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“Sonic Adventure 3” Turns 10: A Retrospective


Today marks the ten-year anniversary of the infamous Sonic Adventure 3, a game universally panned by fans and critics alike. Originally hyped as a return to Sonic’s roots, the final product turned out to be a rushed, broken mess that to this day serves as the punchline of many jokes.

A lot has changed in the past ten years. SEGA have learned from their mistakes (for the most part) with a host of well-received games such as Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, while upcoming titles such as Sonic Mania and Big’s Big Fishing Adventure 3 show incredible promise. It could be argued that if it were not for SA3’s massive blunder, SEGA would not have made the massive overhauls in quality assurance since. For that alone, it warrants discussion.

Join the staff of Sonic Retro as we look back on our memories of Sonic Adventure 3. In the end, was it really all that bad? Hit the jump to see if we figure that one out.

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Monday Links: Retrospective Edition

Oh, hey, I’m not working all day Monday and there’s actual news. Monday links? Monday links.

Sonic Retro News

  • Pictured at right is the Retro UK crew with Iizuka. “Ah, Sonic Retro,” he said. See, when I got to meet him at Sonic Boom, he looked like a man who had no idea what he was doing. Oh, wait.
  • In case you missed it: SEGA wasn’t smart again and left a lot of assets in the Generations demo (in easy reach to boot). Here’s what Retro members uncovered. Massive spoilers ahead. Ah, Sonic Retro! [Morning Hacking Round-Up]
  • In the forums, we are discussing the technical oddities and strange design choices found in the Generations demo. It’s great thread that takes an interesting look at what Generations is thus far. [Generations Technical Oddities Thread]
  • Get all your Sonic Generations resources right here! [Generations Resources Thread]
  • It’s Sonic’s 20th anniversary, so take the 30-day hacking challenge! [30-Day Challenge Thread]

Sonic/SEGA News

  • It is the “retrospective” edition of the links, so let’s get the ball rolling. Nintendo Life shares their memories. [Nintendo Life]
  • PCWorld, you’re next. [PCWorld]
  • PopWatch debates whether Sonic is cool due to nostalgia or if he’s legitimately still cool. I think the legit coolness died with the mountain of handkerchiefs. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Annual Sonic funeral news post from a newspaper outlet. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Tributes from the mainstream media are always lame, therefore funny. [CBS]
  • A “by the numbers” look at the 20th anniversary. [The Guardian]
  • Big surprise: SEGA has high hopes for Generations. [Nexus404]
  • Barry the Nomad over-thinks Sonic for his 20th. [SEGAbits]
  • AAUK’s wrap-up of Summer of Sonic 2011 is something you shouldn’t not read. [Sonic Wrecks]

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