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Somari

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Title Screen

Somari

Developer: Hummer Team
Publisher: Ge De Industry
Platform: Unlicensed NES
Released internationally: 1994


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
ObjectIcon.png This game has unused objects.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page

Somari is an infamous clone of Sonic the Hedgehog, starring the titular character who is essentially Mario wearing Tails' shoes.

Level Select/Sound Test

Somarilevelselectscreen.png

At the title screen, press Left, Down, B, A, Right, Up, A, B, Up, Down, Up, Down, then press Start. For the sound test, 01-0B play sound effects while 20-2D play music.

The commands were changed in Doraemon to A, B, Select, Up, Down, Left, Right, then press Start. However, the sound test and Special Stage options were cut from this version.

Unused Graphics

Somarimariologounused.png

A "Mario" logo, likely a name used early in development. The bottom of the logo was overwritten by tiles used in the Somari title screen.

Somari RobotnikFall.PNG Somari RobotnikRun.gif

Sprites of Robotnik falling and running after being defeated in the Final Zone. You never chase Robotnik down after beating Final Zone, and he simply appears in his flying saucer, rendering these sprites unused.

Somari-ledge1.gif Somari-ledge2.gif Somari-ledge3.gif

Three different animations of Somari losing his balance, based on the balancing animations from Sonic 2. Unused as Somari will just stand normally at the edge of a cliff. These can be seen in-game with the FCEUX cheat 001D:??, where "??" is 11, 12, or 13, respectively.

Somari Drown.png

A sprite of Somari with his mouth wide open, most likely to be used when drowning. His normal death graphic is used in-game.

Unused Objects

Somari-checkpointmonitor.gif

A checkpoint monitor from the Master System/Game Gear versions of Sonic 1. FCEUX cheat 001D:11?04 will replace the first Crabmeat in Green Hill Zone with it. It does nothing when broken.

Somari shoe monitor .gif

Monitor for the Speed Shoes. FCEUX cheat 001D:13?04 will replace the first Crabmeat in Green Hill Zone with it. It does nothing when broken.

Unused Music

The Chaos Emerald jingle from Sonic 1, unused because there are no Chaos Emeralds to collect. However, the alternate theme was used in Kart Fighter and AV Bishoujo Senshi Girl Fighting.

The continue jingle from Sonic 1, unused because there are no continues, either.

Scrap Brain Zone

Hmmm...
To do:
Is "Scrap Brain Zone" actually a level, or just the game reading garbage data?

Using Game Genie code IEVAZZAA or setting memory address 04EA to 05 will access what remains of Scrap Brain after you lose a life. It has a title card of "Final Zone Act 1" and shares tiles from Star Light Zone and Final Zone, using the former's music.

Download.png Download Scrap Brain Zone (Somari NES Savestate - FCEUX)
File: ScrapBrainZoneSomariSavestate.7z (2.35 KB) (info)

Revisions/Hacks

Hmmm...
To do:
Graphic rips and comparisons would be nice.

Several modified versions of Somari were produced in the years following its release, some of which restore Sonic to the game and change the starting level.

Official

These versions were almost certainly produced by Hummer Team themselves, given that their lineage can be traced through to the version featuring the company's own mascot.

Sonic the Hedgehog (NES)

woo hoo

This version, also known as Sonic 3D Blast 5, features Sonic. Another version of this can be found on multicarts, which adds a crudely drawn 5 below the logo.

Leftover Zones

Sonicthehedgehognes-GHZ.pngSonicthehedgehognes-MZ.png

Because Sonic the Hedgehog starts at Spring Yard Zone, Green Hill and Marble go unused in this game. They're still there, though: Green Hill can accessed by selecting Marble in the level select, and Marble can accessed by selecting "Spring Yand" in the level select.

The inescapable spike pits in Green Hill were fixed in this version, as well as all of the subsequent hacks in this series.

Version Leftovers

Somariteampresents.png

The "Somari Team Presents" screen still exists in the ROM. Leftover graphics include some running poses of Somari, the goal signpost with Somari's face as opposed to Sonic, and all of Somari's unused sprites.

Sonic & Knuckles 5

what happened to 2 through 4?

This version changes the title screen but is otherwise the same as the NES Sonic the Hedgehog. Even the same Somari leftovers are in this version. Sonic's outline in this version was changed from blue to black for no apparent reason.

Sonic 3D Blast 6

woo hoo, again

Appears to be a hack of Sonic & Knuckles 5 which replaces the title screen, adds a start screen, and starts at Marble Zone. Of course, Green Hill wasn't deleted and can still be accessed via the level select. The same leftovers as the NES Sonic the Hedgehog are also in this ROM, along with the Sonic & Knuckles 5 title screen, but some were deleted.

The Hummer

TheHummerTitle.png

Known in Chinese as Speeding Hummer (超速悍馬), it is also a hack of Sonic & Knuckles 5, with some leftovers from the title screen of that game. Sonic has been replaced with Hummer Team's titular mascot and Green Hill, Marble, and Spring Yard have been palette swapped.

Another hack starring the same character exists on the Samuri 60 in 1 plug 'n play, which has altered background graphics and a couple of glitched songs, as well as most of the separate Acts being split into their own games.

Unofficial

These were produced by other companies without(?) the involvement of Hummer Team.

Family Kid

Familykidtitlescreen.png

Based on the original Somari, but replaces Somari with Family Kid, the sometime mascot of still-existent Thai electronics company Family TSI Ltd.

Ji Qi Mao Xiao Ding Dang (Doraemon)

Hmmm...
To do:
More screenshots. There's also Doraemon signposts.
Ji Qi Mao Xiao Ding Dang Title Screen.png

A very extensive hack by Waixing, this version features Doraemon and replaces just about all the graphics, music, and level layouts.