Press release: 1996-11-12: Sonic the Hedgehog returns to Sega Genesis with the need for speed in "Sonic 3D Blast"

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 12, 1996--Once again pushing the limits of 16-bit gaming, Sega of America Tuesday announced the much celebrated return of an all-new "Sonic the Hedgehog" in "Sonic 3D Blast" for Sega Genesis this November.

The infamous "blue dude with a 'tude" is back with all-new in-your-face 3D graphics on Genesis, where he revolutionized the video game industry more than five years ago.

"Sonic has super-fast rendered graphics and control that will once again transform 16-bit gaming," said Mike Wallis, producer, Sega Technical Institute. "`Sonic 3D Blast' literally has a whole new look that transcends the 2D world and brings Sonic to gamers in an awesome 3D environment."

Blue is Back

Sonic the Hedgehog, the world's most recognized videogame character, is bigger, badder and faster on Genesis than ever before. In "Sonic 3D Blast", Sonic takes advantage of new power-ups, special moves and torpedo-like speed to defeat his long-time nemesis, Dr. Robotnik. In addition to Sonic's notorious "SpinDash" is the new Sega secret weapon -- "Blast Attack" that allows Sonic to hone-in on the enemies instantly.

With a new look and dynamic gameplay, "Sonic 3D Blast" includes seven zones, with three acts per zone and several bonus rounds per act. The game also features huge character sprites and includes special cameos by Sonic's buddies, Tails and Knuckles.

Despite Sonic's electrifying speed and cool attitude in "Sonic 3D Blast", Sonic and his friends have a difficult battle against the evil-spirited Dr. Robotnik. While Sonic explores the mysterious Flicky Island, he and his friends must discover the Chaos Emeralds before Dr. Robotnik uses his evil tricks to capture them first. The key to locating the precious gems is to find the birds called Flickies, who can unlock the treasured Chaos Emeralds.

Sega's 16-bit pioneer system makes the move to the third dimension with breathtaking SGI-rendered worlds and characters. Incredible graphics in both the foreground and background provide gamers with a unique and three-dimensional experience. Rated K-A, "Sonic 3D Blast" is now available on Sega Genesis and Genesis Nomad for a suggested retail price of $59.99.

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