Sonic The Fighters (also known as Sonic Championship in the USA &amp; Europe) is a Sonic fighting game developed by Sega's AM2 division, and published by SEGA. The game was released in Sega Model 2 arcade machines around Japan in May 1996, with the game later being released in the USA in July 1996, and in Europe during August 1996. This game would be Sonic's only fighting game until the release of Sonic Battle for the Game Boy Advance in 2003. This game is also known as Sonic's official 3D debut, asides from Sonic Adventure. A Sega Saturn version of the game was also planned for release, but scrapped for unknown reasons. The game would finally come to home consoles when the Sonic Gems Collection was released in 2005 for the Nintendo GameCube & PlayStation 2.
The idea of the game started when an employee at AM2 was toying around with a copy of Fighting Vipers by adding Sonic The Hedgehog characters in it. After that, the idea of a Sonic fighting game was passed passed to two Sega employees, until one of them, Hiroshi Kataoka finally showed it to Yuji Naka, who gave the project the thumbs up. (Though Kataoka was afraid at first because due to the fact Sonic characters were punching each other, Naka would disapprove.)
Japanese & American versions of promotional flyers for the game.
Dr. Eggman creates a new Death Egg named the Death Egg II, along with Metal Sonic. Tails later learns of what has happened, and warns Sonic, planning to fly him there via a rocket, The Lunar Fox, built by Tails in an effort to stop Eggman's plans. But however, it is a single seater, and it needs the 8 Chaos Emerlads in order to power it. So, as Sonic &Tails search out for the Emeralds while flying in the Tornado, and sense one Emerlad in Knuckles' possession. Sonic demands the emerald, and Knuckles questions as if to why he should have it. So, it would be chosen that a fighting tournament would be held for those who get the honor to ride the Lunar Fox. After Sonic defeats all the characters that have the emeralds, he flies the Lunar Fox to the Death Egg II, and later faces Metal Sonic & Dr. Eggman on the station, which is set on self -destruct while he faces Eggman. After defeating him, Sonic makes a narrow escape from the epxloding station, and Eggman swears vengeance.
In the game, there are a total of 8 playable characters. They are, as named; Sonic The Hedgehog, Miles " Tails Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose (Rosy The Rascal), Espio The Chameleon, Fang The Sniper, Bark The Polar Bear, & Bean The Dynamite.
(There are was also a scrapped character named Honey The Cat, based off Honey from Fighting Vipers. Her data still exists in the game, and is playable through hacking. Other characters such as Eggman & Metal Sonic are accessible through hacking).
(Super Sonic also comes a secret character for beating everyone, including the first match with Metal Sonic without losing, and engaging hyper mode during the second match with Metal Sonic.)
The main goal of the game is to deplete your opponent's health to zero. If item runs out, the player with the most remaining health wins the match. The game determines the winner in a best 2 out of 3 matches format, and there are 10 one-on-one matches (8 main matches, 2 bosses) in the game altogether, making the game as long as half an hour at most to complete. Once you defeat your opponent, you gain a Chaos Emerald. There are four basic moves, Jump, Barrier, Punch, & Kick.
Each character has up to 60-70 moves at their disposal, each varying for each character, matching with their own abilities. The more complicated the button combination is, the more complicated the attack is, and the more damage it deals on your opponent. Due to 10 matches, there are 10 levels altogether in this game, as they are here listed:
With all that said, what are your overall thoughts on the game? I personally liked it, especially because of it's slapstick, cartoony style, and it has one of my favorite soundtracks from a Sonic game. but to this day, I HATE the Metal Sonic fight.
But anyways, discuss!
Edited by Felix, 23 August 2012 - 03:04 AM.