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Celebrate Sonic's roots with 20 classic titles!


— Trailer description

Sonic Mega Collection Plus (ソニック メガコレクション プラス Sonikku Mega Korekushon Purasu?) is a video game compilation of twenty Sega titles, sixteen of which are from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was developed by Sonic Team and released for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2004, and later the Windows PC in 2006, by Sega.

Sonic Mega Collection Plus was designed as an enhanced port of Sonic Mega Collection for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.[8] In addition to the original game's content, Sonic Mega Collection Plus includes two games that originally were only available on the Japanese version of Sonic Mega Collection, six Sega Game Gear games from the Sonic series, and updated extra content, such as extra illustrations, a new menu interface, and a mid-game saving feature.

List of games

Unlockable games

Gameplay

The main menu of Sonic Mega Collection Plus.

The games in Sonic Mega Collection themselves are virtually identical to those that were originally released. In addition, the game is given a selection menu for the different titles it contains. They can be accessed via the "GAMES" option on the main menu after exiting the startup menu. The control of the selection menu is done with movement controls: by moving up and down, the player can select the different games.

In addition to the default games, Sonic Mega Collection Plus features the following additional games that can be unlocked when the following requirements are met:

Besides the addition of additional games, Sonic Mega Collection Plus has a mid-game saving feature added to it. Furthermore, the player can unlock hints for each game by running them for three hours. It should be noted though that the player does not need to play the games in order to make it count as running them, meaning just booting them up is enough.

Sonic Mega Collection also includes multiplayer modes for Sonic Drift and Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, which are supported with 2-player split screens. The player can activate this feature at any time during the games by pressing START on the second controller. When the multiplayer mode is enabled, player 1 is given the screen on the left while player 2 is given the screen on the right. Both players must then select their respective 2-player mode option that appear on their screens. However, in multiplayer mode, the mid-game saving feature of Sonic Mega Collection Plus will be disabled.

Pressing the right stick on the PlayStation 2 version, or the [F1] key on the PC version during gameplay in a game on Sonic Mega Collection will toggle the size of the screen. This feature includes both the Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear titles.

Other modes

Extras

Comics

Comics is the extra menu where players can view contents from the Sonic the Hedgehog-related comics published by Archie Comics. This feature has been updated with the publications that have been released since Sonic Mega Collection:

Illustrations

Illustrations is the extra menu where players can view profiles and artworks from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. This feature has been updated with the publications that have been released since Sonic Mega Collection:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Contains a short profile for Sonic the Hedgehog and eleven artworks of him.
  • Miles "Tails" Prower: Contains a short profile for Miles "Tails" Prower and ten artworks of him.
  • Knuckles the Echidna: Contains a short profile for Knuckles the Echidna and nine artworks of him.
  • Dr.Eggman/Dr.Robotnik: Contains a short profile for Dr. Eggman and seven artworks of him.
  • Other Characters: Contains illustrations of Sonic's old and new friends from Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, and Sonic Heroes. This includes a total of thirty-two artworks for the following characters:
  • Illustration 1: Contains the latest package designs of the Sonic series, as well as Sonic's new look for Sonic Adventure, Sonic Heroes and those afterwards. This includes six artworks of the following subjects:
  • Illustration 2: Contains CG illustrations of Sonic. This includes ten artworks of the following subjects:
    • A poster of the main characters in Sonic Adventure.
    • A poster of Sonic the Hedgehog from Sonic Adventure 2.
    • A poster of Sonic the Hedgehog from Sonic Adventure.
    • A poster of Sonic the Hedgehog and Amy Rose from Sonic Adventure.
    • A poster of Sonic the Hedgehog and Dr. Eggman from Sonic Adventure.
    • A poster of Sonic the Hedgehog and Knuckles the Echidna from Sonic Adventure.
    • A poster of Team Sonic from Sonic Heroes.
    • A poster of Team Sonic's official artwork from Sonic Heroes.
    • A poster of Team Sonic's package artwork from Sonic Heroes.
    • A poster of Sonic the Hedgehog from Sonic Heroes.
  • Illustration 3: Contains illustrations from Sonic's recent appearances, from magazine covers to cards. This includes fix artworks of the following subjects:
    • A 2001 calendar illustration of Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • The Japanese calling card for Sonic the Hedgehog from Sonic Adventure.
    • A Christmas-themed magazine illustration of Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • A Japanese calling card for Shadow the Hedgehog from Sonic Adventure 2 with an old logo for the game on it.
    • A Christmas card illustration of Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose, and Chao.

Movies from Sonic Heroes

Movies from Sonic Heroes is the extra menu where players can view various videos and concepts related to Sonic Heroes:

  • Storyboard for intro movie: A selection consisting of twenty-five storyboard drawings for the introduction movie to Sonic Heroes.
  • Intro movie (in production): A video showcasing the introduction movie for Sonic Heroes, which showcases the movie amidst the process of its production, and with the storyboard concepts incorporated into it.
  • Intro movie (finished version): A video showcasing the finalized introduction movie in Sonic Heroes.
  • Storyboard for intro movie for Team Dark: A selection consisting of eleven storyboard drawings for the introduction movie to Team Dark's storyline in Sonic Heroes.
  • Intro movie for Team Dark (in production): A video showcasing the introduction movie for Team Dark's storyline in Sonic Heroes, which showcases the movie amidst the process of its production, and with the storyboard concepts incorporated into it.
  • Intro movie for Team Dark (finished version): A video showcasing the finalized introduction movie for Team Dark's storyline in Sonic Heroes.

Manuals

Manuals is the menu where the player can view scans of the instruction booklets for the majority of the games in Sonic Mega Collection Plus:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit).
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit).
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
  • Sonic & Knuckles: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Sonic & Knuckles.
  • Sonic 3D Blast: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Sonic 3D Blast.
  • Sonic Spinball: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball.
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (16-bit).
  • Flicky: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Flicky.
  • Ristar: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Ristar.
  • The Ooze: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for The Ooze.
  • Comix Zone: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Comix Zone.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit).
  • Sonic Labyrinth: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Sonic Labyrinth.
  • Sonic Drift: A complete and readable scan of the Japanese instruction booklet for Sonic Drift.
  • Sonic Chaos: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Sonic Chaos.
  • Sonic Blast: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Sonic Blast.
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine: A complete and readable scan of the North American instruction booklet for Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (8-bit).

Options

Options is the settings menu for Sonic Mega Collection Plus where the player can change and save various game settings:

  • Hints: List of secret commands for each of the games in Sonic Mega Collection Plus based on the player's progress and other useful tips.
  • Controller Configuration: Select between "DEFAULT 1", "DEFAULT 2", or "DEFAULT 3" for key configurations.
  • Credits: Automatically displays the ending credits for Sonic Mega Collection Plus.
  • Exit: Leaves the Options menu.

Development

When Sega started to expand support for the PlayStation 2, they would commission a version of Sonic Mega Collection for that console and the Xbox.[8] This enhanced port went on to become Sonic Mega Collection Plus.

Promotional

Sonic Mega Collection Plus, was announced at E3 2004.[9]

Reception

The reviews for Sonic Mega Collection Plus were positive. Chris Baker of GameSpy decided that "despite its exclusions, though, Collection's large selection of titles for $19.99 is a tough thing not to recommend to anyone who calls himself a gamer. Even if a few of the games undeniably suck."[10][11] Hilary Goldstein of IGN declared that "you can't find a better deal than 20 games for 20 dollars," and that "while not every Sonic game is a winner, the majority are. These games, though old, are superior to Sega's more recent 3D Sonic offerings."[12][13] Aceinet of GameZone, while praising the compilation overall as "a nearly complete package of classic Sonic games," was critical of the emulation of the Game Gear games, saying that "while the emulation is spot-on for the games, having to put up with a black bar around the screen could be upsetting to some."[14] Jeremy Parish of 1UP.com assured readers that "even with its shortcomings, it's still one of the most value-packed classic compilations available for any system -- as long as you like Sonic."[15] Game Informer suggested that "if you grew up with these games, they're still a joy to play," and that "new converts to the Sonic fold will get a great introduction to the 'hog's history."[16][17] GMR Magazine concluded that "if you're new to Sonic, for 20 bucks you really can't go wrong."[16]

The PlayStation 2 version of Mega Collection Plus received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association,[18] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[19]

Re-releases

Image Title Platform Description
Sonic Mega Collection Plus, Super Monkey Ball Deluxe 2 in 1 combo pack.jpg 2 in 1 Combo Pack: Sonic Mega Collection Plus/Super Monkey Ball Deluxe Xbox A compilation released in December 2009. This compilation includes two Sega games: Sonic Mega Collection Plus and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe.
SonicPCCollection.jpg Sonic PC Collection PC A compilation released in PAL regions for Microsoft Windows in 2009. This compilation includes four Sonic games; Sonic Riders, Sonic Heroes, Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, and Sonic Mega Collection Plus.
SFP PS2.jpg Sega Fun Pack: Sonic Mega Collection Plus & Shadow the Hedgehog PlayStation 2 A compilation released in April 2009. This compilation includes two Sonic games: Sonic Mega Collection Plus and Shadow the Hedgehog.

Console differences

The PlayStation 2 version suffered from a few minor emulation issues. Sound effects in the first Sonic the Hedgehog would sometimes be delayed, the music volume was incorrect in some games, and the screen resolution in both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions differed from the Mega Drive originals (this was a normal feature, however). These emulation issues were caused by hardware limitations for the PS2. The Sonic CD introduction and ending, as well as the preview videos for Sonic Adventure 2: Battle and Sonic Advance 2 from the GameCube version, were replaced with Sonic Heroes movies. The Xbox version does not have the Korean Sonic Heroes boxart. The PC also suffered from issues with analog gamepad controllers and players with such controllers have to resort to using third-party applications such as Joy2Key in order to use their preferred control method.

Trivia

References

  1. ゲームタイトル (Japanese). Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved on 16 December 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Mega Collection Plus. IGN (3 November 2004). Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved on 16 December 2018.
  3. Sonic Mega Collection Plus sur PlayStation 2 (French). Archived from the original on 16 April 2009.
  4. ゲームタイトル (Japanese). Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved on 31 May 2022.
  5. Sonic Mega Collection (Xbox). Amazon.uk. Archived from the original on 3 March 2007. Retrieved on 31 May 2022.
  6. Sonic Mega Collection Plus. Xbox. Archived from the original on 4 November 2007.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sonic Mega Collection Plus sur PC (French). Wikipedia:Jeuxvideo.com. Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved on 16 December 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 C. Perry, Douglass (14 October 2004). Sonic Mega Collection Plus Impressions. IGN. Archived from the original on 5 January 2019. Retrieved on 16 December 2018.
  9. Gantayat, Anoop (7 May 2004). More Sonic for PS2. IGN. Archived from the original on 13 June 2021. Retrieved on 16 December 2018.
  10. Baker, Chris (1 November 2004). GameSpy: Sonic Mega Collection Plus Review. GameSpy. Archived from the original on 14 June 2021. Retrieved on 4 December 2008. "Despite its exclusions, though, Collection's large selection of titles for $19.99 is a tough thing not to recommend to anyone who calls himself a gamer. Even if a few of the games undeniably suck."
  11. Baker, Chris (1 November 2004). GameSpy: Sonic Mega Collection Plus Review. GameSpy. Archived from the original on 7 October 2020. Retrieved on 4 December 2008. "Despite its exclusions, though, Collection's large selection of titles for $19.99 is a tough thing not to recommend to anyone who calls himself a gamer. Even if a few of the games undeniably suck."
  12. Goldstein, Hilary (3 November 2004). IGN: Sonic Mega Collection Plus Review. IGN. Archived from the original on 6 November 2004. Retrieved on 4 December 2008. "You can't find a better deal than 20 games for 20 dollars. While not every Sonic game is a winner, the majority are. These games, though old, are superior to Sega's more recent 3D Sonic offerings."
  13. Goldstein, Hilary (3 November 2004 publisher=IGN). IGN: Sonic Mega Collection Plus Review. Archived from the original on 6 November 2004. Retrieved on 4 December 2008. "You can't find a better deal than 20 games for 20 dollars. While not every Sonic game is a winner, the majority are. These games, though old, are superior to Sega's more recent 3D Sonic offerings."
  14. Aceinet (22 November 2004). Sonic Mega Collection Plus Review - PlayStation 2. GameZone. Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved on 4 December 2008. "However this collection also gives you an insight into some of the Sonic games that some players wished would disappear. While the emulation is spot-on for the games, having to put up with a black bar around the screen could be upsetting to some."
  15. Error on call to template:cite web: Parameters archiveurl and archivedate must be both specified or both omitted.Parish, Jeremy (29 November 2004). Sonic Mega Collection Plus Review from 1UP.com. 1UP.com. Retrieved on 4 December 2008b. "Even with its shortcomings, it's still one of the most value-packed classic compilations available for any system -- as long as you like Sonic."
  16. 16.0 16.1 Sonic Mega Collection Plus (ps2: 2004): Reviews. Archived from the original on 8 March 2021.
  17. Sonic Mega Collection Plus (xbx: 2004): Reviews. Metacritic. Archived from the original on 17 September 2020. Retrieved on 13 June 2021.
  18. ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum. Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009.
  19. Caoili, Eric (26 November 2008). ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK. Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017.

See also

External links

Sonic the Hedgehog game compilations
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