SegaSonic the Hedgehog
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|SegaSonic the Hedgehog|
|System(s): Sega System 32|
|Developer: Sega AM3|
|Number of players: 1-3|
SegaSonic the Hedgehog (セガソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ) (often referred to as SegaSonic Arcade) is an arcade game created by Sega AM3, and released for System 32 arcade hardware in 1993. SegaSonic the Hedgehog was the first arcade Sonic the Hedgehog game to be released and one of the few that has never been released on a home platform in any form.
There are three known revisions of this game (A, B and C, respectively), and a prototype for it as well.
In SegaSonic the Hedgehog, players can choose from three characters: Sonic the Hedgehog, Mighty the Armadillo, or Ray the Flying Squirrel. This is Mighty's first appearance in a video game and aside from occasional references in newer titles, the only game in which Ray has appeared until Sonic Mania Plus. Despite appearances, all three play identically in SegaSonic the Hedgehog, and all three can be controlled on-screen at once as the cabinet supports three players.
Similar to other Sonic games, the objective of the game is to reach the end of each level without dying, however in SegaSonic there the levels are designed to have less focus on platforming and instead focuses on pressing the player forward to complete the levels as fast as possible. While there are few enemy encounters, the majority of the game involves avoiding environmental hazards including giant boulders, lava flows, rogue gears, falling stalactites, and many others.
When the player loses health it can be replenished by collecting rings, which can be found around the arena or inside certain destructible objects. Upon completing each level, the game tallies up how many rings were grabbed, and extra points are received if over half of the level's rings were found. The game only has one boss, which appears midway through the game.
The characters were controlled by trackballs combined with one action button, allowing the player to perform a jumping spin attack, and a trackball is used to move around. Each of the trackballs and their corresponding action buttons are color-coded (blue for Sonic, red for Mighty and yellow for Ray).
SegaSonic the Hedgehog is also one of the first games to give the characters voice actors, as well as on-screen dialog.
|Sonic the Hedgehog||Takeshi Kusao|
|Ray the Flying Squirrel||Hinako Kanamaru|
|Mighty the Armadillo||Yusuke Numata|
|Dr. Eggman||Masaharu Sato|
While often rumoured to be receving a home port for the Sega 32X, SegaSonic the Hedgehog has never left the arcades, and given that it was distributed in relatively small numbers (particularly outside of Japan), is becoming increasingly more rare to find in the wild.
This title was initially planned as a title to be included in Sonic Gems Collection but was left out due to problems with emulating the trackball control scheme.
- Director: T.Tsuda
- Program: H.Kawatake, T.Hasegawa, T.Kawauchi
- Design: M.Kusunoki, K.Miyagi, M.Hoshino, S.Yamagata
- Sound: H.Miyauchi, K.Hanada, N.Tokiwa
- Voice Actor: T.Kusao (Sonic), H.Kanamaru (Ray), Y.Numata (Mighty), M.Satoh (Eggman)
- Special Thanks: N.Ohshima, S.Burton, J.Spahn, M.Sasaki, E.Taki, Aoni Pro., Recording Studio Tavac
Concept art by Naoto Ohshima.
ROM dump status
|SegaSonic the Hedgehog|
|Sonic the Hedgehog games for the following systems|
| 1991 Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car 1993 Sonic the Hedgehog | SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | SegaSonic the Hedgehog 1996 Sonic the Fighters 2011 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Arcade 2015 Sonic Dash Extreme 2016 Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Arcade Edition 2020 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Arcade Edition |
Prototypes SegaSonic the Hedgehog (revision A)
Unreleased SegaSonic Bros. | Sonic Ride | Pre-May 1993 Sonic arcade games
| 1992 UFO Mini: SegaSonic 1993 Sonic the Hedgehog | SegaSonic Popcorn Shop 1994 Sonic no Space Tours 1997 Sonic the Hedgehog AWP 2002 Sonic & Tails Spinner 2003 CR Sonic 2007 Sonic Spinner 2008 Sonic Live! 2009 Sonic Hopper! 2010 Sonic Sports Basketball 2012 Sonic Sports Air Hockey 2013 Sonic Athletics | Sonic Ghost Shooting | Sonic Brain Ranking 2016 Sonic Blast Ball |
Unknown date Sonic Sports Kids Basketball (201x)