Sonic Generations: Emerald Coast Crazy
Join us as we wax nostalgic on one of the coolest levels in video games, re-imagined on 3DS.
1999 will always hold a special place in my heart. That's when Sega launched its Dreamcast console, and along with it, Sonic Adventure.
To be fair, the hedgehog's first 128-bit journey was a bit rough around the edges, but the game still managed to shine, largely because it made such a wonderful first impression.
In fact, the first board, Emerald Coast, is the primary reason I rushed to the store and returned my copy of NFL 2K (could only afford one game at the time), an excellent title in its own right, but I was hooked the moment I caught a glimpse of Sonic blazing through that tropical paradise. Who can forget the epic scene where the killer whale busts through the pier as our hero makes a thrilling escape? If that didn't sell you on Dreamcast, nothing would.
In addition to the graphics and speedy play was the music, which perfectly captured the essence of Sonic Adventure. Talk about quality. It still pumps me up more than ten years later.
To that end, I lost track of how many times I replayed Emerald Coast, but it has to number in the high hundreds, perhaps even more than a thousand. I'd return to it just for a pick me up.
Thing is, my love affair with this stage (warts and all) didn't end with the Dreamcast. It continued to GameCube, and more recently, Xbox Live Arcade.
Unhealthy obsession? Probably, but one I'm happy to indulge.
That said, I'm ecstatic that Sega chose to pay homage to Emerald Coast in the 3DS version of Sonic Generations, launching November 22.
The board isn't an exact replica, but a snapshot of the best this stage had to offer, including the aforementioned whale. Ah yes, and the music is alive and well.
I had the privilege of experiencing Generations' Emerald Coast, and it was quite enjoyable. Suffice to say, it'll get played quite a bit.
Several hundred times? Not sure about that.