Watch: Sega Technical Institute’s lost Sonic Game

By Spencer . May 16, 2007 . 7:07pm

Game|Life pointed me to a video of a US developed Sonic the Hedgehog title based on Sonic: The Animated Series. There is a neat pseudo 3D move Sonic has where he steps into the background, it’s sort of like Guilty Gear’s two stage system but developed during the days of the Genesis. Sonic also has some unusual abilities too like throwing rings to attack and a super move where he launches a wave of spikes in midair. It’s unclear when the Sonic the Animated series game was supposed to come out, but its strikingly different from all of Sega’s other games. Too bad it never saw the light of day.

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Sega-16 who obtained the footage has another Sega prototype movie you have to see from Comix Zone where Sketch is named “Joe Pencil”.


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  • the_importer

    I call fake on that one. Looks to good for a Mega Drive game and way to detailed for anything coming from SEGA.

  • ryne11

    That looked pretty cool

  • John H.

    Ack, that looked pretty bad, the scroll is one screen at a time, preventing Sonic from ever building up any speed. The background/foreground mechanic is like Sega’s own Bonanza Bros.

  • jeffx

    I don’t like the one-screen-at-a-time approach. makes it look like old prince of persia.

  • Veilknight

    “I call fake on that one. Looks to good for a Mega Drive game and way to detailed for anything coming from SEGA.”

    I severely doubt it’s fake, as Sega-16 is a incredibly reliable source for all things revolving the Genesis. Keep in mind this isn’t as if they received that Sonic prototype movie from some random homebrewer, that’s far from the truth. It was an exclusive provided by Peter Morawiec, an ex-Sega programmer who worked on the game himself before it was denied by Naka.

  • the_importer

    I severely doubt it’s fake, as Sega-16 is a incredibly reliable source for all things revolving the Genesis. Keep in mind this isn’t as if they received that Sonic prototype movie from some random homebrewer, that’s far from the truth. It was an exclusive provided by Peter Morawiec, an ex-Sega programmer who worked on the game himself before it was denied by Naka.

    Bah, I’ve seen more convincing fakes in the past.

  • Veilknight

    To each his own I suppose, but I happen to be convinced. As I said, the fact alone this is coming from a ex-Sega programmer is enough proof for me, I have a hard time believing Morawiec would waste his time lying about a tech demo he didn’t work on for the Genesis.

    There’s nothing for him to gain by doing so, in the interview he actually reveals a little details about the planned Sonic title that was in development. To better visualize this concept into people’s minds, the best option’s always video.

  • ben

    That looks like the worst sonic game ever.

  • http://www.sonicgame.info KC

    Any sonic game would be a great game, in my opinion!

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