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Sonic Blast (Game Gear)

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Title Screen

Sonic Blast

Also known as: G Sonic (JP)
Developer: Aspect[1]
Publisher: Sega[1]
Platform: Game Gear
Released in JP: December 13, 1996[1]
Released in US: November 1996[1]
Released in EU: November 1996[1]
Released in AU: June 14, 2012[1] (3DS Virtual Console)

CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
Sgf2-unusedicon1.png This game has unused abilities.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article
BugsIcon.png This game has a bugs page

Sonic Blast is the last Sonic for the Game Gear, and essentially Sonic & Knuckles with Sonic 3D's pre-rendered graphics, but lacking speed and with the screen crunch problems of Sonic 2 Game Gear magnified tenfold. The game was developed for the Japanese Kid's Gear brand aimed at young children (in fact, it was the very last game released for the system in that region), explaining the short length and simplicity.

Tec Toy later released a Master System port in 1997 for Brazilian markets exclusively which, while resolving at least some of the screen crunch issues, still manages to be worse overall for the lack of effort in optimizing the game for the platform.


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info
Read about notable bugs and errors in this game.

Unused Graphics

Sonicblast unusedstrikedash.gif

Present in the graphics for Sonic is this unused animation of the Strike Dash ability, which was in Sonic Chaos and Sonic Triple Trouble. All that remains of this move is this animation, which is stored with a vastly different object palette than used in the final game. (The above sprite animation was given a proper palette for visual clarity.)

Level Select

Sonic Blast Level Select.png

In the Game Gear version, press Up (×3), Down (×3), 1, 2, 1, 2, Start at the title screen. On Master System, it is impossible to access this screen without using PAR code 00D140:FF since both the 1 and Start buttons share the same function (starting the game).

Unused Text

A build date is present at 0xC0:

GG SONIC 96     
      Ver E3 ROM
1996/05/01 @SEGA
/Aspect Co.,Ltd

The mention of E3 makes this an old leftover. It's also present in every available prototype build.

The real build date is very likely September 7, 1996.

Error Handler

All of the 8-bit Sonic titles developed by Aspect contain a generic error handler routine at ROM 70. While the other games' routines consist of some variation on "print an error message and reset", the Sonic Blast handler simply freezes the game by going into an infinite loop. Since the game doesn't call this routine and the Z80 has no hardware error trapping, this code will only execute in the extremely unlikely event that a bug coincidentally causes the game to jump directly into it.

Partially-Unused Music

The music used for the opening cutscene lasts 31 seconds, but only the first 6 seconds are heard in-game. Use PAR code 00D131:01 when booting to freeze the game so as to let the song play out in its entirety.

Regional Differences

International Game Gear Japanese Game Gear
Sonic Blast (Game Gear)-title.png G Sonic-title.png

The game was known as G Sonic in Japan, so the title screen reflects this; the title screen animation is also different, with the international version simply having the Sonic Blast logo shifting onto the screen, while the Japanese version has a ring move from left-to-right before the G Sonic logo quickly moves onto the screen and changes the ring to a G. The logo also changes in the credits.

It should be noted that the ROM is identical across the world, so this difference only depends on the region of the Game Gear you're playing on. Obviously, since the Master System version was never released outside of Brazil, its logo nor animation doesn't change, although the graphics and code for the Japanese title are still in the ROM (more proof of how rushed this port was), and can be re-enabled by setting value $D13F to 01, although the title palette won't change.