Sonic 3's World Premiere footage discovered!

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  1. SonikkuForever

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    The nice folks at <a href="http://video-game-ephemera.com" target="_blank">http://video-game-ephemera.com</a> have recently made a blog post about something which seems to have gone under the radar until now: the world debut of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

    <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog 3 made its public debut in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, of all places. The self-described “weather capital of the world” hosts an annual ceremony where hundreds gather to see if legendary groundhog prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil will see his own shadow, which is said to predict a delay in the onset of spring weather. But on February 2, 1994, Phil saw an even bigger shadow: that of the Sonic balloon from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Sega completely invaded Punxsutawney that day, affixing a Sonic 3 button to every lapel and giving the locals a taste of its latest Genesis cartridge on demo kiosks installed at Punxsutawney Junior High.

    <img src="http://video-game-ephemera.com/image/026_a29.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />


    This video is a VHS rip of the Sonic 3 satellite feed provided by Sega's PR firm at the game's launch. It includes interviews with Punxsutawney residents and the tuxedo-clad “inner circle” of luminaries who care for Phil and preside over the event each year. It also shows some behind-the scenes footage of the Sega event staff unrolling and inflating the Sonic balloon. Watch for a brief shot of the huge “instruction manual” sign explaining the order in which the balloon's compartments were to be inflated; it's fascinating. (Apparently, some sections contained helium, others contained air and some had a precise mixture of the two.)

    <img src="http://video-game-ephemera.com/image/026_b328.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    The Sonic balloon seen here made its first appearance in the 1993 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, where it had a disastrous showing. Strong winds blew it into a light pole, which punctured the canvas. This caused Sonic to deflate and collapse to the ground, where he broke the shoulder of an off-duty policeman! Still, Sonic's appearance made him the first-ever video-game character balloon to appear in Macy's parade. And he was obviously repaired in time for his big day in Punxsutawney (where the wind wasn't much calmer, as this footage indicates).

    The video also includes an original Sonic 3 TV commercial with a Punxsutawney theme, some game footage and interviews with two industry insiders. One was a buyer for the Wherehouse retail chain, the other was the senior editor of VideoGames magazine.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    Here's the footage! I recommend saving it on your hard drive, as Youtube videos tend to be short- lived. I think that's the final game in the footage, but I may be wrong. Keep your eyes peeled for small changes that could indicate a beta. Also, I've never seen those Sonic 3 pins before. Rare!

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  2. Dark Sonic

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    There's a man in a top hat playing Sonic 3.

    Now THAT is classy. Verryy classy.

    Unfortunately Sonic 3 was not the biggest game of all time, but it's wonderful. Oh and stuff people won't find for weeks and months? Try years.
     
  3. <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->There's so many things in this game that people won't be able to find for weeks or months.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
    Or YEARS.

    Its amazing to see the public trying the game for the 1st time.
     
  4. Lanzer

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    To me, nothing looks out of place from the final so its all final footage. but that guy playing sonic 3 with a top hat and that old sonic 3 commecrial made this video great.
     
  5. Greg the Cat

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    Gentlemen... I am disappointed.

    This video was released two months ago, and you're just now picking up on this? Regardless, this is a way past cool discovery.

    I never imagined that I would actually see footage of the Sonic balloon or an old man in a suit and top hat playing Sonic 3 for the first time in gaming history. This must be archived for future generations.

    Oh and look at that. A Sonic 3 promotional poster. Do we have a scan of that somewhere?
     
  6. Azookara

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    Seeing all these people's hearts warming up at the first time playing S3, and the massive amounts of popularity the game seemed to have, it's a bit awe-inspiring. It's hard to believe at the time, Sonic was just as massive as CoD and Halo is now; especially since I've spent my entire life seeing Sonic practically be the underdog of video games.
     
  7. Bareirito

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    In the video at 8:25, Sonic actually could skip the avalanche part in Ice Cap Zone, I didn't notice any other differences with the final game, if it actually has they are really subtle. =P

    By the way, great footage. :)
     
  8. Trunks

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    That commercial definitely played in Texas back when this came out. I remember it fondly.
     
  9. BlazeHedgehog

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    <!--quoteo(post=583073:date=Apr 30 2011, 11:44 AM:name=Greg the Cat)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Greg the Cat @ Apr 30 2011, 11:44 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=583073"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Gentlemen... I am disappointed.

    This video was released two months ago, and you're just now picking up on this? Regardless, this is a way past cool discovery.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    For the record I saw the video when it was first posted but the whole thing almost put me to sleep. I fast forwarded through most of it because it was really boring and not terribly interesting.
     
  10. OSM

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    I've never seen this commercial, but I do remember my first time hearing about and playing Sonic 3. Good times. :,)
     
  11. W.A.C.

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    Twice as big as Sonic 2? While S3&K deserves that claim, Sonic 3 is way too short to deserve that honor.
     
  12. jasonchrist

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    You sometimes forget just how massive Sonic really was! The Trocadero in London was once known as Segaworld for fucks sake! And there was a massive Sonic statue above the entrance. That's one prime piece of real estate don't forget, and I really don't see any modern video game hero getting a place up there.

    That video reminded me just how hyped I was for Sonic 3 at the time. As time has gone on, I've come to prefer 1, 2 and CD, but at the time Sonic 3 was the best thing in the world to me, as was the wonderful unexpected surprise that was Sonic and Knuckles a few months later. 1994 was a good year for me, and a very expensive one for my folks! The whole S3K experience together cost £100! Although I suspect mine was used because I recall I had a full save game on the data select screen when I first switched it on. I DID delete the fucker straight away though, I had alot of integrity for a 9 year old.
     
  13. RyogaMasaki

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    <!--quoteo(post=583097:date=Apr 30 2011, 02:27 PM:name=W.A.C.)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (W.A.C. @ Apr 30 2011, 02:27 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=583097"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Twice as big as Sonic 2? While S3&K deserves that claim, Sonic 3 is way too short to deserve that honor.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    Well, Sonic 3 was supposed to be all of S3K originally, so I guess they just kept that claim despite cutting so much.
     
  14. ICEknight

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    <!--quoteo(post=583083:date=Apr 30 2011, 12:05 PM:name=Bareirito)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Bareirito @ Apr 30 2011, 12:05 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=583083"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->In the video at 8:25, Sonic actually could skip the avalanche part in Ice Cap Zone<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
    Hey, nicely spotted. So that's <I>not </I>the final version.
     
  15. Bareirito

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    <!--quoteo(post=583112:date=Apr 30 2011, 05:01 PM:name=ICEknight)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (ICEknight @ Apr 30 2011, 05:01 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=583112"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><!--quoteo(post=583083:date=Apr 30 2011, 12:05 PM:name=Bareirito)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Bareirito @ Apr 30 2011, 12:05 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=583083"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->In the video at 8:25, Sonic actually could skip the avalanche part in Ice Cap Zone<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
    Hey, nicely spotted. So that's <I>not </I>the final version.
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    Hey, thanks! I was looking carefully some strange stuff there, when I saw that suspicious thing. By the way, like I said, maybe there are even more things that I'm missing.
     
  16. serpx

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    I just foamed nostalgia out of my ears. That's how hard it hit me. Wow look at the old cars haha. I miss the 90s.
     
  17. jasonchrist

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    <!--quoteo(post=583121:date=Apr 30 2011, 09:19 PM:name=serpx)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (serpx @ Apr 30 2011, 09:19 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=583121"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->I just foamed nostalgia out of my ears. That's how hard it hit me. Wow look at the old cars haha. I miss the 90s.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
    I don't miss the cars, they were shite mostly. Apart from the Beemers and Mercs.

    I DO miss the music though, and the pudding basin haircuts.
     
  18. Tiddles

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    <!--quoteo(post=583115:date=:name=Bareirito)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Bareirito) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=583115"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><!--quoteo(post=583112:date=:name=ICEknight)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (ICEknight) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=583112"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><!--quoteo(post=583083:date=:name=Bareirito)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Bareirito) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=583083"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->In the video at 8:25, Sonic actually could skip the avalanche part in Ice Cap Zone<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
    Hey, nicely spotted. So that's <I>not </I>the final version.
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    Hey, thanks! I was looking carefully some strange stuff there, when I saw that suspicious thing. By the way, like I said, maybe there are even more things that I'm missing.
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    That <b>is</b> the same as Sonic 3 final. The avalanche doesn't have any effect on movement in regular S3. It's S3K that changes it.
     
  19. Aerosol

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    Someone send this video to Iizuka. Might jog his memories of what made Sonic enjoyable to everyone.

    I also hope that kid got good grades!
     
  20. Bareirito

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    <!--quoteo(post=583124:date=Apr 30 2011, 05:32 PM:name=Tiddles)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Tiddles @ Apr 30 2011, 05:32 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=583124"><img src="public/style_images/retro/snapback.png"></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->That <b>is</b> the same as Sonic 3 final. The avalanche doesn't have any effect on movement in regular S3. It's S3K that changes it.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    Tiddles' is right, I was mistaken probably because I didn't touch Sonic 3 alone for some long time. My bad.