Sonic Mega Collection (ソニック メガコレクション Sonikku Mega Korekushon?) is a video game compilation developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega in 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube. It contains twelve-fourteen Sega Mega Drive games (depending on region), mostly those in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. An updated version of the game was released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Microsoft Windows under the title Sonic Mega Collection Plus which included more games.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (JP and US versions)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3
- Sonic & Knuckles
- Sonic 3D Blast
- Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
- Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Japan-exclusive unlockable games
How to unlock
- Sonic 3 & Knuckles: Play Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles twenty times each.
- Knuckles in Sonic 2: Play Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic Spinball twenty times each.
- Blue Sphere: Play Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic 3D Blast twenty times each.
- Flicky: Play Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine thirty times. Alternatively, have a Sonic Adventure 2: Battle save file on your memory card. (Sonic Mega Collection only; this cannot happen in Sonic Mega Collection Plus.)
- Ristar: Play Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Blue Sphere and Flicky thirty times each.
- Comix Zone: Have forty hours of game time on Sonic Heroes (Xbox/PlayStation 2 version only; also compatible on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). Alternatively, play the Genesis games fifty times each.
- The Ooze: Have forty hours of game time on Sonic Heroes (Xbox/PlayStation 2 version only; also compatible on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). Alternatively, unlock Knuckles in Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Blue Sphere, and Flicky.
- History of Sonic comics (readable)
- Sonic Firsts (readable)
- Sonic the Hedgehog covers 1-139
- Knuckles the Echidna covers 1-32
- Sonic Super Special covers 1-15
- Misc. covers
- Six Sonic pictures
- Six Tails pictures
- Five Knuckles pictures
- Six Dr. Eggman pictures
- Nine Other pictures (Amy Rose, Shadow, Rouge, Big the Cat, E-102, Chao, Hero Chao, Dark Chao, Cream and Cheese)
- Fifteen Misc. pictures (four package designs (Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, Sonic Advance), six Sonic Adventure CG designs, five pictures of a calendar, calling and Christmas cards, magazine illustrations)
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD intro
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD ending (the good and bad endings included together)
- Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
- Sonic Advance 2 preview
- History of Sonic
Reception for Sonic Mega Collection was generally positive. The game sold very well across all platforms, attaining best-seller status in the systems it was released in: Player's Choice (Nintendo GameCube), Greatest Hits (PlayStation 2), and Platinum Hits (Xbox). In particular, the PlayStation 2 version and GameCube version both sold over two million copies.
- This was the first Sega game to reunite the classic "SE-GA" chant since the early-late 90s' (Sonic 3D Blast has the "SEGA!!" scream), likely included due to the retro nature of the compilation.
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD was originally going to be on the compilation, but was scrapped due to emulation problems. This game was later released on Sonic Gems Collection, where the PC version game code was ported (and high-quality versions of the anime clips replaced the older ones). Sega gave the excuse that there wasn't enough space for the game.
- However, within the game disc, there were several video files used presumably for testing. The videos themselves are not related to Sonic whatsoever.
- In the extras, there is artwork of Cream the Rabbit from the then-upcoming Sonic Advance 2. At the time, she was a new character to the series. There is also a trailer for the game. In Japan, this game was released at the same time as Sonic Advance 2.
- The GameCube version has the US and Japanese version of the original Sonic game, but if you set the framerate to 50fps, this will unlock the European version with slower music.
- When Sonic 3 & Knuckles gets unlocked in the GameCube version, it displays the now you can play Sonic 3 & Knuckles message part as in the "Data Select (Game Save) Screen" section in the instruction manual for Sonic & Knuckles.
- Sonic Mega Collection was the first ever Sonic game with a PEGI 12+ rating and the PEGI 12+ rating was followed by Shadow the Hedgehog .
- A remix of the title screen music can be heard in Sonic Generations. In the console version, it is used during the Network Mode, while in the 3DS version it serves as the main menu theme.
- The Guinness World Records awarded Sonic Mega Collection for being the "Best Selling Retro Game Compilation".
- The "Menu" theme returns in SEGA Heroes, also as the main menu theme.
- The intro theme was reused for the Sega Forever video of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
- in the gallery some covers are slight edited to blur the super heroes references, like the covers of Sonic Super Special #7 and Sonic the Hedgehog #104.
|Title Screen||Hideaki Kobayashi||0:33|
- Sonic Mega Collection (prototype)
- Sonic Mega Collection Plus
- Sonic Mega Collection Plus Mini
- Sonic Gems Collection