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Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia is an encyclopedia and art book[1] about the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was released in December 2021 as part of the series' 30th anniversary celebration. It is available as both a standard and a deluxe version.

Blurb

Celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog's 30th anniversary with a full-color hardcover historical retrospective that explores nearly every one of the blue speedster's video game appearances![1]
Dive deep into the extensive lore and exhaustive detail of each game in Sonic's ever-expanding universe--from the beloved SEGA Genesis to the most bleeding-edge video game consoles. This tome leaves no stone unturned, showcasing in-depth looks at the characters, settings, and stories from each exciting installment![1]
Dark Horse Books and SEGA present the Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-Speed-ia--a must-have volume for any fan of Sonic, young or old![1]

Synopsis

Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia is a lore book that summarizes several major video game installments in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and its spin-offs, from the debut of the original Sonic the Hedgehog and up to 2021. The book features each major game in the order of which they were release, although some spin-off games are grouped into sections with themes dedicated specifically to them, including video games for the arcade, educational games, and video games for mobile devices. The entries for each game in the book generally includes some of the following sub-sections:

  • Release Dates: The release date for the video game within certain regions.
  • Overview: An introduction section summarizing noteworthy facts about the video game, its elements, and mechanics.
  • Story: A section detailing the overarching plotline for the video game. These sections are excluded from video games that have no plotlines.
  • New Faces: Brief descriptions for any new characters that debuted in their designated video game.
  • Animals: The Animals that appear in their designated video game.
  • Zones/Stages/Courses/Tracks: An overview of the different levels that appear within their designated video game, complete with brief synopses for each level and their different bosses.
  • Items: An overview of the different noteworthy items that appear within their designated video game,
  • Enemies: A list of the enemies that appear in their designated video game. These listings include brief descriptions of their behavior, the locations in the game, and names for each enemy. Many of these lists provide as well English names for enemies that were never given an English name following their video game's release or were never given a name at all.
  • Bosses: A list of the bosses that appear in their designated video game. These listings include brief descriptions, factoids, appearances in the different levels, and names for each boss. Many of these lists provide as well English names for bosses that were never given an English name following their video game's release or were never given a name at all.
  • Factoid: Small information boxes that provide canonicity information, cut content, localisation differences and other minutia data for different aspects of their respective video games.

Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia features the following chapters and their content:

  1. Introductions: A one-page introduction page written by Sonic series producer Takashi Iizuka.
  2. Sonic The Hedgehog (16-bit): A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit).
  3. Sonic The Hedgehog (8-bit): A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit).
  4. Sonic Arcade Classics
    1. Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car: A summarization of Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car.
    2. SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter: A summarization of SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter.
    3. SegaSonic Arcade: A summarization of SegaSonic the Hedgehog.
    4. SegaSonic Popcorn Shop: A summarization of SegaSonic Popcorn Shop.
    5. Sonic the Fighters: A summarization of Sonic the Fighters.
  5. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (16-bit): A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit).
  6. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (8-bit): A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit).
  7. Sonic CD: A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog CD.
  8. Sonic Chaos: A summarization of Sonic Chaos.
  9. Sonic Spinball: A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball.
  10. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine: A summarization of Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.
  11. Drifting with Sonic
    1. Sonic Drift: A summarization of Sonic Drift.
    2. Sonic Drift 2: A summarization of Sonic Drift 2.
  12. Sonic The Hedgehog 3: A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
  13. Sonic & Knuckles: A summarization of Sonic & Knuckles.
  14. Sonic The Hedgehog Triple Trouble: A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble.
  15. Learning with Sonic
    1. Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld: A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld.
    2. Tails and the Music Maker: A summarization of Tails and the Music Maker.
    3. Sonic's Schoolhouse: A summarization of Sonic's Schoolhouse.
  16. Knuckles' Chaotix: A summarization of Knuckles' Chaotix.
  17. Tails' Skypatrol: A summarization of Tails' Skypatrol.
  18. Tails Adventure: A summarization of Tails Adventure.
  19. Sonic Labyrinth: A summarization of Sonic Labyrinth.
  20. Sonic 3D Blast: A summarization of Sonic 3D Blast.
  21. Sonic Blast: A summarization of Sonic Blast
  22. Sonic R: A summarization of Sonic R.
  23. Adventures with Sonic:
    1. Sonic Adventure: A summarization of Sonic Adventure.
    2. Sonic Adventure DX: A summarization of Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.
  24. Sonic Shuffle: A summarization of Sonic Shuffle.
  25. Sonic Adventure 2 / Sonic Adventure 2: Battle: A summarization of Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.
  26. Sonic Advance: A summarization of Sonic Advance.
  27. Sonic Advance 2: A summarization of Sonic Advance 2.
  28. Sonic Heroes: A summarization of Sonic Heroes.
  29. Sonic Battle: A summarization of Sonic Battle
  30. Sonic Advance 3: A summarization of Sonic Advance 3.
  31. Shadow The Hedgehog: A summarization of Shadow the Hedgehog.
  32. Sonic Rush: A summarization of Sonic Rush.
  33. Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
  34. Sonic Riders: A summarization of Sonic Riders.
  35. Sonic Rivals: A summarization of Sonic Rivals.
  36. Sonic Rivals 2: A summarization of Sonic Rivals 2.
  37. Sonic and the Secret Rings: A summarization of Sonic and the Secret Rings.
  38. Sonic Rush Adventure: A summarization of Sonic Rush Adventure.
  39. Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity: A summarization of Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity.
  40. Sonic Unleashed: A summarization of Sonic Unleashed.
  41. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood: A summarization of Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.
  42. Sonic and the Black Knight: A summarization of Sonic and the Black Knight.
  43. Racing with Sonic:
    1. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing: A summarization of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.
    2. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed: A summarization of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
    3. Team Sonic Racing: A summarization of Team Sonic Racing.
  44. Sonic The Hedgehog 4
    1. Episode I: A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I.
    2. Episode II: A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II.
    3. Episode Metal: A summarization of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Metal.
  45. Sonic Colors: A summarization of Sonic Colors.
  46. Sonic Generations: A summarization of Sonic Generations.
  47. Sonic Lost World: A summarization of Sonic Lost World.
  48. Sonic Boom:
    1. Rise of Lyric: A summarization of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.
    2. Shattered Crystal: A summarization of Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.
    3. Fire & Ice: A summarization of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice.
  49. Sonic Mania: A summarization of Sonic Mania.
  50. SONIC FORCES: A summarization of Sonic Forces.
  51. Sonic Goes Mobile
    1. Sonic Jump: A summarization of Sonic Jump (2012).
    2. Sonic Jump Fever: A summarization of Sonic Jump Fever.
    3. Sonic Dash: A summarization of Sonic Dash.
    4. Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom: A summarization of Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom.
    5. Sonic Runners: A summarization of Sonic Runners.
    6. Sonic Runners Adventure: A summarization of Sonic Runners Adventure.
    7. SONIC FORCES: Speed Battle: A summarization of Sonic Forces: Speed Battle.
  52. Special Sonic Appearances:
    1. Olympic Games Series: A summarization of the Sonic series appearances in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
    2. Super Smash Bros. Series: A summarization of the Sonic series appearances in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  53. Sonic Collections
    1. Sonic Jam: A summarization of Sonic Jam.
    2. Sonic Mega Collection: A summarization of Sonic Mega Collection and Sonic Mega Collection Plus.
    3. Sonic Gems Collection: A summarization of Sonic Gems Collection.
  54. Timeline: A timeline that lists nearly every Sonic game that has been released over the course of the last thirty years, from 1991 to 2020, in chronological order, along with the year of their Japanese releases. This list also includes games not featured in Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia:

Goofs

In Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia, there are a number of erroneous statements and misprints:

Chapter Page(s) Sub-section(s) Error
Sonic The Hedgehog (16-bit) 8 Factoid The section states that Sonic was supposed to be "part of the band". It is meant to say "part of a band".
9 Zones The description for Spring Yard Zone misspells the word "bridge" as "brdige".
12 Enemies The Orbinaut's description is identical to the Crabmeat's description: "It crawls over a small area, occasionally launching projectiles from its claws."
Sonic Arcade Classics 16 Overview The section mistakenly says "Players sit insidean arcade cabinet shaped like Sonic's patrol car". It is supposed to say "Players sit inside an arcade cabinet shaped like Sonic's patrol car".
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (16-bit) 22 Overview The section incorrectly states that the Special Stage in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 can be accessed via the Star Post checkpoints with twenty Rings. In truth, the Ring requirement to access the Special Stages via Star Posts is fifty.
23 Zones Out of the four screenshots that are used to represent Emerald Hill Zone, the first is actually a screenshot of Green Hill Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
25 Enemies The image of the Grabber's sprite is missing both its winch, and front set of legs.
27 New Faces The art used for the Micky Animal is actually a fan-made drawing by DeviantArt user, RetroOwl.[5] Also, the description stating that this Animal debuted at Hidden Palace Zone in 2013 remaster of the game is false, as Micky can be found in Mystic Cave Zone.
Sonic CD 33 Enemies Pata-Bata is misspelled as "Bata-Bata".
34 Factoid The Factoid states "Wait too long, and Sonic will say, "I'm outer [sic] here!" He'll then jump off the stage, costing you a life." This is not true, as Sonic yelling "I'm outer here!" results in an instant Game Over. However, it did cost a life in early prototype builds for the game.
Sonic Chaos 36 Overview The section erroneously claims that to access one of the game's Special Stages, the player must reach the end of an Act while holding one hundred Rings. In the game, the player is automatically warped to a Special Stage upon collecting one hundred Rings. However, regardless of how the player leaves the Special Stage, the Act that they entered from will be ended and they will begin the next Act instead.
37 Zones The section's entry for Mecha Green Hill Zone states that Eggman has "completely converted the Green Hill Zone of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)." In actuality, the Zone in the latter game is called "Green Hills Zone".
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 41 Game Modes In the description for Scenario Mode, the name "Dr. Eggman" is incorrectly used instead of "Dr. Robotnik".
Sonic The Hedgehog 3 48 Story The entry states that Super Sonic defeated Dr. Eggman in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. While the player can obtain all seven Chaos Emeralds, they cannot use Super Sonic in the final Zone, as there are no Rings there to use to transform. Also, while Sonic does transform into Super Sonic in the game's Good Ending, that only happens after Eggman has already been defeated.
49 Zones The Angel Island Zone's profile erroneously states that "A carpet-bombing by the Flying Battery sets the second act ablaze". In truth, Angel Island Zone is set ablaze in Act 1 by a battalion of Fire Breaths.
53 N/A This section depicts screenshots from Green Hill Zone, Mushroom Hill Zone and Death Egg Zone, all of which belong to Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic & Knuckles respectively, and which do not belong in the "Sonic The Hedgehog 3" chapter.
Sonic & Knuckles 55 Zones While the other Zones featured in this section shows at least one screenshot from each Act, Lava Reef Zone only displays two screenshots both from Lava Reef Zone Act 1. No images from Lava Reef Zone Act 2 are displayed.
Sonic The Hedgehog Triple Trouble 62 N/A Sunset Park Zone is mentioned to be a "sprawling railway". While it has elements of the railway theme, it is actually described to be an abandoned amusement park.
Sonic The Hedgehog Triple Trouble 62-63 N/A In these sections, the Meta Junglira Zone is in every instance misspelled as "Meta Jungura Zone".
Knuckles' Chaotix 69 Stages A screenshot used to depict Marina Madness has mistakenly been taken from Techno Tower.
73 Factoid The entry states "Enthusiastic fans also found that Amy Rose was supposed to appear in a scrapped Sound Test mode in other leaked versions." In truth, the Sound Test and Amy's appearance were not scrapped, and can still be accessed and viewed in the final game via a cheat code in the color test.
Tails Adventure 76 N/A The screenshot on the page that depicts the title screen for Tails Adventure is a rip of the title screen graphics by The Spriters Resource user, DogToon64.[6]
77 Stages The first screenshot used for the Volcanic Tunnel's profile shows the opening cutscene for Tails Adventure instead.
The first screenshot used for the Cavern Island's profile shows a screenshot of Volcanic Tunnel instead.
78 Bosses Despite both the "levels" and "boss appearances in Zones" portions of the Tails Adventure section listing the boss of Volcanic Tunnel as the Mecha Golem, and the boss of Cavern Island as the Mecha Golem (5-gou), their sprites are erroneously captioned with the other's name.
79 Enemies The Jumping Combatant is listed twice in Enemy section. The second entry names them "Jumping Soldiers" and says that they appear in Polly Mt. 2 when they actually appear in Polly Mt. 1. Their first entry also states that they appear in Lake Rocky despite not appearing there at all.
The Robo Kukku is erroneously stated to be found in Battle Fortress 1. In truth, they are exclusive to Battle Fortress 2.
Sonic 3D Blast 88 Enemies The sprite for the Snake Badnik is erroneously captioned as "Caterkiller" and has several of its segments miscolored and misplaced.
Sonic Adventure 98 Stages The description for Twinkle Circuit claims that this Action Stage must be completed before Sonic can access Twinkle Park. In reality, Twinkle Circuit is an optional Action Stage for Sonic.
The description for Final Egg erroneously states Birdie's family members to be his parents, rather than his siblings.
Sonic Adventure 2 / Sonic Adventure 2: Battle 118 Factoid The entry states that only Dr. Eggman, Amy and Maria's menu themes for Sonic Adventure 2 were released in Japan. While this claim is correct in both Amy and Maria's cases, Eggman's theme was also released in western territories. Shadow, Omochao, and the Secretary's themes (which were Japanese-exclusive) are not mentioned.
Sonic Advance 120 N/A The screenshot on the page that depicts the title screen for Sonic Advance depicts a volume bar in the top-left corner.
121 Zones The second screenshot for Egg Rocket Zone incorrectly depicts Cosmic Angel Zone instead.
Sonic Advance 2 125 Zones Ice Paradise's section is erroneously accompanied by two screenshots of Ice Mountain Zone from Sonic Advance.
128 Enemies Madillo's sprite is incorrectly cropped, having loose pixels from another sprite on the right of said sprite.
Sonic Heroes 131 Story In the "Team Rose" section, despite Chao being genderless, Chocola is referred to as Cheese's brother. This is consistent with the game, though.
Stages Sea Gate is erroneously accompanied by two screenshots of a fan-made, modded version of the stage for Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).[7] The first screenshot correctly shows the stage with Team Rose, while the other two only have Amy, with the third showing an Egg Gunner attacking her.
138 Bosses In Metal Madness' section, it states: "His glowing weak points change color, showing which skill type he's currently immune to." The "immune to." fragment is accidentally also added to the end of the Metal Overlord's description, leaving a broken sentence.
Sonic Battle 140 Story It is erroneously stated that Emerl was found by Tails, while in Sonic Battle, Emerl is found by Sonic and brought to Tails.
142 Multiplayer In the descriptions for Soniclash! and Tails' Fly & Get, it is stated that four Game Paks are needed to play them. In truth, they only need one Game Pak.
143 The mini-game, Shadow's Speed Demon, is erroneously called "Sea Gate".
Shadow The Hedgehog 157 New Faces It is mentioned in Black Doom's section that he uses the Chaos Emeralds to transform into Devil Doom. In Shadow the Hedgehog, Black Doom teleported away to prevent Shadow from attacking him and left the Chaos Emeralds behind before then transforming into Devil Doom.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) 163 Stages In the description for New City, Radical Train is misspelled as "Radial Train".
Sonic Riders 169 Courses Space Theater is erroneously called simply "Theater".
171 New Faces In this section, the E-10000 series is mistakenly referred to as the "E-1000" series. In turn, E-10000R and E-10000G are referred to as "E-1000R" and "E-1000G", respectively.
Sonic and the Secret Rings 183 New Faces King Shahryar's entry states "He mistakes Sonic for the Ma Djinn forces of Erazor." In Sonic and the Secret Rings, this never happens (not even in an implicit manner), with Shahryar merely finding Sonic insolent.
Sonic Rush Adventure 185 Stages Blizzard Peaks is incorrectly called "Blizzard Peak".
187 Enemies The Crystal Head, Kaizoku Glider and Kaizoku Snowball, who all appear in Blizzard Peaks, are erroneously stated to appear in Haunted Ship.
189 New Faces In Captain Whisker's section, Mini is incorrectly referred to as "Min".
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood 207 Chapters The synopsis of the plot for Chapter 1 states that Tails arrived in Green Hill Zone to inform Sonic of Knuckles' kidnapping. In the game, Sonic is the one who arrives in Green Hill while Tails contacts Sonic via radio from Central City.
209 Playable Characters Omega's entry states, "you must recover his dismembered pieces and reassemble him so he may join your party." In the game, the player finds Omega destroyed by the Nocturnus Clan in a location of Metropolis, but the player does not have to look for multiple pieces for Tails to reassemble him.
Sonic and the Black Knight 212 Stages The Cauldron's description is missing a space between the words "an" and "abandoned".
213 Factoid The entry states that Sir Lancelot comments on the similarity of the Red Dragon with the Biolizard. This is wrong, as Sonic is the one who comments on the resemblance with him recalling the events of Sonic Adventure 2, and illogical as Lancelot has no in-universe reason to know the Biolizard.
Racing with Sonic 226 Wisps The Blue Cube is erroneously called the "Blue Block".
Sonic Mania 254 Enemies A sprite of the Scarab is incorrectly used for the IceBomba.
256 Minibosses and subbattles Big Squeeze is erroneously stated to possess a laser cannon.
257 New Faces The Heavy Rider is erroneously referred to as male.
The Heavy King's description is missing a space between the words "aspirations" and "of".
Olympic Games Series 271 Dream Events It is stated that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games did not feature Dream Events. In reality, the game did feature Dream Events, although they were not set in either the Sonic or Super Mario universes.
The screenshot used to illustrate the Dream Snowboard Cross event in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games instead uses a screenshot of the regular Snowboard Cross event.
The screenshot used to illustrate the Dream Fencing event from Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games instead uses a screenshot of the same event from Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.
The entry that elaborates the Hole-in-One Curling event from Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games lists its inspiration and origin from Green Hill Zone in the original Sonic the Hedgehog. In truth, the event is based on Green Hill from Sonic Generations.
Super Smash Bros. Series 277 How to Unlock The list of unlock requirements for Sonic jokes that "defeating ten enemies in Cruel Melee in Super Smash Bros. Melee is not one of them". This is a reference to the April Fools hoax from Electronic Gaming Monthly in their April 2002 issue. In reality, however, the hoax claimed that the player needed to defeat twenty enemies in Cruel Melee.
278-281 Cameos & Collectibles Hero Chao's appearance as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is not included anywhere in the section.
278-279 The appearance of Tails and Knuckles as trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS are not mentioned.
280 The section does not include Silver's appearance as a stage cameo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
281 Espio's entries are not combined, resulting in two completely separate rows for his appearances.

Deluxe edition

In addition to the regular edition, a deluxe edition of Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia was published. This special version includes:

  • An exclusive mosaic cover.[3]
  • A clamshell case featuring gold foil "Ring" treatment.[3]
  • A portfolio housing two archival gallery prints of Sonic and Dr. Eggman.[3]

Trivia

  • On page 157 in the New Faces section of the "Shadow The Hedgehog" chapter, the artwork of Amy appears to be edited. Her artwork from the game actually depicts an error in which her leg appears to be clipping out of her boot. In the book, it is edited to make it not look like so.
  • Ian Flynn has recognized the goofs and mistakes in the Encyclo-speed-ia and wishes that, if a second edition comes out, he could correct them alongside adding information about Sonic Frontiers. However, he clarified that he was not in charge of the selection of pictures, as he only wrote the text. While Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure was not included due to rights issues, he also acknowledged he forgot about Sonic Free Riders when writing the book.[8]

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ENCYCLO-SPEED-IA HC. Dark Horse Books. Archived from the original on 24 November 2021. Retrieved on 24 October 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia. Amazon (UK). Archived from the original on 24 November 2021. Retrieved on 24 November 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ENCYCLO-SPEED-IA HC (DELUXE EDITION). Dark Horse Books. Archived from the original on 24 November 2021. Retrieved on 24 November 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia (Deluxe Edition). Amazon (UK). Archived from the original on 24 November 2021. Retrieved on 24 November 2021.
  5. Mr. Unknown from Mystic Cave Zone. DeviantArt. Archived from the original on 30 October 2015. Retrieved on 21 December 2021.
  6. Title Screen. The Spriters Resource. Archived from the original on 18 December 2021. Retrieved on 19 December 2021.
  7. Seaside Hill. Game Banana. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved on 21 December 2021.
  8. BumbleKast for March 23rd, 2022 - Standard Q&A Podcast with Ian Flynn. YouTube. BumbleKing Videos (23 March 2022). Retrieved on 23 March 2022.

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