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Sonic Pinball Party

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Sonic Pinball Party
Publisher: Sega (JP/NA), THQ (EU)
Developer:
System(s): Game Boy Advance
ROM size: 8 MB
Genre: Pinball
Release Date RRP Code
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
US
2003-06-15  ? A3VE8P
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
JP
2003-07-17 ¥4,800 A86J8P
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
EU
2003-10-31  ? A3VE8P

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Sonic Pinball Party (ソニック ピンボール パーティー) is a video game released for Game Boy Advance in 2003. It is a celebration of sorts for Sonic Team, featuring many references to other games they developed.

Sonic Pinball Party was released exclusively to Target stores in North America[1]. Because of this, it went largely unnoticed and has since became highly sought after. This drew ire from fans in Canada and Mexico, which do not have Target stores, and Sega made no alternate arrangements to get the game to other stores in those countries. It wasn't until the release of Sonic Advance & Sonic Pinball Party Combo Pack that Sonic Pinball party became available in other retail stores.

Gameplay

Players control the two flippers and can also shake the board in 3 directions. The goal in Basic mode is simply to rack up points. Story mode uses Sonic the Hedgehog as the story's main character as he works his way through the Egg Cup pinball tournament to rescue his brainwashed comrades. Rings collected in either Basic or Story mode can be used in the Chao Garden minigame or in the Casinopolis minigames. There is also a party mode available which requires each player to have a game cartridge. Party mode has three different games to play which are: Bakudan, a game that requires players to fling bombs at each other, Hockey, a game that requires you to defend your goal, and Biru no Bori, a game that requires players to fling a single ball up a vertical passageway.

This is one of several games to include the Tiny Chao Garden minigame. Tiny Chao Garden is unlocked by default in this game.

Boards

The game features 3 Pinball tables: one is based on the Sonic the Hedgehog series, the second is based on the Sega Saturn classic NiGHTS into Dreams, and the third is based on the Sega Dreamcast and arcade game Samba de Amigo.

The Sonic table has a Neo Green Hill Zone, Secret Base Zone, Casino Paradise Zone, Ice Mountain Zone, Angel Island Zone, Egg Rocket Zone, X-Zone, and The Moon Zone boards. They are all based on the zones from Sonic Advance. The player must first acquire five hundred rings in Ring mode before beating Eggman at X-Zone to enter The Moon Zone. Going into a hidden hole three times changes your character to Tails, then Knuckles, then Amy, and back to Sonic.

On each board, the player must beat Eggman to move to the next area. Until the player loses, they will keep playing the zones in a circle.

On the Casinopolis boards you can use rings to gamble in a trio of minigames. The three games are Roulette, Slots, and Bingo. Only Roulette is available at the start and the other two need to be unlocked by playing through Story mode.

Cheat Codes

For Cheat codes and unlockables see: Cheat Codes: Sonic Pinball Party.

Also Released On

Sound Test

NOTE: This game's Sound Test does not feature corresponding titles.

# Title Usage
001 Title Title Screen
002 Main Menu Main Menu
003  ???  ???
004 Ending Story Ending
005 Story Story Demo
006 Staff Roll Credits
007  ???  ???
008 Results Results & Ranking/High Scores
009 Casinopolis Casinopolis Game Select Menu
010  ???  ???
011 Neo Green Hill Zone Neo Green Hill Zone Table (variation of "Neo Green Hill Zone Act 2" from Sonic Advance)
012 All Clear  ??? ("All Clear" from Sonic the Hedgehog)
013 Boss Egg Bonus (Sonic Boss) / The Moon Zone Table ("Boss" from Sonic the Hedgehog)
014 Ring / Blue Chip Ring/Chip Big Bonus ("Star Light Zone" from Sonic the Hedgehog)
015 Jackpot Jackpot Bonus ("Spring Yard Zone" from Sonic the Hedgehog)
016 Stage Clear Stage Clear Jingle (Sonic Tables) ("Stage Clear" from Sonic the Hedgehog)
017 Super Sonic Racing Clear Bonus Countdown (Sonic Tables) / Multi Ball Bonus (NiGHTS Tables) ("Super Sonic Racing" from Sonic R)
018 Open Your Heart Multi Ball Bonus (Sonic Tables) ("Open Your Heart" from Sonic Adventure)
019 Secret Base Zone Secret Base Zone Table ("Secret Base Zone Act 1" from Sonic Advance)
020 Casino Paradise Zone Casino Paradise Zone Table ("Casino Paradise Zone Act 1" from Sonic Advance)
021 Ice Mountain Zone Ice Mountain Zone Table ("Ice Mountain Zone Act 1" from Sonic Advance)
022 Angel Island Zone Angel Island Zone Table ("Angel Island Zone Act 1" from Sonic Advance)
023 Cosmic Angel Zone Egg Rocket Zone Table ("Cosmic Angel Zone" from Sonic Advance)
024 X-Zone X-Zone Table ("X-Zone" from Sonic Advance)
025 Paternal Horn Spring Valley Table ("Paternal Horn" from NiGHTS into Dreams)
026 The Amazing Water Frozen Bell Table ("The Amazing Water" from NiGHTS into Dreams)
027 Gloom of the N.H.C. Mystic Forest Table ("Gloom of the N.H.C." from NiGHTS into Dreams)
028 Take the Snow Train Splash Garden Table ("Take the Snow Train" from NiGHTS into Dreams)
029 Suburban Museum Soft Museum Table ("Suburban Museum" from NiGHTS into Dreams)
030 Under Construction Stick Canyon Table ("Under Construction" from NiGHTS into Dreams)
031 Message from Nightopia Twin Seeds Table / Clear Bonus Countdown (NiGHTS Tables) ("Message from Nightopia" from NiGHTS into Dreams)
032 NiGHTS and Reala Nightmaren Table (NiGHTS Boss) ("NiGHTS and Reala" from NiGHTS into Dreams)
033 Dreams Dreams Clear Bonus Countdown (Nightmaren Table) / Fever Bonus (Samba de Amigo Table) ("Dreams Dreams" from NiGHTS into Dreams)
034 Burning Hearts Fever Bonus / Song Play Change (Samba de Amigo Table) ("Burning Hearts ~Burning Angel~" from Burning Rangers)
035 We are Burning Rangers Fever Bonus (Samba de Amigo Table) ("We are Burning Rangers" from Burning Rangers)
036 Phantasy Star Online Fever Bonus / Song Play Change (Samba de Amigo Table) ("The whole new world" from Phantasy Star Online)
037 Can still see the light Fever Bonus (Samba de Amigo Table) ("Can still see the light" from Phantasy Star Online)
038 Vamos a Carnaval Samba de Amigo Table / Fever Bonus ("Vamos a Carnaval" from Samba de Amigo)
039 Mambo de Verano Fever Bonus (Samba de Amigo Table) ("Mambo de Verano" from Samba de Amigo)
040 ChuChu Rocket Fever Bonus / Song Play Change (Samba de Amigo Table) ("Title" from ChuChu Rocket)
041 ChuChu Fever Acrobat Bonus (NiGHTS Tables) / Fever Bonus (Samba de Amigo Table) ("ChuChu Fever" from ChuChu Rocket)
042 Mini Game 1 Table Mini Game 1 (Elevator, Super Jet, Chaos Emeralds, Amy Flash, Chip Box, Star Chip)
043 Mini Game 2 Table Mini Game 2 (???)
044 Mini Game 3 Table Mini Game 3 (Alarm Egg, Checkpoint, Hang Air)
045 Mini Game 4 Table Mini Game 4 (Jet Stream, Jump Attack)
046 Mini Game 5 Table Mini Game 5 (Grind)
047  ???  ???
048 Casinopolis Mini Game Casinopolis Mini Game (Roulette, Slot, Bingo)
049 Roulette Roulette Spin (Mini Game (Roulette))

NOTE: There are a few tracks that are not accessible via the Sound Test:

  • Tiny Chao Garden
  • Mini Game (Tiny Chao Garden - Mini Game)

Production credits

Sonic Team
Jupiter
  • Producer: Hatao Ogata
  • Planner: Motoaki Sasaki
  • Programmers: Motoaki Sasaki, Daisuke Miyao
  • Designers: Hiroshi Tanigawa, Tomoki Miyazaki, Naomi Sanada, Yoshihisa Watanabe

Artwork

Physical Scans

Game Boy Advance, US
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Cover
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Cart
Game Boy Advance, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Game Boy Advance, DE
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Cover
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Cart
Game Boy Advance, JP
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Cover
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Card
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Extra

References

  1. http://gameboy.ign.com/articles/423/423510p1.html
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)
 
Compilations:
Sega Smash Pack (2002)
Downloadables:
Tiny Chao Garden (2001)
Pre-release games:
Sonic Advance prototype
Sonic Advance 3 prototype
Sonic X: Chaos Emerald Chaos
 
2 Games in 1 series compilations:
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)