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SegaSonic Popcorn Shop

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SegaSonic Popcorn Shop
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega System C2
Genre: Food Dispenser
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1993  ? ?

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SegaSonic Popcorn Shop (セガソニック ポップコーンショップ) is a 1993 vending machine which dispenses popcorn in one of three flavors—salted, butter or curry. The popcorn is prepared (microwaved) in a compartment invisible to the "player." It falls into a cup held in a compartment next to the screen when it's finished.

On October 25, 2015, MAME developer David Haywood announced that ShouTime and the Dumping Union have purchased a PCB for SegaSonic Popcorn Shop.[1] Consequently, the ROM has been dumped and support has been added to the next version of MAME.

Gameplay

Sonic and Tails preparing the popcorn kernels.

When using the machine, the user is presented with a "game" consisting of two segments to play while the popcorn is being prepared. After the user selects a flavor, Sonic and Tails place some popcorn kernels on a treadmill, only for Dr. Eggman to cause trouble by reversing the treadmill. The player is then instructed to turn the green crank to help Sonic get the kernels across the treadmill and avoid Eggman, who is chasing him with a sledgehammer to hit him with.

In the second segment, Sonic slides down to a burning stove which he puts the popcorn kernels into. The player is then instructed to turn the crank to help Sonic and Tails cook the popcorn, with Tails using his tails to fan the stove. During this, the cup will leap, allowing Eggman to pinch a single popcorn at a time. Eventually, the popcorn is cooked and placed into a cup by Tails, which is then dispatched from the vending machine's hatch; afterwards, Sonic and Tails thank the player for playing. It ultimately doesn't matter whether the player turns the crank or not during either segment, as the real-life popcorn is dispensed regardless.

If a technical problem occurs at any point, the machine will display an error screen featuring Eggman chasing Tails as the factory explodes and the message "PLEASE ASK FOR ASSISTANCE" flashes on the screen, along with Sonic telling the user to get assistance as he chases Eggman. The music that plays on this screen is a rendition of the map screen music from SegaSonic the Hedgehog.

Voice actors

Role Voice Actor
Sonic the Hedgehog Takeshi Kusao
Dr. Eggman Masaharu Sato

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References


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    
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!