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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]

Sonic X Coming to US Netflix December 1st 2019

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Seasons 1 and 2 of the Sonic X anime are heading to the North American version of Netflix on December 1st 2019. This means the first 52 episodes of the show that ran from 2003 to 2005 will be available for viewing.

If you’re unfamiliar with Sonic X then you’ll be unfamiliar with its plot where Sonic and his friends are accidentally transported to Earth. It’s very similar in scope to the upcoming film from Paramount Pictures, except that Sonic befriends a child named Chris Thorndyke instead of a police officer.

There is currently no word on when/if the remaining 26 episodes of season 3 will be hitting the platform. It is also worth mentioning that there is currently no definitive word on which regions outside North America will receive Sonic X. Spain, Mexico and Argentina are also confirmed. Thanks to Ash the Dragon for the news tip.

[Source: What’s On Netflix]

Demo of Sonic Triple Trouble Remake Fan Game Now Available, Check Out Our First Impressions Video | YouTube Channel

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

In our latest video on our YouTube channel, we take a look at the recently released first demo of Noah Copeland’s Sonic Triple Trouble remake. Click the embed below to see the game in action alongside our thoughts and first impressions:

The Sonic Triple Trouble remake fan game is free to download from Game Jolt for play on PCs.

New Sonic Design Debuts in Brand New Sonic Movie Trailer | Video Spotlight

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

After the negative reception of Sonic’s look in the first trailer for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, Paramount Pictures have gone back to the drawing board, delayed the film until February 2020 and given the visual effects team some extra time to redesign the character. We now have our first look at Sonic’s redesigned with this brand new trailer. Check it out below:

While the design still looks quite similar to the original, with Sonic having 2 separated eyes and lots of finer spines on his back, he definitely looks more like his game model with an overall cuter look and the addition of gloves instead of white fur on his hands. His shoes are also more comparable to those of the games as well.

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie will now launch on February 14th 2020. Ben Schwartz voices Sonic with James Marsden playing his police officer friend Tom and Jim Carrey taking the role of Dr. Robotnik.

Unreleased Prototypes of Sonic 2 and Sonic Chaos Dumped by Hidden Palace

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

UPDATE
Overnight an additional Sonic 2 prototype has been made available by the good people at Hidden Palace. This prototype dates from August 1992 and can be downloaded by clicking here.

ORIGINAL STORY
Hidden Palace‘s Sonic Month continues with a fresh selection of unreleased Sonic prototypes. This time we have 3 different releases of Sonic Chaos for Master System and Game Gear and a separate Sonic the Hedgehog 2 release for Mega Drive.

The Sonic Chaos releases date from May, June and July 1993 with the May release being an early Game Gear prototype that features different character sprites from the final build. Download links for each of these releases are listed below:

Sonic Chaos (May 17 1993, Game Gear)
Sonic Chaos (June 30 1993, Master System)
Sonic Chaos (July 13 1993, Master System)

The Sonic the Hedgehog 2 prototype comes from September 1992 and still features beta stage names and some graphical glitches with the title cards which have previously been published in the Sonic 2 Gold Guide by Tony Takoushi. This prototype can be downloaded by clicking here.

For fans of either game, these prototypes reveal some fascinating insight into the games’ development and are well worth a look if you have any interest in either game.

More Limited Edition Games Added to Merchandise Section | Merchandise

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

We have added a further 3 limited edition games to our Merchandise section. The new additions are:

– Aliens vs Predator Survivor Steelbook Edition
– Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition
– Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition

Each release has multiple photographs displaying the contents of each game and they can be viewed in the dedicated Limited Edition Releases of SEGA Games section.

Archie and IDW Sonic Comics Added to Merchandise Section | Merchandise

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

We have another selection of comics available to peruse in our Merchandise section today! This time we focusing our attention to the US Sonic the Hedgehog comics published by Archie Comics and IDW. See below for the full list of additions:

Archie
– Sonic the Hedgehog: Free Comic Book Day, May 2008
– Sonic Sampler: Free Comic Book Day, May 2016
– Sonic Universe, Issue 2, May 2009
– Sonic Universe, Issue 52, July 2013
– Sonic -Mega Drive- #1, August 2016
– Sonic -Mega Drive- #1 The Next Level, December 2016

IDW
– Issue 1, April 2018, covers RI-C and B
– Issue 2, April 2018, cover B
– Issue 3, April 2018, cover A
– Issue 4, April 2018, cover B
– Issue 5, May 2018, cover A

Head on over to the Comics and Graphics Novel section to browse the covers for the issues listed above. There is also some brief information on both publications included.

Sonic the Comic Added to Merchandise Section, 15 Cover Scans Featured | Merchandise

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

The long awaited addition of the UK’s official SEGA comic has finally made its way into our Comics and Graphic Novels section of the Merchandise catalogue. 15 issues of Sonic the Comic have been added complete with cover scans and the stories contained within each issue. We also have some brief information on the publication as a whole as well.

Head on over to the Comics and Graphic Novels section of the site and have a browse. We hope to add even more issues of Sonic the Comic as well as other SEGA comics to the Merchandise section in due course.

Homebrew Developer Creating Sonic 8 Bit Port for Amstrad GX-4000 | Fan Scene

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Homebrew developers NoRecess and Condense are creating a brand new port of the 8 bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog for the Amstrad GX-4000 called Sonic the Hedgehog GX. This port is based on the Game Gear version and features some really beautiful artwork:

A playable version isn’t publicly available at this time but the game’s website promises a release by the end of 2020. There are also videos of the game running under direct capture and off-screen on real hardware that you can watch by clicking here and here.

The Earliest Sonic CD Prototype Has Been Dumped Alongside a Previously Trade Show-Only Multimedia Disc

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

The earliest known prototype has been located and dumped by the good people at Hidden Palace and you can now download and play it yourself through emulation. This prototype dates back to December 4th 1992 and features the ‘CD Sonic’ title screen alongside an earlier build of Palmtree Panic which is known here as Salad Plain Zone. If you’d like to see the prototype in action then SEGADriven’s very own Tracker_TD has recorded a playthrough on his YouTube channel:

Alongside this release, Hidden Palace have also released a dump of a trade show-only multimedia disc that features some new artwork and animations of Sonic and Dr. Robotnik. Images of this artwork was previously referenced in magazine news articles that discussed Sonic 2 being ported to Mega-CD, which ultimately never came to pass:

You can download the Sonic CD prototype and the SEGA Multimedia Studio disc from Hidden Palace right now.

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

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