Press release: 1997-03-18: Sega Entertainment brings three enhanced Sonic classics to the PC for the price of one

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 18, 1997--The blue dude with a "tude" is back!

Sega Entertainment Inc. has announced the release of Sonic and Knuckles Collection, a bundle of Sonic classics with a heap of new features for the PC. Featuring three games for the price of one, the collection will include the retro favorites "Sonic the Hedgehog 3," "Sonic & Knuckles" and "Sonic 3 and Knuckles." Sega Entertainment will release the Sonic and Knuckles Collection on March 14, 1997, for Windows 95. The collection will be available at major retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $29.99. These three Sonic games combined sold more than 4 million copies on Sega Genesis.

"The characteristics that catapulted Sonic as an international icon on Sega Genesis will now draw a whole new audience on the PC," said Jill Braff, product manager, Sega Entertainment. "These classics bring the `spin-dashing,' Sonic speed and action to the PC at a three-for-one value that new and old gamers alike can appreciate. Created in a non-violent setting, the collection also offers new PC users games the whole family can enjoy."

Sonic and Knuckles Collection

It's everything gamers have always loved about Sonic, and more. The Sonic and Knuckles Collection brings America's favorite hedgehog to the PC with better graphics, improved playability and enhanced sound -- delivering a true arcade experience. Play with one of Sega's favorite heroes, Sonic, Knuckles or Tails, and stop the original bad egg Dr. Robotnik from destroying the world. Blast through more than 24 mega-sized zones, check out cool 3D stages, discover bonus levels and compete in 2-player split-screen competition.

The Sonic and Knuckles Collection delivers hours of immersive PC gameplay. An avalanche of action, the collection is complete with famous special moves such as the "SpinSlash," catchy soundtracks and fast-action play, and will offer entirely new routes and secrets in "Sonic 3 & Knuckles." Players can save games for up to six people. As an added bonus, Sega Entertainment is including a free Sonic Screensaver and limited edition comic book with each game purchase. Check out Sonic's website at for more details on the video games icon's sonichood, biography and creator, or to download the demo.

System Requirements

The Sonic and Knuckles Collection requires a 486 Dx4 Mhz or higher with 8 MB of RAM, Windows 95 operating system, a 2x CD-ROM drive, SVGA graphics at 256 colors, and a Sound Blaster 16 bit or compatible sound card. The game is compatible with Windows 95 compatible PC gamepads and joysticks.

Sega Entertainment Inc.

Sega Entertainment was founded in April of 1996, and aims to elevate the arcade gaming experience found in PC games. Leveraging Sega's arcade leadership and library of gaming, the company is committed to redefining the PC arcade gaming market with a new category of titles featuring high frame rates, 3D characters, environments rendered in real-time, high polygon counts, detailed texture mapping and emotion-triggered gameplay that is unmatched by competing action/arcade PC games. Sega Entertainment was formed through a joint venture between Sega of America and SOFTBANK Holdings Inc.

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