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Pre-May 1993 Sonic arcade games

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Pre-May 1993 Sonic arcade games
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Arcade
Genre: Unknown

In the May 1993 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly, then-Director of Marketing at SEGA Al Nilsen was interviewed by the publication, teasing what consumers would be expecting in the coming year. Focusing primarily on the Mega-CD and the plethora of forthcoming Sonic the Hedgehog titles, Al gives some lip service to the arcade market, and what form the blue blur could be taking there:

We have developed two Sonic arcade games that have never been released because they were not the specialness that Sonic was. We are continuing to look to see if we can do something with Sonic in the arcade. There is a Sonic arcade project but nothing scheduled for release.

— Al Nilsen, Director of Marketing, SEGA of America

While the latter game he is referring to is more than likely SegaSonic the Hedgehog, there is some debate as to what rejected arcade projects he is making allusions to. As EGM was published in America, it is possible that the two developed games mentioned were the Japanese-exclusive Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car and SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter Galaxy Patrol, both skipped over for western release. However, after the unearthing of the unreleased 1992 arcade puzzle title SegaSonic Bros., it is possible that Mr. Nilsen's quote could regard two projects that were cancelled before they were announced to the general public. If that is the case, the identity of the second arcade title is currently unknown. Unfortunately, the blurb is vague enough that either interpretation could be accurate.

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Sonic games for the following systems
Arcade
 1991  Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car     1993  Sonic the Hedgehog | SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter Galaxy Patrol | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | SegaSonic the Hedgehog     1996  Sonic the Fighters     2011  Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing     2020  Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Arcade Edition    
Arcade
 1992  UFO Mini: SegaSonic     1993  Sonic the Hedgehog | SegaSonic Popcorn Shop     1994  Sonic's Space Tours     1997  Sonic the Hedgehog AWP     2002  Sonic & Tails Spinner     2003  CR Sonic     2007  Sonic Spinner     2008  Sonic Live!    
Unreleased Sonic the Hedgehog games
Sonic's Edusoft
Sega Master System
| Sonic the Hedgehog (home computers) | Sonic the Hedgehog
Sega Mega-CD
| Sonic the Hedgehog 2 CD
Sega Mega-CD
| SegaSonic Bros.
Arcade
| Sister Sonic
Sega Mega-CD
| Treasure Tails
Sega Mega Drive
| Pre-May 1993 Sonic arcade games
Arcade
| Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Limited Edition
Sega Mega Drive
| Sonic Jr.
Sega Pico
| Sonic Sports
Sega 32X
| Sonic Ride
Arcade
| Sonic Saturn
Sega Saturn
| Sonic X: Chaos Emerald Chaos
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
| Sonic DS
Nintendo DS
| Sonic the Hedgehog Extreme
Microsoft Xbox
| Sonic Riders
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
| Sonic the Hedgehog: Awakening (Platform unknown) | Sonic Central
Google Android OS
iOS
Sonic X-treme incarnations
Untitled Isometric Game
Sega Mega Drive
| Sonic-16
Sega Mega Drive
| Sonic Mars
Sega 32X
| Sonic X-treme
Sega Saturn