Sonic 3, EU cover scan

Discussion in 'General Sonic Discussion' started by Black Squirrel, Feb 2, 2020.

  1. Black Squirrel

    Black Squirrel

    waiting for you on the beach Wiki Sysop
    Northumberland, England
    it's a quipu
    There are many scans on the Sonic Retro wiki that need replacing, but this one is pretty embarassing:

    Our Sonic 3 EU Mega Drive cover is fake garbage. We need a replacement.

    Fake covers are nothing new (look at them all), but this is Sonic Retro, and chances are you each own at least a dozen copies of this game. If we can't source a scan for Sonic 3, then what can we source?

    First person to upload... wins?
  2. BSonirachi


    Opa-Opa takes flight! Wiki Sysop
    After detecting it was fake, I wanted to replace it with my own scan of it, but my copy is pretty unsuitable as not only has the spine been bleached a bit by sunlight, someone had scribbled over the barcode with a marker pen:


    So, I'll leave this task to someone else who has a less defaced scan.
  3. If you want, scan your cover at 600dpi and post it here, I'll see what I can do.
  4. Sir_mihael


    Wow, I never would have picked up on it being a fake without seeing/reading the actual key difference. once you notice it becomes really obvious! Yeah, best nip that in the (long overgrown) bud :V
  5. MarkeyJester


    ♡ ! Resident Jester
    I have a copy of the cover, it's in pretty good condition, except for a very small white section on the spine at the bottom under the letter E from "DRIVE".

    If someone hasn't scanned by tomorrow evening, and if I can get my scanner up and running, I'll scan it in for you.
  6. BSonirachi


    Opa-Opa takes flight! Wiki Sysop
    Here you go:

    See if you can also do something about the slightly sun-bleached spine as well. If this scan isn't salvageable, we could use MarkeyJester's scan if he does it.
  7. Fred


    Formerly known as 'Neo' Oldbie
    Sonic 3 Unlocked
  8. Overlord


    ...did we just switch realities? Moderator
    Berkshire, England
    Learning Cymraeg
    Checked the date - we have had this since before I did a bunch of mass-scannings of EU Sonic boxes before I took on my previous job, a good chunk of the main-line EU Sonic box covers are ones I did. Somewhat stunning this has been missed for so long.
  9. Thanks for the scans, here's Fred's cover with some basic image treatment:
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2020
  10. Nice color correction job! Fred's looks great, although it looks to be a bit more cropped compared SorachiJirachi's.

    If I have time after work I'll fiddle-fart with the scans a bit. Maybe even a good clean-up.

    However, what bothers me is that I don't know how anyone here feels about that since it is altering the image's original integrity. I'd personally like to see if a better scan shows up first anyway. Y'know, the whole preservation thing, the reason why we'd don't want a modified "fake" or UGC-sized scan in the first place.

    Also, has Knuckles always been this pink? I guess I never really noticed. Although, his in-game sprite can be a little bit on the pink-ish side. :P
  11. BSonirachi


    Opa-Opa takes flight! Wiki Sysop
    I think Fred's scan combined with Master Emerald's cleanups looks fantastic and is a lot nicer and well-preserved than mine, but it appears to be cropped a little compared to my scan. I'm waiting to see how far things go with this before I go ahead and replace that fake cover.

    As for Knuckles being pink, the artist made him like that because of his NPC sprites having a pink palette and the artist may have only had those sprites as a reference (I'm not sure if the artist was provided any of those official style guides that made Knuckles pink).
  12. f2bnp


    I also have my copy of the game and scanner at the ready. Would it help in any way if I scanned it and uploaded it? Are there any other covers that I could help with?