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1997

    February:
  • Title: Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island
    Region: Europe
    Platform: Sega Saturn
    Developer: Traveller's Tales
    Publisher: Sega Europe
    PEGI Rating: n/a
    Retail: ???



    Producer: Katsuhiko Sato
    Director: Takao Miyoshi
    Notes: A port of the Mega Drive original with enhanced graphics, a new soundtrack, and completely redesigned Special Stages.

February 14:
  • Title: Sonic & Knuckles Collection
    Region: Japan
    Platform: Windows PC
    Developer: Sega Technical Institute
    Publisher: Sega PC
    CERO Rating: n/a
    Retail: 7,800



    Producer: Yuji Naka
    Director: Hirokazu Yasuhara
    Notes: A compilation featuring ports of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and the combined Sonic 3 & Knuckles. All 3 games are identical to the Mega Drive originals except for Carnival Night, Icecap, and Launch Base, which feature new original BGM.
  • Title: Sonic the Hedgehog: The Screen Saver
    Region: Japan
    Platform: Windows PC
    Developer: Sega PC
    Publisher: Sega PC
    CERO Rating: n/a
    Retail: 3,800



    Producer: ???
    Director: ???
    Notes: An elaborate Sonic-themed screensaver. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Eggman paint (or blacken out) colorful background pictures with a variety of humorous animations. BGM features all music tracks from Sonic 1, 2, 3, Sonic CD, and Sonic & Knuckles.

March 20:
  • Title: Sonic & Knuckles Collection
    Region: North America, Europe
    Platform: Windows PC
    Developer: Sega Technical Institute
    Publisher: Sega Entertainment, Sega PC
    ESRB Rating: K-A
    Retail: ???



    Producer: Yuji Naka
    Director: Hirokazu Yasuhara
    Notes: Sonic the Hedgehog: The Screen Saver is included as a bonus.

April:
  • At the Tokyo Game Show, Sega announces "Project Sonic", a promotional campaign designed to increase market awareness of the Sonic brand. Sonic Jam, Sonic R, and Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island would all carry the Project Sonic logo.

April:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog AWP, an electronic slot machine, is released in the UK. The game is created and published by JPM International Ltd, a Sega company.

June 20:
  • Title: Sonic Jam
    Region: Japan
    Platform: Sega Saturn
    Developer: Sonic Team
    Publisher: Sega Enterprises
    CERO Rating: n/a
    Retail: 4,800



    Producer: Yuji Naka
    Director: Takashi Iizuka
    Notes: A compilation featuring the original Mega Drive versions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and Sonic & Knuckles along with all lock-on combinations. All 4 games feature added difficulty settings and Sonic 1 features the option to enable the Spin Dash.

July 31:
  • Title: Sonic Jam
    Region: North America
    Platform: Sega Saturn
    Developer: Sonic Team
    Publisher: Sega of America
    ESRB Rating: K-A
    Retail: ???



    Producer: Yuji Naka
    Director: Takashi Iizuka

August 28:
  • Title: Sonic Jam
    Region: Europe
    Platform: Sega Saturn
    Developer: Sonic Team
    Publisher: Sega Europe
    PEGI Rating: n/a
    Retail: ???



    Producer: Yuji Naka
    Director: Takashi Iizuka

September 25:
  • Title: Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island
    Region: Europe
    Platform: Windows PC
    Developer: Traveller's Tales
    Publisher: Sega Europe
    PEGI Rating: ???
    Retail: ???



    Producer: Katsuhiko Sato
    Director: Takao Miyoshi
    Notes: This is a direct port of the Saturn version, which was an enhanced port of the Mega Drive original. This version, once again, has completely redesigned Special Stages.

September 30:
  • Title: Sonic 3D Blast (Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island)
    Region: North America
    Platform: Windows PC
    Developer: Traveller's Tales
    Publisher: Sega of America
    ESRB Rating: K-A
    Retail: ???



    Producer: Katsuhiko Sato
    Director: Takao Miyoshi

November 18:
  • Title: Sonic R
    Region: North America
    Platform: Sega Saturn
    Developer: Traveller's Tales
    Publisher: Sega of America
    ESRB Rating: K-A
    Retail: ???



    Producer: Yuji Naka
    Director: Takashi Iizuka

November 21:
  • Title: Sonic R
    Region: Europe
    Platform: Sega Saturn
    Developer: Traveller's Tales
    Publisher: Sega Europe
    PEGI Rating: n/a
    Retail: ???



    Producer: Yuji Naka
    Director: Takashi Iizuka

November:
  • Title: Sonic Blast (G Sonic)
    Region: Latin America
    Platform: Sega Master System
    Developer: Aspect
    Publisher: Tec Toy
    Rating: n/a
    Retail: ???



    Producer: Hiroshi Aso
    Director: Ryushin Hamada
    Notes: This port of the Game Gear original was only released in Latin America.

December 4:
  • Title: Sonic R
    Region: Japan
    Platform: Sega Saturn
    Developer: Traveller's Tales
    Publisher: Sega Enterprises
    CERO Rating: n/a
    Retail: 5,800



    Producer: Yuji Naka
    Director: Takashi Iizuka

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