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"New Year's Retribution" is the thirty-eighth episode in the Sonic Boom television series. It first aired on 3 June 2015 in France and on 8 August 2015 in the United States.


While the rest of the village is celebrating New Year's Eve, Eggman decides to slow down time in order to complete his previous resolution of defeating Sonic... somehow.



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At the beginning of the episode, Team Sonic is busy decorating the Village Center for a New Year's Eve party. Tails tries to shoot decorations out of a bazooka, but it fails. When Dr. Eggman attacks with his Ball Bots, they are easily taken care of, and the decorations are all set up. Meanwhile, at Eggman's lair, the doctor is sad that he has yet to fulfill his New Year's resolution from last year of beating Sonic at least once this year, and Orbot and Cubot suggest a game of checkers to cheer him up. That night, the village party has started, and the people are dancing and having a good time while Soar the Eagle and Comedy Chimp interview the attendees. Back at the lair, Eggman quits the checkers game in frustration when Orbot brings out some pot roast made in a slow cooker. Eggman then has the idea to slow down time with a Slow Motion Machine made from the slow cooker's technology, so he can finally beat Sonic before the new year.

Shortly before the New Year's ball drops, Eggman arrives in the village and uses his Slow Motion Machine. He is able to slow down time, but while everyone else is moving in slow motion, Sonic walks normally as his superspeed movements and senses allows him to do so despite time being slowed down. Eggman tries to attack Sonic using laser beams and his robots but both are affected by the slow-motion effect as well. Sonic then suggests they compete in games such as dominoes, hopscotch, and chess. Sonic wins all of the events, including checkers at the end. The countdown is almost over, and after hearing Eggman's frustration at not getting one decisive victory over him, Sonic gives him one last shot with a dance-off. Both of them do a great job, but on Sonic's second attempt, he lets himself crash into some boxes. Sonic congratulates Eggman for finally beating him, and as Eggman returns time to normal to gloat, the New Year begins. Eggman tries to convince everyone that he beat Sonic, but the hedgehog points out that nobody really saw it because it all happened in the blink of an eye. Both Sonic and Eggman tell each other "Happy New Year", and then watch the fireworks together.


  • In the scene where Soar the Eagle is reporting on the party, Diane Aardvark is missing her skirt.
  • Before the scene when Eggman and Sonic were about to play dominoes, Soar the Eagle was seen in the background with his headphones from the episode "Aim Low". When Sonic won, he was then seen without his headphones in the background.

Title in other languages

Language Title Translation
Chinese 新年礼物 New Year's Gift
Finnish Uuden vuoden rangaistus New year's punishment
French La bonne resolution The Good Resolution
German Strafe zu Neujahr New Year's penalty
Hungarian Az Újévi fogadalom New Year's resolution
Italian Tutto in un minuto All in a minute
Japanese 大みそかの勝負 New Year's Eve Match
Korean 새해맞이 축제 New Year's Festival
Persian پاداش سال نو New Year bonus
Polish Noworoczne postanowienie New Year's resolution
Portuguese (Brazil) Boa Ação de Ano Novo Good New Year Action
Portuguese (Portugal) Retribuição de Ano Novo New Year's Retribution
Romanian Răzbunarea de anul nou Revenge of the New Year
Russian Новогодний реванш New Year rematch
Spanish (Latin America) Venganza de Año Nuevo New Year's Revenge
Spanish (Spain) El Castigo de Año Nuevo New Year's Punishment
Ukrainian Новорічна розплата New Year's Eve


  • The title of this episode is based on the phrase "New Year's Resolution".
  • During the episode, Knuckles makes various references to several real-world holidays. He mentions Easter, Halloween, Christmas and Groundhog Day, in that order.
  • Sonic's dancing moves during his and Eggman's dance-off are reminiscent of breakdancing. This might be a reference to his main series counterpart who has been known to be a practitioner of breakdancing.
  • This episode aired in France as the thirty-sixth episode in the series.
  • Knuckles mentions Santa Claus sneaking into his house even though he is a wanderer who lives in nature.


  1. Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (18 March 2016). Archived from the original on 11 May 2021. Retrieved on 18 March 2016. "Alexander Soerensen: Has Natalys Raut-Sieuzac directed every Sonic Boom episode? / Bill Freiberger: Yes she has."
  2. Sonic Boom: New Year's Retribution. Retrieved on 31 July 2015.
  3. Cartoon Network - Schedule (2015/11/17). Retrieved on 10 March 2017.