In recent months I’ve found myself obsessed with Sonic the Hedgehog. This has naturally required that I re-play his games, and so I have been playing the first Genesis title with a passion not seen in me since the early 90’s. Once I had completed the first Sonic, I moved on to Sonic 2, and was re-introduced to Miles ‘Tails’ Prower, the two-tailed flying fox. A few minutes into the second game I began to wonder if anyone had thought to modify the original Sonic game to replace Sonic with Tails – I speculated that some enterprising hacker must surely have found a way to replace the in-game sprites. I was right, someone had, and that was just the start…
A quick search online revealed that Sonic’s first outing has been modified in all manner of ways – new graphics, levels, characters, game mechanics… the list goes on and on, and my initial search left me giddy with excitement. I focused my efforts and found the aptly titled ‘Tails in Sonic the Hedgehog’ which, as described by the modder: “…is a hack of Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis by drx featuring Tails as a playable character instead of Sonic. Tails can fly, Spin Dash and swim in the same way that he can in Sonic 3”.
Put simply, this was the same original outing, minus Sonic.
Playing the modification is as simple as downloading the ROM and firing up your favourite emulator. I’ve just finished playing through the whole game with Tails, and I can confirm that the experience was a delight. You can watch a complete play-through over at Youtube:
If you would prefer to try it out for yourself, check out the Sonic Retro website for more information.
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