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'Atomic Sonic' - removed from Sonic 3?!

Discussion in 'General Sonic Discussion' started by TheLazenby, Dec 6, 2008.

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  1. TheLazenby


    Here's something that I *NEVER* saw mentioned on a Sonic site.

    Back when Sonic 3 was first released, McDonald's had Happy Meal bags related to the game. (Which means that they most likely had matching toys as well.) But one thing stuck out about the bag that I still remember to this day.

    They had a little box where you could write down the highest scores you got as various versions of Sonic. The versions listed were... get this...
    * Sonic
    * Super Sonic
    * Hyper Sonic
    * Atomic

    Hyper Sonic is weird enough, since he's only accessible in Sonic 3 and Knuckles; but ATOMIC? Who the hell was Atomic?! What, was there supposed to be *21* emeralds at some point?!

    I know that this story lacks visual proof (because I saw that bag almost 15 years ago), but that is still engrained in my mind's eye. I am 100% certain that the bag mentioned Hyper Sonic and Atomic, because I was frustrated once I actually got the game over how I couldn't figure out how to play as them.
  2. Sik


    Sik is pronounced as "seek", not as "sick". Tech Member
    being an asshole =P
    Sounds like somebody at McDonalds seriously screwed it up. I thought that the marker in the title screen of Sonic 3 changed to "2P" when selecting Competition, and got surprised when the ROM I had in the computer didn't do that. But I was sure it existed because otherwise I wouldn't have checked for it in the first place at all.

    And it turned out to be a bug in a pirate version...
    And yes, that dump is straight from my cartridge =P
  3. Sui Eel

    Sui Eel

    captan Member

    Of course, it could have just been a mistake made by the American marketing.

    But I don't ever recall seeing this "Atomic Sonic"
    I just can't get myself to eat fast food, so I never go to McDonald's.
  4. Pelord


    Warning signs for hire Oldbie
    The only thing I specifically remember about those Sonic 3 Happy Meal bags were the ones that mentioned Flying Battery Zone. I don't remember anything else unusual from them.
  5. ICEknight


    Researcher Researcher
    Are you sure even about the Hyper Sonic thing? That sounds very, very strange.
  6. TheLazenby


    Yes, I am sure. (And no, I'd never seen that hack before you mentioned it.)

    While I didn't notice the mention of Flying Battery Zone, I am certain that they did mention "Hyper Sonic" and "Atomic". If I recall correctly, the 'scores' box was in the lower portion of one of the side panels. (And yes, it did just say "Atomic", not "Atomic Sonic.")

    I mean, if they printed it a little too prematurely and accidentally stuck in some beta stuff (though that still doesn't explain Atomic), it wouldn't surprise me; I have an EGM from the time Sonic 2 was released, and their list of levels still includes Hidden Palace Zone. Sonic has a speech bubble next to him saying that he couldn't talk about it yet, because it was hidden; but 'maybe' the secret to getting there would be in the 'next isue' (sic!). Oh, and the article also refers to Aquatic Ruin as Neo Green Hill; I'm thinking it might've called Mystic Cave Dust Hill as well. I'll dig that out of the basement and scan it, if anyone's interested.
  7. Sik


    Sik is pronounced as "seek", not as "sick". Tech Member
    being an asshole =P
    Reminds me of the advertisement I scanned and is up in SoST, Sonic 2 was already released (this was in April 1993) but the advertisement was showing the prototype title screen. Whoops.
  8. Same mistake as in the manual, also has a proto title screen (from Beta 4)
  9. I wouldn't think too much of it. It is just a Happy Meal bag. Probably a miscommunication with marketing.
  10. Rolken


    Tech Member
    Given that the Super/Hyper Sonic of Doomsday had entirely different mechanics than "normal" Super/Hyper Sonic, maybe they had given him a different name at some point in development? Complete conjecture, but seems more plausible than another set of emeralds.
  11. jawn.sith


    Atomic sonic

    how would that even work haha

    "He can fucking explode! That's how powerful he is!"

    no, but in all likelihood McDonald's must have messed up. I mean, you think it would be mentioned in the game's history some where on the web.
  12. DDRKhat


    Keep on runnin' to the finish! Member
  13. Malgra


    Studium Member
    From the Sonic 1 MD manual:
    Probably much ado about nothing, but there's always that chance that "atomic Sonic" stemmed from this? Imo though, it was a mistake on McDonalds' behalf.
  14. Meat Miracle

    Meat Miracle

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