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Today, with the assistance of [[sega:hex editor|hex editor]]s, [[disassemblies]] and specific [[Sonic Hacking Utilities]], fans have been creating more extensive modifications.  
 
Today, with the assistance of [[sega:hex editor|hex editor]]s, [[disassemblies]] and specific [[Sonic Hacking Utilities]], fans have been creating more extensive modifications.  
  
Hacks in the Sonic community are now usually distributed as full [[sega:ROM|ROM]]s. In the past, [[sega:IPS|IPS]] [[sega:patch|patch]]es were used, since these are usually much smaller than a full ROM and were therefore easier to distribute in a time when dial-up was widely used. It was also believed, that since patches do not contain any copyrighted code, it was not illegal to distribute one. This format fell out of use when split [[disassembly|disassemblies]] became available as a way to edit game data, and when dial-up was being replaced by faster broadband connections. The massive shifts in the ROM that can result from reassembly made IPS patches very large, and they would often contain a good volume of code anyway, thus eliminating the alleged legal advantage.  Though [[saxman]]'s [[sega:RXL|RXL]] patch format was designed to replace IPS, it quickly faded into obscurity along with its predecessor.
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Hacks in the Sonic community are now usually distributed as full [[sega:ROM|ROM]]s. In the past, [[sega:IPS|IPS]] [[sega:patch|patch]]es were used, since these are usually much smaller than a full ROM and were therefore easier to distribute in a time when dial-up was widely used. It was also believed, that since patches do not contain any copyrighted code, it was not illegal to distribute one. This format fell out of use when split [[disassembly|disassemblies]] became available as a way to edit game data, and when dial-up was being replaced by faster broadband connections. The massive shifts in the ROM that can result from reassembly made IPS patches very large, and they would often contain a good volume of code anyway, thus eliminating the alleged legal advantage.  Though [[saxman]]'s [[sega:RXL|RXL]] patch format was designed to replace IPS, it quickly faded into obscurity along with its predecessor. Another format, [http://xdelta.org/ xdelta], takes shifted data into account, resulting in much smaller patches. (Note that xdelta-1.x used the original format known as xdelta; xdelta-3.x uses the standard [[wikipedia:VCDIFF|VCDIFF]] format.)
  
 
==List of hacks==
 
==List of hacks==
(The most notable hacks are listed separately below.)
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{{Seealso|Sonic_hacks#Notable_hacks|Notable Sonic hacks}}
 
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===[[Sega Mega Drive/Genesis]]===
===[[Sega Mega Drive]]===
 
 
The majority of Sonic ROM hacks are modifications of [[sega:Sega Megadrive|Sega Mega Drive / Genesis]] games, since these are smaller and relatively simple compared to the games of later consoles. Also, many ROM hackers in the Sonic scene grew up with the Genesis and its games, so they hold fond memories of these games.
 
The majority of Sonic ROM hacks are modifications of [[sega:Sega Megadrive|Sega Mega Drive / Genesis]] games, since these are smaller and relatively simple compared to the games of later consoles. Also, many ROM hackers in the Sonic scene grew up with the Genesis and its games, so they hold fond memories of these games.
  
 
====''[[Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]''====
 
====''[[Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]''====
 
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</DPL>sonic 2 levels
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green hill zone
 
           
 
chemicle plant zone
 
           
 
aquatic ruin
 
 
 
pinball zone
 
 
 
hill top zone
 
 
 
dark cave zone
 
 
 
sky chase zone
 
 
 
wing fortress zone
 
 
 
death egg zone
 
 
 
sky chase zone 2
 
 
 
characters
 
 
 
sonic
 
tails
 
knuckles
 
amy rose
 
e102gamma
 
shadow
 
rough
 
hypersonic
 
darksonic
 
darkspinesonic
 
werehogsonic
 
espio
 
charmy
 
vector
 
nasu
 
ozan
 
nazo
 
omega
 
eggman
 
chaos
 
chaos 2
 
chaos 4
 
chaos 6
 
perfectchaos
 
chees
 
creem
 
takal
 
blue shadow
 
blue knukles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
new
 
 
 
hyper sheald
 
 
 
== Headline text ==
 
hyper sonic 2
 
 
 
sonic can now turn into hpersonic
 
with all new levels
 
  
 
====''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)|Sonic the Hedgehog 2]]''====
 
====''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)|Sonic the Hedgehog 2]]''====
 
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====''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]''====
 
====''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]''====
 
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====''[[Sonic & Knuckles]]''====
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====''[[Sonic 3 & Knuckles]]''====
 
====''[[Sonic 3 & Knuckles]]''====
 
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====''[[Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island]]''====
 
====''[[Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island]]''====
 
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===[[sega:Sega Game Gear|Sega Game Gear]]===
 
===[[sega:Sega Game Gear|Sega Game Gear]]===
 
====''[[Sonic Drift 2]]''====
 
====''[[Sonic Drift 2]]''====
 
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====''[[Sonic Triple Trouble]]''====
 
====''[[Sonic Triple Trouble]]''====
 
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===[[sega:Sega Mega CD|Sega Mega CD]]===
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===[[sega:Sega Mega-CD|Sega Mega-CD]]===
 
====''[[Sonic the Hedgehog CD]]''====
 
====''[[Sonic the Hedgehog CD]]''====
 
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===[[sega:Nintendo GameCube|Nintendo GameCube]]===
 
===[[sega:Nintendo GameCube|Nintendo GameCube]]===
 
====''[[Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut]]''====
 
====''[[Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut]]''====
Research and modifications of ''Sonic Adventure DX'' has been made much easier by the game's availability on PC. [[Dude]],[[MainMemory]] and [[Endri]] are considered pioneers in modifying this game.
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====Unofficial ports====
 
====Unofficial ports====
 
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===[[sega:Sega Mega Drive|Sega Mega Drive / Genesis]]===
 
===[[sega:Sega Mega Drive|Sega Mega Drive / Genesis]]===
 
<!--- This is a list of notable or well-known hacks. If you add your hack to this list, it may be deleted. --->
 
<!--- This is a list of notable or well-known hacks. If you add your hack to this list, it may be deleted. --->
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*''[[Doctor Robotnik's Creature Capture]]'' by [[MarkeyJester]]
 
*''[[Eggman in Sonic 1]]'' (a.k.a. ''Eggman the Dictator'') by [[LOst]]
 
*''[[Eggman in Sonic 1]]'' (a.k.a. ''Eggman the Dictator'') by [[LOst]]
 
*''[[Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' by [[Stealth]]
 
*''[[Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' by [[Stealth]]
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*''[[Metal Sonic Hyperdrive]]'' by Darkon360
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*''[[Pana Der Hejhog]]'' by [[MarkeyJester]]
 
*''[[Project Shadow 2]]'' by [[JohnnyUK]]
 
*''[[Project Shadow 2]]'' by [[JohnnyUK]]
 
*''[[Robotnik's Revenge]]'' by [[ColinC10]]
 
*''[[Robotnik's Revenge]]'' by [[ColinC10]]
 
*''[[Sonic 1 Beta Remake]]'' by [[Mistergambit]]
 
*''[[Sonic 1 Beta Remake]]'' by [[Mistergambit]]
*''[[Sonic 1 Remastered]]'' by [[Puto]]
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*''[[Sonic 1 Remastered (hack)]]'' by [[Puto]]
*''[[Sonic 2 Remastered]]'' by [[Puto]]
 
 
*''[[Sonic 1 Return to the Origin]]''
 
*''[[Sonic 1 Return to the Origin]]''
 
*''[[Sonic 2: Advanced Edit]]'' by [[Rika Chou]]
 
*''[[Sonic 2: Advanced Edit]]'' by [[Rika Chou]]
*''[[Sonic 2: Aluminum Edition]]'' by [[Dr. Eggfan]]
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*''[[Sonic 2: Aluminium Edition]]'' by [[Dr. Eggfan]]
 
*''[[Sonic 2 Delta]]'' by [[Esrael]]
 
*''[[Sonic 2 Delta]]'' by [[Esrael]]
 
*''[[Sonic 2 Long Version]]'' by [[Sonic Hachelle-Bee]]
 
*''[[Sonic 2 Long Version]]'' by [[Sonic Hachelle-Bee]]
 
*''[[Sonic 2 & Knuckles Long Version]]'' by [[Sonic Hachelle-Bee]]
 
*''[[Sonic 2 & Knuckles Long Version]]'' by [[Sonic Hachelle-Bee]]
 
*''[[Sonic 2 SMTP]]'' by [[SMTP]]
 
*''[[Sonic 2 SMTP]]'' by [[SMTP]]
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*''[[Sonic 3 Complete]]'' by [[Tiddles]]
 
*''[[Sonic 3 Delta]]'' by [[Esrael]]
 
*''[[Sonic 3 Delta]]'' by [[Esrael]]
 
*''[[Sonic Boom (hack)|Sonic Boom]]'' by [[SÆGA]]
 
*''[[Sonic Boom (hack)|Sonic Boom]]'' by [[SÆGA]]
 
*''[[Sonic Gaiden]]'' by [[Yuski the Dog]]
 
*''[[Sonic Gaiden]]'' by [[Yuski the Dog]]
 
*''[[Sonic in Chaotix]]'' by [[JJFTails]]
 
*''[[Sonic in Chaotix]]'' by [[JJFTails]]
*''[[South Island Adventure]]'' by Hivebrain
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*''[[South Island Adventure]]'' by [[User:Hivebrain|Hivebrain]]
 
*''[[Sonic - The Lost Land]]'' by [[Shadow Fire]]
 
*''[[Sonic - The Lost Land]]'' by [[Shadow Fire]]
 
*''[[Sonic the Hedgehog Extended Edition]]'' by [[Cinossu]]
 
*''[[Sonic the Hedgehog Extended Edition]]'' by [[Cinossu]]
*''[[Sonic the Hedgehog Plus]]'' by [[Hivebrain]]
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*''[[Sonic the Hedgehog Plus]]'' by [[User:Hivebrain|Hivebrain]]
 
*''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (colourised ending hack)]]'' by [[Nemesis]]
 
*''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (colourised ending hack)]]'' by [[Nemesis]]
 
*''[[Tails in Sonic 1]]'' by [[drx]]
 
*''[[Tails in Sonic 1]]'' by [[drx]]
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*''[[The S Factor: Sonia and Silver]]'' by [[Aquaslash & Pals]]
 
*''[[Tohaka]]'' by [[Ultima]]
 
*''[[Tohaka]]'' by [[Ultima]]
  
===[[sega:Sega Mega CD|Sega Mega CD]]===
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===[[sega:Sega Mega-CD|Sega Mega-CD]]===
 
*''[[Sonic Megamix]]'' by [[Team Megamix]]
 
*''[[Sonic Megamix]]'' by [[Team Megamix]]
 
*''[[Sonic for MegaCD]]'' by [[Stealth]]
 
*''[[Sonic for MegaCD]]'' by [[Stealth]]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 13:45, 16 September 2017

Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog is a hack that allows a player to play as Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog, a feature that Sega intended to be possible using Lock-On Technology, but ultimately removed due to technical problems.

Sonic hacks are altered versions of Sonic the Hedgehog games that have been edited through the process of ROM Hacking. From the emergence of Cyan Helkaraxe's Sonic 1 Beta Hoax in 1999, the production of hacks has been a vital part of the Sonic research community and scene. Starting with the early documents penned by Cyan and saxman, to the Nemesis guides, the Sonic Community Hacking Guide, and beyond, researchers have used their understanding of the Sonic games to alter them in various ways. While earlier hacks were simple, such as minor palette changes, a number of hacks today are very complex. Over time, as the scene learns more about the underlying code behind the Sonic the Hedgehog series, the extent of these modifications has expanded. Modifications now include:

  • palette changes
  • sprite changes
  • major art (title screen, HUD, et al.) changes
  • level art changes and original level layouts
  • music and sound changes
  • importation of levels from other games
  • changes in movement engines or bosses
  • original concepts and gameplay styles

Today, with the assistance of hex editors, disassemblies and specific Sonic Hacking Utilities, fans have been creating more extensive modifications.

Hacks in the Sonic community are now usually distributed as full ROMs. In the past, IPS patches were used, since these are usually much smaller than a full ROM and were therefore easier to distribute in a time when dial-up was widely used. It was also believed, that since patches do not contain any copyrighted code, it was not illegal to distribute one. This format fell out of use when split disassemblies became available as a way to edit game data, and when dial-up was being replaced by faster broadband connections. The massive shifts in the ROM that can result from reassembly made IPS patches very large, and they would often contain a good volume of code anyway, thus eliminating the alleged legal advantage. Though saxman's RXL patch format was designed to replace IPS, it quickly faded into obscurity along with its predecessor. Another format, xdelta, takes shifted data into account, resulting in much smaller patches. (Note that xdelta-1.x used the original format known as xdelta; xdelta-3.x uses the standard VCDIFF format.)

List of hacks

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis

The majority of Sonic ROM hacks are modifications of Sega Mega Drive / Genesis games, since these are smaller and relatively simple compared to the games of later consoles. Also, many ROM hackers in the Sonic scene grew up with the Genesis and its games, so they hold fond memories of these games.

Sonic the Hedgehog


Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Sonic & Knuckles

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Sonic 3 & Knuckles

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Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island


Sega Game Gear

Sonic Drift 2

Sonic Triple Trouble


Sega Mega-CD

Sonic the Hedgehog CD


Nintendo GameCube

Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut

Research and modifications of Sonic Adventure DX have been made much easier by the game's availability on PC. Dude, MainMemory and Endri are considered pioneers in modifying this game.


Other

Unofficial ports


Notable hacks

In alphabetical order

Sega Mega Drive / Genesis

Sega Mega-CD