"They probably eat McDonald's® hamburgers, I suppose? And I think they will get a complete line-up of Happy Meal® premiums." - Yuji Naka when asked what Sonic characters eat
It's been a while since Sonic's last been that present in popular culture, and I think I only fully realized that fact upon seeing the new McDonald's toys planned for the Sonic 2 movie.
I figured I'd play a little part in preservation/history as a result, by digitizing my collection of old McD Sonic LCD toys.
Now you too can play cheap Sonic Game&Watch knockoffs, even if you weren't old enough back when those came out in 2003. (oh god it's been 19 years)
Sonic McOrigins is a full-featured museum/simulator program, allowing you to visualize hi-res photos of the games from every angle (even regional variants/recolors!), see the original instruction manuals, and of course play the games.
17 simulated games from 2003 to 2005
From the first 3D-molded games all the way to the complex (and not that fun to play) Knuckles Treasure Hunt, this release features most of the released McDonald's tie-in games.
The only missing games are the ones that were not released in Europe and that I was unable to import for cheap, which are:
- Amy & Rouge Volleyball
- Shadow Hockey (UPDATE: bought it!)
- Shadow Basketball (UPDATE: bought it!)
Windows, Linux and macOS versions
If the SAGE showcase links don't work, you can also grab the v1 release here:
Older computers might have trouble playing the games at a decent framerate due to the relatively high resolution of the photos; I recommend playing using "Closeup" mode if that is the case for you.
Windows PSA: This release will only work on Windows 10 and up due to the UI library used for the time being.
v1.1 is now signed and notarized! You should be able to open it normally.
Fully open-source code
The entire code of the game can be found on GitHub:
I'm happily welcoming external contributions!
There are still some missing games, and hi-res manual scans would be most appreciated.
Feel free to reach out if you're interested!