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Master System/Game Gear version comparisons

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Master System version
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Game Gear version

Unlike the previous two 8-bit Sonic games, the Master System version of Sonic Chaos has a title screen that better fits the expanded resolution, but has a plain colour for a background instead of a checkered pattern.

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Master System version
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Game Gear version

The player select screen is different. The Game Gear has dedicated portraits of Sonic and Tails, while the Master System just uses their walking sprites on a loop.

SonicChaos SMS Comparison THZ TitleCard.png
Master System version
SonicChaos GG Comparison THZ TitleCard.png
Game Gear version

The title cards are also optimised for the different resolutions.

SonicChaos SMS Comparison ScoreCard.png
Master System version
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Game Gear version

As are the score cards, although the lack of space means "Continues" are reduced to "Conti'" and multiplier info is cut in the Game Gear version. Collected Chaos Emeralds are displayed on all score cards in the Master System version, whereas the Game Gear version relegates them to Special Stage score cards. The maximum number of Continues the game can display is also halved from eight to four.

Bad ending

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Master System version
SonicChaos GG Comparison BadEnding1.png
Game Gear version

The bad ending plays out with some differences. Firstly, Sonic rolls in his chase after Dr. Eggman in the Master System version, whereas he walks after him in the Game Gear version.

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Master System version
SonicChaos GG Comparison BadEnding2.png
Game Gear version

After Eggman flies away, Sonic stops rolling and slows down to a stop in the Master System version, whereas the Game Gear version has him pick up speed, only to trip.

SonicChaos SMS Comparison BadEnding3.png
Master System version
SonicChaos GG Comparison BadEnding3.png
Game Gear version

Like all other screens in the game, the "Try Again" text uses a different font.

Game Gear localisation comparisons

SonicandTails GG Title.png
Japanese version
Sonic Chaos title GG.png
Western versions

In Japan, Sonic Chaos is known as Sonic & Tails. As a result, the two have slightly different title screens.

SonicChaos GG Comparison THZ JPTitleCard.png
Japanese version
SonicChaos GG Comparison THZ TitleCard.png
Western versions

For reasons unknown, the Western versions of Sonic Chaos use a different font for the title cards (similar in design to Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and do not show the Act number. The Japanese font is still used for the score card.

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Japanese version
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Western versions

The decision to change the title card comes with consequences. In the West, Gigalopolis Zone becomes "Gigapolis Zone".

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