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Sonic Spinball (Genesis)

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Title Screen

Sonic Spinball

Developers: Sega Technical Institute, Polygames
Publishers: Sega (JP/US/EU), Tec Toy (BR)
Platform: Genesis
Released in JP: December 10, 1993
Released in US: November 23, 1993
Released in EU: November 15, 1993
Released in AU: December 23, 1993
Released in KR: January 15, 1994
Released in BR: December 31, 1993

LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article
PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

Sonic Spinball is a Genesis game based on ABC's Saturday-morning Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon. An adaption of an adaption? Things are getting a little too Inception here for comfort...

Level Select

In the options menu, press A, Down, B, Down, C, Down, A, B, Up, A, C, Up, B, C, Up. A sound effect will confirm correct entry. Now go back to the title screen and hold A and press Start to go to the second stage, hold B and press Start to go to the third, or hold C and press Start to go to the fourth.

Regional Differences

Japanese version

Most of the sound effects are different in the Japanese version.

To do:
Document the sound effect differences here.
International Japan

The hee-haw sound played when losing a life was replaced by a proper jingle. It also only plays when you lose your last life, but it does not replace the Game Over theme. The European version uses a slower version of the hee-haw sound.

European version

There were some more music differences in the European version:

US/Japan Europe

The options screen's music was sped up.

US/Japan Europe

The tune played during the intro cutscene is longer on the European version, even including a little of the Game Over theme in it, but it ends up being cut off.

US/Japan Europe

The music for Lava Powerhouse, the second level, plays faster in the European version, and it also fixes a glitch in which the PSG would die off once the song looped once.

Revisional Differences

The first US release has a few differences from the most common version. Firstly, the Level Select code mentioned above does not work in this version. It also uses the Sonic 1 title theme on the title screen and a remix of the Sonic 1 Game Over music when a player got Game Over. This version was very quickly replaced by a new version with different, hastily composed new themes because SEGA doesn't actually own the copyright on much of the music from Sonic 1 and apparently hadn't licensed it for Sonic Spinball.

Initial US Release Later US Release/International

(Source: Sonic Retro)