Cancelled SegaSonic game SegaSonic Bros. (1992) found

Discussion in 'General Sonic Discussion' started by TimmiT, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. TimmiT


    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Member
    PSA: Don't try to contact the guy who found this. If you do want to do that: you're not the only one with that idea, others have likely already messaged him about this. A ton of people bothering him about this isn't going to help much and could backfire.


    So we found this on Tumblr and at first thought that it was a neat looking hack thing. Then we looked at the rest of the Tumblr user's stuff and noticed that whoever this is is a collector of stuff and probably bought this from somewhere. He also tagged it as an unreleased game and calls it a megaton. It's not a hack we can find anything about so it seems like it might actually be a prototype of SegaSonic the Hedgehog, that or it's a cancelled game that was turned into the SegaSonic we know of.

    So do any of you know about this? Is it actually a legit prototype or an incredibly obscure hack that somehow got into the hands of a collector? It definitely seems to be running on arcade hardware at least.

  2. Overlord


    Now playable in Smash Bros Ultimate Moderator
    Berkshire, England
    Learning Cymraeg
    Redhotsonic, is that you? =P
  3. Donnie Paradox

    Donnie Paradox

    Some Gai Member
    SEGA Sonic Bros...nah, not going to do it. Obvious joke is too obvious. lol
  4. drx


    mfw Researcher
    Hard to tell if it's legit by just one screenshot, but the guy seems to have a decent collection, so chances are it is. He seems to be involved with MAME so let's hope he dumps it.

    He was involved in this so there's a high chance:
  5. TheKazeblade


    "Our Life is More than a Side-Effect" Member
    If it's a hack, that's some pretty great custom art. The fact that the other Sonics are red and yellow similar to Mighty and Ray could additionally go either way. Hard to gauge.
  6. evilhamwizard


    The GHZ trees looked ripped right from Sonic 1 rather than redrawn, but the Sonic art looks authentic.

    I believe this is legit. I think the owner has dumped other things for the MAME community before and might do the same here. Here's hoping.

    EDIT: Oh, the owner actually was responsible for working with the Dumping Union to get the popcorn/police car arcade machines dumped. I think this is in good hands. :)
  7. MykonosFan


    MODE CHANGE. Moderator
    Oh wow. Here we go then. This is pretty crazy.
  8. A very interesting find indeed. Hope this can get dumped.
  9. TheKazeblade


    "Our Life is More than a Side-Effect" Member
    If those are Sonic 1 trees, I wonder if some unused Sonic 1 assets might be discovered lurking in that ROM. Regardless, this will be neat.
  10. McAleeCh


    Amazing find if real - from the sounds of the guy's track record, it sounds like it probably is and is even in good hands! Hoping so, anyway - amusing to think that Mighty and Ray might've begun as literal Sonic recolours, haha. XD

    Hoping we'll see footage or a dump at some point! = D
  11. Donnie Paradox

    Donnie Paradox

    Some Gai Member
    So not only is this guy a contribution to the Popcorn and Patrol Car dumps but now this. Amazing! This guy deserves a freaking medal.
  12. Shoemanbundy


    Chicago, Illinois
    selling shoes
    Getting dumped soon then, I take it. I know Shou by name only, but he's shown up enough for me to know he's definitely one of the best to have ended up with this. I just can't imagine what kind of game it is. Hope it's a platformer.
  13. Azookara


    yup Member
    Something tells me we're about to get some good shit.

    I wonder if it really is a SegaSonic proto or if it's something entirely different..
  14. Black Squirrel

    Black Squirrel

    this is what KLF is about Wiki Sysop
    It fits with the others released recently, in that the artwork is slightly awkward and the palette could be better.

    While you could never rule out an elaborate hoax, I think anyone that good at pixel art would be concious of that red Sonic having two spikes on his head (instead of three), and little details like that.

    Whether it amounts to anything playable is a different story. SegaSonic Arcade is a System 32 game, and this doesn't look as if it has the same amount of colours to play with, suggesting it's for earlier hardware.

    Interesting find.
  15. Pokepunch


    A Sonic 2 Hack
    Well this is something. SegSonic Bros, really Sega? Glad that name got changed anyway, assuming this is a SegaSonic The Hedgehog Proto.
  16. Black Squirrel

    Black Squirrel

    this is what KLF is about Wiki Sysop
    Extremely important - I thought I'd had a whiff of this sort of thing before:

    EGM #47, May 1993.

    "We have developed two Sonic arcade games that have never been released because they were not the specialness that Sonic was".

    Before the announcement of SegaSonic Arcade.
  17. Overlord


    Now playable in Smash Bros Ultimate Moderator
    Berkshire, England
    Learning Cymraeg

    This does of course beg the question of what #2 was...
  18. Black Squirrel

    Black Squirrel

    this is what KLF is about Wiki Sysop
    Should point out that "not released" could equate to "it failed its location test".

    So this "SuperSonic Bros." thing might be completely finished, just not good enough to manufacture a full run.
  19. roymcgeeters


    Video games do not make video games Member
    SEGASonic Bros, huh?

    I'm willing to buy that this is some sort of SEGASonic prototype, but I would love to humor the idea that this is some sort of long lost bootleg. I dunno, that would be hilarious to me. The Sonic recolors give me that impression too. Though for a prototype, it would have been easier to make Sonic recolors and then make Ray and Mighty sprites later I suppose.
  20. ICEknight


    Researcher Researcher
    This can't be an official prototype of SegaSonic.

    The prototype we have already features Ray and Mighty and has an older Sonic design than these, in the title screen.

    EDIT: Edited for clarification.