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Sonic Advance Collection (ソニックアドバンス コレクション) is a video game compilation of Sonic the Hedgehog franchise video games released for the Gameboy Advance during the Dreamcast era. The game is developed by Sonic Team and published by SEGA under the diractorship of Juely. The game was released in July 6th 2014 in Europe, Asia and Australia for the Nintendo 3DS exclusively.
Sonic Advance Collection
Advancecoll
Developer
Sonic Team
Publisher
SEGA, Nintendo
Director
Juely
Release date(s)
Jaguar European July 6, 2014

Jaguar american August 5, 2014
Jaguar flagen July 6, 2014

Jaguar Australian July 6, 2014
Series
Sonic the Hedgehog (spin-offs)
Genre(s)
Platformer, Fighting
Mode(s)
Single player, Multiplayer
Platform
Nintendo 3DS
Preceeded by
Followed by


Development

One day, Juely decided to make a compilation of all Sonic games released for the Gameboy Advance during the period 2001 - 2004, excluding Sonic Pinball Party. And he did.

Gameplay

As the game comprises of 4 different games, it is basically a platformer game. Sonic Battle is a fighting game. Each individual game contains a set of minigames, which have to be unlocked in order to play. Some changes have been made to each game, although this is not intended to affect gameplay.

The game is not part of the series' main continuity as most of Juely's game are.

Games

Sonic Advance Collection features all four Sonic games released for the Gameboy Advance from 2001 to 2004, excluding Sonic Pinball Party.

Image Game Description
Sonicad Sonic Advance (2001) This game was one of the first Sonic games released for a Nintendo console. It was released back in December 2001 in Japan and in 2002 in the rest of the world. The game marked a sensational return to Sonic's side scrolling gameplays. This was the game that introduced Juely to the Sonic franchise back in 2002.
Advancelogo Sonic Advance 2 (2002) The sequel to Sonic Advance, released a year later. It retains the traditional side scrolling gameplay and the Chao Garden as well as multiple other trademark elements. The game marks the first appearance of Cream the Rabbit.
Battles Sonic Battle (2003) A fighting game using 2D sprites. Fans had long seen a Sonic fighting game since Sonic the Fighters back in 1996. Sonic Battle was a very different Sonic game than the previous ones in that it sported a different style. It proved very successful, especially for younger gamers. Emerl made his debut in this game, also a playable character.
Ad3 Sonic Advance 3 (2004) The last game of the Advance trilogy as well as the last Sonic game for the Gameboy Advance. It received critical acclaim from critics and fans alike. The game introduces a new character Gemerl, also serving as the true main villain.

Changes

Sonic Advance

  • The graphics have been slightly changed. There is better resolution.
  • The music is slightly modified and amplified to fit with the Nintendo 3DS's capabilities. Certain sound effects have been changed, removed or renewed.
  • Certain bugs have been fixed.
  • There have been minor changes in some stages, some of which may be unnoticable, such as the position of enemies, background items etc.

Sonic Advance 2

  • Again, the graphics of the game have been upgraded. The game also runs faster in general.
  • Changes to the music, sound effects and in game dialogue have been made.
  • The World Map has been modified.
  • Stats such as rings, lives, time and score are now displayed on the bottom screen of the 3DS in order to be easier for the player to see.

Sonic Advance 3

  • The menu announcer's voice is different.
  • Stats such as rings, lives, time and score are now displayed on the bottom screen of the 3DS in order to be easier for the player to see, just like in the two previous games.
  • The tracks for most stages have been slightly modified and sound less like the Genesis era games.
  • The medals awarded at the end of each level have been replaced by Ranks. If the player receives all A ranks, he/she unlocks an extra level called SEGA Resort.

Sonic Battle

  • Sonic Battle underwent the most changes of all 4 games in the pack. Sound effects, voice clips and certain tracks have been changed or modified.
  • The Seven Chaos Emeralds are not all green coloured but according to their continuity.
  • Most characters have been adjusted in their attacks, speed and stats, for example, Sonic is now the fastest character instead of Shadow, while other characters have more attacks. Character combos are now more diverse but still do not require any memorization. The game also introduces 7 more playable characters, which do not appear in the game's storyline. These characters are Espio, Vector, Mighty and Charmy (as a single character), Big, Omega, Metal Sonic and Fang. Dr. Eggman and E-121 φ are also unlockable characters without the use of cheat codes. Eggman fights inside his Egg Walker.
  • Most stages have been revamped. A couple of new stages have also been added.
  • Like in the previously mentioned games, the statistics appear on the lower screen of the device.
  • Bugs have been completely fixed.

General changes

  • There is a new mode called "Sonic Museum", where the player can unlock and view bonues features such as concept artwork, remizes of music, video clips and interviews regarding the making of Sonic Advance and Sonic's transition to the Nintendo consoles.
  • The Chao Garden can also be played using the stylus. It is therefore played on the bottom screen.
  • Online play is available for all 4 games.

Reception

The game received mixed reactions. While critics acknowledged the new inclusions of the game and its technical improvements, the game overall

Sonic Advance Collection
Aggregate Scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 73/100
Gamerankings 70.02%
Review Scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 6/10
Famitsu 30/40
GamesRadar 7/10
Game Trailers 8/10
Gamespot 6.0/10
IGN 6.9/10
Nintendo Power 9.2/10
X-Visual 8.5/10

lacked the spirit the original games had. In addition, multiple other bugs occured during gameplay, some of which were inevitable to fix. Eurogamer and Gamespot gave the game the lowest score of all critics, which was 6 out of 10 points. Gamespot critics stated that although the games bring back unforgettable memories, it was not necessary to make a bundle of the games since most of them are released individually for the Android and other devices in a reduced price.

On the other hand, Nintendo Power and X-Visual were more optimistic of the game, stating that re-releasing the games for the next generations would be very good for them to get to know Sonic's roots in the 2D side scrolling games. Fans were also very pleased with the inclusion of the new playable characters in Sonic Battle. The game's sales also reflect how much fans had hoped for a re-release of the game, since may of them did not own Android or could download games.

The game was released in July 14th, 2014 universally except from North America, which is aimed to the released in August 2014, together with Sonic and SEGA Superstars Racing: Speed Showdown to increase sales and popularity.

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