Just got home to find a parcel outside my front door. Kind of the postman to just leave it outside, on a busy road, where anybody could have just nabbed it. Moron.
Anyway, that’s not important. What was in it is though. Sonic Gems Collection. A load of Game Gear Sonic games plus three rare games starring the blue blur, Sonic R (a poor racing game), Sonic the Fighters (a brilliant 3D fighting game with Sonic characters made by AM2, the Virtua Fighter team) and the only major 16-bit era 2D Sonic game I’ve never played, Sonic CD.
My selfish parents wouldn’t fork out the £250 to buy the Sega Mega-CD add-on (bastards) so I could never play it. I used to stare at the images in Sega Power and Mean Machines Sega, green with envy. It looked superb and introduced Metal Sonic who really is cool as fuck. In the following years I’ve tried umpteen emulators but all have been useless and even discovered that this is the proper sequel to the inspirational Mega Drive original as the creative team split in two, half going to America (becoming the original Sonic Team, who made Sonic 2) while the rest remained in Japan creating what is still regarded as the highlight of the Sonic series. Sadly it took a while to finish, which is why it came out between Sonic 2 and 3. Due to the Mega-CD bombing the game then became one not many got the chance to play.
I feared I’d never get to play it. And then Sophie told me her brother had it on the GameCube as part of a sequel to Sonic Mega Collection. The ten year old boy inside me that was obsessed with Sonic came alive once more and I bought it within seconds off of Amazon. And now I have it.
Tonight, after watching England (hopefully) lose to Switzerland, dinner and then the much-anticipated last episode of Doctor Who, that ten year old will be back once more as I do nothing but aim to save Amy Rose from Metal Sonic and his creator Dr. Ivo Robotnik by journeying into the past, present and future of The Miracle Planet.