From Sonic Retro
|Developer: Sega AM3|
Sonic Ride is the given name to a roughly one minute, thirty seconds piece of pre-rendered, 3D Sonic the Hedgehog video clip, created by Sega AM3 in 1994. It was made at the time large cabinets placed in theme parks etc. were being developed, perhaps as part of an unreleased Sonic the Hedgehog-themed ride due to some amounts of first-person interactivity shown in the video. The opening screen of the video features the Japanese words 未公開 (mi-koukai) and イメージ映像 (image eizou) which translate to "unreleased" and "video clip," respectively.
While the video was briefly covered by the gaming press (and in the case of US magazine, Game Players, mistaken for images from the upcoming Chaotix, the then-rumoured Sega 32X Sonic game), it rose to prominence through its inclusion in Sonic Jam, and was written about in the Japanese guide for the aforementioned game. Parts of the video were also used in a music video for the promotional single, They Call Me Sonic.
Sonic the Animation is a similar Sonic-themed AM3 experiment from the same period of time, with prominently featured 3D graphics created by them.
After a brief sequence drifting through a casino-styled area called Casino Zone, Sonic suddenly appears running towards the camera in a Green Hill Zone style area. The camera switches behind Sonic, who then runs to the right at a fork, and follows still as he dodges a Buzz Bomber and hits a spring, throwing him high into the air, from where the viewer can see a nice overhead shot of the zone. Hitting the ground, the camera runs around a loop, then runs into a rocky area, jumping from wall to wall, dodging startled looking Moto Bugs.
The camera then switches to a telescope view of Sonic running towards Dr. Eggman, and he is standing by a contraption designed to drop a 200 ton weight onto Sonic when a lever is pulled. He moves into position, and as we see Sonic get closer, Eggman excitedly throws away the telescope and stands by the switch. As he tries to pull it, Sonic zooms past, leaving a trail of dust in his wake and sending the machine and Eggman spinning. They move back and forth, dizzy, and just as Eggman regains his balance and pulls a pose - the weight drops, squashing him flat.
Despite being a pre-rendered video, the Sonic Ride footage appears to struggle maintaining a steady frame rate, with complex scenes causing slowdown.
- Sonic Ride, on YouTube.
|Sonic games for the following systems|
| 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 Edition |
Prototypes SegaSonic the Hedgehog (revision A)
|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!|
|Unreleased Sonic the Hedgehog Games|
Sonic's Edusoft (Master System)
Sonic Sports (Sega 32X)