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Sonic the Fighters
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Distributor: Deith Leisure (UK)[1]
System(s): Sega Model 2B CRX, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Now
Genre: Fighting
Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code Rating
Arcade
JP
1996-05 ¥? ?
Arcade
US
1996-07 $? ?
Arcade
EU
1996-08 €? ?
Microsoft Xbox 360
JP
2012-11-28[2] 400[2]pts ? A
Microsoft Xbox 360
JP
(Otameshiban)
2012-11-28[2] FREE ? A
Microsoft Xbox 360
US
2012-11-28[3] 400[3]pts ? Everyone
Microsoft Xbox 360
US
(Trial Game)
2012-11-28[4] FREE ? Everyone
Microsoft Xbox 360
UK
2012-11-28[3] 400[3]pts ? 7+
Microsoft Xbox 360
UK
(Trial Game)
2012-11-28[5] FREE ? 7+
Microsoft Xbox 360
EU
2012-11-28[3] 400[3]pts ? 7+
Microsoft Xbox 360
EU
(Trial Game)
2012-11-28[6] FREE ? 7+
Microsoft Xbox 360
DE
2012-11-28[3] 400[3]pts ? 6
Microsoft Xbox 360
DE
(Trial Game)
2012-11-28[7] FREE ? 6
Microsoft Xbox 360
AU
2012-11-28[8] 400[8]pts ? PG
Microsoft Xbox 360
AU
(Trial Game)
2012-11-28[8] FREE ? PG
Sony PlayStation 3
JP
2012-11-28[9] ¥762 (800)[9] NPJB-00250 A
Sony PlayStation 3
US
2012-11-27[10][11] $4.99[10][11] NPUB-30927 Everyone
Sony PlayStation 3
EU
2012-12-05[10][12] €4.49[10][12] NPEB-01162 7+
Sony PlayStation 3
DE
2012-12-05[10][13] €4.49[10][13] NPEB-01162 6
Sony PlayStation 3
UK
2012-12-05[10][14] £3.69[10][14] NPEB-01162 7+
Sony PlayStation 3
AU
2012-12-05[15] $6.75[15] NPEB-01162 PG
Sony PlayStation 3
KR
2012-12-18[16] ₩6,000[16] NPHB-00515 All
Sony PlayStation 3
TW
2012-12-18[17] NT$160[17] NPHB-00515 6+
PlayStation Now
JP
2015-09-16[18] ¥? ?

Sonic the Fighters (ソニック・ザ・ファイターズ), originally released as Sonic Championship in North America and Europe, is a versus fighting game developed for Sega Model 2B CRX arcade hardware by Sega AM2. It was released in relatively small numbers across the world during 1996.

To date, Sonic the Fighters is the only Sonic fighting game of its kind.

Story

This is the official story from the Gamest magazine, issue 173. Translation by Windii.

A large quantity of robots suddenly appeared on the land where peaceful days continued thanks to Sonic's frequent actions, and laid waste to its surroundings.
"This must be Eggman's doing! But where is this huge bunch of robots coming from..." as Tails muttered to himself, he got an emergency message from Espio.

In the video that Espio sent, there was a huge fortress floating on the satellite orbit. Dr. Eggman was dispatching large quantities of robots from the giant space fortress, "Death Egg 2"!

Sonic decided to get to Death Egg 2 alone using a single-seat space rocket "Lunar Fox" that Tails invented. However, in order to fly the rocket, 8 Chaos Emeralds must be collected to act as a power source. Sonic's friends, who spread throughout the world, were guarding the Chaos Emeralds separately so that they are not misused by Eggman (one of them ended up being stolen by Fang in the meantime, however...).

First, Sonic and Tails flew over to where Knuckles is. "If the rocket is single-seat, shouldn't the toughest guy be the one riding it?" Knuckles provoked Sonic after hearing what's going on. When Sonic, who obviously believed he was the strongest, accepted Knuckles's challenge and was about to fight him, Tails forced his way between the two. Tails proposed fighting fair and square in the ring, and the one who wins against all of their buddies in the world will ride the rocket.

Who will be the one to win against everyone, collect the Chaos Emeralds, and save the world? The gong of fate is now echoing.

Gameplay

Sonic the Fighters is a one-on-one versus fighting game similar in design to AM2's previous arcade fighting game outings; Virtua Fighter (and Virtua Fighter 2) and Fighting Vipers. Like these games, the objective is to attack the opposing player until a health bar depletes to zero over the best of three rounds. Rounds are also time-limited, meaning if nobody is defeated after a time counter reaches zero, the player with the most energy remaining is declared the winner. If both health bars are at the same value at the end of the round, a "draw" is called and the round is played again.

As one of eight selectable fighters, the player is tasked with completing ten matches in succession to beat the game. There are also three buttons, "barrier" (Block), "punch" (Punch), and "kick" (Kick), which along with a joystick for movement, can combined to perform more complicated moves and inflict more damage. Taking cues from Fighting Vipers, each of the arenas is enclosed by walls, although unlike that game, it is not possible to slam opponents through them at the end of the match.

Like other Sega fighting games from this period, the world is presented in 3D, but characters still fight on a 2D plane (albeit one that "rotates" depending on which moves are used)

Characters

Under normal circumstances, Sonic the Fighters contains eight playable characters, with a further two being controlled exclusively by the computer.

When two similar characters face each other the second player will be replaced with a grayscale version. If a character defeats the first eight opponents, he or she will face Metal Sonic and Doctor Eggman,

Move list

Sonic Retro emblem.svg Main article: Sonic the Fighters move list

History

Development

Sonic Retro emblem.svg Main article: Sonic the Fighters/Development

Legacy

From the moment of its announcement it was expected, and later confirmed, that Sonic the Fighters would be ported to the Sega Saturn in the months that followed, however no such version ever materialised. Sonic and Tails are not present in the Saturn version of Fighting Vipers either, however Bean and Bark would make an appearance in the 1997 release of Fighters Megamix.

Sonic the Fighters would not make it to the home until the 2005 release of Sonic Gems Collection. It was at this point where the "Sonic Championship" name was dropped from international versions and has never been used since. Sonic the Fighters would then be brought to the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade as part of Model 2 Collection, with online play and the ability to play as the boss characters, Metal Sonic and Dr. Eggman, as well as unused character Honey the Cat.

While a fighting game of this style has not been attempted since Sonic the Fighters' original release, Sonic Battle for Game Boy Advance offers an alternative style of Sonic fighting game, and Sonic was added as a selectable fighter in the Wii game Super Smash Bros. Brawl and its two sequels; Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.

Manuals

Sonic Retro emblem.svg Main article: Sonic the Fighters manuals

Production credits


Promotional material

Artwork

Photo gallery

Physical scans

External links

References

  1. File:CVG UK 174.pdf, page 26
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/ja-JP/Product/Sonic-the-Fighters/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025841129e (archived: 2012-12-03 04:34)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 http://blogs.sega.com/2012/11/27/round-one-fight-am2-classics-available-now/ (archived: 2012-11-30 01:59)
  4. http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-US/Product/Sonic-the-Fighters/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025841129e (archived: 2012-11-29 04:49)
  5. http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-GB/Product/Sonic-the-Fighters/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025841129e (archived: 2012-11-28 15:17)
  6. http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/fr-FR/Product/Sonic-the-Fighters/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025841129e (archived: 2012-12-15 15:12)
  7. http://marketplace.xbox.com/de-DE/Product/Sonic-the-Fighters/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025841129e (archived: 2018-06-30 00:21)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 http://marketplace.xbox.com:80/en-AU/Product/Sonic-the-Fighters/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025841129e (archived: 2012-12-29 14:51)
  9. 9.0 9.1 http://www.jp.playstation.com:80/software/title/jp0177npjb00250_00sonicthefighters.html (archived: 2012-12-01 01:39)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 http://blogs.sega.com/2012/11/20/am2-fighting-games-headed-to-xbla-and-psn/ (archived: 2012-11-28 03:56)
  11. 11.0 11.1 https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0177-NPUB30927_00-SONICTHEFIGHTERS (archived: 2018-04-03 20:34)
  12. 12.0 12.1 https://store.playstation.com/fr-fr/product/EP0177-NPEB01162_00-SONICTHEFIGHTERS (archived: 2018-04-03 20:35)
  13. 13.0 13.1 https://store.playstation.com/de-de/product/EP0177-NPEB01162_00-SONICTHEFIGHTERS (archived: 2018-12-13 02:28)
  14. 14.0 14.1 https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP0177-NPEB01162_00-SONICTHEFIGHTERS (archived: 2018-04-03 20:34)
  15. 15.0 15.1 https://store.playstation.com/en-au/product/EP0177-NPEB01162_00-SONICTHEFIGHTERS (archived: 2018-04-03 20:34)
  16. 16.0 16.1 https://store.playstation.com/ko-kr/product/HP0177-NPHB00515_00-SONICTHEFIGHTERS (archived: 2018-04-03 20:35)
  17. 17.0 17.1 https://store.playstation.com/en-tw/product/HP0177-NPHB00515_00-SONICTHEFIGHTERS (archived: 2018-04-03 20:36)
  18. http://www.jp.playstation.com:80/software/title/jp0177npjb00250_00sonicthefighters.html (archived: 2015-11-01 20:40)


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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
 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!    
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Sony PlayStation 3 PlayStation Network
PS3
 2010  Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I | Sonic Adventure     2011  Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic the Hedgehog Anniversary Bundle | Sonic the Hedgehog CD     2012  Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic Adventure 2 | Classic Sonic Bundle | Sonic the Fighters     2013  Sonic the Hedgehog Master Collection    
Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade
 2007  Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic the Hedgehog 2     2009  Sonic the Hedgehog 3 | Sonic & Knuckles     2010  Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I | Sonic Adventure     2011  Sonic the Hedgehog CD     2012  Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic Adventure 2 | Sonic the Fighters