Sonic Mega Collection is a video game compilation developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega in 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube. It contains twelve-fourteen Sega Mega Drive games (depending on region), mostly those in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. An updated version of the game was released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Microsoft Windows under the title Sonic Mega Collection Plus (ソニック メガコレクション プラス Sonikku Mega Korekushon Purasu?) which included more games.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (JP and US versions)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3
- Sonic & Knuckles
- Sonic 3D Blast
- Sonic Spinball
- Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Japan-exclusive unlockable games
Exclusive to Sonic Mega Collection Plus
Sonic Mega Collection Plus also features the following Sonic games released for the Game Gear:
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic Chaos
- Sonic Drift
- Sonic Labyrinth
- Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
- Sonic Blast
In addition, The Ooze and Comix Zone are also added as unlockable games in Sonic Mega Collection Plus.
How to unlock
- Sonic 3 & Knuckles: Play Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles twenty times each.
- Knuckles in Sonic 2: Play Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic Spinball twenty times each
- Blue Sphere: Play Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic 3D Blast twenty times each.
- Flicky: Play Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine thirty times. Alternatively, have a Sonic Adventure 2: Battle save file on your memory card. (Sonic Mega Collection only; this cannot happen in Sonic Mega Collection Plus.)
- Ristar: Play Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Blue Sphere and Flicky thirty times each.
- Comix Zone: Have forty hours of game time on Sonic Heroes (Xbox/PlayStation 2 version only; also compatible on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). Alternatively, play the Genesis games fifty times.
- The Ooze: Have forty hours of game time on Sonic Heroes (Xbox/PlayStation 2 version only; also compatible on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). Alternatively, unlock Knuckles in Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Blue Sphere, and Flicky.
- History of Sonic comics (readable)
- Sonic Firsts (readable)
- Sonic the Hedgehog covers 1-139
- Knuckles the Echidna covers 1-32
- Sonic Super Special covers 1-15
- Misc. covers
- Six Sonic pictures
- Six Tails pictures
- Five Knuckles pictures
- Six Dr. Eggman pictures
- Nine Other pictures (Amy Rose, Shadow, Rouge, Big the Cat, E-102, Chao, Hero Chao, Dark Chao, Cream and Cheese)
- Fifteen Misc. pictures (four package designs (Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, Sonic Advance), six Sonic Adventure CG designs, five pictures of a calendar, calling and Christmas cards, magazine illustrations)
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD intro
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD ending (the good and bad endings included together)
- Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
- Sonic Advance 2 preview
- History of Sonic
The PlayStation 2 version suffered from a few minor emulation issues. Sound effects in the first Sonic the Hedgehog would sometimes be delayed, the music volume was incorrect in some games, and the screen resolution in both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions differed from the Mega Drive originals (this was a normal feature, however). These emulation issues were caused by hardware limitations for the PS2. The Sonic CD introduction and ending, as well as the preview videos for Sonic Adventure 2: Battle and Sonic Advance 2 from the GameCube version, were replaced with Sonic Heroes movies (all of which appear in Sonic Heroes). The Xbox version does not have the Korean Sonic Heroes boxart. The PC also suffered from issues with analog gamepad controllers and players with such controllers have to resort to using third-party applications such as Joy2Key in order to use their preferred control method.
- This was the first Sega game to reunite the classic "SE-GA" chant since the early-late 90s' (Sonic 3D Blast has the "SEGA!!" scream), likely included due to the retro nature of the compilation.
- Sonic the Hedgehog CD was originally going to be on the compilation, but was scrapped due to emulation problems. This game was later released on Sonic Gems Collection, where the PC version game code was ported (and high-quality versions of the anime clips replaced the older ones). Sega gave the excuse that there wasn't enough space for the game.
- However, within the game disc, there were several video files used presumably for testing. The videos themselves are not related to Sonic whatsoever.
- Sonic Mega Collection Plus was combined with Super Monkey Ball Deluxe for Xbox in a Platinum Family Hits package.
- In the extras, there is artwork of Cream the Rabbit from the then-upcoming Sonic Advance 2. At the time, she was a new character to the series. There is also a trailer for the game. In Japan, this game was released at the same time as Sonic Advance 2.
- The GameCube version has the US and Japanese version of the original Sonic game, but if you set the framerate to 50fps, this will unlock the European version with slower music.
- The US PS2 version of Sonic Mega Collection Plus (in Sonic and Knuckles) has a glitch where you can play as Knuckles in the Death Egg Zone and in the second-to-last boss against Dr. Robotnik (before the Doomsday Zone). This is because, if the player enter the Level Select screen through the in-game cheat code, Knuckles can enter the Death Egg Zone due to a mistake from a computer programmer forgetting to block off Knuckles' data from that particular level.
- It should also be noted that Knuckles is unable to beat the first boss of Death Egg Zone, as he cannot jump high enough to deal damage. However, he can beat the second level and second boss if the player is quick enough. The boss can also be beaten through debug mode if one places springs so Knuckles can jump high enough to attack.
- Sonic Mega Collection was the first ever Sonic game with a PEGI 12+ rating and the PEGI 12+ rating was followed by Shadow the Hedgehog .
- A remix of the title screen music can be heard, during the Network Mode in Sonic Generations.
- A trailer of Sonic Mega Collection Plus is included in all of the Australian DVDs of Sonic X.
- The Guinness World Records awarded Sonic Mega Collection for being the "Best Selling Retro Game Compilation"
Reception for Sonic Mega Collection was mostly positive. The game sold very well across all platforms, attaining two Best Seller status: Player's Choice (Nintendo GameCube), Greatest Hits (PlayStation 2), and Platinum Hits (Xbox). In particular, the PlayStation 2 version and GameCube version both sold over two million copies.