The Surprising Origins of Your Favorite Games

Just kidding. Too Human’s not one of our favorite games.

Above: A game



Back in the mid-90’s, the Genesis was collapsing on itself like a dying star despite efforts to rejuvenate the system with the Sega CD and 32X attachments. In ’94, Genesis released the massively popular Sonic 3 and later that year, Sonic & Knuckles. But did you know they were once the same game? And what the hell is Sonic Crackers? Read on.

After work began on Sonic 3, it was deemed too large in scope to meet the February 1994 release date. In an interview with former Director of the Sega Technical Institute, Roger Hector said, “The original Sonic 3 game was very aggressive in scope. Massive really. It was decided to split it in half, and spread the design across two games.”

Sonic 3 Part 2 (Sonic & Knuckles) was released in October ’94 as a direct sequel with that crazy “lock-on technology”, enabling you to connect either Sonic 2 or 3 to the S&K cartridge to play as Knuckles in both games. This lock-on tech was mainly developed to appease consumers after having purchased what was essentially half a game.

Sonic Crackers was never really a game per se. Crackers was an in-house demo made up of a few hastily designed levels to test the physics on a new Sonic gameplay idea. The rough demo had Sonic and Tails connected via a rubberbanding ring. By stretching and jumping at the right moment, the ring would snap the second player faster or higher up the level. This got someone’s attention because this idea made up the core gameplay mechanic of the 32X’s Knuckles Chaotix. It was rumored to be incorporated into a supposed Sonic 4, but Sega used a number of terrible ideas for the sequels instead (e.g. guns, making out with humans).

Above: Sega had a problem with this 

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  • DeepIsh - November 10, 2009 6:05 a.m.

    Uhh, isn't the Resident Evil 1.5 Thing Devil May Cry 1? And AbleCluster if they did that, Zelda would be as ruined as any other great game was.
  • goodtimegary - December 1, 2008 5:27 p.m.

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  • salvikidd23 - December 1, 2008 12:18 a.m.

    mario 128 ... wasnt that an event in super smash bros melee
  • lovinmyps3 - November 25, 2008 11:40 p.m.

    maybe its cause im used to my ps3, but the halo trailer had really really sh*tty graphics lol
  • thephntm - November 22, 2008 12:51 a.m.

    sega is a bunch of fags for not making sonic crackers.
  • AbleCluster - November 21, 2008 11:05 p.m.

    OMG I absolutely loved Ocarina of Time. I still think to this day it was the best game of all time. I wish they would release Zelda games more frequently.
  • TheWebSwinger - November 21, 2008 9:33 p.m.

    @Shane: I would LOVE if you did a follow up feature, this is superb. Maybe you could include (any of the games in) the MGS series? or Fallout 3? That game's changed almost as many times as Too Human it would seem.
  • GamesRadarShanePatterson - November 21, 2008 6:36 p.m.

    Hi! Glad you all like the article. There is a good reason why I didn't mention Ocarina of Time: the development is not all that interesting. Unlike the Resident Evils or even FF7, there were no crazy previous versions or stories that divided large companies. Sure it was developed for the disk drive first, but other than that, it's just standard development until they found something that worked. Nintendo just happened to take a long time to make a really good game. Actually, are there any other games that you guys are curious about for a follow up feature? Sound off!
  • Thelovemachine09 - November 21, 2008 8:16 a.m.

    Conker's Bad Fur Day was amazing. Glad they decided to go that route instead of the cute version... Ugh.
  • MegaGamer1000 - November 21, 2008 4:06 a.m.

    all these versions seem kinda crappy glad we got this version
  • JoeMasturbaby - November 21, 2008 2:10 a.m.

    glad we got the good version of RE4
  • AMayer - November 21, 2008 1:26 a.m.

    This was an awesome article. Several thumbs up!
  • zombieddeath - November 20, 2008 11:05 p.m.

    Wow, Too Human wasn't a game? lol
  • Ariaka - November 25, 2008 3:36 a.m.

    I knew all of these, but it was still a nice read. Well except FFVII, but I was always curious of that, so thanks. =) I think Zelda 64 had a for more interesting and rocky development than any of these, though, going through five or six completely different incarnations with varying storylines. (Starting off as adult and going back to kid, kid going to adult and having to refill the spiritual stones once you time traveled, and just plain adult, no kid, in a pseudo-remake of Link to the Past. ^^)
  • Gamedude-9 - November 24, 2008 7:38 p.m.

    Some of these are actually surprising
  • Solid_Gabriel - November 24, 2008 7:30 p.m.

    Resident Evil 4 - version 3 looked too much like a Sillent Hill game...
  • Cwf2008 - November 23, 2008 7:54 p.m.

    Yeah Fallout 3 has changed a lot from 1 and 2...and really Too Human is a game? I didnt know that
  • ghostx101 - November 23, 2008 6:04 a.m.

    What are the animals surrounding the warthog, are those the ones from halo wars . com's gallery?
  • sonofman - November 21, 2008 4:23 p.m.

    Don't forget about how BAD DUDES first boss was KARNOV from the NES.... ...and I am so saddened about Too Human... I remember reading about how that game was going to make us "question what it meant to be a human" as we replace our wounds with robotic parts... would have been awesome in a bladerunnerish was instead of the lame norse crap they pulled....
  • Cernunnos - November 21, 2008 1:33 p.m.

    i would actually like to play that last version of RE4, there. it didnt look half bad. :P

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