SHQ News - Year 2019

Have a Sonic Pocket Adventure flyer from E3 1999

Mollie L Patterson has released some scans of flyers advertising various SNK games from E3 1999. Sonic is among them, along with Sega's Puyo Pop and many more. Check out the full lineup of scans on her site.

Sonic Pocket Adventure was a portable outting for SNK's ill-fated Neo Geo Pocket Color. It was the first Sonic game developed for a non-Sega platform. The game is largely based on Sonic 2, with a soundtrack borrowed from S3&K.

Sonic Team boss interested in a Sonic Adventure remake.

Sonic Adventure is now over 20 years old!

It was quite a showpiece for the Dreamcast when it launched and was the first proper 3D Sonic game released that was stunning graphically. I still think it's quite a fun game but it does show its age. Animations are very clunky as games from the 90s were and there are other minor problems such as the camera and glitches. It doesn't look smooth even when bumped up to 1080p like the remastered version for PS3/360 or on PC.

Speaking with Retro Gamer, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka said he believes the first Sonic Adventure “is a unique game offering even 20 years after its release.” At the same time though, he “can see the rough edges it has, which really makes me want to remake it again.”

Iizuka stated:

“It was the first highspeed 3D action game that also featured a scenario highlighted with six different stories, the A-life Chao, six unique styles of gameplay – it is a unique game offering even 20 years after its release. At the time, it also wasn’t just a solitary software release, it was the title to bring people to the Dreamcast and we were given the budget to make something to showcase the hardware. However, it was the very first 3D game that we worked on and looking at it now I can see the rough edges it has, which really makes me want to remake it again.”

I don't think this will happen anytime soon but it does seem like something they may visit in the future. With the recent success of Crash, Spyro, and Ratchet & Clank remakes it kinda is a no brainer they would look into this. Would you like it to be a 1:1 remake like Crash N Sane Trillogy or more of a reimagining like Ratchet & Clank? Let us know in the forum!