Sonic Lost World Wii U Update Gives Players Extra Lives and Fixes Graphics Glitch

A new free patch for Sonic Lost World Wii U gives players an easier time collecting extra lives and playing through continues.

The changes include: "Collecting 100 rings will now grant the player an extra life. In the event of a Game Over, we have doubled the amount of lives the player will begin with when continuing. (From 5 to 10). The Indigo Asteroid, Crimson Eagle, Orange Rocket, and Black Bomb Color Powers can now be controlled using the analog stick and buttons. Fixed a rare graphical issue that would sometimes appear during the pinball section of the Frozen Factory casino area," the Sega Blog posted.

Additional updates include a re-play of the NIGHTMARE DLC upon scoring 100,000 points and items appearing on the world map.

Reviews for the game have said the 3DS version of the game is superior to the Wii U version, continuing the tradition of the Sega Sonic Team perhaps trying to do too much with everyone's beloved hedgehog.

The 3DS version is praised for its good graphics, solid level design, and gameplay.

The Wii U version suffers from bad camera angles and poor instruction in utilizing an arsenal of new moves Sonic knows, as well as poor level design that slows him down instead of speeds him up. However, the graphics are said to be among the best of the Wii U thus far.

The game is in both 3D and 2D, and as in the most recent additions, many enjoyed the 2DS Sonic more because of the nostalgic feel. However, reviews for Kotaku felt the game was its best when moving away from the frustrating play of the 2D.

Sonic Lost World has stages that are reminiscent of earlier games in the franchise, but adds the 3D action-platform element to it for both the Wii U and handheld version for the 3DS.

For the Wii U, the Gamepad is a major function of the game and utilizes movement as well as a two player helper on the Gamepad screen. In the 3DS version, there is exclusive levels and 'Tails Lab' where players can create radio control vehicles to be used for the Wii U. Sega outlines the differences between the two games here.

Sonic Lost World was released in the U.S. on October 29.