From Sonic Retro
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English story from US manual
Tails spots a huge sign alongside the road they are currently traveling on. It is a recruiting advertisement for the World Grand Prix. "Sonic! Sonic! Look, there's going to be a huge race with all the best racers in the world. What a great opportunity for you to show your speed and compete with the other great runners!"
Sonic thinks for a moment. He's the world's fastest runner, but participating in races is not really his interest. Something on the sign, however, catches Sonic's eye. Dr. Robotnik, Sonic's archenemy, is participating in the race. Sonic races off into the distance. "Wait Sonic! Wait for me!" Tails shouts to his friends.
Miles above the sign, a spy satellite focuses on Sonic and Tails. Dr. Robotnik snickers in delight. "Now that you have fallen into my trap Sonic, I will finally have the Chaos Emeralds, and beat you at the same time. With my new hover machine, and these...". Dr. Robotnik looks to his left, and a row of gleaming eyes gaze back at him. "Nothing can go wrong! Hahahahahahaha....." Little does Sonic know that Dr. Robotnik has learned of the location of the Chaos Emeralds.
But Sonic is not the only one who will be racing with Dr. Robotnik. Sonic's rival, Knuckles, has learned that Sonic will be participating in a very important race. Knuckles never turns down a chance to be around Sonic when the action starts.
And Amy will be there too. After secretly overhearing Dr. Robotnik's plans, she also will be racing to find the Chaos Emeralds.
In Sonic R, you get the chance to be one of the four Sonic characters in a four-course 3D race. Race quickly, but remember to look out for items which will help you along your way. And don't forget to find those Chaos Emeralds!
Japanese story translated into English
Translated by: Windii.
After numerous life or death struggles with Dr. Eggman...
Sonic and his admirer Tails continued their carefree journey for adventures together.
It was in the middle of that journey when they stopped by a certain city.
They saw a commercial called "World Grand Prix: Recruiting Participants!!" which was projected on a huge screen of a building.
"Sonic, Sonic!! It says that this is "a race tournament to decide who's the fastest in the world!!"" Tails was immensely interested. "Come on, Sonic, let's participate. Besides, I have no doubts that you'll win! I want to put my own strength to the test as well!!"
"A race, huh... I'm not really interested in it." Sonic did not look very eager.
However, as soon as he was about to leave that place, Sonic fixed his stare on the completely changed screen. And then...
"Let's participate, Tails!!" As soon as he informed him that, Sonic already ran off.
"Wait up, Sonic~!!" Tails hurriedly followed after him.
The screen that made Sonic change his mind... A sentence "Participants: Dr. Eggman" was projected on it.
Around that time... there was one spy satellite floating in the sky far away from the ground.
There was a man who used that satellite to scout out what Sonic and Tails are doing.
His name is Dr. Eggman.
He is an evil genius scientist who has been challenged to battles by Sonic many times in the past.
Well, he has never won against Sonic, but...
"DAAAAHAHAHAHAH... That darned Sonic totally got caught in my trap. I've already learned that the Chaos Emeralds rest somewhere in this race venue!! If those two discover the Chaos Emeralds by chance during a race, that'll save me the time of looking for them."
As usual, Dr. Eggman was being full of himself as he had that thought in mind.
"When they will have gathered the Chaos Emeralds, I'll take them all at once!! Even if this is Sonic we're talking about here, if I get my chance to attack him during a race, he won't be a bother to me. Besides, I'm not going to neglect preparing my secret weapon this time..."
Ahead of the line of sight, there are several unnerving silhouettes that can sparkle ominously in the light darkness...
"Heheheh... A perfect strategy if I do say so myself. The time has finally, finally come for me to realize my long-cherished dream of world domination!! Daaaahahahahah..."
The "World Grand Prix: Recruiting Participants!!" commercial has aired throughout the whole world.
Sonic and Tails were not the only ones that saw the news on this race.
It has reached Sonic's good rival Knuckles.
"Sonic!! I'm truly gonna settle things with you on this World Grand Prix!!"
It has also reached a young girl who's in love with Sonic - Amy.
"He will surely participate in this race... Please wait for me, Mr. Sonic~"
Will Sonic really be able to put a stop to Dr. Eggman's ambitions?
And how will the World Grand Prix go?
Now, the "World Grand Prix" is about to begin!!
Who will get the garland of "the fastest guy in the world"!?