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Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg

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Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): GameCube, Windows PC, Mac OSX
Peripherals supported:
Nintendo GameCube
GBA Cable
Genre: Platform






























Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Nintendo GameCube
JP
¥6,980 (7,329) DOL-P-GEGJ
Nintendo GameCube
JP (Okaidoku-ban)
¥2,800 (2,940) DOL-P-GEGJ
Nintendo GameCube
US
$39.95[1] DOL-P-GEZE
Nintendo GameCube
EU
€? ? DOL-P-GEZP
Nintendo GameCube
EU (Player's Choice)
€? ? ?
Nintendo GameCube
AU
$? ?



Windows PC
EU (PC/Mac)
€? ? ?



Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg , known as Giant Egg: Billy Hatcher no Daibouken (ジャイアント エッグ ~ビリー・ハッチャーの大冒険~) in Japan, is a video game for the Nintendo GameCube that was developed by Sonic Team and published by SEGA on September 23, 2003 in North America.

Story

Morning Land is a peaceful realm inhabited by chickens. One day, a terrible fate befell the land. Black Crows empowered by a mysterious magic appeared as ferocious monsters bent on keeping the world in eternal night. The Chicken Elders whose voices bring dawn each day were captured and sealed within golden eggs. Without their morning cries, the world will remain engulfed in darkness and human hearts will be consumed by evil. Now, only young Billy Hatcher and his friends can defeat the Crows, release the elders and return morning to the world.

Gameplay

Stages

  • Forest Village
  • Pirates Island
  • Dino Mountain
  • Blizzard Castle
  • Circus Park
  • Sand Ruin
  • Giant Palace

Trivia

The 4 characters playable in the multi player games are based off 4 of the main Sonic the Hedgehog characters - Billy is Sonic, Chick Poacher is Tails, Bantam Scrambled is Knuckles and Rolly Roll is Amy. The Hatcher characters use similar colors and copy poses - Billy on the boxart is in the same pose Sonic has in some of the Sonic Adventure 2 artwork (see below vs the boxart).

Circus Park and Pirates Island are both names for levels seen in later Sonic the Hedgehog titles. Coincidentally, the composer of both level themes is this game's sound director.

Production credits

Staff
Game Design Staff
Programming Staff
  • Lead System & Character Programmer: Yoshitaka Kawabata
  • Boss & Camera Programmer: Masakazu Miura
  • Egg Animal & Advertise Programmer: Yusuke Hasuo
  • Field Programmer: Takuma Komatsu
  • Boss Programmer: Junichi Takeda
  • GBA Minigame Programmer: Takahiro Hamano
Design Staff
CG Movie Staff
  • CG Movie Artists: Takeshi Ito, Tsuneyuki Matsumoto, Yukiwo Takahashi
  • Storyboard Director: Hidetoshi Yoshida
Sound Staff
Musicians
  • Recording Director: Shige Kawagoe
  • Guitar: Shige Kawagoe
  • Bass: Ichiro Fujiya
  • Drums: Naoto "Viva" Sugai
  • Trumpet: Futoshi Kobayashi, Mikio Saitou
  • Trombone: Hiroyuki Nomura
  • Sax: Koji Orita
  • Strings: Yu Suhino (VL), Tomomi Tokunaga (2nd VL), Saori Oka (VA), Yoshihiko Maeda (VC)
  • Voices: Yujiro Komura, Nobue Iketani, Toshihiro Nishibe, Kyoko Tatemoto, Jun Otoi, Kantaro Kubo
Gekiden Tohai Corporation
Engekibentou Meko-Nya
Escalator Records
"Chant this Charm" - Theme of Giant Egg
  • Vocal: Yukari Fresh (Escalator Records)
  • Words & Music: Mariko Nanba, Tomoya Ohtani
  • Translator: Kan Hashimoto
  • Arrangement: Shige Kawagoe
Character Voices
  • Hikaru Kobayashi, Yuuka Yamada, Kento Takahashi, Hideaki Nagasawa
Sega Staff
  • Executive Management: Hisao Oguchi, Masanao Maeda, Hideki Okamura, Toshihiro Nagoshi, Yukio Sugino
  • Marketing: Hideki Yokaichiya, Naoko Ooka
  • Public Relations: Yasushi Nagumo, Youko Nagasawa
  • Int'l Business: Yusuke Suai
  • Sega Logistics Service Co., Ltd.
  • Product Management: Junichi Shimizu
  • Product Support: Akira Nishikawa, Akira Terasawa, Yutaka Kawasaki
  • Quality Control: Yuji Nakamura
  • Package & Manual Production: Yoshihiro Sakuta, Masaru Kobayashi, Toshiki Yamaguchi, Restall Colin
Sega of America Staff
  • VP of Marketing: Mike Fischer
  • Advertising Manager: Teri Higgins
  • Creative Services Manager: Arianne McCarthy
  • Public Relations Chase: Molly Musler
  • Localization Manager: Osamu Shibamiya
  • Localization Producer: Klayon Vorlick
  • Director of QA: Deborah Kirkham
  • QA Lead: Shawn Dobbins
Sega Europe Staff
  • COO Sega Europe: Naoya Tsurumi
  • Director of Product Developement: Jin Shimazaki
  • Producer: Akiko Uchida
  • Senior Producer: Matt O'Driscoll
  • European Product Manager: Mark Fisher
  • European Marketing Director: Matthew Woodley
  • Technical Producer: Elliott Martin
  • Sega Europe Localization: Eva Backmann (GER), Marta Lois Gonzalez (SP), Brigitte Nadesan (FR), Giuseppe Rizzo (ITA)
  • SOE QA Lead Tester: Darius Sadeghion
  • SOE QA: David Smith, Roy Boateng, Chris Geiles
Special Thanks

©SonicTeam/Sega, 2003

Magazine articles

Main article: Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

GameCube version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №9, p73[2]Media:GMR US 09.pdf
Nintendo GameCube
80
Based on
1 review

GameCube, US
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GameCube, JP
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Manual
GameCube, JP (Rerelease)
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GameCube, UK
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GameCube, UK
(Player's Choice)
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GameCube, FR

GameCube, FR
(Player's Choice)

GameCube, DE
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GameCube, ES
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PC version

PC, EU
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PC, FR
(Hits Collection)
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PC, DE
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PC, ES

External links

References

  1. Press release: 2003-09-23: SEGA ROLLS OUT "BILLY HATCHER AND THE GIANT EGG™" FROM THE CREATOR OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG™
  2. File:GMR US 09.pdf, page 73