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(This is the textless version of Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog Cover #288) Hello & Welcome to the Sonic Game Worlds Tour! To celebrate Sonic’s 30th Anniversary this year, each month I’ll be looking at specific major settings of mainline & spinoff Sonic Games and all Stages, Hubs, Bosses, & remixes associated with that location. I’ve already got the layout for Islands, Planets, and alternate dimensions. There are a few roadblocks after the Classic Era, though: There are a number of Sonic Games that don’t have a major setting, like Sonic Heroes. I also couldn’t tell you if it takes place in Sonic’s World or the Human World… I might skip Sonic Adventure, since I already talked about Station Square, the Mystic Ruins, and the Egg Carrier last year. I’m not sure if I can touch Soleanna... I’ll need to ask the Mods about that. Anything I’m not sure about I’ll ask in a Status Update, PM, or do a voting poll. Our first stop of the SGWT is South Island from Sonic’s World. South Island is supposedly the original home of the Chaos Emeralds and used to be so important that after Eggman managed to steal the Red Chaos Emerald after Sonic collected all of them, South Island started sinking into the ocean and the entire world started to fall into chaos. Seeing as how the Emeralds like to bounce around different locations nowadays, I’m pretty sure parts of the past games have been retconned. Even though Sonic & Eggman knew each other before the first game takes place, apparently South Island was the first time Eggman used Badniks. Although, that does make me curious about how their first meeting went, how long they’ve known each other, and what Eggman was using before he came up with the idea of using living creatures to power his robot army. South Island is the setting for 6 Classic Sonic Games and has at least 23 unique Zones. The Zone that’s been bought back and reused the most from South Island is the Green Hill Zone. Even though I personally don’t have as much memories with Sonic 1, I do have fond memories of the other games (especially the Game Gear ones) that return to South Island. NOTES: 1. All entries in this opening post are Levels, Hubs, & Bosses from Official Licensed Sonic Games, that take place on South Island. This includes: All Zones and a brief look at the Bonus Stages & Special Stages from both Versions of Sonic the Hedgehog All Zones from the 8-bit Version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 All Zones & a brief look at the Special Stages from Sonic Chaos A brief look at the Racecourses from Sonic Drift All Zones & a brief look at the Special Stages from Sonic Blast Most Levels with the words “South Island” & “Green Hill” in their name 2. Even though Neo South Island Zone from Sonic Pocket Adventure is similar to the Green Hill Zone, its copies more from the Emerald Hill Zone. Therefore, I’ll talk about it more in Part 2 when we discuss Westside Island. 3. The Jungle Zone in the original Sonic Jump takes place in South America, so I’m going to skip over it. 4. Although there is a similar area in Blaze’s World called Southern Island, I’ll talk about it later when I do a full tour of the Sol Dimension. 5. During the Sonic Games Worlds Tour, I’m focusing solely on Sonic Games. Any battlefields from Super Smash Bros., cool callbacks from LEGO Dimensions, or any other Zones used in crossover games will not be included. The only exceptions to this rule are the racing games: Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing & Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. 6. To avoid confusion for now & in the future, from this point on I will giving the “City” in Sonic Forces the nickname, “Battleground City”. 7. Next Stop: Westside Island Zones Pictures & other graphics will be posted shortly... Sonic the Hedgehog - Green Hill Zone Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit Version) - Marble Zone Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit Version) - Bridge Zone Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit Version) - Spring Yard Zone Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit Version) - Jungle Zone Sonic the Hedgehog - Labyrinth Zone Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit Version) - Star Light Zone Sonic the Hedgehog - Scrap Brain Zone Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit Version) - Final Zone Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit Version) - Sky Base Zone Sonic the Hedgehog - Special Stages Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Under Ground Zone Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Sky High Zone Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Aqua Lake Zone Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Green Hills Zone Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Gimmick Mountain Zone Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Scrambled Egg Zone Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Crystal Egg Zone Sonic Chaos - Turquoise Hill Zone Sonic Chaos - Gigalopolis Zone Sonic Chaos - Sleeping Egg Zone Sonic Chaos - Mecha Green Hill Zone Sonic Chaos - Aqua Planet Zone Sonic Chaos - Electric Egg Zone Sonic Chaos – Special Stages Sonic Fighters - South Island Sonic Drift - Green Hill Sonic Drift - Marble Sonic Drift - Spring Yard Sonic Drift - Labyrinth Sonic Drift - Star Light Sonic Drift - Scrap Brain Sonic Blast - Green Hill Zone Sonic Blast - Yellow Desert Zone Sonic Blast - Red Volcano Zone Sonic Blast - Blue Marine Zone Sonic Blast - Silver Castle Zone Sonic Blast - Bonus Stages & Special Stages Sonic Jam – Sonic World Sonic Adventure 2 Battle - Green Hill Sonic Advance - Neo Green Hill Zone Sonic Battle - Green Hill Sonic Jump 1 & 2 - Green Hill Zone Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood - Green Hill Zone Sonic Generations - Green Hill Sonic Jump (2012) & Sonic Jump Fever - Green Hill Zone Sonic Dash – Green Hill Zone Sonic Runners Adventure - Green Hill Sonic Mania Plus - Green Hill Zone Sonic Forces - Lost Valley Sonic Forces - Arsenal Pyramid Sonic Forces - Green Hill Sonic Forces - Guardian Rock Sonic Forces: Speed Battle – Pyramid Valley/Sandy Hills/Corkscrew Canyon/Parched Palms/Desert Falls Zone Discussion Questions 1. What is your number 1 BEST South Island Zone? Or if you can’t pick one, what are your top favorite Zones? 2. What is your number 1 WORST South Island Zone? Or you can’t pick one, what are your top worst Zones? 3. What are your favorite South Island Zone Music Tracks? 4. Besides the Green Hill Zone, are there any other Zones from South Island that you would want to see again/remixed in a future game? 5. Are there any ideas or gimmicks from these old games & Zones that you would like to see again in a future Sonic Game? 6. Do you think any of these old games should get the remake treatment (besides the Taxman Version of Sonic 1 on Consoles)? 30th Anniversary Discussion Questions 1. Was Sonic the Hedgehog (either the 16-bit or 8-bit Version) the first Sonic game you ever played? 2. Have you played any of the Sonic games that took place on South Island? 3. Out of the many versions of Green Hill Zone, which one is your favorite? Or if you can’t pick one, what are your top favorites? 4. Out of the many versions of Green Hill Zone, which one is the worst in your opinion? Or if you can’t pick one, what are your top worsts? 5. What are your fondest memories of South Island, if you have any? 6. What are some mysteries or questions you have about the games that place on South Island? 7. How many Versions of Sonic the Hedgehog do you currently own?