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Sonic Team
June 17, 2003

Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut

In the June 2003 issue of Game Informer, an editor reviewed Burnout 2: Point of Impact – Developer’s Cut for the Xbox. The editor started the review as follows: “It’s good to see that somebody finally took the inevitable step of calling an enhanced port a ‘Developer’s Cut.’ I doubt this will be the last time we see this marketing lingo.”

The reviewer was spot-on in not only equating a ‘Director’s Cut’ to a slightly modified remake of a game, but also in predicting the future of the label 'Developer's Cut,' or in this case a slightly modified title of ‘Director’s Cut.’

Lo and behold, we have Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut – a game due for release on the GameCube on June 17, and a game released as Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast in September 1999.


Sonic – as usual – takes center stage in this 3D action-adventure platformer, as he must – as usual – halt the efforts of Dr. Eggman (Robotnik) across 30 levels. In this go-around, the not-so-good doctor seeks to capture the seven Chaos Emeralds and, in turn, raise the Chaos monster to serve his needs.

In other words, the plot is more of the same ol’, same ol’ from the Sonic franchise – not that there’s anything wrong with that. Then again, one must acknowledge the fact that the Sonic franchise is not known for its storyline ingenuity.

Fortunately for the hedgehog, he does not have to go it alone in DX, for he’ll receive assistance from a handful of other characters, including one-time foe Knuckles and longtime cohort Tails. In total, the player will have the opportunity to control six characters.

Two factors, however, separate the new from the old: Game Boy Advance connectivity and the Mission Mode.

On the first front, the player may use the GameCube/Game Boy Advance Link Cable to connect DX with the Game Boy Advance’s Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2, or Sonic Pinball Party.

In DX, the player can raise Chao creatures (virtual pets). Through the Link Cable, the player can move his/her Chao to any of the above three Game Boy Advance games so as to tend to the pet while away from a television set. Although the Link Cable is not as integral to the game as it is in, say, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, at least developer Sonic Team made an effort to make use of it. It’s a start – albeit not a grandiose one.

On the second front, DX features a Mission Mode, a style of gameplay containing 60 mini-missions. By completing the missions, the player unlocks various items and secrets – the most alluring of which are 12 Sonic-oriented Game Gear games.

Word on the Street
Although not confirmed, DX is rumored to include the following titles:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic & Tails
  • Sonic & Tails 2
  • Sonic Drift
  • Sonic Drift 2
  • Sonic Labyrinth
  • Sonic Spinball
  • G-Sonic
  • Tails’ Adventure
  • Tails’ Sky Patrol
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine

From the Horse's Mouth
Dr. Eggman is up to his old tricks again, but in this special Director's Cut version, there are a whole lot more of them to trip up Sonic and his pals. Get ready to go on 50 new adventures in the all-new Mission Mode as you strive to dismantle the evil genius' plans to rule the world. There are 12 exciting Bonus Games to unlock in the form of classic Sonic Game Gear titles. Whether you play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Big the Cat, or E102 Gamma, you'll get a unique adventure every time as each character has their own deep storyline and unique type of gameplay. Don't forget to visit your favorite Chao in the Chao Garden where you can take a break from saving the world and pit your Chao against others in a variety of tournaments.   

  • Jaw-dropping 3D graphics with unbelievable detail and speed.
  • Over 30 massive levels, 50 Missions, awesome bonus rounds, huge bosses, and addictive mini-games.
  • Six playable characters, each with his/her own skills and abilities.
  • Portable Chao: take your Chao on the go by connecting to your GBA and the Tiny Chao Garden.

Although the aforementioned two factors, along with crisper visuals, differentiate the new from the old, DX is, at its heart, Sonic Adventure – a one-player platformer-remake set in a 3D world.

It would seem a given that Sonic Adventure DX: Developer’s Cut is, in general, a more complete package than Sonic Adventure. Does this mean that it’s worth a purchase? Check back to Nintendojo in a couple of week’s time to find out in our full review.



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