Finally, Sonic 1 on GBA – Done Right!

Remember Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis? The port of the Mega Drive original for the Game Boy Advance, so shoddy it never got a release in Europe? Well, it looks like jokes of ‘five people making this game in their lunch break’ are no longer appropriate (or funny), because one talented Sonic fan’s decided to make a much better port. That’s right, one person. All one of them.

As part of a ‘Proven Concepts’ entry to Sonic Retro’s hacking contest, Stealth has crafted a port of the first three acts (Green Hill Zone) plus Special Zones to damn near perfection – including tweaks such as a spindash, Knuckles and Tails, and a removal of the speed cap. The entire resolution of the original is maintained on the GBA, and it just proves, in Stealth’s own words, “that a Genesis original can be competently represented on the GBA”.

Download the homemade port at Sonic Retro’s Message Board; if the link’s giving you jip just click on the address bar and hit enter, you should be able to grab it then.

Sonic the Hedgehog coming to the GBA

This year is truly a year of celebration for Sonic fans. With Summer of Sonic in full swing, many Sonic fan projects taking off, Sonic the Hedgehog coming to MS and Sony’s next gen consoles this November, and Sonic Rivals marking Sonic’s long awaited debut on PSP, things are looking swell for our little blue dude with a tude.

But apparently, Sega has yet ANOTHER present for the blue dude’s devout fan base: a true tribute to his first appearance, a re-release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog for the GBA.

The game is a little more then a simple re-release, though. The game comes complete with a full blown spin dash, AND a save function for those who could never get through the whole game before.

The game will be titled “Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis”, in remembrance of Sega’s classic 16 bit console that our spiky blue friend debuted on, and will retail for $19.95. An exact release date has yet to be announced, but we can certainly expect sometime during the holiday season.