Sonic & Tails time attack contest code

Discussion in 'General Sonic Discussion' started by Pengi, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. Pengi

    Pengi

    Member
    1,080
    107
    43
    Is this a known thing around these parts? I could have sworn that I read about it years ago, but I can't find a single mention of it online.

    You need to finish Turquoise Hill Zone 1 or 2, then as soon as your km/h has tallied up press pause, whilst paused press UP + LEFT + 1 + 2 simultaneously. A six digit code will then be displayed. This only works if your speed is over 700km/h, and as far as I can tell only works in the JP "Sonic & Tails" version, not Sonic Chaos.

    The code was for a Sonic & Tails Fastest Technique (ソニック&ティルスかっとび最速テクニック) contest that, according to NDL Online, ran in the December 1993 issues of Shogaku Sannensei, Shogaku Yonensei and Shogaku Rokunensei. It also ran in the "Game Gear 2 Major Software Research!!" (ゲームギア2大ソフト大研究!!) article in the January 1994 issues of Shogaku Sannensei, Shogaku Yonensei and Shogaku Rokunensei. (It's possible it also ran in the 5th Grade magazine, Shogaku Gonensei, but wasn't listed in the contents page.)

    Contestants had to submit their best time, along with the code as proof. It seems that there were four categories: Turquoise Hill Zone 1 (Sonic), Turquoise Hill Zone 1 (Tails), Turquoise Hill Zone 2 (Sonic) and Turquoise Hill Zone 2 (Tails).

    Here's a (stolen) image from the Jan 1994 issue of Rokunensei:

    [​IMG]
     
    • Informative Informative x 3
    • List
  2. Black Squirrel

    Black Squirrel

    staying alert on the beach Wiki Sysop
    5,685
    261
    63
    Northumberland, England
    quipu two metres apart
    [​IMG]

    eek
     
  3. Overlord

    Overlord

    I want to get off Madame Rona's wild ride Moderator
    17,925
    182
    43
    Berkshire, England
    Learning Cymraeg
    Huh. Well I've certainly never heard of that. Presumably this was a contest run by Sega, to make it into the actual game code? Fascinating.
     
  4. JaxTH

    JaxTH

    Pudding Deity Oldbie
    8,923
    81
    28
    Los Angeles
    Jack shit.
    I've heard of this before, but it was LONG ago, and I don't know from where.

    Never knew if it was real though.
     
  5. nineko

    nineko

    I am the Holy Cat Tech Member
    I never knew that, can you crosspost it on smspower? If you don't have an account there, I can do that in your behalf.
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2019
  6. Black Squirrel

    Black Squirrel

    staying alert on the beach Wiki Sysop
    5,685
    261
    63
    Northumberland, England
    quipu two metres apart
    For the record I can confirm that this is a Japanese Game Gear-only thing. No versions of Sonic Chaos will do this (including the recently released prototypes).

    Incidentally I can't hit 700km/h in the May Game Gear prototype. So that's a thing - the speed calculation was changed.
     
  7. Pengi

    Pengi

    Member
    1,080
    107
    43
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2020
  8. The Other RaFaél

    The Other RaFaél

    I'm just a guy and a man and a dude and I'm hungry Oldbie
    27
    8
    3
    Detroit
    Fatherhood, husband...hood and a few mobile apps.
    Interesting...

    Was there an actual prize or was it just a public bragging rights type of deal, in the form of having your best time publicized?
     
  9. Pengi

    Pengi

    Member
    1,080
    107
    43
    The same Twitter user as earlier posted some more pages related to this contest.

    The January issue (same as the first post): https://twitter.com/YmPXden33UUYCF3/status/1317435242941014016

    And (presumably) the December issue, with a nice little map: https://twitter.com/YmPXden33UUYCF3/status/1317086804072280070

    The top 5 entrants for each of the four categories (Act 1 Sonic, Act 2 Sonic, Act 1 Tails, Act 2 Tails) would win a "Sonic Tails Original Champion Case", 20 available in total.

    300 non-winning entrants, drawn at random, would win a Sonic and Tails plush set.

    Both prizes are pictured in the second link.

    EDIT: We already knew that the contest ran in Shogaku Sannensei, Shogaku Yonensei and Shogaku Rokunensei, but the text on the right of the prize page indicates that the comtest also ran in Shogaku Gonensei and CoroCoro Comic.
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2020 at 2:37 AM
    • Like Like x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
    • List