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Sonic the Fighters
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The US logo of Sonic the Fighters





Yu Suzuki (Producer)
Hiroshi Kataoka (Director)

Release date(s)

JP June 1996
NA July 1996
EU August 1996

Xbox 360

INT 28 November 2012

PlayStation 3

INT 27 November 2012




Single player, multiplayer


Arcade, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3


GameCube: GC Optical Disc
PlayStation 2: DVD-ROM
Xbox 360/PlayStation 3: Digital download

System requirements



Arcade stick, game controller

Sonic the Fighters (ソニック・ザ・ファイターズ Sonikku za Faitāzu?), also called Sonic Championship on Western cabinet artwork, is a fighting game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The game's original title is used in North American and European releases of Sonic Gems Collection, as well as its HD release.


Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik has released the Death Egg II, and now Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower must stop him. However, their new airship, the Lunar Fox only supports one passenger and to defeat Eggman, they need eight of the Chaos Emeralds). The eight wielders of the Chaos Emeralds, including Sonic and Tails themselves, then must take part in a hand-to-hand fighting tournament, with the winner taking all the Chaos Emeralds. The participants, in order of combat, are:

Whichever character the player is controlling is cloned by Eggman during their battle (presumably by copying their DNA), so that the player fights all eight of them. For instance, if the player controls Sonic, then in the eighth battle, Eggman will create a colorless clone of Sonic.

After arriving at the Death Egg II, the heroes get a surprise visit from Metal Sonic. After defeating him, the Death Egg II begins to fall apart as Dr. Eggman in his mech suit challenges the victor (the round must be finished to complete the story). Unlike other battles in the game, the player only gets one shot to take down Eggman and also has fifteen seconds to defeat him.

The victor escapes the Death Egg II before it explodes, however, the post credits scene shows Eggman and Metal Sonic also escaped the explosion and head back to Earth.


Sonic can also become Super Sonic in story mode. Without losing a life since the first fight, the player enters Hyper Mode in the second Round against Metal Sonic.

Added in HD Release

Hacked Characters

Unused and scrapped characters can become playable via hacking.


Sega Saturn version

There was a planned Sega Saturn version to the game, but it was cancelled for unknown reasons, one possible reason however the game was thought to have given Sonic a violent image as it is a fighting game, so promoting such a game in retail stores was thought to have hindered Sonic's image even more so.


  • There are numerous unused objects like apples and rockets, which could have been used in early versions of the game.[citation needed]
  • A special theme plays when pitting Sonic and Knuckles against each other in versus.
  • Amy's muzzle is apricot in all her promo pictures, but white on her playable character. The HD release changes the playable character's muzzle back to apricot.
    • However, there is a glitch in the HD release where winning a match as Honey makes Amy's muzzle turn white again.
  • Honey the Cat was a character who was going to be in the final game, but scrapped for unknown reasons. She is currently only playable through hacking the Arcade version.
    • But in the 2012 re-release on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, Honey (along with Metal Sonic and Dr. Eggman) is added to the character selection.

Robotonic, in game intro.

  • There is a song from the game's sound test that is called Sunset Town, which might have been Honey the Cat's stage. However, this stage is not seen in the game's re-release on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live despite Honey reappearing.
  • In the English version, Dr. Robotnik's name was misspelled Robotonic in the intro of the game for unknown reasons, however in the final battle the character is listed as Dr. Eggman, and his Vs. Card says "Dr. Eggman" with "Robotnik" under it. A similar mistake is made again in a scene of Sonic Adventure when E-102 Gamma refers to Dr. Robotnik as Dr. Robotonik in English subtitles.
  • Eight Chaos Emeralds appear in this game, whereas the majority of other games in the series include only seven.
  • Ray the Flying Squirrel was originally set to appear in the game as an announcer (in the same effect as the announcers from Fighting Vipers, Last Bronx, Tekken, Soulcalibur, Dead or Alive and Virtua Fighter), but was scrapped in favor of having "boxing bell" sound effects instead.[citation needed]
  • Many of Sonic's attacks in Super Smash Bros. Brawl can be traced back to this game, as well as Sonic Battle.
  • On one of the two pictures of Sonic (the ones where he appears to be in the air), the picture has the gold buckle on his shoe, and the other does not.
  • The rocket in the Sega Saturn intro of Fighting Vipers (next to Mirror Honey) is Tails' rocket from Sonic the Fighters, the Lunar Fox.
  • This game's character select icons of Sonic, Knuckles, Amy and Fang are all taken from their Sonic Drift 2 artwork. Also, the Amy Rose icon used artwork from Sonic the Hedgehog CD.
  • The only way to play as Super Sonic is to reach the 2nd round against Metal Sonic without losing a single round. Many fans state that this is the hardest Super Sonic transformation requirement in any Sonic game.
  • In the Dreamcast game, Shenmue, many of the characters in this game appear in their promo art as collectible capsule figurines that Ryo can retrieve from a dispenser, or in special cases, such as obtaining Super Sonic and Metal Sonic, they can be won in a lottery. These figures serve no real purpose but to simply be collected.
  • Interestingly enough, in Shenmue, if one were to rotate the Fang figurine where he is standing on both feet, his right hand appears to have five fingers while his left hand has four.
  • This game marks the first appearance of Amy's Piko Piko Hammer, which played a major role for most of Amy's attack techniques in future games.
  • This is the only game in the series where Bark the Polarbear and Bean the Dynamite make an appearance, aside from their cameos in Sonic Generations.
  • A Sonic the Fighters arcade machine appears in the beginning of the Disney film, Wreck-It Ralph.
  • The way how the player's character takes Tails' rocket and flies it into space was later done in a similar way in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I.


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