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While the game would like you to think otherwise, Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis is a very loose adaption of the original game. To help illustrate this, some comparisons:

General comparisons

SonicGenesis GBA Comparison SegaScreen.png
Game Boy Advance
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Mega Drive
Most static screens have been optimised for the Game Boy Advances' hardware. After health and safety warnings and a "licensed by Nintendo" screen, a simpler (albeit similar) Sega screen shows up.
SonicGenesis GBA Comparison SonicTeam.png
Game Boy Advance
Sonic1 MD Comparison SonicTeam.png
Mega Drive
Sonic Team had no official logo in 1991. By 2006, they did.
SonicGenesis title.png
Game Boy Advance
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Mega Drive
The title screen has been re-drawn for the smaller display. While the background is essentially the same but smaller, it has fewer layers of parallax scrolling. "PRESS START" flashes on the screen.
SonicGenesis GBA Comparison LevelSelect.png
Game Boy Advance
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Mega Drive
The level select is no longer hidden. Genesis offers a battery back-up save feature, and levels are unlocked as you progress.
SonicGenesis GBA Comparison GHZ Act1TitleCard.png
Game Boy Advance
Sonic1 MD Comparison GHZ Act1TitleCard.png
Mega Drive
All title cards have been re-drawn.
SonicGenesis GBA Comparison GHZ Act1Start.png
Game Boy Advance
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Mega Drive
In-game graphics are largely the same as on the Mega Drive, save for the heads-up display. Because of this, the action is zoomed in, making it more difficult to see what lies ahead.
SonicGenesis GBA Comparison GHZ Act1ScoreCard.png
Game Boy Advance
Sonic1 MD Comparison GHZ Act1ScoreCard.png
Mega Drive
Ending cards are also different.

Gameplay comparisons

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Game Boy Advance
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Mega Drive
Pause the game and Sonic will disappear, being replaced by a simple menu. All other objects remain on-screen.

Graphics comparisons

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Game Boy Advance
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Mega Drive
Rings only have three frames of animation, and when collected, the animation is drawn upside down.
SonicGenesis GBA Comparison GHZ Act3Spring.png
Game Boy Advance
Sonic1 MD Comparison GHZ Act3Spring.png
Mega Drive
All horizontal springs in the game are also drawn upside down.
SonicGenesis GBA Comparison Death.png
Game Boy Advance
Sonic1 MD Comparison Death.png
Mega Drive
Sonic uses his drowning animation when dying. He also always faces to the left.
SonicGenesis GBA Comparison Switch.png
Game Boy Advance
Sonic1 MD Comparison Switch.png
Mega Drive
Every zone uses switches with a Marble Zone colour scheme.

Level comparisons

References


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