Over the years, Sonic fan games have certainly evolved from the days of Klik & Play. Back in 1995, Sonic Boom started it all, with collecting apples and avoiding bees… it was an amazing feat, being the first noted Sonic fan game, and today’s major fan games still provide that same sense of amazement only on a much bigger scale! As of recent, Sonic Fan Remix took center stage on the fan gaming scene. It ultimately changed the way fan games were thought of previously by the public; disposable projects on par with fan fiction. It caught the immediate attention of major gaming blogs, companies, and developers, so much in fact that Sega’s representatives requested Megaupload, the site which hosted the download file, to take down the file because they believed it would disrupt the sales of the then upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1.
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If you want to know why the headline’s in French, hit the jump for the Monday Video.
Sonic Retro News
- Sonic 1 for the Sega Master System gets disassembled. Get it here, courtesy of Ravenfreak. [1 SMS Disassembly]
- Tweaker says that he has been waiting 8 years for debug mode in Sonic Pocket Adventure. Well, Tech Member SANiK has figured out the trick. Try it yourself! [Pocket Adventure’s Debug Mode]
- Mercury, the programmer on Sonic Fan Remix, is no longer on the project. [Sonic Fan Remix]
- Over the weekend, Yuji Naka and Prope unveiled their latest project, Rodea the Sky Soldier. It’s like NiGHTS for a new generation, a generation obsessed with anime and J-Pop. Aside from how much I dislike that shit, if the game is awesome (and it looks awesome), I’ll play it. [CVG]
- Games Asylum makes a case for the SEGA 32X. A fun read. [Games Asylum]
- Test your knowledge of SEGA with The Escapist’s SEGA Quiz! You’ll need to register at the site to play. [The Escapist]
- Kellie at the SEGA Blogs drops an incredibly in-depth look at Tropical Resort: Act 1 from Sonic Colors. Level maps, red ring locations… everything. Even if you’ve beaten the crap out of the level, at least check this guide out for kicks. [SEGA Blogs]
Pelikan and Mercury are no strangers to the gaming media spotlight, but now they’ve landed in print, an area where only a select group of fangamers have managed to show up.
In the same issue of GameInformer that features SEGA VP of Sales and Marketing Alan Pritchard being silly, you can find Dan Ryckert talking Sonic with two of Retro’s most technically gifted members. Dan hit the ground running with his setup and first question, immediately drawing the comparisons between Sonic Fan Remix and Sonic 4: Episode 1. He noted that SFR is “visually superior” to Sonic 4 and asked them how they managed to outdo a major games studio.
Pelikan: “Sonic 4 and SFR have very different art styles and many people have complained about SFR’s “busy” look, so comparing them is not simple.”
Mercury: “I think that SFR succeeds where Sonic 4 fails because it’s more surprising. There are so many details you’re not expecting to see, and that’s what makes it more exciting.”
Looks like somebody has massive nuts. Hit the jump for more tidbits and a scan of the interview.
Sonic Retro News
- I hope you all had a Happy Halloween. Feel free to post your costumes in the comments below.
- If you didn’t know already, there’s a Mac version of the Sonic Fan Remix demo. [SFR Mac Demo]
- The Evil Alliance of Sonic Fansites brings you the first look at the new Sonic voice actors in Sonic Colo(u)rs. [Sonic and Tails Speak!]
- We’ve got one more bracket in to go in the Retro Refund Program. Head to the post below to vote. Finals are on Thursday! [Brackets 4 & 5]
- Early reviews Sonic Colo(u)rs are coming in and they are even more glowing the initial Sonic 4 reviews. The difference here is that they will probably stay that high after release. [SEGA Forums]
- SEGA is holding a community event in San Francisco on November 12th. There will be some fun PSP tournaments, but the main attraction is the feedback session on Sonic 4: Episode 1. I will be attending on behalf of Sonic Stadium. Please check them out for my report. [SOA Blog]
- IGN got the first Sonic Free Riders review. 7.5/10. [IGN]
- Sega Sammy propelled into the black during this last financial quarter. Great news for the House of Sonic. [GameSpot]
I’m going to make a prediction and guess that you are still playing the Sonic Fan Remix demo. Can’t blame ya… it is pretty tight.
Sonic Retro News
- The Sonic Retro Refund Program ends this Wednesday. Don’t miss out on $15. Send me a tweet or a private message on the forums for your chance to win. [Sonic Retro Refund Program]
- Andrew75 updates us on Project AXSX, a 2.5D Sonic CD update. [Project AXSX Thread]
- The traffic caused by Sonic Fan Remix broke Retro again. We’re working to accommodate the influx of new visitors. [Look At This Effing Chart] [Twitter]
- Sonic Fan Remix is kicking all kinds of ass. A Google search yields a ton of praise from a variety of blogs and mainstream media outlets. Nice work, guys. You deserve it. [Google Search: “Sonic Fan Remix”]
- Play a good Sonic game. Play Sonic Colors. The latest trailer showcases the Blue Wisp. [SEGA Blogs]
- There was a Sonic cosplay couple at New York Comic Con. [SEGA Flickr]
- SEGA thinks that they have made too many Sonic games and will be focusing on quality over quantity. That’s why there are three Sonic games coming to retail this season. Make sense? [CVG]
- Sonic 4‘s Metacritic score slipped even further last week, but it looks like it’s going to settle in the low 70s. Probably not the desired reception for a “return to form.” [Metacritic]
After weeks of screenshots and videos, you can stop salivating. Sonic Fan Remix is here.
Sonic Fan Remix is a 2.5D game by Pelikan13 and Mercury, creator of the “Sonic Physics Guide.” In this three level demo, you get to experience a re-imagined Emerald Hill Zone. Act 1 and 3’s layouts will seem familiar, but Act 2 is entirely original. What’s also unfamiliar is the crazy amount of detail put into this project. From the water/rain effects to the game’s lighting, this is truly Emerald Hill as you haven’t imagined it.
Sonic 4 hits consoles a week from today and the iPhone later this week. Since our Sonic 4 thread is closed, it’s literally a calm before a storm. Aaaaaahhh…
Here is your recap of last week:
Sonic Retro News
- “Second only to SEGA” comes at a price, I guess. We’re still dealing with server load issues. Stay tuned.
- With all of the downtime yesterday, Scratch and Grounder couldn’t get into WordPress to share their sage wisdom. They will be back next week. Have a stupid video. [YouTube]
- If you post in the thread for Sonic Fan Remix, can you please keep discussion about Sonic Fan Remix? Thanks. [Sonic Fan Remix Official Thread]
- Speaking of Sonic Fan Remix, it’s getting a lot of attention on general gaming blogs. We were on Fark yesterday! [Destructoid] [The Escapist]
- Fangame Sonic Zero: Remastered has a new demo. Play it and give some C&C to Mr. Kaosu [Sonic Zero: Remastered Thread]
- First 4 Figures is releasing a set of 6, 2-inch Classic Sonic figurines. [The Sonic Stadium]
- Metropolis Mad Gear Zone was showcased in what’s looking like the final Sonic 4 trailer before launch. [GameSpot]
Remember that 2.5D, unnamed, Unity-based project we’ve showcased a few times? Well, it has a name… and a video.
Sonic Fan Remix by pelikan13 and Mercury, the creator of the Sonic Physics Guide (your one stop shop for accurate Sonic physics), is a 2.5D re-imagining of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The video above is a playthrough of the first act of Emerald Hill Zone. I’ll let the video speak for itself.