|Publisher: JP/EU Sega US THQ|
|Developer: Sonic Team / Dimps|
|System(s): Game Boy Advance, Mobile|
|ROM size: 8 MB|
Sonic Advance (ソニック アドバンス) is a 2D Sonic the Hedgehog platform game released for the Game Boy Advance in late 2001. It was the first Sonic game to be released for the system, and along with Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (which was released in Japan on the same day), stands as the first Sonic game to be released on a Nintendo console, systems which traditionally rivaled those built by Sega.
The evil scientist, Dr. Eggman, has hatched another dastardly plot. He plans to build a Dr. Eggman Empire by turning all the animals into robots. "If I gather all 7 Chaos Emeralds, I'll gain unimaginable power!" You can't just watch your comrades become tools of Dr. Eggman!
Command Sonic as he dashes into action along with his pals, Amy, Knuckles, and Tails, to stop the evil Dr. Eggman!
— Sonic Advance US manual
The Story begins as Sonic goes to search for Eggman around the South Island, by collecting Chaos Emeralds. Sonic arrives in Angel Island and he sees a robotic lookalike of Knuckles named Mecha Knuckles, and Eggman built the Egg Rocket which will go in outer space, so Sonic goes in and finds Eggman. Later he finds Eggman and chases him outside and defeats him.
Bad Ending: After Sonic defeats Eggman, Sonic doesn't have enough chaos emeralds. He falls down to Earth and is caught by Tails in his Tornado.
Good Ending: After Sonic defeats Eggman, he collects all the chaos emeralds and he turns into Super Sonic and chases Eggman onto the moon for his first time. After Super Sonic defeats Eggman and flies off the moon, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy wondered what happened to Sonic, so Tails goes to search for Sonic a few days later. He finds Super Sonic who came from the moon, as Tails waves to him.
Sonic Advance features four playable characters; Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, and, for the first time as a playable character in a classic-style 2D Sonic game, Amy Rose. Sonic can have Tails follow him, Sonic 2-style, by entering a special code at the character select screen. All characters have separate save-games which record their individual progress.
The player must play through 6 normal zones, followed by the X-Zone and The Moon Zone if certain conditions are met. Each of the normal zones contains two acts. Act 1 is completed by passing a signpost and Act 2 is completed by defeating one of Dr. Eggman's machines and opening the capsule that subsequently falls from the sky, releasing the captive animals. Sonic Advance was the last game in the Sonic series until Sonic 4 to use end-level signposts and capsules and Sonic's leg spin animation, and the first 2-D Sonic game that allows your character to grind on rails.
The special stages are accessible from Special Springs, which are placed near the top in certain acts. Each normal zone contains one Special Spring, except for Ice Mountain Zone which contains two: one in each act. Chaos Emeralds can be collected if one passes the stage. The chaos emeralds are "shared" between characters. Once the player has collected all the Emeralds and completed the X-Zone with all four characters, they can access the Moon Zone by completing the X-Zone again with Sonic.
This is one of several games to include the Tiny Chao Garden minigame. It is unlocked by default in this game.
Controls are similar to previous 2D Sonic installments, and platform games in general. For all four characters, the button makes them jump. Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles all simultaneously spin attack when jumping as in previous games, however Amy does not, making her significantly more vulnerable in a number of circumstances in the game, effectively making her the most difficult to play as. While stationary, hold to look above and to look below. Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles can spin dash by holding and pressing , another classic feature, and can roll if running and pressing . Amy's behavior when these buttons are pressed is different, and is considered a special ability. Each character has their own unique abilities, which influence the game's overall difficulty.
Each character's abilities are modeled after their special moves in Sonic Adventure. Sonic is the fastest character overall, Tails can fly and swim, Knuckles can glide and climb walls and Amy has her hammer. Each character's strengths and weaknesses particularly come into play when fighting bosses or trying to find access to the special stages.
All the characters can perform an attack by pressing the button. These moves are most often less effective than a spin jump or a spin dash due to their short range. One of the characters can make combo attacks by pressing the button repeatedly. These and other special moves are explained below.
|2||Character Select||Character Selection Screen|
|3||Zone Select||Zone Selection Screen|
|4||Record||VS/Time Attack Record Screen|
|5||Zone 1-1||Neo Green Hill Zone - Act 1|
|6||Zone 1-2||Neo Green Hill Zone - Act 2|
|7||Zone 2-1||Secret Base Zone - Act 1|
|8||Zone 2-2||Secret Base Zone - Act 2|
|9||Zone 3-1||Casino Paradise Zone - Act 1|
|10||Zone 3-2||Casino Paradise Zone - Act 2|
|11||Zone 4-1||Ice Mountain Zone - Act 1|
|12||Zone 4-2||Ice Mountain Zone - Act 2|
|13||Zone 5-1||Angel Island Zone - Act 1|
|14||Zone 5-2||Angel Island Zone - Act 2|
|15||Zone 6-1||Egg Rocket Zone|
|16||Zone 6-2||Cosmic Angel Zone|
|18||SP Stage||Special Stage|
|19||VS 1||VS Menu (Multi-Pak) ("Emerald Hill (2P)" from Sonic the Hedgehog 2)|
|20||Options||Options Menu ("Scrap Brain Zone" from Sonic the Hedgehog)|
|21||Unrival||Invincibility ("Power Up" from Sonic the Hedgehog)|
|22||Player Data||Player Data Menu ("Star Light Zone" from Sonic the Hedgehog)|
|23||Final Boss 1||X-Zone Boss - Phase 1 ("Boss" from Sonic the Hedgehog)|
|24||Final Boss 2||X-Zone Boss - Phase 2 ("Boss" from Sonic the Hedgehog 2)|
|25||Boss||Boss (Zones 1-4)|
|26||Knuckles Boss||Eggman Demo (Zone 1)/Angel Island Zone Boss|
|27||Knuckles Boss-Pinch||Angel Island Zone Boss - Pinch|
|28||6-Boss||Cosmic Angel Zone Boss|
|29||Act Clear||Act 1 Cleared|
|30||Boss Clear||Act 2 Cleared|
|31||Final Clear||X-Zone Clear|
|32||SP Clear||Special Stage Cleared|
|33||VS 5||VS Game Cleared (Multi-Pak)|
|34||Time Attack 1||Time Attack Cleared (New Record)|
|35||Time Attack 2||Time Attack Cleared (No New Record)|
|39||Final Ending||X-Zone Ending|
|40||Extra Zone||The Moon Zone|
|41||Extra Clear||The Moon Zone Cleared|
|42||Extra Ending||The Moon Zone Ending|
NOTE 1: This game's Sound Test does not feature corresponding titles. Titles are made in relation to the next game in the series, which features such a Sound Test.
NOTE 2: There are additional entries beyond the regular maximum amount (42) that include unlisted music (especially from the multiplayer modes), empty tracks, sound effects and duplicates. The maximum range is 199; 200 and up crashes the game.
NOTE 3: There are a few tracks both used and unused (marked with an *) that are only accessible by hacking the game's memory. These include:
Some of the game's music is remixed from previous Mega Drive games. The remixed music includes the Options (Sonic 1's Scrap Brain Zone), Player Data (Sonic 1's Star Light Zone), 2P select (Sonic 2's 2P Emerald Hill Zone), invincibility (Sonic 1's Invincibility), and the first two bosses in the X-Zone (Sonic 1 and Sonic 2's boss musics).
There is a mobile port created by Gameloft where you can only play as Sonic the Hedgehog and 3-4 Zones, depending on your device.
|Number of copies sold||Platform||Region||Reference||Note|
|1,210,000||Game Boy Advance||US||The Magic Box - US Platinum Videogame Chart||These sales numbers makes Sonic Advance the only handheld Sonic game confirmed to have sold over one million units in one region.|
JP TV advert
|Sonic games for the Game Boy Advance|
| Sonic Advance (2002)
Sonic Advance 2 (2003)
Sonic Pinball Party (2003)
Sonic Battle (2004)
Sonic Advance 3 (2004)
Sonic X: A Super Sonic Hero (2004)
Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis (2006)
Sega Smash Pack (2002)
Tiny Chao Garden (2001)
Sonic Advance prototype
Sonic Advance 3 prototype
Sonic X: Chaos Emerald Chaos
| Sonic Advance & Sonic Pinball Party (2005) |
Sonic Advance & ChuChu Rocket! (2005)
Sonic Advance & Sonic Battle (2005)
Sonic Battle & ChuChu Rocket! (2005)
Sonic Pinball Party & Sonic Battle (2005)
Sonic Pinball Party & Columns Crown (2005)