Erica Sakura (エリカ·'さくら, Erika·Sakura) is a game focusing on the Sonic fan character of the same name. It is inspired by the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games, and is for the WiiU, Playstation 3, and 3DS. It is rated E10+ for mild fantasy violence and mild language.
Dr. Scavenger, evil scientist extrodinaire, plans on turning innocent cartoon characters into robo-mutants in order to rule the world. The player plays as Erica and has to stop Scavenger from accomplishing her goals by freeing the cartoons, stopping the robo-mutants, and squaring off against her and her top minions.
The game works similar to the classic Sonic games: the player controls Erica throughout side-scrolling levels using the D-Pad/toggles to move Erica, the A-button to jump, and the B-button to perform attacks. The Y-button can be used to activate WereSeedrian mode. Erica (the player) is followed by Punk, who typically assists Erica using her electric powers.
Each level in the game is based on a notable cartoon location or location in the Erica Sakura:
- Level 1-Video Square
- Level 2-Townsville
- Level 3-Endsville
- Level 4-Land of Ooo
- Level 5-Anime Downtown Tour
- Level 6-Game World Tour
- Level 7-Cartoon Central Tour
- Level 8-Toon Star Studios
- Level 9-Toon City Tour
- Level 10-Scavenger City
- Bonus Level-Green Hill Zone
- Erica Sakura-The player's character; Erica is a tomboyish nerd who loves cartoons and adventure.
- Punk the Pikachu-An assist character; Punk is Erica's best friend in the world, who will help at any appropriate time.
- Dr. Janice Scavenger-The main villain; Scavenger's world domination plans involve turning others into robo-mutants.
- Veronica Vulture-The strongest robo-mutant, who is one of Scavenger's most trusted minions.
- Bruno-The second strongest robo-mutant, who is Veronica's best friend and assistant.
- Gogo-A berserk warrior robo-mutant who is easily angered and makes up in speed what he lacks in stregth.
- Sheldon-A simple robo-mutant who specializes in long-range projectile attacks.
- Generic Robo-Mutants-Cartoon characters turned robo-mutants.
Various cartoon, anime, and video characters appear as captives of Dr. Scavenger. They are released when robo-mutants are defeated, much like animals do when Badniks are defeated in the original Sonic the Hedgehog games. The following characters are included:
- Ash Ketchum and Pikachu (Pokemon)
- PaRappa the Rapper
- Crash Bandicoot
- Amigo (Samba De Amigo)
- Marvin the Martian (Looney Tunes)
- Norville "Shaggy" Rogers and Scooby Doo (Scooby-Doo)
- Dexter (Dexter's Laboratory)
- Finn and Jake (Adventure Time)
- Marceline, the Vampire Queen (Adventure Time)
- The Powerpuff Girls
- The Rowdyruff Boys (The Powerpuff Girls)
- Billy (The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy)
- Mandy (The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy)
- Grim (The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy)
- Irwin (The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy)
- Numbuh 2 (Codename: Kids Next Door)
- Numbuh 5 (Codename: Kids Next Door)
- Rock Lee (Naruto)
- Chocolove McDonell (Shaman King)
- Usopp (One Piece)
- Manny Rivera (El Tigre)
- Invader Zim and GIR
- Beast Boy (Teen Titans)
- Mas y Menos (Teen Titans)
- Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
- Rarity (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
- Fluttershy (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
- Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
- This is one of the few times when cartoon characters from outside of Erica Sakura are included in a game, but don't play a significant role.
- This is also the first time when no characters from South Park are seen or mentioned, not including games before Game World's inclusion into Toon City or the fan character-centered games.
- Unlike other games, Western animation characters outnumber the anime and video game characters.
- This also marks the first appearance of My Little Pony characters in Erica Sakura media.
- Some background text at Toon Star Studios is in Japanese; this is to represent the reccuring theme of anime and Japanese cultural references in Erica Sakura media.
- Despite being inspired by classic Sonic games, the game is in 3D.
- There aren't many fan characters used in the game; this is based on the classic Sonic games.
- The fact that Punk follows and assists Erica is a reference to Sonic The Hedgehog 2, where Miles "Tails" Prower was introduced.
- Earlier Japanese advertisements for the game feature a sped-up Junichi Kanemura voicing Erica. This is because Mayumi Tanaka (Erica's official voice actress is Japan) and Motoko Kumai (Erica's Japanese voice actress in most ads) also record for the Erica Sakura anime (as well as One Piece in Tanaka's case), and need time to do so; since few voice actresses can replicated Erica's voice believably, it was decided that Kanemaru's voice would be used (albeit pitched up to sound like a girl). Later ads use Mayumi Tanaka's voice, however.