Thursday, November 23, 2006

Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis - The Same Great Soinc You Knew Before?

The original Sonic the Hedgehog, the killer app for the Sega Genesis way back in the day, is one of the most legendary, well-known and enjoyable games of all time and arguably the greatest game in the entire Sonic the Hedgehog series (well, besides the much-lauded Sonic CD, which I’ve yet to play). It’s also an incredibly old-fashioned and simple game, so you’d think porting it to the Gameboy Advance would be straightforward and simple, right? Hell, not that I condone piracy or anything, but bootleggers have been enjoying a quality version of this title for quite some time now on their GBA’s.

Sega, however, despite over-charging for this version of the classic game, appropriately titled Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis (which has already found its way onto numerous Sonic the Hedgehog compilations over the years, including Sega Smash Pack (DC, 2001) and Sonic Mega Collection & Sonic Mega Collection Plus (GC, 2002 and PS2 & Xbox, 2004, respectively – which can all be found cheaper than what this title retails for (twenty bucks for one title!) plus include numerous other releases in addition to this one game) they have not managed to accurately port it to Nintendo’s uber-popular handheld. Slowdown, flickering graphics, and other severe flaws hurt this port of what is otherwise a stellar title. What’s bizarre about this how fiasco is how simple it should be to port this to the GBA. If bootlegs in Hong Kong can do it so easily, why cant Sega? Reasons like this are prime examples of why Sega is continuously losing money and is sinking further and further each year as a game publisher and developer.

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At 5:28 PM, Blogger J said...

You should play Sonic CD. It's easily one of my fave Sonic titles. The whole Past / Future thing is really cool and the music awesome.

At 2:59 PM, Blogger fatherkrishna said...

An excellent review... If not somewhat depressing, as you articulate the demise of my favourite developer/publisher succinctly...
How the mighty have fallen!


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