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Is it possible to get the Streets of Rage games on the US version with cheat codes? Mario Weaboo 18:19, 14 August 2013 (EDT)

Action Replay codes don't do as they say

The Action Replay codes for replacing the first game with unused games only replaces the icon, not the name of the game. --DarthDub (talk) 23:40, 18 March 2018 (EDT)

That's why the article notes that the code only "replaces an entry on the menu with other games that aren't actually present (the game crashes if they're picked), but logo pictures are shown". Their ROMs don't exist in this compilation, IIRC. --From: divingkataetheweirdo (talk) 23:42, 18 March 2018 (EDT)

Japanese PS2 version on non-JP systems

Was recently looking at the main Sonic Gems page again, and I was reminded of some interesting oddities regarding the Japanese PS2 version, namely when running it on a non-Japanese system (in my case, a NTSC-U system), and I wanted to note all that here before potentially adding any of it to the main article.

For starters, the first notable thing about it is that the collection itself appears in English. All the menus and whatnot are in English, the manuals section uses the US manuals for the games, and the console icons for Sonic CD and the two Vectorman games appear as they do in the US GameCube version ("SCD" and "SG"). This also applies to some of the games; CD, R and Fighters are all in English, and in the case of CD it even uses the US soundtrack. However, the Game Gear games are still their Japanese versions, so for instance despite showing the name and image of Sonic Triple Trouble in the game selection menu, it'll still boot to Sonic & Tails 2.

On that note, since this is the Japanese version, the three Streets of Rage games and Bonanza Bros. are still present and unlockable, but it's how they're presented that is interesting. They appear under their English names, with their English title screens, with their English descriptions (as seen under the Unused Text section), but at the same time they use the "MD" icon instead of the "SG" icon like the two Vectorman games, and the games themselves, like the Game Gear ones, are still their Japanese versions. Here's a screen of the game selection menu showing SOR2 that I took sometime in 2010: https://i.imgur.com/iWv39Pc.jpg (please excuse the somewhat poor quality and low resolution)

To note, this was not modified in any way, the games themselves were unlocked legitimately, so in a way the English titles, images and descriptions are technically used. Later I might have to check if there were any other differences or oddities that I forgot, and also get some actually good quality shots, and probably see if it's the same on the Japanese GameCube version. --LanceBoyle 18:28, 15 November 2018 (EDT)

Finally decided to look into it more, and found out that all that also happens when played on a Japanese PS2 with the system language set to English, down to also using the English names in the game selection menu. One other thing I noticed that I didn't remember is that the game descriptions for games whose titles varied between regions mention said title differences, in both the English and Japanese descriptions, despite the fact that, as mentioned, the Game Gear and Mega Drive games are the Japanese versions regardless of setting. There's also the fact that the descriptions for GG Spinball and both Vectorman games note that they weren't released in Japan, plus the fact that Sonic the Fighters' mentions Sonic Championship, even though Gems Collection wound up using the Fighters name in all regions. On the note of the Vectorman games, turns out that they both still use the "SG" icons in the original Japanese, which is interesting.
Here's some screenshots of some of that stuff, for proof: https://imgur.com/a/A1UNzma - as before, this was not modified in any way. I also still have to check if it's the same on the Japanese GameCube version. --LanceBoyle 20:43, 29 March 2019 (EDT)