:: Cameos & Related Titles ::
Last update: 03/28/10

Title: Flicky
Year: 1984
Platform: Sega System 1 (arcade), Sega SG-1000, Sega Mega Drive
Info: Players control Flicky, a little bird out to save her children from ravenous housecats. The object is to catch all of the baby birds (Pio-pios) in the stage and transport them to the exit. The Pio's form a chain behind Flicky as you collect them; points are multiplied for each Pio you have when you reach the exit. Avoid housecats (Nyan-nyan) and iguanas (Choro). If an enemy touches your Pio chain, all the inflicted Pio's will separate themselves and run off. If Flicky herself takes damage, the entire chain scatters.
Relation to Sonic: Although Flicky never obtained her own mascothood, the Flicky species has gone on to play a major role in the Sonic series. Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island in particular borrows its mechanics heavily from the original Flicky. (Flicky was designed by Yoji Ishii, who was with Sonic Team until August 1999, when he left to form his own company, Artoon. The character Flicky made cameo appearances in many Sega games in the late 80's, including TeddyBoy Blues, SDI, Flash Point, Super Monaco GP, and Bloxeed.)

Title: Dynamite Dux
Year: 1988
Platform: Sega System 16B (arcade), Sega Mark III
Info: Bin and Pin, a pair of happy-go-lucky ducks, must combat their way through six stages of manic cartoon action in order to save the oh-so-cute Lucy from the clutches of the evil, cockroach-esque Achacha. Bin and Pin can run, jump, punch, kick, and pick up a variety of wacky weapons to aid in their quest.
Relation to Sonic: Bean the Dynamite, Sonic the Fighters' green-feathered fowl with the endless supply of bombs, was directly inspired by Dynamite Dux. Infact, Bean's alternate costume in Fighters Megamix is the original Bin.

Title: Rad Mobile
Year: 1991
Platform: Sega System 32 (arcade), Sega Saturn
Info: A cross-country racing game similar to OutRun, and Sega's first game on the System 32 hardware. Rad Mobile was actually released several months before the original Sonic 1, and was ported to the Saturn years later as Gale Racer.
Relation to Sonic: There's a Sonic ornament hanging from the rear-view mirror, making this Sonic's first cameo appearance. In the Saturn version, the ornament changes after every 100 races: Sonic is default, followed in order by Tails, Metal Sonic, Mighty, Eggman, Mecha Sonic (silver), Ray, Amy, Mecha Sonic (blue), Knuckles, and Super Sonic.
arcade Saturn
Title: Pro Yakyuu Super League '91 (プロ野球スーパーリーグ'91)
Year: August 30, 1991
Platform: Sega Mega Drive
Info: A baseball game from Sega.
Relation to Sonic: Hit the ball high enough and you can catch a glimpse of Sonic on the billboards above the stadium.

Title: Joe Montana II: Sports Talk Football
Year: October, 1991
Platform: Sega Mega Drive
Info: A football game with copious amounts of digitized speech. The sequel to Joe Montana Football.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic occasionally appears on the megatron after a touchdown is scored.

Title: Art Alive
Year: March 27, 1992
Platform: Sega Mega Drive
Info: A digital art game similar (and probably created in response) to Mario Paint.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic appears in three poses as "paste" graphics for artists too lazy to draw their own hedgehogs.

Title: Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II
Year: July 17, 1992
Platform: Sega Mega Drive
Info: A Monaco GP racing game featuring the name and likeness of six time winner Ayrton Senna. The sequel to Super Monaco Grand Prix.
Relation to Sonic: In the world championship mode, Sonic runs across the bottom of the screen at the rival select menu.

Title: OutRunners
Year: 1992
Platform: Sega System Multi 32 (arcade), Sega Mega Drive
Info: The third iteration of Yu Suzuki's seminal 1986 racing game, OutRun. The game was released in a dual cabinet that could be linked with up to 3 others for a total of 8 players. Two years later, the game was ported to the Mega Drive.
Relation to Sonic: Giant Sonic billboards line the side of the track in the first area. In the Mega Drive version, Sonic and Tails fly by in a pair of Tornados and sprinkle the Sega logo onto the screen.
arcade MD
Title: Sega GamePack 4 in 1
Year: 1992
Platform: Sega Game Gear
Info: A collection of 4 sports-themed minigames. Only released in Europe.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic plays referee in the tennis game.

Title: F1
Year: 1993
Platform: Sega Master System
Info: An F1 racing game from Domark. Only released in Europe.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic billboards line the sides of the first track.

Title: J.League Pro Striker
Year: June 18, 1993
Platform: Sega Mega Drive
Info: A soccer game from Sega. One of the first slew of titles to sport the J.League license, which had only just been established.
Relation to Sonic: At the splash screen, a soccer-kicking Sonic messes with the Sega logo. The image is the same used on the JEF United uniforms during Sega's sponsorship (1993-1997).

Title: Tom & Jerry: the Movie
Year: June 25, 1993
Platform: Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System
Info: A rather clunky platform action game based on the equally ill-conceived animated movie.
Relation to Sonic: An ad for Sonic appears on the windows of a bookstore in the background of level 2. The Master System version also has Fantasy Zone posters.

Title: Ultimate Soccer
Year: 1993
Platform: Sega Mega Drive
Info: A soccer game from Rage Software. Only released in Europe.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic appears in several icon grahics in the main menu.

Title: Shining Force II: Koe no Fuuin (Shining Force II: 古えの封印)
Year: October 1, 1993
Platform: Sega Mega Drive
Info: The second in Sega's excellent strategy RPG series. The original Shining Force was developed by Climax, but the next two sequels fell into the hands of Sonic! Software Planning, who were often confused with Sonic Team. Sonic! Software later changed their name to Camelot and are most well-known for Nintendo's Mario Golf and Mario Tennis series.
Relation to Sonic: After the final battle has been won and the credits have rolled, let the game sit on the closing scene for about 5 minutes. This accesses a secret, super difficult hidden battle. Bring up the map to see that the arena is in the shape of Sonic as he appears in the Sonic! Software Planning logo.

Title: Popful Mail (ぽっぷるメイル)
Year: April 1, 1994
Platform: Sega Mega-CD
Info: Falcom's comical action RPG Popful Mail debuted on NEC's PC-8000 computer series, an extremely popular line in Japan. A number of follow-ups were released on popular console systems of the day, including Sega's Mega-CD. The rambunctious Mail and her companions wreak havoc, hunt treasure, and eventually (of course) save the world.
Relation to Sonic: In an early cutscene, the heroine, Mail, examines a bulletin board which features a tiny Sonic drawing in the corner.

Title: Formula One World Championship 1993: Heavenly Symphony
Year: April 23, 1994
Platform: Sega Mega-CD
Info: An F1 racing simulator from Sega.
Relation to Sonic: The game features a reproduction of the Donington Park Circuit from 1993 (the year of Sega's sponsorship). Sonic and Tails billboards can be spotted in the background of the Donington Park and Sega Park tracks.

Title: Shin Souseiki Ragnacënty (新創世紀 Ragnacënty)
Year: June 17, 1994
Platform: Sega Mega Drive
Info: An action RPG that shamelessly apes Zelda at every possible opportunity, but is nonetheless a surprisingly decent clone. The hero, Corona, possesses an entourage of animal companions, each of which embues the wunderkind with a special ability.
Relation to Sonic: Stroll along the Anemone Beach area in the early part of the game to encounter a certain famous mascot catching some rays on a lounge chair. Talk to Sonic and he says: "チッチッチッ! オレは、イナセなハリネズミ。 さわると、ヤケドするぜ。" ("Tsk, tsk. I'm a gallant hedgehog. Touch and you'll get burned.")

Title: Daytona USA
Year: 1994
Platform: Sega Model 2 (arcade), Sega Saturn, Windows PC, Sega Dreamcast
Info: An excellent racing game with a famous/notorious soundtrack. Sega's second title on Model 2 hardware.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic's sexy form is carved into the side of a mountain on the Three-Seven Speedway track. (He turns into Super Sonic on the replay.)

Title: The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin
Year: 1994
Platform: Sega Sega-CD
Info: Marvel's web-slinging superhero makes a stop in Sega-CD land. This is a port of the original Mega Drive action game with enhanced music and the ugliest animated FMV ever.
Relation to Sonic: In the game's FMV ending, a carving of Sonic's head can be spotted on a cave in the background.

Title: Wacky Worlds
Year: 1994
Platform: Sega Mega Drive
Info: A simple cut & paste storybook game aimed at tots.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic and Tails grace the game's cover, Sonic acts as your guide through the various scenes, and Tails is thrown in as a "paste" graphic in the jungle area.

Title: Premier Manager
Year: 1995
Platform: Sega Mega Drive
Info: A soccer management sim from Gremlin. Only released in Europe.
Relation to Sonic: You can decorate your stadium with Chaotix logos.

Title: Bug!
Year: May 15, 1995
Platform: Sega Saturn
Info: A bland, rail-based 3D platformer created for Sega by Realtime Associates.
Relation to Sonic: One of the bonus rounds in stage 2, Reptilia, has the game's green hero racing head-to-head against Sonic.

Title: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Year: November 20, 1995
Platform: Nintendo SNES
Info: Sequel to Rare's hugely popular Donkey Kong Country, a platform action game that borrows the character (but nothing else) from Nintendo's 1981 arcade classic.
Relation to Sonic: A Sonic reference in a mid-90's Nintendo game? Sort of. In Cranky's Video Game Hero awards, under a sign reading "NO HOPERS" lies an unmistakable pair of red shoes. And they're not Dorothy's.

Title: Virtua Fighter 2
Year: December 1, 1995
Platform: Sega Model 2 (arcade, 1994), Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation 2
Info: The second in AM2's seminal series of 3D fighting games.
Relation to Sonic: In the Saturn version, pit Jacky Bryant against Sarah Bryant (or vice versa) to access a hidden stage called Chicago. There's a brick wall in the background with graffiti all over it, including a doodle of Sonic.

Title: Clockwork Knight 2
Year: December 15, 1995
Platform: Sega Saturn
Info: The nifty sequel to a not-so-nifty Saturn launch title. Players control Sir Tongara de Pepperouchau, a toy knight, through side scrolling platform levels with 3D graphics. Though the original game was sub-par, this sequel was a significant improvement and is one of the system's forgotten gems.
Relation to Sonic: In one of the hidden movies, a Sonic toy can be seen sitting on a shelf.

Title: Omakase! Taimagyou (おまかせ! 退魔業(セイバーズ))
Year: February 23, 1996
Platform: Sega Saturn
Info: A comical text adventure with live action footage. A trio of girl warriors clean their city of supernatural pests. Only released in Japan.
Relation to Sonic: The girls have Sonic and Tails plush dolls lying around their rooms.

Title: Premier Manager '97
Year: 1996
Platform: Sega Mega Drive
Info: The follow-up to Gremlin's soccer management sim. Only released in Europe.
Relation to Sonic: You can decorate your stadium with Sonic & Knuckles logos.

Title: Neko Daisuki! (ねこ大すき!)
Year: July 19, 1996
Platform: Sega Game Gear
Info: A virtual pet sim where players raise a kitten into cathood. Only released in Japan.
Relation to Sonic: The player character has decorated his/her room with a poster of Sonic.

Title: Last Bronx
Year: 1996
Platform: Sega Model 2B CRX (arcade), Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation 2
Info: A 3D weapons-based fighting game from AM3.
Relation to Sonic: In Tommy's stage (Cross Street), you can see a poster of Sonic on one of the buildings in the background.

Title: Sega Ski Super G
Year: 1996
Platform: Sega Model 2C CRX (arcade)
Info: A skiing game from Sega.
Relation to Sonic: On the first round of the Standard Course (White Forest), a giant Sonic snow sculpture looms over the track.

Title: WaveRunner
Year: 1996
Platform: Sega Model 2C CRX (arcade)
Info: A jet ski game from Sega.
Relation to Sonic: The player character sports a stylized Sonic insignia on the back of his lifejacket.

Title: Fighting Vipers
Year: August 30, 1996
Platform: Sega Model 2B CRX (arcade, 1995), Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation 2
Info: A 3D fighting game in the vein of Virtua Fighter, but grittier and more fast-paced.
Relation to Sonic: In the opening movie of the Saturn version, Sanman's pile of toys sports a model of the Lunar Fox, the spaceship Tails built to reach the Death Egg in Sonic the Fighters. (Also in the pile is a toy 2P version of Honey the cat, an unused test character from Sonic the Fighters.)

Title: Scud Race
Year: 1996
Platform: Sega Model 3 step 1.5 (arcade)
Info: A street racing game on Model 3 hardware, very similar to Daytona USA.
Relation to Sonic: Although not quite as grand as being carved into the side of a mountain, the hedgehog with an attitude does appear on a billboard down the Dolphin Tunnel beginner track.

Title: Christmas NiGHTS
Year: November 22, 1996
Platform: Sega Saturn
Info: A holiday-themed demo version of Sonic Team's Saturn masterpiece.
Relation to Sonic: One of the unlockable bonus features puts the player in control of Sonic in a Spring Valley time attack. The boss, Puffy, is replaced with a giant rubbery Eggman, along with the Sonic CD final boss music.

Title: Fighters Megamix
Year: December 21, 1996
Platform: Sega Saturn
Info: A novel, if somewhat unbalanced, 3D fighting game featuring characters from AM2's Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers. A slew of more obscure Sega series is also represented.
Relation to Sonic: Bark the Polarbear and Bean the Dynamite from Sonic the Fighters appear as hidden characters, along with the South Island and Aurora Icefield arenas. (Strangely, Aurora Icefield sports the BGM of Flying Carpet.) Bark's alternate costume is a Santa Claus outfit, while Bean's is the original Bin from Dynamite Dux.

Title: Virtua Striker 2
Year: 1997
Platform: Sega Model 3 step 1.5 (arcade)
Info: The second in Sega's popular arcade soccer series.
Relation to Sonic: At the team select screen, press: down-right, start, down, left, start, right, start, right, down-left, start, down, start, start, start. This accesses the secret MVP Yuki Chan team, which includes Bean the Dynamite.

Title: Sega Saturn de Hakken!! Tamagotch Park (セガサターンで発見!! たまごっちパーク)
Year: January 29, 1998
Platform: Sega Saturn
Info: An enhanced virtual pet sim based on Bandai's Tamagotch(i).
Relation to Sonic: Treat your Tamagotch just right and it grows up into the super secret "Sonicotch".

Title: Burning Rangers
Year: February 26, 1998
Platform: Sega Saturn
Info: A sci-fi firefighting action game from Sonic Team.
Relation to Sonic: Lead Phoenix's hockey stick shaped blaster features an icon of Sonic's head as it appears in the Sonic Team logo. In stage 3, Gravity Zero, there are areas named Greenhill Lounge and Starlight Lounge. Finally, rescue Naoto Ohshima a second time and he sends you a picture of Sonic.

Title: Le Mans 24
Year: 1998
Platform: Sega Model 3 step 1.0 (arcade)
Info: A racing game based on France's real-life 24-hour endurance race.
Relation to Sonic: Via a secret code, Sonic becomes playable in a unique off-road vehicle. Pull into the pit, however, and he's switched for a strange dog character...

Title: Spike Out
Year: 1998
Platform: Sega Model 3 step 2.1 (arcade)
Info: A Final Fight style 3D fighting game for up to 4 players. It was never released in the US or ported to any home consoles, but has spawned a few sequels and spinoffs.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic stands near an elevator in one of the levels.

Title: L.A. Machineguns: Rage of the Machines
Year: 1998
Platform: Sega Model 3 step 2.1 (arcade)
Info: Follow-up to Gunblade NY. A unique light gun shooting game with machineguns.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic appears along with the Sonic Adventure logo in the form of a neon sign in the Las Vegas stage.

Title: Blue Stinger
Year: March 25, 1999
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Info: An early survival horror title for Dreamcast.
Relation to Sonic: In the toy store, you'll find that some of the upper shelves are stocked with shiny new copies of Sonic Adventure.

Title: Get Bass
Year: April 1, 1999
Platform: Sega Model 3 step 1.0 (arcade, 1998), Sega Dreamcast
Info: An arcade fishing game with a unique rod & reel controller. A rod & reel peripheral was released specifically for the Dreamcast version.
Relation to Sonic: In the Dreamcast version, complete all 5 tournaments in consumer mode to unlock the Sonic lure.

Title: Toy Commander
Year: September 30, 1999
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Info: A clever combat sim with a playroom theme.
Relation to Sonic: In some stages, the background sports a Sonic calendar (reading March 1999).

Title: NBA 2K
Year: October 31, 1999
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Info: The first in Visual Concepts' popular basketball series.
Relation to Sonic: Players can create a team called the "Hedgehogs." The logo features Sonic holding a basketball, and the home court has a giant Sonic textured onto the floor.

Title: Chu-chu Rocket! (チューチューロケット!)
Year: November 11, 1999
Platform: Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Info: A fast-paced puzzle game from Sonic Team.
Relation to Sonic: Clear all 25 puzzles in the Stage Challenge mode, and you can have the normal Chu-chu's replaced with Chao (Dreamcast version only).

Title: Shenmue (シェンムー)
Year: December 29, 1999
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Info: Players control Ryo Hazuki in his continent-spanning search for the man who killed his father. A very unique and richly detailed adventure game in which traditional mechanics take a backseat to exploration. Yu Suzuki's highly under appreciated magnum opus.
Relation to Sonic: Scattered around Yokosuka's three major areas you'll find gashapon machines which contain various toys based on Sega lore. In Sakuragaoka in front of Abe's Store you'll find the Sonic machine, where you can obtain figures based on Sonic the Fighters. The series includes Sonic (two models), Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Espio, Fang, Bark, Bean, and Eggman. Win fourth prize on the Dobuita Tomato store raffle and you could score the rare Super Sonic or Metal Sonic figurines. In front of the You Arcade in Dobuita and also in the New Yokosuka Harbor Tomato store lounge, you can find the Wakuwaku Sega World machines, which contain figurines from all eras of Sega history. Among the toys in this machine are NiGHTS (two models), as well as a Chao & Nightopian set.

Title: NHL 2K
Year: February 9, 2000
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Info: The first in Visual Concepts' popular hockey series.
Relation to Sonic: Every once in a blue moon, Sonic flashes up on the Jumbotron.

Title: Samba de Amigo (サンバ DE アミーゴ)
Year: April 27, 2000
Platform: Sega Naomi (arcade, 1999), Sega Dreamcast
Info: A unique (and extremely fun) maraca-based musical rhythm game from Sonic Team.
Relation to Sonic: The Dreamcast version features Open Your Heart from Sonic Adventure, Super Sonic Racing from Sonic R, and Sonic - You Can Do Anything from Sonic CD as downloadable songs. Samba de Amigo Ver.2000, a slight upgrade, also includes It Doesn't Matter, My Sweet Passion, and Lazy Days from Sonic Adventure.

Title: Jet Set Radio (ジェット セット ラジオ)
Year: June 29, 2000
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Info: An offbeat cel-shaded action game in which players control a roller blading gang known as the GG's, who mark their turf with graffiti and face off against rival gangs in their quest for ill-gained real estate.
Relation to Sonic: Players can download graffiti images featuring the Sonic Adventure logo and stock character art.

Title: Phantasy Star Online
Year: December 21, 2000
Platform: Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo GameCube, Microsoft Xbox, Windows PC
Info: A network action RPG from Sonic Team. It was followed up with several different incarnations, including Phantasy Star Online Ver.2, Phantasy Star Online Episode I&II, and Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst.
Relation to Sonic: With a rare item called the "Chao soul", Mags can be raised to look like a Chao or the cantankerous Omochao. A rare weapon called the Sonic Knuckle, when equipped, looks just like Knuckles' gloves. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Eggman have made cameo appearances in the online lobbies on several occasions, and there have also been downloadable quests in which you interact with the heroic trio.

Title: Illbleed
Year: March 29, 2001
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Info: Extra gory survival horror with a unique premise that emphasizes scripted traps over actual fighting. So astoundingly unplayable, it's kind of compelling.
Relation to Sonic: One of the game's bosses is a big blue beast that bears more than a passing resemblance to you-know-who. He spouts gold rings when he takes damage.

Title: Segagaga (セガガガ)
Year: March 29, 2001
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Info: A rather tongue-in-cheek sim/RPG in which players manage the affairs of a struggling videogame company called Sega. A clever, self-deprecating swansong for the Dreamcast (and Sega in general).
Relation to Sonic: Sonic appears with some other well-known Sega mascots in the opening, and among the possible tasks in the game is the development of a title called "Sonic the Hedgehog."

Title: Alien Front Online
Year: 2001
Platform: Sega Naomi GD-Rom (arcade), Sega Dreamcast
Info: Choose to fight on the side of Earth or on behalf of the invading aliens in this broad sci-fi parody. The Dreamcast version was only released in the US.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic appears on a billboard, one of many Sega references sprinkled around AFO's chaotic world.

Title: Shenmue II
Year: September 6, 2001
Platform: Sega Dreamcast, Microsoft Xbox
Info: The second chapter in Yu Suzuki's misunderstood virtual masterpiece, Shenmue II takes Ryo Hazuki out of Japanese suburbia and into the city of Hong Kong.
Relation to Sonic: The same Sonic the Fighters gashapon machines are back: the first is located in front of the Tomato convenience store in Wan Chai's Golden Qr. Two more can be found in Kowloon: the first right outside Ren's Hideout on Dragon St, and the second is in Dimsum Qr. at the entrance to Thunder House. The Tomato raffles are gone, but the rare Super Sonic and Metal Sonic figures can still be acquired as prizes in the potato chips, chocolates, or caramels you can purchase at grocery stores.

Title: Beach Spikers
Year: 2001
Platform: Sega Naomi 2 GD-Rom (arcade), Nintendo GameCube
Info: A somewhat underrated all-girl volleyball game from AM2.
Relation to Sonic: The final stadium in the arcade mode features a giant, volleyball-bearing Sonic statue looming in one corner of the field.

Title: Virtua Striker 3
Year: 2001
Platform: Sega Naomi 2 (arcade), Nintendo GameCube
Info: The third iteration of Amusement Vision's popular soccer series.
Relation to Sonic: The "F.C. Sonic" team, one of several hidden teams in the game, stars Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Eggman, and a group of Chao as players while a polygonal Yuji Naka watches from the sidelines. (In Virtua Striker 3 ver.2002, the Chao group includes Hero and Dark Chao.)

Title: Virtua Cop 3
Year: 2003
Platform: Sega Chihiro (arcade)
Info: The third iteration of AM2's popular light gun shooting series.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic appears on the tutorial screen.

Title: F-Zero GX
Year: July 25, 2003
Platform: Nintendo GameCube
Info: The home version of Amusement Vision's F-Zero AX, the third major iteration of Nintendo's sci-fi racer.
Relation to Sonic: When you crash in practice mode, a trio of Chao pilot the machine that disposes of your remains.

Title: Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution
Year: August 13, 2003
Platform: Naomi 2 (arcade), Sony PlayStation 2
Info: A tweaked and enhanced version of Virtua Fighter 4, the fourth in AM2's stunning fighting series.
Relation to Sonic: Quest Mode features a tournament called the Sonic Cup. The logo features Sonic surrounded by Rings.

Title: Giant Egg: Billy Hatcher no Daibouken (ジャイアントエッグ~ビリー・ハッチャーの大冒険~)
Year: October 9, 2003
Platform: Nintendo GameCube
Info: An egg-rolling platform game from Sonic Team.
Relation to Sonic: A number of Sonic Team stars feature as hidden egg animals, including Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and a Chao.

Title: Sega SuperStars
Year: November 11, 2004
Platform: Sony PlayStation 2
Info: A collection of EyeToy minigames designed by Sonic Team.
Relation to Sonic: There's a Sonic minigame in which you flail your arms about to control Sonic's direction in a 3D tube based on the Sonic Heroes Special Stages. The object is to collect as many Rings as possible before the goal, while avoiding bombs which subtract from your total. Hit a bomb with no Rings, and the game ends. There are also seven Chaos Emeralds in each round: collect all 7 and Sonic transforms into Super Sonic, negating bomb damage. Clear all three stages to unlock Shadow mode, in which you play as, uh, Shadow. You can use Rings amassed to buy items for the Chao in your virtual Chao Garden.

Title: Kimi no Tame Nara Shineru (きみのためなら死ねる)
Year: December 2, 2004
Platform: Nintendo DS
Info: An offbeat collection of minigames from Sonic Team, played through the eyes of a nameless helmeted hero as he struggles to win the affections of a shapely silhouette girl.
Relation to Sonic: Start the game with either Sonic Advance or Sonic Advance 2 in the GBA slot to unlock a Sonic hat for the game's unnamed female lead. The hat can also be unlocked by clearing Hell mode, the hardest difficulty setting.

Title: Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission Las Vegum
Year: August 18, 2005
Platform: Windows PC, Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PSP
Info: An action adventure game from Atari based on the popular French comic series Astérix le Gaulois. Mission Las Vegum is the sequel to Asterix & Obelix XXL.
Relation to Sonic: Mission Las Vegum is rife with videogame parodies of all manner, including several Sonic spoofs. One faction of Roman warriors wears blue headgear that resembles Sonic spines, along with Sonic's trademark red shoes. They carry gold rings.

Title: OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
Year: March 20, 2006
Platform: Windows PC, Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PSP
Info: An enhanced port of AM2's coin-op OutRun 2.
Relation to Sonic: A golden Sonic statue and billboards featuring Sonic can be seen in the background of the Casino Town stage.

Title: Phantasy Star Universe
Year: August 31, 2006
Platform: Windows PC, Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox 360
Info: The first proper sequel to Sonic Team's Dreamcast darling Phantasy Star Online.
Relation to Sonic: Lobbies are decorated yearly to coincide with Sonic's birthday (June 23) with cameos by Sonic and Tails.

Title: Dairantou Smash Bros. X (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズX)
Year: January 31, 2008
Platform: Nintendo Wii
Info: A multiplayer fighting game featuring characters, items, and stages culled from almost every major Nintendo franchise in existence. It's a fanboy's wet dream.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic is a fully playable guest character complete with his own combat arena based on Green Hill and songs plucked from older games in the series: Green Hill, Scrap Brain, Emerald Hill, Sonic Boom, Super Sonic Racing, Open Your Heart, Live & Learn, Right There Ride On, His World (instrumental), Seven Rings in Hand, and a new Angel Island remix by Jun Senoue. For his final smash, Sonic transforms into Super Sonic and charges around the arena. Shadow cameos as an assist character, whipping out his trademark Chaos Control to slow time for all opponents. More cast members are represented as collectable trophy items: Tails, Knuckles, Eggman, Amy, Cream, Blaze, Jet, Silver, and Chao.

Title: Sega Superstars Tennis
Year: March 18, 2008
Platform: Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii
Info: A tennis game starring a handfull of Sega's more well-known IP's on various Sega-themed courts.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic, Tails, and Eggman are playable characters by default while Amy and Shadow can be unlocked. The game also includes courts based on Green Hill and Scrap Brain with music from Sonic Heroes and Sonic CD. Green Hill features background cameos from other characters in the series: Knuckles, Blaze, Silver, Big, Motora, and Chao. Scrap Brain is stocked with robot enemies from Sonic 2006.

Title: Sega Splash Golf
Year: April 23, 2008
Platform: Windows PC
Info: An online golf game from Sega.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic and Tails cameo as caddies along with a Green Hill course and a set of clubs modelled after Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Eggman.

Title: Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Year: February 23, 2010
Platform: Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows PC
Info: A kart-style racing game featuring racers and tracks culled from all corners of Sega history. The Xbox 360 version also includes a cameo by Rare's Banjo and Kazooie.
Relation to Sonic: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Big, Shadow, and Eggman star as playable racers with tracks based on stages from Sonic Heroes.

Title: LittleBigPlanet
Year: February 27, 2008 (cameo content: March, 2010)
Platform: Sony PlayStation 3
Info: An excellent do-it-yourself ragdoll platformer with pre-made levels and materials and an online interface for user-generated content.
Relation to Sonic: The "Sonic Unleashed" download pack includes costumes based on Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Eggman, and Werehog along with in-game stickers featuring sprites from Sonic 1.

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