A huge hit on the Megadrive and other sega systems…. In the early 90’s, Sega signed a deal with US-Gold to allow them to convert their titles to other computer systems… such as E-Swat and Alien Storm.
Sonic was actually amoungst the planned games for the C64 and other platforms, and US-Gold were eagerly awaiting Sega’s permission to start work on converting it over. Issue 77 of Zzap 64 in particular had a small article about upcoming games, which included Sonic.
US-Gold waited and waited, but Sega decided that their blue hedgehog creature was far too popular and made people buy their Megadrive’s, so they kept him on their platform only…. and only years later Sonic moved onto other platforms.
If anything was actually started, its unknown, quite possibly someone did some test demo’s to see if the C64 was capable before Sega gave the thumbs up, but its unlikely. Some Amiga mockups were produced, but it is unknown whether these were faked in Deluxe Paint.
But GTW will try and find out exactly what happened with Sonic on the C64 in anycase.
At least we had Mayhem!…
Contributions: Patrick Furlong, Ross Sillifant