica Berghi, Héctor Meléndez Díez, Hugues Boundox, Martina Cora, Peter Mattinson, Pierpaolo Vittone, Sebastian Kernst, Silvia Haniger, Stessy Lothaire
  • Compliance QA Supervisor: Darran Wall
  • Compliance QA Coordinator: Mohammed Ajaib
  • Compliance QA Senior Technician: Aaron Wright
  • Administration and Finance Coordinator: Chris Bien
  • QA Administrators: James McNerney
  • Equipment & Shift Coordinators: Tony Langan, Christian Bailey
Japanese VO

SEGA Corporation

  • Producer: Takashi Iizuka
  • Director: Harumasa Nakajima
  • Localize Assistant: Yuya Katayama
  • Sales, Marketing, Localize support: Tatsuyuki Miyazaki, Shintaro Tanioka, Emi Yamane, Takuya Kishimoto
  • Marketing: Takayoshi Ohuchi, Yusuke Asano, Yuko Yasuda
  • PR: Mamoru Kodama, Teruyuki Kaida, Natsuki Sato
  • Sales: Akira Nomoto, Teruyuki Awaji, Yasunobu Masahiro, Shinya Oosaki, Tetsuo Sasaki, Koichi Hanatate, Masaya Santo, Tomiaki Fujita, Takuro Mishina, Yoshihito Endo, Nobuaki Sone, Yuta Hirai, Toru Yasuda, Toshiyuki Tanaka, Masahiro Tanaka, Tomohiko Hayashi, Tomoaki Ishidao, Nagayuki Nou, Taku Takeuchi, FIELD CREW SERVICE Co.,Ltd.
  • Sales Promotion: Mitsuru Takahashi, Nobuhiro Tanaka, Haruo Imatsu, Yuichiro Shimada
  • Sales Support: Takashi Kabasawa, Yumi Kojima, Yoko Oda, Tomoki Kaji
  • Promotion: Takafumi Ueoro, Jun Takemura, Ikuo Ishizaka
  • Package & Manual Production: Yoshihiro Sakuta, Yoichi Takahashi, Masaru Kobayashi, Hiroki Osawa, Takuya Hamamoto, Makoto Nishino
  • Product Test: Takashi Shoji, Akira Nishikawa, Osamu Sato, Yuki Takahashi, Yuta Motegi, Azusa Ikeda
  • QA: Seiji Hasegawa, Yuji Nakamura, Kouzou Takasugi
  • Project Support: Eigo Kasahara, Shun Nakamura, Tetsu Katano, Sachiko Kawamura
  • Character Supervisors: Takashi Iizuka, Kazuyuki Hoshino, Yuji Uekawa
  • Chief Producers: Toshihiro Nagoshi, Osamu Ohashi
  • Executive Supervisor: Yukio Sugino
  • Executive Producer: Hideki Okamura


Source: In-game credits


Physical scans

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Wii U, AT

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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Nintendo Wii U
2014-07-18 CAT-R disc Page

External links

  • Nintendo catalogue pages: JP, US, UK, AU


Sonic Boom series
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (2014) | Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (2014) | Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom (2015) | Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (2016)
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