Mecha Sonic (メカソニック Meka Sonikku?) is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Being the first line of defense aboard the Death Egg, Mecha Sonic was modeled after Sonic the Hedgehog and his abilities. The robot model was combat-capable with saw-blade quills, rocket boosters and a metallic spikeball-version of the Spin Attack.
Mecha Sonic is a dark gray, bulky robot model based on Sonic the Hedgehog in terms of appearance. The head structure contains pointy ears, sharp saw-blade quills and a round orange eye on a wide black sclera. The robot model also features metallic armor with two arms and the orange rocket boosters with tires.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
In Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic encounters Mecha Sonic in large hall right after succeeding to enter the Death Egg. After landing on the other side of the room, Mecha Sonic begins having one-on-one fight with the blue hedgehog, while Dr. Robotnik follows the battle from the small hole on the wall. Sonic defeats the Mecha Sonic, as he then chases down Robotnik to the doctor's last machine.
Other game appearances
Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure
Mecha Sonic appears again as an regular boss in Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure. Sonic encounters him in Aerobase Zone, where the robot model hatches from the rising orange cockpit to fight against the blue hedgehog once again. The fight ends with Mecha Sonic deactivating while crashing through a wall, that leads to the Gigantic Angel Zone.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Mecha Sonic also makes an appearance in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as a boss of the second Tokyo Sky Flight level. It attacks by flying towards Sonic and Mario, and firing its spines while curled up. It must be defeated by depleting all of its health with the Tornado's projectiles.
Powers and abilities
Mecha Sonic's active quills are able to protect the robot from attacks behind. These quills are also useful when the Mecha Sonic is capable to perform the robot's own variant of Sonic's trademark Spin Attack. Much like Sonic, the robot can also dash off from a standstill on its curling ball form akin to Spin Dash and perform the mid-air jump much like Spin Jump. Mecha Sonic can fire multiple small spike projectiles while performing the mid-air assault on the curling ball form. With rocket boosters, Mecha Sonic is able to fly or perform rapid, straightforward assaults from the ground.
In Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Mecha Sonic is the first of two bosses in Death Egg Zone. The player encounters Mecha Sonic after entering the first room, with Mecha Sonic landing on the other side. Dr. Robotnik himself can be found looking at the battle from a screen on the wall. For this boss, the player is not given any Rings, making this battle rather tough.
The battle with Mecha Sonic starts by standing still for few seconds before starting to attack. At first, it follows a set number of attack patterns in the following order:
- Mecha Sonic curls into spiky metallic ball and charges across the room in a fashion similar to the Spin Dash. The player can Spin Jump over it.
- Mecha Sonic charges across the room using its rocket boosters. However upon reaching the end of the room, it turns around and charges in the other direction. The player can charge the Spin Dash for defense (while landing extra hits) or jump over it.
- Mecha Sonic curls into a ball again and jumps across the room.
- Similar to the third attack, Mecha Sonic fires eight small spikes around the arena in clock formation in mid-jump. While shot, each spike slightly expands. The player can avoid this attack by standing closely between Mecha Sonic's landing point and the downward-pointing spike.
|The order of Mecha Sonic's attacks|
As the battle goes on, Mecha Sonic's attack pattern becomes randomized (see the list on the right), After the sixteenth attack pattern on the list, the list will repeat, but with all attack directions being reversed. Between attacks, Mecha Sonic will stand still for a few seconds, leaving it vulnerable. To land any hits on Mecha Sonic at that point, the player has to hit it on the front below its quill ridge with the Spin Jump or Spin Dash. Hitting Mecha Sonic on either its quills while it stands still or during its curling ball mode costs a life of the player.
After taking eighth hit, Mecha Sonic will be destroyed and the player can proceed to the Death Egg Robot.
|"STH2 Boss 〜Mega Drive version〜"||Masato Nakamura||2:14|
In other media
Sonic the Comic
In Sonic the Comic, Sonic and Tails return to the Death Egg some time after the events of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 to find that Mecha Sonic is still functional. Sonic defeats it for good by kicking off its head. The robot was unnamed in this continuity.
In the Archie Comics continuity, this robot is called Silver Sonic after its 8-bit counterpart. The first Silver Sonic appeared in the miniseries Sonic Quest, a loose adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. This version of Silver Sonic was much larger and slower than the version in the games, standing about ten times the size of Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic defeated Silver Sonic by short-circuiting its brain circuits. He then controlled the robot from its head, using it to fight Robotnik in his Eggs-O-Skeleton armor.
Following the Super Genesis Wave, Mecha Sonic (still named Silver Sonic) became nearly identical to its game counterpart.
This robot was not named in the English-language manuals accompanying Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but in the Japanese materials he was called "Mecha Sonic" much like other early Sonic robots).
Because of his similarity to Silver Sonic from the Master System and Game Gear versions of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Archie Comics used the name "Silver Sonic" for the version of the character in the Sonic Quest miniseries. Many fans adopted this name for the game character, particularly to differentiate it from the radically different design of Mecha Sonic seen in Sonic & Knuckles.
"Mecha Sonic" was used as the official English-language name in the backstory for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, released in the Story section of the official English website. This robot's concept art labeled it as "Meca Sonic".
- A similar robot called Silver Sonic appeared as the boss of the Scrambled Egg Zone in the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which was released earlier than the 16-bit game.
- While the Death Egg Zone does not have any Rings in the original game, the alternative easy mode of the game in Sonic Jam adds a set of Rings at the beginning point of the Zone, making the battle more tolerable. Also in the easy mode, the player only has to hit Mecha Sonic three times to defeat it.
- Mecha Sonic makes a cameo appearance as a key chain along with several other Sonic characters in the Sega game Gale Racer, the Sega Saturn version of Rad Mobile released in 1994.
- A glitch may occur in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mega Drive/Genesis) in which its defeat will glitch into a floating frozen flame, making the player stuck until time runs out.
- Mecha Sonic appears as a mid-boss in the Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack for LEGO Dimensions. In this game, it is referred to as "Robo Sonic" most likely to differentiate itself from the other Mecha Sonic which appears as the following mid-boss.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Concept art of the "Mecha Sonic"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Sonic Generations - Death Egg Robot Boss Battle (GameTrailers). YouTube (23 October 2011). Retrieved on 4 July 2020.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 "After the West Side Island is freed, Sonic and Tails board the Tornado, take to the skies, and assault the Death Egg itself. After destroying Mecha Sonic, Eggman flees and enters his final trump card - a huge robot modelled after Eggman himself!" Sonic The Hedgehog 4. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
- ↑ Sonic the Comic #6, "Attack on the Death Egg"
- ↑ Sonic Quest #3, "Over Easy"
- ↑ Sonic Quest #3, "Over Easy"