Sonic Mega Collection
|Sonic Mega Collection|
This game has a prototype article
Sonic Mega Collection wasn't the first compilation of Sonic games, but it sold well enough for Sega to produce oh-so-many-more ports of classic games.
An updated version was released for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox titled Sonic Mega Collection Plus, adding Game Gear titles, the games mentioned below, a new UI, and the addition of having savestates.
There may be some other unused content in Mega Collection Plus.
The other listings are a series of A's in hiragana. Vectorman was eventually included with Sonic Gems Collection, while Monster Lair (part of the Wonder Boy series) was not put in any collection. A 3DS Max model file of the menu is in the ISO, as well as a breakdown of all the menu's textures in PNG.
Sonic CD Remnants
Rip the manual and put it here.
Sonic CD was going to be in the collection, but was cut due to emulation issues and a supposed lack of space. A scan of the European manual is still in the collection's files, while gameselect.tpl contains an image with crude Japanese writing of "ソニック CD" ("Sonic CD").
Both the manual and the image can be seen normally in the prototype, as it still has Sonic CD in the Games menu.
Present in the demo folder are .tpl files that have graphics for a demo, all in Japanese. Notably, the first picture uses the layout of the prototype title screen.
The title screens of the games, though some are blacked out:
And finally, there's a screen for when the demo ends:
Thank you for playing. Look forward to lots more to play in Sonic Mega Collection, planned for release this winter!
Three short videos were found inside the data. Sega is not credited on any of them, and none are even remotely related to Sonic. It is likely that Sega was testing the Sofdec player and simply didn't take these files out. The movies and songs take up roughly 20% of the data and even then there's empty space on the disc. This space (and the space taken by the other unused stuff) could have easily been used for more games...including Sonic CD, which allegedly couldn't be included partly because of the aforementioned "space limitations".
A test video for CRI's Sofdec video compression technique for developers. If opened by FFPlay or a similar player that can play Sofdec/ADX files, the unused song is played as well.
A 12-second soundless CG water rippling effect somewhat like the Sonic Team logo animation of Sonic Adventure. The purpose of this clip, aside from showing off Sofdec's capabilities, is currently unknown.
A 30-second clip of San Francisco which might be from CRI, since they do have offices there. It is suspected to be a test clip from the Dreamcast development kit.
|A three-and-a-half minute track used for a video intended to demonstrate the capabilities of the Sofdec codec (see above).|
|A track from Sonic Adventure 2: Battle's multiplayer menu, probably meant to test the ADX music format.|
Mega Collection Plus-Exclusive
|The credits theme leftover from the original game, it was swapped in favor of a new track.|
There are three unused sounds located in demosound.bin, alongside the aforementioned multiplayer menu theme from Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. This implies that at one point, there may have been an early menu thrown together with assets that the developers had easy access to.
|A confirm sound originating from Virtua Fighter.|
|A cancel sound originating from Virtua Fighter. This sounds similar to the PlayStation 2 startup noise.|
|A buzzer sound originating from Virtua Fighter.|
- Comix Zone - Press Up, L, Down, R, Up, Z, Down, L, Up, R, Down, Z in the Options menu.
- The Ooze - Press Z, Z, Z, Up, Up, Up, Down, Down, Down, L, R, Z in the Manual menu.
Both games were included in all releases of Sonic Mega Collection Plus.