I sure am tired of all these young kids playing Sonic Unleashed and thinking that's
Sonic. Nope, that's the fake stuff. Thankfully the real stuff is coming to the DS early next year, in the Sonic Classic Collection
containing Sonic 1, 2, 3 and Sonic and Knuckles. That should teach those whippersnappers with their newfangled DSi's some history, but I wonder if Sega will change the games in any way?
Will Sonic 1 save between levels instead of forcing you to play the whole thing in one shot? Will they put the spin dash in the first one? Will there still be connectivity between Sonic 3 and Knuckles, and if so, how will it work? I don't think plugging two cartridges together into an awkward tower will work on the DS. It'd also be nice to get a few of the Game Gear titles as secret unlockables.
For now details are slim, but I'm hoping this collection is more authentic than the disappointing Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis
we got on the GBA a few years back. In any case I'm glad Sega still appreciates their mascot's roots.
SONIC CLASSIC COLLECTION DEBUTS ON THE NINTENDO DS
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (December 1, 2009) -- SEGA Europe Ltd and SEGA of America, Inc. today announced that, for the first time ever, the original games from legendary gaming icon, Sonic the Hedgehog™ will be coming to the Nintendo DS™ system. Available in early 2010, Sonic Classic Collection™ gathers together the first four Sonic The Hedgehog adventures - Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles - introducing some of the most influential Sonic the Hedgehog titles to a whole new generation of DS gamers.
Sonic Classic Collection allows fans old and new to speed through the much loved zones of the four original Genesis adventures, in a bid to collect the Chaos Emeralds and save the world. Sonic Classic Collection will offer a new save feature, a first for Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic The Hedgehog 2, as well as a video recounting the history of Sonic offering gamers an in-depth look at the speedy hedgehog.
“The original Sonic the Hedgehog games were the start of a pop culture phenomenon that extended beyond just the video game world,” commented Sean Ratcliffe, Vice-President of Marketing for SEGA of America. “The Sonic Classic Collection will introduce a whole new generation of gamers to this beloved Hedgehog and take them back to his humble beginnings.”
Sonic Classic Collection for the Nintendo DS™ system will hit stores in Spring 2010. For more information, please visit www.sega.com/sonicclassic. For press assets please visit http://segapr.segaamerica.com/
About SEGA® of America, Inc.:
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America’s Web site is located at www.sega.com .
About SEGA® Europe Ltd.:
SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distributor arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. The SEGA® Europe Web Site is located at www.sega.com.