Sonic 3D Blast : Genesis VS Saturn

Sonic 3D Blast was released in 1996 by SEGA and developed by Traveler’s Tales. The game was the first 3D Sonic the Hedgehog Game , featuring fully rendered graphics and isometric view.

The goal of this game is different than the other games. Robotnik has discovered the power of the Flickies , and turns them into Badniks in yet another attempt to capture the Chaos Emeralds. Sonic must destroy these Badniks and free the Flickies inside . He then must send them back to there home using Giant Rings.When Sonic frees a Flickie , it will follow him wherever he goes. If a Flickie is attacked , it will stray away and Sonic will have to get it’s attention again so it will follow him. If Sonic is hit , all of the Flickies scatter , and Sonic must re-collect them. Sonic must free 5 Flickies and send them back home to clear the Giant Ring , around which is blocked access to the next area of the Act.  Once the Ring is cleared , the access is unblocked and Sonic can proceed. Each Zone consists of 3 Zones , 2 of which are regular levels where Sonic frees Flickies , and the third of which is a Boss battle , in which there are no Flickies. In the first Act of the Final Zone (Panic Puppet) , Flickies are trapped inside of containers , as Robotnik didn’t have enough time to Roboticize the them . There are still Badniks , but there are no Flickies inside. In the second Act of Panic Puppet , there are no Flickies at all , but there are still Badniks. The goal of that Act is to make your way to a giant statue of Dr. Robotnik and get inside of it , where the potential Final Boss is located. Along with the regular Shields (Blue that protects from Electricity , Red that protects from Fire/Lava) this game includes a Golden “Blast Shield” Which Sonic can use to perform Homing Attacks on enemies (or any dangerous Balloons). Of course Chaos Emeralds play a large role in the Game : if the player collects all seven Chaos Emeralds , they will gain access to the real Final Boss and a Good Ending. If the player does not collect all seven , Robotnik is seen with them in the Bad Ending.

SATURN VS GENESIS

The Game was originally released for the Genesis , but was later ported to Saturn to make up for the canceled “Sonic X-Treme” . During seven weeks of porting , the Game’s music , graphics , Special Stages , Zone appearance , speed , difficulty , and Map were completely re-designed ; the latter two of which were only altered slightly. The Saturn boasted better graphics , better music , better sound effects , extra details in the Levels , a map of all the Zones , a map of the Act on the Pause Screen , high-definition cutscenes , better special stages , higher speed , and a higher difficulty than the Genesis version , but had long Load Screens , as it was on a disc compared to a Cartridge , in which there are no Load Screens. Also , in the Saturn version , Sonic is flown to the Special Stage by whichever Character he gave the 50+ Rings to , as oppose to the Genesis version , where Sonic just appears there.

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The Special Stages in the Saturn version are know for being some of the best in the Sonic series:

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Here is an example of the difference between the Genesis and the Saturn version of the Zones (Sorry about how bright the pictures are) :

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Here is a comparison of the two Special Stages:

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The Zone with the most difference (and the best Boss in my opinion) is the Final Boss. The music in the Genesis version (1st) is a techno beat that doesn’t really fit a Final Boss. The Saturn version has a “super-Evily death Robotnik” vamped-up version of the regular Boss theme.

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Which port do you prefer? I prefer the Saturn! Please comment , GOD BLESS!

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About tobymacboy

I am a 14 year old Christian and a Classic Games lover. I collect LEGOs and Sonic / Star Wars / Pac-Man video games and merchandise. My favorite games are all the classic Sonic and Pac-Man games.

Posted on 2013/06/17, in Bosses, Dr. Robotnik/Eggman, SEGA Genesis or Game Gear, SEGA Saturn or Dreamcast, Sonic the Hedgehog. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow, never actually seen the Saturn version before. The graphics do actually look a lot better.

    I had it on the Mega Drive. I really liked the look of it leading up to it, but never really could get into this game. It’s not bad, but the nasty controls killed it for me.

    • The controls aren’t that hard for me to get a hang of. Just put your thumb in the middle of the D-Pad . Forward for Sonic is in between up and right , BW is down and left , L is up and left , R is down and right. And yeah the Saturn version is MUCH better , and my camera doesn’t really do it justice. Look up some emulator pictures if you’re interested. I actually need to add some more about how the Saturn version is better , so check back soon. The Saturn has a 3D Controller , but the analog thumbpad on mine is messed up plus the D-Pad feels more natural.

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