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Early Sonic 1 Prototype Screenshots Found

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Earlier this week, a new image (above) began floating around of the 1990 Tokyo Toy Show build of Sonic The Hedgehog. The image comes by way of the August 1990 issue of Japanese magazine MegaDrive Fan.

As with any Sonic 1 prototype finding, a certain buzz flies around of “Is it real or is it a hoax?” Thanks to forum user JumpingRyle, we can fully confirm the authenticity of the shots from a full page scan of the magazine in question.

Sonic prototype - MD Fan Aug 1990

Sitting alongside Burning Force and KLAX, these shots give us the clearest look of the earliest known build of Sonic 1, which featured a different aesthetic and seven layers of parallax scrolling according to the game’s programmer Yuji Naka. The game is described by MegaDrive Fan as a game of “Cute and comical characters that run around!?” This is a new scan than one we’ve previously featured before.

While it doesn’t bring us closer to playing this build of the game (if it hasn’t been lost to time, that is), it does give us the clearest look at the game yet, particularly the curious purple enemy I unofficially call Little Bopper, or “That Purple Thing from Munchers.”


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    There’s still hope that the real Proto is out there somewhere

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    It must be out there somewhere. 🙁

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    It’s probably in the hands of a private collector, with no intention of dumping the ROM.

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    I’ve seen that purple monster before! In the Sonic Jam artwork section.

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      Holy crap you’re right, it totally looks like that character from the Sonic 1 concept art with Bee-Eggman and Madonna!

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