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Sonic 3 Prototype from November 1993 Dumped by Hidden Palace, Features Different Music & Sprites

Monday, November 18th, 2019

For the final week of Hidden Palace’s Sonic month, the prototype archivists have released something very special. The team have dumped a November 1993 prototype of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 which features different music and sprites which are based on those from Sonic 2.

This prototype comes from a time when Sonic 3 was supposed to contain all the stages from Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, and while Sonic 3’s stages are mostly complete, the Sonic & Knuckles stages are often incomplete, showcasing an early insight into that game’s development. Screenshots from this prototype made their way into the Sonic 3: Exclusive Story of the Year! preview supplement which we also have archived in our merchandise section.

The real discovery comes with the game’s soundtrack. Sonic fans will know that the PC version of Sonic 3 features different tunes for Ice Cap, Launch Base and Carnival Night Zone. Well it appears that these tunes actually pre-date the versions that were eventually included in the final release of Sonic 3, as they make an appearance in this prototype. This is the first time anyone has heard these tunes powered by the Mega Drive’s YM2612 sound chip and it makes for some truly fascinating listening.

Check out a playthrough of the prototype ROM below. You can download the ROM to play yourself via this link to the game’s entry at Hidden Palace.

[Source: Hidden Palace]

New Sonic Merch Revealed, Including Barrel of Doom Mug, Froggy and Team Sonic Racing T-Shirts | Merchandise

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

A new selection of Sonic merchandise has gone live worldwide on the various online SEGA shops.

This new merchandise includes a Froggy t-shirt that featured heavily in the first Team Sonic Racing Overdrive animated short. Click here to be taken to the listing on the UK SEGA Shop. This item is currently priced at £12.

We also have a Sonic & Shadow in Team Sonic Racing t-shirt which is currently being bundled together with a Team Sonic Racing logo pin badge. Click here to be taken to the listing on the UK SEGA Shop. This item is currently priced at £20.

And finally we have a mug based on the design of the infamous Barrel of Doom from Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Click here to be taken to the listing on the UK SEGA Shop. This item is currently priced at £10.

New Books and Magazines Added to Merchandise Section

Monday, February 11th, 2019

A new selection of books and magazines have been added to our merchandise section. See below for the full list of additions:

Dreamcast Monthly issue 7 added to Magazines
Dreamcast Magazine issue 7 added to Magazines
Sonic 3: Exclusive Story of the Year! added to Books
Golden Axe novelisation by Andy Smith added to Books

The 2018 Sonic Christmas Jumper Has Arrived | Merchandise

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Numskull designs have revealed a brand new Sonic the Hedgehog knitted Christmas jumper for 2018. The new design features Sonic, Tails and Knuckles snowboarding/skiing in an environment not too dissimilar to Ice Cap from Sonic 3.

The jumper is available to pre-order now from Geek Store and is priced at £39.99. The jumper will ship nearer the end of November 2018.

[Source: Geek Store]

SEGA Tunes: This Unreleased Jetzons Song is Remarkably Familiar

Monday, November 11th, 2013

More details have emerged in regards to Michael Jackson’s involvement in the Sonic 3 soundtrack and it’s coming from an unlikely source. Brad Buxer who used to play keyboards in The Jetzons was working with Jackson on the soundtrack to the game but in a previous interview he wasn’t aware of what songs made it into the final release.

A staff member over at Sonic Retro has discovered an amazing similarity with a Jetzons song called ‘Hard Times’. Check out the song below and you might be surprised as to how similar it is to a song that features on the Sonic 3 soundtrack:

Yep, that melody is unmistakably Ice Cap! What an amazing find!

[Source: Sonic Retro]

YouTube Channel: Mega Drive Collection Update and Q&A

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Our latest video on the SEGADriven YouTube channel once again takes a look at our updated Mega Drive collection. We also take questions from our Facebook and Twitter followers. Check it out below:

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Fan Discovers the Sonic 3 Save Select Music Changes After 47 Minutes

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Sonic Retro user Deef has discovered (in August 2010 no doubt! Thanks TimmiT) that if you leave Sonic 3 idling on the save select screen the music changes after a whopping 47 minutes. You can see an example of this below:

Pretty amazing that people are still finding secrets in 19 year old games!

[Source: Tracker_TD]

SEGA Tunes: Sonic Snow Level Special!

Friday, January 18th, 2013

It’s snowing and London and the Internet is throwing a wobbler! However, we think snow is pretty awesome so we thought we’d celebrate with a bumper edition of SEGA Tunes featuring loads of themes from different snow stages in the Sonic series! Click the links below to enjoy some wintery fun!

Ice Cap Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 3)
Be Cool, Be Wild, Be Groovy (Ice Cap, Sonic Adventure)
Ice Mountain Zone Act 2 (Sonic Advance)
Ice Paradise Act 1 (Sonic Advance 2)
Cool Edge Day (Holoska, Sonic Unleashed)
Aurora Icefield ~ Black Bed (Sonic the Fighters)

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