Sonic CD (Sega CD)

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Title Screen

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Platform: Sega CD
Released in JP: September 23, 1993
Released in US: November 19, 1993
Released in EU: October 1993


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

Sonic CD is just your average Sonic the Hedgehog game on a CD... that's what you're told, anyway.

Contents

Level Select

SonicCDStageSelect.png

Press Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, B at the title screen. Note that you will be taken back to the title screen upon completion of the selected level.

Sound Test/Debug Mode

At the title screen, press Down, Down, Down, Left, Right, A to go to the sound test. By entering the following codes, you can get the corresponding image, debug mode, and/or extra after pressing Start.

Image Code Description
SonicCDbye.png
FM NO.40
PCM NO.12
DA NO.11
Tails next to a fourth-generation Lotus Seven, with the words "SEE YOU NEXT GAME" above it. This code also activates the debug mode: like the previous Sonic games, press B to change from Sonic to an object, A to cycle through objects, and C to place an object on the screen. It's worth noting that Judy Totoya, creator of Tails and designer of this game's Special Stages, is mentioned here. Also, the Tails unlock screen on the 2011 remake says "SEE YOU NEXT GAME", most likely as an Easter egg.

The "Little Planet" theme plays here.

SonicCDhuman.png
FM NO.42
PCM NO.04
DA NO.21
An unusual Batman tribute. The final boss music plays in the background.
SonicCDrap.png
FM NO.42
PCM NO.03
DA NO.01
Sonic, Metal Sonic, and Eggman gettin' funky. This "official" art plays the Metallic Madness Present music.
SonicCDcute.png
FM NO.44
PCM NO.11
DA NO.09
A cute Sonic with grey eyes. The Palmtree Panic Good Future music plays here. The message says "ゆーあーくーる" (You are cool, by Sanchanzu).
SonicCDsega.png
FM NO.46
PCM NO.12
DA NO.25
A rather creepy wallpaper collage featuring multiple Sonics with a freakish humanoid face. The boss music plays. The Japanese text roughly translates into "Fun is infinite with Sega Enterprises. - Majin".

"Majin" is a childhood nickname of artist Masato Nishimura, as explained here.


Hmmm...
To do:
Confirm that the game does a checksum.


SonicCDhidden.png
FM NO.07
PCM NO.07
DA NO.07
The text "WELCOME TO SECRET SPECIAL STAGE" will appear, after which that stage will load (see below).

Unused Special Stage

SoniccdScdextra.png

As mentioned above, setting all three Sound Test selections to 07 will load this stage that features the enlarged head of Eggman as its background and has a rather difficult layout. It's possible that an extra Time Stone was to be collected here at one point, though it's probably just a little bonus thrown in for curious players, much like the hidden pictures.

Unused Sprites

Artwork Name Description
SoniccdSCD eyes closed.png
Sonic with eyes closed Sonic with his eyes closed. Could have been used as part of an idling animation, akin to Sonic 2's two stages of waiting, and Sonic 3's unused animation of Sonic nodding off to sleep.
SoniccdSCD electrocuted.png
Sonic being electrified An animation of Sonic being shocked by electricity. It may have been used in Wacky Workbench, which contains various level elements with the potential to electrify the player. It could also have been used in Collision Chaos as part of the Metal Sonic sequence.
SoniccdSCD fallshrink.png
Sonic falling An animation of Sonic falling into the distance. Purpose unknown. A similar animation is present in Sonic 1, also unused.
SoniccdScdrun1.gif
Sonic waving his arms An animation of Sonic waving his arms with his palms outstretched. This could have been used in Tidal Tempest when walking through the water, to simulate an attempt at moving more quickly.
SoniccdSCD looking over shoulder.png
Sonic looking backwards Sonic looking over his shoulder. Purpose unknown.
SoniccdSCD sneeze.png
Sonic sneezing An animation of Sonic sneezing. Purpose unknown.
SoniccdScdfall.png
Sonic upside-down An animation of Sonic upside-down with his eyes wide and his mouth open. This suggests that this animation could have either been used for an alternate death animation, or if Sonic was caught by an environmental hazard that dangles him in the air somehow.
SoniccdScdhit.png
Sonic grabbing Sonic grabbing onto something and attempting to create traction. This implies that he may have been trying to stop something from pulling him into some sort of hazard. Part of a scrapped badnik, maybe? A modified version of this sprite appears in Sonic Crackers.
SoniccdSCD WW Swinging.png
Sonic on horizontal pole Similar to the other horizontal pole sprites from Wacky Workbench, this one has Sonic swinging his feet forward. Perhaps he originally had to pull away from electrical hazards positioned underneath?
SoniccdSCD sp Sinking.png
Sonic shrugging An animation of Sonic shrugging his shoulders. Note that his spikes rise during each frame – some believe this implies a transformation into Super Sonic, though that is purely speculation. These sprites are found in SPSS__.BIN, which contains Sonic's Special Stage-specific sprites.

In the final frames of the animation, the very bottoms of his feet disappear, as though he is sinking into something. Perhaps an unused quicksand hazard, or even being pulled out of the Special Stage altogether, as a "failure to obtain the Time Stone" animation judging by his annoyed frown in the last few frames.

SoniccdSCD hanging.png
Sonic hanging An animation of Sonic being pulled up by...something. Purpose unknown. These sprites are also found in SPSS__.BIN. Early screenshots show hot-air balloons, not UFOs, in the Special Stages; perhaps they caught Sonic and floated him around?
SoniccdSCD sp Falling.png
Sonic falling back An animation of Sonic being knocked back. Purpose unknown. These sprites are also found in SPSS__.BIN.
SoniccdSCD sp Leaping.png
Sonic leaping Purpose unknown. These sprites are also found in SPSS__.BIN.
SoniccdScdsuper.png
Sonic with chest forward An animation of Sonic with his arms outstretched and his chest pushed out in front of him. While its purpose is unknown, some believe that this is somehow related to transforming into Super Sonic.
SoniccdScdturn.png
Sonic skidding An animation of Sonic skidding whilst looking the other way. It is unused in the main game, but does appear during the "You Are Greatest Player!" sequence seen once beating the Time Attack scores. It's fairly similar to the skidding animation in Sonic Crackers, and could have been used while skidding at higher speeds in contrast to the normal skidding animation, which was modified from Sonic 1.
SoniccdAmyhearts.png
Unused Amy sprites Sprites of Amy with hearts in her eyes. While they go unused here, they are used in the 2011 remake.
(Source: Sonic Retro)

Unused Objects

Artwork Name Description
SoniccdScdslick.png
Oil Slick Oil slick used in Special Stages that cause you to slip. These can be found normally in some prototypes of Sonic CD, but are unused in the final.
SoniccdBrokenswitch.png
Broken Switch It has been speculated that they may have been used in the Bad Future of a Zone, to prevent access to certain routes. Other switch sprites present for comparison.
SoniccdQQPlatform.gif
Platform Moves up and down while moving to the left. It comes in two variations: a pair and a group of four, all of which do the same thing (though in the latter, the top row are flipped vertically). The object belongs to the Present version of Quartz Quadrant Zone.
SoniccdThehand.png
Hand Appears to be an unused Special Stage item. Purpose unknown, but may have stopped the timer.
(Source: Sonic Retro)

Regional Differences

Almost the entire soundtrack was redone for the American version by Spencer Nilsen because Sega of America thought the soundtrack of the Japanese and European versions sounded too identical to the electronic dance soundtracks being produced at the time, so the American soundtrack has more of a rock feel. One example of this is the theme song: instead of "You Can Do Anything", the American version has "Sonic Boom". The only songs that weren't altered were the Past themes, since those were played through the PCM chip and not Redbook.

(Source: Sonic Retro)

In addition, there are a few other differences in the American version compared to the original Japanese and European games:

  • Some of the music placement was switched around. For example, the "Little Planet" theme now plays on the Time Attack screen (rendering the title theme copy unused), and the music played during the Metal Sonic race is now the normal mix of Stardust Speedway's current Future and not always the "B" Mix.
  • The player can restart the stage at any time by pressing a button while it is paused, eliminating some potential time warp issues. This is at the cost of one life.
  • There are no longer sound effects at the beginning of the ending. Due to the extended "Special Edition for North America" credits, the ending theme plays over the entire video and mutes other audio (including the post-credits).
  • The bad ending's "TRY AGAIN AND SAVE LITTLE PLANET FOREVER" text was shortened to simply "TRY AGAIN".
  • The special "YOU ARE SUPER PLAYER" screen now includes "A" to remove Engrish.
  • The copyright text at the title screen was altered slightly.

All of these changes are also in the PC version, though the 2011 re-release reverts the Metal Sonic racing theme so it always plays Stardust Speedway "B" Mix and mostly restores the original ending videos' exclusive audio when played with the Japanese soundtrack.