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Classic Sonic games being delisted to make way for Sonic Origins

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A sad day for preservation and emulation, as SEGA has announced that they will be delisting the classic Sonic games.

Why? Well, they have Sonic Origins coming out on June 23. So they will be delisting Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD on May 20. If that alarms you, then you might want to grab them from the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics collection (you can buy them individually). That whole collection supports Linux too, and comes with roms, which it appears Sonic Origins will not (on both counts).

The full press release:

SEGA announced today that the company will delist the digital versions of the stand-alone titles that will be featured in the upcoming game, Sonic Origins on May 20, 2022.

This will include Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD. There are a couple of exceptions - Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2 will remain available via SEGA AGES on the Nintendo Switch and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will still be playable via Sega Genesis on Nintendo Switch Online +.

Delisting means no new purchases but existing owners will continue to have access.

It doesn't help that Sonic Origins has a stupid confusing DLC policy mess, just look at this. What have they done to Sonic?

Publisher Devolver Digital were quick to make a good joke about it.

Currently waiting on a little more info from SEGA PR, will update if / when they reply.

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Pengling 13 May
Quoting: slaapliedjeBut Atari farted around like they usually did, and instead decided to release the 7800 2 years too late with the sound being the same TIA chip that was in the 2600...
Yeah! And the irony is, had it released on time, it probably would've done well for itself.

I don't know if you've seen the video retrospectives by video game historian Jeremy Parish about the Atari 7800, but if you haven't they're well worth watching. These should be all of them so far;

Atari 7800 1986 (1 of 3): Pole Position II / Dig Dug / Ms. Pac-Man / Joust | NES Works Gaiden #12
Atari 7800 1986 (2 of 3): Asteroids / Food Fight / Robotron 2084 / Galaga | NES Works Gaiden #13
Atari 7800 1986/87 (3 of 3): Xevious / Choplifter! / Karateka / One-on-One | NES Works Gaiden #14
Ballblazer & Winter Games retrospective: ’88 dawns for the 78 (hundred) | NES Works Gaiden #023
Summer Games & Desert Falcon retrospective: Struggling for the bronze | NES Works Gaiden #024
slaapliedje 14 May
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Quoting: Pengling
Quoting: slaapliedjeBut Atari farted around like they usually did, and instead decided to release the 7800 2 years too late with the sound being the same TIA chip that was in the 2600...
Yeah! And the irony is, had it released on time, it probably would've done well for itself.

I don't know if you've seen the video retrospectives by video game historian Jeremy Parish about the Atari 7800, but if you haven't they're well worth watching. These should be all of them so far;

Atari 7800 1986 (1 of 3): Pole Position II / Dig Dug / Ms. Pac-Man / Joust | NES Works Gaiden #12
Atari 7800 1986 (2 of 3): Asteroids / Food Fight / Robotron 2084 / Galaga | NES Works Gaiden #13
Atari 7800 1986/87 (3 of 3): Xevious / Choplifter! / Karateka / One-on-One | NES Works Gaiden #14
Ballblazer & Winter Games retrospective: ’88 dawns for the 78 (hundred) | NES Works Gaiden #023
Summer Games & Desert Falcon retrospective: Struggling for the bronze | NES Works Gaiden #024

Nice! I have not seen them. Sad fate of the 7800. There was an attempt to make the XM module for it, but sadly Curt Vendel that was working on it passed away suddenly.
Pengling 14 May
Quoting: slaapliedjeNice! I have not seen them. Sad fate of the 7800.
I'm looking forward to when the videos get to stuff like Scrapyard Dog, because for a 1990 game it seemed like such an odd answer to the likes of Super Mario Bros., Wonder Boy, and so on. More on-topic, this one came out the year before the first Sonic game did, and it feels so incredibly far removed from that era that it's hard to believe! I'd love to see more about that point in the 7800's life.

Quoting: slaapliedjeThere was an attempt to make the XM module for it, but sadly Curt Vendel that was working on it passed away suddenly.
A very sad loss - he did a hell of a lot in the Atari sphere, and was one of the first video game historians and preservationists.
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