Sonic Classic Collection

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Sonic Classic Collection allows fans both old and new to speed through the much loved zones of the four original Mega Drive adventures, in a bid to collect the chaos emeralds and save the world. Optimized to take full advantage of the Nintendo DS system, Sonic Classic Collection will feature a new save anywhere feature, a first in this original series, meaning that the games can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime! Gamers will also be given the chance to expand their knowledge with a wealth of extras including video and collectable pictures that are sure to be fan favorites.

Specifications

Manufacturer Sega
Mfg Part# 67035
SKU 212931706
UPC 010086670356
UPC 14 00010086670356
Format Nintendo DS
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ReviewSource Ign.com
Review By now you should know the games: the classic Sonic trilogy (and the "lock-on" spin-off) have been produced on any system that can emulate the original Genesis/Mega Drive hardware. Chalk up another system: the Nintendo DS. SEGA's 16-bit platformers have made the move to the Nintendo handheld completely intact, or, as intact as the portable can handle. The lesser resolution is obvious but not a game killer, but the larger issue is the lack of elegance in the presentation: it's the games, a couple of pieces of art, and that's about it. If that's all you want, it's a decent package for a good value...The compilation is four games: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic & Knuckles, with the additional "lock-on" element of playing Knuckles in Sonic 2 and Sonic 3. That's pretty much all you're getting, though: there's no "whiz bang" production here, just a static "select game" menu with only the basics of legacy material like character art...At the very least the producers of this compilation -- The Creative Assembly all the way there in Australia -- managed to show that the Nintendo DS can actually emulate the SEGA Genesis, with some subtle flaws. The Nintendo DS screen doesn't have enough resolution to accurately represent the Genesis visuals, so the ol' "take out scanlines and squash the image" trick was applied to the final product. It also does a good job showing off that the Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis games are still pretty fun even 20 years later...But the two player was stripped out of Sonic 2, and the "save your game anywhere" feature doesn't actually save the game at the moment it was selected -- it just kicks you back to the start of the level that you were playing...And the fact that you can get these games in a variety of different ways -- from Virtual Console to Xbox Live to plug-and-play TV editions and even licensed stand-alone Genesis portables -- the impact of getting these titles on a DS cart is lessened. Plus, why not include the whole Genesis Sonic shebang like Sonic Spinball and Sonic 3D Blast if these are just emulations...Sonic Classic Collection is a good, but flawed compilation for the Nintendo DS that just screams "small budget, short development cycle!" It is what it is: four great Sonic games accurately ported to a half-assed compilation.
Reviewer Craig Harris
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource VideoGamer.com
Review It seems almost pointless talking about if Sonic Classic Collection on the DS is good. This is the four Mega Drive platforming games together on the DS for the first time, and you also get the option to link up fourth game, Sonic & Knuckles, with Sonic 2 and Sonic 3. It's without a doubt, a great selection of games, and quite rightfully classics of the 16-bit era, but as a collection, it feels a little lightweight...It's hard to believe anyone reading this doesn't know who Sonic is and what his games are like, but just in case, here's a very brief overview. Sonic, a blue hedgehog, and in later games his buddy Tails the fox and Knuckles the echidna, run across colourful 2D stages, jumping on enemies and collecting rings. Arch enemy Dr Robotnik wants the Chaos emeralds and Sonic takes it upon himself to prevent him from getting his hands on them. This results in a series of end of stage boss encounters in which Robotnik fights in numerous maniacal machines...Sadly missing are all the two-player elements seen in the series, with the games here all limited to just solo play. This isn't a huge problem, given that playing with a friend who also has a DS wouldn't have been common anyway, but a shame nonetheless. In terms of extras there's extremely little here to get excited about, with a collection of character art accessible from the main menu and a fairly basic save function...More troublesome is the lack of other Sonic games. Sonic CD is perhaps the biggest omission, as it is a 2D platformer in the series from the same era. It also happens to be one of the best Sonic games ever and deserves a place in this collection. Other games, such as Sonic Spinball and Sonic 3D aren't so essential, but would have added to the overall package, while the Master System Sonic games would have been a nice bonus too...Sonic Classic Collection, despite being bare bones in the extreme, still comes recommended. You're getting four great platform games from the Mega Drive, playable on the DS for the first time. A bit more bang for your buck would have been great, but retro gaming still doesn't get much better than this.
Reviewer Tom Orry
ReviewRating 8
Features
Complete Original Sonic Adventures: All of the best original Sonic games in one fantastic compilation.
First Time on the Nintendo DS: These much-loved classics come complete to the handheld arena for the first time. Now you can experience the games that defined a genre anywhere, anytime.
New Save Feature: For the first time in Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic The Hedgehog 2, players can saved their progress at any point while playing so that you miss none of the non-stop action.
Features
Product Type Software
Distribution Media/Method Cartridge
Manufacturer Part Number 67035
Manufacturer Sega
Product Name Sonic Classic Collection
Brand Name Sega
Platform Supported Nintendo DS
Software Name Sonic Classic Collection
Software Sub Type Action/Adventure Game
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Release Date 2010-03-02
Tech Specs
Product Type Software
Manufacturer Part Number 67035
Manufacturer Website Address www.sega.com
Manufacturer Sega
Product Name Sonic Classic Collection
Brand Name Sega
Distribution Media/Method Cartridge
Platform Support Nintendo DS
Software Name Sonic Classic Collection
Software Sub Type Action/Adventure Game
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating RP (Rating Pending)
Product Attributes
ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Format Nintendo DS
Game Genre Strategy
Quotes
Darren Cartledge, RealGamer.com It serves up a brilliant dose of retro platform action...
Kombo.com ...Sonic the Hedgehog at his old fashioned finest.
Official Nintendo Magazine UK ...the quality gameplay shines through.

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