Pre-May 1993 Sonic arcade games

From Sonic Retro


Pre-May 1993 Sonic arcade games
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Arcade
Genre: Unknown

In the May 1993 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly, then-Director of Marketing at SEGA Al Nilsen was interviewed by the publication, teasing what consumers would be expecting in the coming year. Focusing primarily on the Mega-CD and the plethora of forthcoming Sonic the Hedgehog titles, Al gives some lip service to the arcade market, and what form the blue blur could be taking there:

We have developed two Sonic arcade games that have never been released because they were not the specialness that Sonic was. We are continuing to look to see if we can do something with Sonic in the arcade. There is a Sonic arcade project but nothing scheduled for release.

— Al Nilsen, Director of Marketing, SEGA of America

While the latter game he is referring to is more than likely SegaSonic the Hedgehog, there is some debate as to what rejected arcade projects he is making allusions to. As EGM was published in America, it is possible that the two developed games mentioned were the Japanese-exclusive Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car and SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter Galaxy Patrol, both skipped over for western release. However, after the unearthing of the unreleased 1992 arcade puzzle title SegaSonic Bros., it is possible that Mr. Nilsen's quote could regard two projects that were cancelled before they were announced to the general public. If that is the case, the identity of the second arcade title is currently unknown. Unfortunately, the blurb is vague enough that either interpretation could be accurate.

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