Sonic the Hedgehog Oddities

An Illicit, High-Speed Mario

The world of unlicensed, black market video games has brought more than its share of oddities to the console area. Exhibit A is the game “Somari,” a bizarre mashup of Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog created for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

In Somari, the player guides Mario in a speedy, Sonic-like fashion through levels pulled from the Genesis version of Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s not a great game, but the technical achievement of stuffing a play-alike clone of Sonic in an 8-bit NES game should not be overlooked. Illegal titles like this were available only in Asia and rarely made their way to the US due to strict trade laws.


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  1. Max June 23, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    You cant go wrong with an article about sega that includes reference to Steve Urkel 🙂

  2. guest June 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    This trivia is very cool. But have many people actually played the original Sonic recently? Give it a try and then read this and see if you don't agree: http://tevisthompson.com/sonic-and-tension/

  3. Esteban June 25, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    My favorite bit of Sonic weirdness? The Sonic / Harry Potter / Barack Obama backpack:
    http://www.bestweekever.tv/2010-02-04/sonic-harry